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Description: Ingredients:
Meat Meal, Ground Corn, Corn Germ Meal, Chicken Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Animal Fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, citric acid and rosemary extract), Corn Gluten Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Fish Meal, Salt, Vitamins and Minerals.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein min 27%
Crude Fat min 12%
Moisture max 10%
Crude Fiber max 4.5%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun March 5, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Fourth ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Use of low quality meat products, low quality grains, fat and other controversial filler.

The first ingredient in this food is an unidentified meat product in meal form. It is a meal made from the carcasses of a variety of fowl, but the origin is unidentifiable. If origin cannot be determined, then neither can quality. Chicken meal is the fourth ingredient in the food, while fish meal is the 9th. The latter is too far down the ingredient list to make up a substantive portion of the food. We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


The second and third ingredients are forms of corn, as is the 6th and this is likely the true first ingredient in the food (see main page for explanation of splitting). Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food. In it's gluten form, it is also a waste product for which the AAFCO definition is "the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm".


Beet pulp is filler and a controversial ingredient it is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.


Animal fat is a further low quality ingredient and is impossible to determine the source. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as "obtained from the tissues of mammals and/or poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".


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