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Description: Energy:
4889 kilo-calories per kg | 673 kilo-calories per cup


INGREDIENTS:
Chicken Meal, Whitefish Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Ground Brown Rice, Rye Flour, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), Tomato Pomace, Ground Flaxseed, Apples, Blueberries, Carrots, Peas, Spinach, Garlic, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Taurine, L-Lysine, DL-Methionine, Beta-Carotene, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, L-Carnitine, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Ferrous Sulfate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K Activity), Biotin, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Manganese Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Products.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein, not less than 28.00%
Crude Fat, not less than 20.00%
Crude Fiber, not more than 5.00%
Moisture, not more than 10.00%
Calcium, not less than 1.20%
Phosphorous, not less than 0.80%
Vitamin E, not less than 200 IU/kg
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), not less than 0.10%*
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, not less than 2.80%*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, not less than 1.00%*
Beta-Carotene, not less than 5 mg/kg*


*Not recognized as an essential ingredient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sat July 18, 2009 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products, generally good quality ingredients
Cons: Uncertain meat content

The first two ingredients in this food are named meat products, in meal form. The second of these is a fish meal, but we find no sign of a guarantee on packaging or the manufacturer website that this ingredient has been purchased free of ethoxyquin (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to ocean fish products destined for meal, but that is banned or heavily regulated in human food products due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


In most cases, two meat meal ingredients heading an ingredient list could provide reasonable assurance that the food contained a respectable amount of meat. In this case, however, we note that there are a further six ingredients amongst the top level (ahead of fat content), none of which are meat. This would suggest that it is very likely that the meat content in this food may be far less than it appears at first glance. Oatmeal, barley and rice are all good quality grains, though we consider rye flour to be primarily filler. Potatoes and sweet potatoes are also decent quality ingredients. The combined bulk of these ingredients, however, look likely to outweight the meat content.


Fat content is provided by oil rather than animal fat, which is generally a good thing but not all commentators agree that canola is good quality. We consider tomato pomace to be filler, but note a range of fruits and vegetables amongst the minor ingredients and a good range of probiotics. We also note the product contains synthetic vitamin k, which some allege to cause liver problems.


Overall, this product contains generally good quality ingredients. We are not convinced that the meat content is high and suggest that users might like to supplement this diet with real meat. After some deliberation, a 3* rating has been given, but 4* was considered.


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