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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken meal, rice, brown rice, chicken fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid), wheat gluten, corn, chicken, natural chicken flavor, dried egg powder, dried beet pulp, sodium silico aluminate, salmon oil, cellulose, pea fiber, soya oil, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, potassium citrate, sodium tripolyphosphate, choline chloride, brewers yeast extract (Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles), taurine*, L-carnitine, Vitamins [dl-alpha tocopherol (source of vitamin E), inositol, niacin, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C*), d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], Trace Minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, green tea extract, L-tyrosine, marigold extract.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein Minimum 26%
Crude Fat Minimum 20%
Moisture Maximum 11%
Crude Fiber Maximum 4.9%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon November 21, 2005 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat product, fat high on the ingredient list is a bloat risk factor for large breed dogs, use of low quality grains and controversial fillers. Many common allergens in this food.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product. There is a further meat product at 7th on the ingredient list. However, it is chicken inclusive of its water content (about 80%) and once that is removed it is likely that this ingredient would be more accurately placed somewhat further down the ingredient list (ingredients are listed in order of weight).


Rice is the primary grain in the food. Occurring at 2nd and 3rd on the ingredient list, it is likely that this product in fact is the primary ingredient in the food.


It is a concern to see chicken fat as the fourth ingredient. Research at Purdue University has identified a fat in the top four ingredients of a dry dog food as a factor that increases the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


The use of wheat is a significant negative however: wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food. Wheat gluten is a waste product that we consider to be filler. It is likely to be similar to corn gluten 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.” In plain English, that which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed.


Corn is another problematic grain. Corn is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems.


We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than dried egg powder in the food.


Beet pulp is another 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 especially so high on the ingredient list. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.


Cellulose is filler. It is “purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials”: otherwise known as sawdust.


We note the use of soya oil in the food. Soy is a poor quality source of protein in dog food, and a common cause of allergy problems. Some believe that it is the number 1 cause of food allergies in dogs (outstripping even wheat).


Note that this food uses citric acid as a preservative and should not be premoistened prior to feeding (a bloat risk factor in large breed dogs).


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