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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken meal, rice, brown rice, chicken fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid), corn, chicken, wheat gluten, natural chicken flavor, beet pulp, cellulose, rice hulls, salmon oil, dried egg powder, potassium chloride, soya oil, DL-methionine, beet pulp, L-tyrosine, calcium carbonate, sodium tripolyphosphate, choline chloride, salt, taurine*, borage oil, 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, marigold extract, chondroitin sulfate, green tea extract.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein Minimum 24%
Crude Fat Minimum 20%
Moisture Maximum 11%
Crude Fiber Maximum 5.8%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun November 20, 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 in food. Extensive use of low quality grains and other controversial fillers.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product, but it is followed by two forms of rice. It is likely that when the two rice products are not “split” (see note about practice of “splitting” on main page) that in fact it is rice rather than chicken that is the primary ingredient in the food.


Chicken fat is the fourth (likely third) ingredient. While this food is not aimed at large breed dogs, we note that 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.


Corn is the next grain in the food and a problematic one for dogs being the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. Wheat is similarly problematic and is the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food. Wheat gluten is a by-product of wheat – 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.


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).


Beet pulp is yet another 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.


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