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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 cups


Metabolizable Energy:
3,725 kcal/kg.
359 kcal/cup (8oz. Cup)


Ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal Brown Rice, Brewers Rice, Lamb Meal, Oatmeal, Chicken fat (preserved with Vitamin E, C & Rosemary Extract). Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Eggs, Fish Meal, Natural Flavoring, Canola Oil, Flaxseed, Fresh Potatoes, Fresh Carrots, Fresh Peas, Whole Fresh Apples, Cranberries, Salt, Potassium, Chloride, Lecithin, Garlic, DL-Methionine, Vitamin A Acetate, D-Activated Animal Sterol (Source of Vitamin D-3) Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Choline Chloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Inositol, Dehydrated Kelp, Chelates of Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Copper and Cobalt, Potassium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Sage Extract, Aspergillus Oryzae Fermantation Solubles (Digestive Enzyme), Enterococcus Faecium and Lactobacillus Acidophilus (Probiotics).


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein, min. 23%
Crude Fat, min. 14%
Crude Fiber, max. 2.9%
Moisture, max. 10%
Omega 6 Fatty Acid, min. 3.05%
Omega 3 Fatty Acid, min. 0.5%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Thu January 5, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First, second and fourth ingredients are all named meat products.
Cons: Use of low quality brewers rice and beet pulp ingredients.

The first, second and fifth ingredients in this food are named meat products, all in meal form. There is a further meat meal ingredient in the food (fish meal) 10th on the ingredient list, though this is too far down to make up a substantial 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 third ingredient in the food is rice. Rice is a good quality grain that is low-allergenic and a good source of carbohydrates and additional protein. However, the fourth ingredient is brewers rice. This is a low quality ingredient and by-product.


Beet pulp is another low quality ingredient and filler. 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.


We appreciate the range of whole fresh fruits and vegetables in the food, but would prefer the use of whole, rather than dried eggs. There is a good range of probiotics in the food.


Overall, this is a food with excellent meat content comparable with most of the foods in the five star category (and it is better than most of the foods in this class). However, the use of low quality ingredients like brewers rice and beet pulp preclude it from being given such a high rating. Use with caution for dogs that suffer allergies or frequent ear infections.


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