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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb sog should be fed 2-1/3 to 3-1/2 cups.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min.) 24% (27% dry matter basis)
Crude Fat (min.) 8% (9% dry matter basis)
Crude Fiber (max.) 12% (13% dry matter basis)
Moisture (max.) 10%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids (min.) 2%* (2% dry matter basis)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (min.) .4%* (.4% dry matter basis)
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.


Calorie Content
One cup contains 259 calories


Ingredients
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Whole Barley, Rice, Beet Pulp, Cellulose, Rice Protein Concentrate, Alfalfa, Natural Flavor, Fish Meal, Chicken Fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, citric acid, and rosemary), Whole Ground Flaxseed, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Whole Carrots, Sunflower Oil (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, citric acid, and rosemary), Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Casein, Whole Apples, Kelp, Tomato Pomace, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Vitamin E Supplement, Garlic, Sodium Ascorbate (Source of Vitamin C), Dehydrated Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dehydrated Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product, Dehydrated Bifidobacterium thermophilum Fermentation Product, Dehydrated Bifidobacterium longum Fermentation Product, Dehydrated Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, L-Carnitine, Taurine, Zinc Amino Acid Complex (Source of Chelated Zinc), Choline Chloride, Iron Amino Acid Complex (Source of Chelated Iron), Manganese Amino Acid Complex (Source of Chelated Manganese), Copper Amino Acid Complex (Source of Chelated Copper), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Cobalt Proteinate (Source of Chelated Cobalt), Potassium Iodide, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (source of vitamin K activity), Sodium Selenite.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Tue January 3, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products, uses primarily good quality grains, whole fruits and vegetables.
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, use of controversial fillers as minor ingredients.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, as is the second. Since the first 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). Note that this is an example of the practice of “splitting” (see note on main page), but in this case serves to increase our level of confidence in the amount of meat product in the food.


The next three ingredients are all grains – two forms of rice and barley. These are all decent quality grains.


The 6th ingredient is beet pulp. 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.


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. Rice protein is a grain fragment and also filler.


Fish meal is a further meat ingredient in the food, but at 11th on the ingredient list 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).


We appreciate the use of whole fruits and vegetables in the food, but would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product.


Overall this is a reasonably good food, but the inclusion of controversial ingredients and fillers is a definite negative. Had these been further up the ingredient list and thus a more significant portion of the food, it would have received a lower rating.


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