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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 3 cups.


Ingredients:
Lamb, Brown Rice, Ground White Rice, Lamb Meal, Bovine Cartilage*, Chicken Meal, Oats, Beet Pulp, Rice Bran, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid), Salt, Tomato Pomace, Dried Egg Product, Green Peas, Brewers Yeast, Menhaden Fish Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols with rosemary extract and citric acid), Dried Kelp, Garlic Powder, Vitamin E Supplement, Spinach, Beets, Parsley, Yucca Schidigera, Choline Chloride, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Bifidobacterium Longum Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Iron Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Cobalt Proteinate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin D Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Folic Acid, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (A Source of Vitamin K Activity), Sodium Selenite.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (minimum) 18%
Moisture (maximum) 10%
Crude Fat (minimum) 8%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 5%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Tue November 29, 2005 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First and fourth ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Insufficient meat products in the food, use of controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, as are the fourth and sixth. Since the first is lamb inclusive of its water content (about 80%) it is likely that once that is removed 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.


Unfortunately, the second and third ingredients are also split – both being rice. When these ingredients are added together, it is likely that they would exceed the combined total of lamb (inclusive of water content) and lamb meal (exclusive). Despite a second meat ingredient (chicken meal) sixth on the ingredient list, that ingredient would have needed to be ahead of the rice products to give us reasonable confidence in the amount of meat product in the food.


Bovine cartilage has no real nutritional value, but is a natural source of glucosamine. Oats are a decent grain, but rice bran is filler. 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. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.


Overall, this product is better than many in this class. A higher meat content would be necessary for it to receive a four-star rating, though its use of beet pulp as filler is still a negative aspect.


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