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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 1/3 - 3 1/4 cups.

Metabolisable energy (ME Kcal/kg as served): 3600

INGREDIENTS (Nth America):
Chicken meal, ground corn, brewers rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), dried beet pulp, chicken flavor, yeast culture, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, salt, calcium propionate (preservative), glucosamine sulfate (0.04%), chondroitin sulfate (0.01%), rosemary extract, yucca schidigera extract, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), iron proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc methionine complex, zinc oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, folic acid, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement.

Crude protein min. 23.0 %
Crude fat min. 13.0 %
Crude fiber max. 4.0 %
Moisture max. 10.0 %
Ash max. 9.0 %
Calcium min. 1.2 %
Phosphorus min. 1.0 %
Salt min. 1.0 %
Vitamin A min. 20,000 I.U./kg
Vitamin D3 min. 1,200 I.U./kg
Vitamin E min. 110 I.U./kg
Vitamin C min. 50 mg/kg


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Fri December 30, 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 products, use of low quality grains and controversial fillers.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product. It is the sole meat product in the food.

The second ingredient is corn. Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. This is followed by brewers rice. Brewers rice is a low quality grain and by-product.

It is a concern to see chicken fat as the third 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.

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.

We prefer not to see the use of artificial flavouring in dog food.

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