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

Metabolisable energy (ME Kcal/kg as served): 3620

INGREDIENTS (Nth America):
Duck meal, brown rice, whole barley, ground rice, soy protein concentrate, whole oats, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), flaxseed meal, lecithin, dicalcium phosphate, dried beet pulp, chicken flavor, salt, potassium chloride, dried corn syrup, DL-methionine, L-lysine, yeast extract, dried cranberries, dried apples, dried blueberries, dried carrots, chicory root extract, dehydrated spinach, tomato powder, parsley, dried honey, mint leaves, dehydrated green tea, dehydrated alfalfa meal, choline chloride, yucca schidigera extract, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), dried rosemary, dried thyme, dried oregano, dried fenugreek, dried fennel, dried cayenne, dried ginger, 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. 24.0 %
Crude fat min. 14.0 %
Crude fiber max. 4.0 %
Moisture max. 10.0 %
Ash max. 8.5 %
Calcium min. 1.1 %
Phosphorus min. 0.9 %
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
Omega 6 fatty acids 2.2 %
Omega 3 fatty acids 0.28 %
Herbs 0.1 %


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sat November 19, 2005 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Use of soy protein, beet pulp, corn syrup and yeast. Insufficient meat products in the food.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat source. That is followed by three decent quality grains. Note however, that there are two forms of rice in this food. If those two ingredients were not “split” (see main page for explanation of splitting) then it is likely that we would see rice was in fact the primary ingredient in the food.

The inclusion of soy protein is a decided negative. Soy is a poor quality protein, and a very common cause of allergies and digestion upsets in dogs (some claim it is the #1 cause of allergies). Beet pulp is 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. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.

Dried corn syrup is derived from corn and like all corn products is another common allergy problem. Lastly, the inclusion of yeast extract and apples are a combination likely to produce yeast infections in many dogs. This is certainly not a food we would recommend be fed to any animal that suffered allergies or yeast infections.

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