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Description: Ingredients:
Potato flakes, Herring meal, Beet pulp, Chicken fat (Preserved with mixed tocopherols), Fish oil, Dicalcium phosphate, Choline Chloride, Salt, Calcium Propionate, Sorbic acid (used as preservative).


Vitamins/minerals:
Vitamin C, Yucca plant extract, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine (Vitamin B compound), Vitamin B12, D-Pantothenic Acid, Folic Acid, D-Biotin, Iron, Zinc, Maganese, Cu, Iodine, Cobalt, Selenium, Glucanase, Protease, Amylase, Cellulase, (Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract), Glucosamine MSM.


Feed analysis:
Protein (minimum)...................25.0%
Fat (minimum).......................12.0%
Moisture (maximum)................10.0%
Fibre (maximum)..................... 8.0%
Ash (maximum)...................... 7.9%
Calcium (actual)..................... 1.0%
Phosphorus (actual)................. 0.6%
Calcium/Phosphorus ratio.........1.6:1.0
Digestible Energy.........3600 KCAL/kg



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Thu January 12, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Use of mixed quality ingredients, controversial filler, fat in the top four ingredients is a bloat risk factor for large breed dogs.

The first ingredient in the food and main carbohydrate source is potato flakes. Potato is a good source of carbohydrate energy and B vitamins, however we would prefer to see the use of whole potatoes than potato flakes which are likely to be a waste product.


The second ingredient is a named meat product, in meal form. It is the sole meat product in the food This is a fish meal ingredient and we note that the manufacturer does not state the use of ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).


Beet pulp is a 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.


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


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