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Description: Ingredients:
Lamb meal, potato flakes, brown rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), beet pulp, choline chloride, yucca plant extract, salt, calcium propionate, blueberries, cranberries and garlic.

Vitamin C, Vitamin E,Yucca plant extract, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, 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)...................23.0%
Fat (minimum).......................10.0%
Fibre (maximum).................... 8.0%
Ash (maximum)...................... 4.0%
Moisture ...........................10.0%


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Thu January 12, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, mixed quality ingredients, use of controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product, in meal form. It is the sole meat product in the food, but since there are relatively few ingredients in this food we have greater confidence in the overall meat content than is often the case with single meat foods.

The 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. Brown rice is a good quality grain and source of carbohydrates and additional protein.

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.

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.

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