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


INGREDIENTS:
Meat and bone meal, ground yellow corn, brewers rice, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, ground wheat, natural poultry flavor, beet pulp, sunflower oil, salt, potassium chloride, fish meal, dried whey, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, vitamin E supplement, niacin, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, menadione sodium bisulfate complex, calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, cobalt carbonate, folic acid, sodium selenite.


GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:
Crude Protein, minimum 26.0%
Crude Fat, minimum 18.0%
Crude Fiber, maximum 3.5%
Moisture, maximum 12.0%


Linoleic Acid, minimum 1.6%
Calcium (Ca), minimum 1.0%
Phosphorus (P), minimum 0.8%
Vitamin A, minimum 10,000 IU/kg



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Thu August 17, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Low quality meat and fat products of unidentifiable origin, carcinogenic preservative, low quality grain fragments, by-products.

The main ingredient, meat and bone meal is a low quality meat product of unidentifiable origin. This ingredient may contain anything. It’s definition is “the rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents, except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices.”


The second and third ingredients are low quality grains. Corn is difficult for dogs to digest and the cause of many allergy problems. Brewers rice is a low quality grain and by-product.


“Animal” fat is an ingredient of unspecified origin, and an ingredient we prefer never to see in dog food as it may contain anything. Such unspecified ingredients are invariably very low quality. This ingredient has been preserved with chemicals known to be carcinogenic.


Corn is also the fifth ingredient, this time in gluten meal form. The AAFCO definition for corn gluten meal is “the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm.” In plain English, that which remains after all the nutrititious bits have been removed.


Chicken by-product meal is a further low quality ingredient, consisting of “the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.”


Wheat, the number one cause of allergy problems, is also present in the food as a grain fragment.


Fish meal is a further meat product, but in too low quantity to add significantly to the meat content of the food. We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use Ethoxyquin-free ingredients (Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish meal ingredients, and which is believed to be carcinogenic).


Overall, this food is amongst the lowest quality we have seen, using low quality ingredients throughout and containing little in the way of meat product. It receives a 1-star rating simply because there is nothing lower.


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