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


INGREDIENTS:
Meat and bone meal, brewers rice, ground wheat, ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), chicken by-product meal, dried beet pulp, natural poultry flavor, sunflower oil, potassium chloride, salt, brewers dried yeast, monocalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin, biotin, vitamin A supplemnt, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), calcium iodate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), l-lysine, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt carbonate, folic acid.


GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:
Crude Protein, minimum 23.0%
Crude Fat, minimum 16.0%
Crude Fiber, maximum 4.0%
Moisture, maximum 12.0%

Calcium (Ca), minimum 1.2%
Phosphorus (P), minimum 0.9%
Zinc, minimum 125 mg/kg
Vitamin A, minimum 10,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E, minimum 80 IU/kg
Linoleic acid, minimum 1.5%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Thu August 17, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Uses by-products. Inadequate meat content, fat of unidentifiable origin, low quality grain fragments, controversial filler. Carcinogenic chemical preservative.

The first ingredient in the food 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 food is high in low quality cereal content. Brewers rice is a low quality ingredient and by-product, while wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems. Corn is difficult for dogs to digest and the cause of many allergy problems. 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.


“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.


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.”


Beet pulp is controversial filler which appears to be used in large quantities in this food. 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.


Overall, this food is amongst the lowest quality we have seen. It receives a 1-star rating simply because there is nothing lower.


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