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

Poultry Meal, Chicken, Chicken Fat [Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (Source of Vitamin E) and Citric Acid], Rice Flour, Plain Dried Beet Pulp (Sugar Removed), Wheat Flour, Herring Meal, Dried Whole Eggs, Brewers Dried Yeast, Lecithin, Natural Flavors, Salt, Fish Oil, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Yucca Schidigera extract, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Niacin, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfate (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Citric Acid, D-Activated Animal Sterol (Source of Vitamin D3), Folic Acid, Potassium Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Copper Oxide, Calcium Iodate.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Chicken Fat......25.00%


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon June 26, 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 unidentifiable meat products, low quality and controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is a meat product in meal form, however, it is an unidentified (by species) ingredient for which it is impossible to determine source and quality, and such ingredients are usually extremely low quality. We prefer to see only named meat ingredients used in dog foods. The second ingredient is chicken, but this is inclusive of water content (about 80%) and once that is removed it is likely that this ingredient would be more accurately placed somewhat further down the ingredient list (ingredients are listed in order of weight).

There is a further meat meal ingredient in the food (fish meal) 7th on the ingredient list, which although a little distant does serve to increase our confidence in the amount of meat in the food. We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).

It is a concern to see chicken fat as the third ingredient in the food. Fat within the first four ingredients of a dry dog food is a factor that veterinary research at Purdue University has identified as increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.

Rice flour is filler, as is wheat flour. The use of wheat is a significant negative: wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food.

Beet pulp is a low quality ingredient and filler. 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. The preceding ingredient, tomato pomace, is also filler.

We appreciate the use of whole eggs, and the inclusion of probiotics in this food.

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