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Description: Top Ten Ingredients
Lamb Meal, Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Ground Wheat, Wheat Germ Meal, Lamb, Brown Rice, Rice Bran, Animal Fat, Chicken Liver Digest

Guaranteed Analysis
Protein 22.0%
Fat 12.0%
Fiber 4.0%
Moisture 10.0%

NOTE: Complete ingredient information is not available for this food.


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: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Insufficient meat content, use of low quality and unspecified-source ingredients.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat ingredient. However, this is followed by a number of grain and filler ingredients, giving us little confidence in the meat content of the food. There is a further meat ingredient, lamb, 5th on the ingredient list but this is chicken inclusive of water content. Once this is removed, as it must be to make a dry food product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. It is thus very unlikely that this is the true first ingredient in the food, and it would be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list and does not comprise a substantive contribution to the food.

The main grains are brewers rice, corn gluten and wheat. Brewers rice is a low quality ingredient and by-product, while wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems. Wheat germ meal consists chiefly of wheat germ together with some bran and middlings or short. It must contain not less than 25 percent crude protein and 7 percent crude fat.

Corn gluten meal is a low quality product for which the AAFCO definition 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. Rice bran is filler.

“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. It is a concern to see a fat as the fourth ingredient – research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs (smaller breeds are untested).

“Digest” is material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed tissue.

The ingredient list for this food is incomplete, and thus the opinion provided must be taken in that context. However, the first 10 ingredients are sufficient to demonstrate that this food is very high in grain content compared to meat. The ingredients used are primarily of very low quality.

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