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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 3 - 4.5 cups


Top Ten Ingredients
Chicken, Whole Ground Wheat, Whole Ground Barley, Chicken Meal, Canola Oil, Carrots, Salmon Meal, Dried Egg Product, Spinach, Tomatoes

Guaranteed Analysis
Protein 25.0%
Fat 12.0%
Fiber 4.0%
Moisture 10.0%

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



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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: First ingredient is a named meat product.
Cons: Inadequate meat content. Not suitable for dogs with food allergies.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat ingredient. However, it 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.


The main ingredients in the food are grains. These are wheat and barley. While we appreciate that these are whole grains, we firmly believe that dog food should be based on meat rather than cereals. Wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergies for dogs.


Chicken meal is the first true meat ingredient in the food, but unfortunately does not occur until fourth on the ingredient list. There is a further meat meal ingredient (salmon) 7th on the ingredient list, but this is too far down to make a substantive contribution to the food. We can find no sign of a guarantee from the manufacturer that this food uses Ethoxyquin-free ingredients. Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish meal, that is believed to be carcinogenic (and is banned from use in human food for that reason).


The inclusion of some amount of vegetable matter is appreciated. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than dried egg product in the food.


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 decent quality and the grains are at least whole (not fragments). However, wheat is the major ingredient and is likely to cause problems for dogs prone to allegies.


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