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Description: Top Ten Ingredients
Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Ground Corn, Chicken, Animal Fat, Chicken Liver Digest, Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Canola Oil

Guaranteed Analysis
Protein 32.0%
Fat 16.0%
Fiber 3.0%
Moisture 10.0%


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



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

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, chicken, 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 and corn. Brewers rice is a low quality ingredient and by-product, while corn is a difficult to digest grain that is a common cause of allergy problems. 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.


“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.


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. We appreciate the inclusion of whole egg 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 of very low quality.


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