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Description: Calorific content:
ME (min.) --- 4,250 kcal/kg

Chicken meal (low ash), steamed oatmeal, rice bran, chicken fat, ground whole flaxseed (natural source of omega 3), beet pulp (sugar removed), herring oil (natural source of DHA and EPA), chicken broth, yeast extract (MOS), chicory root (FOS), yeast culture (saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles), steamed sweet potato, yucca shidigera, marigold extract (source of lutein), atlantic kelp, carrots, tomatoes, (natural source of lycopene), apples, whole garlic, parsley, rosemary extract, cranberry, sea salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, lysine, glucosamine HCl, chondroitin sulfate, vitamin A supplement, dl alpha-tocopherol acetate, methionine, carnitine, vitamin D3 supplement, *iron Bioplex™, *zinc Bioplex™, *manganese Bioplex™, biotin, *copper Bioplex™, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin K supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), vitamin B12, calcium iodate, folic acid. *chelated mineral

Guaranteed Analysis:
Protein (min.) --- 28.0%
Fat (min.) --- 15.0%
Fiber (max.) --- 3.5 %
Moisture (max.) --- 10.0%
Calcium (min.) --- 1.4 %
Phosphorus (min.) --- 1.2 %
Carbohydrate (max.) --- 28.0 %
Omega-6 (min.) --- 2.9 % *
Omega-3 (min.) --- 0.7 % *
Glucosamine (min.) --- 400 mg/kg
Vitamin E (min.) --- 250 IU/Kg *
Lutein (min.) --- 100 mg/kg *

* Not recognized as essential by AAFCO

Average Analysis:
Vitamin A --- 34 KIU/kg
Vitamin D --- 2.0 KIU/kg
Vitamin E --- 240 IU/kg
Vitamin K --- 2 mg/kg
Vitamin C --- 50 mg/kg
Vitamin B12 --- 0.4 mg/kg
Niacin --- 240 mg/kg
Pyridoxine --- 30 mg/kg
Choline --- 2000 mg/kg
Biotin --- 0.6 mg/kg
Folic Acid --- 3.4 mg/kg
Riboflavin --- 44 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid --- 39 mg/kg
Beta Carotene --- 4.0 mg/kg
Thiamin --- 52 mg/kg

Arginine --- 1.8%
Methionine ---0.8%
Histidine --- 0.8%
Cystine --- 0.3%
Isoleucine --- 1.0%
Threonine --- 1.1%
Leucine --- 1.9%
Tryptophan --- 0.23%
Lysine --- 1.8%
Valine --- 1.2%
Linoleic --- 2.75%
Linolenic --- 0.3%

Calcium --- 1.4%
Phosphorus --- 1.0%
Ca:P Ratio --- 1:1
Sodium --- 0.3%
Chloride --- 0.5%
Potassium --- 0.6%
Magnesium --- 0.12%
Sulfur --- 0.3%
Ash --- 6.9%
Manganese --- 30 mg/kg
Iron --- 310 mg/kg
Copper --- 16 mg/kg
Cobalt --- 0.6 mg/kg
Zinc --- 210 mg/kg
Iodine --- 2.1 mg/kg
Selenium --- 0.4 mg/kg


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 controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product in meal form. The next ingredient is oatmeal which is decent quality. Rice bran is a grain fragment.

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

Beet pulp is controversial 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.

We appreciate the inclusion of a whole egg and a range of vegetable ingredients in the food.

Note that this food uses citric acid as a preservative and therefore should not be premoistened prior to feeding (a bloat risk factor).

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