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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 250 - 420g / 2 - 3 1/2 cups

Calorific content:
ME --- 4,200 kcal/kg

Chicken meal (low ash), steamed oatmeal, ground whole rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, citric acid and rosemary), rice bran, ground flaxseed (source of Omega 3), beet pulp, herring oil (natural source of DHA and EPA), chicken broth, yeast extract (Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles), chicory root (FOS), steamed sweet potato, dried whole egg, yucca shidigera, glucosamine HCl (powdered lobster shell), chondroitin sulfate (shark cartilage), marigold extract (source of lutein), L-carnitine supplement, Atlantic kelp, carrots, tomatoes (natural source of lycopene), apples, whole garlic, parsley, rosemary extract, cranberry, sea salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, lysine, vitamin A supplement, dl alpha-tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), methionine, 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, folic acid. *chelated mineral

Guaranteed Analysis:
Protein (min.) --- 27.0%
Fat (min.) --- 15.0%
Fiber (max.) --- 2.5 %
Moisture (max.) --- 10.0%
Calcium (min.) --- 1.1%
Phosphorus (min.) --- 1.0 %
Glucosamine (min.) --- 450 mg/kg
Chondroitin (min.) --- 75 mg/kg
Lutein (min.) --- 10 mg/kg *
Vitamin E (min.) --- 300 IU/kg
L-carnitine (min.) --- 250 mg/kg
Omega-6 (min.) --- 2.9 % *
Omega-3 (min.) --- 0.7 % *

* Not recognized as essential by AAFCO

Average Analysis:
Vitamin A --- 32 KIU/kg
Vitamin D --- 1.8 KIU/kg
Vitamin E --- 200 IU/kg
Vitamin K --- 2.0 mg/kg
Vitamin C --- 50 mg/kg
Riboflavin --- 45 mg/kg
Vitamin B12 --- 0.4 mg/kg
Niacin --- 240 mg/kg
Pyridoxine --- 30 mg/kg
Choline --- 1900 mg/kg
Biotin --- 0.6 mg/kg
Folic Acid --- 3.5 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 --- 0.2%
Isoleucine --- 1.0%
Threonine --- 1.2%
Leucine --- 1.9%
Tryptophan --- 0.32%
Lysine --- 1.8%
Valine --- 1.2%
Linoleic --- 2.75%
Linolenic --- 0.3%

Calcium --- 1.1%
Phosphorus --- 1.0%
Ca:P Ratio --- 1.1:1
Sodium --- 0.3%
Chloride --- 0.5%
Potassium --- 0.6%
Magnesium --- 0.14%
Ash --- 6.9%
Selenium --- 0.35 mg/kg
Sulfur --- 0.31 mg/kg
Manganese --- 30 mg/kg
Iron --- 310 mg/kg
Copper --- 15 mg/kg
Cobalt --- 0.6 mg/kg
Zinc --- 200 mg/kg
Iodine --- 2.1 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, main ingredients all good quality.
Cons: Insufficient meat content, use of controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product in meal form. The next two ingredients are grains – oatmeal and rice. We appreciate the use of whole grains in the major ingredients.

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).

Rice bran is a grain fragment, and 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.

This food receives a 4-star rating primarily because it appears to use mainly high quality ingredients. However, we retain some concerns about the apparent meat content of the food and consider that it is likely to be insufficient (potentially as low as 30%).

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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