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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 290-450 grams / 2 1/4-3 1/2 cups

Calorific Content:
ME --- 3,750 kcal/kg

Pacific salmon meal, ground whole russet potato, oatmeal, rice bran, salmon, canola and sunflower oils (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), dried beet pulp (sugar removed), ground whole flax, sun-cured alfalfa, dried whole kelp, HCl glucosamine (powdered lobster shell), dried whole garlic, yucca schidigera extract, rosemary extract, mannanoligosaccharides (MOS), inulin (FOS), yeast culture, marigold extract (lutein), L-carnitine supplement, lysine, choline chloride. VITAMINS: dl alpha tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), biotin, d-calcium pantothenate, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A acetate, cholecalciferol (vitamin D), riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), folic acid, menadione sodium bisulphite complex (vitamin K), vitamin B12. TRACE MINERALS: *iron BioplexTM, *zinc BioplexTM, *copper BioplexTM, *manganese BioplexTM. *chelated mineral

Guaranteed Analysis:
Protein (min.) --- 25.0%
Fat (min.) --- 12.0%
Fiber (max.) --- 3.5%
Moisture (max.) --- 10.0%
Calcium (min.) --- 1.3%
Phosphorus (min.) --- 1.1%
Omega-6 (min.) --- 1.0% *
Omega-3 (min.) --- 0.5% *
Glucosamine (min.) --- 250 mg/kg *
Chondroitin (min) --- 100 mg/kg *
Vitamin E (min.) --- 250 IU/kg
L-Carnitine (min.) --- 100 mg/kg *
Lutein (min.) --- 10 mg/kg *
* Not recognized as essential by AAFCO

Average Analysis:
Vitamin A --- 40.5 KIU/kg
Vitamin D --- 2.0 KIU/kg
Vitamin E --- 250 IU/kg
Vitamin K --- 2 mg/kg
Vitamin B12 --- 0.4 mg/kg
Niacin --- 235 mg/kg
Pyridoxine --- 28 mg/kg
Choline --- 2400 mg/kg
Biotin --- 1.6 mg/kg
Riboflavin --- 43 mg/kg
Folic Acid --- 3.3 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid --- 40.0 mg/kg
Thiamin --- 52 mg/kg
Beta Carotene --- 4 mg/kg

Arginine --- 1.3%
Methionine --- 0.6%
Histidine --- 0.5%
Cystine --- 0.2%
Isoleucine --- 0.8%
Threonine --- 0.9%
Leucine --- 1.4%
Valine --- 0.9%
Lysine --- 1.3%
Fatty Acids
Linoleic --- 1.0%
Linolenic --- 0.5%

Calcium --- 1.3%
Phosphorus --- 1.1%
Ca:P Ratio --- 1.2:1
Sodium --- 0.3%
Chloride --- 0.5%
Potassium --- 0.8%
Magnesium --- 0.17%
Manganese --- 43 mg/kg
Iron --- 310 mg/kg
Copper --- 19 mg/kg
Cobalt --- 0.5 mg/kg
Zinc --- 272 mg/kg
Iodine --- 2 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 and fifth ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Insufficient meat content, use of controversial filler.

The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product in meal form. This is a fish meal, however, and we fail to find any assurance on the manufacturer's website that the ingredient is not treated with Ethoxyquin. Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, banned or heavily regulated in human food, and believed to be carcinogenic (and is commonly added to fish meal ingredients). Fresh salmon is the fifth ingredient, but since this is inclusive of water content, it is unlikely to make up a significant proportion of the dry food.

The next is potatoes, which are a good source of carbohydrates and more digestible than grains. Oatmeal is a decent quality grain, rice bran is a grain fragment.

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.

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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