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Description: Calorie content:
3,706 kcal/kg or 347 kcal/cup Calculated Metabolizable Energy.


Ingredients
CHICKEN, CHICKEN BY-PRODUCT MEAL, RICE FLOUR, OATMEAL, WHOLE GRAIN BROWN RICE, WHOLE GRAIN GROUND CORN, CHICKEN FAT (PRESERVED WITH MIXED TOCOPHEROLS AND CITRIC ACID), CORN GLUTEN MEAL, BEET PULP (SUGAR REMOVED), BREWERS RICE, EGG PRODUCT, FLAXSEED, NATURAL CHICKEN FLAVOR, FISH MEAL, BREWERS DRIED YEAST, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, SALT, CHOLINE CHLORIDE, VITAMIN E SUPPLEMENT, IRON PROTEINATE, ZINC PROTEINATE, COPPER PROTEINATE, FERROUS SULFATE, ZINC SULFATE, COPPER SULFATE, POTASSIUM IODIDE, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, MANGANESE PROTEINATE, MANGANOUS OXIDE, ASCORBIC ACID, VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENT, BIOTIN, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, MANGANESE SULFATE, SODIUM SELENITE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENT, MENADIONE SODIUM BISULFITE (SOURCE OF VITAMIN K ACTIVITY), RIBOFLAVIN, VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENT, FOLIC ACID.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 27.0% minimum
Crude Fat 15.0% minimum
Crude Fiber 3.0% maximum
Moisture 10.0% maximum
Calcium 1.0% minimum
Calcium 1.1% maximum
Phosphorus 0.8% minimum
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.6% minimum*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.4% minimum*


*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun September 3, 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 by-products, controversial filler and other low quality grains.

The first ingredient in the food is chicken - inclusive of its water content. Once this is removed, as it must be to make a dry food, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. It is thus unlikely that it is the true first ingredient in the food, and it is likely to be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list.


The next ingredient is by-products. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is "consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice." We recommend avoiding any product using this type of ingredient.


The next 3 ingredients are all grains. Rice flour is a grain fragment and filler. Brown rice and oatmeal are decent quality grains, but the use of corn is a significant negative. Corn is a difficult to digest grain that is the cause of many allergy problems for dogs. Corn gluten meal is filler. It 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 nutritious bits have been removed.


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.


Brewers rice is a further low quality grain and by-product.


There is a second meat meal ingredient 14th on the ingredient list. 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).


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