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Description: Ingredients:
CHICKEN MEAL, GROUND CORN, RICE, CHICKEN FAT (PRESERVED WITH MIXED TOCOPHEROLS, CITRIC ACID, AND ROSEMARY EXTRACT), OATMEAL, LAMB MEAL, FISH MEAL, CORN GLUTEN MEAL, BEET PULP, FLAXSEED, DRIED EGG PRODUCT, BREWERS DRIED YEAST, CHICKEN LIVER MEAL, YEAST CULTURE. Plus Quality Vitamins and Minerals.


Guaranteed Analysis:
CRUDE PROTEIN MINIMUM 30.0%
CRUDE FAT MINIMUM 20.0%
CRUDE FIBER MINIMUM 3.5%
MOISTURE MAXIMUM 10.0%
OMEGA-6 FATTY ACID MINIMUM 3.3%
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACID MINIMUM 0.6%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3957
Review Date: Sun October 29, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: First and fifth ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Use of low quality grains, fractions and other controversial fillers.

The first, fifth and sixth ingredients in the food are named meat products in meal form. This gives us a reasonable degree of confidence that there is likely to be an acceptable amount of meat product in the food.


The food contains fish meal, however, and we find no sign of a statement on the manufacturer website about the use of ethoxyquin-free ingredients. Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients, but banned from use in human food because it is believed to be carcinogenic.


The second ingredient in the food is corn. This is a low quality grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and commonly causes allergy problems. Corn is also present as gluten meal, which 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.


It is a concern to see chicken fat as 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 not tested.


Beet pulp is further filler and a controversial ingredient 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.


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