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Description: Calorie content:
3,500 kcal/kg
327 calories per cup

Salmon (20%), salmon meal (a source of fish oil), potatoes (10%), barley, whole grain brown rice, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), egg derivatives, brewers dried rice, beet pulp, linseed, natural flavor, kelp (1%), carrots (1%), peas, tomatoes (1%), apples(1%), cranberry powder (1%), rosemary extract (1%), parsley flake (1%), dried chicory root, shellfish flour (a source of glucosamine), cartillage of poultry (a source of chondroitin), vitamins and minerals.

Protein 25.0%
Fat 14.0%
Fiber 3.0%
Moisture 10.0%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 2.5%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.5%

Vitamin A 15,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E 300 mg/kg
Copper (added as copper sulfate) 20 mg/kg
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg
Glucosamine Hydrochloride 300mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulphate 100mg/kg
Zinc 150mg/kg


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sat October 28, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First and second ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Insufficient meat content, some mixed quality of ingredients

The first and second ingredients in the food are named meat products. The first of these, salmon, is inclusive of water content and once this is removed - as it must be to make a dry food - the ingredient will end up weighing around 20% of its original weight. It is thus likely that this ingredient would be more accurately placed somewhat further down the ingredient list.

The second is a meat meal, which increases our confidence in the meat content of the food. However, we know that it accounts for less than 20% of the total, which we consider insufficient. There are no further meat products in the food.

Noting that the food contains fish, we have checked the manufacturer site and found no mention of the use of ethoxyquin-free ingredients. Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients, and that is banned from use in human foods because it is believed to be carcinogenic.

The third ingredient is potatoes, and we appreciate the use of vegetables rather than grains high on the ingredient list. The following barley and whole brown rice are decent quality.

Further down the ingredient list the quality deteriorates. Egg "deriviatives" and brewers rice are waste products. 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.

We appreciate the inclusion of a range of fruits and vegetables in the food, but consider the inclusion of shellfish powder and poultry cartillage to be, at best, a gimmick.

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