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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken By-Product Meal, Rice Flour, Brewers Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of natural Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Meal, Dried Whole Eggs, Brewers Dried Yeast, Flax, Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Garlic, Lecithin, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Copper Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Extract Of Rosemary, Manganese Sulfate, Chondroitin Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Biotin, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (Min.) 30.0%
Crude Fat (Min.) 22.0%
Crude Fiber (Max.) 3.5%
Moisture (Max.) 10.0%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Min.) 0.39%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids (Min.) 2.05%
Glucosamine Hydrochloride 400 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate 40 mg/kg



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Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Sun December 31, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Inadequate meat content, use of by-products, grain fragments and other controversial filler.

The first ingredient is by-products. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. We recommend avoiding any pet food using such ingredients. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is “consists 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.”


The main grain in the food is rice. Rice flour is a grain fragment we consider to be filler. Brewers rice is a low quality waste product.


It is a concern to see chicken fat is the fourth ingredient in the food. Research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs.


Beet pulp is another 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.


Fish meal is the sole named meat ingredient in the food, but at 6th on the ingredient list does little to raise the overall meat content of the food. We can find no sign of a guarantee on the manufacturers site that this ingredient is ethoxyquin-free (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish meals and that is banned from use in human food because it is believed to be carcinogenic).


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