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1 158390 Wed January 10, 2007
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Description: Calorie Content
3,761 kcal/kg (356 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy

Chicken,chicken meal,whole grain brown rice, cracked pearled barley, egg product, beet pulp, chicken fat(preserved with mixed tocopherols and Vitamin E), potatoes,fish meal, flaxseed,natural flavors, brewers dried yeast, millet, potassium chloride, salt, choline, carrots, peas, kelp, apples, dried skim milk, cranberry powder,
salmon oil (a source of DHA), rosemary extract, parsley flake, dried chicory root, 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, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 28.0% minimum
Crude Fat 17.0% minimum
Crude Fiber 3.0% minimum
Moisture 10.0% minimum
Calcium 1.2% minimum
Phosphorus 1.0%minimum
Zinc 225mg/kg minimum
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg minimum
Vitamin E 250 IU/kg minimum
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 3.0% minimum*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.5% minimum*
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) 0.05% minimum*

*Not recognized as an essentioal nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient profile.


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Wed January 10, 2007 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, use of controversial filler.

The first ingredient in this food is a named meat product. This is chicken, inclusive of its water content. Once the water content is removed, as it must be to make a dry dog food, this ingredient will end up weighing around 20% of its wet weight. It is thus unlikely that it is the true first ingredient in the food, and would be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. Since it is followed by a named meat product in meal form, however, this is of less concern. The first ingredient in the food remains meat.

There is a further meat meal ingredient, fish, 9th on the ingredient. This is too far down to make a substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food. We are unaware of any guarantee by the manufacturer that this ingredient is free of ethoxyquin. Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish ingredients destined for pet foods and which is banned from use in human foods because it is believed to be carcinogenic. We recommend careful checking of the packaging for any such guarantee (specific to this ingredient).

The third and fourth ingredients are grains - rice and barley. These are both decent quality grains, the first of which is whole. The fifth ingredient is egg product. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs in the food.

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. The inclusion of some amount of fruits and vegetables is appreciated.

Overall this looks to be a reasonable product, but with only one true meat ingredient amongst the top ingredients ahead of the fat content, would appear to contain minimal meat and rather less than many other products produced by this manufacturer.

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