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Description: Calorie Content:
3, 653 kcal/kg (342 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy

Lamb,lamb meal, whole grain brown rice, rice flour, white rice, egg product, cracked pearl barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and Vitamin E), beet pulp, potatoes, fish meal, flaxseed, natural flavor, brewers dried yeast, carrots, peas, kelp, apples, dried skim milk, cranberry powder,potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, rosemary extract, parsley flake, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, taurine, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulphate, 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 23% min
Crude fat 14% min
Crude fiber 4% max
Moisture 10% max
Zinc 200 mg/kg min
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg min
Vitamin A 15,000 IU/kg min
Vitamin E 150 IU/kg min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 2.2% min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.4% min
Glucosamine hydrochloride not less than 300 mg/kg
Chondroitin sulfate not less than 100 mg/kg

*Not recognized as an essential 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 lamb, 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, 11th 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, fourth and fifth ingredients are all grains - all forms of rice. Whilst whole brown rice is a good quality grain, rice flour is a grain fraction. Moreover, it is highly likely that the combined rice ingredients, if not "split" would outweigh the meat content of the food. The sixth ingredient is egg product. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs in the food. This is followed by yet another grain - barley. This product thus appears to be very grain heavy.

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 product made primarily with grains and minimal meat content. Other products produced by this manufacturer have a much higher apparent meat content.

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