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Description: Ingredients:

Chicken meal, ground yellow corn, chicken fat, (Preserved with Vitamin E), corn gluten meal, ground wheat, wheat middlings, chicken and chicken products, dried skim milk, chicken digest, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, salt, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, sorbic acid, Vitamin A acetate, d-activated animal sterol, dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate, menadione sodium bisculfite complex, Vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, niacinamide, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, biotin, ferrous sulphate, manganous oxice, zinc sulphate, copper sulphate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Protein min. 280.0 g/Kg
Crude Fat min. 180.0 g/Kg
Crude Fibre max. 20.0 g/Kg
Moisture max. 10.0%
Ash max. 63.0 g/Kg
Calcium min. 13.0 g/Kg

Iron 270 mg/kg, Zinc 140 mg/kg, Copper 15 mg/kg, Manganese 21 mg/kg, Iodine 1.6 mg/kg, Selenium 0.1 mg/kg, Vitamin A 8000 IU/kg, Vitamin D3 1000 IU/kg, Vitamin E 60 IU/kg, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1.5 mg/kg, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 7.0 mg/kg, Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 1.5 mg/kg, Vitamin B12 92 mcg/kg, Vitamin K3 (Menadione) 1.5 mg/kg, Biotin 100 mcg/kg, Niacin 24 mg/kg, d-Pantothenic Acid 15 mg/kg, Folic Acid 0.3 mg/kg, Choline 2400 mg/kg.


Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Tue January 1, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Insufficient meat content, low quality ingredients

The first ingredient in this food is named meat product, in meal form. There is a further meat related product "chicken and chicken product" 7th on the ingredient list. This ingredient causes us some concern and we strongly suspect it is byproducts. It is not a meal ingredient, meaning that it is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once that is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. Ingredients are listed in order of weight, and the dehydrated ingredient would probably be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. Another meat related ingredient “Digest” is 9th on the ingredient list. Digest is material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed tissue. Although from a named source, digest is a low quality ingredient that is not found in high quality products.

The main grain in the food is corn. Corn is a difficult to digest grain that has limited value and is very commonly linked to allergy problems. Corn appears a second time in the ingredients 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 bit of the corn leftover after most of the nutritious bits have been removed. wheat is the second major grain in the food. In 'middlings' form this is a grain fragment and filler. Wheat is believed by many to be the number one cause of allergies in dog food and we prefer not to see wheat or corn in products. We note that chicken fat is the third 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. Smaller breeds are untested.

we note that this product includes synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems and that is progressively being removed from better quality dog food products.

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