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Description: Ingredients:
Ground yellow corn, ground wheat, chicken meal, wheat middlings, dried beet pulp, chicken fat, (Preserved with Vitamin E), chicken and chicken products, chicken digest, salt, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, sorbic acid, Vitamin A acetate,
d-activated animal sterol, menadione sodium bisculfite complex, Vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, niacinamide, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, biotin, ferrous sulphate, manganous oxide, zinc sulphate, copper sulphate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Protein min. 200.0 g/Kg
Crude Fat min. 65.0 g/Kg
Crude Fibre max. 43.0 g/Kg
Moisture max. 10.0%
Ash max. 56.0 g/Kg
Calcium min. 9.0 g/Kg

Iron 200 mg/kg, Zinc 137 mg/kg, Copper 11 mg/kg, Manganese 29 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) 6.0 mg/kg, Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 1.5 mg/kg, Vitamin B12 72 mcg/kg, Vitamin K3 (Menadione) 1.5 mg/kg, Biotin 100 mcg/kg, Niacin 21 mg/kg, d-Pantothenic Acid 14 mg/kg, Folic Acid 0.3 mg/kg, Choline 2300 mg/kg.


Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Thu January 10, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: Third ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Inadequate meat content, may contain byproducts, low quality grains, controversial filler

The overwhelming majority of this food is comprised of grains. Corn and wheat are both low quality grains in dog foods. Corn is a cheap grain that is difficult to digest and commonly associated with food allergies. Wheat is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergies in dogs. Wheat middlings are a grain fragment (the remnants of wheat after milling) and filler. Even if these had all been good quality grains, we would still note that grains are not a natural foodstuff for canines, who should be fed products based on meat, not grain.

The first meat product, a named meat meal, does not occur until third on the ingredient list giving us little confidence in the meat content of the food. A further meat ingredient is "chicken and chicken products". This has no official definition, and we suspect it is in fact chicken byproducts. 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. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-products “consisting 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.” Digest is a further low quality inclusion that is material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed tissue.

Beet pulp is controversial filler which appears to be used in large quantities in this food. 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 note the use of synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems.

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