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Description: INGREDIENTS:
Fresh Chicken, Chicken Meal, Ground Whole Brown Rice, Ground Whole Yellow Corn, Oatmeal, Poultry Fat Preserved With Vitamins C and E (Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Whole Eggs, Dried Carrots, Dried Celery, Dried Sweet Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Ester-C (Source of Vitamin C), Garlic Powder, Dried Kelp, Alfalfa Meal, Monosodium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin A Acetate, D-Alpha Tocopherol (Source of Vitamin E Supplement), D-Activated Plant Sterol (Source of Vitamin D2), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Choline Chloride, Inositol, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K), Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite.

CRUDE PROTEIN 24.00% (Min.)
CRUDE FAT 15.00% (Min.)
CRUDE FIBER 4.00% (Max.)
ASH 7.00% (Max.)
MOISTURE 12.00% (Max.)
CALCIUM 1.20% (Min.)
PHOSPHORUS 1.0% (Min.)
*VITAMIN C 500 Mg/Kg (Min.)
VITAMIN E 250 IU/Kg (Min.)
*FATTY ACIDS (Omega 3) 0.80% (Min.)
FATTY ACIDS (Omega 6) 4.2% (Min.)


Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Mon November 21, 2005 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: High in grains, uses corn and fat of unidentifiable origin.

The first two ingredients are named meat products. The first is chicken inclusive of its water content (about 80%) and once that is removed it is likely that this ingredient would be more accurately placed somewhat further down the ingredient list (ingredients are listed in order of weight). Since the next ingredient is chicken meal, however, we can still be confident that the first ingredient in the food really is a meat product. Note also that this is an example of the practice of “splitting” (see note on main page), but in this case serves to increase our level of confidence in the amount of meat product in the food.

The next three ingredients are all grains. We appreciate that these are all whole grains, and therefore inclusive of their nutritional content. However, we also note that one of these grains is corn. Corn is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. Brown rice and oatmeal are quality ingredients. We believe it is likely that the sum of these grains is likely to be greater than the meat products in the food.

Poultry fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as obtained from the tissues of poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".

We appreciate the use of fruits and vegetables in the food, and note that it uses whole eggs.

With only one true meat product in the top five or so ingredients, and three grains, we are not confident that this food contains an adequate amount of meat product though it may contain more than some others in this class. The use of corn and fat of unidentifiable origin contribute to its rating.

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