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Description: Ingredient list:
Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, rice, corn gluten meal, animal fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, source of vitamin e), natural poultry flavor, wheat, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, salt, brewers dried yeast, wheat flour, caramel color, wheat gluten, vegetable oil, calcium carbonate, taurine*, vitamins (dl-alpha tocopherol acetate [source of vitamin e], choline chloride,l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate [source of vitamin c*], vitamin a acetate, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin b1], d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin d3 supplement, riboflavin supplement [vitamin b2], biotin, vitamin b12 supplement), marigold meal (source of lutein*), trace minerals (zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide).

*not recognized as an essential nutrient by the aafco dog food nutrient profiles.

Crude Protein (Min.) 27.0%
Crude Fat (Min.) 11.0%
Crude Fiber (Max) 3.0%
Moisture (Max.) 12.0%
Calcium (Min.) 1.1%
Phosphorus (Min.) 0.9%
Vitamin E (Min.) 350 IU/kg
Lutein* (Min.) 5 mg/kg
Vitamin C* (Min.) 100 mg/kg

METABOLIZABLE ENERGY: 345 kcal per 8 oz cup


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon March 6, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Cons: Inadequate meat content, by-products, low quality grains, fat of unidentifiable origin.

The primary ingredients in the food are grains (it should be meat!). Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food.

The next ingredient is by-products. 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-product meal is “a meal 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.”

Corn appears a second time as corn gluten meal. The AAFCO definition of corn gluten meal 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 which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed.

Animal fat is a further low quality ingredient and is impossible to determine the source. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as "obtained from the tissues of mammals and/or 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".

The 7th, 12th and 13th ingredients are fragments of wheat. The use of wheat is a significant negative: wheat is believed to be the number one cause of allergy problems in dog food. This is another ingredient we prefer not to see used at all in dog food.

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