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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2 - 2 3/4 cups

Crude Protein, minimum 30.0%
Crude Fat, minimum 20.0%
Crude Fiber, maximum 3.0%
Moisture, maximum 10.0%
Ash, maximum 6.0%

Vitamin A, minimum 25,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E, Minimum 1185 IU/kg
L-Carnitine minimum 40 ppm
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, min 3.4%*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, min 0.6%*

Calcium (Ca), minimum 1.2%
Phosphorus (P), minimum 1.0%
Glucosamine Hydrochloride, min 500 ppm*
Chondroitin Sulfate, minimum 150 ppm*

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Cracked Pearl Barley, Corn Gluten Meal, Whole Grain Rice, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Beet Pulp, Egg Product, Flax Seed, Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Chicory Root, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate. Manganese Proteinate, Chondroitin Sulfate, Manganese Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, L-Carnitine, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride,Vitamin B 12 Supplement, Menadione Dimethylprimidinol Bisulfite, Riboflavin, Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid.


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun June 25, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: First two ingredients are named meat products.
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, high in grain, use of some low quality grain and controversial filler.

The first two ingredients in the food are named meat products. However, the first is chicken inclusive of 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). There are no further meat ingredients in the food.

The main grain is barley, which is a decent quality grain. However, the next ingredient is corn gluten meal. Corn in any form 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. 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

Further grains are rice and oatmeal, both of which are decent quality, however, this is beginning to look like a very grain-heavy food.

Beet pulp is a low quality ingredient and 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.

We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product.

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