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|Barked: Sat Jun 2, '07 6:28pm PST |
|Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), rice flour, beef, soy flour, sugar, sorbitol, tricalcium phosphate, water, animal digest, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sorbic acid (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried peas, dried carrots, calcium carbonate, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, vitamin supplements (E, A, B-12, D-3), added color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 2), DL-Methionine, zinc sulfate, glyceryl monostearate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.
The ingredients listed above is for their "Original Formula" There are countless ingredients that, in my opinion, aren't fit for dogs and provide nothing more than "enough to get by" - but getting by at what quality of life? Aside from the fact that they choose to use 3 different flour sources, SORBITOL, beef tallow (which is not only used in animal feed but making soap, bird food, and as a raw material in making biodiesel and other oleochemicals) animal digest (just stop and think about this one!) sugar (because sorbitol wasn't enough?)
And get THIS....apparently their low quality ingredients made it into "Wikipedia - an online encyclopeda" - THIS IS QUOTED FROM THEIR SITE:
In many cases, by-product meals are derived from "4-D" meat sources -- defined as food animals that have been rejected for human consumption because they were presented to the meat packing plant as "Dead, Dying, Diseased or Disabled." The quality of animal meat by-products also tends to be very inconsistent between batches.
Meat by-products are commonly found in lower-grade pet foods and even many of the larger name brands, including Science Diet (even their prescription diet product line), Purina (both Purina One and Purina Pro Plan), and Iams / Eukanuba. Ingredients listed as "meat, beef, chicken, and/or poultry by-products" on pet food labels are not required to include actual meat, and "rendered meat" on labels can refer to any rendered mammal meat, including dogs and cats.
I think the last paragraph alone sums up why in the world I would never advise anyone, even my enemies to purchase a product like this!
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