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Chicken is the first ingredient, which is good. Meat should always be number one, never grains. They have eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell. as the 3rd ingredient, which is very high, but it’s a very good protein source (among the best). The main grain they use is oats★★★★ Good source of fiber and energy but not whole ground for full nutritional value., which is a good choice for digestibility.
The inclusions of chicken liver and salmon later on are welcomed, as are flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. and salmon oil for heart healthy fatty acids. There are enough fruits and veggies in this to grow a garden. The only question is, is having only 1 meat source in the first 6 ingredients enough?? It’d be nice to see the salmon moved up or another meat included, but it’s a small quibble. This is a good food.
What’s good about this food….
Chicken is first ingredient, whole eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell., peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber. are prominent, many fruits and veggies used, salmon oil & flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber..
….and what’s not so good.
Only having one meat product in the first 6 ingredients may not be enough.
Chicken, Pea Protein, Whole Dried Eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell., Oats★★★★ Good source of fiber and energy but not whole ground for full nutritional value., Vegetable Broth, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative. and citric acid★★★ Vitamin C, immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic.), Pea Flour, Chicken Liver, Salmon, Flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber., Salmon Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative.), Pea Fiber, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes., Green Beans, Carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., Cranberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract., Zucchini, Alfalfa★★★ Source of chlorophyll, dietary fiber., Inulin, Calcium Sulfate★ Plaster of Paris! Firming agent., Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Taurine★★★ Standard source, necessary for cats who are unable to manufacture taurine on their own, helps regulate nervous system, promotes thyroid and cardiovascular health. Some benefit to dogs., Salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride., Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., Zinc Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Iron Proteinate★★★★★ Excellent, most expensive source of iron needed for red blood cell reproduction., Cobalt Proteinate★★★★★ Excellent source of cobalt, improves use, needed for B12 synthesis., Copper Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, Manganese Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Vitamin A Supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Choline Bitartrate, Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid★★ Vitamin C — this form can be harsher on stomach, anti-oxidant/immune stimulant, food preservative., Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Longum★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing., Enterococcous Faecium, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Calcium Iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength., Sodium Selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response..