Review Date: Sat March 18, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0
Pros: Three meat products in first five ingredients, low level of grain, uses good quality ingredients throughout.
The first, second, fifth and seventh ingredients in the food are all named meat products, and all in meal form. There is a further (fresh) meat ingredient 11th on the ingredient list, though this is too far down to make up a substantive portion of the food.
The main grain in the food is rice (two forms). These are whole grains that are low-allergenic and a good quality source of carbohydrates and additional protein. There are no further grains in the food. Flaxseed is a good quality source of Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids as is sunflower oil. There is a good range of probiotics in the food.
This is an excellent looking food with very good meat content. The only grain contained in the food is rice, and there are no grain fragments or other fillers.
You didn't mention which formula of RC, so i just picked 26 boxer
Review Date: Wed January 2, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0
Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Insufficient meat content, low quality grain, controversial filler
The first ingredient in the food is a named meat product. It is the sole significant meat product in the food, and our confidence that this product contains a decent amount of meat is low. There is a further meat product 7th on the ingredient list, but this is not only a minor ingredient but is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once that is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. Ingredients are listed in order of weight, and the dehydrated ingredient would probably be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. It is highly unlikely that this ingredient makes any significant contribution to the overall meat content of the food.
The main grain in the food is rice, which is a decent quality grain. Wheat is not a desirable ingredient, however. It is considered by many to be the number one cause of food allergy problems in dog food. Wheat 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, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm. In plain English, that bit of the wheat leftover after most of the nutritious bits have been removed. Rice flour and pea fiber are further fillers
Chicken fat is the fourth ingredient. We note that research at Purdue university has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.
Beet pulp is controversial filler which appears to be used in large quantities in this food. 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. Soya oil is a further substance commonly linked to food allergies.