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Old March 23rd, 2006, 12:38 PM
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Anyone heard of First Mate??

I had never heard of this food before last week...When I was in the pet store, I saw their Potato and Fish treats (stinky but Dodger loved them). I looked them up on the internet and realized they're a Canadian company - what do you think of their pet food?

Here's the ingredients for "First Mate: Ultra Premium Naturally Holistic"

Whole chicken, chicken meal, whole ground brown rice, pearled barley, organic spelt, whole steamed potatoes, herring meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), sardine oil, whole raw apples, whole steamed carrots, zeolite(TF183), alfalfa sprouts, dried kelp, Whole cranberries, whole blueberries, cottage cheese, organic flax, avocado oil, garlic, Yucca plant extract, rosemary, bee pollen, Spirulina algae.Vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, vitamin B12, d-pantothenic acid, folic acid, d-biotin, iron, zinc proteinate, manganese, copper proteinate, iodine, cobalt, selenium, glucanase, protease, amylase, cellulase, (Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract used as an aid to digestion), probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus.

Protein (minimum)...................25.0%
Fat (minimum).......................15.0%
Moisture (maximum)................10.0%
Fibre (maximum).................... 4.0%
Ash (maximum)..................... 10.0%
Calcium (actual)..................... 1.0%
Phosphorus (actual)................. 0.6%
Calcium/Phosphorus ratio.........1.6:1.0
Digestible Energy.........3600 KCAL/kg

http://www.firstmate.com/

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Old March 23rd, 2006, 10:33 PM
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I don't know what organic spelt and zeolite(TF183) are... If they're not bad things, it's a good food, IMO. It's got the controversial vitamin K though. Bee pollen is supposed to help stimulate the immune system.
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Old March 24th, 2006, 02:51 PM
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Spelt is a grain that`s been around for a long time.

Zeolite is fairly new, I think, and one of those health food supplements for the immune system and a detoxifier.

The only thing I`d question in this food is the Vitamin K IMO

Alfalfa and kelp have Vitamin K...maybe they should increase the amounts of that instead.
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Old March 30th, 2006, 09:23 PM
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zeolite minerals, i've bought to absorb smells left in my carpet!

they also sell it in garden centres to till into your garden if there is a high clay content, it keeps the clay from sticking together.
http://www.gsaresources.com/zeolite.htm
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Old March 31st, 2006, 01:13 AM
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I dunno anything about minerals (in fact, I barely know anything about anything :sad: ) but maybe the TF183 means its not the industrial anti...carpet...smell...kind...
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