Pedigree dog food

October 16, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Pedigree

Pedigree Dog Food

Pedigree Dog Food is made and manufactured by MARS, Inc. Pedigree dog food comes in both a dry version and also a canned version. Pedigree also makes dog treats. You will find 8 different formulas of Pedigree dog food.

Pedigree dog foods come in eight different formulas designed to meet all the nutritional requirements for all life stages. Among the eight Pedigree kibbles, only two have been formulated to meet AAFCO nutrient standards.  Pedigree dog foods have received consistently low ratings because of the poor quality of its ingredients.

Among the ingredients used in all the Pedigree dog food formulas the base ingredients include ground whole corn, meat and bone meal, corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, and animal fat.

A good quality dog food should include ingredients that echo a dog’s diet in the wild. Although a dog is not considered an obligate carnivore, a huge percentage of its diet should be comprised of protein from animal sources.

Ground whole corn is not an ideal major ingredient of dog foods because dogs are not able to efficiently digest corn. In large amounts, corn has been associated with increased incidence of food allergies in dogs.  Another form of corn is corn gluten meal where the starchy component has been removed. Corn gluten meal contains protein, albeit an inferior source of plant-based protein.

Many dog food formulas have eliminated the use of chemical preservatives and artificial coloring which have been declared unwholesome additives however Pedigree has incorporated BHT and BHA as preservatives.

Whole grains are also added in the form of wheat and rice. The usual practice is to use feed grade wheat which is of inferior quality. Wheat has also been identified as one potential allergen in dog foods. On the other hand, rice has not been specified whether it’s brown, brewer’s, or even white rice. Different types of rice possess different qualities.

As it is, Pedigree dog food formulas are primarily corn-based with average protein from meat by-products and low fat levels.

Most customer feedbacks were fairly negative, although Pedigree did have some loyal supporters. Overall, this is not a brand that we would recommend.

Some voiced out fears that cheap sources of meat by-products may introduce toxic chemicals such as sodium thiopental or pentobarbital from euthanized animals which may have been purchased and processed for dog food.

Still others are questioning why most ingredients are unnamed or generic thus increasing doubts of the sources of these ingredients.

Some dog owners also reported that feeding Pedigree to their dogs resulted in skin problems and hair loss.

Please visit the links listed below for Pedigree dog food reviews by formula.

Have a comment or question about our Pedigree dog food review? Want to share your experiences with others? We welcome your comments!

Pedigree Dog Food Reviews

Pedigree Dog Food Formulas:

  2. PEDIGREE Senior Complete Nutrition Dog Food
  4. PEDIGREE SMALL BREED Nutrition Mini Crunchy Bites Dog Food
  5. PEDIGREE LARGE BREED Nutrition  Dog Food
  7. PEDIGREE PUPPY Food for Puppies Original Chicken Flavor Dog Food
  8. PEDIGREE Adult Complete Nutrition  Dog Food

Pedigree Dog Food Consumer Ratings

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