Pedigree Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Pedigree Dog Food receives the Advisor’s lowest rating of 1 star.

The Pedigree product line includes nine dry dog foods. Although each appears to be designed for a specific life stage, we were unable to find AAFCO nutritional profile recommendations for these dog foods on the product’s web page.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition
  • Pedigree Active Targeted Nutrition
  • Pedigree Puppy Complete Nutrition
  • Pedigree Small Dog Targeted Nutrition
  • Pedigree Large Dog Targeted Nutrition
  • Pedigree Healthy Joints Targeted Nutrition
  • Pedigree Healthy Weight Targeted Nutrition
  • Pedigree Healthy Longevity Targeted Nutrition
  • Pedigree Sensitive Targeted Nutrition (2 stars)

Pedigree Large Dog Targeted Nutrition was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Pedigree Large Dog Targeted Nutrition

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 25% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 56%

Ingredients: Ground whole grain corn, poultry by-product meal (source of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate), corn gluten meal, animal fat (source of omega 6 fatty acids [preserved with BHA & citric acid]), meat and bone meal (source of calcium), soybean meal, ground whole grain wheat, chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, dried plain beet pulp, natural flavor, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, monocalcium phosphate, dried peas, vitamins (choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, niacin [vitamin B3], biotin, d-calcium pantothenate [source of vitamin B5], riboflavin supplement [vitamin B2], pyridoxine hydrochloride [vitamin B6], vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], vitamin D3 supplement), minerals (zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide), dried carrots, added color (red 40, yellow 5, blue 2), BHA & citric acid (a preservative)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis22%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis25%11%56%
Calorie Weighted Basis23%26%51%

The first ingredient in this dog food is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.

The second ingredient is poultry by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It’s made from what’s left of slaughtered poultry after all the prime cuts have been removed.

In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this stuff can contain almost anything — feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs — anything except quality skeletal muscle (real meat).

We consider poultry by-products slightly lower in quality than a single-species ingredient (like chicken by-products).

On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh poultry.

The third ingredient is corn gluten meal. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Although corn gluten meal contains 60% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient is animal fat. Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals.

Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from almost anywhere: roadkill, spoiled supermarket meat, dead, diseased or dying cattle — even euthanized pets.

For this reason, we do not consider generic animal fat a quality ingredient.

What’s worse, this fat is preserved with BHA, a suspected cancer-causing agent.

The fifth ingredient is meat and bone meal, a dry “rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents”.1

Meat and bone meal can have a lower digestibility than most other meat meals.

Scientists believe this decreased absorption may be due to the ingredient’s higher ash and lower essential amino acid content.2

What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this ingredient could come from almost anywhere: spoiled supermarket meat, roadkill, dead, diseased or dying livestock — even euthanized farm animals.

Even though meat and bone meals are still considered protein-rich meat concentrates, we do not consider a generic ingredient like this a quality item.

The sixth ingredient is soybean meal, a by-product of soybean oil production more commonly found in farm animal feeds.

Although soybean meal contains 48% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The seventh ingredient is wheat. Wheat is another cereal grain and subject to the same issues as corn (previously discussed).

The eighth ingredient is chicken by-product meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Chicken by-product meal is a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It’s made from what’s left of a slaughtered chicken after all the prime cuts have been removed.

In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this stuff can contain almost anything — feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs — anything except feathers.

On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

In any case, although this item contains all the amino acids a dog needs, we consider chicken by-products an inexpensive, lower quality ingredient.

The ninth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With six notable exceptions

First, beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

Next, dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

In addition, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

Next, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Also, we’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his kibble is?

And lastly, this food is preserved with BHA, a suspected cancer-causing agent.

Pedigree Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Pedigree Dog Food looks like a below-average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 25%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 56%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 12%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 55% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 45%.

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the corn gluten meal, soybean meal and dried peas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a modest amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Pedigree Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a modest amount of poultry by-product and meat and bone meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1 star.

Not recommended.

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04/08/2015 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  2. Shirley RB and Parsons CM, Effect of Ash Content on Protein Quality of Meat and Bone Meal, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Poultry Science, 2001 80: 626-632
  • Mechele Whisman

    Pedigree recently changed their dog food. They are adding more Green and Red Dye. My Min Pin and Char Pei both have had an allergic reaction. Itching all the time to the point of splotches all over their body. I’ve contacted Pedigree and unless more people contact them they wont do anything. I’ve been feeding my dogs this for 20 plus years.

  • G0m3r

    So you didn’t take him in to see what exactly was causing it…? you are assuming it was just the food. I’d like to know what exactly caused it since so many dog owners feed their dogs this food with no ill effects.

  • Terry Munro

    I have fed Pedigree dry adult like forever. I have had everything from Doxies to Great Danes and my dogs have done great!! I fed Science Diet Lg. Puppy for their first year and then switched over. I don’t get the bad rap pedigree gets. They love the new formula.

  • Joyce Smith

    They recently changed their dog food. Since they did my dogs have been vomiting and have bad gas. Looking into buying something else.

  • kag31489

    I had my dog on the weight management version for the first time and she also got hives and rashes. Poor thing was so itchy she chewed the fur off of the base of her tail and her inner thighs! Switched to Kibbles N Bits and the reaction started to subside. I found that Pure Balance dry dog food is exceptional and has great ingredients! Also our dog loved it, it’s a little higher in price but worth the couple extra dollars to know they are getting good food! Walmart typically carries it. Also BEWARE PURINA BRAND PERIOD. There has been a report of over 4,000 dogs dying after eating their various dog foods. Too many dogs for it to be a coincidence.

  • brindlepits

    I recently switched my dogs from beneful healthy weight to pedigree chicken flavor adult. Yesterday I had woken up to my pit Lola having hives! Bumps all over her back! Poor girl. She had a severely bad allergic reaction to this dog food! Does anyone know a good dog food? That’s reasonable in price?

  • Leslie Vetter Phiscator

    I actually HAVE talked to the vet regarding my use of Pedigree. My dog has been on it since he was born (he’ll be 4 in June), and the vet does NOT see a problem with it. He is healthy, has good muscle tone and bone structure, and healthy teeth. His reasoning is if there was going to be an issue with a food allergy, we would have seen it long ago.

  • Dori

    Gets them every time!

  • Pitlove

    LOL love it

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I first read that as “anyone notice how golden retreivers always seem to feed this food to their dogs?” lol 😀

  • Pitlove

    anyone notice how people with golden retreivers always seem to feed this food to their dogs? i mean it has a golden retreiver on the has to be good for them!

  • Shawna

    Some nutrients will always be better than no nutrients.

  • ashmcb

    I’ve found that owners who feed pedigree for the life of the dog often is blind of the nutritional benefits elsewhere. If this is all the dog has ever eaten, how can we know if they would he doing better on a different food? Unless your dog has a reaction– which many don’t– then by feeding the sane food their whole life you wouldn’t know they aren’t doing as well as they could.

  • Raymie Hurley

    I have used Pedigree dog food since 1999 and all my dog’s have loved it. There weight is good and they are all healthy. I have had many dogs in my life time and Pedigree seems to be good enough for my dogs.

  • MajorStewie

    you can read my response about it here.
    the facts about eating the right food is real maybe some dogs react worse to bad food than others but pedigree is bad food and its that simple. imagine eating a good and balanced diet everyday you will get healthier and have more energy. so why can’t your dog?

  • Kelly

    I will have to try that one. Thank you!

  • monty

    no frozen, they love frozen treats. I hate promoting walmart but the price is right and they are there all year round. give it to them with a spoonful of plain non fat yogurt. probiotics, great for the digestion.

  • monty

    years off their life? We had a Chow Chow that made it 2 months shy of 19 yrs. A GSD that was a month shy of fifteen. Very old for a Chow Chow and GSD. to me that’s a moot point.

  • Kelly

    Never tried that. I know she loves watermelon and on occasion will eat a slice of apple. I will do that when they come in season. Do you mash them at all?

  • monty

    blackberries are very good for skin and coat. the omegas in the seeds. excellent fruit, great antioxidants and not very expensive compared to items dedicated to dry skin.

  • monty

    we have always had good luck with Pedigree. Our two kids (GSDs) have been on it their whole life 8 & 6 yrs. The vet says their health is great. Muscles and skeleton, just fine. We had a Chow Chow that was 2 months shy of 19 yrs. Another GSD that was a month shy of 15 yrs. They have all been fed Pedigree from puppy chow to adult. Except our 6 yrs old. She was being fed Ecanuba puppy when we got her at 3 months old so we finished her puppy chow days with it. I do not like all the ingredients in it but, we have never had any issues with ours kids health because of it. Maybe we are lucky or maybe its okay food.

  • Kluck Katie

    I used to feed my golden retriever Pedigree until he was a year old. He would constantly get ear infections, skin infections, hair loss, hot spots, you name it. We were in the vet about once every 2 weeks. I spent thousands of dollars on his health issues. I figured he was just a sickly dog, but on a whim I decided to try Simply Nourish dog food. Since I switched, I have not had to take him back to the vet at all (besides annual checkups). Pedigree may work for some dogs, but definitely not for dogs who have bad food allergies. I would not feed myself or my family the ingredients in this food, so why would I feed my dog them? He is now 5 years old and healthier than can be. Just make sure to do your research before purchasing dog food and don’t skimp out just because Pedigree it’s cheaper.

  • Laura Cazares

    I adopted my dog form the shelter 5 yrs ago. She was fed Pedigree then and I have kept her on it since. She has always maintained great weight, her coat is healthy and she is overall very healthy. Her teeth are very healthy and she is happy. I do not see anything wrong with this food with my dog. As long as she is healthy and all her bloodwork at the vet is normal, that’s what counts. Just like Trifexis, people claiming it kills dogs…she has been on Trifexis for 5 years, have never had any adverse side effects with it. Now, I did pick up a small bag of Beneful the other day to get me through a couple days til I got to Sam’s to pick up another bag of Pedigree, not kidding she had a horrible loose bowel movement with blood in it. I thought it was due to the sudden change in food; which may very well be, but after just watching the news about Beneful makes me wonder if it really was the dog food. My girl has never had stools like that before. Again, could be related to a food allergy to something in the dog food, like humans, when having a food allergy you get an upset tummy followed by loose/bloody stools. May I declare peace on my post/comment. Not looking for an argument or anyone to push their views/opinions/feelings onto me. My decision/choice is to feed Pedigree and until the day she starts showing me that it is upsetting her, I will continue feeding it to her.

  • Kelly

    Well, we are all entitled to our opinions and conclusions based off of all the facts we chose to listen to and read.

  • neezerfan

    I did. The only one I consider valid is from Upenn discussing coefficient of bias is from 1982. Someone claiming they couldn’t get a refund for their subscription does not suggest to me they are being paid for their reviews.

  • Kelly

    Just as I thought. You didn’t fully read through all of the articles listed.

  • MajorStewie

    yeah just like i thought. this shows that consumer reports is not perfect and you can’t trust everybody everything its only normal really. but to make a claim that they are being paid is huge and needs good evidence to back that up from a good and provable source.

  • aquariangt

    Dog foods that were available in the 60s and 70s are not the same as the dog foods available today, even within brands.
    And unfortunately, I barely consider TotW and Blue to be better than Pedigree. All of them are on my never feed list

  • MajorStewie

    i’m totally guessing but this may be do to pure breeding (aka a lot of inbreeding). i know any mammal develops genetic issues from that because of scientific reasons. okay i did some research and you have to find out if your breeder is breeding correctly to prevent this. bulldogs are a prime example of poor practices that some argue the most humane thing is to let the breed die off or somehow reverse the genetic issues. plus breeding in desirable traits can have negative health effects such as sizes of dogs being too large.

  • Kelly
  • neezerfan

    Could you post links to those reports? I’m curious.

  • Kelly

    Sorry to burst your Internet bubble but there are lots of reports issued that state to be careful with consumer reports. Like I said, be careful with what you read on the Internet. This article even has a disclaimer.

    Take care, have a great week and just love your 4 legged child. That is what matters in the long run.

  • MajorStewie

    to make a claim that consumer reports is paid by companies to have reviews done cannot be accepted by any sane person (consumer reports subscriber) unless you give acceptable evidence that uses good details and reasoning.

    and what is this bias thing about that gives you permission to disregard the website founder’s information that is based on facts with good reasoning.

  • Kelly

    Consumer Reports is often tainted by companies that pay to have reviews done. Anytime that happens there is a bias in the system. Just as in most surveys etc. That is why it is better not to base things off of what is solely listed on the internet.

    I’m sorry that we differ in opinion. That is part of what makes this world great.

    As for us, we are going to stay with what has been proven to work for us.

    I don’t need to watch a video containing even more biases. But I appreciate your interest.

    Take care!

  • MajorStewie

    it still would be interesting to hear about that study they did into pet food selections and the details and reasoning behind it. also if one bag of pedigree is this bad it is likely they make the food in a similar way with their other bags. the proof is with many other name brands.

    and i don’t trust highly recommended and rated vets. i rather see the details myself in order to be satisfied because people don’t know what is the best or not even the vets. unless of course i know he/she does. an example is this website or where i can be statisfied enough that they take everything into consideration. i can appreciate how much more educated and knowledgeable vets are than me but i’ve read of horror stories online about poor practices from vets.

  • Kelly

    Lol. What are you talking about. Both are great vets with excellent recommendations and reviews.

    Look. All vets and doctors have their own opinions based off of years of studies. Not just 1 study like above.

    Even the study above states that not all of the versions of pedigree were reviewed. So there is an obvious flaw right there.

  • MajorStewie

    ok first vet was bad. 2nd vet is good. what would good vet say?

  • Kelly

    My vet is older, and a little old fashioned. As long as the nutritional means are met he is happy.

    My pup gets her blood checked as required etc and has never had an issue.

    Her first vet recommended the Pedigree with Lamb and Rice (weight control). This was before we switched to this vet when we moved here 8 years ago. He is one of the highest reviewed vets in the county.

  • MajorStewie

    you should see my first comment but somebody deleted that. would your vet approve of pedigree if your vet saw this review? it would be interesting to hear.

  • Kelly

    Did you read anything that I wrote, or did you just see someone posting something positive and then lash out in some trollish internet fashion?

  • MajorStewie

    this is one of the worst dog foods you can give to your dog and i’m not saying this because it my opinion. its based on the facts above. everything has pros and cons. sure you are paying less but then you also taking off years off your dog and you can soon expect your dog to develop painful and expensive issues due to feeding your dog pedigree and due the above reasoning. sure your dog can survive off of this food the same way humans can survive off of mcdonalds.

  • Kelly

    We have been a pedigree family for over 12 years. She has had NO major health problems, ideal weight etc. We have always used the same Formula “Healthy Weight” version. Her vet is happy with her health and her weight which has stayed almost constant every day of her life. Except for the months that we have given her an extra treat or two (holidays). Look, If you choose to purchase the more expensive higher quality foods then go for it. Don’t bash other people for doing what they feel is best for their family and their pet. As for this family, we are set. Although I might add that we add the Pedigree wet food to the dry food as well. This is more for the added oils to help with a Shepherds dry skin.

    *Edit – My Pups life expectancy based on her breed was 9-10 years. She is 12 and still has the same energy she had when she was 2.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I agree about this food being crap, but just to be clear it is not made by Purina. Not that Purina’s food is any better, that is.

  • Ryan

    I feel like purina has people post stuff like this to make it seem like their food is good. You can’t look at this food and defend it. It’s crap.

  • Kgutierz

    For many many years, Pedigree was the number one choice of dog foods. I showed Great Danes and Dobermans for years. They were all very healthy and beautiful. From the 60’s through the 70’s I fed my dogs Pedigree. NOW, I purchase the supposedly better dog foods, Taste of Wild, Blue Diamond, etc etc. Interestingly I have had more vet bills in the past 15 years then I EVER had back in the day.

  • Amy

    I rescued a perfect little lab&beagle puppy. She’s 8 weeks old and I’ve been informed by the shelter that they feed her with pedigree till now. I did my research and decided to give her avoderm for puppies. Any one tried it? Also, will it be smart to start giving her new food right away? I don’t want her to feel unsafe in her new home with all this chAnges. Any suggestions?

  • mcgtrinsofla

    all i’m saying is that pedigree has worked fo rme and my dogs, they ALL lived happy and healthy lives right up to a peaceful, loving end,,,,,,,,,,on average 13-16 years,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Babslynne

    I’m sure I could live on McDonald’s french fries and survive but that doesn’t mean I would be healthy. I love my dogs too much to take a chance on making them unhealthy, and vet bills are much more expensive than a few extra dollars for better dog food and peace of mind knowing they will die from natural causes and not some cheap dog food filled with artificial dyes that causes cancer, or dead, dying or diseased slaughter house waste by products used in Pedigree and Beneful dog food.

  • mcgtrinsofla

    i’ve raised doggs for over 40 years and they ALL got pedigree,,,,,,,,,,,,only one has lived less than 12 years and she was poisoned by a neighbor.
    bottom line,,, the dogs loved it ,and lived long lives,,, and enjoyed their milk bones, too,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • spca-nut

    no matter how long i tried to transitioned him over to another food if he knew there was something new in his food he wouldnt eat it. he absolutly refused to eat something new. he ended up losing lots of weight because of this

  • theBCnut

    Do you know how many “best” foods there are? Hundreds! You should be able to find ones that will work for you.
    The reason they are the best is because they are like health food, not junk food. If your dog is addicted to junk, then you can try adding a healthy food to his junk, but keep it in small amounts for a long time and over a period of weeks, try to work him up to eating at least half of his food as something healthy. Stay away from anything made by Diamond, Evangers, and Blue Buffalo. They have a terrible reputation when it comes to quality control and it would be “no wonder” if your dog vomited them up.

  • spca-nut

    i very slowly transitioned him over. he just wouldnt eat. i was told to leave a bowl of food on the ground and whenever he wanted to eat he would because its instince for animals to not starve themselves. he basically chose to starve himself. we took him to a vet for professional help and we were told he was under weight 15-20 pounds and needed to put on weight somehow. they said pedigree isnt the best food but if its the only thing he eats then feed it to him.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I agree with everything Babslynne suggested, and I also wanted to add that at the very least if you do stay with Pedigree, please feed it with a high quality, high protein canned topper to increase the quality of your dog’s nutritional intake. Using a canned topper with (to start) the Pedigree may also help him transition to a better kibble as it then becomes “just” the kibble that’s being switched rather than his entire nutritional intake.

  • Babslynne

    Did you slowly transition him over a period of a week or two to any of the new foods? You need to mix the old with the new food 75% old food with 25%new for 4 to 5 days, then 50/50 a few more days, 25% old and 75% new food a few more days, then all new food. the slower you transition the easier it will be on his stomach to avoid throwing up and diarrhea. Giving a probiotic will also help during the change also.

  • spca-nut

    I’ve tried all the best known dry foods in pet stores and even tried raw. My boy would eat it and either stop after a week or vomit it all out. I wish he liked a better brand of dog food but all he wants to eat is pedigree.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I loved the “Cause for Paws” program that aired on Thanksgiving. I applaud them for helping shelter pets, but I wish Pedigree would spend less money on advertising and use some of that money to make a better food. Too many unknowing people that adopt a dog will believe that it really is a quality food.

  • cats and dogs

    Hi Sausha,
    Thank you for your post, it made interesting and informative reading. I too struggle with trying to give what is
    right for my beloved Labrador. I have
    known for some time that Pedigree Dry food is utter **ap and it has been advised to me by my vet as comparable to giving your dog cheese burgers 365 days per year.

    Unfortunately, we are fooled by the name Pedigree.
    They are a massive company owned by the Mars Group and they have a huge array of pet products which are retailed in practically every supermarket, convenience
    store and corner shop.

    Having said that I do give her some of the Pedigree treats in small amounts.

    I adopted Lexi Honey when she was one year old. I am not sure what she was being given but I suspect it was some cheap s/mkt brand as a half used pack accompanied her to my home.

    She is now 2 yrs and 2 months old and I started her on Royal Canin selected breed in 1st 6 months and have gradually moved over to Hills Science Plan.

    I hear Origen (Canadian product) is very good and probably the best but is very expensive and only available on line from where I live. Another one which I have just recently come across and I want to try is Belcando which is also not available in store here but I hear it is also an excellent dog food if one is to believe the marketing hype.

    In regard to your reply to Bob K, I can see how you would take offence and so would I if it were me. Don’t worry, there are countless thousands like this right across cyber space who jump before digesting the details properly and in most cases are only happy to condemn or to criticise.

    All best wishes to you and your beloved Pet/Pets.

    Alex ,….. from Ireland.

  • Penny Foreman

    There is always the do it yourself BARF diet. You cam go to thier Web site amd get instructions for preparing your dogs meals fresh. Its actually quite economical.

    That said, Taste if the wild dog food is cheaper than constant trips to the vet to tReay allergies or worse, cancer.

  • Penny Foreman

    I’m talking about the canola oil we used what most restaurants use as well as and fat rendered off the griddles. Pedegree buys used restaurant cooking oil & fat and it’s a major ingredient in the dog food made in its, Kentucky plant. I know they bought mine every week. Its not healthy for dogs new it certainly isn’t healthy for them used. There is no place in a dog’s diet for used discarded grease and oils. I believe this is a major factor in why so many dogs that eat these types of dog foods end up with cancer. Thats my opinion. I won’t feed that horrible crap to my dog he deserve better.

  • Bob K

    What “Cooking Oil” are you speaking of? There are many types of cooking oil including: animal fat (Lard), Corn oil, Canola Oil and many others. Recycled oils are nothing new and have been used in both human and pet foods for years.

  • Penny Foreman

    Cooking oil shouldn’t go into dog food at all

  • Annie

    I seen in a nearby wal mart pedigree makes the dry food steak and vegetable flavor.

  • Shawna

    I can certainly understand your confusion!!! :)

    Hopefully the notification was just a fluke. I’ve been on DFA, and VERY active up until just recently, for over three years and don’t recall this ever happening to me (fingers crossed, knocking on wood that it doesn’t in the future either)..

    Have a nice night!!

  • theBCnut

    Well, I can’t blame you. That is hands down the weirdest thing I have heard of Disqus doing, and Disqus has done some severely bizarre things.

  • CDub

    I will go on record as apologizing for the post, and you are correct, I am not Charles. I typically don’t weigh in on these internet squabbles. Here is the confusing part on my end; Disqus notified me that I had a reply (I expected it to be from Charles) when I clicked to view, your response to Charles was what it showed me. (that’s why I didn’t look to the right to see from, or to whom, the comment was intended) From this I draw the conclusion that this is done intentionally by disqus to keep arguments going. That is the reason I saw no point in replying to BCnut.

  • Bob K

    So you make your dog food decision based on a companies marketing promotions/donations. There are many 3 star rated kibbles that are far better then Pedigree at the same price. ProPlan is a far better food than Beniful or Pedigree. A 10 year old dog can have lots of issues. Many dogs do not get enough exercise and are left crated or housed with no way to eliminate. This is also a major contributing cause of health issues.

  • Sausha

    The reason I ever fed my dog pedigree in the first place was because they had a campaign in which they donated money to rescue dogs from kill shelters. Unfortunately when I ended up getting from this, was an expensive lesson on feeding my dog cheap food.My 10-year-old American Eskimo recently, this week, had bladder surgery to have two very large struvite crystals removed from her bladder. When I first got her, I did the research and realized that cooking a fresh meal for her daily would be the best way to go, but times got hard and I started feeding her grocery store brands of food such as: pro plan, pedigree, beeniful, etc. Everything seemed okay, but then during one of our puppy massage times that I have done with her since she was a pup, I noticed a bulge near the bladder area. A few days later, I thought that she was constipated so I took her to the vet. Our veterinarian then asked me are you sure The problem isn’t in her bladder? Then proceeded to show me the clanking sound the two stones could make as he smacked them together like rocks in a sack! The surgery to remove everything was $1400! I will never feed another dog storebrand food again! Currently she is on Blue Buffalo freedom for small breed dogs, but that is only a portion of what I feed her. The bulk of her food now consists of things such as: cranberries, squash, chicken, turkey etc. with a handful of kibble to serve as more nutrients. I learned a very expensive lesson, and I hope that this comment can help someone out there make the decision to stay away from cheap foods full of crap. I also advise people before getting a dog to really do the research and see what is best for that breed and their digestive systems. If I had only paid attention to the research that I did, I never would’ve put my dog, or my wallet through that.

  • theBCnut

    While I think this food is pretty disgusting, diseases and parasites would be killed off by the process of turning these gross ingredients into “food.” Who knows what diseases eating stuff like this may cause, though.

  • Shawna

    Okay, now I’m seriously confused??? I just saw theBCnut’s reply to you. Initially I thought you were Charles but had changed your login name. Now I see that you are two different people so this makes a little more sense. As BCnut states, my comment was to Charles. :0) Sorry for the confusion.

    Discuss can be a bit difficult to follow but you can easily identify who is responding to whom by looking at the name in gray just to the right of the poster’s name.

    I’m going to delete my first post as it makes no sense in lieu of this new info.

    Thanks BCnut for knowing what’s going on here!!! :)

  • Shawna

    I appreciate the clarification but I’m sure you can understand my confusion if you consider the fact that I received the email notification because your reply was linked to a comment I left and you did not mention Dori’s name in your comment.

    I apologize for not being able to read your mind accurately. My bad. :)

    For clarification :) — I’m quite impressed that you were able to anticipate Dori’s response and comment to her that many hours before it was even left. Your comment was posted on 9/17 at 1:17am. Dori’s first post in the conversation was 16 hours later at 5.24pm. Impressive for sure!!

  • Elias

    There could be deseases or parasites
    In that food

  • Elias

    I wonder whats in the bone meal
    The could be eating their own species

  • theBCnut

    For clarification, Shawna’s post was written a month ago to Charles Reinhart, NOT you. Shawna does not control the in which Disqus shows posts. Your snarky attitude is inappropriate. Even IF Shawna had responded to you, she has every right to do so.

  • CDub

    For clarification, if you re-read the post yet again, you may find my response was to Dori, it addresses Dori in the post, not you.
    Edit — for clarification, I could not be less concerned with what your dog had for breakfast.

  • Bob K

    Pedigree is using discarded restaurant ingredients from local restaurants that you are paid for. One day its good enough for humans the next it is recycled for pet food. Maybe they should buy it one day earlier from you when it is still used for humans.

  • Penny Foreman

    I used to own a bar and restaurant near Nashville and not too far from the Pedegee processing dog food plant in KY. There is a company called Southland grease out of Dickson TN that bought our used grease. This was a combination of old cooking oil drained from deep fryers as well as animal fat drippings collected from the griddle scrappings. Since the grand daughter of the grease collection companys owner is a close friend, of mine, I know exactly were they sell every bit of, the used grease they buy from restaurants like mine. They sell it to Pedegee. This, is, the primary source for both the animal fat and the vegetable oil that goes into thier dog food.
    THAT THE QUALITY OF INGREDIENTS that you can expect for your dog from this company.
    Pedegree uses restaurant waste grease exclusively! Don’t feed this, to your dog!

  • Dori

    Glad your dog is doing well.

  • Melanie

    Thanks Pat. Ears are all clear and clean now since I got him off the chicken and rice food.

  • Pat C.

    Dark gunk in ears could be waste from ear mites. Vet Solutions makes a highly rated ear cleanser which you can buy on Amazon to take care of that.

  • theBCnut

    Well, my dogs don’t get boiled goat heads, but… they do really like them raw. And thing of all those good nutrients in eye and brain tissue… I had to wonder what “scraps” charles thinks are worse than what gets put in kibble.

  • Stan Rawlinson

    As I said you are either a Fishwife or trailer trash, I really do not look at comments on a day to day basis. This came to light I saw your comments and I understood what you are by your language.

    If you knew what you were talking about you probably would not have commented.

  • Darcy Bono

    Did you really just respond to a comment made 4 months ago!? That may be the most petty thing I’ve encountered in a long time. I’m not even going to dignify your response with further comment because, unlike you, I have the maturity to let things go.

  • Stan Rawlinson

    Charles you are right they did get left overs boiled goats heads and the like.However in those left overs did you get these?

    At the time of writing I believe the ten below are still used in the preparation of Bakers Complete.

    E320 – has been found to be tumour-producing when fed to rats. In human studies it has been linked with urticaria, angioedema and asthma.

    E321 – banned for use in food in Japan, Romania, Sweden, and Australia. The US has barred it from being used in infant foods. So bad McDonalds have voluntarily eliminated it from their products.

    E310 – Banned from children’s foods in the US because it is thought to cause the blood disorder methemoglobinemia

    E172 – Banned in Germany

    E132 – Can cause skin sensitivity, a rash similar to nettle rash, itching, nausea, high blood pressure and breathing problems. One of the colours that the Hyperactive Children’s Support Group recommends be eliminated from the diet of children. Banned in Norway.

    E102 – TARTRAZINE – A trial on 76 children diagnosed as hyperactive, showed that tartrazine provoked abnormal behaviour patterns in 79% of them

    E110 – Sunset Yellow has been found to damage kidneys and adrenals when fed to laboratory rats. It has also been found to be carcinogenic when fed to animals

    E104 – One of the colours that the Hyperactive Children’s Support Group recommends be eliminated from the diet of children. Banned in Australia, Japan, Norway and the United States.

    E171 – Banned in Germany

    E153 – Banned as a food additive in the United States of America. Suspected as a carcinogenic agent.

    – See more at:

  • Stan Rawlinson

    Hi Darcy
    Your language and knowledge is of the fishwife and trailer trash.

    If you want to post moderate your language

  • Melanie

    By the way the beef Fromm is grain free that I’m feeding him

  • Melanie

    Thanks for the reply Dori. He’s been on many grain free foods and his ears were perfect. Problem was he would start losing weight. I don’t know if it was the high protein or what. I’m now trying the Fromm beef formula. It has 30% protein and 18% fat. He’s been on it before but I only fed him a small bag and he loved it. It’s just very pricey here. He lost weight on Victor. I could see his ribs. He’s very fit so I don’t like to se him get to thin. I swear he looked like he was wasting away a little. Very weird. Anyways, always up for intelligent suggestions.