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 indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis22%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis25%11%56%
Calorie Weighted Basis23%26%51%
Protein = 23% | Fat = 26% | Carbs = 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
  • Jeffrey Culbert

    At least Ol’ Roy is made in the U.S.A. with U.S. ingredients except for iron oxide which comes from Germany and dye which comes from Indonesia. I am still researching Pedigree, but Purina imports ingredients from China. There are hundreds of complaints online about dogs that have died after eating Purina products. “Made in America” no longer means anything as long as they use ingredients from overseas. Betsy Farms are also made in America with U.S. ingredients. Big Heart pet foods refuse to answer my question about where their ingredients come from.

  • Amanda Galarneau

    I need help convincing a friend this food is awful. I directed him to this site and he just said “that’s what we fed our last dog and she lived 15 years” any helpful pointers? How do I persuade him to even try a mid-tier brand ? Suggestions ?

  • theBCnut

    Actually, roadkill and rotten hotdogs would have far more meat and far less colorings and bad preservatives. This stuff is more like living off of Fruitloops before they got rid of the bad food dyes.

  • Jason Shwagner

    If you are a dog lover then buy better food as the money you save from less vet care etc saves you in the long run anyway. This food is like feeding your dog roadkill and rotten hotdogs man.

  • Jason Shwagner

    Anyone that would know about the lousy nutrients in this junk and feed a loved dog this abysmal garbage is guilty of abuse in my book. Some people just dont know or are newbies to dog food, but most should know better. This is the equivalent of feeding your kids prison food or nutra-loaf. Funny thing is, this puke is only a few bucks less at MOST than a bag of many decent 3.5 star dry kibbles out there with vaaaastly superior nutrients and overall ingredients. Please do some research folks and never feed a beloved pet anything Pedigree, Ol’ Roy, Alpo etc. All are basically bagged roadkill. No, seriously.

  • taylor

    Pedigree is literally the worst food to feed your dog. This analysis is completely true. You shouldn’t even give your dog food with grain. It’s a filler in food so your dog eats and eats until it’s full then hours later it eats again because there was no you’re buying more and more food and in turn spending more money. if you buy it because it’s cheep then don’t own a dog

  • Malflasso

    My dog would begin to heave and vomit minutes after eating Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition – Chicken. This happened each time he ate it before I pinned down the food as the problem. I then threw away the nearly full bag. No way I would donate it to the animal shelter, which I normally do with foods he’s not enthusiastic about. But I should have known it was the food, because my dog would sniff the food and walk away and it would sit there all day long until he was so hungry he forced himself to eat it. I was surprised at this because I had fed him Pedigree foods before without a problem. Although, he never seemed to eat any Pedigree food with gusto. MARS, Incorporated is going to refund my money, but after reading the report above, I think I’ll stay away from MARS products.

  • H.G. C.

    You were doing good until the climate change part …climate change is bullsh*t ! It is the liberal elites way to tax the population more and push us toward their nonsensical one world governance delusion. Taxing will not change the climate one iota all it will do is line the pockets of the climate change scam artists and politicians who use our tax dollars to pay fraudulent quasi scientists millions to falsify their studies. But the Pedigree is great ! I pre chew it for my old Chihuahua and it tastes great been doing it for years !

  • Crazy4dogs

    If you’re dogs have eaten pedigree or any low end food for a while, you need to do a slow transition to a better food. I find it’s better to move slowly by going to a 3☆ food for a while before moving up. If you change too quickly or drastically, it’s a recipe for disaster.

  • Lisa Jones

    Hahahaha… or just at Christmas??? Lol

  • Lisa Jones

    Agreed.. and whenever i change my dogs to other more expensive brands.. they have tummy issues. Pedigree is a good solid kibble for my dogs and i will not use anything else. Oh and climate change is real dude.. very real. ;p

  • RAY

    One impression is they are using the wire to increase the weight on the bag without increasing the dog food, like shorting the customers by weight, so 50 kilos is only 45 kilos, so every 10 bags they can count as absolute profits, of course at the dogs peril… AMEN AMEN CRIMINALS TO BE SURE….

  • H.G. C.

    It sounds like you are the one who has a closed mind and needs to take a reading comprehension course. Please reread my comments and you will if you have any level of education find out that you are the one who is completely wrong. You are like most fanatics wearing blinders , emotional and analytical that preclude you from seeing reality. You are correct about the economic aspect of most consumers pet food purchases and that applies to me also to a certain degree. Please reanalyze your world view and remember mindsets such as yours and other posters are the same mindsets that are the basis of almost all cults, hate groups and religious zealotry. And yes I still stand by my choice of Pedigree Small Dog targeted nutrition . Based on quality, price and reputation . Good day !

  • Namche

    I didn’t expect this type of change on a pet food review web site, but I have to say, H.G.C. you are wrong in the beliefs you are sharing here. You dig your heels in and shout out your opinions as if they are fact. Your delivery undermines your credibility. The truth is some dog foods are better than others. Most dog foods sold at normal grocery stores are not particularly good for one’s dog. The truth is most of the food in our grocery stores are not particularly good for us either. For most of us our food purchases are a result of balancing convience and cost. Most of us buy our pet food the same way. We do what we can within our budget and available time. There is no harm in a site like this one educating us on what dog foods are better or worse than others. Ultimately the decision is an individual one. If your situation results in you buying a lower quality dog food I don’t really care, but don’t throw insults at those of us that choose otherwise. And don’t rationalize your purchase as ‘good’ by thinking you know better than those who have taken the time to run a more professional analysis of each brand of dog food. Buy whatever you are going to buy, but please don’t tell the rest of us who are buying higher quality dog foods that we are fools.

    And your climate change comment, where did that come from? It seems you have some anger issues to deal with. And I would volunteer that the relevant question isn’t whether climate change is (has) occurred, but rather is the result of climate change anywhere near as severe as the people, media, experts want to make us believe. Climate change is near the bottom of the list of things that concern me.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I don’t recall giving my opinion on climate change as it’s not a part of this discussion, yet you have already decided what my opinion is and it makes up almost half of your reply along with a host of prejudcial comments. I also don’t tend to resort to name calling if my opinion differs. I have done the research over many years of owning and fostering dogs. When you feed a better food, the dogs’ health improves overall. I have seen this firsthand since I foster rural kill shelter dogs who have been fed poor food.

    Perhaps you would be willing to experiment with your own dog by trying to feed a better rated food. This would have to be several months to see the results and you would have to transition properly. I have done this many years ago. I found that every time I improved my dogs’ diet and fed a better food, their coats improved, their energy level increased, the doggy smell decreased and the poop was smaller and less smelly because it was digested better due to better ingredients that were more biologically correct for the dog.

    There are many well rated foods that cost no more than what you are currently feeding. An example of this would be Pure Balance, rated 4 stars with an overall good ingredient panel, which is available through Walmart. The cost might be slightly more than what you’re feeding, depending on the bag sizes, but you would feed less, so the cost might actually be less than Pedigree. As an example a 25 lb. dog would be fed 2 cups of Pure Balance vs 2 3/4 cups of Pedigree per their feeding guidelines.

    Depending on which size bag you buy, it might actually be less in the initial cost as well. This is directly taken from Walmart’s website:

    Pure Balance Chicken & Rice Small Breed – 7 lb bag – $9.58 – $1.37/lb

    Pedigree Small Breed Targeted Nutrition – 3.5 lb bag – $5.22 – $1.49/lb

  • H.G. C.

    Finally a normal poster ! You are one of the few on this site. These fanatics carry it way to far. Its a false science like Climate Change where they craft their fanatical own belief systems to create their own doctored results. We had a dog we got who lived at the race track and we fed him canned dog food and let him run around the city on his own back then no heart worm meds , no medications at all except an occasional flea collar and he lived to be 16 years old. Now I will not let my dogs run loose and do provide them with heartworm medications but it was a different time back then . Now we are in the age of “The Vast Pet Care Industrialized Complex” a multi billion dollar industry. Yes it is good but buyer beware. I feed my dog Pedigree and she is just fine. Lets not turn dog food into a fanatical cult or mental illness. Lighten up people !

  • Felipe Ponce Aragon

    OK, I got the information from Pedigree’s USA webpage, and it happens to be true, this article is absolutely right, the list of ingredients for the USA is accurate and horrible, the main ingredient is corn and then meat and bone meal! I can’t believe how an important company from the USA can sell better products in Mexico than to its own fellow citizens! This is an outrage! I just can’t believe this!

    It’s sad for a dog lover to read this.

  • Felipe Ponce Aragon

    Actually… they are labeling what type of meat is in it. They say visceras and carne, Spanish for organs and meat, and meat and its derivatives, from: beef, pork, chicken and fish…

    But I would really, really, badly like to hear the opinion of someone who has the change to grab a bag and write the ingredients here, from the USA… that would be interesting. I’ve heard many times here in Mexico “don’t use Pedigree”… but the label I personally read yesterday, was better than Royal Canin and Beneful…

  • H.G. C.

    So you are also climate change delusionist ! And yes this is a dog food forum But you are so wrong climate change affects allllllllll even kibble ! My point is that a dog can pretty much eat anything with that belly full of acid , all dogs were scavengers and still are. Yes it is great to feed a dog good quality food but to carry it to an anal retentive psychosis level is in my opinion not good for your health either. I do appreciate true scientific fact based findings and I do hope that the Dog food study the author is conducting is a fact based not personnel opinion or government grant based like the climate change hoax hucksters . And yes the Pedigree is quite tasty ! ! My dogs Pedigree diet has caused her absolutely no problems at all. But if the authors work is truly is a unbiased body of work , and based on fact I applaud him/her ! !

  • Crazy4dogs

    Dogs survived for thousands of years on real meats and other real foods that were not corn based, overly processed, manufactured leftovers and waste from the human processed food industry.

    Chelated minerals are added only to better pet foods, which this one does not have. They’re added because the entire cooking process destroys the naturally occurring ones that would be found in less processed, natural foods. It does have the added bonus of BHA, a possible carcinogenic, which the better foods don’t have. Is that part of the “targeted nutrition”?

    My dogs have no problem eating healthy leftover food that we give them since they eat fresh food and quality kibble daily.

    I’m not going to get into the “climate change” comment since this is a dog food site. I am curious, since you like the taste of Pedigree, do you eat it for a meal or a snack?

  • theBCnut

    This was last updated in April and was accurate to US sold Pedigree then, but there is unfortunately nothing making companies use the same recipe in stuff made for other countries. In this country, Pedigree is one of the worst foods and I can’t imagine they improved their recipe to send it to Mexico. They may have to follow different labeling laws though.

    Anytime they don’t label what type of meat is in it, they are using the worst sources you can imagine, including possibly using euthanized pets.

  • Felipe Ponce Aragon

    Hello. Can someone help me? I don’t know when this analysis was made but… I live in Mexico, and today, Nov 5, 2015, I grabbed a bag of Pedigree dry food and the ingredients in the label are
    those mentioned in this article. The label mentions “meat and organs” and “meat and its derivatives” as the first two ingredients. Can someone from the USA grab a Pedigree bag, and tell here if this analysis is actually true?

  • H.G. C.

    Mr Mike Sagman I did not intend to offend you . But most fanatics such as yourself tend to paint a doomsday scenario on every issue you oversee , OK what dog food would you recommend Mike and is it carbon neutral and produced in a green factory ? ?

  • Mike Sagman

    You said: “The guys who write this stuff probably believe in climate change”

    As an educated “guy”, I’d say your assumption (about me) would probably be 100% correct.

  • H.G. C.

    mahoraner if you read these articles and internet ratings on any dog food you would not be able to buy dog food . These ratings are by the anal retentive fanatics. After all dogs survived many thousands of years eating anything they could hunt or find they did not have ingredient labels on rotting carcasses back then did they, with quality protein content or chelated minerals ? ? I feed my dog Pedigree targeted nutrition small dog chicken and she loves it and it does not taste bad to me. The only time my pooch has an upset stomach is when she eats some food I should not have given her or she got hold of outside. The guys who write this stuff probably believe in climate change !

  • Gibran del Giudice

    youre a sick fuk if you still give your dog this food

  • mahoraner niall

    my dog loves this food! and i do too! she loves the flavor, and i love the quality ,price, and nutritional content!

  • Lacnunga

    Duh! The whole point is that wire/bristle/plastic is being found in Nestle Purina, Nestle Purina/Merrick AND Mars Pedigree..

  • puppy2020

    Thanks for posting, I will keep an open mind, we love what’s already working for him. He gets plenty of water, I keep ice water for him even and he has water bowls upstairs and downstairs. I don’t like soggy dog food, and he won’t eat it, it looks gross and swells up like a sponge, even the expensive ones like Blue and Wilderness, Merrick ect. they all swell up & look weird wet.
    Love probiotics myself and you are so right, it helps. I have one of the dog vet ones I bought he gets several times a week i like to add to a bit of plain yogurt.
    No point in sharing everything I do, jjust T.M.I. I do more than a lot do and it can come off as tooting my own horn He is like our child so we do a whole lot, even having dog furniture for him alone, more than a ortho dog bed even. I have spent over $150 in pet steps for one room and plan to spend 150 more for another so he can climb up and it not be hard on his legs as his group gets hip dysplasia as they age. These new beds are so tall for some pets.
    Glad you help with fostering and pets. It breaks my heart what I see sometimes what goes on, but thank goodness there are hopefuly many caring pet people. While we like to donate sometimes to a few organizations, it can’t beat fostering them or volunteering.
    Regarding the food, it just isn’t about money, we really love the Pedigree and Nutrisource. I will keep my eyes open though, the vet written hand book I have supports that too much protein and a high fat diet are not good for certain breeds. The corn is the fiber as they can.t eat fresh peas or greens like we do. The protein content in Nutrisoure is higher and he needs a bit more balance in fiber which he gets form the Pedigree. I get the adding things to dry food, thought about it, but he is funny and it would mess up his eating the dry and then I would have to go to canned food.
    Keep up the good work, god bless your fostering. Lord knows we need it, unbelievable the way people adopt a dog for a few months or year or so and toss them about to someone they really don’t know. But that is not for here, I will leave that for the pet rescue groups and brave bloggers who have more nerve than I do. thanks for the pet food info.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Eukanuba is a good example of a food that’s expensive and doesn’t have the quality ingredients to match the price. There are many foods that aren’t super high in fat or protein that are very economically priced. I mentioned some of them in my other post to you.

    If he gets constipated on the NutriSource, you could add some water or pure pumpkin to the kibble, which would help with the issue. Dogs get constipated because they’re not getting enough water or fiber in their diet. The too much protein being hard on the kidneys is actually a myth. Dogs eating a completely dry diet is hard on the kidneys since they are always slightly dehydrated through their whole life. Adding some fresh or canned food will help with the hydration and constipation as well. Some dogs can have digestive issues, but probiotics often help with that problem. You could add some plain yogurt or Kefir. I realize that this is not an absolute solution, but it helps in many cases. Rotating the food also helps to create a healthy gut.

    I’m glad your dog is in good health! You might want to look into some of the budget friendly foods and see if it gets even better! :)

  • Crazy4dogs

    Thanks! Fostering and volunteering is very rewarding. I agree with you that many dogs are no better in their new homes, but the majority are. There are always the people who simply want a dog on a whim (puppy mills thrive because of thesm) or don’t realize the reality and responsibility involved in owning and caring for a dog. Many groups are careful to do check-ins on dogs, unfortunately not all have the time and resources to do so and are simply trying to save the overwhelming number of dogs in kill shelters.

    In regard to dog companies having affordable foods out there, there are actually many companies that have affordable food that have good ingredients. Victor, Pure Balance (available @ Walmart), 4Health, ProPac Ultimates are just a few of the ones many advocate on this site that are both reasonably priced and get good ratings. I’m sure the other regular posters on here can add to the list, but these are some of the foods that either I’m familiar with or have been mentioned by others. If you get a chance, research sine if the 3-5 star foods on this site and you can check the prices online. I think you might be surprised to find that there are a lot of good foods at really good prices! Good luck with it! :)

  • Pitlove

    Hi- I’m not sure where you are reading that vet’s are recommending Pedigree. I have yet to hear of this or experience this. If you are concerned about feeding a food that is backed by vets and has research supporting it, feeding a food made by Mars, a company that also produces candy and supplies for fish, is probably not the best choice. I would say Purina ProPlan or Science Diet would be a lot better than Pedigree and they do employee nutritionists and other specialists.

  • puppy2020

    Appreciate your input, if that were true, then I would. Its not about money, our dog is cherished and much money is spent on him. He has health insurance too and his vaccines are not combined as I take him more often. I have probably thrown away over $150 in dog food when it didn’t agree with him.

    A respectable acquaintance who has a very healthy autrailian collie recommeded the NutriSource, I am aware that online media is not factual and our choices are based on reading vet sites (I discuss all his health needs with his vet) and vet written pet parent material, backed by factual documentation and research.

  • puppy2020

    I said the dog later received the NutriSource, it was when he was on Eucanuba, Rachel Ray or some other odd food I was trying sometimes recommeded on sites like this that he had stomach issues. They did not work for him, every dog is different in their individual needs.

    We tossed both and got Pedigree and then his stomach cleared up. Added the NutrSource and mix it so that he recieves medium protein level and not too high fat content. With NutriSource alone he gets constipated and has potty issues.

    Combined he does well and his stomach issues are not there. The diet has also made his ears in great shape, he is long haired pet that requires much grooming, so this diet has also prevented ear infections. He is in great shape, beautiful dog with great health.

  • puppy2020

    I think it is wonderful you foster and volunteer. Too many disregarded loving animals are tossed about and education is needed regarding true responsibility.

    While you foster, are you also someone who is able to advocate for certain breeds or particular age group( i.e. pits, black dogs, diaabled, or seniors)? Love that shelters neuter and spay and adopt out, but I think they need to” better educate future pet parents” and if some how find a way do adoption follow-ups checks. Maybe not every dog, but have the adopters sign contracts that they are open to “random home visits” for the first year at least to ensure their pet dog or cat is being taking care of properly.

    I think it would be ideal too if the shelters had I.D. tags they provided with the options to buy the collars (cheaply engraved with machine there), order maybe via shelter or engrave there and attach to pet’s collar so there is some responsibility there and keeps pets adoption from loss, makes families acknowledge responsibility. Too many being adopted then placed out via online Craigs or shelters after only a few months.

    It would great too if the shelters could work with the microchip companies and offer coupon discounts via pet stores like petco, petmart ect. so that the adopters had an easier time microchipping. The AAHA universal microchip look up registry service is such a great resource. Some pet parents don’t seem to understand the chip won’t help if not registered, also many aren’t aware fo the free one that works tihe the AAHA, lists the seller of the chip (i.e. AVID, or Other name brand, ect)

    While “dog food is important”, “Educating” responsible pet families to make better decisions about adoptions is also important. The Craigs (which practice is questionable and perhaps should be made illegal, it would be safer to have personal postings at a shelter than this) adoptions are so scary. It has turned into a dog retail online market.
    Many are sincere and looking for caring people, but there is really no way to ensure the adopter is faking and pet doesn’t end up chained, neglected or abused.

    Certain trophy dogs (i.e. pitts, toy breeds) or cats are all too often placed online, if more pets were microchipped (yes food helps, but more is needed) or at least tagged with ID, it would make it more difficult for people who sell animals like objects from a yard sell to take or sell pets. Microchips I think should be the new thing in shelters, yes, it can be expensive, but if they could initiate the process. The free microchip register service that works wtih AAHA also protects pets. Food is important but the right to a healthy happy life is also so vital.

    Great to volunteer, takes kind heart and personal strength, dedication, but advocacy is so important too. If shelters were able to do some of these things while working with pet shops, food companies ect, it would offer long term benefits. Again, food is important but without an ongoing healthy environment, the pets will not thrive or go on to be move around like checkers on a board.
    Now the “food relation” to the point:

    More than neutering and adopting out is needed. Diet is important, but “”most of the people who adopt are not going to be able to afford the higher priced dog foods””(some people have trouble paying rent, bills but still want a family pet for their children, & pets need homes).
    The higher priced companies (like often discussed or recommended here) need to come out with a lower priced generics, something that low economic groups or pet parents can more afford. It is about money, if they really wanted the public to have the food, they would price it cheaper. They are making a profit, they are not being charitable except when they fund things or make donations to organizations.

    The medical industry has done this with medicine, generics, dog food companies could do the same, it is unrealistic to think or assume that just because someone doesn’t buy expensive dog food their pets aren’t loved or getting some nutrition, and it also unrealistic to believe that only higher priced dog foods offer a balanced diet.

  • puppy2020

    Nope” i don’t see any wires in pedigree”, and of course they will release a statement, that is business. . If and When the FDA and Pedigree recalls anything, then I will check my particlar bag. My dog will not suffer, he is very healthy.
    Have brought Pedigree over 7 years (he was a senior when we adopted him) and never have I seen any wires or objects in the food. Our other dog was perfelty healthy until we followed some bad advice and switched his food to one of the ones in a law suit ongoing now. He died of natural causes and old age, but could have lived longer had we kept him on the Pedigree.
    Re: NutriSource, He never had the Pedigree when we first adopted him, they had him on Eucanuba (spelling? ), we bought that and it made him have really loose stools and he moaned wiht a tummy ache. I It was the food, I threw out the Eucanuba that cost like $60 went to the store & got a 5 lb bag of puppy pedigree and in 2 days he was already better, a week he was fine. There was a recall goiing on at the time with some of those high end grocery brands. So I chose to get him Pedigree then. I “later” added the NutriSource after trying out some higher end dog foods ( dont nd to knock which ones, “all dogs are different with different needs”) to the mix. to be clear it was the expensive dog foods making him sick.
    He improved immediately and was fine. I mix the two foods and put enough in gallen freezer bags (in cabinet not freezer) for the week. No, I do not feed him 28 lbs of food, I buy the large bag and store it in two sealed containers, the bag it came in and then a giant zip lock one in a cool clean kitchen closet. But I think you know better than that anyway.

    I appreciate your feedback. I do love NutriSource too, but when I give it to him alone, it is too much for him and he gets a tummy ache and he doesn’t go enough potty, so when I mix the 2 together, for him its the perfect blend. He does ok with chicken and rice, but I also like the grain free lamb.

    Vets support (from vet handbook for dog parents) that some dogs are not able to process high levels of beef (also get dog parent mags in mail about health) and having some fillers for them are not that bad. As long as the dog receives a balanced diet he or she will be fine. Fillers are like us eating fiber, that isn’t bad as long as we have a main source of protein. Without dog fillers the dogs would need to be fed veges or they couldn’t go to the bathroom well and would have gastrointestinal issues. I never ever give him table scraps, he is fed strictly like he should be.
    My vet said the food I gave him is fine and that he is in great shape. I research everything as I learned in college and never beleive what told without proof or rearch. He’s my proof.
    Appreciate the responses, but each dog is different. He had Hllls when he was like 3 months I got at the Vets and I didnt see a difference good or bad His breed can get bloat easily, so a low fat medium protein dry dog food is fine for him. T
    hanks for the share, this site can be good, but like I said, I don’t believe all the big exaggerations posted about the magnet and I have never seen any wires or balls ect in Pedigree and it is all we have mainly fed our dogs. There has been too much junk about dog food that people who don’t know better think if they pay more it means good health, and that is simply not true.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’m curious what size the dog is. 28 lbs is a LOT of food for a small puppy (from the description).

  • Pitlove

    I feel like the OP could probably save some money too just feeding one food at a time and not 2 lol

  • Crazy4dogs

    Good point, pitlove. It’s interesting to note that the OP said the dog was healthier with the Nutrisource. 😉

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’m glad your dog is doing well, but it’s likely because of the Nutrisource (a better food) than the Pedigree. Pedigree is probably Walmart ‘s biggest seller for 3 reasons: it’s cheap, it has great marketing and really good advertising that appeals to the masses.
    I foster dogs and have volunteered @ shelters. Shelters use whatever is donated. They rely on donations and will gladly accept any food offered rather than have starving dogs. Pedigree donates to shelters.
    I don’t personally feed Pedigree, I rotate among several well rated brands, but it has released some PR statements regarding the complaints. I guess we’ll have to see what happens.

  • Pitlove

    Hi- Any reason why you don’t want to feed only the NutriSource? You are feeding 2 foods that have a staggering difference in quality. If he does well on the NutriSource I see no reason to continue feeding Pedigree. The NutriSource is far better quality and I get a feeling you will have less to worry about if you avoid Mars products.

  • puppy2020

    We are happy with Pedigree and have never found anything wrong with any bag period. I have bought small breed and large breed and puppy, and the new joint formula with glucomine. I am not the best speller, so please excuse if I type a word incorrectly. (Note: web browser all slow and acting up so typing is off) When there is some fuss, I occasionally check all his food. I get so tired of the big stories. It used to confuse me, now I iknow what is the good and the bad, we like the Pedigree. He did very poorly on Eucanuba, Rachel Rays, and while I liked the Merrick, I wasn’t sure about it.
    Anyway, when Pedigree did have a brief little recall on the adult some time way back, I took bowls of it out to check and looked at through a spaghetti sifter and found nothing wrong. Those recalls were for a particular group from a particular store. We use the puppy, small breed, and but the adult is too big a chunk for him. But I did buy it once, but it was fine, no wires.
    Our dogs food is puppy formula but I do get the small bags of small breed too and like to throw in the joint formula, his group gets hip dysplasia sometimes. Again, none of the bags had these wires or objects. The wires aren’t there, atleast in ours. If the reports are false and made up by food competive bloggers then the truth will come out and Pedigree bags will continue to sell.

    There is so much food out there, it is really silly to attack one brand. Pedigree is walmarts biggest seller and shelters use it too. This really hurts the competiion. When it comes down to it, it is either good or it isn’t. Our dogs have always been healthy with it. Now our new dogs is even healthier because he gets NutriSource and Pedigree.

    We are so proud of him, he is so sweet and smart and very active. Like I said, we feed him the Nutri Source, w/ grain and grain free. We combine them and he also gets the Pedigree plain. He is a healthy little boy dog and veyr happy. Our dog that passed before him was heatlhy on Pedigree and it wasn’t until we switched his food to a socalled better one that is now under a civil law suit that his health began to decline. He was old, but would have been healther had we kept him on Pedigree.

    I really liked this site once(of late it almost feels like it is more about bashing than sharing personal actual factual information), it helped me choose the NutriSource and Pedigree and also occasioanally Newmans. But it is disappointing that it someimes looks like dog food competitors may be posting as though they were pet owners. It is wrong to create false reports about dog food that is not true, when you do that pet parents go out and buy food that might hurt their dogs. I did that once, believed a bag that had a celbrities name on it meant it was better and it wasn’t. Not the Newmans, his is great. It made my dog sick and have fish breath.

    For us it is NutriSource, and Pedigree. NOTE: To be sure I pour the food into a bowl, =sift through it and then rebag it, there are NO WIRES, NO OBJECTS, AND NOTHING WRONG. We are happy with the food. I will be buying another large bag of Pedigree this week, 28 lb puppy formula and mixing up small bags I keep in storage one week at a time. And he wil continue to be the happy healthy littd dog he is.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Kinda hard to believe if they don’t even know who the manufacturer is. :-/

  • DogFoodie

    Unless something has changed, Pedigree is not made by Purina. It’s made by Mars Petcare.

  • Shropshire Lass


    COPPER and (likely) STEEL wire, as it is attracted to a magnet appears to be at least SOME of the contaminants in this sample of PEDIGREE Dog Food. The camera gets a close-up for us. This is bad news!

    Copper dissolves in stomac acid guys, to make soluble copper chloride and a dog’s, or cat’s stomach acid is WAY stronger than ours so they are at VERY high risk of serious illness.

    A copper overdose is VERY likely, even from just one bowl of kibble, as dogs only require a few milligrams daily frown emoticon Copper poisoning can be LETHAL!!

    Copper toxicity can be acute or chronic, affecting the GI tract, the liver and then the kidneys. Clinical signs:

    Symptoms of acute copper poisoning are nausea, vomition, salivation, purgation, violent abdominal pain, dehydration, tachycardia, shock and collapse, ending in death.


    1.Rapid remove of poison from the stomach by stomach tube.

    2. Giving pencillamine and BAL to combine with copper and convert it into non-toxic substances.

    3. Adding of molybdenum to the animal food to prevent reserving within the liver.

    4. Dietary supplementation with zinc acetate may be useful to reduced the absorption of copper.

    What in God’s name is the manufacture of Pedigree, Purina, Merrick doing? Covering up, that’s what! What are the FDA doing? Sweet F.A. Because no-one is REPORTING this to THEM!

    ACTION! Check YOUR dog or cat’s kibble very carefully! Look for tiny strands of wire or or plastic.. especially if your ingredients list includes “Meat and Bonemeal” or “Animal Fat” or “Animal Digest”. if you find anything suspicious, do NOT feed any more. Bag it and REPORT to the US Dept of Agriculture and the FDA (there is online reporting available!).

    Feel free to contact me personally if you want links and go to my Facebook post of the video and SHARE!

  • Sue

    My boxer has been on a lot of expensive foods, blue buffalo, merrick etc , they have all made him sick, vomiting, diarrhea etc. gave him pedigree no problems. He’s good weight has a ton of energy and looks great! If you read reviews on any dog food there are a ton of complaints! Even on the so called great food! I mean blue buffalo is being sued for lying about the ingredients they put in there food! Whatever works for your dog is best , that’s what really matters!

  • lyndawells

    I do not feed my dog anything other than Acana,I best I have found after all the research I have done, I love my dog to much to give her garbage food. I was only asking on behalf of other people who seem to have trouble believing me, but then again, many people are quite naïve or convince themselves that it’s all the same because they don’t want to spend the extra money.

  • LabsRawesome

    You would have to contact Mars Pet Food to get that info. I wouldn’t bother tho. All cheap grocery store dog food is garbage. Pure garbage. Read the above review, it explains everything. Here’s like 700 complaints on Pedigree all within the last week or two.

  • lyndawells

    One question I have and is not in your report is, where are the ingredients originating from, which country???

  • Crazy4dogs

    Very interesting! Thanks DogFoodie! :)

  • DogFoodie

    Susan Thixton just put out a new article this morning about hair n dog food. Worth the read.

  • Kes Smith

    The majority of positive reviews of brands like Pedigree and other low-quality foods consist of people saying that “their dog loves it” (which of course they do as it is sprayed with animal fat, in the same way everyone loves food that is drenched in butter) along with a few anecdotal stories of “I had one or two dogs that lived long lives on this food, therefore it is excellent and healthy food”. There are just as many if not more reviews detailing health problems, not to mention all of the long-term health problems that never make it into reviews (generally the only health problems mentioned in food reviews are obvious and immediate allergies). The entirety of this food (excepting vitamins and carrots at the absolute bottom of the ingredients) is filler–all of the main ingredients are corn-based and animal by-products–and no amount of anecdotal evidence can negate that, along with the fact that corn and wheat are not a natural part of a dog’s diet and not nutritionally beneficial to them.

    Are there dogs that live long healthy lives being fed Pedigree? Yes. Are there smokers who smoke their whole lives and live to 100 with no major health problems? Yes. Are there humans who eat an extremely unhealthy diet of super-processed foods high in sugar and fat and never end up with any serious health problems? Yes. Does that mean those lifestyles are ideal and there is no merit to a healthier lifestyle or diet? No!

  • Kes Smith

    Simply Nourish (Grain Free or regular), Whole Earth Farms Grain Free, Under The Sun Grain Free, Pet Botanics Grain Free, Nature’s Recipe and Hills Ideal Balance are all pretty high-quality foods at an affordable price (plus every PetSmart I’ve been in has Pet Botanics pamphlets on or near the Pet Botanics display with coupons). All of these are high-quality affordable foods, I believe I’ve ordered them from best to worst reviewed on here but none are below three stars. You should check out prices for these foods locally and compare to the reviews on here (price vs. quality).

    Apparently Pure Balance is good as well (as mentioned by kag31489) and another affordable brand of food. I believe it can even be purchased at Walmart which is great as most brands carried by Walmart are very low-quality.

  • LabsRawesome

    The pic you posted looks like clear plastic tubing. The pic posted by Lisa Blair looks like a coarse hair, but she says it’s wire. Idk Anyone feeding 1 star grocery store dog food should do better for their dogs if it’s within their means. Some of the 3 and 4 star kibbles really don’t cost all that much more. A case of 24 cans of Nature’s Domain (5 star) is only $20.99 at Costco.

  • Vicki Chalker

    This isn’t a rumor..I saw a posting on Facebook that someone wrote to a news station I feed my dogs pedigree so I ran out to my dog food container and every single chunk of food I grabbed had these black wires! I showed it to my fiancé when he got home and they are plastic wires that the company is using as a binder for the food! It is so appauling! Some of the wires were even braided with frayed ends making the stronger and sharper! we immediately threw out over 20 pounds of food and bought a healthier wire free food!

  • Breanna Koster

    Its not hair

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’ve had a hard time to get FB posts to work here too. Your post does show the photo. Thanks DF!
    It’s weird that so many posters seem to be reporting the same story. Scary, but so is this food. :(

  • Dori

    Well it certainly looks like plastic to me. Even maybe a thin peace of plastic tubing? Jeesh, this is weird, gross and disgusting. This is just awful though why anyone continues to feed this food is beyond me with the amount of dog foods on the market that are cost equivalent they still feed Pedigree and Purina foods.

    I found the post on the stations site. Thx

  • Elaina Eakle

    There have been several recent reports of wires and plastic found in Pedigree in Ohio :( One more reason not to feed this food.

  • DogFoodie

    OK, FWIW, it sounds like there might be something to this. I don’t mean to perpetuate a rumor if this is fabricated, so anyone to whom this may apply should report this properly for themselves.

    I also definitely don’t disagree that it could be animal hair or dog hair.

  • LabsRawesome

    It could be dog hair. When you buy cheap dog food anything is possible.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I don’t feed this, and if I were you, I pick a better rated food. It could the the very coarse hair of animals, but you should report it to pedigree so they are aware of the problem. There should be an 800 number on the can or bag.

  • Lisa Bair

    If your reading this don’t feed your animals this we have found multiple wires in it they look like hair but it’s wire.

  • Kluck Katie

    Actually, I specifically took him to the vet multiple times. They did multiple tests on him each time to figure out what was causing these ear infections and hot spots on his skin. Finally, the vet asked me what food I fed him and I told him. He suggested to switch to Simply Nourish which I feed him now and it cleared all of his problems up completely. I have not had to take him back to the vet for anything in a few years, whereas the first 2 years of his life we were at the vet constantly with ear infections, skin infections and he was gaining weight like crazy and his fur was falling out. Now he’s in better shape than ever and his coat is amazing.

  • Crazy4dogs

    If you are willing to do a little research, there are many brands that cost the same or slightly more with better ingredients and ratings.

  • G0m3r

    The positive reviews far outnumber the bad. Dogs, like humans, do have allergies. When your dog has a bad reaction to a food you should want to find out what was it exactly they are reaction g to just as you would do with your child. I had to do that with one of my dogs. She had an allergy I wasn’t aware of and none of my other 3 dogs have any. This is the point I was making. I started my Malamute Great Pyranees mix on this food. He has always been very picky about his foods. He would eat one for a few weeks then start turning his nose up on it. This one he’s been eating for the past 4 months w/o any complaint. This is after trying the expensive specialty brands. The ideal would be to feed all my dogs a raw food diet but sadly I can’t at the moment.

  • Crazy4dogs

    It’s not a well rated food or one that has many good attributes. :(

  • Victor Giesbrecht

    well reading here, so many seem to have bad reactions to it

  • Pitlove

    It is not a myth that most veterinary schools do not provide extensive training in nutrition. They get maybe a week or so of classes. Vet’s will actually admit this to patients, which is what often brings them to this site seeking for help.

  • Pitlove

    Agreed Dori. Vet bills tend to cost way more than a 3 star dog food. I would feed Purina ProPlan before Pedigree anyday honestly. But if I was on a serious Pedigree type budget my go to food would be Fromm Family Classics. We sell a 33lb bag at my store for 34.99$

  • Dori

    Not to mention all the vet bills one incurs by feeding a life time of low end foods. That’s just my opinion.

  • Pitlove

    There are lots of foods that are better quality than Pedigree that don’t cost a lot. Not to mention you end up paying more monthly and yearly for lower end foods because you have to feed so much more.

  • MajorStewie
  • MajorStewie

    I’ve been reading how many vets get nearly no nutritional education. i wonder how they would be able to determine how healthy an animal is because of nutrition.

  • MajorStewie

    well if you don’t care about feeding your dog euthanize animals with the drugs still in them. i don’t know if you should have a dog then. i wouldn’t want my pets to suffer an early death because of the food they eat.

  • Miss Priss

    Kinda like a right-wing conspiracy?

  • Miss Priss

    Now, you are saying vets are bad?

  • Miss Priss

    Those of us who can’t afford the high-end dog food will gladly take your donations. We’ll send you our addresses.

  • Miss Priss

    Does it ever occur to people that Pedigree is what some people can afford? Why insist people change a brand to suit you?

  • 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.

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