Pedigree Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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

The Pedigree product line includes ten 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 Puppy Growth and Protection
  • Pedigree Healthy Longevity Chicken Flavor
  • Pedigree Healthy Weight Complete Nutrition
  • Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Lamb Flavor
  • Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Steak Flavor
  • Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Chicken Flavor
  • Pedigree Small Dog Complete Nutrition Steak Flavor
  • Pedigree Small Dog Healthy Longevity Salmon Flavor
  • Pedigree Large Dog Complete Nutrition Chicken Flavor
  • Pedigree Small Dog Complete Nutrition Chicken Flavor

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

Pedigree Large Dog Complete Nutrition Chicken Flavor

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, brewers rice, natural flavor, chicken by-product meal, dried plain beet pulp, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, dried peas, zinc sulfate, dl-methionine, monocalcium phosphate, vitamin E supplement, niacin [vitamin B3], biotin, dried carrots, l-tryptophan, BHA & citric acid (a preservative), blue 2, yellow 5, yellow 6, d-calcium pantothenate [source of vitamin B5], riboflavin supplement [vitamin B2], red 40, pyridoxine hydrochloride [vitamin B6], copper sulfate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
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. So, the meat itself can come from any combination of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats — which can make identifying specific food allergens impossible.

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

After the natural flavor, we find chicken by-product meal, 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.

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.

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 food 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 25% and a mean fat level of 11%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 56% for the overall product line.

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

Below-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 just a modest amount of meat.

Bottom line?

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

Not recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Pedigree Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

09/17/2016 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
  • Weirdanimalboy .

    In my honest opinion, Pedigree is what I’d call “shelter food”. Something that you can feed to keep a large-scale amount of dogs alive in something with limited funds like a shelter, but not something that should be sold to pet owners as healthy and made a long-term diet.

  • Amateria

    There’s a review site specifically for Aussies that I visit rather often, it allows you to make better choices with the brands we specifically carry.

    This site is awesome, but it is American at the end of the day and some of our brands do not appear to be here.

    http://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/

  • Tina

    I do not think I can purchase Annamaet Lean in Australia.

  • InkedMarie

    That or Annamaet Lean.

  • KcQ8ov

    I have had good results with Nutrisca kibble as a base.
    Check Chewy.com for reviews
    PS: My small breeds just get 1/4 cup kibble with a little cooked something and a splash of water mixed in twice a day. Dogs can have different metabolisms, my 9 pound dog eats almost as much as my 20 pound dog, both are fit and moderately active

  • Tina

    Thanks.

  • InkedMarie

    Hi Tina,
    A couple things: glad both dogs are off Pedigree. it’s a very low quality food. Make sure you check the review of the new food.
    You said a “scoop” of food. Please use the dog food calculator here. It is a link on the left hand side of this page. You’ll need to know how many calories are in a cup of the food.
    For Molly, look at Annamaet Lean or Wellness Core reduced fat food. I used the latter for a dog we adopted, with good success.

  • Tina

    I recently acquired a 7-year-old, female, silky terrier named Molly. Her owner was going overseas. I also have a 6-year-old, male, Maltese Terrier named Brax, whom I have had from 3 months of age. I have always fed Brax Pedigree dry dog food – first the puppy variety and then the small dog variety. I regularly served one scoop in the morning and then served wet food in the evening. When Molly came to live with us, I fed her the same diet as Brax, however, she just continued to put on weight, bulking up to the point of looking pregnant. (She is desexed). She would also get really bad wind. Once I took the Pedigree dry dog food out of Molly’s diet her belly loosened up and she didn’t look or feel as bloated anymore. The wind problem also ceased. I was talking to an employee from a pet-store about a better diet for Molly. She told me that Pedigree dry food is like “McDonald’s for dogs.” No wonder poor Molly has piled on weight since we got her! I now have her on a healthier dry food (that the lady at the pet shop recommended) and she is getting more raw bones and raw meats in her diet (rather than tinned food). I have taken Brax off the Pedigree dry dog food also. I thought I was doing a good thing for my dogs by giving them a well-known brand of dog food (it is one of the more expensive supermarket brands). My experience with Molly has shown me how wrong I was. Thank you for your informative review of Pedigree dry dog food. I have found out first hand how bad it is for my dog’s health. Now I need to get the extra weight off Molly that she has gained being on this food.

  • Pitlove

    Is Pet Barn a corporate chain? If so that’s probably why they can’t donate the food. I worked for a corporate chain pet store called Petco in the US and they had the same policy. The independent pet store I work for now donates our expired food, treats etc to a couple rescues we work with.

  • Pitlove

    The number one food Tia has on her Amazon wish list is Whole Earth Farms. However there isn’t a single rescue that would deny food based on brand.

    I work closely with a different New Orleans rescue group and the girl that runs it would never turn food away because of quality. They pull dogs from kill shelters all over Louisiana, many of which are imaciated. You can’t be selfish in those cases and only ask that people donate Orijen… come on now…

  • InkedMarie

    They do get a lot of donations but the average dog owner doesn’t feed what we consider a high quality food

  • Susan

    Pitbulls & Parolees need to keep contacting the big kibble companies in America & ask for donations…… Years ago when the show just started & they were doing it hard a premium dog food company delivered a few pallets of premium kibble to them, it was enough to get them by thru the Summer…. I cant remember the kibble company… but there has to be kibble companies that can donate a few pallet loads every few months…even when Pet shops kibble bags are running out of date the food is still good, in Australia Pet Barn reduce the food then if its not sold they throw in the bin, I’ve asked why cant they donate to a rescue group, I take the bags & ring them, the girl said we are not allowed we have to throw away..at Pet Stock they donate all the out of date bags of kibble & wet tin food to local rescue groups….I’d like to ask the rich bloke that owns Pet Barn on Stark Tank why does he throw away premium quality kibble when rescue groups can use that food??

  • Amateria

    Their not the only ones, there was some other show I was watching where he was helping dogs and he was like this dog needs a healthy food and I paused the tv on the food and it was Beneful! I’m sure that’s very healthy *facepalm*.

    I figured with the way he was talking that the dog was going to receive some sort of raw food or Totw or something other than that like omg.

    It is likely a price issue, but I’ve seen you and others show some better foods on here with similar price ranges to pedigree that were of much better quality.

  • Amateria

    I was just reading a review on a website I’ve never been on, well he reviewed like 4 foods but there’s one called burns choice chicken and maize that’s like $64 for a 12 kilo bag of literal corn as the ingredients list states 71% maize with only 17% chicken, I wish more foods had percentages allows for better choices and you don’t have to guess how much meat or carbs there really are.

    Pedigree is trash though, they have not changed anything about their ingredients list since the first time I read it, they are like Royal Canin who don’t care about what people prefer, but than not all of what we prefer is a good choice for dogs.

  • mahoraner

    All batches of this “food” is crud, corn, poultry by-product meal, more corn, animal fat preserved with BHA, meat and bone meal…
    all of the corn is nothing more than a super cheap gmo filler
    BHA is a preservative made from PETROLEUM (also found in a few human foods, ick!)
    and animal fat & meat and bone meal are all byproducts from the making of human food, that the factory farm would have thrown away if pet food companies didnt pay them to take it away.
    Id say 80% of the ingredients came from the processing of human food

    If your looking for a decent dog food that is budget friendly, try diamond naturals, premium edge, iams naturals grain free, sport mix wholesomes, even some store brands make natural foods, although the only 2 i have seen are wegmans nature and walmart’s pure balance

    just please dont use this “pure” trash,

  • mahoraner

    so, so, so, so, so, so, so, SAD
    on the show pitbulls and parolees. their doing such a nice thing

    But their feeding them one of the absolutely WORST foods.
    I understand they probably cant afford anything else, but its still just sad.

    IM NOT COMPLAINING, im just saying that you’d think that they’d receive a heck of alot of donations since its on tv, but thats just my thought.

    But other than the food, its a great thing their doing. I just wish/hope that they at least recommend a high quality food to the people who come to adopt

  • dad1927

    Looks like we got a batch out of China. Dog throws up every time it eats that…He is allergic to Melamine, I guess

  • The Cloudy Shopettes

    I fed my miniature schnauzer this, he’s 6 and he doesn’t seem to be reacting to it.I just got a new dog too, he is a 4 year old miniature schnauzer and today before reading this, i fed them both Purina Beyond food.Any explanation for why he isn’t reacting? He eats the Pedigree Ground Chicken Dinner Canned, and i hope he doesn’t get sick.

  • Cannoli

    as InkedMarie stated this is not a balance meal if you feed this everyday. now if you feed it a few times a week or as a topper and ensure your dog’s meals for the rest of the week are balanced than it is not a big deal.

  • InkedMarie

    chicken & veggies is not a proper diet. Whether you feed raw or homecooked, it needs to be balanced.

  • CurlySue

    I have a 5 year old Shih Tzu. While she enjoys pedegree I decided to get her a natural form of dog food, I even make her, her own dog food with chicken and vegetables in my blender. I have heard so many bad things about pedigree. I’m so sorry for the loss of your dog.

  • Rich B.

    I fed my dog this garbage (because I didn’t know better) for 14 1/2 years, until he had to be put down because of kidney failure. Just tell him how much longer his dog could have lived on a quality food. I feed my new dog Acana.

  • Rich B.

    I am convinced that Pedigree killed my Shih Tzu dog, and feel horrible that I fed this garbage to him. He was fed Pedigree his whole life and seemed fine until he was about 13 years old. He ended up with renal failure and we had to put him down at 14 1/2.

    I agonize thinking how long he could have lived on a quality dog food. I didn’t realize how horrible this dog food is. It contains practically no meat, and the meat it does have can come from just about anything from slaughterhouse leftovers to road kill. It has artificial preservatives, and colors.

    I now have a 2 yr old 17lb mixed from the shelter and have been feeding Science Diet, but am changing to a very high quality food Acana.

    For the amount of food that a small dog eats, the price difference is not much in the long run.

    Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all dog food is the same as I did.

  • Shawna

    I foster – between my own dogs and my foster dogs I’ve had about 40 dogs in my home over the last 12 years. Some dogs come with food and some don’t. If the food they come with is horrible I don’t bother transitioning. Yes, there can be some diarrhea but I have yet to ever have even one of them have “bloody” stool from a lack of transition (and I feed a new food about every other to every 3rd day).

    The original poster didn’t mention if she changes food frequently. Once a dog is used to dietary change (and they should be) transition is not necessary.

  • John Jamison

    Your – you’re

  • John Jamison

    YOU are as much responsible, if not MORE, as the food for your dogs getting sick. Like the other person said, you have to transition your dogs to new food over a period of WEEKS and there is no way your dogs got THAT sick if you were doing it correctly. So YOU got your dogs as sick as they were. Nice try tho, blaming the food

  • mahoraner niall

    great job!

    Most people would say that pedigree and kirkland are the same,
    even though that is far from the truth.
    Some would end up getting the pedigree sine its a name brand, even though a brand name does’t justify that it’s high quality dog food.

    although i understand why someone would think that, since i’m pretty sure that 95% of store brand dog food is full of crap, based on what i’ve observed.

    SO WHAT IM SAYING IS, MOST STORE BRAND DOG FOOD IS CRAP, BUT DOUBLE CHECK ONCE AND A WHILE, AND REMEMBER, COSTCO (KIRKLAND)AND BJ’S DOG FOOD ARE BOTH 4 STARS ON HERE!!!

    SO ALL IN ALL, NEVER FEED PEDIGREE, BENEFUL, DOG CHOW , ALPO, PURINA ONE, PRO PLAN, AND ANY OTHER FOOD MADY BY PURINA AND ANY FOOD CONTAINING CORN, BY-PRODUCTS, AND ANY CEAP, LOW QUALITY GRAINS (LIKE CORN, WHEAT, ETC)

    JUST REMEMBER THOSE TIPS!!!

  • Susan

    Get him to read the ingredients in Pedigree, then tell him to google the ingredients in red, then show him a 3 star kibble that cost a little extra & read those ingredients….
    Also you can pay for a 3 -4 star kibble that you know is really good, feed the kibble for 2 months & show him the difference in his dog skin & coat & less poos he’s doing…. take a photo before new food, then another photo after feeding the new food, you normally need less food with the better quality kibbles….

  • H.G. C.

    Climate Change is a liberal elitist scam to tax and tariff every source of production of raw and manufactured materials. It will not lower or raise the climate 1 degree it is more money into the pockets of the same elitists who were stripping the world of its natural resourses. The only ones who should be propagating such lies is paid propagandists and the ones who profit from the lie. The temperature has been decreasing and the ice caps are thick, and the polar Bears are fat , happy and breeding like welfare single mothers in housing projects. Still love my Pedigree targeted nutrition chicken flavored dog food though just picked up 20lbs at Walmart ,One the Climate change hoax I do my part by disconnecting my emissions control from my 1973 Cadillac with the 500 cubic inch engine , and Ithrew all my trash out the window , and burned some tires and old car batteries to get smoke up into the ozone to prevent global warming ! Just doing my part mate !

  • LabsRawesome

    I agree with you, except the part where you said Ol’roy is good food. One look at the ingredient list tells the story. If you’re looking for budget friendly foods with decent ingredients, my dogs like these- 4health Tractor Supply, Nature’s Domain, and Kirkland Costco, and Pure Balance Walmart.

  • LabsRawesome

    If you can’t tell from the ingredients, do some research.

  • Hamza

    Lol climate change its a real thing mate come on there’s recordings of the temperatures from way back you can check the and match them year after year. Now the rest I’m with you mate this is like the not from concentrate juice and all the other shits just to take more money of people.

  • Jeffrey Culbert

    If you are going to be a troll, you will have to do better than that. I never said that only things made in the U.S. are good. As I pointed out there are good dog foods made with ingredients from other countries like Ol’Roy. My complaint was that they say “Made in America” but they are not made with American ingredients which is misleading. Perhaps you should learn to read. Also with the smallest of searches you would know that there are many dog deaths linked to ingredients from China.

  • Hamza

    So kids and adults no one seems to care tho

  • Hamza

    So basically you saying that the only thing that fills a dog it’s protein right?

  • Hamza

    Well if you keep thinking like that every business do something similar to what you just said.

  • Hamza

    Lol because obviously everything in the US it’s good man you make me laugh

  • Hamza

    So a worldwide known brand is worst than a low budget brand?

  • Hamza

    Well I used to see those in vets never really seen other brands well this is like many foods we eat ourselves well if you expecting that will ever be a 100% processed or/and mass produced food man you daydreaming. My grandmather French poodle eat normal food most of the time she lived long sometimes can food she lived fine bare years. I bet some people goes all crazy about this and than feed mcds to their kids lol

  • Hamza

    No but means that smoking just alone don’t mean you automatically will have cancer now if you already have tendency to develop cancer smoking well just speed it up.

  • LabsRawesome

    You made a good choice by getting the Kirkland.
    Its a 4 star food with good ingredients.
    Pedigree is a one star with horrible ingredients.

  • Snuggles

    I almost bought a bag of this from Costco since it was in their coupon book this month. I saw lot of people buying these since it was a good price, but I have 2 small dogs and end up getting the Kirkland Small Dogs formula.

  • Shawna

    I wouldn’t consider you the “average” person though, aimee. I say that with respect.

    Yes, I have concluded differently BASED ON data from scholars in the field and research I have pulled up, over the years, myself.

    You are absolutely right and I have tried to discuss this over the years – more below. A MAJOR difference between this food and what I recommend — the quality of the food, the nutrient composition etc. Another major factor, this food is eaten every single day, likely twice per day. The supplemental foods are given as just that, supplements.

    A third factor – I’ve read fermented soy is an abundant source of glutamic and aspartic acids. So potentially a highly concentrated source.

    I wrote this four years ago in response to a product that I’ve used and recommended.
    “Hi i8ok ~~ “hydrolyzing” breaks down the protein but in doing so it creates free glutamic acid (the “g” in MSG) and free aspartic acid (one of the ingredients in aspartame). For short term use it is beneficial for digestive tract health — I’ve used SeaCure before which is nothing but hydrolyzed white fish).

    However used long term, or in MSG sensitive pups, I worry about the same issues as using MSG..” http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/canine-nutrition/dogs-vitamin-c/#comment-538638377

    Also from four years ago (different thread)
    “SeaCure is healing (I used it on Gizmo) but because it is “hydrolyzed” it is a source of “free” glutamic acid—–which is the g in MSG..” http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-feeding-tips/dr-becker-dog-food-allergies/#comment-539596954

    Toxed2loss, Richard and I also had a discussion many years back about how roasting likely creates some free glutamic and aspartic acids. However, most of use don’t eat these foods every day for every meal.

    I’m not sure how enzymes would be a source (however they could release the amino acids early I suppose?). I’ll have to look at these two items further.

  • aimee

    Hi Shawna,

    Sorry for the late reply it has been a busy week.

    I considered having some foods tested and found it was well within the average person’s ability. There is a list of labs at the AAFCO site http://petfood.aafco.org/Testing-Laboratories.

    After carefully evaluating the data I concluded that free glutamic acid as consumed as part of a diet is not problematic. You have concluded differently.

    What I don’t understand though is what seems to be a very inconsistent application of what you believe.

    You are faulting this food because some of the ingredients may be sources of free glutamic acid yet you recommend such things as enzymes and fermented fish stock and fermented goat milk when the source you cited above reports “enzymes” and “anything Fermented” as likely sources. I’m confused.

  • LabsRawesome

    Suite= hotel room. You were trying to say that a word suits me. You are the one that doesn’t comprehend what words mean.

  • H.G. C.

    Apparently not it is one and the same . after learning the correct meaning of suite http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suiteFull Definition of suite

    1 : retinue; especially : the personal staff accompanying a ruler, diplomat, or dignitary on official business

    2 : a group of things forming a unit or constituting a collection : set: asa : a group of rooms occupied as a unitb (1) : a 17th and 18th century instrumental musical form consisting of a series of dances in the same or related keys (2) : a modern instrumental composition in several movements of different character (3) : a long orchestral concert arrangement in suite form of material drawn from a longer work (as a ballet)c : a collection of minerals or rocks having some characteristic in common (as type or origin)d : a set of matched furniture e : a set of computer programs designed to work together and usually sold as a single unit
    look up the word best used to describe you which is Dimwit

  • LabsRawesome

    I’m not promoting any one particular kibble. I use about 10 different kibbles, from different manufacturers. I have no brand loyalty. You totally missed my point, reading and comprehending an ingredient list is not a hard thing to do. Maybe that is easier for you to understand, since you obviously didn’t understand my reference to rocket science.

  • H.G. C.

    Well then how do you know the ingredient list on your high end dog food your are “Promoting” has the correct listing of ingredients on the bag , rocket science in your labs would produce results similar to the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion lol

  • LabsRawesome

    Congratulations. Do you want a cookie?

  • LabsRawesome

    At least I know the difference between suite and suit. lol

  • LabsRawesome

    Um no, I have the ability to read and comprehend an ingredient list. It’s not rocket science. lol

  • H.G. C.

    The word has several meaning such as the word troll does , perhaps this meaning of the word would better describe the waste between your ears lol ! Suite (geology), a collection of rock specimens from a given area or a succession of closely associated sedimentary strata”

  • H.G. C.

    Really more unbiased scientific revue ? Based on what ? “You don’t need per reviewed study ” You sound like the climate change quacks ? Next you will be labeling your opposition “Deniers” ! I am beginning to believe some of you might be receiving compensation for your negative opinions . I am certain now from your biased views you have no objectivity in your view . Apparently you have a strong biased view which is not healthy in a real scientific environment.

  • H.G. C.

    You state “You ” have analyzed the ingredients ? By this do you mean you actually in a laboratory or similar equipped venue did a complex chemical and structural breakdown of the products in random samplings ? Or as I suspect you just cut and pasted a bunch of articles of off the internet ? One of the problems I have noticed with a few posters on this site is they have limited ability to comprehend the actual meanings of dictionary words , not slang or urban dictionary meaning. And what I am alluding to in your post is your use of analyze, either you analyzed the dog food ingredients or you analyzed (cut & pasted) the internet sources. This kind of research reminds me of the quasi science akin to the deception and deceit used in the fraudulent climate change findings.

  • LabsRawesome

    Are you calling me a fancy hotel room? Because that’s what a suite is. lol

  • H.G. C.

    I strongly disagree with all your examples of alleged “insults” they were in no way insults , the only one that could even remotely be a jab is the response to Katie’s verbal diatribe on me. The rest are descriptive responses and opinions on these posts. This is not Europe where the side in power can use some made to order hate Speech law to filter or obstruct or reject an opposing view. This is the USA the 1st Amendment allows for the free expression of speech and in a much , much broader realm then the contrite kibble you are offended by, maybe you need not offer your opinions if you are so thin skinned, or find a way to not allow comments . It is clear from your posts that you have a “My way or the Highway” view of critical and opposing views. Now again given your responses please reread my posts and maybe in an objective analytic mindset you can begin to observe your obvious faults.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I am not insecure in the least, but I do find it offensive that you must include some type of nasty insult to a number of people in many of your comments. By the way, none of these comments were made to me and were made in response to some polite comments disagreeing with your point of view. Your comments:

    “Lets not turn dog food into a fanatical cult or mental illness.”

    “I think you have had to much corn in your diet Katie and no common sense or reading comprehension skills.”

    “It is the liberal elites way to tax the population more and push us toward their nonsensical one world governance delusion.”

    “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.”

    “Anal retentive fanatics”

    So you think the posters or anyone finding this offensive would be oversensitive?

  • H.G. C.

    I did not call anyone a name I made a valid and honest and non insulting observation, if the person or persons who felt it was directed to became offended and I am assuming you are one of these people I cannot suppress my Freedom of Speech on the sensitivities of other posters. There was not one insulting derogatory word in my observations . As for Freedom of Speech you need to review the judicial record which has a much , much broader definition of what is , and what is not considered insulting , and derogatory speech. If you were offended by my comments it s based on your own level of personal insecurities not my observations of any posting on this site.

  • H.G. C.

    And that word would apply to you I believe.

  • LabsRawesome

    I’m on my tablet , I’m not able to see who is up voting that stupidity right now. lol

  • LabsRawesome

    Troll is a word in the dictionary too.

  • Crazy4dogs

    You absolutely have the right to your opinion, to feed your dog whatever food you want and the right to freedom of speech. However, I’m pretty sure that they don’t include name calling and insulting comments as a part of that right.

  • Shawna

    When I read his post I assumed he meant evaluated versus analyzed – I’m curious how he thought people on this site might be able to analayze the food unless he really did mean evaluate and you are playing word semantics here? That said, I should have made it clear that’s what I was discussing.

    There is adequate data on neurotoxins and normal consumption in humans and although that may not relate to dogs, I would personally take the cautionary side until more is known.

  • aquariangt

    She’s a troll. Someday her posse will pick up on that 😉

  • LabsRawesome

    You don’t need a peer reviewed study to realize that Pedigree is complete garbage. One look at the ingredient list should give you a clue. I’m sure that Shawna is extremely tired of going round and round with you over these junk dog foods.

  • aimee

    The OP asked

    “Have you actually analyzed this product ?”
    and you answered “I have. Here’s what I come up with.”

    When you analyzed the product how did you test for pentobarb?

    What were the levels of pentobarb in the product you analyzed?

    Did you also do digestibility studies and a nutrient analysis as well? What were those results?

    From what you wrote it appears that you didn’t analyze the product at all. Instead you threw out speculations that could apply to just about any kibbled dog food.

    And I’ve yet to see any peer reviewed publications that free glutamic acid and aspartic acids when consumed as part of the diet result in any problems. When injected sure… and yep….when gavaged in extremely high doses in neonatal mice lesions can be induced but not when consumed as part of the diet Nada

  • H.G. C.

    Well I am giving my opinion and the words I used are all in the dictionary, and we still have Freedom of Speech in this Country the last time I checked. And Anal retentive fanatics is how I see some of these posters . And my dog still loves the Pedigree corn by products, beaks and all !

  • Shawna

    I think people should respect others for their choices but when you make statements like this “These ratings are by the anal retentive fanatics”, you, in my opinion, are asking for others to call you out on your views.

    For what it’s worth, I agree with you about the politics of climate change.

  • H.G. C.

    I am glad to hear that your choices in feeding your pooches is working out for you also ! I have all the respect in the world for the people on this site who are conducting factual scientific analysis of the dog food products. Some of these people in my opinion take it to the extreme in there opinion of what ingredients are harmful to dogs . I still believe that over feeding the dog is the number 1 harmful practice an owner can do to a pet. The dog foods and there ingredients might come in a distant second to the overall dog population, minus allergic and hyper sensitive dogs. Also I have heard that some of these high priced dog foods have people paid or otherwise making derogatory remarks about the generic choices readily available to the mass consumers to increase their dog food sales. But for me Pedigree Small Dog Targeted Nutrition Chicken Dog food is the best my mutt has ever eaten . To all others on this site I respect YOUR choices please respect mine. Thank You.

  • Amateria

    Well it certainly is making a difference for my food, as for the dogs they simply get home cooked, raw frozen and air dried/freeze dried as treats and the 7 year old boy has never been happier and I mean he has literally never been this bouncy before its been quiet the sight.

    And I never said you should change I was just putting my opinion out there as I had a very truthful mood which was brought about by a mood swing from my candida problem.

    They generally cost more because the ingredients are not really cheap to begin with, everytime I go to the shops I’m always looking at meat and vegies prices because its one of those things I liked to do as a kid and it stuck, anyways so far everything keeps going up not down and meat for myself is like $8 add the other ingredients for that dinner and it starts feeling like expensive restaurant prices.

    Oh and actually I just remembered that I read somewhere that organic dog food and a few other names actually don’t really exist, unless their raw? I think because once its cooked it no longer matters if it was organic to begin with or not.

  • Shawna

    “Have you actually analyzed this product ?”

    I have. Here’s what I come up with.

    Meat and bone meal and animal fat are potential sources of the euthanasia drug pentobarbital per the FDA.
    “There appear to be associations between rendered or hydrolyzed ingredients and the presence of pentobarbital in dog food. The ingredients Meat and Bone Meal (MBM), Beef and Bone Meal (BBM), Animal Fat (AF), and Animal Digest (AD) are rendered or hydrolyzed from animal sources that could include euthanized animals.” http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/CVM/CVMFOIAElectronicReadingRoom/ucm129134.htm

    They do state that the small amounts of pento in dog foods is not problematic but the US Fish and Wildlife have a different take on that.
    “Rendering is not an acceptable way to dispose of a pentobarbital-tainted carcass. The drug residues are not destroyed in the rendering process, so the tissues and by-products may contain poison and must not be used for animal feed.” http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/poison.pdf

    Although not all dogs will react, the ingredients soy, wheat and corn can cause damage to the hairs that absorb nutrients (villous atrophy). When this happens a hormone called zonulin increases the gaps in the gut wall (aka gut permeability) allowing nutrients to pass through that way. Nutrients aren’t the only thing that pass through though. These same proteins (aka lectins) that cause gut permeability can also cause autoimmune diseases (which take time to manifest) like diabetes.
    “Of particular interest is the implication for autoimmune diseases. Lectins stimulate class II HLA antigens on cells that do not normally display them, such as pancreatic islet and thyroid cells.9 The islet cell determinant to which cytotoxic autoantibodies bind in insulin dependent diabetes mellitus is the disaccharide N-acetyl lactosamine,10 which must bind tomato lectin if present and probably also the lectins of wheat, potato, and peanuts. This would result in islet cells expressing both class II HLA antigens and foreign antigen together—a sitting duck for autoimmune attack. Certain foods (wheat, soya) are indeed diabetogenic in genetically susceptible mice.11 Insulin dependent diabetes therefore is another potential lectin disease and could possibly be prevented by prophylactic oligosaccharides.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1115436/

    The soybean meal, corn gluten meal and natural flavors are likely sources of free glutamic and aspartic acids. When consumed in excess (like daily for years) they can cause illnesses like heart disease and others. They are considered neurotoxins and excitotoxins.
    “Glutamic acid is a neurotransmitter that excites our neurons (not just in our tongues). This electrical charging of neurons is what makes foods with added free glutamic acid taste so good. Unfortunately, the free glutamic acid can cause problems in many people. Actually, our brains have many receptors for glutamic acid and some areas, such as the hypothalamus,1 do not have an impermeable blood-brain barrier, so free glutamic acid from food sources can get into the brain, injuring and sometimes killing neurons. At least 25 per cent of the U.S. population react to free glutamic acid from food sources. Today, we recognize that those reactions range from mild and transitory to debilitating and life threatening.” http://americannutritionassociation.org/newsletter/free-glutamic-acid-msg-sources-dangers

  • H.G. C.

    I knew a gentlemen who had a Chihuahua who was hitting 21 years and he fed the dog whatever was available as he is a traveling salesman . I do not believe the substantial cost of the so called high end dog foods is really worth it and many of the pricier ones have been recalled and accused of the same bait & switch ingredients that the low end ones use. Pedigree is working for us and she loves the stuff and she is lean & mean and has no digestive or bowel problems so why would I want to change her food on some pie in the sky belief that these pricier organic ( if you believe that ) dog food will make any difference at all.

  • Babslynne

    All dogs get sick with upset tummies and diarrhea when they are not transitioned slowly from one kind of food to another, you are suppose to take a week or 2 to slowly add small amounts of the new food to the old while reducing the old food. You also could give them a Tbs of PLAIN canned pumpkin mixed into their food to prevent or cure upset tummy and diarrhea. Probiotics or Yogurt also help. You are correct about Pedigree however, but now you know how to transition them to a better food such as Nutrisource, or 4health, or whatever you decide on.

  • Kristi Napier Bohna

    I bought a bag of adult pedigree recently and now all of my dogs are sick, bloody soft or runny stools, blood shot eyes, terrible gas, & they overall just don’t feel good. They are drinking way more than normal trying to keep themselves hydrated. I called the # on the bag was placed on hold immediately and left there for almost an hour only to be basically told we’ll give you your $ back,(which I did not ask for, but thanks) however we can’t do anything else at this time unless one of your dogs basically becomes deathly ill at which point we can look through all of your pets medical records and decide if we will reimburse you for the bill…… Ok first of all I would NEVER have bought pedigree if I’d have known it was such a bad product, I had no idea stupid me thought oh that’s a good brand…. No it’s not I’ll never ever buy another pedigree product & they better hope my dogs do not become deathly ill. If that happens they will hate life, my dogs are my babies, they are all UTD on all shots everything this is bs!!!!!!

  • Pitlove

    Hi Katie-

    Something that you may or may not know is that veterinary practioners are not nutrition specialists. They recieve training in nutrition, however it is not their focus and therefore they are not experts. This does not mean they are paid to sell Hill’s. My vet for one is absolutely wonderful and has helped my dog recover from his allergies. He has never once pushed any presciption diets on me.

    Most vets do care about the welfare of our pets despite what people on the internet will tell you.

  • Amateria

    Also considering the huge amount of dog foods out there I’m sure she’d look very nice on another food as well but it would take a gigantic commitment to try every food out there and no one has time for that these days or the money.

  • Amateria

    They don’t live that long anymore because of poor diet options just like people, several people’s dogs have lived to 22-23 years on organic diets fresh from their own farms or butchers they know personally.

    You’ve also got to take into account these were dogs with no health issues ever, the ones with issues that’s a different story.

  • H.G. C.

    Some breeds do not even live 12 years. Based on your answer you could not test more than 1 maybe 2 brands in your dogs life span. I am staying with Pedigree she has never looked better !

  • Amateria

    3 years is too early to know anything for sure wait until at least 5-7 years, some don’t react until even 12 years.

    As for the selling of products, if you have enough money you can sell anything and not be banned, its all about money because why the hell not…

  • H.G. C.

    I think you have had to much corn in your diet Katie and no common sense or reading comprehension skills. My comments are accurate and I stand by them . My pooch has been eating this stuff for 3 years and she has never been healthier in her life. The Pedigree Corporation, and any other pet food maker which some of you look down on would not be in business if they sold harmful products to the public. And when some companies do they are usually banned form selling that product. I think you are just another over reactionary type. Have you actually analyzed this product ? So how would know if it is crappy ? The product is excellent it tastes great I chew it for the old girl and the price is right . What more could one ask for.

  • Katie Vance

    Science diet isn’t much better. …many of their foods are full of corn and cheap fillers too. Vets only recommend the food because they are paid too. Any good vet that actually cares about the well being of animals would know hills is not a good quality food.

  • Katie Vance

    Yeah they have tummy issues because that is normal and what happens when you try to switch dogs to other foods and don’t transition over properly. Any little research and you would know that….and if your dog is used to eating low quality crappy food then yeah their body will have to adjust to a food that is totally different.

  • Katie Vance

    You literally have no idea what your talking about. Anyone with common sense would know this is a crappy low quality full of cheap fillers food. You act like it’s bad thing that some people actually really care about their dogs and want to feed them best they can and not feed them foods with a bunch of fillers and chemicals. You obviously don’t care at all. Why not just feed your dog a big bag of corn? Dogs in the wild mostly would be eating other animals, obviously not corn & more corn, fillers and chemicals.

  • Katie Vance

    Just because your dog likes the food doesn’t mean it’s good. You live the quality….literally what quality? It’s a food full of cheap low quality filler ingredients. Foods with the first ingredients being corn are the worst foods. Any little bit of research and you would know. Some people just buy their dogs whatever they grab and don’t care at all whether it’s actually a good food or not which is sad. So many dogs have gotten severely sick from these types of foods.

  • My grandmother smoked for most of her life and did not die of lung cancer. It didn’t mean smoking was totally fine!

  • 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 protein.so 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
    NOT AT ALL IN ANY WAY
    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 ? ?

  • 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

    Correction,
    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

    UPDATE ON PEDIGREE DOG FOOD CONTAMINATION – VIDEO SHOWS COPPER WIRE

    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.

    Treatment:

    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!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Pedigree.Killing.Or.Sickening.Dogs/permalink/839906389412505/

  • 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. http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/pedigree.html

  • 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. http://truthaboutpetfood.com/hair-for-the-dog-and-cat/

  • 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.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207509167149267&set=o.63564314363&type=1

  • 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?
    Wow.

  • 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 cover..it 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. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/pedigree-dog-food-dry/#comment-1869340293
    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 consumerreports.com 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?
    Thanks

  • 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: http://www.doglistener.co.uk/bakers-pedigree-dogfood#sthash.nn0iIbpm.dpuf

  • 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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