Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner Dog Food receives the Advisor’s lowest-tier rating of 1.5 stars.
The Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner product line includes 14 canned dog foods.
Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.
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- Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner with Beef [M]
- Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner with Chicken [M]
- Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner Filet Mignon Flavor [M]
- Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner with Liver and Beef [M]
- Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner T-Bone Steak Flavor [M]
- Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner Top Sirloin Steak Flavor [M]
- Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner with Lamb and Rice Puppy [G]
- Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner Chicken and Rice (3.5 stars) [M]
- Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner with Chicken, Beef, and Liver [M]
- Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner with Chicken and Beef Puppy [M]
- Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner Bacon Cheeseburger Flavors [M]
- Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner Filet Mignon and Bacon Flavor [M]
- Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner Weight Management Beef and Liver [U]
- Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner Weight Management Chicken and Rice [U]
Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner with Chicken, Beef, and Liver was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner with Chicken, Beef, and Liver
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Sufficient water for processing, chicken by-products, chicken, meat by-products, beef, animal liver, brewers rice, minerals (potassium chloride, magnesium proteinate, zinc sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide), sodium tripolyphosphate, carrageenan, added color, dried yam, guar gum, vitamins (choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement), xanthan gum, natural flavor, sodium nitrite (for color retention)
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||36%||27%||28%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||28%||51%||22%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The second ingredient includes chicken by-products, what’s left of a slaughtered chicken after all the choice cuts have been removed.
In addition to organs, this item can also include feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs and almost anything other than prime skeletal muscle.
The quality of this ingredient can vary, depending on the caliber of the raw materials obtained by the manufacturer.
The third ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1
Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The fourth ingredient lists meat by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered animals after all the prime striated muscle cuts have been removed.
With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.1
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 allergies impossible.
Although most meat by-products can be nutritious, we do not consider such vaguely described (generic) ingredients to be as high in quality as those derived from a named animal source.
The fifth ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The sixth ingredient is animal liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.
The seventh ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With four notable exceptions…
First, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.
Next, 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?
In addition, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
And lastly, we also note the presence of sodium nitrite, a controversial color preservative. Sodium nitrite has been linked to the production of cancer-causing substances (known as nitrosamines) when meats are exposed to high cooking temperatures.
Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner
Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner dog food looks like a below-average wet 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 38% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 27% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 71%.
Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.
However, with 51% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 28% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of named and unnamed meats and by-products as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1.5 stars.
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
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- Pedigree Dog Food Recall Expanded (9/1/2014)
- Pedigree Dog Food Recall (8/27/2014)
- Pedigree Dog Food Recall (6/30/2012)
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Notes and Updates
03/22/2018 Last Update