Pedigree Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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

The Pedigree product line includes ten dry 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.

  • Pedigree Puppy Growth and Protection [U]
  • Pedigree Healthy Longevity Chicken Flavor [U]
  • Pedigree Healthy Weight Complete Nutrition [U]
  • Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Lamb Flavor [U]
  • Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Steak Flavor [U]
  • Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Chicken Flavor [U]
  • Pedigree Small Dog Complete Nutrition Steak Flavor [U]
  • Pedigree Small Dog Healthy Longevity Salmon Flavor [U]
  • Pedigree Large Dog Complete Nutrition Chicken Flavor [U]
  • Pedigree Small Dog Complete Nutrition Chicken Flavor [U]

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
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
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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
  • aimee

    Hi Catherine Liu,

    Foods are produced at different price points. A low cost food will be more plant based and more likely to have an open formula. By open formula I mean the product ingredients may change based on the market forces. To facilitate these shifts the ingredients are listed in generic terms:. poultry vs chicken or turkey, meat instead of beef or pork. or lamb

    Technically ,by AAFCO definition, it could contain other sources but practically due to the large volume needed meat and bone meal comes from integrated plants from animals slaughtered for human consumption.

    Call the company for clarification.

    Vets I think are more familiar with the brands that also make therapeutic diets. The only company I’ve been aware of that gives vets incentives for recommendations is The Honest Kitchen.

    Dogs are individuals one formula won’t meet every dog’s needs

  • haleycookie

    Canidae is a family owned and operated company. They have their own farm where they make most of their own produce. They also source most of their proteins from small family owned farms when possible. Unlike the bigger companies offered in vet offices. I’m like you. I’d rather feed my animals good quality ingredients and find corn, wheat, soy, and the mysterious ingredients included in the term “by products” to be substandard and rather not feed them to . Most of these studies these bigger companies do don’t include any of the negatives of the studies. They tend to just site the positives. Also most of them are just 6 month studies and they are considered a “success” if the animal is kept alive and relatively healthy during it. Canidae has a nutritionist of staff and has always answered any questions I’ve had. The rep for my area is also very informational and always has coupons. Petco will usually have coupons as well if you ask an employee. I think the Canidae pure line is a good line.

  • Pitlove

    I think you are still assuming these foods are low quality. If that is your feeling toward the food, nothing I say is going to convince you otherwise if you are not receptive to the information. I was once under the belief that the foods vets recommended were poor quality as well, but given the way I think I was open to a different opinion. After looking further into the subject of nutrition I no longer find Royal Canin, Science Diet and Purina poor quality foods like I once did.

    Canidae is just like every other food of its kind on the market. The only goal is to sell a trendy product with the main focus on ingredients that look appealing to the human eye, but don’t necessarily form a cohesive product. I personally prefer companies that have a focus on proper nutrition for the life of the dog, not just trends that effect the human more than the animal.

  • Catherine Liu

    Hi Pitlove,

    I am worried about long term side effects. If some low quality pet food is not balanced or carcinogenic, it probably takes a while to show symptoms, like anaemia in human.

    If the pet food label only says “meat” without indicating what it is, I would be wondering what they are trying to hide from.

    Because you are a vet tech, what do you think of Canadae?

    I also had doubts when vets told me to only use Royal Canin and Science Diet, but nothing else. I do believe there are more than 2 good pet food companies out there.

    Is it because the vets don’t know other brands well or do these 2 companies give them incentives for recommending their products? The pharmaceutical reps can be very pushy and biased when they try to sell their products to pharmacies and I am sure they are doing the same to the doctors too.

    By the way, my dog was very constipated and had haemorrhoid when she was straining. I was feeding her either Royal Canin or Science Diet at that time. I just fed her vegetable and meat soup. Her constipation went away.

    If they are very balanced, why did I have to feed her extra food to prevent her from being constipated? I always could smell rice strongly when I fed her Science Diet each time. I’m wondering if rice is the main ingredient.

  • aimee

    I’ve fed Annamaet. When I last spoke with them they were doing Vit D research in endurance dogs, have published and had a vet nutritionist they consult with and were collaborating with on the Vit D research. For a small company I was pretty impressed.

    When Freshpet group started I liked their start up but they seem to be plagued with consistency issues in delivering a fresh product.

    I liked Natura and was sad to see them bought out and discontinued

    If people want raw I think Natures Variety is the best of those available

    I think Wellness and Fromm do a decent job. Whenever I’ve asked them questions regarding nutrient levels or quality control they answered them well.

    I’m sure there are lots of good products out there and lots I’d actively avoid

  • aimee

    I’ve always considered the current “grain free” fad to be the result of really effective marketing If you are a new company on the block you gotta have spiel to hook people.

    Grains are bad…. buy our food.. than newcomers had to knock out what was currently on the market and rolled out another tag line grain free and potato free don’t forget soy free too.

    I find it a bit odd that legumes are the current “good guy” but soy which is a legume is “out”

  • aimee

    I find it best to contact the manufacturer individually for any food you are considering. Companies change over time.

  • Crazy4cats

    That study is very concerning! My dogs are about 1/4 golden and 3/4 lab. I’m definitely taking note. I have and continue to feed both with and without grain. I’ve never understood why everyone thinks that peas, tapioca and potatoes are so much better than rice, oatmeal and corn as long as they are high quality ingredients. Thanks for the info!

  • Catherine Liu

    Hi Pitlove,

    I am worried about long term side effects. If some low quality pet food is not balanced or carcinogenic, it probably takes a while to show symptoms, like anaemia in human.

    If the pet food label only says “meat” without indicating what it is, I would be wondering what they are trying to hide from.

    Because you are a vet tech, what do you think of Canadae?

    I also had doubts when vets told me to only use Royal Canin and Science Diet, but nothing else. I do believe there are more than 2 good pet food companies out there.

    Is it because the vets don’t know other brands well or do these 2 companies give them incentives for recommending their products? The pharmaceutical reps can be very pushy and biased when they try to sell their products to pharmacies and I am sure they are doing the same to the doctors too.

  • Pitlove

    No I’m not a vet, but I am a vet tech (not on the job trained, but schooled). I’ve had the merits of these brands explained to me through various vets, literature on nutrition and websites like

    What Dr. Remillard means by ingredients dont matter is that reading a label does not tell you anything about the quality of the ingredient itself only that that is what the food should contain. And it is true that a dogs body does not care where the nutrients come from, so long it can be used by the body. So while people on the internet say corn is bad for dogs, the fact of the matter is that it has shown to be a highly digestable ingredient when cooked. Also, I would not buy into the propaganda about companies using roadkill and dead zoo animals in pet food. I do not believe there is any real concrete evidence of this. Or at least I’ve yet to see any.

    Chicken Meal which is likely what you are refering to as dehydrated protein, is in fact real meat, and contains 300% more protein than whole meat. I consider it to be a good ingredient. I also have no problem with corn or wheat. My own pets eat Purina Pro Plan and have never been as problem free as they have been for the past almost 2 years since switching.

    My opinion is that Royal Canin is an excellent quality product and if your dog is healthy and doing well on it then it is a good food.

  • Catherine Liu

    Hi Pitlove,

    You have explained the reasons why vets recommend Royal Canin and Science Diet. May I ask if you are a vet yourself or you heard this from a friend/relative who is a vet?

    I have read petdiet website that you suggested. Their view is that the nutritions matter, but the original source is not important. From a dog owner’s perspective, many of us do not want to feed their pets from inferior sources.

    I think they are both important to me. I will feel wrong by feeding my dog if her food comes from anonymous meat, such as, rats, dead zoo animals, euthanised cats or dogs. I don’t want my dog to be treated like a second class citizen and eat all the wastes not wanted by human.

    I don’t mind to feed my dog food made from internal organs, like intestines, kidneys, heart, tripe, sometimes. I know western people do not commonly eat them, but they are quite acceptable for human consumption by some other cultures. Western sausages are often made from them too. When the dogs/wolves are in the wild, they eat the whole animal.

    I looked at the ingredients of Royal Canin bag I had at home, but could not see any meat listed except for dehydrated protein, plant materials that are controversial (i.e.corn and wheat) and many additives. Why couldn’t they make food from real meat instead of choosing the cheapest plant materials and many artificial additives?

    Ideally, I prefer the pet food that is nutritionally balanced and come from decent sources. Recently, I have been feeding my dog partially Royal Canine (gradually wean off) + Canadae Pure Sea plus meat and vegetables from our dinner. I am planning to cook some boiled chicken, mussels and salmon as her treats during training. At least, I know what is in there and she can try different food everyday like us.

  • Catherine Liu

    Hi Aimee,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

    I read the guidelines you sent in the past, but have not contacted individual companies yet.

    Do you mind sharing the company names that put little effort on nutrition? It can save me time for not contacting them. Cheers.

  • aimee

    Hi Catherine,

    I think Pitlove outlined some of the reasons these companies are recommended. They meet WSAVA guidelines

    I tend to divide companies into nutritional or marketing. Most are marketing companies meaning they have little vested interest in nutrition. This isn’t to say that their foods can’t be appropriate just that the company company focus is different. They are just making a product for sale

    So for example when I choose a food for my growing large breed I interviewed companies. The company I went with fed the food to growing puppies of my breed and monitored their growth for min. 1 year. They did routine blood work, radiographs, hormonal testing, monitor hormone levels that influence skeletal development DEXA scans … over 1200 data points .per pup during growth.

    That company is vested in proper growth vs a company that puts a formula together on paper and sells it without ever having fed it

    I’ve had a “5 star” company asking me for advice on what quality control testing they should do on their diets. They sent me the lab requisition forms and wanted to know what tests to run. SCARY stuff.

    Another 5 star company told me not to be concerned that the Vit D level was so low in their diets as dogs will know to sit by the window to make up the difference.

    Interesting answer as dogs unlike people can’t synthesize Vit D, it has to be supplied in the diet.

    Currently there are multiple cases of taurine deficient cardiomyopathy in multiple breeds that have been eating the same highly rated food. This company has been using a lot of legumes in the diet. This investigation is in it’s infancy but one thing being considered is how the fiber in these ingredients effect the flora and in turn the metabolism of taurine. This is a marketing company. They do not feed the products they make and monitor heath of those animals

    Veterinarians being concerned with animal health in general prefer diets made by companies that invest in animal health. Purina, Royal Canin, Hill

  • Pitlove

    Hi Catherine-

    One thing that is accurate that was mentioned to you about SD and RC was the amount of science, namely research that goes into the food. SD, RC and Purina all conduct their own independent research on canine and feline nutrition. And as you know given your background in pharmacy, research is expensive, so yes they do need a return the millions spent yearly on research.

    Another reason vets praise these foods is because of the the fact they are formulated by board certified vet nutritionists. These are specialists in nutrition. Many companies consult one for the first initial formulation and then never work with one again. SD and RC have them on staff at all times constantly evaluating their formulations, making sure they are up to date with the most current research out there.

    Another reason vets recommend these companies is their stringent manufacturing and quality control. Not to mention their ingredient sourcing and quality. It’s easy to believe that corn and chicken by products are evil when it’s plastered all over the internet, however there is no factual basis for that statement. Not to mention reading an ingredient list tells you nothing about the quality of the food or how it digests. RC is so strict on the ingredient quality that they have turned down shipments of corn that Kellogg’s then bought off them.

    I would recommend going to and read the section “ask the nutritionist”. I think you would benefit greatly from the information found on that site. It is run solely by board certified nutritionists.

  • Catherine Liu

    I agree that some consumer reports can be biased, but I’m more certain that all pet food companies (including Pedigree) claim that they make good products which is more biased.

    I want to know the reasons why vets always recommend Science Diet and Royal Canin mostly. Claudia mentioned she is a vet. Perhaps she can explain why?

  • haleycookie

    1. You can go on Royal Canin or science diets websites or call and they’ll usually give you a nice long list of reasons why their food is the best. 2. I think Canidae is a far better food. Good for you for seeing past your vets limited education on nutrition and trying a higher quality food and 2. I wouldn’t really trust consumer reports. From my understanding the reviewers are paid reviewers so their comments may not be very truthful.

  • Catherine Liu

    I’m sure there are bad dog food out there and I threw away Pedigree dental chew after reading reviews and ingredients.

    My vet told me only feed my dog Science Diet or Royal Canin, but I felt disappointed after reading their ingredients and reviews. They had so many complaints from other customers. I’m trying to switch from Royal Canin to Canadae now.

    I did a pharmacy degree. Please tell me the Science behind why Royal Canin and Science Diet are good. You can sound technical in here and also provide some quality evidence-based research to support your statement. Otherwise, I can’t be convinced they are good.

  • haleycookie

    Because of the “science” behind them. That’s also the justification for the insane prices they charge for food that’s strikingly similar to low quality foods such as pedigree and dog chow. I would avoid them simply because of the shady way they do their business. Unless of course your dog is sick and you’ve exhausted ALL other options. Otherwise you’re paying out the butt for food you could probably get a lot cheaper with just as much “science” behind it.

  • Catherine Liu

    Why do vets always recommend Science Diet or Royal Canin? After reading the ingredients and reviews, I don’t want to buy them again.

  • Jeniffer Alexander

    Thank you Susan , I am trying my best to balance her food and she is loving her meal everyday.

  • Susan

    Hi Sharon,
    have you tried the Hills Science Diet, Sensitive Stomach & Skin or another one of Hills formula’s their new 7+ Youthful Vitality small & toy breed chicken recipe, the ingredients are the same as the adult 7+ Youthful Vitailty the kibbles are just bigger in the Adult formula…
    Your like me & try heaps of different brands so Lexee would be VERY healthy cause we are always trying & rotating different brands lol…
    What I really like about Hills they refund or exchange if your dog has a problem with 1 of their formula’s or if you email them they give vouchors if you’ve bought online & need a refund instead of asking the online pet shop for refund Hills say dont worry about it & give you a Hills voucher for another Hills formula that you’d like to try, Patch is eating the Hills Sensitive Skin Rice & Egg some days, he loves it Hills must spray the kibble with something cause my cat has been pinching his Hills kibbles as he’s eating them & she never pinches his TOTW kibbles when he’s eaten. Does Lexee like Purina One? Purina has similair ingredients to Pedigree minus all the preservities.. My cat LOVES Purina One she prefers it over the expensive grain free kibble , so now I just buy it for her she still eats her raw diet but loves the dry Purina kibble with her raw…

  • sharron

    this is the first dry dog food my dog will eat straight. She will eat it straight or sometimes i add freshpet to it. how bad is this food. so far her Bm’s are good, and no other issues have developed from eating it.

  • Ophelia Brooks

    This was literally the only food my senior GSD would eat.
    Weirdly enough she would either get horribly sick or just completely refuse to eat any other food. I switched from being terrified of a surprise attack of diarrhea and begging my dog to eat anything three days into her fasting until I gave her this food- one of the cheapest, unhealthiest brands I can think of.
    She was so finicky I could only give her the chicken flavor too.
    It didn’t hurt her, so take the horror with a grain of salt. But I wouldn’t recommend if you can afford better.

  • anon101

    I had a senior small breed that loved Mighty Dog, it was the only thing he would eat after a complicated dental surgery. He thrived on it for many years after.
    It’s a good standby food.

  • HoundMusic

    There’s nothing wrong with Pedigree. In fact, I have a sick dog who can barely tolerate chicken and rice and cannot touch any other dry food who thrives on it. Between canned Mighty Dog (gasp! the horror!) and bone broth, he was literally nursed back to health from the brink of death last month. Now that his ulcers have stopped bleeding, he’s back to 100% Pedigree and thriving. Also, I’m getting even more annoyed at the whole “if only you loved your dog you would feed a holistic food” spiel than I am with the whole “I found a rusty screw in evil Beneful, Pedigree, Dog Chow, etc.” spiel. Some people cannot afford even $30 on a single bag of dog food, and others choose not to. Either way, as long as the dog has a full stomach and is doing well, it’s really none of anyone’s business what an owner chooses to feed.

  • HoundMusic

    David, the mold is a storage problem, meaning you need to disclose it to the store you purchased the bag from.Too many of these OMGZ MAI FURBABY IS DED FROM EATING *insert brand name here* for me to take them seriously anymore. If you go on Amazon, whose third party suppliers often sell dog food, even the “high end” foods will have valid complaints of mold or other “goodies” in the bag directly related to unsanitary storage conditions. I’m not going to condemn any one of those brands, or accuse the companies of selling toxic foods, because it very often is out of their hands once the bag leaves their facilities.

    Furthermore, the pileup of unfounded claims that brands the Dog Food Justice Warriors DO NOT APPROVE of are killing dogs or are tainted with antifreeze, inanimate objects, mold, and the like, is getting tedious in the extreme. If you post something like this, your proof needs to be ROCK SOLID.

  • STester

    I used to feed my now 7 year old Staffordshire Terrier Walmart brands such as Purina, Twin Pet, Ol’ Roy, and at some point even Pedigree. As a college student I was on a budget and really didn’t have much extra cash. But then I found this site and started doing more research on quality of dog food. I feel horrible knowing I was giving him so much crap… literally. No wonder he had so much allergies and would get sick. The weight loss is what really sent a red flag. Sometimes he’d vomit bile and I actually thought that that was a normal freaking process because of some severely uneducated blogs I’d read. Since then I have only fed him the highest quality food. Some great brands particularly for dry food are Orijen, Blue Buffalo, Taste of the Wild, and Merrick. Currently I’m feeding him Victor Hi Pro Plus which is supremely well for active dogs of all ages and I get it at a great deal from my local feed store. $30 for a 40 pound bag! Online’s not always the best deal… and if you are a Walmart shopper remember that there are a few decent brands to choose from that are still very affordable like Pure Balance, Hill’s, Science Diet, and even some Iams products. While you won’t see any 5 star options, Pure Balance does get pretty close. Just remember you don’t have to pay any more for high quality food then a lot of these despicable companies charge and if you truly love your dog, cat, pig, whatever then it is worth the extra time and investment to give them the quality of life they deserve.

  • Susan

    I’m agreeing with you, re read my post slowly..I even liked your post, I thought it was funny, I’m Australian & I think you you don’t get our slang…
    It would have been better if you didn’t put the link for all your photoes in bold letters as you can not click on any of your links to see the mold….

  • haleycookie

    I agree with you with most of what you say but to totally boycott any company because they made a mistake is foolish. If everyone did that every company would be out of business because every business makes mistakes. For instance the Dairy Queen down the road is awful. It’s filthy old and the owner won’t update anything. Now the other one about 10 min further away is newer and has a great staff and it’s nice and clean. Do you think it’s reasonable for me to say “no more Dairy Queen for me ever again cus I found something gross in my ice cream at the one down the street” no. That makes no sense. I’m not defending pedigree. I’d never touch it with a 10 ft pole. But your logic is flawed.

  • David A. Palmer

    Dear Susan: As a intellectual person with an MBA from one of the top business schools, I’m not quite sure what you are referring to as “scare tactics”. If you were to take the time to look closely at the pictures they show facts. There was mold on individual pieces of dog food, black mold growing on the inside of the bag and a huge clump (not wet) of the dry dog food encompassed with black mold. Would you feed your dog that? The manufacturer must take responsibility. What would happen if you went to Applebee’s (like one of your favorite restaurants) and found black mold in your food? If this would have been the case, and you were somewhat intelligent, I’m sure you would have warned your friends to stay away from this chain. If you wouldn’t have son so, it would have shown your complete lack of judgement. Read the posting, Look at the pictures. Make an informed remark before you start spouting off on something that you obviously didn’t look into. Mars, as the manufacturer, must take responsibility. My sole purpose was to warn others that this happened, and to ultimately boycott this product unless they take action. Do you research before you start spouting off.

  • Susan

    Hi your post is funny, I can not understand some people “Scare Tactics” like you have nothing better to do with your time so you come onto DFA pretending your found mold in your bag of Pedigree, yeh right, it looks like you’re just warning poor pet owners, hey look at what you’re feeding your pets, its crap low quality pet food…. its good you have taken the time to tell people on DFA, it’s disgusting it’s 2017 this should NOT be happening, I’d say the kibble was put into the plastic kibble bags while it was still wet & was not dried properly…..

  • David A. Palmer

    List Ms. HoundMusic – Let me make this as simple for you as possible. If you would have gone to Piggly Wiggle and bought a family size pack of Laura Scudder’s Potato Chips, come back to your trailer and opened them, found mold inside, do you think you would have gone back to the manufacturer, supermarket or the company that supplied the potatoes? I hope that this clears things up for you. Pedigree and Mars are responsible. It is crystal clear. Look at the pictures through your bifocals.

  • HoundMusic

    Can the Dog Food Justice Warriors just please stop already? No one with an ounce of sense believes these scare tactics at face value. And if your bag actually did have mold, it is NOT the fault of Mars Petcare/Pedigree, but the humid or wet conditions it was stored in wherever you purchased it.

  • David A. Palmer

    ATTN: DOG OWNERS – I had previously purchased two 50 Lb. Bags of PEDIGREE Dry Dog Food – Chicken, Rice and Vegetables for my two large dogs in August. Both of the bags were filled with mold. I spoke to the parent company Mars Petcare (Ashton – 800/525-5273) and they “kindly” offered to replace the bags via a certificate. I went out and purchased two new bags this week. I opened one of them and not only was it filled with MOLD – THERE WAS BLACK MOLD INSIDE THE BAG – ALONG WITH HUGE CHUNKS OF BLACK MOLD CLUMPED DOG FOOD. Please call them or write them – [email protected] – and tell them you will never purchase their product again. See pictures. Gross. #PEDIGREE, #PEDIGREEMOLD, #PEDIGREEMOLDDOGFOOD, #PEDIGREE.DOGFOOD.MOLD, #BOYCOTTPEDIGREE, #PEDIGREEDOGFOODMOLD, #PEDIGREEDOGFOOD, #DOGFOODMOLD, #MOLDYDOGFOOD, #GROSSDOGFOOD, #MARSDOGFOOD, #PEDIGREEMARSDOGFOOD,#DOGFOOD, #PETFOOD, #MARS, #PEDIGREE

    This is disgusting and the dogs could potentially have become very ill if I had not noticed the issue.

    [email protected]

  • Craig gaudet
  • Craig gaudet

    I just found a dry wall screw in a bag of pedigree what the hell

  • Veronika

    This isn’t new Pedigree and Purina are know for this, stay away from their foods your pets will be so much happier.

    If I could burn them all down and throw every last bit into the sun I would, they don’t deserve to make food for our pets, disgusting human beings only in it for the money.

  • HoundMusic

    What was the lot number on that bag of Pedigree this supposedly came from?

  • Susan

    Looks like a part has broken off a machine that makes the dog food…. Get a refund & pay a few extra $ & get a better food that doesn’t come with machine parts, it would have been good if it was a bar of gold, that would have been a good find lol

  • haleycookie

    Holy crap. I really hope you switch dog foods. I’ve never seen anything so big get in a bag of dog food. I mean I’ve seen some small plastic bits and whatnot but not a whole drill bit. Make sure you email them about this as well.

  • Two Be

    Hey eve ryone so today I open a bag of pedigree and served my dog her usual amount of food when she started to choke and she spits out a screw driver bit caked with old dried dog food

  • Susan

    Hi Jeniffer, always read what the ingredients are on the kibble bag & listen to your dog, if the dog doesn’t want to eat something don’t force feed the food, the dog is telling you, “Mum this is making me sick”….
    Now you are feeding the best diet home cooked just make sure it’s balanced properly but it’s not hard to balance a dog diet rotate between different muscle meats, organ meats, add a few sardines, mussels, steam low glycemic green veggies,Broccoli, Kale, Zucchini, Brussel Sprouts, Beets, Beans are the best veggies to feed, not much fiber is neded in a dogs diet, their intestinal tract is short & made to digest meat… I follow “Rodney Habib” on his facebook page, look at his videos there’s a few on his other site “Planet Paws” site, I’m glad your dog is better….

  • Jeniffer Alexander

    Hi Danial, I agree with you on your review of Pedigree. I have a 5 months old Bull-mastiff puppy. I usually feed her Royal Canin giant breed puppy but last month my boyfriend bought Pedigree and I was unable to refuse him. For few days my puppy enjoyed the changed food and was fine but within a week she started to get really tired really soon. Started sleeping a lot and stopped being her usual self (extremely naughty and perky) and stopped eating. I had to tempt her with gravy or yogurt but she only licked the stuff off from the kibbles. With in next few days she started passing loose stool and started vomiting. I took her to her vet. she was given antibiotic and anti vomiting injections. As i got home she started drinking water again but refused to eat anything. Later that night she started eating again but refused to eat pedigree. She would eat apples, Carrots, Chicken and even yogurt. But i thought all this wasn’t enough and mixed Pedigree with chicken and gave her. She ate the chicken and left pedigree but some she had to consume that were stuck to sticky chicken and she couldn’t clean it off. I was happy that at least she ate some but to my horror my little baby started vomiting again. Till the time my vet opened next morning she was in bad shape. Not even getting up from the floor and had vomited 10 times already. The vet checked her for Parvo and other such ailments but everything came negative. The vet advised to stop feeding her anything till 24 hours. She was tired and slept a lot for next few hours but slowly stared to show signs of getting better. I have never given her pedigree again. Now she is perfectly healthy and gobbles up her home cooked meal every time. Thank God she didn’t have any permanent damage due to this bad food people so favor. Yes I am in India and foolishly thought that Indian made Pedigree is different from U.S. made Pedigree.

  • Cathy Koh

    I’m pretty sure my bff’s second grade brother can formulate a dog food better than this……

  • Claudia Dennyze Ramirez

    Just saying I’ve seen 24yrs old dogs that feed on royal canin and I still haven’t seen any dogs that old that are being fed with pedigree… yes I’m a vet

  • anon101

    I agree, somewhat. A lot of disorders are genetic. As long as the food is AAFCO approved, it depends on the dog what food is best.
    Zignature is my current favorite 🙂

  • haleycookie

    im not sure what better foods you’ve ever tried but I’ve seen it all first hand. The incredible difference feeding a high quality kibble along with canned and raw in a cat/dog’s diet can change how shiny their coat is, how much they shed, how much dandruff they have, how much they poop in a day, how little the poop smells, etc, what you feed them does make a difference in my opinion. yes every dog and cat is different some may do great on things like whiskas and pedigree but if you’re really comfortable feeding your pet a bag of corn and mystery meat parts as I said more power to you.

  • Veronika

    It actually did for me and a lot of others to be honest, it’s too bad for you that it’s that hard to believe.
    Rusty was only on homemade no supplements for like 4 years of his life and he was not great to be honest, severe eye stains, limping, coat was rough and matte, his eyes were even matte lol now their shiny.
    He gets FrontierPets freeze dried, K9 venison, tripe, kefir and an omega oil in a small bowl together with his usual food or not and he’s no longer limping, his shiny AF, his eye stains are better with Blackhawk and yeah I noticed a big difference between just homemade and actual food.

    Pedigree falls in line with that as well its about as good as homemade without supplements as their not chelated so your dog isn’t getting 100% of his vitamins everyday but probably like 10% instead.
    I think you’d notice a difference if you changed to something like taste of the wild to be honest.

    Same with me really whenever I eat corn by stomach bloats to 7 months pregnant lol, any white foods really I can only have brown and then nothing happens no bloat, so essentially if it makes me bloat it’s not good at all especially for the poor dogs who like me don’t need it but are addicted to it lol
    Cheezels! F**k yeah!
    Also corn chips really like it.
    But man the bloat is not fun, I can actually feel it right now, feels like I’m a balloon about to bloody pop.

  • Bublet

    So you believe what ever is on the internet ? Have you actually studied the health of a dog on pedigree diet vs the health of the dog on so called high quality food ? Well My friend has a 15 year old dog who has been eating only pedigree all its life .. The dog is perfectly normal , good coat , good weight , no health problems. This and of dog eat this and I see no difference in dogs that have pedigree vs dogs that have some other food . I feel petty that people are spending hundreds of dollars just for their personal satisfaction that their dog is eating something healthy whereas in reality its makes no difference .

  • aimee

    Hi haleycookie,

    You wrote ” If you ever sit down and read a book or a study on what dogs can and
    can’t digest you’ll learn that dogs like people cannot properly digest

    I’ve read a few studies on corn digestibility in dogs and the digestibility level was quite high. Please provide links to the studies you have read that concluded that dogs don’t digest corn. Thanks I’ll be interested to read them.

  • Pitlove

    What makes you think I’m not serious? Do you think it encourages new posters to continue to post on this site when the first interaction they have with someone on here is being told the food they are feeding their pet is “garbage”?

    Perhaps you have not been around long, but this used to happen so frequently that Dr. Mike found himself stepping in and closing threads constantly. He has expressed multiple times to this community how dissappointing it is when he sees frequent or regulars posters who represent this community behaving that way.

  • Daniel

    That post was an attack? You can’t be serious.

  • Pitlove

    I suppose you did not notice the post that was made to him that caused that reaction? It happens a lot on here. A new comer posts a positive experience with a “hated” brand and gets attacked for it.

  • Pitlove

    You said: “I’d imagine there isn’t a lot of research behind pedigree. ”
    This is the science center Mars is backed by. Yes, Mars does conduct an extensive amount of research. I am not a fan of Pedigree, but yes it has research behind it.

  • haleycookie

    Ok I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say you’re the same person that commented below. First, mars is a giant company who is more concerned about your money then anything else. They mainly make candy for goodness sakes. If you ever sit down and read a book or a study on what dogs can and can’t digest you’ll learn that dogs like people cannot properly digest corn. They can digest other types of grain and vegetables but most have little value to them. I’d imagine there isn’t a lot of research behind pedigree. It’s cheaper then dirt for them to make and they can charge more money for it then it’s worth.
    And on you’re comments on processed foods. You are aware that there have been many many studies and proof that processed diets aren’t good for any living thing right? They cause cancer, diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory diseases etc. do you think if you ate frozen dinners and McDonald’s you’re whole life you’d be any type of healthy? Probably not no matter how “balanced” those meals are. And where are you getting your info that dogs on the street eating garbage live any kind of normal life? Lol. Again if you’re really comfortable knowing that you’re feeding your dog just wtf ever random meat off the side of the street. More power to you. I will continue to pray for whatever dog you end up owning.

  • Daniel

    Maybe you didn’t read the incredibly rude post of OP’s that I replied to. Thanks for your concern

  • Bublet

    Pedigree is one of the oldest brand and is made by a big multinational company called “Mars” that spends a lot on its research and development unlike People posting comments sitting at home with zero reserch and trust anything on internet , these people are clearly driven by fear factor created by these so called dog food reviewers .Dogs scavengers by nature .they evolved to be omnivores and there is no problem in digesting processed corn or any vegetable for that matter . There are millions of dogs that have normal life span feeding upon garbage and no the garbage isn’t made of real chicken it’s not grain free formula , it’s not a complete and balanced diet . Dogs survive literally on any thing . Now pedigree is a basic food that’s a balanced food and it helps them to stay healthy . The content doesn’t matter because its a processed food .

  • Bublet

    People like you who are commenting that this is trash food are clearly driven by fear factor created by these so called dog food reviewers .Dogs scavengers by nature .they evolved to be omnivores and there is no problem in digesting processed corn or any vegetable for that matter . There are millions of dogs that have normal life span feeding upon garbage and no the garbage isn’t made of real chicken it’s not grain free formula , it’s not a complete and balanced diet . Dogs survive literally on any thing . Now pedigree is a basic food that’s a balanced food and it helps them to stay healthy . The content doesn’t even
    matter. My dogs are on a pedigree diet and they are doing fine and I would suggest it to any one .

  • Bublet

    People commenting that this is trash food are clearly driven by fear factor created by these so called dog food reviewers .Dogs scavengers by nature .they evolved to be omnivores and there is no problem in digesting processed corn or any vegetable for that matter . There are millions of dogs that have normal life span feeding upon garbage and no the garbage isn’t made of real chicken it’s not grain free formula , it’s not a complete and balanced diet . Dogs survive literally on any thing . Now pedigree is a basic food that’s a balanced food and it helps them to stay healthy . The content doesn’t matter.

  • Pitlove

    I am offering you an explaination as to why he is saying Pedigree does not have artificial coloring. No reason to be so disrespectful to him or me.

  • Daniel

    Ok? He’s commenting on a site that clearly reviewed a formula that contains artificial coloring.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Daniel-

    The OP lives in India and likely has a different version of Pedigree than we do considering he is feeding a vegetarian Pedigree formula that the US does not have. It is possible that in India Pedigree does not contain artificial colorings.

  • haleycookie

    You are aware mar petcare who makes pedigree makes twice as much money then any other petfood company right? Off of cheap uneducated ppl who simply don’t care such as yourself. And if you’re comfortable with feeding your dog mystery meat you find on the side of the road then by all means do that I’ll pray for your dog in the mean time. And a dog shouldn’t be on a vegetarian diet unless it is medically necessary. Dogs simply don’t thrive on a vegetarian diet she may be doing fine now but it likely won’t last. Meat is more digestible to dogs than plant matter is that’s just a fact. You clearly don’t care to educate yourself on the facts so I’ll leave it at that.

  • Daniel

    Um, blue 2, yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40. Right there in the ingredient list.

  • haleycookie

    Most of the ingredients in this food are non digestible, cheap fillers that are running straight through your dog, causing massive piles of poop multiple times a day. Since they aren’t getting much nutrients from it it’s also going to result in dull dandruffy coat, poor growth as a puppy, and you having to feed twice as much as a semi good quality food. The only two animal ingredients in it are nameless and it has bha in it. A know chemical toxic to dogs and humans. Also all the artificial colorings, they aren’t there for the dog they’re there for you and adding to the cost of the food for no reason. This food is garbage and those dogs would likely have lived an even longer life had they been fed something even resembling an appropriate diet. There are plenty of good dog foods with named and sourced ingredients and without toxic preservatives that cost the same to feed as this stuff.

  • anon101

    I see salt and sodium mentioned.
    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

  • Name less nigaa

    Pedigree is the most famous and used brand in india and I’m using pedigree milk and vegetables flavour and its really working well on my puppy . My puppy is very healthy on a vegetarian diet . Practically expensive dog foods don’t create that much difference , it’s a marketing gimmick . I know many dogs that have had pedigree their whole life and had a good health and good life span .this is a good dog food at affordable price

  • lmac

    Same here for buying Pedigree Dog food for many many years,feeding our 2 dachs that each lived to be 18 yrs old, and our Pit who’s now 14 yrs old. Suddenly since a couple of weeks back now (last of June 2017) ….our Pit began throwing up and having some bloody diarrhea. He then flat out refused to eat any of the dry kibble now. This is very strange he loves his meal time. However the dry food just sat in his bowl. He started lost weight quick, and was lethargic, dry nose, fever – for one day, and then he developed a hoarse sound cough every now and then. Took him to vet and they gave him 3 diff meds- antbiotic, anti-nausea, and a de-wormer-(even tho no sign of worms) put him on chicken and rice and also canned wet food -(Pedigree in can) – he eats these great… after a week or so…which was now July, 10th, 2017 we began to put some of Pedigree dry kibble back in his bowl but mixed well with the wet food. Oh Wow, right back to throwing up and slight bloody diarrhea. Very concerned. We’ll return this big fresh bag just purchased 1st week of July 2017 however …..No recalls so far!!…. Really concerned!!!! Won’t be feeding him Pedigree :/

  • HoundMusic

    Is there a medical reason for the sodium restriction? Salt is a necessary nutrient, though some dogs definitely do need less than others. Gorgeous Shepherd, btw!

  • Ragen Duke

    thanks because my dog can’t have sodium and my brother feed this to her after i told him not to

  • InkedMarie

    Ah I was going by the one rated here.

  • HoundMusic

    The 3.5 lb bag of Roasted Chicken, Vegetable & Rice flavor I’m currently looking at do not list salt, but then again, the ingredients here are a bit out of order than what is on my bag. I have chicken by-product meal, dried plain beet pulp, whole grain wheat, then vitamins???

  • InkedMarie

    There is in the ingredient list above after dried plain beet pulp

  • HoundMusic

    June, there have been no formal recalls, but I’ve been giving Pedigree to a dog with ulcerative colitis for about four months now. I’ve used the Chicken & Steak formulas in both the 3.5lb and 20lb bonus bags from two different stores. He’s not as enthusiastic about it anymore and has been having occasional relapses of loose, frequent stools, so I’d say, yes, something is going on. I thought it might have just been his condition worsening, but maybe not. That being said, I think the problem might just be a minor, harmless change in the formula, or possibly a stale batch of food.

  • HoundMusic

    No salt anywhere in sight on the ingredient list.

  • Ragen Duke

    Does this food have sodium in it?!

  • Bobby dog

    Hello June:
    Here’s a link where you can sign up for free dog food recall alerts to help keep you updated in the future:

  • Susan

    Hi gee for both dogs not to be eating it TAKE IT BACK & email Pedigree & tell them the Batch Nb & Use By Date on Kibble bag……Do not make them eat it, listen to your dogs, quickly go buy something else, they’re putting their paws down & saying “Mum I don’t like this no more”

  • haleycookie

    No recalls so far but I would listen to your dogs. Perhaps they’re just sick of eating it. It’s very low quality food. Maybe check out whole earth farms, under the sun, fromm, or victor. They are all relatively cheap and extremely better quality.

  • June Rockhold

    We have been buying Pedigree Dog Food for a number of years. It has always been good for our dogs from puppy to Adult. But the last bag we bought our dogs will not eat it. We do not know why. But there seems to be a problem with it. Can anyone tell me why my dogs will not eat it. Has there been a recall on it. Dry dog food small bites.. Someone please let me know. Thank you . Concerned about my dogs. J Rockhold

  • HoundMusic

    I’m not certain what your point is? That Pedigree is bad because your dog marked it? Welcome to having intact males. As for myself, I’ll stick to evidence based results, not an anecdote of an instance wherein the dog never even ate the food.

  • Susan

    Hi Karen the problems is some dogs don’t start reacting & have any health problems until they start aging, then its too late….Read the ingredient list again, I don’t know how long your Shih Tzu will go without having stomach problems, Shih Tzu are prone to stomach problems & Pancreatitis, so be careful make sure the fat in the wet tin foods you feed aren’t over 3% max in fat….Wet tin foods have not be converted to dry matter (Kibble), so if a wet tin food says 5%min-fat when you convert to dry Matter (Kibble) 5%min fat that’s around 25-30% max fat, very high for a Shih Tzu & a Rotti, stay around 1-3%max fat & under for wet tin foods, if the Cesar is under 3% feed it…”Simply Nourish” sold at Pet Smart have some good wet tin foods that are grain free, Chicken & Beef stew & Chicken & Venison the fat is 2%min when converted to DM = 11.76% fat..
    or look at the “4 Health Pet foods” sold at Tractors Supply, Weight Management wet tin fat is 3.5% converted is 18% DM, $1.19-13oz can so both dogs can have some wet tin food only costing $1.19….
    If you can afford an extra $5 a week look for 3-5 star dry kibble that don’t have all the ingredients that are listed above in red & don’t have all the dyes & preservatives like Pedigree has…also look for specials chewy often has good specials…
    In Australia we DO NOT have any foods like this Pedigree they have all been removed from the market & are not allowed to be sold…….
    I don’t think its fear mongering tactics, it’s honest people trying to educate people that this food isn’t good, I wish 10-15yrs ago we had the internet & all these sites, I feed Purina foods & I got sucked in by all the nice packaging & what was written on the front of the kibble bags, turn the bag around look for the Ingredient list, a few meat protein meals should be 1st & 2nd & 3rd ingredients if your lucky you’ll get 3 & 4 meat proteins as 3rd & 4th ingredient but 2 proteins are OK then a carb …. there’s some dog foods out there that are not healthy & this is one of them….there’s better cheaper foods around then this….

  • Enough1953

    When I bought my very 1st dog, the seller recommended Pedigree and that’s what I bought. On the very first night when I put his dish down, my little fellow peed in it. This was 26 years ago and never bought Pedigree again… have to listen to your furry ones they do talk to us in their own ways!

  • Jack

    No, low quality would mean that the ingredients used were either from untrustworthy sources (like China or disreputable rendering plants) or contained diseased or contaminated meats. There is not a single shred of proof that the 1 star foods on this website have low quality ingredients, but we do know without a doubt, that higher rated foods on here such as Blue Buffalo and Evangers DO have shady practices and low quality, badly sourced ingredients.

    I would take everything on here with a grain of salt, because you have people with no nutritional credentials save owing a few pets, who believe dogs are obligate carnivores and feed all meat diets, dispensing unsound advice to hapless owners. The ratings system on here is irreparably flawed, and I think the largest problem with DFA’s star system is the fact they do not take into account the 30,000+ years of evolution wherein dogs ate very little fresh meat and very high gain, carbohydrate diets with moderate mineral and moderately low protein levels. Ain’t no one except the Rockefellers had meat enough for their families in times past, much less to be throwing large portions of it to their dogs.

    If you want to feed a dog a biologically appropriate diet, it should be eating bread, fat, scraps, soups and almost no muscle meat at all, because that is what humans have fed the species for millenia.

  • Karen Clark

    Thank you for that….

  • HoundMusic

    Karen, it’s understandable after reading a site like this that you’d be petrified of ever feeding this, or similar brands, ever again. It’s more important, however, that you listen to your dogs, and not fear-mongering sites on the internet, to determine what keeps them healthy. The ingredients are safe, sourced in the USA, and feeding it will not make your dogs sick. If Pedigree is working, then stick with it.

  • Elizabeth F

    I’ve been feeding my Stabyhoun pedigree Little Champions (wet) for 2 years, because he quit eating dry.

    Any time you change your dog’s food, there will most likely be and adjustment period which can include vomiting or diarrhea.. even constipation; but my dog suffered none of these.

    Dogs have different energy and activity levels. In the past we’ve tried Blue Buffalo, Iams, Purina, and even food we bought at the vet. This is the best luck we’ve had so far.

    Here’s the thing.. if your dog will eat something better for him, go for it. But my dog flat-out refused to eat any of the many different brands I tried, wet and dry. I took him to the vet because he was rail thin and his fur was getting very patchy. The vet said there was no medical reason for him not eating.. just that he was picky and I was going to have to find something he would actually eat.

    2 years later, no diarrhea, no vomiting, no incontinence, no bloody stools… People will blame their dog’s health problem on their food, failing to understand that with an animal with a 16 year life max, something is going to happen. Eventually they WILL die of something. My objective is to give him the best quality life in the short time we have together. He is healthy, content, and actually eats his food (a big plus!).

  • heather

    true very true

  • Susan

    Hi the health problems don’t happen straight away, it’s as they get older after eating the same poor quality foods 24/7 for years the health problems will start to show… Look for 3 star to 5 star foods, there’s a few good quality foods that are good budget price & have better ingredients then the Pedigree & Cesar foods…Instead of adding the Cesar wet tin food start adding some cooked left over ingredients that you have some left over, would be more healthier then the Pedigree & Cesar wet food.. Tin sardines in spring water are very healthy excellent for their joints, skin, brain, heart give a few sardines as treat instead of the Cesar food…
    Post a post in the “Forum” section asking for 3-5 star good quality budget brands.. Do you have a Tractor Supply Co near you? have a look at their 4Health formulas wet & dry formula’s or Costco, Kirkland Signature Salmon & Sweet Potato grain free kibble & rotate between a few different brands with different proteins, so if 1 formula has something lacking or wrong with it your dogs aren’t on the same food to cause any health problems cause your rotating formula’s..

  • Pitlove

    Hi Karen-

    What concerns specifically did you have?

  • InkedMarie

    Sorry to tell you that both Pedigree and Cesar are both very low quality foods.

  • Karen Clark

    I have went thru and read some of the post and am a little scared now. I have a 3 year old American Rotweiler and have been feeding him Pedigree since I had him at 6 weeks old.. starting with the puppy pedigree… I haven’t had any problems… his coat is shiny and he’s healthy and fine… I just bought a Shih Tzu and I am feeding him the same way and so far no problems… I have had him a week…. his stool is regular and so far no problems, plus I give him Cesar as a treat…

  • HoundMusic

    Odd, how so many Rachel Ray endorsements seem to find their way into the Pedigree reviews. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with brand competition and marketing… Far be it for paid marketing executives from Brand A to trash the ingredients of Brand B, i.e., their direct competitor.

    Anyway, no, not all dogs are experiencing vomiting/diarrhea on Pedigree. I’m experimenting with it to help a dog with chronic colitis and so far, so good. In fact, I don’t remember when the last time he had a normal bowel movement was, but he seems to be almost constipated on Pedigree (chicken & rice).

  • Sierra McPherson

    Don’ not the dry food and not the wet food. Its horrible an will make ur dog vomit every meal and have diarrhea and they will have blood in their poop, and eventually become constipated and only poop blood. We got our dog in sept. 16′ and she was being fed the puppy dry food and eventually we switched her to alpo. in Feb.17′ she got a uti and started throwing up on her meds, after we balanced her diet back, we decided to switch her to adult pedigree, and she started throwing up just about every meal after 2 weeks of eating it. we thought it was because she was eating kitty poop, but after we solved that problem, she continued throwing up. we thought maybe its because shes not a year old yet(she was born july16′) and that it was too much for her tummy, so we switched her to the steak,chicken, and county stew chunk wet food, and although she stopped throwing up(as much, she was still throwing up every other day), she started to get diarrhea, then she started getting blood in her poop. We knew at this point it had to be the brand, we googled some reviews and everything we found was horrible. most everyone who feeds their dog this food has the EXACT same issues .also, I should point out that one day a while back when she puked, there was an unexplainable blue plastic piece in it, and when we looked at reviews people have had the same exaxct blue pieces in their dog food. this brand of dog food needs to be recalled for good!!!! Now, we make chicken and rice for her as much as possible, and when we cant, we give her Rachel ray dog food. You have been warned!!

  • Lisangela Gonzalez

    My pitbull we had for almost 10 years and throughout those 10 years we have been feeding him pedigree and everything was all well he was normal and healthy but the last bag we got ,most likely in December, was a Bad batch… we found out through one of these sites that pedigree wasn’t a good brand for dogs and we also saw that alot of people’s dogs were becoming really unhealthy and getting sick. It got to the point where some of their dogs passed away. My dog was one of those victims who got very ill.. he shedded, didn’t want to eat and drink water, didn’t use the bathroom, breathing hard, and also throwing up alot. After almost two weeks of going through this he got better then a couple of days later he got ill again. On February 16, 2017 my dog, Turbo, started to throw up again and a couple minutes later he collapsed… my dog passed away that day. And just letting you know i am a customer of pedigree and i did go through this and suffered the worst day of my life. Never will i ever forget what pedigree did to my pitbull turbo.. RIP Turbo Gonzalez 2/16/17

  • InkedMarie

    That’s great but you’re posting in the Pedigree dog food review.Thats why I suggested posting in the RR review

  • Loo-loo

    The reviews are all over the place… Some people love it some people hate… I really wanted somebody that used a product that would give me pros and cons

  • rreighe

    Read reviews and information on many different websites, forums, and subreddits/reddit threads. You’ll notice patterns after a few weeks of a lot of researching. Main reason not to go to one site or only one thread is you don’t know if the author or commenter is a shill or a paid slanderer- or a legit customer or expert. But you’ll pick on these things after looking all over the place.

  • InkedMarie

    How about reading the review for Rachel Ray food?

  • Loo-loo

    Anybody know anything about Rachel Ray… My new dog is 11 months old and I started him with Rachel Ray dry and a quarter cup of blue buffalo …Anybody know anything about Rachel Ray?

  • HippyNouveau

    Don’t forget that they may have just opted to translate it differently… a by-product is a derivative… and not necessarily a bad thing…
    1- organs are by products, or derivatives, but we all know that the heart, livers, and even brains of some animals are chock full of protein and are higher in fats that are GOOD for animals to eat (especially mothers and young puppies, sometimes I wonder about older dogs as well)… but so is a beak, a hoof, a feather… and those things are not so good for animals. Since my Spanish is only faltering, I couldn’t fathom a true guess but I wish you luck (I still would NOT feed that bag…)

  • HippyNouveau

    Merrick is made by Purina. Another problem is people THINK they know “who” makes a food, and that the maker is all that matters.

    My 17 year old dog (large breed, BORDER COLLIE which is one of the HEALTHIEST of breeds because they’re bred for health and skill over looks and titles) ate Pedigree for 13 years (my parents didn’t believe in good food for dogs). I swapped him when he was 13 to a rotational diet…raw rabbit, fine ground and frozen, never refridgerated, Sunday mornings… fast Sunday nights…

    Monday through Saturday he gets Dave’s brand, made by Dave Ratner in the USA…a “Healthy Adult” kibble and a restricted protein and phos canned food mixed in OR Science Diet Joint can mixed in… and Honest Kitchen Keen for dinner. He gets the lowest amounts of protein I could find in OTC foods… because his kidneys are STARTING to show early failure.

    I blame the years eating this crap food (Pedigree) and also the misinformation out there about how much protein dogs actually need, who makes what food and what ingredients ACTUALLY go into it, and also the idea that EVERY meal needs to have ingredients X, Y, and Z in it to be “balanced” – the dog’s body takes what it needs and the rest goes through kidneys, either passing well or else punching holes as it goes… I fed TOTW and Nutro forever, not realizing Nutro was made by Mars *NOT a reputable company owned by itself like I thought* and that TOTW was Diamond (who has had a lot of recalls) and is WAY too high in protein (the average couch po-pooch-o only need 18% a day to maintain his healthy adult size…).

    Keen Honest Kitchen is 24%, DMB… and then Dave’s is about the same, except the restricted cans which actually have the 18.94% MINIMUM required.

    No dog deserves to be treated like “Every other dog” and no food should be either…

    I laugh at the comment that most people here are feeding their kids McD’s… yup. (As a vegetarian I don’t consume that, and if I HAD kids, they’d have the choice to but I’d tell them exactly what makes a nugget and why a chicken breast from a butcher is a safer food…)