Pedigree has been a household name for decades. As a kid, if I was asked to name a dog food I probably would’ve said “Pedigree Chum”. After all, 8 out of 10 dogs prefer it, don’t they? But is it a good food? Let’s see…
The meat content in the food is unspecified. We don’t see “chicken” here, or “lamb”, we just see “meat”. What does that mean? It could be anything. What’s worse is we also have meat by-products which is all the yucky stuff that can’t be sold to supermarkets for our consumption. It’s good to have some form of meat as the main ingredient, but realistically this will be cooked down to 30% of it’s weight during the kibble making process.
This leaves us with grains making up the bulk of the food, and again it isn’t very clear what’s being thrown in – wheat, sorghum, or barley. Out of the three, Barley is the only decent inclusion. Wheat is a common form of allergens, and sorghum can be hard to digest. I doubt there’s much nutritional value here, and there certainly isn’t in wheat bran which we find next.
Glycerin (glycerol) is used to bind the food together, and is usually sourced as a by-product of soap making or from the biofuel industry. It’s relatively harmless although recalls in the past have occured from toxins in poorly sourced glycerin. It’s more often found in cheaper foods.
All in all there’s one good thing I can say about the Pedigree food – it’s cheap. Still, I definitely wouldn’t feed it to my dog, and it makes me feel sad that the beautiful Golden Retriever I had as a kid had to eat it.
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Most of the ingredients.
* Carbohydrates aren’t listed on pet food labels. This value is calculated based on levels of protein, fat, moisture, and ash. Estimated values for moisture and ash have been used where these values haven’t been given (moisture of 10%, and ash of 8%).
Meat & meat by-products (beef, poultry & lamb), wheat &/or sorghum &/or barley, wheat bran, glycerol, sunflower oil, beet pulp, salt, minerals (including calcium, zinc, iron, potassium), safflower seed, vitamins (including A, C, D3, E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B5, B6, folic acid, B12), preservatives, antioxidants and food colourings.