Pedigree is a well-known dog food brand in Australia that you can find in all major supermarkets and food retailers.
Pedigree falls under the umbrella of Mars, Incorporated—an organisation that relies on the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition for its ‘innovative’ products.
Mars Petcare foods strives to be the best economical choice for pet food consumers. Let’s see if our review of Pedigree Complete Nutrition Puppy Food and Pedigree Puppy Meat Ground Dinner reveal to be economical choices for your pets.
Pedigree Puppy Complete Nutrition dry food comes in a 16.3lb bag whereas the Pedigree Puppy Meat Ground Dinner (chicken & beef and lamb & rice) wet food is sold in cans.
Pedigree Puppy Complete Nutrition dry food is chicken flavoured. Pedigree claim that the addition of DHA (0.05%) nurtures healthy brain development however it is not recognised as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO.
The main ingredients are:
- ground whole grain corn,
- poultry by-product meal,
- brewers rice,
- corn gluten meal (lutein)
- animal fat (omega 6 fatty acids)
The main source of protein in Pedigree’s dry food is from a poultry by-product so the nutritional value for a puppy is questionable.
Brewers rice lacks the nutrients and quality found in wholegrain white and brown rice so it is clear that the main ingredients are mostly processed and cheap.
Not only is processed corn potentially difficult for a puppy to digest it also rates very highly on the glycaemic index, which can be bad for a puppy’s blood-sugar levels.
According to the article ‘Diet and risk of type II diabetes: the role of types of fat and carbohydrate’ published in the July 2001 issue of Diabetologia:
…a low-glycaemic index diet with a higher amount of fiber and minimally processed whole grain products reduces glycaemic and insulinaemic responses and lowers the risk of Type II diabetes. Dietary recommendations to prevent Type II diabetes should focus more on the quality of fat and carbohydrate in the diet than quantity alone, in addition to balancing total energy intake with expenditure to avoid overweight and obesity.
Pedigree Puppy Complete Nutrition dry food does not seem to be the most balanced and healthy option for puppies. If your puppy breed is more susceptible to diabetes it might be best to avoid Pedigree-branded puppy food altogether.
The main ingredients include:
- chicken by-products,
- meat by-products,
- dried egg product,
- dried tomato pomace
- vegetable oil
This wet food is intended to supplement the dry food in the later stages of the feeding instructions and that makes sense because this mix has much better protein sources compared to the dry stuff.
The definition of what constitutes ‘dried egg product’ in pet food is debatable however based on the main ingredient list there is an emphasis on protein sources here. Is this mix good for puppies? In moderation with dry food, it might be.
Amazon user Cottony says that Pedigree ‘gives our [dog] gas out this world! It’s almost creepy, she’ll sneak into any room you are in, fart and walk off! Leaving all of us to suffer the repercussions of being a little cheap this month on dog food … I’m will not buy this again’.
Ora Powell has similar sentiments about Pedigree’s dry food: ‘It has too much corn in the ingredients … comes in one way and out the other seconds after [eating]’.
To contrast these experiences Casey Gillette says the dogs ‘… seemed to be more regular while eating the this puppy chow. Also the price is quite a bit lower if you are able to subscribe to it’. Ultimately, Pedigree puppy food is cheap but not necessarily the healthiest or most nutritious option for your pets.