Pedigree Review

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The taste of Pedigree wet dog food appeals, according to reviews, but this brand contains ingredients such as generic meat byproduct and added colors that fall short of experts' standards.

The taste of Pedigree Meaty Ground Dinner with Chunky Beef, Bacon & Cheese, one of the brand's many wet food choices, appeals to dogs and their masters, according to reviews. This despite the lackluster list of ingredients. Comments posted at Amazon typically mention taste and budget price in support of this particular blend. Pedigree Meaty Ground Dinner with Chopped Beef likewise racks up points for taste and texture in reviews at Petco. The expert site Dog Food Advisor, on the other hand, rips Pedigree wet dog food for poor quality ingredients.

Consider the Meaty Ground Dinner with Chopped Beef formula. From an ingredients standpoint, the list leaves much to be desired. Poultry by-products and meat by-products, considered low-quality inputs by many experts, are the first two solid ingredients (water heads the list, which is not uncommon in canned animal food) with generic poultry and beef following. Next come citrus pectin and guar gum; other add-ins like caramel coloring and sodium nitrite (retains color) are farther down on the list. A similar array holds for the Adult Complete Nutrition kibble, whose top five ingredients are ground whole corn, meat and bone meal, ground whole wheat, corn gluten meal, and animal fat. Some formulas include wheat gluten, ground wheat, and corn gluten, inputs that experts dismiss as low quality. Pedigree (starting at 10 cents/ounce, Amazon) offers a diverse lineup of dry and wet food, as well as treats, for dogs.

Online reviews indicate that dogs like Pedigree formulas, but that's about all the brand has to recommend it. For the money, you can feed your dog products that contain more animal protein and less filler and artificial ingredients.

Raechel Conover

Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.

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