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No matter what, nobody can take away from Pedigree that they have an awesome marketing campaign. First, the name just sounds distinguished, and it should, with what being a “pedigree” means in the dog world. Plus, they have that cute slogan of “Dogs rule”. I’m sure dog owners eat that one up. But should their dogs eat this food up?? Hmmm….
I expected a lot out of Pedigree, and I suppose it was just out of my own predispositions to what this food would be, much like anybody else’s. Notice I’m reviewing the “Lamb & Rice” variety of this food. In what rank are the lamb and rice here?? You’d think top 3 or 5 right?? Nope, lamb and rice are 7th and 8th respectively. Due to loose regulations by the pet food industry as to what percentage of an ingredient a product needs to contain to be advertised, they can actually put it that low and still tell us it’s a lamb and rice food.
What’s before it? Well, we have corn, which dogs couldn’t care less about and their insides don’t like. We have chicken by-products, ensuring your dog gets the proper number of beaks, heads and feet in his or her diet. Some wheat, since they apparently couldn’t spring for a a good grain like rice. And, of course, we have corn gluten meal….which I’ve covered extensively in other reviews.
The blue ribbon on the bag certainly doesn’t stand for first place in quality.
What’s good about this food….
There isn’t much of anything.
….and what’s not so good.
Very high corn and wheat contents, by-products, meat & bone meal of questionable origin, high in salt, artificial colors.
Ground Whole Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Wheat, Meat And Bone Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved With Bha/Bht), Wheat Flour, Lamb, Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Vegetable Oil (Source Of Linoleic Acid), Caramel Color, Dried Beet Pulp, Titanium Dioxide, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source Of Vitamin E], L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate [Source Of Vitamin C*], Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Biotin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), Added FD&C And Lake Colors (Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Red 40).