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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★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride., artificial colors.
Ground Whole Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Wheat, Meat And Bone Meal, Animal Fat★ Non-descriptive source indicates 4-D fat chemically preserved, difficult to digest, potentially carcinogenic. (Preserved With Bha/Bht), Wheat Flour★ Poorly digested filler, can cause allergies and bowel problems., Lamb, Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Natural Flavor, Salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride., Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Dicalcium Phosphate★ Can become toxic to body — texturizer in can food., Vegetable Oil★ Non-descriptive source of fat, contains saturated fat which is hard on the body, causes premature aging. (Source Of Linoleic Acid), Caramel★ Sugar-based adds to hyperactivity, or can be prepared by ammonia process associated with blood toxicity in lab rats. Color, Dried Beet Pulp★ Sugar-filled fiber/filler, can lead to hyperactivity and diabetes. Can be addicting to some pets., Titanium Dioxide★ Potentially carcinogenic artificial color used as white pigment., Vitamins (Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate★ Synthetic source, non-nutritive. Used generally as a “natural” preservative. [Source Of Vitamin E], L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate★★ Cheap, feed-grade source of Vitamin C, used as supplement, non-assimilated. [Source Of Vitamin C*], Vitamin A Supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude. [Vitamin B1], Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., D-Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Supplement [Vitamin B2], Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response.), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Zinc Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Copper Sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., Copper Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, Manganese Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Potassium Iodide★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels.), Added FD&C And Lake Colors (Yellow 6★ Artificial color, potentially carcinogenic food colorant., Yellow 5★ Artificial color, a salicylate which can be become deadly to cats with extended use., Blue 2★ Carcinogenic, artificial color., Red 40★ Artificial color, carcinogenic.).