Editor’s Taste Rating
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|8% (min)||3% (min)||1% (max)||82% (max)||3.9% (est.)|
Dry Matter Analysis
|36.4% (min)||13.6% (min)||4.5% (max)||18% (max)||22% (est.)|
*Estimated Carbs do not include fiber
First 5 Ingredients:
- meat by-products
Chicken and beef are a good sources of protein with all essential amino acids for dogs, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.
Meat by-products are non- rendered parts from parts that are not considered fit for human consumption. Typical parts may include spleen, lungs, brains, blood, underdeveloped eggs, intestine, etc.. Some people consider this ingredient to be inferior quality to other meat sources and prefer to avoid it. Please note the animal type is not specified, it just says “Meat”, which leaves an open door to where they may have procure the generic “Meat” from. This may allow for higher odds of a bad source such as a sick, euthanized, or road kill, which are just a few examples among many other possibilities.
Liver is a good meat part, but it does not specify what animal it came from. By not specifying, it may allow for higher odds of a bad source such as a sick, euthanized, or road kill, which are just a few examples among many other possibilities. Thus, it would be better if they specified the type of liver. As for nutritional value, it is a good source for protein, minerals such as copper, iron, and various vitamins particularly A, and B12.
Other Ingredients to be Aware of.
Wheat Gluten is the main protein of wheat, and as you may guess, it mainly offers protein. Although it is not common, just like the small percentage of humans, some dogs are intolerable to gluten, which causes problems in the intestine system.
Wheat flour is a source of fiber and some protein, but it is relatively high in carbohydrates.
Starch is purely a carbohydrate. Not much value in starch, since there are no other nutrients. Adding too many carbohydrates may result in a recipe that is will lead to weight gain for some dogs. Something to be aware of and monitor.
Caramel color is not necessary as its only purpose is for aesthetics. The downside is it contains advanced gycation end products, which can result in premature aging.
Onion powder. You may know that onion contains thiosulphate, which can cause hemolytic anemia, liver damage, and death for dogs. So why do they add onion powder to dog food? Perhaps it is doe for taste. In low amounts there may be no harm, but then there is really no significant benefit from doing so.
Garlic powder is a debatable ingredient. You may know that garlic contains thiosulphate, which can cause hemolytic anemia, liver damage, and death for dogs. So why do they add garlic or garlic oil to dog food? It is because some debate the benefits of garlic are significant for dogs, and low dosages do pose any risk to their compromising their health.
sufficient water for processing, chicken (source of linoleic acid), meat by-products, beef, liver, wheat gluten, wheat flour, starch, dried tomato pomace, dried carrots, dried potatoes, dried corn, caramel coloring, salt, minerals (potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide), sodium tripolyphosphate, sodium alginate, bay leaves, guar gum, onion powder, iron oxide, vitamins (vitamin e, a & d3 supplements, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin b1], biotin), garlic powder
Manufacture and Location
Manufactured by: Mars Inc.
Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture, parent, or parent subsidiaries from 2013.
|8/31/2014||Pedigree||Foreign metal fragments|
|8/26/2014||Pedigree||Foreign metal fragments|
*Recall information from FDA website.
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