Pedigree Little Champions Chunks in Gravy with Chicken

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  • Pedigree Little Champions Chunks in Gravy with Chicken
  • Published on: March 5, 2015
  • Last modified: April 20, 2015
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Review Summary:

Chicken is good but it contains generic source “Meat By-Products”, which is questionable on where it came from and considered a lower grade meat source. There is caramel coloring, which is linked with premature aging and offers no health benefits. Despite the small quantity of these two toxic ingredients to dogs, onion powder is an unnecessary, since they already have already added garlic powder for any potential health benefits. Without much to offer, this recipe is below average.


  • Contains caramel coloring, which aids premature aging
  • Generic meat sources
  • Onion powder added when there is already garlic powder


    Editor’s Taste Rating


    Very bland tasting. There is a lot of processed meat chunks, but it sure doesn’t taste very meaty or flavorful. Same goes for the gravy. For the very slight amount of flavor it has, none of it taste bad, which is the only positive.

    Nutritional Breakdown:

    Guaranteed Analysis

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    8% (min) 3% (min) 1% (max) 82% (max) 3.9% (est.)

    Dry Matter Analysis

    Protein Fat Fiber Dry Matter Carbs
    36.4% (min) 13.6% (min) 4.5% (max) 18% (max) 22% (est.)

    *Estimated Carbs do not include fiber


    Calories NA

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. water
    2. chicken
    3. meat by-products
    4. wheat flour
    5. wheat gluten


    Chicken is a good source 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.

    Wheat flour is a source of fiber and some protein, but it is relatively high in carbohydrates.

    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.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    All Ingredients

    sufficient water for processing, chicken (source of linoleic acid), meat by-products, wheat flour, wheat gluten, starch, dried tomato pomace, salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, minerals (potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide), sodium alginate, titanium dioxide, guar gum, onion powder, caramel coloring, bay leaves, natural flavors, vitamins (vitamin e, a & d3 supplements, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin b1], biotin), iron oxide, garlic powder.

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Mars Inc.
    Location(s): Unknown


    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture, parent, or parent subsidiaries from 2013.

    Date Brand Reason
    8/31/2014 Pedigree Foreign metal fragments
    8/26/2014 Pedigree Foreign metal fragments

    *Recall information from FDA website.


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