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.
|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
- wheat flour
- 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.
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.
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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