Pedigree Little Champions Grilled Flavors in Sauce with Beef

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  • Pedigree Little Champions Grilled Flavors in Sauce with Beef
  • Published on: March 26, 2015
  • Last modified: April 20, 2015
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Review Summary:

Don’t get caught thinking this recipe is mainly beef. At the top of the ingredient list you’ll see chicken and generic meat sources ahead of beef. On a positive note, it does offer both chicken and beef named meats, which are good protein sources for dogs that deliver the needed essential amino acids Generic source “Meat By-Products” is questionable and considered a lower grade meat source. Also, it does not specify what animal the liver source maybe questionable and/or not preferred. There is caramel coloring too, which is linked with premature aging and offers no health benefits. This recipe does not offer a good diversity of good ingredients, and is below average

Cons

  • Contains caramel coloring, which aids premature aging
  • Generic meat sources
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    Editor’s Taste Rating

    6.5/10

    Not too beefy tasting or grilled flavoring. The meat is spongy and lacks any flavor. However, the gravy does partially makes up for it, as it adds a mild flavor that is appealing.

    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

    Calories NA

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Water
    2. Chicken
    3. Meat by-products
    4. Beef
    5. Wheat gluten

    Water

    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.

    Beef  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.

    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.

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    Other Ingredients to be Aware of.

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

    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.

    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..

    All Ingredients

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

    Manufacture and Location

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

    Recalls

    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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