Pedigree Meaty Ground Dinner with Chopped Beef

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  • Pedigree Meaty Ground Dinner with Chopped Beef
  • Published on: March 3, 2015
  • Last modified: April 20, 2015
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Review Summary:

At the top of the ingredient list you see chicken and generic meat sources well ahead of beef. The descriptive title is a little bit deceptive leading one to interpolate the meaty ground dinner is primarily beef. Moving on, it contains generic source “Meat By-Products”, which is questionable on where it came from and considered a lower grade meat source. Also, it does not specify what animal the liver source, which also is questionable and/or not preferred. Food coloring has not nutritional value. Onion powder is unnecessary and is best to avoid, especially since they have already added garlic powder, where both have the same toxin to dogs, but should be ok if amounts are low. Added sodium nitrate also poses a risk to gastric cancer in the long term. Overall, this recipe is below of average.

Cons

  • Added food coloring is unnecessary
  • Generic meat sources
  • Onion powder added when there is already garlic powder
  • Sodium Nitrate added, which can pose a risk to gastric cancer over long term exposure
  • CannedWithChoppedBeef

    Editor’s Taste Rating

     7.5/10

    There is a mild medium meat flavor to this recipe. I cannot tell weather it is beef or chicken dominated, it just tastes like some kind of meat. The texture is soft and slightly gritty. Overall, it is not too bad tasting.

    Nutritional Breakdown:

    Guaranteed Analysis

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    8% (min) 3% (min) 1% (max) 82% (max) 4.4% (est.)

    Dry Matter Analysis

    Protein Fat Fiber Dry Matter Carbs
    36.4% (min) 13.6% (min) 4.5% (max) 18% (max) 24% (est.)

    Calories

    Calories NA

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. water
    2. chicken by-products
    3. chicken
    4. meat by-products
    5. liver

    Water

    Chicken 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. Like the typical meat, it does offer dogs the needed protein with a good amino acid profile.

    Chicken is a good start and 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.

    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.

    Brewers rice is milled & processed rice. This processing strips valuable nutrients out, leaving the residual grain fragment, resulting in a carbohydrate biased focused filler. Without much relative value, it is a poor choice of ingredient.

    Food coloring is purely added for aesthetics. Despite being FDA approved, there is always risk they may do harm over time without much or any value in return. Food coloring is unnecessary and should be avoided. Example of food coloring in the ingredients are blue1, “food coloring”, yellow 5, red 40, etc..

    Xanthan gum is commonly used in food as a thickening agent for both human and animal foods. It may be derived from a variety of source products that are themselves common allergens, such as corn, wheat, dairy, or soy. Thus, if you know your dog is has certain allergies, then it is important to beware that xanthan gum maybe potential source too.

    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.

    Sodium Nitrate additive is a concern for both humans and dogs. For food it is used as both a preservative and color fixative in meats. Nitrosamines are a formed when sodium nitrate is combined with meat protein. This by-product is linked with gastric cancer given enough exposure over time. Do note, for dogs, they typically have a shorter lifespan relative to humans, which you need to factor in. If you want to minimize the risk, then it would be best to avoid a recipe with this ingredient.

    All Ingredients

    sufficient water for processing, chicken by-products, chicken, meat by-products, liver, beef, brewers rice, minerals ( potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide), vegetable oil (source of linoleic acid), sodium tripolyphosphate, carrageenan, dried yam, added color, natural smoke flavor, guar gum, xanthan gum, vitamins (vitamin e, a & d3 supplements, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin b1], biotin), onion powder, bay leaves, garlic powder, sodium nitrite (for color retention).

    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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