This Pedigree dog food review aims to point out the pros and cons of the dog food brand. Having a new pet entails a lot of responsibility, the most important of which is to keep it healthy and well-nurtured. With all the dog food products available in the market today, Pedigree® is one of the oldest and most trusted. A subsidiary of Mars, Inc., Pedigree® started out in 1934 as the dog food Chappie. From its humble beginnings, Pedigree® became one of the pioneers in dog food production. Today, the company focuses on the four universal needs of dogs with regards to their health: healthy skin and coat, oral care, good digestion and immunity.
Things to Consider When Choosing Dog Food
There are a number of criteria that dog foods must match to deem them suitable for healthy growth and development. Dogs are by nature carnivores. They have the necessary enzymes to breakdown proteins and fats which constitute most prey. However, carnivores have close to nil amounts of the enzyme amylose. Amylose is responsible for the ability of omnivores (example being us humans) and herbivores to digest and derive energy from grains. Dogs cannot digest amylose well, and as such, it is best to feed them grain-free food.
Proteins and fats are the main source of energy for dogs. Besides these, dogs also need food infused with vegetables and fruits, to serve as rich sources of minerals and vitamins. The food must be devoid of any signs of bacterial contamination, because it can be fatal to dogs. Food compatible to one dog may not be compatible to yours. As a responsible pet owner, you must be observant of the responses of their pets to the food they eat.
Label Analysis of Pedigree® Canned Dog Food
Pedigree® Meaty Ground Dinner with Chunky Beef, Bacon, and Cheese was used as the representative sample for the canned dog food analysis. The labelreported terms such as meat by-products and liver, without naming the source organism. Meat by-products usually mean leftover parts of a livestock that is not acceptable for human consumption. The liver is a good source of protein. However, since we do not know where the particular liver components of the food came from, it is hard to know the value it gives to the dog food. A particularly alarming compound found on the label is sodium nitrite. Sodium nitrite is used for human consumption as a preservative and a reddish colorant. The problem with using sodium nitrite is its reported carcinogenic by-product when heated or digested: nitrosamine. Nitrosamines have been linked to bladder tumors in dogs.
Label Analysis of Pedigree® Dry Dog Food Composition
For the Pedigree dry dog food review, the product analyzed was Pedigree® Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs. A few components are commendable in this product. Fortifying dog food with vitamins like vitamin E (α-tocopherol acetate as source) and minerals such as zinc sulfate are helpful for the growth and development of dogs. However, ground whole corn was also present in the ingredients. Dogs may derive energy from ground whole corn, but it will not be as much as when proteins are digested. Plus, some dogs have allergic reactions to corn. Thus, the presence of ground whole corn limits the number of dogs that may patronize the product. Suspicious ingredients such as food coloring are also indicated on the label. Dogs do not need food coloring to be enticed to eat. Unlike humans, dogs tend to rely more on their sense of smell than on what they see. Some food coloring compounds are hazardous to organisms.
Conclusion about the Pedigree® products analyzed
The analysis is not absolute, since actual biological and chemical tests were not conducted. However, there is reason to be cautious of the Pedigree® products analyzed. It is best for dog owners to consider other dog food brands available in the market.