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Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Roasted Chicken is a low-priced dog food that an overall lower quality. This product has 11 controversial ingredients, including artificial colors. The food has a high amount of carbs, compared to its protein and fat and contains relatively low-quality meat and fat. Pedigree has an average number of recalls, and overall was pretty transparent when answering our questions.Read the Full Review Below
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The food has high carbs and low protein and fat, making it less nutritionally balanced compared to other dog foods we evaluated. Carbohydrates are cheap so they keep the food’s cost low and they are nutritionally useful to dogs in the right amounts. However, very high amounts of carbs can reduce the much-needed meat-based protein and fat content.
To evaluate dog foods, we first calculate out the moisture. This is called the “dry matter basis” and shows you only the solid ingredients in the food. These estimated “dry matter” numbers are different from the food label, but a better way to understand the real nutritional value of the food. We also calculate the carbs. Find out more
Min. Protein 23.86%
Min. Fat 11.36%
Min. Carbs 56.82%
Max. Fiber 4.55%
Max. Ash 7.95%
Max. Moisture 0.00%
Min. Protein: 21.0%
Min Fat: 10.0%
Min Carbs: N/A
Max Fiber: 4.0%
Max Ash: N/A
Max. Moisture: 12%
318 Calories per Cup
This product has a relatively low amount of calories. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. Low-calorie foods like this can be for weight loss or less active dogs who require fewer daily calories. Based on your dog's current weight and activity level you may want to feed more or less than the recommended amount. It's helpful to know that weight loss foods often have fewer than 340 calories per cup, weight maintenance foods typically range from 340-380 calories, and high-activity dog foods are usually over 400 calories.
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Ground Whole Grain Corn, Meat And Bone Meal Source Of Calcium, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat Source Of Omega 6 Fatty Acids Preserved With BHA & Citric Acid, Soybean Meal, Natural Flavor, Chicken By-Product Meal, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Ground Whole Grain Wheat, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Brewers Rice, Choline Chloride, Dried Peas, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulfate, DL-Methionine, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Vitamin B3, Biotin, Dried Carrots, L-Tryptophan, BHA & Citric Acid A Preservative, Blue 2, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, D-Calcium Pantothenate Source Of Vitamin B5, Riboflavin Supplement Vitamin B2, Red 40, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride Vitamin B6, Copper sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.
The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product has 11 total controversial ingredients and a surprising 5 of them are in the first five ingredients. This is very concerning because the first 5 ingredients make up most of dry dog foods.
Top 5 Ingredients
Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. So when looking at dog food label, take a close look at the first 5 ingredients. They make up about 80% of the total weight. Let’s take a closer look.
Country of Origin
Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Roasted Chicken is made in the USA. That’s excellent because of the high quality standards in the country.
Meat & Fat Quality
This food uses lower-quality protein sources like Meat And Bone Meal as well as Animal Fat. Both of them do not make clear what the species of the meats and fat is. We find that intransparent and not ideal. The food also includes Chicken By-Product Meal, which shows that chicken was used - much better. There are no added oils in this product, meaning the fat comes from ingredients like the Animal Fat and the meats. Since they include unnamed animal sources, their fat content is questionable as well.
Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Roasted Chicken contains BHA (which is used to preserve the animal fat). BHA is a highly controversial ingredient and we recommend to stay away from it. Not all artificial preservatives are bad. That’s because they serve an important purpose, which is to prevent food from spoiling. However, we consider 11 artificial preservatives controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions.
This product has a whole swatch of artificial colors on its ingredient list, including Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. None of these are good or necessary in dog food.
While the food disappoints in terms of artificial colors and preservatives, it passes when it comes to added flavors. No artificial flavors are included, that’s excellent. This would be a much better food if all three “artificial” categories would have been checked off.
Pedigree has an above average number of recalls.
We love dog food brands that are committed to transparent business practices. If you make quality dog food you should be willing to openly talk about how it’s sourced and produced. That’s why we reached out to pet food companies, asking questions about all their brands and products. Each company had three weeks to reply to our messages.
How Easy Was it to Reach the Company?
Pedigree is part of the Mars family of brands and was pretty responsive. It only required one email, and they responded in 4 days. Not the fastest response time, but compared to the average it was good. The answers provided were relatively complete, but in some ways felt like they were written more from a marketing perspective.
Does Pedigree have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?
Mars Petcare US employs Associates with expertise in many different fields including nutrition, food science, animal science and veterinary sciences to name a few.
Did not answer the question directly. In a follow-up email no names for these professionals could be provided.
Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?
Developing pet foods involves teams of Associates with expertise in many different fields including nutrition, food science, animal science and veterinary sciences. Mars Petcare has been developing pet foods for over 80 years and the nutritional knowledge and expertise of our Associates goes into every diet we produce.
The names of these professionals could not be provided.
Do you test your products using AAFCO feeding trials? Why, or why not?
Our diets are tested either using AAFCO feeding trials or by analysis of the finished product to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles. It depends on the diet. Both ways of ensuring nutritional adequacy are acceptable methods and the method employed on a particular diet is listed on the diet itself within the nutritional adequacy statement. For those products that are formulated to meet nutrient profiles, we utilize our extensive database of the nutrient content of our ingredients and well as analytical values of key nutrients in order to ensure the delivery of the nutrient profiles of our diets.
What country are your products manufactured?
In the U.S. we employ 25,000 Associates across 6 segments: Mars Food, Mars Drinks, Mars Petcare, Mars Chocolate, Mars Symbioscience and Wrigley. We employ more than 75,000 Associates worldwide. We have 37 manufacturing plants in the U.S. and 43 U.S. states have Mars operations. For more than 100 years, Mars has been committed to making our products in the markets where we sell them. By growing our footprint in the U.S., we are better able to introduce new products to meet consumer demand for greater choice and variety.
Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?
At this time we do not offer public tours of our manufacturing facilities.
Common answer for large companies like Mars.
What quality measures do you use to assure consistency and quality?
Quality is the cornerstone of every aspect of our business and the number one responsibility of all our employees, suppliers and distributors. At Mars Petcare, we have a vision for making A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS®. The health and wellbeing of pets is our absolute priority. Our products are manufactured in strict compliance with the stringent guidelines set down by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), as well as each state's feed regulations and in many cases our own guidelines far exceed them. Under the Mars Supplier Quality Assurance Program, all of the raw materials that we and our suppliers use must meet our strict global internal quality and safety requirements, in addition to local laws and regulation. Our robust global standards, which apply at every stage of the supply chain, allow us to ensure that all of our products are safe, nutritious and enjoyable, meaning owners can feel confident that their pets will thrive on our products.
Does Pedigree (Mars) own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?
Do any parts of your product come from China?
We source our ingredients for our North American plants as close to our facilities as possible. We do not purchase meat-based ingredients from China. Our vitamins and minerals often come from China, as that is often one of the only locations to source these ingredients globally, similar to human foods. Mars has an extensive Supplier Quality Assurance program, which includes audits and visits from our own associates to these suppliers.
We learned from speaking to many companies that sourcing quality ingredients at scale is a significant challenge. This reality means that companies like Mars who are supplying huge amounts of food to the entire world will often use a variety of sourcing options, including China.
Linda P Case, MS; Daniel P Carey, DVM; and Diane A Hirakawa, PhD, Canine and Feline Nutrition A Resource for Companion Animal Professionals, Mosby-Year Book, Inc.