Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs Review

//Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs Review

Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs Review

Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs

Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs

The miniature crispy kibbles size helps dogs eat Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Dog Food even if they have dental problems or decay.

Plus, the kibbles scrub dog’s teeth with every bite to help reduce plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to bad breath.

This dog food formula is also a moderate fiber source to support dog’s ability to absorb nutrients and improve their digestion.


Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Meat and Bone Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal
  • Fat and Oil: Animal Fat, Vegetable Oil
  • Carbohydrates: Ground Whole Corn, Ground Whole Wheat, Brewer’s Rice
  • Fiber: Dried Plain Beet Pulp
  • Fruits and vegetables: Absent
  • Flavorings: Natural Flavor
  • Preservatives: BHA/BHT and Citric Acid
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: Added Colors (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2)
  • Supplements and minerals: Salt, , Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, A-Tocopherol Acetate (source of Vitamin E), Niacin, Biotin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate
Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis Dry matter Basis
Protein 21 % (min.) 24 %
Fat 10 % (min.) 11 %
Fiber 4 % (max.) 4.5 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 58 % (EV)
Omega 6 3 % (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?”  and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis.

This food presents an above-average carbohydrate percentage when compared to a representative dry dog food.

Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs provides 24 % crude protein, much of this protein possibly comes from the corn and other grains in the food so it is uncertain how much of the protein your dog will be able to utilize.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Compared to meat corn gluten meal includes inferior grain-based proteins lower in some of the essential amino acids dogs requires. It is not a detrimental ingredient but should not position high in the ingredient list of a quality product.

Meat and bone meal have a lower digestibility than most other meat meals. This ingredient could include almost anything: spoiled supermarket meat, roadkill, dead, diseased or dying livestock — even euthanized animals. The animal fractions used can be obtained from any source, so there is no control over value or contamination. It can also include pus, cancerous tissue, and decomposed tissue. This ingredient will contain lots of protein but you don’t know the source of the meat and bone meal.

Soybean meal is a poor quality protein stuffing used to boost the protein content of low quality pet foods. Its biologic value is less than 50% of chicken meal.

Carbohydrates: Ground whole wheat is made from grinding wheat grain. It is a natural font of energy and fiber. Most dogs do fine with wheat. However, many have allergic reactions to it. If your dog is prone to allergies foods included this ingredient should be avoided.

Brewer’s rice consists of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. It is missing many of the nutrients contained in whole ground rice. This is not a high quality ingredient, just much cheaper than whole rice.

Fiber: Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient. It is a high fiber by-product. The inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

Fat and oil: Animal fat is a generic by-product. The absence of mention of a specific animal source leaves us without information about the origin of this ingredient. Vegetable oil is a generic oil of unknown origin. It cannot be considered a quality ingredient.

Preservatives: The fat ingredients are preserved with BHA and/or BHT, which are artificial preservatives that have been associated to cancer and other diseases.

BHA and BTH  were banned from human use in many countries due to possible human carcinogen. The oxidative characteristics of BHA and BHT may contribute to their carcinogenicity.

Fruits and vegetables: This dog food does not include fresh fruits and vegetables. This fact is a negative point.

Flavors: Natural Flavor is an unclear ingredient listed on dog foods. The obscurity about this ingredient is that dog food companies are allowed to label them as proprietary, and for that reason are not required to reveal precisely what is used to make the flavoring. This can be an important problem if your dog has a food allergy or digestive sensitivity.

Supplements: Chelated minerals represent good elements, they are easier to your dog to absorb.

Dyes: Red 40, Yellow 5 and Blue 2 are coloring agents used by dog food manufacturers. Dog food coloring is used to make the product more attractive to consumers. Your dog doesn’t require colored food. Some of these dyes could be harmful to your dog.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs we give a 2.9 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs seems to be a fairly recommended dry dog food.

Pedigree sporadically has product recalls. Ideally, this is not a food you want to feed your dog if you have other options. This dog food formula has none of the better ingredients you frequently find in other brands.

This dog food formula includes too much grain and plant matter which means it’s not so easy for your dog to digest and it can produce more feces. In addition, while eating this food your dog may present bloating and flatulence.

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

 Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs

Positive Aspects

  • Ground Whole Corn, Ground Whole Wheat
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Omega 6 fatty acid
  • Chelated minerals
  • Added vitamins and minerals

Negative Aspects

  • Meat and Bone Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal
  • Animal Fat, Vegetable Oil
  • Brewer's Rice
  • Dried Plain Beet Pulp
  • Fruits and vegetables: Absent
  • Natural Flavor
  • Added Colors (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2)

Available in: 3 lb (1.36 Kg); 14-17 lb (6.35 – 7.71 Kg); 28-30 lb (12.7 – 13.6 Kg); 36 lb (16.32 Kg)


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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