Pedigree Choice Cuts in Gravy with Beef Dog Canned Food Review

//Pedigree Choice Cuts in Gravy with Beef Dog Canned Food Review

Pedigree Choice Cuts in Gravy with Beef Dog Canned Food Review

Pedigree Choice Cuts in Gravy with Beef

Pedigree Choice Cuts in Gravy with Beef
Pedigree Choice Cuts in Gravy with Beef is a tasty canned dog food. It contains large pieces of meat with real beef, chicken and liver in yummy gravy that is sure your dog will love.

This formula contains Omega 3 fatty acids to nourish skin and coat. Additionally, this recipe is fortified with vitamins and minerals.

If your dog is a fussy eater you can mix a portion of Pedigree Choice Cuts in Gravy with Beef with his dry food to encourage your dog’s appetite.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken, Meat By-products, Beef, Liver, Wheat Gluten
  • Fat and Oil: Vegetable Oil
  • Carbohydrates: Wheat Flour
  • Fiber: Guar Gum
  • Fruits and vegetables: absent
  • Flavorings: Natural Smoke Flavor, Natural Flavors
  • Preservatives: the canning process is the preservation method. No preservatives either natural or artificial are added.
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: Caramel Coloring
  • Supplements and minerals: Water, Salt, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, , Minerals (Potassium Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide), Sodium Alginate, Xanthan Gum, Onion Powder, Bay Leaves, Vitamins (Vitamin E, A & D3 Supplements, D-calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate {vitamin B1}, Biotin), Garlic Powder, Sodium Nitrite

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 8 % (min.) 44 %
Fat 3 % (min.) 16.7 %
Fiber 1 % (max.) 5.5 %
Moisture 82 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 27.7 % (EV)
Linoleic Acid 0.7 % (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.

The ash value considered to the calculation of the estimated value of carbohydrates was 2 %.

On a dry matter basis, this food contains approximately 44 % protein and 16.6 % fat. This is one motive why dogs love canned food, the higher protein and fat content tastes very good.

This formula present a guaranteed level of Linoleic Acid that is an omega 3 fatty acid essential to maintain your dog’s skin and coat health.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken is a blend of flesh and skin derivative from the parts or whole chicken. It is a good source of protein and is rich in essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

Meat by-products are made from slaughterhouse waste. With the exclusion of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this ingredient can include almost any other part of the animal. It is a vaguely described ingredient. It includes lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, fatty tissue, stomachs and intestines freed of their contents.

Beef is clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle and refers to skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus. It can also be considered a quality meat ingredient.

A named liver ingredient can be a nutritious constituent. However, in this formula the source of the liver is generic. It could come from almost anywhere. For this reason, it is considered a controversial ingredient

Compared to meat wheat gluten contains lower quality grain-based proteins poor in many of the essential amino acids vital for dogs. It’s used as a source of protein and as a binding agent in dog foods.

Carbohydrates: Wheat Flour is not unavoidably a bad ingredient. Wheat flour is a high-quality carbohydrate source that is used as a source of carbohydrates and as a bonding agent to prevent breakage. It is acceptable source of energy if your dog is not allergic to it.

Fiber: Guar Gum is mainly used as a thickener and stabilizer in canned food. It is rich in soluble and digestible fiber with a low caloric content. Some argue that it is able to reduce cholesterol levels.

Fat and oil: Vegetable Oil is a broad name used for any oil of plant derivation. In general it is used to refer to lower-quality oils like canola oil, palm or corn oil. It is added as a substitute to more expensive fats and oils like olive oil or sunflower oil. It can be recycled oil which would be unfavorable.

Flavors: Natural Smoke Flavor and Natural Flavors often show the presence of MSG or monosodium glutamate a component used for flavoring. MSG is sometimes suggested as a supplement to make your dog’s feces taste bad to him so he won’t try to eat it. In addition, the term natural flavor can be used to indicate the presence of any extract from ingredients whose significant purpose is flavoring rather than nutritional. This is very wide and could refer to anything from herbs or meat meals to more dubious ingredients.

Dyes: Caramel coloring is added to make the food more attractive to the consumer and there is no real requirement to add coloring to dog’s food.

Supplements: The food contains onion powder, garlic powder, and bay leaves. Bay leaves are not dangerous to your dog but they will not have any helpful effects either.

Onion powder and garlic powder are used in some dog foods as additives for flavoring. It’s improbable that these powders, in small amounts, will harm your dog when added to a dog food. In some cases, they have been associated to Heinz body anemia  in dogs. On the other hand, garlic contains a natural antioxidant that can help thin the blood; helps strengthen the heart and maintain good circulation.

When added in the right amounts salt is a supplement for sodium and chloride that are essential nutrients required by dogs and cats. They help regulate water balance in the body, help in muscle contraction and nerve transmission and regulate the body’s acid-balance.

The minerals supplemented do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb.

This food does not contain artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Pedigree Choice Cuts in Gravy with Beef we give a 2.7 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Pedigree Choice Cuts in Gravy with Beef seems to be a fairly recommended canned dog food.

This food includes meat protein, as well as some plant protein from wheat gluten. The major worries with the food are the caramel coloring and the “natural flavors” which are not as natural.

Pedigree Choice Cuts in Gravy with Beef main benefits:

  • Includes fresh chicken, beef and liver
  • Meat in delicious gravy dogs find irresistible
  • Omega fatty acids to nourish skin and coat
  • Supplemented with vitamins and minerals

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

Pedigree Choice Cuts in Gravy with Beef

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken, Beef
  • Wheat Flour
  • Guar Gum
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Tasty flavors from meats

Negative Aspects

  • Meat By-products, Wheat Gluten, Liver
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Natural Smoke Flavor, Natural Flavors
  • Caramel Coloring

Available in: 13.2 oz (374.21 g) and 22 oz (623.69 g) cans


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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