Pedigree Puppy Complete Nutrition Dry Dog Food Review

//Pedigree Puppy Complete Nutrition Dry Dog Food Review

Pedigree Puppy Complete Nutrition Dry Dog Food Review

Pedigree Puppy Complete Nutrition Dry Dog Food

Pedigree Dry Dog Food Puppy

Pedigree Puppy Complete Nutrition includes nutrients that every puppy needs for developing a strong immune system.

This formula contains DHA for healthy brain development and calcium and phosphorus for healthy teeth and strong bones.

This puppy food is appropriate for feeding growing puppies up to 2 years old.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Poultry by-product meal, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, chicken by-product meal
  • Fat and Oil: Animal fat, vegetable oil, fish oil
  • Carbohydrates: Ground whole corn, brewers rice, ground whole wheat
  • Fiber: none
  • Fruits and vegetables: Dried carrots
  • Flavorings: Natural flavor
  • Preservatives: BHA and citric acid
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Brewers dried yeast, salt, potassium chloride, monocalcium phosphate, taurine, calcium carbonate, vitamins (a-tocopherol acetate [source of vitamin e], l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate [source of vitamin c], vitamin a acetate, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin b1], d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, riboflavin supplement [vitamin b2], vitamin d3 supplement, vitamin b12 supplement), minerals (zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, potassium iodide), choline chloride.

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 27 % (min.) 30.6 %
Fat 11 % (min.) 12.5 %
Fiber 3 % (max.) 3.4 %
Moisture 12 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 47.7 % (EV)
Omega 3  2.5 % (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.

You must consider the protein-boosting effect of the corn gluten meal and soybean meal in this recipe. Pedigree is a plant-based dry dog food using a modest amount of meat protein.

On a dry matter basis, this food contains approximately 30.6 % protein and 12.5 % fat. Most of the protein appears to be plant-based from corn thus your dog may not digest it as well as meat protein. This food contains an estimated 44.3 % carbohydrates which is considered a high percentage.

This recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growth and maintenance.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Poultry by-product meal is an ingredient which can be any type of poultry. This is a very generic “meat” or animal” source of protein. By-product meal means, according to AAFCO: “the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered poultry such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidably in good processing practices.”

Corn gluten meal is generally used in dog foods as a substitute for meat proteins. Dogs do not digest plant proteins as they do meat proteins so plant proteins are less nutritious for your dog.

Soybean meal is a by-product of soybean oil production. It contains a high percentage of protein. This ingredient have a lower biological value than meat.

Chicken by-product meal represents the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts. This ingredient is a concentrated form of chicken protein, however it does not contains muscle meat.

Carbohydrates: Corn is a low-cost and controversial cereal grain. It is a source of carbohydrates, and apart from its energy content, this grain is of modest nutritional value to a dog. In addition, corn is frequently linked to allergies in dogs that are prone to allergies and food intolerances.

Brewers rice is the small milled fragments of rice kernels that have been separated from the bigger kernels of milled rice. Thus, this ingredient does not contain many of the nutrients found in whole ground rice and brown rice. It is considered as a carb filler.

Ground whole wheat is wheat flour and it’s considered as a filler. Wheat is also associated with dog food allergies for dogs who are predisposed to allergic food reactions.

Fat and oil: Animal fat is an unnamed source of the fat. It is undesirable when fat is preserved with an artificial preservative like BHA. Natural preservatives are superior, even though they are weaker preservatives.

Vegetable oil is a broad term used for any oil of plant origin. It is added to some dog foods as an alternative to more costly (and more nutritious) fats and oils. It would be best if it was correctly identified. The primary complaint here is the use of the artificial preservatives BHA.

Fish oil provides energy and contains abundant essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which have wide ranging health benefits. Omega 3 fatty acids help the skin, coat, heart, and other organs. Fish oil is also rich in several vitamins including vitamins A, B3 and D. However, we don’t know what kind of fish were used to produce this oil, so it is another generic ingredient.

Fruits and vegetables: Carrots offer antioxidants and health protecting phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. They are rich in Vitamin A and carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants providing protection against free radicals – cancer triggering agents.

Flavors: Natural flavor is a deceiving term that often indicates the presence of MSG or monosodium glutamate used for flavoring. It is a generic term that can be used for any extract from any food whose significant function is flavoring. It could refer to anything from herbs or meat meals to more uncertain ingredients like digest.

Preservatives: BHA is an artificial antioxidant added to a food to slow down decomposition. There are wide ranging worries over their effects on health. BHA is long been suspected of contributing to cancer. This ingredient is definitely best avoided.

Citric acid is a natural antioxidant. Citric acids are taken from several citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes.

Supplements: Brewers dried yeast is made from a fungus, called Saccharomyces cerevisiae. It is a very rich source of B vitamins and offers minerals and amino acids. It is known to support a normal healthy coat.

Taurine is an amino acid associated with growth, eye health, and cardiac health.

Salt is usually added as a flavor enhancer. Dogs enjoy the taste of salt. Regrettably, unnecessary salt has the same health implications for dogs as for us and should be avoided. This is particularly important if your dog has a history of heart problems or high blood pressure. In this particular food, we believe that the amount of salt included is not prejudicial to your dog.

This food also contains chelated minerals. This makes them easier to absorb.

This food does not contain dyes or sweeteners.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Pedigree Puppy Dry Dog Food we give a 2.9 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Pedigree Puppy Dry Dog Food seems to be a fairly recommended dry dog food.

Although this puppy food formula has some acceptable ingredients it is greatly corn-based so if your puppy shows any signs of being allergic to corn, you should not feed him this food. The inclusion of BHA is one of the biggest concerns about this dry dog food.

Pedigree Puppy Dry Dog Food main benefits:

  • Boosts your puppy Immune System
  • Contains DHA for healthy brain development
  • Includes Calcium and Phosphorus for healthy teeth and strong bonés
  • Delicious chicken flavor

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

Pedigree Puppy Dry Dog Food

Positive Aspects

  • Brewers dried yeast
  • Dried carrots
  • Citric acid
  • Taurine
  • Suplemented with vitamins
  • Chelated Minerals
  • DHA

Negative Aspects

  • Poultry by-product meal, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, chicken by-product meal
  • Animal fat, vegetable oil, fish oil
  • Ground whole corn, brewers rice, Ground whole wheat
  • Natural flavor
  • BHA
Available in: 3 lb (1.36 Kg); 7 lb (3.16 Kg); 16.3 lb (7.4 Kg); 28 lb (12.7 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.

Leave A Comment

Why was the Dog Food Selector created?

Each dog has unique needs... The approach "one food for all dogs" isn't the more suitable. Dogs have different sizes, different life stages, unique breed characteristics, health conditions and a few other factors... Choosing the right food for your dog may help him or her life a longer and healthier life! We exist to make that task easier for you.

How does the Dog Food Selector work?

It's quite simple... It's a 1-2 step process. You just have to fill in the form with your dog's characteristics, like gender, age, size, activity, health conditions and a few other important data and click "search". Then, you'll see a list of dog foods with the highest review score. If you wish you can see all the detailed review of each individual dog food.