Dec. 5, 2016

Pedigree Dog Food Reviews

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Top 5 Ingredients*
  1. Ground whole corn

  2. Meat and bone meal

  3. Corn gluten meal

  4. Animal fat (preservd with bhs and citric acid)

  5. Ground whole wheat

Artificial Ingredients Yes
Contains By-products Yes
Price Range $$
*Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs Dry Food was selected as the recipe for this ingredient list
What's good about this pet food
  • nothing
What's not so good about this pet food
  • ground corn meal
  • meat by-products
  • animal fat
  • food coloring

Our Analysis

There is nothing good about Pedigree Dog Food – even if the name is Pedigree – so we did not give it any stars. The ingredient lists for the Pedigree foods consist of ingredients that you do not want to feed your dog.

For instance, the first five ingredients in the Adult Complete Dry Dog Food are: ground whole corn, meat and bone meal, corn gluten meal, animal fat and chicken by-product meal. This is a typical ingredient list for Pedigree’s line of foods. Pedigree is owned by Mars Petcare and the foods are manufactured in the company’s own U.S. facility.

The Word on the Street...

Most of the dog food reviews about Pedigree are negative. Many pet owners cite it as being a low-quality food with potentially serious health consequences. There are a few people who say that their dog has thrived on this food, but they are few and far between—and once they realize what is in the food, they are shocked and appalled and usually switch foods.

  • Carol

    They recently changed the Pedigree dog food. And, then our dog started to throw up the dog food. We thought she was having dental problems. She is a 10 yr old wheaton terrier who was very healthy. We started to soften the food thinking she was having chewing issues and could keep it down. Then, we took her to the vet and she was in renal failure. She died this morning. I dont’ know if the dog food had anything to do with it or if it was just a coincidence that the formulation had changed. Just posting my experience.

  • djhart54

    Both of our dogs have been eating Pedigree and have recently begun to show hair loss, are vomiting, and have had diarrhea intermittently. They now refuse to even touch the Pedigree dog food so we’ve had to switch and came upon Gentle Giant dog food, which received far better ratings from pet owners and on nutrient testing. Our dogs absolutely love the Gentle Giant food and we’ll be seeing how they do on it. Thanks to Burt Ward!

  • Vee Luis

    I’m so upset my pit puppy died from choking on pedigree puppy food. The bag said it was for small dog he was 8 weeks old. Since they started eating it him and my two other puppies have had watery stool and barely wanted to eat I should have changed the food. Didn’t know he would choke on it. Just inquiring about Pedigree thats how I stumbled on this discussion.

  • Vee Luis

    I’m so

  • Tasha

    Wow after reading I will not be buying this again took my dogs to vet yesterday being they had mange but the other has been throwing up on and off so glad I fould this page thanks for all the in put I know now it’s the dog food

  • mellisa

    fed pedigree adult complete nutrition and had 7 dogs and 5 pigs die.I had the food tested, results were rancid fat. Pedigree claims they sre within their allowed limits and are not goung to do anything about it.

  • Mel

    My two dogs have been on the pedigree little champions and both ended up with worms and we couldn’t figure out how. One pouch had a black spot in it. It looked like Mold. I noticed a lot of the pouches I was pulling out had a weird slim on them and white chunks. My one pup has not been himself lately and won’t hardly eat his food. Both my pups have been itching constantly. I started to wonder if it was the food, but hadn’t changed anything. I am so happy I found this information explains so much. I will stop feeding it to them right away.

  • Toni

    I am so glad I found this site. Like others who have recently posted I had fed my little boston/pug mix pedigree for years and just within the last couple of weeks she has had diarreah with blood in her stool. I checked the list of ingredients and was shocked to find onion powder and garlic powder as ingredients. The pedigree I was buying is Little Champion 12 pouch variety pack with the ground chicken, turkey and beef.
    I am going to stop feeding it to her immediately!!

  • AwesomeBostons

    I have used Pedigree Puppy food in the foil pouches for years to help transition my puppies to dry Puppy Chow. Recently I had 3 get sick. They blew bubbles from their noses and had thick slimy saliva they couldn’t get out of their mouth. 2 lived after changing their food but 1 died. From feeding it the first time to death was 24 hours. It died from inhaling/choking on the thick slime filling the lungs. Avoid Pedigree.

  • Jared

    I fed Pedigree for seven years without issue, my dogs always loved it. Last September, they started having issues with hair loss, my Akita started throwing up at random and my Great Pyrenees who had always had seizures started having them much more often. My wife’s rott/aussie cross lost all his hair, and started losing weight until we had to put him down. We didn’t suspect the food since we hadn’t changed food, but apparently Pedigree changed something. Now we have changed the food and the dogs seem to be happy. We changed to Kirkland Select lamb and rice at the suggestion of a friend who’s dog had similar issues related to Pedigree.

    • Michelle

      I have also fed my lab Pedigree for 8years without issue. Then 6 days ago we bought a new bag and a day and half later it was non-stop vomiting and watery stools, very lathargic, wouldn’t even drink water. We thought he was dying. We bought a different brand and he is fine now. Meanwhile my brand new carpet is completely trashed.

    • phoumere

      I, too, had fed Pedigree for years until my dogs started not thriving on it. Changed to Kirkland Chicken, Rice and Veggie (have lots of little dogs, too, and the Lamb and Rice kibbles are bigger) and all is well. Foster dogs do very well on it and my dogs are eating again!

  • Cindy

    I too have been dealing with a lethargic dog that I was feeding the large bag of Pedigree. About a week ago he refused to eat any more and like many others I thought he just got into something that upset his stomach. After a few days of barely eating or drinking I gave him plain rice and pancake syrup to eat and pedialite to drink. After a couple days on this he was back to his old self. Started back on pedigree he is looking his spunk again…After reading reviews i’m never feeding this to him again

  • Graeme

    Just bought some of the new turkey flavour. My dogs poop is now almost black. No other reactions, bit will be changing to a better food.

  • Ben

    Bought a 3kg bag of Pedigree. Dog has been having diarrhoea since. Have switched brands and her poop is back to normal.

  • PeaWee

    We have used Pedigree off and on for years with no problem. 2 weeks ago all three dogs got sick: vomit/diaherrea(canned) The vet gave meds and a rice diet. Symptoms returned 12 hours after restarting the food. Last year 2 of our dogs got really sick with dry. One died 3 months after. Thought it was just one bad batch, but now I don’t know. There are dozens of complaints all over on-line from the last 2 weeks. Even a picture of a can with worms on the Pedigree facebook page.

    • Randall

      Your symptoms sound so familiar. I have two golden retrievers. They have never been sick and are 3 years old. The last batch of can dog food from Pedigree showed to be the problem. No analysis on it, but it must have been the cans. Also, now I don’t trust the dry dog food anymore. I am in the process of switching brands and will never go back.

    • MichaelaJackson

      Just got a twelve count of canned Pedigree and all three dogs have had watery stools since Friday. A dog a day. Today two of the dogs had watery stools. Will be giving beef and rice for a day or two but then what brand to switch them to?

  • Dave

    If you have a breed prone to allergies then stay away from this dog food. In particular if your dog has IMHA then definitely this is a bad choice. Corn meal, meat products that aren’t fit for consumption, food coloring, what they don’t say is that they cook the nutrition out of most of the ingredients with high temperatures and have to add supplemental protein and other additives. Since there is little regulation you have no idea what your feeding your dog.

    • Amber

      I wish I would have read your review before! My IMHA dog was on this food. After a recent flare up I switched her food ( she was refusing to eat it and had a distended abdomen). Her numbers are back up and she’s enjoying her prescription diet food.

  • Marcy

    I have fed my dogs Pedigree dry for almost 15 years. My dog get nice compliments from the Vet. she said she has the body of a dog half her age. She is 15 years young. I recently got another dog from a breeder that fed expensive food. I switched him over to Pedigree and he loves it much better than the more costly premium food.

    • Larry Mann

      I have 4 dogs. All were/are raised on Pedigree with no problems at all. Not sure where all these remarks are really coming from.

  • Michelle Gabriele

    My dog has also been eating Pedigree for years w/ no problem.
    Until now… I really think a bad batch of dog food is out there because almost every post i see regarding sick dogs say they bought a large bag of dry pedigree from Costco, Sams club, etc. this is exactly what i did (I usually buy the smaller size from Shoprite.
    After eating it my dog had every symptom I ve been reading online… Diarrheas (sometimes w/ blood or mucus), gas that sends everyone fleeing from room, weight loss, etc.
    I stopped feeding and started a diet of canned food (not pedigree), and i mixed in rice and sometimes a tablespoon of pumpkin (this is known to help diarrhea and it worked… Only pure pumpkin, not the pie mix!).
    I just started mixing some dry food in again to see how she does and back came the diarrhea! Im done with Pedigree… Called and machine says leave message theyre in a team meeeting… I received no call back; not surprised.
    I tried Pedigree again only because i thought my dog may had diarrhea caused by eating snow… Shes eaten alot lately and i heard this can cause this.
    Obviously its the dog food; im not saying its all of it but w/ all these recent complaints it would be nice if Pedigree would acknowlege a bad batch is making dogs sick.

  • Jeff

    All my dogs lived past their average life expectancy on pedigree and never had any illnesses etc. They had nice coats, good tone and very active and happy dogs.
    The “premium” dog food companies did a good job at brainwashing the public.
    Pedigree, who is part of Waltham and other similiar brands like Dog chow spend millions on dog nutrition research.
    I love my dogs and stopped feeding the very expensive stuff a long time ago when I saw no difference in anything except my wallet.
    The money I have saved over the past 20 years by feeding pedigree allowed me to spend it on my dogs in other ways, especially when it comes time to go on vacation. they now go to doggy camp instead of the ole kennel I had to use due to my budget.

  • Becky Ridder

    My dogs have eaten Pedigree dry for the last 6 years. They are happy, healthy and thriving. I have a terrier mix,(we just got this year), a black lab, a great dane mix and a pyrenees/golden mix. My dogs go to the bathroom in the morning and the evening. They haven’t thrown up or suffered any health problems. I buy the food because they give to animal shelters. I am a supporter of Pedigree and will continue to be.

  • ronreina

    BEEN A LOYAL CUSTOMER FOR YEARS BUT NOW I AM UNABLE TO FIND “CHICKEN AND RICE” CANNED DOG FOOD. I SHOP AT HEB’S IN SAN ANTONIO TEXAS AND WHEN I ASK THE LOCAL MANAGER THE ONLY REPLY IS VENDOR PROBLEMS.
    HAS OUR STORES STOPPED PURCHASING THIS ITEM?

  • Walt

    I always been a multi-dog owner. I have fed can Pedigree for years, there have been no health issues. All my friends have lived past a normal life expectancy and were vet checked semiannually. Reviews of any product or service are worthless due extenuating circumstances, no proof to back up their claim or just a lack of common sense. My Vet always jokes, that most pets are more intelligent than the owners.

  • Liz

    This is a shock. I’ve been feeding my dogs Pedigree for years, and they’ve lived to old age. I hope this news is fact, not some propaganda spread by competing dog food companies.

  • arielle

    I have to say this is not good for them at all since aug 13.. there has been alot of complains about the dry food of pedigree with death and sickness ..
    i recently change to pedigree food and my 3 month german sheperd seem to not really like it, she was tired ,sad and would not eat anything. until the next morning she was found dead with anal blood .please be careful with pedigree keep our pets safe
    and lets spread it to everybody who does not know that pedigree food has change and now is just deadly for out pets

  • Tracy

    Our dog started using Pedigree dry food and canned food recently. The dog became sick in four hours. He became lethargic, stopped eating and drinking. He had a green discharged in his eyes. He died 48 hours later from kidney failure. Do not use this product. Be safe and keep your pet healthy. Over three hundred complaints since Aug. 2013 and still no recall. Notified company, took a report, offered a refund (moot point on that one. Won”t bring back our dog) He was four years old and suffered. Notified consumer affairs and FDA.

  • A.J.

    I had used Pedigree in the past with ok results but the last bag of food made my dog sick, he started losing weight, very lethargic, his coat was dull and rough, and then he began to have some diarrhea. So changed him to something that wasn’t bought at Wal-Mart, he is gaining weight back, diarrhea has stopped, and beginning to have energy again.

  • Chad

    For the longest time we fed our dog Pro Plan but after they reformulated it we were forced to switch because are dog wouldn’t stop farting. We tried a couple of fancy dog foods and gave her plenty of time to adjust to them but her gas was just unbearable. A friend recommended Pedigree…we switched to it and the gas stopped. She likes it and seems very healthy, beautiful coat and we have no reason to switch.

  • JUDITH DOMPIERI

    I’ve breed many a bulldog litter with pedigree mealtime wet & dry mixed.they lived 10-13 years.had nice bone,teeth.very rarely had a trip to the vet.HAD 8 LITTERS OF PUPPIES ALL BIG & HEALTHY.But now i’m concerned with all the negative reports & the change of hand with the company.WHY DO THESE CO’S HAVE TO CHANGE FORMULAS IF THE OLD ONE WORKED FOR YEARS.WHY CHANGE IT…STILL ON PEDIGREE NO PROBLEMS HAVE A BULLDOG & PUG.BOTH ENERGETIC,HEALTHY.SO NOW I’M THINKING YOU CAN’T TRUST ANY COMPANYS DOG FOOD THEY CAN PUT ANYTHING IN IT.WITHOUT YOU KNOWING ABOUT IT YOUR BETTER OFF MAKING YOUR OWN DOG FOOD.

  • Ahi Tuna

    I have a rescued mix breed – jack russell and chihuahua. He eats the Pedigree pouch grilled flavors in sauce with chicken and has for the four plus years we have had him. He takes a trip to the vet every four months, or so, and is in fine health. He does not vomit, have loose stool or an angry stomach. He is active for an old coot, has good vision, excellent hearing and a very, very keen sense of smell. I have not read the label. I am sure that, like anything now a days, with a fine tooth comb and something to set you off one could “find” something wrong with anything.
    Take care of your pets (dogs) and do the best you can for them. Stop, look and listen – they will keep you posted.

  • Jean

    Hi I have feed my dog Pedigree dry dog food
    Her whole life 13 years .she’s a black lab mix .If I feed her any other
    Dog food she gets diarrhea. For the past 2 weeks she will not
    Even touch Pedigree dry dog food .she seemed to had a cold so
    I thought maybe thats why she’s not eating it .
    Well now she is getting better from cold symptoms and still wont touch
    the food . I decided to see if she would eat some bread because of her weight loss. Bread is the only other thing I can give her that wont give her diarrhea . She’s been eating the bread . So I’m kind of beside myself on this . I even went to 2 different stores and bought the dog food to see if one store had a problem . She will not eat either bag. Has anyone else have a problem with the dry dog food lately? Can anyone tell me and dog food wont upset her stomach . Im going to the store and buying a different kind today

    • rose

      I have 2 dogs who have eaten pedigree dry and moist dog food for 3 years. About 2-3 weeks ago they both sniff it and walk away. I bought a can of alpo just to see the result. They both ate like they were starved. I’m going to try and contact the company to see what they changed but I have a feeling I’m not going to get results.

    • Teresa wood

      I have a pit bull & recently purchased a bag of pedigree. She ate about a half of bag. She wouldn’t touch it after that. I took her to the vet & he said it may be a stomach flu. The next day she collapsed and is now in renal failure not sure if she wii make it. The vet says now she has been poisoned. We are taking a sample of the food to the vet today to try to save her.

  • Jane

    food is crap…by products, grain, food coloring…people wake up.

  • Plastic pieces in pedigree treats

    I have Ben feeding my dogs this treat for years they love it, today while I was going them a treat I noticed something was poking me I look down and I see plastic pieces all through out the bone.
    I am afraid for my dogs now.
    Has there Ben a recall on these treats?
    If not i think someone should do something about it.
    I’m very disappointed because I never thought anything about the treats besides they loved it but they will no longer be eating this.

    • maralevine

      Pedigree® Brand Wet Dog Food had a limited recall on 6/30/12 due to a potential choking hazard caused by small pieces of blue plastic that ended up in the food. The treats were not involved in the recall. You should definitely contact Pedigree to let them know your concerns, and also let the store where you bought the treats know as well. Another option is to contact the FDA directly. Please read the details about the recall on our blog.

  • Alex

    We recently put our dog down due to large tumor on his stomach and bad back legs. The Pedigree adult dry food was put out on our open porch and stayed there for over a month. We get mice, squirrels and our chickens roam around, but nothing would touch the dog food.
    The GMO corn crap likely caused the tumor.

  • Wendy

    I have been feeding one of our dogs Pedigree Little Champions for a while. I get the 8 pouches in one box. About 2 boxes ago, he ate one and he felt sick next day he ate it and through up. Would not feed him any more of that package. Next box, one was blown up like a baloon and stunk so bad you could not stand the odor. It looked red like uncooked meat. I am cooking turkey and chicken now.

  • Shirley

    Hello,

    I have fed my friends the canned food mixed with dry for a while now we noticed that they did not really like the chicken products. Has any one else experienced this?

    • martin

      Hi Regarding your question. I bought chicken in jelly tinned and my dog ate it but was violently sick later that evening. I contacted pedigree about this but all I got in response was our product has not changed and maybe your dog had an upset tummy end of story. No admittance that maybe their food is crap and I have not fed my dog it since and she seems to be doing just fine.

    • Kay

      I am sorry to say that my two Chihuahuas have been on Pedigree ground dog food for years. They seemed to do ok with it, but the past couple of weeks, they’ve barely eaten it. My older male stopped eating altogether and had dark, tarry, loose mucous stools. My female continued to eat some but left much of it in the bowl. Very unusual for her. After 5 days of not eating at all, my male became lethargic and kind of wobbly when he walked. Being the weekend, the vet was closed. I ran to Pet Smart and bought some Nutro chicken and rice. Surprisingly, my male ate it! I was so happy to see him eat. He started to perk up and did much better. Still thinking that maybe it was a ‘bug’, and the chicken and rice helped him get over it, I started giving them Pedigree again. Both sniffed it and walked away. Eventually they did eat some. My male immediately became sick again, throwing up, and had loose, mucous stools. I went back to the chicken and rice food, and he’s doing well again. I am now giving them Ol Roy’s Pure Balance because it’s highly rated nutritionally. It’s also not expensive, and you can get it at Walmart. Both dogs are doing wonderfully. In fact, my male hasn’t been this perky in a long time.

  • rich

    the old pedigree was better the new this big chunks an all yellow bones my dogs shit about 10 times a day an thats not good there not taken in what supoose to i love the old pedigree

    • Owen

      Same story for my dog. Took a day or too then he got sick – Figured he was just under the weather. Had a prescription food from the vet for him for half a week – fine – back to pedigree – “Sick as a dog”

      • BeBe

        Yes this is exactly what happens to my puppy ……I used to feed her purina puppy chow bit one day I went to 2 stores and couldn’t find puruna they were out so i decided to give her pedigree puppy chow….she started having diarrhea was put on antibiotics by the vet, i will bu purina again and see if that will solve her problems

  • Victor

    I feed my dog with pet food that includes corn. Pedigree. After seven years my dog got tumor. I read that genetically modified corn that is inside the dog food is the main cause of tumor in rats. So these foods killed my dog. read this http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fct.2012.08.005
    Don’t feed your dog with Pedigree.

  • Jay

    I feed Pedigree to my dog and she is very healthy and happy. She was started out on expensive, supposedly better dog food and was a miserable puppy. I could hear her stomach growling, had lots of gas and her stools were just nasty. The only high priced dog food that agreed with her was Science Diet. Diamond brands were just plain bad. But surprisingly come highly recommended from lots of different sources.
    She has cast iron stomach, eats everything she is not supposed to eat and it does not bother her. I feed her a half cup of any Diamond brand dog food and she acts like she has been poisoned. I have noticed this with other dogs as well. But people keep feeding it to their pet because it is supposed to be good, ya right!
    Pay attention to what comes out the other end of your dog. Not to what some so called dog food expert has to say.

  • Doug

    We have 2 bischons. All I’ve heard are complaints from specialty shops about Pedigree. They, in turn sell, so called, “high quality/grade” dog foods. To be honest. We’ve tried them and our dogs had diarrea, loose stools and threw up anything different than what we gave them. Both are 9 years old. No health problems. They gobble up Pedigree and they enjoy it.
    I will not purchase China made products for dogs, ie, chew bones or jerky products.
    I’m sure with the scrutiny of dog products being made here in the US, and overseas, that the Mars company has focused on proper research and are producing a reasonable product for dogs.
    I would like to see rebuttals from Mars, in support of their product.

  • devon

    Everyone says there is nothing good but a guy I know has like 6 pitbulls and all he feeds them is pedigree and they are all fine and healthy not to mention bulky as heck

  • janet morrison

    no more dog food for my dogs, dry, wet or otherwise and no more treats. i will make my dogs food and they love carrots and green beans as treats. this is rediculess to have to worry what you are feeding your dogs. all 3 of my dogs have been to the vet in the past 4 weeks. one has been hospitalized due to liver function problems.all 3 started out with diaherra and than went to puddles of pure blood. the vet was leaning towards their dog treats called canine carryouts made in china. however i threw them all out so unfortunetly they could not be tested. i recently have been mixing their dry food with canned pedigree to get them to eat. after reading this i have decided i am through with feeding them any form of dog food. i dont care what it costs to make them their food. i only know for sure that my dogs are just like us, they are family.

    respectively,

    dog food boycotter!!!1

  • Audra

    My dog has been on Pedigree for the last year and a half. She has had stomach issues the last four months, but I thought it was from moving. Come to find out, it is due to Pedigree food. I have now switched her to Authority from PetSmart, but I found a better food called California Natural Grain Free, both made in the USA. Dogs have a very hard time digesting the ingredients in Pedigree, which caused my dog to strain, causing broken blood vessels in her rectum, which led to bleeding. She has had to go to the vet, costing more than a good food would have cost for a year. Better to get your animal off of Pedigree and switch to a higher quality food, and if you have not used it, NEVER het your dog started on it. If the problems have not started now, they will eventually.

  • Katie

    Everything I have read these past couple of days about dog food, trying to learn how to choose what’s best for my puppy, talks about corn. In fact, everyone seems to be hung up on dogs’ inability to digest corn yet, we as humans don’t digest it so well either but we still eat it!

    • Meridith

      Yes Katie, you are correct, humans can not digest corn. BUT, we as humans do not HAVE to eat ONLY corn or corn products EVERY DAY of our lives. If we had to live on an all corn product diet we would probably have real health problems, your dog deserves better.

      • Katrina

        Good point Meridith!! What brand dog food is recommended??

  • Pamela

    I must admit, the comments and info on the “nutrition” aspect of Pedigree products are somewhat appalling, and the stories of significant illnesses are alarming. However, I have to say that my current 5 dogs all eat Pedigree canned food with Chicken Soup for The Soul dog kibble, with Missing Link Plus powder added daily. 3 of the dogs, ages 5 yrs, 9 and 12 yrs, have had this product since birth. The other 2, ages 18 months (a rescue pup we adopted at the age of ~14 weeks), and a 3.5 yr old rescued adult (who we’ve had for 15 months) have also been fed the same products since they joined our family. ALL the dogs have been extremely healthy, and it’s rare that one of them has a health issue, and those episodes were not food-related. If there was an obvious trend with proof of this product actually killing dogs or even causing illness, I would hope that more warnings and recalls would be issued. I will continue to track comments and reviews on Pedigree, but will stick with what has been working for now.

  • Tammy

    Both of my dogs, one a bichon and the the other a boxer, haven eaten Pedigree most of their lives. Both are very healthy 7 year old dogs, and both have lots of energy. The bichon is still fit and trim, while both my mother’s and sister’s bichon, that eat high priced dog food, are both very over weight. I am totally pleased with Pedigree and both my dogs love it.

  • Andy

    I know lots of people aren’t fond of Pedigree but my 14 year old Golden really loved it. She stayed fit and trim, ate quickly, had regular stools, and plenty of energy. Never had any vet problems either. I have my 5 year old Cavalier on the weight management formula and he’s doing great with it too.

    Now my new Golden puppy turns her nose up at it so that’s been a problem. I had to switch her to something else. But my other dogs have actually done pretty well on Pedigree.

  • lorraine kleingunther

    My Maltese Poodle, Princess is very fond of her Pedigree small dog feed. She is 14 years old. As there is no Pedigree on the shelves in all the shops we have been have to buy Hills which Princess is not fond of at all. I’m having to prepare food for her, or give from left overs which my son and I are not at all happy with.
    Where can we buy Pedigree for Small Dogs again (with the Jack Russell on the packet)?
    With kind regards,
    lorraine 072 232 5170

    • Cena

      I have seen it in Dollar General Stores and Petco.

  • Lindsay

    You pay more for the packaging and advertisement than the actual quality of the food. Dogs do not eat and cannot thoroughly digest corn. Cows fed corn produce very good meat, because they have multiple stomachs to digest the fibers. Dogs have one stomach and a short intestine track that cannot absorb much if any nutrients from corn. If your dog food has a first ingredient of corn, stay away. You are paying for something your pet cannot utilize.

    • Helen

      Actually, dogs eat practically anything, corn included, even grass and chicken feet. They do not discriminate on what to eat, unlike we do. Of course, if one spoils the dog, the dog will only eat caviar- ha-ha. Has anyone seen what dogs eat at third world? Our dogs are lucky.

More Information

Who makes Pedigree?

The company who makes Pedigree dog food is actually a subsidiary of Mars, Inc. In 1934, Mars Confections bought Pedigree’s original company, which was called “Chappel Brothers”. Chappel Brothers was a dog food company that used meat unfit for human consumption in dog food formulas.

Pedigree Dog Food Recall

As of July 2012, Pedigree had a recall due to a potential choking risk in a limited range of three varieties of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food products, Pedigree has begun a voluntary recall. The conveyor belt broke during production, and pieces of blue plastic may have gotten into the cans. Please check the Pedigree website for all of the details.

Pedigree Recipes

Pedigree Dry Recipes:

  • Pedigree Weight Maintenance
  • Pedigree Puppy Food
  • Pedigree Little Champions Puppy Complete
  • Pedigree with Lamb and Rice
  • Pedigree with Chicken, Rice and Vegetables
  • Pedigree Small Breed Mini Crunchy Bites
  • Pedigree Large Breed Nutrition
  • Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition
  • Pedigree Senior Complete Nutrition

Pedigree Canned Recipes:

  • Pedigree Meaty Ground Dinner for Dogs Chopped Beef Canned
  • Pedigree Meaty Ground Dinner for Dogs Chicken and Rice Canned
  • Pedigree+ Healthy Joints Premium Canned
  • Pedigree+ Healthy Digestion Premium Canned
  • Pedigree+ Healthy Weight Premium Canned
  • Pedigree Puppy Meaty Ground Dinner Canned
  • Pedigree Butcher’s Selects Premium Ground Dinner Canned
  • Pedigree Choice Cuts in Gravy for Dogs Canned
  • Pedigree Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Canned

Pedigree Consumer Info

Where can I buy Pedigree?

If you’re wondering, “Where can I buy Pedigree dog food?”, we can help! We have included links on the individual dog food formula pages to help you to discover places to buy Pedigree dog food.

How much Pedigree should I feed my dog?

A common question that many dog owners may have, is “How much Pedigree dog food should I feed my dog?”. If you have purchased Pedigree food for your dog, it’s always best to follow the specific instructions on the back of your dog food container.

Ingredient List*

Pedigree Dog Food Ingredient List

*for Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition for Dogs Dry Food

Pedigree Coupons

Pedigree Coupons

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64 Responses to Pedigree

  1. Carol June 28, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    They recently changed the Pedigree dog food. And, then our dog started to throw up the dog food. We thought she was having dental problems. She is a 10 yr old wheaton terrier who was very healthy. We started to soften the food thinking she was having chewing issues and could keep it down. Then, we took her to the vet and she was in renal failure. She died this morning. I dont’ know if the dog food had anything to do with it or if it was just a coincidence that the formulation had changed. Just posting my experience.

  2. djhart54 January 2, 2015 at 4:04 am #

    Both of our dogs have been eating Pedigree and have recently begun to show hair loss, are vomiting, and have had diarrhea intermittently. They now refuse to even touch the Pedigree dog food so we’ve had to switch and came upon Gentle Giant dog food, which received far better ratings from pet owners and on nutrient testing. Our dogs absolutely love the Gentle Giant food and we’ll be seeing how they do on it. Thanks to Burt Ward!

  3. Vee Luis November 16, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    I’m so upset my pit puppy died from choking on pedigree puppy food. The bag said it was for small dog he was 8 weeks old. Since they started eating it him and my two other puppies have had watery stool and barely wanted to eat I should have changed the food. Didn’t know he would choke on it. Just inquiring about Pedigree thats how I stumbled on this discussion.

  4. Vee Luis November 16, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    I’m so

  5. Tasha November 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    Wow after reading I will not be buying this again took my dogs to vet yesterday being they had mange but the other has been throwing up on and off so glad I fould this page thanks for all the in put I know now it’s the dog food

  6. mellisa July 28, 2014 at 12:20 am #

    fed pedigree adult complete nutrition and had 7 dogs and 5 pigs die.I had the food tested, results were rancid fat. Pedigree claims they sre within their allowed limits and are not goung to do anything about it.

  7. Mel June 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    My two dogs have been on the pedigree little champions and both ended up with worms and we couldn’t figure out how. One pouch had a black spot in it. It looked like Mold. I noticed a lot of the pouches I was pulling out had a weird slim on them and white chunks. My one pup has not been himself lately and won’t hardly eat his food. Both my pups have been itching constantly. I started to wonder if it was the food, but hadn’t changed anything. I am so happy I found this information explains so much. I will stop feeding it to them right away.

  8. Toni June 11, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

    I am so glad I found this site. Like others who have recently posted I had fed my little boston/pug mix pedigree for years and just within the last couple of weeks she has had diarreah with blood in her stool. I checked the list of ingredients and was shocked to find onion powder and garlic powder as ingredients. The pedigree I was buying is Little Champion 12 pouch variety pack with the ground chicken, turkey and beef.
    I am going to stop feeding it to her immediately!!

  9. AwesomeBostons June 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    I have used Pedigree Puppy food in the foil pouches for years to help transition my puppies to dry Puppy Chow. Recently I had 3 get sick. They blew bubbles from their noses and had thick slimy saliva they couldn’t get out of their mouth. 2 lived after changing their food but 1 died. From feeding it the first time to death was 24 hours. It died from inhaling/choking on the thick slime filling the lungs. Avoid Pedigree.

  10. Jared May 22, 2014 at 2:24 am #

    I fed Pedigree for seven years without issue, my dogs always loved it. Last September, they started having issues with hair loss, my Akita started throwing up at random and my Great Pyrenees who had always had seizures started having them much more often. My wife’s rott/aussie cross lost all his hair, and started losing weight until we had to put him down. We didn’t suspect the food since we hadn’t changed food, but apparently Pedigree changed something. Now we have changed the food and the dogs seem to be happy. We changed to Kirkland Select lamb and rice at the suggestion of a friend who’s dog had similar issues related to Pedigree.

    • Michelle May 28, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

      I have also fed my lab Pedigree for 8years without issue. Then 6 days ago we bought a new bag and a day and half later it was non-stop vomiting and watery stools, very lathargic, wouldn’t even drink water. We thought he was dying. We bought a different brand and he is fine now. Meanwhile my brand new carpet is completely trashed.

    • phoumere July 7, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

      I, too, had fed Pedigree for years until my dogs started not thriving on it. Changed to Kirkland Chicken, Rice and Veggie (have lots of little dogs, too, and the Lamb and Rice kibbles are bigger) and all is well. Foster dogs do very well on it and my dogs are eating again!

  11. Cindy May 20, 2014 at 1:54 am #

    I too have been dealing with a lethargic dog that I was feeding the large bag of Pedigree. About a week ago he refused to eat any more and like many others I thought he just got into something that upset his stomach. After a few days of barely eating or drinking I gave him plain rice and pancake syrup to eat and pedialite to drink. After a couple days on this he was back to his old self. Started back on pedigree he is looking his spunk again…After reading reviews i’m never feeding this to him again

  12. Graeme May 17, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    Just bought some of the new turkey flavour. My dogs poop is now almost black. No other reactions, bit will be changing to a better food.

  13. Ben April 28, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    Bought a 3kg bag of Pedigree. Dog has been having diarrhoea since. Have switched brands and her poop is back to normal.

  14. PeaWee March 26, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

    We have used Pedigree off and on for years with no problem. 2 weeks ago all three dogs got sick: vomit/diaherrea(canned) The vet gave meds and a rice diet. Symptoms returned 12 hours after restarting the food. Last year 2 of our dogs got really sick with dry. One died 3 months after. Thought it was just one bad batch, but now I don’t know. There are dozens of complaints all over on-line from the last 2 weeks. Even a picture of a can with worms on the Pedigree facebook page.

    • Randall April 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

      Your symptoms sound so familiar. I have two golden retrievers. They have never been sick and are 3 years old. The last batch of can dog food from Pedigree showed to be the problem. No analysis on it, but it must have been the cans. Also, now I don’t trust the dry dog food anymore. I am in the process of switching brands and will never go back.

    • MichaelaJackson December 8, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

      Just got a twelve count of canned Pedigree and all three dogs have had watery stools since Friday. A dog a day. Today two of the dogs had watery stools. Will be giving beef and rice for a day or two but then what brand to switch them to?

  15. Dave March 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    If you have a breed prone to allergies then stay away from this dog food. In particular if your dog has IMHA then definitely this is a bad choice. Corn meal, meat products that aren’t fit for consumption, food coloring, what they don’t say is that they cook the nutrition out of most of the ingredients with high temperatures and have to add supplemental protein and other additives. Since there is little regulation you have no idea what your feeding your dog.

    • Amber February 13, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

      I wish I would have read your review before! My IMHA dog was on this food. After a recent flare up I switched her food ( she was refusing to eat it and had a distended abdomen). Her numbers are back up and she’s enjoying her prescription diet food.

  16. Marcy March 6, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    I have fed my dogs Pedigree dry for almost 15 years. My dog get nice compliments from the Vet. she said she has the body of a dog half her age. She is 15 years young. I recently got another dog from a breeder that fed expensive food. I switched him over to Pedigree and he loves it much better than the more costly premium food.

    • Larry Mann February 13, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

      I have 4 dogs. All were/are raised on Pedigree with no problems at all. Not sure where all these remarks are really coming from.

  17. Michelle Gabriele March 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    My dog has also been eating Pedigree for years w/ no problem.
    Until now… I really think a bad batch of dog food is out there because almost every post i see regarding sick dogs say they bought a large bag of dry pedigree from Costco, Sams club, etc. this is exactly what i did (I usually buy the smaller size from Shoprite.
    After eating it my dog had every symptom I ve been reading online… Diarrheas (sometimes w/ blood or mucus), gas that sends everyone fleeing from room, weight loss, etc.
    I stopped feeding and started a diet of canned food (not pedigree), and i mixed in rice and sometimes a tablespoon of pumpkin (this is known to help diarrhea and it worked… Only pure pumpkin, not the pie mix!).
    I just started mixing some dry food in again to see how she does and back came the diarrhea! Im done with Pedigree… Called and machine says leave message theyre in a team meeeting… I received no call back; not surprised.
    I tried Pedigree again only because i thought my dog may had diarrhea caused by eating snow… Shes eaten alot lately and i heard this can cause this.
    Obviously its the dog food; im not saying its all of it but w/ all these recent complaints it would be nice if Pedigree would acknowlege a bad batch is making dogs sick.

  18. Jeff February 28, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

    All my dogs lived past their average life expectancy on pedigree and never had any illnesses etc. They had nice coats, good tone and very active and happy dogs.
    The “premium” dog food companies did a good job at brainwashing the public.
    Pedigree, who is part of Waltham and other similiar brands like Dog chow spend millions on dog nutrition research.
    I love my dogs and stopped feeding the very expensive stuff a long time ago when I saw no difference in anything except my wallet.
    The money I have saved over the past 20 years by feeding pedigree allowed me to spend it on my dogs in other ways, especially when it comes time to go on vacation. they now go to doggy camp instead of the ole kennel I had to use due to my budget.

  19. Becky Ridder February 1, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    My dogs have eaten Pedigree dry for the last 6 years. They are happy, healthy and thriving. I have a terrier mix,(we just got this year), a black lab, a great dane mix and a pyrenees/golden mix. My dogs go to the bathroom in the morning and the evening. They haven’t thrown up or suffered any health problems. I buy the food because they give to animal shelters. I am a supporter of Pedigree and will continue to be.

  20. ronreina January 26, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    BEEN A LOYAL CUSTOMER FOR YEARS BUT NOW I AM UNABLE TO FIND “CHICKEN AND RICE” CANNED DOG FOOD. I SHOP AT HEB’S IN SAN ANTONIO TEXAS AND WHEN I ASK THE LOCAL MANAGER THE ONLY REPLY IS VENDOR PROBLEMS.
    HAS OUR STORES STOPPED PURCHASING THIS ITEM?

  21. Walt November 4, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    I always been a multi-dog owner. I have fed can Pedigree for years, there have been no health issues. All my friends have lived past a normal life expectancy and were vet checked semiannually. Reviews of any product or service are worthless due extenuating circumstances, no proof to back up their claim or just a lack of common sense. My Vet always jokes, that most pets are more intelligent than the owners.

  22. Liz October 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    This is a shock. I’ve been feeding my dogs Pedigree for years, and they’ve lived to old age. I hope this news is fact, not some propaganda spread by competing dog food companies.

  23. arielle October 23, 2013 at 4:31 am #

    I have to say this is not good for them at all since aug 13.. there has been alot of complains about the dry food of pedigree with death and sickness ..
    i recently change to pedigree food and my 3 month german sheperd seem to not really like it, she was tired ,sad and would not eat anything. until the next morning she was found dead with anal blood .please be careful with pedigree keep our pets safe
    and lets spread it to everybody who does not know that pedigree food has change and now is just deadly for out pets

  24. Tracy October 11, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    Our dog started using Pedigree dry food and canned food recently. The dog became sick in four hours. He became lethargic, stopped eating and drinking. He had a green discharged in his eyes. He died 48 hours later from kidney failure. Do not use this product. Be safe and keep your pet healthy. Over three hundred complaints since Aug. 2013 and still no recall. Notified company, took a report, offered a refund (moot point on that one. Won”t bring back our dog) He was four years old and suffered. Notified consumer affairs and FDA.

  25. A.J. September 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    I had used Pedigree in the past with ok results but the last bag of food made my dog sick, he started losing weight, very lethargic, his coat was dull and rough, and then he began to have some diarrhea. So changed him to something that wasn’t bought at Wal-Mart, he is gaining weight back, diarrhea has stopped, and beginning to have energy again.

  26. Chad July 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    For the longest time we fed our dog Pro Plan but after they reformulated it we were forced to switch because are dog wouldn’t stop farting. We tried a couple of fancy dog foods and gave her plenty of time to adjust to them but her gas was just unbearable. A friend recommended Pedigree…we switched to it and the gas stopped. She likes it and seems very healthy, beautiful coat and we have no reason to switch.

  27. JUDITH DOMPIERI April 27, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    I’ve breed many a bulldog litter with pedigree mealtime wet & dry mixed.they lived 10-13 years.had nice bone,teeth.very rarely had a trip to the vet.HAD 8 LITTERS OF PUPPIES ALL BIG & HEALTHY.But now i’m concerned with all the negative reports & the change of hand with the company.WHY DO THESE CO’S HAVE TO CHANGE FORMULAS IF THE OLD ONE WORKED FOR YEARS.WHY CHANGE IT…STILL ON PEDIGREE NO PROBLEMS HAVE A BULLDOG & PUG.BOTH ENERGETIC,HEALTHY.SO NOW I’M THINKING YOU CAN’T TRUST ANY COMPANYS DOG FOOD THEY CAN PUT ANYTHING IN IT.WITHOUT YOU KNOWING ABOUT IT YOUR BETTER OFF MAKING YOUR OWN DOG FOOD.

  28. Ahi Tuna March 29, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    I have a rescued mix breed – jack russell and chihuahua. He eats the Pedigree pouch grilled flavors in sauce with chicken and has for the four plus years we have had him. He takes a trip to the vet every four months, or so, and is in fine health. He does not vomit, have loose stool or an angry stomach. He is active for an old coot, has good vision, excellent hearing and a very, very keen sense of smell. I have not read the label. I am sure that, like anything now a days, with a fine tooth comb and something to set you off one could “find” something wrong with anything.
    Take care of your pets (dogs) and do the best you can for them. Stop, look and listen – they will keep you posted.

  29. Jean March 29, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Hi I have feed my dog Pedigree dry dog food
    Her whole life 13 years .she’s a black lab mix .If I feed her any other
    Dog food she gets diarrhea. For the past 2 weeks she will not
    Even touch Pedigree dry dog food .she seemed to had a cold so
    I thought maybe thats why she’s not eating it .
    Well now she is getting better from cold symptoms and still wont touch
    the food . I decided to see if she would eat some bread because of her weight loss. Bread is the only other thing I can give her that wont give her diarrhea . She’s been eating the bread . So I’m kind of beside myself on this . I even went to 2 different stores and bought the dog food to see if one store had a problem . She will not eat either bag. Has anyone else have a problem with the dry dog food lately? Can anyone tell me and dog food wont upset her stomach . Im going to the store and buying a different kind today

    • rose April 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

      I have 2 dogs who have eaten pedigree dry and moist dog food for 3 years. About 2-3 weeks ago they both sniff it and walk away. I bought a can of alpo just to see the result. They both ate like they were starved. I’m going to try and contact the company to see what they changed but I have a feeling I’m not going to get results.

    • Teresa wood February 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

      I have a pit bull & recently purchased a bag of pedigree. She ate about a half of bag. She wouldn’t touch it after that. I took her to the vet & he said it may be a stomach flu. The next day she collapsed and is now in renal failure not sure if she wii make it. The vet says now she has been poisoned. We are taking a sample of the food to the vet today to try to save her.

  30. Jane March 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    food is crap…by products, grain, food coloring…people wake up.

  31. Plastic pieces in pedigree treats March 3, 2013 at 5:28 am #

    I have Ben feeding my dogs this treat for years they love it, today while I was going them a treat I noticed something was poking me I look down and I see plastic pieces all through out the bone.
    I am afraid for my dogs now.
    Has there Ben a recall on these treats?
    If not i think someone should do something about it.
    I’m very disappointed because I never thought anything about the treats besides they loved it but they will no longer be eating this.

    • maralevine March 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      Pedigree® Brand Wet Dog Food had a limited recall on 6/30/12 due to a potential choking hazard caused by small pieces of blue plastic that ended up in the food. The treats were not involved in the recall. You should definitely contact Pedigree to let them know your concerns, and also let the store where you bought the treats know as well. Another option is to contact the FDA directly. Please read the details about the recall on our blog.

  32. Alex February 20, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    We recently put our dog down due to large tumor on his stomach and bad back legs. The Pedigree adult dry food was put out on our open porch and stayed there for over a month. We get mice, squirrels and our chickens roam around, but nothing would touch the dog food.
    The GMO corn crap likely caused the tumor.

  33. Wendy January 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    I have been feeding one of our dogs Pedigree Little Champions for a while. I get the 8 pouches in one box. About 2 boxes ago, he ate one and he felt sick next day he ate it and through up. Would not feed him any more of that package. Next box, one was blown up like a baloon and stunk so bad you could not stand the odor. It looked red like uncooked meat. I am cooking turkey and chicken now.

  34. Shirley November 28, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Hello,

    I have fed my friends the canned food mixed with dry for a while now we noticed that they did not really like the chicken products. Has any one else experienced this?

    • martin January 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

      Hi Regarding your question. I bought chicken in jelly tinned and my dog ate it but was violently sick later that evening. I contacted pedigree about this but all I got in response was our product has not changed and maybe your dog had an upset tummy end of story. No admittance that maybe their food is crap and I have not fed my dog it since and she seems to be doing just fine.

    • Kay April 27, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

      I am sorry to say that my two Chihuahuas have been on Pedigree ground dog food for years. They seemed to do ok with it, but the past couple of weeks, they’ve barely eaten it. My older male stopped eating altogether and had dark, tarry, loose mucous stools. My female continued to eat some but left much of it in the bowl. Very unusual for her. After 5 days of not eating at all, my male became lethargic and kind of wobbly when he walked. Being the weekend, the vet was closed. I ran to Pet Smart and bought some Nutro chicken and rice. Surprisingly, my male ate it! I was so happy to see him eat. He started to perk up and did much better. Still thinking that maybe it was a ‘bug’, and the chicken and rice helped him get over it, I started giving them Pedigree again. Both sniffed it and walked away. Eventually they did eat some. My male immediately became sick again, throwing up, and had loose, mucous stools. I went back to the chicken and rice food, and he’s doing well again. I am now giving them Ol Roy’s Pure Balance because it’s highly rated nutritionally. It’s also not expensive, and you can get it at Walmart. Both dogs are doing wonderfully. In fact, my male hasn’t been this perky in a long time.

  35. rich November 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    the old pedigree was better the new this big chunks an all yellow bones my dogs shit about 10 times a day an thats not good there not taken in what supoose to i love the old pedigree

    • Owen January 27, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      Same story for my dog. Took a day or too then he got sick – Figured he was just under the weather. Had a prescription food from the vet for him for half a week – fine – back to pedigree – “Sick as a dog”

      • BeBe June 10, 2013 at 2:12 am #

        Yes this is exactly what happens to my puppy ……I used to feed her purina puppy chow bit one day I went to 2 stores and couldn’t find puruna they were out so i decided to give her pedigree puppy chow….she started having diarrhea was put on antibiotics by the vet, i will bu purina again and see if that will solve her problems

  36. Victor October 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    I feed my dog with pet food that includes corn. Pedigree. After seven years my dog got tumor. I read that genetically modified corn that is inside the dog food is the main cause of tumor in rats. So these foods killed my dog. read this http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fct.2012.08.005
    Don’t feed your dog with Pedigree.

  37. Jay October 8, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    I feed Pedigree to my dog and she is very healthy and happy. She was started out on expensive, supposedly better dog food and was a miserable puppy. I could hear her stomach growling, had lots of gas and her stools were just nasty. The only high priced dog food that agreed with her was Science Diet. Diamond brands were just plain bad. But surprisingly come highly recommended from lots of different sources.
    She has cast iron stomach, eats everything she is not supposed to eat and it does not bother her. I feed her a half cup of any Diamond brand dog food and she acts like she has been poisoned. I have noticed this with other dogs as well. But people keep feeding it to their pet because it is supposed to be good, ya right!
    Pay attention to what comes out the other end of your dog. Not to what some so called dog food expert has to say.

  38. Doug July 8, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    We have 2 bischons. All I’ve heard are complaints from specialty shops about Pedigree. They, in turn sell, so called, “high quality/grade” dog foods. To be honest. We’ve tried them and our dogs had diarrea, loose stools and threw up anything different than what we gave them. Both are 9 years old. No health problems. They gobble up Pedigree and they enjoy it.
    I will not purchase China made products for dogs, ie, chew bones or jerky products.
    I’m sure with the scrutiny of dog products being made here in the US, and overseas, that the Mars company has focused on proper research and are producing a reasonable product for dogs.
    I would like to see rebuttals from Mars, in support of their product.

  39. devon June 17, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    Everyone says there is nothing good but a guy I know has like 6 pitbulls and all he feeds them is pedigree and they are all fine and healthy not to mention bulky as heck

  40. janet morrison June 10, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    no more dog food for my dogs, dry, wet or otherwise and no more treats. i will make my dogs food and they love carrots and green beans as treats. this is rediculess to have to worry what you are feeding your dogs. all 3 of my dogs have been to the vet in the past 4 weeks. one has been hospitalized due to liver function problems.all 3 started out with diaherra and than went to puddles of pure blood. the vet was leaning towards their dog treats called canine carryouts made in china. however i threw them all out so unfortunetly they could not be tested. i recently have been mixing their dry food with canned pedigree to get them to eat. after reading this i have decided i am through with feeding them any form of dog food. i dont care what it costs to make them their food. i only know for sure that my dogs are just like us, they are family.

    respectively,

    dog food boycotter!!!1

  41. Audra May 17, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    My dog has been on Pedigree for the last year and a half. She has had stomach issues the last four months, but I thought it was from moving. Come to find out, it is due to Pedigree food. I have now switched her to Authority from PetSmart, but I found a better food called California Natural Grain Free, both made in the USA. Dogs have a very hard time digesting the ingredients in Pedigree, which caused my dog to strain, causing broken blood vessels in her rectum, which led to bleeding. She has had to go to the vet, costing more than a good food would have cost for a year. Better to get your animal off of Pedigree and switch to a higher quality food, and if you have not used it, NEVER het your dog started on it. If the problems have not started now, they will eventually.

  42. Katie April 6, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    Everything I have read these past couple of days about dog food, trying to learn how to choose what’s best for my puppy, talks about corn. In fact, everyone seems to be hung up on dogs’ inability to digest corn yet, we as humans don’t digest it so well either but we still eat it!

    • Meridith April 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      Yes Katie, you are correct, humans can not digest corn. BUT, we as humans do not HAVE to eat ONLY corn or corn products EVERY DAY of our lives. If we had to live on an all corn product diet we would probably have real health problems, your dog deserves better.

      • Katrina April 27, 2012 at 11:50 am #

        Good point Meridith!! What brand dog food is recommended??

  43. Pamela March 24, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    I must admit, the comments and info on the “nutrition” aspect of Pedigree products are somewhat appalling, and the stories of significant illnesses are alarming. However, I have to say that my current 5 dogs all eat Pedigree canned food with Chicken Soup for The Soul dog kibble, with Missing Link Plus powder added daily. 3 of the dogs, ages 5 yrs, 9 and 12 yrs, have had this product since birth. The other 2, ages 18 months (a rescue pup we adopted at the age of ~14 weeks), and a 3.5 yr old rescued adult (who we’ve had for 15 months) have also been fed the same products since they joined our family. ALL the dogs have been extremely healthy, and it’s rare that one of them has a health issue, and those episodes were not food-related. If there was an obvious trend with proof of this product actually killing dogs or even causing illness, I would hope that more warnings and recalls would be issued. I will continue to track comments and reviews on Pedigree, but will stick with what has been working for now.

  44. Tammy January 30, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Both of my dogs, one a bichon and the the other a boxer, haven eaten Pedigree most of their lives. Both are very healthy 7 year old dogs, and both have lots of energy. The bichon is still fit and trim, while both my mother’s and sister’s bichon, that eat high priced dog food, are both very over weight. I am totally pleased with Pedigree and both my dogs love it.

  45. Andy October 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    I know lots of people aren’t fond of Pedigree but my 14 year old Golden really loved it. She stayed fit and trim, ate quickly, had regular stools, and plenty of energy. Never had any vet problems either. I have my 5 year old Cavalier on the weight management formula and he’s doing great with it too.

    Now my new Golden puppy turns her nose up at it so that’s been a problem. I had to switch her to something else. But my other dogs have actually done pretty well on Pedigree.

  46. lorraine kleingunther February 24, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    My Maltese Poodle, Princess is very fond of her Pedigree small dog feed. She is 14 years old. As there is no Pedigree on the shelves in all the shops we have been have to buy Hills which Princess is not fond of at all. I’m having to prepare food for her, or give from left overs which my son and I are not at all happy with.
    Where can we buy Pedigree for Small Dogs again (with the Jack Russell on the packet)?
    With kind regards,
    lorraine 072 232 5170

    • Cena August 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

      I have seen it in Dollar General Stores and Petco.

  47. Lindsay February 24, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    You pay more for the packaging and advertisement than the actual quality of the food. Dogs do not eat and cannot thoroughly digest corn. Cows fed corn produce very good meat, because they have multiple stomachs to digest the fibers. Dogs have one stomach and a short intestine track that cannot absorb much if any nutrients from corn. If your dog food has a first ingredient of corn, stay away. You are paying for something your pet cannot utilize.

    • Helen February 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

      Actually, dogs eat practically anything, corn included, even grass and chicken feet. They do not discriminate on what to eat, unlike we do. Of course, if one spoils the dog, the dog will only eat caviar- ha-ha. Has anyone seen what dogs eat at third world? Our dogs are lucky.