PEDIGREE PUPPY Growth & Protection Chicken & Vegetable Flavor Dry Dog Food

Overall Score

The overall score is an average of the ingredient quality and ingredient safety concerns. For more information, see our evaluation criteria.

1.5
4 color scale
PEDIGREE PUPPY Growth & Protection Chicken & Vegetable Flavor Dry Dog Food

PEDIGREE PUPPY Growth & Protection Chicken & Vegetable Flavor Dry Dog Food

PEDIGREE PUPPY Growth & Protection Chicken & Vegetable Flavor Dry Dog Food
1.5
4 color scale

Overall Score

The overall score is an average of the ingredient quality and ingredient safety concerns. For more information, see our evaluation criteria.

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Ingredient Quality

3 out of 10

  • Product is calculated to contain 40% carbohydrate Dogs have no nutritional requirement for carbohydrate but they are used for energy, texture and taste. Starch is also required for extrusion in dry foods. Excessive carbohydrate is an indicator of food quality as it can be used to reduce manufacturing cost. Foods that are high in carbohydrate can raise insulin and cause obesity. Some studies also show that dogs fed a high carbohydrate content have changes to their gut bacteria. Learn more
  • Contains plant protein Plant-based protein sources are the least expensive substitute for quality animal protein. Whenever possible, animal sources of protein are preferred because they contain a wider array of amino acids than plant based protein sources and are more digestible. Learn more
  • Contains unspecified animal sources, which are a less expensive source of meat While protein from animal sources is an important ingredient that’s highly digestible, the animal source should be named. You will want to see beef, salmon or chicken, not animal, fish or poultry. Unnamed protein sources are of much lower quality, especially meals, which are typically from rendered waste. Learn more
  • Is fortified with excessive minerals Five or more added minerals indicate a lower quality food that’s lacking naturally occurring minerals from whole food sources.
  • Product contains two or more added amino acids Multiple amino acids are typically only found in lower quality foods that rely on less complete plant sources of protein. Learn more
  • Is fortified with excessive vitamins When vitamins come from whole food sources, they include the full spectrum of cofactors, which makes them safe and bioavailable. While a couple of added vitamins are acceptable, five or more implies the food is of poor nutritional value. Learn more
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Ingredient Safety

0 out of 10

  • Product is ultra processed Extruded foods are heated four separate times during production, which will cause major losses in some active enzymes, vitamins, amino acids and phytonutrients. Studies shows that ultra processed foods are linked to a higher rate of all-cause mortality in humans. Learn more
  • Contains known GMO ingredients in the top 5 ingredients including ground whole grain corn, soybean meal There are limited safetey studies on geneticaly modified and Roundup Ready crops although they are lacking in nutrients compared to non-GMO foods. GMO crops also strip nutrients from soils, require increased pesticide risk and may be involved in bee die-off. Learn more
  • Contains ingredients known to contain higher pesticide/herbicide residues in the top 5 ingredients including ground whole grain wheat Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers pose a significant health risk to plants, animals and soils. Foods with the largest reported amount of residue will be penalized, including crops that are known to be spray-dried with glyphosate. Learn more
  • Contains meat and bone meal This ingredient (which is one thing, not "meat meal" and "bone meal") is a very broad definition that allows for tissues from any mammal. This can be comprised of road kill and dead livestock and is one of the cheapest animal ingredients used in pet food. It may be labeled as "beef and bone meal" or "pork and bone meal," which limits it to those species, but does not greatly improve the quality of the ingredient. Learn more
  • Contains rice Arsenic contamination is a significant concern with rice since it naturally absorbs arsenic and the water it's grown in can be contaminated with arsenic. Arsenic is linked to chronic health issues. Learn more
  • Contains natural flavor Natural flavors are often animal digest or MSG, which are low quality ingredients with limited safety studies. Learn more
  • Contains colors/dyes Colors, iron oxide, caramel and titanium dioxide are dyes added to foods to make them look more appealing to people. They are often used to hide the grey color of rendered ingredients and are linked to health issues. Learn more

Other Concerns

Notable product facts

  • Ingredient splitting Splitting is a technique of manipulating the ingredient list to move certain ingredients higher or lower on the ingredient list. This is often used to diguise the amount of lower quality ingredients in the food, such as corn or peas. Learn more
  • Omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is not provided. Diets rich in omega-6 fats can cause chronic inflammation and disease. Learn more
  • Product doesn't specify whether the fish is farmed or wild caught Farmed fish is less nutritious than wild caught fish and does not contain the same healthy fatty acid balance. Fish farming also threatens wild fish species. Learn more
  • Glam ingredients Expensive or desirable ingredients like blueberries, kale or apples are often added to appeal to consumers but may be in miniscule amounts. If these foods are below salt or other low concentration ingredients, they contribute little or no nutritional value for your dog. Learn more

Ingredients On Package

Ground Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Whole Grain Wheat, Soybean Meal, Meat and Bone Meal, Animal Fat (Source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids [Preserved with BHA and Citric Acid]), Brewers Rice, Natural Flavor (Source of Chicken Flavor), Corn Gluten Meal, Salt, Monocalcium Phosphate, Fish Oil ([Source of DHA] Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Dried Peas, Zinc Sulfate, L-Tryptophan, Vitamin E Supplement, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 2, Dried Carrots, Copper Sulfate, Red 40, Niacin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid

Guaranteed Analysis





Crude Protein (min) 27%
Crude Fat (min) 11%
Crude Fiber (max) 3%
Moisture (max) 12%

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