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Q: I feed my dogs Pedigree. Is that ok food???

September 22, 2008 | By April S. | 18 answers | Expired: 2019 days ago

April S.

I would love to feed my dogs Eukanuba and we did for a little while but our budget can't affored $40 every two weeks for dog and $20 a month for cat. I feed my labs Pedigree Adult Small Bites. Is this ok????

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Rakesh1237
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Oct 06, 2008

yes it is one of the best food for pets.

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julia e.
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Oct 05, 2008

Our Max is a yellow lab. He is now 15 1/2 years old. For the first probably 4-5 years of his life I fed him pedigree. Max is fine, has really never had any health problems. None when he was on the pedigree.

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Manda0696
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Sep 27, 2008

I just want to say that Eukanuba was recently recalled as well. We had to pull all the bags off our selves at the Vet Clinic I work for.

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Eric W.
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Sep 24, 2008

Here is a great site that has unbiased reviews on almost any brand of dog food:
www.dogfoodanalysis.com
Most popular name brands aren't very good. I personally wouldn't reccommend either Eukubana or Pedigree. The main to look at when choosing a dog food is meat products as the first few ingredients, and you should know what most of the ingredients are. You don't want chemicals or by-products. Most cheap dog foods have corn or wheat as the first ingredients. Corn and wheat are just fillers to get the dogs full, but have no nutritional value for your pet.

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Becca F.
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Sep 24, 2008

The more natural diet you feed the better for your pet. It may cost more initially but it evens out in the long run. Your dog will not eat as much of the better food since it is so nutrient dense. They also will not poo as much. My dogs rotate between Innova Evo, Blue, and Prairie. A 30# bag lasts about 3 weeks and I have 2 very large dogs.

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Xtklexmexpinkx
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Sep 23, 2008

BETTER FOODS TO FEED YOUR PETS AND WHY
If your dog has diarrhea mixing rice with their food and even some unflavored Metamucil helps to firm up stool. Pedigree is really not a very good food to begin with. Neither is IAMs Beneful Purina or any of the other foods you have usually heard of. The first several ingredients are usually corn (we know what happens when our body gets corn, we poop it out and don’t use it, same with dogs) meat by products (the take the meat off of whatever it is and you get the bones, feathers, coat, feet, beaks, etc) and white or brewers rice (no nutritional value, just a filler) because of this our dogs need to eat more to get the nutrients they need and poop a lot more too. Also…science diet and eukanuba are not very good foods either. They used to be but they were bought out by other companies who, to save money, changed the ingredients to fillers and by products. These foods cost about the same as the all naturals foods and you are getting pedigree quality food. You can check all the ingredients yourself. Stay away from the first 3 ingredients being corn, by products of any kind, and white or brewer’s rice. Go for foods with chicken, chicken meal, or any meats that don’t have by product after them, and BROWN rice. These are good foods. Try going to a specialty pet store and ask about a better food. Precise, Royal Canin, and Verus are all really good foods. When you look at the ingredients they will be along the lines of Chicken, brown rice (the only rice with nutritional value for dogs), and usually another protein source such as chicken meal (chicken meal is just dehydrated chicken, very good) your dogs will eat much less of the food so even though it cost a bit more you go through less food and it ends up saving you money. They also poop less, live longer, and are overall healthier. I have four shih tzus and I feed them Royal Canin dry food. 10lbs of that food last us over a month. 4 adults dogs eating only 10lbs of food between the 4 of them is pretty good! These foods are also all natural and organic so they are never involved in any recalls; you know your food is always safe. Go to your local pet store and ask about these brands (Precise, Royal Canin, Verus, Wellness, California Natural, Innova, Canidae, Merrik) many stores, such as Pets Plus, will even give you your money back for the dog food if your dog doesn’t like it and has programs such as buy 10 bags get your 11th free. It’s worth a try and trust me your dogs will love it.

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Toedtoad
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Sep 22, 2008

one more thing to think about in deciding. If you wish you could afford a certain more expensive brand. Here is something to consider. If you pick a brand with less fillers, they won't need to eat as much to get what they need and feel full,etc. The "X" brand might take a cup for a feeding time, where as the "W" brand might take only 1/2 cup for feeding. You might find out that it really isn't more expensive in the long run as the "W" brand last longer.

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ArayaNexus
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Sep 22, 2008

If you're worried about pet food - look around! Next time you get the chance, hit the store and write down the foods that are in your price range, as well as a couple that are really close. Come home, and read reviews (Taken with a grain of salt, because everyone on the internet is an "expert", myself included. :p). Find something you feel good about feeding your animals. Also, ask your vet what parts of your pets food do what for your animal so you can get the right food for your situation.

Personally, I look for a few key things for pet food in general:

--NO by-products. Generally, they have little nutritional value, and just make more poop. No one like more poop.
--Meat first, then the grains.
--Keep the preservatives low. In my own food, I like to try and avoid food with ingredients I can't pronounce or identify. Why wouldn't I apply it to the other animals living with me?

Happy hunting, and good luck!

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Anonymous
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Sep 22, 2008

It's actually a terrible food, and you can do a lot better! It was also recently recalled, so it's dangerous. I feed Canidae ALS (a 5 star food on dogfoodanalysis.com if you follow that sort of thing), and pay about $50 every 6 weeks to feed two adult, medium-sized dogs. It doesn't have any crappy fillers or mystery meat, and I feel good about feeding it to my dogs.

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Melissa and Bossie F.
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Sep 22, 2008

Some people go overboard when answering questions like this. I feed my dogs eukanuba but I understand that it gets expensive, I do consider it the best though. I mix the eukanuba with Beneful and it last alot longer, plus the beneful is alot less expensive and has good products. I think you should do some research and decide what you think would be best for your animals.

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