Pedigree Homestyle Meals canned dog food receives the Advisor’s lowest tier rating of 1.5 stars.
The Pedigree Homestyle Meals product line includes 6 canned dog foods.
Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.
- Pedigree Homestyle Meals Lamb and Rice Flavor Stew [M]
- Pedigree Homestyle Meals Chicken and Vegetable Flavor [M]
- Pedigree Homestyle Meals Hearty Beef and Vegetable Flavor [M]
- Pedigree Homestyle Meals Chicken, Rice and Vegetable Flavor [M]
- Pedigree Homestyle Meals Prime Rib, Rice and Vegetable Flavor [M]
- Pedigree Homestyle Meals Porterhouse Beef and Vegetable Flavor [M]
Pedigree Homestyle Meals Hearty Beef and Vegetable Flavor was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Pedigree Homestyle Meals Hearty Beef and Vegetable Flavor
Canned Dog Food
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Ingredients: Sufficient water for processing, chicken (source of linoleic acid), meat by-products, beef, wheat flour, wheat gluten, salt, dried peas, sodium tripolyphosphate, dehydrated carrots, natural flavor, guar gum, minerals (potassium chloride, magnesium proteinate, zinc sulfate, potassium iodide, copper proteinate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate), added color, natural smoke flavor, xanthan gum, vitamins (choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement), sodium nitrite (for color retention)
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Red items indicate controversial ingredients
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|Dry Matter Basis||44%||17%||31%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||38%||35%||27%|
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The first ingredient in this dog food is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The second ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1
Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient includes meat by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered animals after all the prime striated muscle cuts have been removed.
With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.1
What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. So, the meat itself can come from any combination of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats — which can make identifying specific food allergies impossible.
Although most meat by-products can be nutritious, we do not consider such vaguely described (generic) ingredients to be as high in quality as those derived from a named animal source.
The fourth ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The fifth ingredient is wheat flour, a highly-refined product of wheat milling. Like corn, wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
For this reason, we do not consider wheat a preferred component in any dog food.
The sixth ingredient is wheat gluten. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once wheat has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.
Compared to meat, glutens are inferior plant-based proteins low in some of the essential amino acids dogs need for life.
This inexpensive plant-based ingredient can significantly boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The seventh ingredient is salt (also known as sodium chloride). Salt is a common additive in many dog foods. That’s because sodium is a necessary mineral for all animals — including humans.
However, since the actual amount of salt added to this recipe isn’t disclosed on the list of ingredients, it’s impossible to judge the nutritional value of this item.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With four notable exceptions…
First, we find dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.
However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
Next, we’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. Coloring is used to make the product more appealing to you, not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?
In addition, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
And lastly, we note the presence of sodium nitrite, a controversial color preservative. Sodium nitrite has been linked to the production of cancer-causing substances (known as nitrosamines) when meats are exposed to high cooking temperatures.
Pedigree Homestyle Meals
Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Pedigree Homestyle Meals looks like a below-average wet product.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 31% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 38%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of wheat gluten and dried peas, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a moderate amount of meat.
Pedigree Homestyle Meals is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats and unnamed by-products as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1.5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.
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04/21/2018 Last Update