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I studied animal care at a younger age and grew up with dogs. I now have a one year old puppy with my partner.
From my basic knowledge obtained through college, conversations with veterinarians and many hours of research, I am of the opinion that Pedigree don't understand puppies or what's even healthy to use in some cases.
Pedigree generally used to use a lot of E numbers and as far as I can see, they are rightly avoiding them now in puppy food. Chica (my pup) is a few weeks away from her first birthday and so I'm in no rush to get her onto junior or adult food. This also means I'm not entirely sure if they still use E numbers in other products or not.
I am not doubting the quality of Pedigree, but in fact what seems to be their lack of 'complete' understanding of dogs needs and at what stages. Giving any puppy a variety of foods, will make your puppy fussy. That's a fact. It would be much more useful for puppy owners to have the option to buy a packet, or box of one flavour. If you keep giving your puppy a choice, you will soon notice he/she ignoring some meals to see if you put their favourite one down.
Also, Chica's favourite thing to chew on, and her favourite treat, is carrot. Carrot and broccoli are amazing for a puppies development (and dogs in general, like us), and it would be nice to much more colourful attractive food in her bowl. What better way than with some vegetables.
I bought this for my little Jack Russell pup some weeks ago. I had totally run out of dog food (he was going through a growth spurt!) and this was the only wet puppy food available in my local supermarket. Of course I'd heard a lot of negative opinions on the pedigree brand from my fellow dog owners but really had no choice and thought the puppy formulation might not have the additives and problems that the adult dog formula does.
I took this home and opened the packet and was surprised by how large the pieces in the product are. It consists of large 'meaty' chunks (which look very processed) suspended in jelly, and the pieces are really quite large relative to the mouth of a small puppy. In line with the feeding guidelines on the box, I gave him about a third of the packet. The product has quite a strong though not unpleasant meaty 'dog food' smell and my puppy was immediately interested in it, particularly in licking up every scarp of jelly. I was pleased that he seemed to like it, but within an hour or two he vomited on the living room carpet. I fed it to him again the next day, and again, within half an hour he was sick. Luckily, he wasn't at all concerned by the vomiting, just got straight back to play, but I took the food back to the Morrisons store where I bought it (for £3.65 for the box) and was given a full refund.
My dog is not a fussy eater but I do find I have to be very selective over what I feed he as he will quickly have adverse physical or behavioural reactions to anything that's not quite right. If you dog is happily eating pedigree that's great, but if you're thinking of trying your pooch on it I recommend against doing so.
Around seven weeks ago a new member of the family arrived - five week old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Ria. She was only tiny when she arrived home and she had only been eating solids for around a week. We bought Pedigree Puppy Pouchs on the recommendation of a friend who has a puppy that is a few months older than Ria Rah Rah.
You can purchase the pouches in most major supermarkets. A box of eight will cost you about £3.20 and you can buy individual pouches for about 50 pence each.
There are four different flavours within the pack - chicken and rice; lamb and rice; beef and rice; and turkey and rice.
There is 150g in each pouch and they are really easy to open, you just rip the foil, squeeze the meat into your puppy's bowl and crush it with a fork.
The pouches don't smell too bad, as far as dog food goes and our pup seemed to enjoy each flavour.
Pedigree Puppy Pouchs were recommended to us because they aren't too rich. I've been told that other varieties of puppy meat can be harsh on the tum, but Ria didn't seem to have any problem with these.
However, after a few weeks we put our puppy on biscuits instead because these pouches didn't seem to fill her up at all. Also, when you pup is consuming three a day it does start to get expensive, especially when you add on the cost of puppy mats, toys and treats.
Ria is twelve weeks old now and she's been on biscuits since she was about seven weeks. Although she's eating more than she was, when the vet weighed her on Friday we ere told that she's healthy and coming on well.
Overall I'd say that these pouches are great for young puppies and those that don't have massive appetites, but they won't satisfy every pup. Three stars.
My Border Collie will celebrate his first birthday next week! Until he was 6 months old, we fed him Pedigree Puppy Pouches, we then moved him onto the puppy tins.
Pedigree Puppy Pouches come in a box of eight, but I do believe you can get larger boxes in some stores. Each pouch contains 150g of tender, bite-size meaty pieces surrounded in a soft jelly. There are four flavours, which are: Chicken & Rice, Lamb & Rice, Turkey & Rice and Beef & Rice. As you see, each of them contains rice, which is very easy for your puppy to digest and helps to keep him healthy, inside and out.
Nutritional information on box:
Calcium and Vitamin E helps keep him protected as he grows.
Minerals to help him develop healthy teeth.
Zinc and Vitamin B helps him look and feel as gorgeous as the day you first saw him.
Calcium and Phosphorous to help his joints grow strong and supple.
Interestingly, one of Pedigree's promises is that they buy their meat from the same approved sources as meat for human consumption.
Pedigree Puppy pouches have an easy tear top. All you have to do then is squeeze the food out and gently chop it up.
My dog loved his puppy pouches but by 6 months he was wolfing down 6 - 7 pouches a day, which was financially draining. We moved him onto Pedigree's puppy cans and mixer, which he also loved.
Pedigree Puppy Pouches give your puppy a great start but they are expensive. In Tesco you will pay £3.19 for a box of 8 pouches and as your pup grows, they will go through this very quickly.
I would still be happy to give this product 5 stars though, because it's worth spending the extra money to give your puppy a great start!
I have had my puppy Ruby since the begining of Febuary, she is a gorgeour cross breed puppy with a mixture of collie, chocolate lab, german shepherd and terrier!!! So she is a real mix
I had never had a dog before and so this was a real learning experience for me and I was worried about what food to use, whether wet or dry was best, how much to feed her and how often
I went onto the pedigree website and joined up and received a pack with all useful tips on how to care for my puppy along with a bundle of money off vouchers.
As pedigree is a trusted brand I decided to try a mix of their wet and dry foods.
Ruby has a pedigree pouch twice a day mixed with a cup of dry food and she is thriving!
The pouches themselves come in a pack of eight individually wrapped portions of 150g, cost around £3 per pack and are in 4 'delicious' flavours of lamb, beef, turkey and chicken. They are filled with all the vitamins and minerals a puppy needs to have a healthy start to their life.
The pouches are very user friendly as well, no mess, no need for a fork or spoon to get the food from pouch to bowl. i squeeze the pouch before opening to make sure the food is broken up, rip off the top part and squeeze the food in to her bowl, a sprinkling of dry food on top make for a hearty and nutritious meal.
Although the food does not smell appetising to me, it is not an offensive smell when the pouch is opened and to be honest, the food is not in the open long enough for it to leave a lingering smell.
9 months later and Ruby is not bored by eating the same meals every day!
For my birthday last month, my wonderful fella bought me a pedigree Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy. She was only five weeks old when he brought her home and had been rejected by her mother soon after birth. I adore puppies, so the extra work of having such a young dog in the house didnt really pose too much of a problem.
Until on day two Bonnie stopped eating. I mean, she completely stopped. Id been soaking weetabix in milk and cooking her scrambled eggs, but she started turning her nose up at these meals and I was beside myself wondering what to do for the best. After two full days of her refusing so much as a mouthful of chicken baby food I took her to the vet as she was visibly losing weight. I was basically told she was much too young to leave her mum and the loss of appetite could be down to pining, and if this was the case there was a possibility shed simply starve herself to death. I was distraught, and took it upon myself to find something to get her eating again. I spotted Pedigree Puppy in Tesco and decided it was worth a shot.
The Pedigree Puppy pouches are a specially concocted variation of standard Pedigree dog food, only it contains more of the vitamins which a pup needs to grow into a healthy dog. The Puppy Pouch variety is also exclusively packed in pouches to retain more natural vitamins than would be found in canned puppy food.
A box of eight pouches costs £2.98 in Tesco, or you can buy them singly for around 39p. Each 150g pouch is one meal for your puppy, and printed on the box is a basic feeding guide based on weight so you can easily work out how much your pup should be eating over the day.
From Bonnies point of view, I can see Pedigree Puppy would be pretty appetising. The chunks of meat are much smaller than normal adult dog food, which is important as Bonnie would choke on even the smallest morsel of chicken. She ate this with trepidation at first, doing that doggy sniffing and shorting thing. I did my best to ignore her and closed her in the conservatory for an hour with her food to see if shed eat a bit if no-one was around. After a full hour of watching her through the window, I was rewarded. Bonnie ate a few mouthfuls of this food, walked away and then came back and ate some more! The lumps of meat didnt cause her any problem at all, and I think the generous jelly coating made it even easier for her to swallow what was basically her first solid food.
The smell from the puppy food is as awful as any other dog food, although not disgustingly bad like Chappie or Butchers Tripe! It definitely smells meaty rather than synthetic though, it has a kind of nutritious aroma which isnt at all over powering the Chicken & Rice variety probably has the best smell because its a very bland, thin aroma which doesnt really smell like dog food at all, more like Chicken Noodle soup
Dispensing the food from pouch to dish is a piece of proverbial. The top of the pouch rips off easily and then you simply squeeze the food into the dish, this can easily be accomplished with one hand while holding a wriggling puppy in the other. The food will come out in a kind of soft slab shape which I always separate with a fork, although Mark just leaves it in the block and its so soft that Bonnie can easily eat it not like Pal which practically needs to be hacked apart with a chainsaw!
Buying the box of eight is probably the best bet in the first instance; well it was for me anyway. The box contains a sample of each of the four pouch varieties and I could easily learn the flavours which Bonnie was going to favour, remember I needed to get Bonnie eating quickly so I didnt have the luxury of being hard with her food. I must have wasted 75% of the first couple of boxes because as soon as I realised she wasnt eating one flavour Id swap it for another and throw the uneaten food away. She seemed to enjoy the Chicken & Rice and Turkey & Rice flavours most, these two flavours looked the least flavoursome to me and it was possibly the milky blandness of them which attracted her. She attempted the Lamb & Rice but this took longer for her to chew than the others and shed get bored after a couple of mouthfuls. The Beef & Rice variety was snubbed big time, she wouldnt even attempt a chunk of this one and judging by the garlicky beefy stink which it gave off, I dont blame her!
Pedigree Puppy pouches did the trick. Bonnie is now nine weeks old and shes thriving. Shes put on weight, runs around playing and generally seems a happy little dog. I honestly put most of this down to Pedigree Puppy pouches. I tried everything I could think of to get her to eat, but she wasnt interested I think this food has just the perfect amount of flavour and aroma to attract a puppy and make him/her want to eat. For the first day or two the pouches gave her the runs, but I've put this down to the fact that it was probably a very rich meal after her not eating for 3 - 4 days beforehand. As soon as she got used to the composition of the food her digestion seemed to kick in and her erm... 'motions' are now normal for a pup of her age.
But she still doesnt like the Beef one!