NDSU lab takes closer look at Pedigree dog food after "wire" claims

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Pedigree dog food company is still receiving complaints after dog owners claimed they found wire embedded in the kibble, claiming their pups are getting sick.

Valley News Live took the food to a lab at NDSU to take a closer look.

Inside the quiet hum of the lab, Jayma Moore is a Veterinarian by training, and a dog owner too.

"One of my dogs will eat barely anything. the other one will eat anything that doesn't eat her," Moore said.

She wanted to take a closer look at what fellow dog owners found inside Pedigrees kibble.

"What's in dog food really doesn't surprise me."

Taking a first glance under a microscope, we noticed the white hairs are transparent.

"It's always possible it's not wire or hair. I could be plastic, sugar or glaze. It's hard to tell," Moore said.

The next step: getting even closer.

Moore crushes the dog food up in search of several suspicious pieces then took it to a machine that magnifies it up to 1,500 times.

"Based on what it looks like I really do think it's hair," Moore said.

It even takes it a step further. Moore can find out what elements are included.

"Carbon, oxygen, sulfur, chlorine, potassium, calcium, no metals at all here."

"So looking at this, it would be safe for dogs to eat?"

"I don't know if I can say that. Carbon and oxygen, those are present in organic material like hair. Hair is not necessarily a great thing for pets to eat," Moore said.

This still doesn't answer why dog owners we spoke with are seeing their pets refusing to eat it.

"How much hair is there? Is there enough to cause a problem? I don't know what the limits for that are," Moore said.

Others telling Pedigree they're dogs are still getting sick.

"Dogs will sometimes get sick even if you change from one bag of food of the same brand to a new bag. It's just a little bit of change."

"So being that you have dogs would you feed them this food?"

I don't think I see anything in here that would make me think this food is any better or any worse than any other dog food," Moore said.

Moore suggests to gradually mix in a new bag of dog food with an old bag to get your dog used to it and always check with your vet to know what's best for your dog.

As for the claims that people were able to pick up the food with a magnet, Moore said it could've been attributed to static cling since the pieces are so small.