Purina Dog Food Review

Purina dog food formulas are manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare, a division of the Nestle company operating out of St. Luis, MO. In 2001, there was a merger between Nestle Friskies PetCare Company and the Ralston Purina Company.

Purina's foods are inexpensive, and because of this, are made with low-grade ingredients.  Their formula's contain a number of by-products, low quality meats, and fillers.  Grains are high on the ingredient list, which is by no means ideal for any type of dog. We do not recommend any of Purina's formulas, even if you have very little to spend on dog food.  If you are on a budget, consider using Kirkland dog food .

A run-through of the ingredients of the 5 different Purina dog food formulas –Purina ALPO, Purina Beneful, Purina Dog Chow, Purina ONE, and Purina Pro Plan— would yield a lot of controversial ingredients.

The first five ingredients of a pet food carry a heavy impact on the overall evaluation of dog food formulas.  The major ingredients of Purina dog food formulations usually include ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, soy bean hulls and animal fat. Corn has been associated with different dog ailments ranging from yeast infections to allergies. Another important point to remember is that the dog’s digestive system is not able to efficiently digest corn thus renders it as a useless food component. Gluten meal is a by-product when starch is extracted from corn. It is a source of inferior protein containing insufficient essential amino acids.

Another low quality ingredient is chicken by-product meal which is usually made from body parts of the chicken which have been rejected for human consumption.

Soy Bean Hulls are the outer casings of soy beans which have been incorporated in the mixture as filler. Although Soy Beans are rich in protein, compared to meat, it is an inferior source of protein for dogs.

Whole Wheat Flour is not a desirable ingredient for dog foods because it has been linked to numerous cases of allergies in dogs.

As one can deduce from the list of major ingredients in Purina dog food formulas, all you get is a dog food almost devoid of meat and a lot of grains which are of poor quality. Whatever animal protein is present, comes from extremely low grade sources considered as slaughterhouse waste and may include horns, feathers, teeth, hooves, etc.

There are at least 3 controversial ingredients that stand out in most Purina dog food formulations.

The first one is artificial coloring which has no place in any pet food formula. Another questionable ingredient is garlic oil which has been linked to a rare form of anemia in dogs. Purina dog food formulas also contain menadione, a form of Vitamin K which has been linked to allergies, abnormal destruction of red blood cells, and liver toxicity.

Purina is not a brand that our team recommends. Many dog owners rate Purina dog food formulas as a “below-average dog food”.  Compared to typical dry dog food, the protein content is average while its carbohydrate content is almost 60%, a figure considered relatively high but unwholesome for most dog formulas.

Some dog owners report that Purina is the only kibble that their dogs can digest perfectly after making the switch from other high-rating dog food formulas. They also reported of regular bowel movement and consistency, shiny hair coats and less shedding.

But there are also dog owners who reported that their dog suffered from sudden vomiting and bleeding from the rectum, while there are those that decry the dog food’s poor keeping quality. Some also talk about how their dogs experienced “explosive” diarrhea a few hours after eating Purina dog food.

Please visit the links listed below for Purina dog food reviews by formula.

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Purina Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Purina ALPO
  2. Purina Beneful
  3. Purina Dog Chow
  4. Purina ONE
  5. Purina Pro Plan

Purina Dog Food Consumer Ratings