Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies dog food

November 11, 2008  
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Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies dog food

Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies dog food is made and manufactured by Nestle Purina. Beneful Healthy Radiance is the most popular among dog owners who feed Beneful dog food. While some think Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies dog food is good for their dogs, the ingredients tell a different story.

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First five ingredients Analysis of Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies dog food:

  1. Ground yellow corn
  2. chicken by-product meal
  3. corn gluten meal
  4. whole wheat flour
  5. animal fat

The first ingredient of Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies dog food is Ground Yellow corn. Corn has been linked to many different problems within dogs including yeast infections to allergies. Corn is often difficult for dogs to digest and offers no nutritional value. We usually never recommend a dog food brand that contains corn.

The second ingredient Chicken By-Product meal is also one we try and stay away from. Its hard to determine the quality of this ingredient. Chicken By-Products are usually lower quality parts of the chicken that are rejected for human consumption.

Again Corn shows up as the third ingredient. It shows up in the form of a Gluten meal, which basically means after everything that may be nutritious has been removed from corn, they take whats left over and call it Gluten Meal.

Whole Wheat flour is the fourth ingredient. This ingredient is also one we don’t want to see in dog food. Whole Wheat flour is one ingredient that has been linked to numerous cases of dog allergies.

The fifth ingredient, Animal fat is an ingredient in which it is impossible to correctly identify the source. When you can’t identify the source usually this means that it is of lower quality.

With all these unwanted ingredients in the first five ingredients it would be hard to recommend this food to anyone. People are drawn to this food due to the cheaper price. One must think about the future. Ingredients in Beneful dog food have been linked to cases of allergies. Allergies = Vet Visits and Vet Visits = $$$. Your dogs food is an investment of your dogs health.

Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies dog food Full Ingredients List:

Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), chicken, rice flour, milk, soy flour, sugar, sorbitol, tricalcium phosphate, water, animal digest, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sorbic acid (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, added color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 2), calcium carbonate, dried peas, dried carrots, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, DL-Methionine, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, copper sulfate, brewers dried yeast, biotin, garlic oil, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.
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Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies dog food Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude Protein (Min) 28.0%………………. Calcium (Ca) (Min) 1.1%

Crude Fat (Min) 12.0%………………. Phosphorus (P) (Min) 0.9%

Crude Fiber (Max) 4.0% ………………. Iron (Fe) (Min) 200 mg/kg

Moisture (Max) 14.0% ……………….Vitamin A (Min) 10,000 IU/kg

Linoleic Acid (Min) 1.5% ……………….Vitamin E (Min) 100 IU/kg

Calcium (Ca) (Min) 1.1%
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14 Responses to “Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies dog food”
  1. rannmiller says:

    This food is awful. Just awful. It has three things that are good in it but they’re so far down on the list and so outweighed by all of the other horrific and terrible ingredients that they don’t make any difference anyway. Gross. I can’t believe this garbage is being pedaled as high quality, wholesome dog food. Talk about false advertising!

  2. java says:

    I bought Beneful Healthy growth for puppies at Walmart for my 2 lab puppies on January 3. By that night one of them (Java) was acting sluggish and his eyes were glazed. Then he pooped in the house without warning (he’s house trained and will usually put up a fuss for 30 minutes before an accident if he’s not let out). Just as I finished cleaning things up, Java began vomiting like crazy and continued to do so through the night and the next day. He wasn’t interested in food or water the next day, and just laid there. I figured I was going to lose him, but he began to drink water again on Monday (5th)and became mildly active, but still wouldn’t touch the food. I was concerned as he was obviously losing weight fast and an online search led me to suspect the Beneful food. His brother also began having undigested kibble in his stools.

    Tonight I went out and bought a natural Lamb, whole grain rice, chicken (not by-product) based food. I offered him a handful of the Beneful again just to see and he still wouldn’t touch it. As soon as I offered a handful of the other to see if he liked it he ate it all and started jumping all over to get more. I’ll be researching ingredients from now on. I’ll see how tomorrow goes.

    4 days of Beneful and NEVER AGAIN.

  3. Catherine Hawley says:

    I have been feeding my now 11 week old Border Collie/Chow Chow mix puppy Beneful Healthy Growth. I thought this was good for her! Im so shocked by all the bad reviews it has gotten… she seems to enjoy it. And her stools are hard and of good size. Her coat is nice and glossy. And she is very energetic.
    I also feed her whole vegatables on the side and left over meats from the meals my boyfriend and i dont finish.
    I bathe her 2 times a week.
    And we exercise daily.
    This may be why she seems like a healthy puppy.
    Ive been feeding it to her sense i got her… its been about 6 weeks.
    I tried feeding her other dog food, but she wouldnt touch the stuff.
    I dont remember what the name of the other brand was.
    Im very concerned. Im doing more research, i want my baby to be healthy and live her life long and happy. I know starting her out NOW on a healthy diet will really help future-tense-wise.
    Any advice on better dog food?
    Please. all advice is welcome.

  4. Jessica says:

    I got a free 15lbs bag of beneful for my chow shepherd mix and I was so excited to try it out on her supposedly hearing how wonderful it would be for her!!! But since she is already 6yrs old I am going to burn this, which is what it deserves to have done to it!!!

  5. marianne korty says:

    My daughter has been feeding her 6 year old choc. lab beneful for the past six weeks and about a week and a half ago she started to have mini seizures. Beneful was the only thing different in her life. She is removing Beneful from the equation to see if the seizures stop. She had extensive blood work done with no abnormalities whatsoever. So hopefully keeping Beneful out of her diet the seizures will disappear. I will keep you posted.

  6. castille says:

    I adopted a chi/dachsund puppy last winter whose foster was feeding it Beneful puppy food. She had the most foul and copious gas of any dog I’d met when we met her and when we picked her up. I felt bad for not having the opportunity to buy her some Beneful to try to gracefully transition her to the puppy food of choice already in the house, and expected some gastric distress in the abrupt transistion. But rather than distress, her terrible gas cleared up immediately. Maybe she’s an odd and sensitive dog – but I’ll note she’ll eat the dang store with no obvious gastric effects over anything else. So I’d not reccomend this food to anyone.

  7. Michelle says:

    Catherine you asked for advice so I will give you my two cents worth.When choosing a dog food you need to look at the first 5 ingredients.There should be at least 3 named meat sources look for meat and meat meals.NO MEAT BY PRODUCT MEALS!!!There should not be any corn,wheat,soy.Ideally there should not be any grain at all,because dogs are carnivores and grain is not a natural food source for dogs.You will need to go to a pet store because there is no quality pet food at a supermarket or a walmart store!!I recommend Before Grain dog food because it is totally grain free it’s made by Merrick foods in Texas.Here are the first 5 ingredients 1 Deboned chicken 2 Chicken meal 3 Potatoes 4 Turkey Meal 5 Canola oil.And the list goes on Acai berries Blueberries Salmon oil.You can check out there website for a complete list.Just type in the manufacture name or dog food name.This food gets a five star rating,with a scale from 1 to 6.By the way Beneful gets a 1 star rating simply because there is nothing lower.I can get a 25 pound bag for just under 40 bucks.You have to pay more for good quality ingredients.Think about it you get what you pay for!!!The cheaper the food the lower the quality of the ingredients.Plus you feed less of the Before Grain because it is more nutrient dense. I have a 70 pound Lab that eats 3 cups a day.Compare Benefuls first five ingredients 1 Ground yellow corn 2 Chicken by-Product Meal 3 Corn gluten meal 4 Whole Wheat flour 5 Animal Fat.Are these people serious??? It might make a good fertilizer for your garden,but I wouldn’t feed it to any dog of mine!! Educate yourself on the right ingredients to look for in a dog food.You can type in dog food ratings and reviews,Boxer World rates dog food brands with a scale from 1 to 6.Very informative they also tell you what bad ingredients to look out for.I hope this helps you choose the right food for your best friend.Good luck!!!

  8. Casey says:

    Catherine, here’s some advice:

    When looking for dog food, read the ingredients. Avoid anything corn or soy-derived, because dogs cannot digest them and they can cause allergies. Also avoid beet pulp (cheap, probably too fibrous, and can harm your dog if consumed in large amounts because of saponins) and wheat flour (cheap, also leads to allergies). Although there are some high quality grains like brown rice and pearled barley, they really aren’t necessary and aren’t the best choice because a dog’s natural diet is mostly protein, not carbohydrates. One more thing is artificial dyes and preservatives; a big no-no.

    I know that some dogs can get soft stool from a protein-rich diet, though, so if that applies to your dog, a good holistic kibble (like Blue Buffalo or Merrick) with some quality grains in it should be fine, although you should make sure that the first ingredient is meat and there is a good amount in the top 5-top 10 ingredients (to make sure the majority is still meat/protein).

    Anyway, on to meat ingredients. A good dog food should not have generic meat; everything should be specified. Generic meats can come from the most unbelievable sources (roadkill, euthanized stray, etc.; the FDA confirmed it!) By-products should also be avoided; they’re what you have left when you take all of the meat fit for human consumption, such as the head, feet, etc. You should make sure the meat being used is human-grade/USDA passed and deemed fit for human consumption, or you might just be feeding your dog diseased cattle. I’ve also noticed that some cheap commercial dog foods have been using fat as one of the top ingredients, with meat being far down the list. Fat is necessary in a dog’s diet, but real meat always comes first. And finally, if there’s any fresh fish (not meals) in the dog food, you should make sure it isn’t preserved with ethoxyquin, a chemical preservative and carcinogen, deemed unfit for human use.

    It’s good that you give your dog some veggies, although it looks like even Beneful has already taken care of that. Your dog only needs a minimal amount of fruits and vegetables to represent what would be in its preys stomach in the wild. If you’re giving the dog any extra fruits and vegetables, make sure they’re raw. There are some that are possibly harmful to your dog that you should avoid, too, such as grapes, cabbage, lettuce, and persimmons with seeds. I don’t think leftover meat from human meals should be given to dogs either. Dogs can’t tolerate a large sugar or salt intake and table scraps should only be given in moderation. The raw diet is still the best way to feed your dog, but if it’s inconvenient for you (probably the case with almost everyone one this website), try giving your dog some raw scraps and/or a raw egg (with the shell) sometimes instead of the cooked meat. Avoid raw fish, though.

    One more thing, dogs shouldn’t be given baths that often; their skin gets dried out. I have a Golden Retriever and although I comb/brush her fur almost daily, I only give her monthly baths. You don’t need to bathe every time your dog gets a little dirty from an outing; a quick rinse with the hose is fine.

  9. Casey says:

    Forgot to mention….

    Some good brands to try:

    – Blue Buffalo
    – Merrick
    – Orijen (and Acana)
    – Natura
    – Wellness
    – Canidae
    – Nature’s Variety

    There are many more; I just listed a few.

  10. Casey says:

    Also, one more thing: canola oil should be avoided as well. I just did some research and it is a monounsaturated oil and contains a lot of erucic acid, which can cause heart lesions.

  11. Jess says:

    Casey, please get your fact straight before posting. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with beet plup and it actually serves a purpose It is almost 100% fiber which keeps a dogs poo firm. It is quite a myth about beet pulp.
    What do you mean by generic meat?? Are you lumping mealinto that group because if you are, you would be 100% wrong.
    No fish is preserved with ethoxyquin, it is the meal. And after doing a huge research on the subject I have listed those companies who do not use it.
    Their is absolutly nothing wrong with left over meat, WHERE ARE YOU GETTING THIS INFO? iT IS BOGUS. Yes the spices would be bad.
    I would never ever feed my dog raw eggs or chicken NEVER EVER.
    You raw feeders are really something.

  12. Jess says:

    This site would help you a lot.

    Beet Pulp, the isolated fibrous material from sugar beets, is another ingredient that has an undeservedly bad reputation. It is a very gentle, beneficial source of fiber that is not only generally very well tolerated, but also has specific properties that make it suitable as a source of nutrition for the beneficial bacteria that reside in the intestinal tract. The sugar is almost completely removed, what is left in the pulp is only about 1/5 the amount of sugar that you would find in a serving of carrots of equal size. It is also colorless and does not turn a dog’s coat turn red, like urban legends claim. The argument that beet pulp is an “unnatural” ingredient is often brought up, but people who present this complaint seem to forget that it is also not natural for dogs to eat highly processed commercial products with a carb content of generally 40% and more, and a moisture content of only around 10% as opposed to a more natural 60-70%. Added fiber is required to make such formulations work for the pets who eat a dry diet.

  13. Gina says:

    Beneful almost killed my dog

  14. Courtney says:

    We gave our puppy Beneful because we needed dog food and it was late and all of the pet supply stores were closed. So we had to make do with Walmart’s selection. Thinking beneful was the best option, we bought it. Sure enough, Odin almost immediately started scratching and biting his skin, he had flakes everywhere, and then his hair started falling out!!! My poor puppy dog. We switched his food back right away and he is fine now.

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