Beneful dog food

September 23, 2008  
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Beneful dog food review

Beneful dog food formulas are manufactured and marketed by Nestle Purina Petcare Company. Currently, there are two Beneful product lines for dogs—dry dog food and one canned formula.

Beneful dog food has often been criticized as a low-grade product because of the low-quality ingredients which are incorporated in their dog food formulas. It is primarily grain-based and uses chicken by-product meal as the major source of animal-based protein.  We do not recommend Beneful dog food brand to your dogs.

Currently, there are seven Beneful dry dog food variants formulated to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages. However, these dry dog formulas contain controversial ingredients that compromise the nutritional value of the dog food.

Beneful’s first five major ingredients are made up of ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, and animal fat.

Ground yellow corn as the first major ingredient already tells a lot about the nutritional value of the dog food. Although corn is a good source of carbohydrates, there is no way of knowing if the corn grains that have been used are of the first class grade and not one which has been designated as livestock feed grade. Corn has been also pinpointed as one of the important food allergens in dog food.

The same way can be said with wheat flour which has been linked to food allergies in dogs.

Another corn-based ingredient is corn gluten meal. Gluten is also a by-product after starch has been extracted from corn. It is an inexpensive but inferior source of essential amino acids which can add to the total protein content of the dog food formula.

Chicken by-product meal is made from chicken parts which have been considered unfit for human consumption. The meal is made by rendering chicken slaughterhouse waste including chicken beaks, feet, entrails, even undeveloped eggs.  As you can see, most of these by-products are inedible.

Although chicken by-product meal comes from such savory ingredients, it is still a good source of protein compared to fresh chicken.

The use of animal fat is controversial, in that the source/s has not been identified. Fat which has been used can come from any source including slaughterhouse waste, diseased livestock, and even restaurant grease.

Beneful dry dog food contains propylene glycol, a food moisturizer which has been banned by the FDA for use in pet food.

Controversial ingredients incorporated in Beneful dog food formulas include garlic oil, menadione, and non-chelated minerals.

Garlic oil, extracted from raw garlic, has been associated with the occurrence of Heinz body anemia in dogs.

Menadione is a controversial form of vitamin K which has been linked to several serious conditions including allergies, liver toxicity, and abnormal break-down of red blood cells in the body.

A run-through of the ingredients will reveal more than 50% carbohydrate content while protein dry matter is only a measly 29%. Fat content is insufficient to satisfy the nutritional requirements of all ages of dogs.

Customer Reviews

A significant number of dog allergies have been reported which have been linked to Beneful dog food products. Many dog owners are dismayed to be fooled into buying a dog food because of its rampant marketing strategies and excellent packaging without considering the poor quality ingredients of the dog food inside. Dog owners also report of digestive problems including diarrhea, bloating, and vomiting. Overall, we do not recommend Beneful dog food and would suggest Kirkland dog food as a higher-quality value alternative.

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

Have a comment or question about our Beneful dog food review? Want to share your experiences with others? We welcome your comments!

Beneful dog food reviews

Beneful Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Beneful Original dog food
  2. Beneful Healthy Weight dog food
  3. Beneful Playful Life dog food
  4. Beneful Healthy Radiance dog food
  5. Beneful Healthy Harvest dog food
  6. Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies dog food

Beneful Dog Food Consumer Rating

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163 Responses to “Beneful dog food”
  1. Xavier says:

    Not sure what all the negativity is about on the Beneful. We adopted a Blackmouth Cur from the shelter just a couple of weeks ago. While i am not a dog person my wife has had several dogs in the past that she adopted from shelters. She has always fed her dogs the Beneful formulas with no troubles at all. And we feed our Zoey the dry puppy formula as well as the moist meaty blends. She just LOVES these foods especially when we mix the moist with the dry. She is very active, athletic, energetic and always eager for her daily walk. Her coat is healthy and soft.Her stools are also very healthy. And when we told our vet what we were feeding her even he said, “I don’t know what they put in that Beneful but whatever it is dogs just love it.” So other than the ingredients that I don’t really know whether or not are questionable, because once again I am not an expert on canines, I just don’t know what all the negativity is all about on the Beneful line of food. If it is really that bad, then why is it sold at all ? But then of course, I’d never feed my Zoey any Ol’ Roy either…

  2. Kym says:

    I don’t understand all the negativity either. I use to give my Coon Hound/Lab mix kibbles and bits cause it was her favorite but she was shedding hair, not very energetic, and had bad dandruff issues. I spoke to our family vet and she suggested Beneful and WOW what a difference! She now acts like a puppy and wants to play and run constantly, her coat is gorgeous, we always get comments about how clean her teeth are, and most importantly NO dandruff or excessive shedding problems. It’s amazing how much she has changed just from switching her diet and our vet states its because she was not getting the necessary ingredients needed for a healthy life. Beneful has changed my attitude when it comes to the best food for dogs!

  3. kk says:

    We gave our puppy lab this food too.. the vet said what kind of good food you gave to your puppy to have such a shinny coat… i said: Purina Beneful.. I donno what that is but my puppy is always energetic and his stool is solid. Other than normal dry food i will give vegetables and fruits too.. actually he loves everything..except sour orange:)

  4. Casie J says:

    I board a dog that was fed Beneful, he had pink hair on his feet from all the licking and chewing it caused him. Beneful is not considered good because it is mostly ground yellow corn, which is very hard for dogs to digest and not very healthy as well as it causing a lot of allergy problems. It also smelled terrible and the dog was disgusted by it. We gave him some 4health kibble and he gulps it up like its candy.

    It also contains a ton of dyes which are solely to make it appealing to the person buying it, and not very good for the dog eating it.

  5. Annie says:

    I don’t know what it is with beneful but none of my dogs would eat it even if i mixed it with canned food turned their nose up and they eat pretty much anything but i feed all natural food. My moms dogs turned their nose up at beneful too. Not saying it’s bad just strange how some dogs won’t eat it.

  6. Keanna says:

    We just bought some beneful today and I am so disappointed and disgusted with it. There are literately spider webs inside the package and white worms. There goes both mine and the dogs lunch. :\ never buying this product again.

  7. Mary says:

    Our dog is a picky eater and we tried multiple dog foods before we settled in with Beneful Original. All these reviews make me wonder, but he has a sensitive stomach and this is what he likes. I think Keanna got an old package from a store that needs to clean up. I have used this product for the four years we have had Joe and it has always been fresh. I strted reading dog food reviews and Beneful gets sold down the river over and over. The brands that get good reviews are all expensive and have multiple recalls. Who do you believe??

  8. Mary says:

    I neglected to add that Joe has a long silky coat that is absolutely gorgeous when he runs and the wind ruffles through it.

  9. David Deerberg says:

    I’ve been reading some of these posts and can’t believe most of them. White worms in the bag, mildew and mold and then they feed the dogs the food looking like this and complain it’s the dog food? If you don’t eat moldy food or food with worms in it, why would feed it to your dog thinking it’s alright?

    Anyway, I’ve been feeding my healthy 12 year old Shepherd mix Beneful Healthy weight since she found me 11 years ago (mixed with a little bit of canned food as well}, and if you saw her recent photos, you would think she was only 8 years old. Perked up ears, clear eyes and attentive looking and is in her healthy weight range and never ever has been sick or had diarrhea.

    However, I am slowly switching to a slight higher brand of dog food despite my budget since I have two other dogs that are having small allergic reactions to Beneful, itchiness and biting the bottoms of their paws. Most people don’t realize that if and when you switch dry or canned foods for your dog, you have to do it gradually over a period of weeks or months and not all in one day or else you more than likely will have problems with diarrhea, weight loss and lost of interest in eating.

    I thank Purina for a good product such as Beneful and for almost twelve years of good eating and good health for my Princess.

  10. Laura says:

    Read the ingredients on the label of Beneful dog food. It’s all garbage. Sometimes it takes years to take effect inside the dogs system. Then suddendly the dog has liver/kidney issues. It just doesn’t happen overnight. Same thing with a human, you love the junk food you eat because it taste good. The manufacturers put so much crap and chemicals to make it taste good. Of course the dog is going to love it. I researched and now use Natural Balance Alpha with no grains and whole meat ingredients. Take a look at the ingredient label compared to Beneful. And by the way, there is a warning out now on 1/19/2013 that Beneful should be recalled by the FDA. Educate yourselves, your pet will live a healthy, long life.

  11. LabsRawesome says:

    @ David Deerberg, YOU MUST BE JOKING??? You are thanking Purina?? Beneful is THE worst “dog food” on the market. I don’t even consider it food, because it is merely the TRASH left over from the human food chain. Do some research. Your dog needs real meat,eggs,fish,organs. Not corn,sugar,and food coloring, which is what Beneful is. Thanking Purina? LMAO! 🙂

  12. Anne says:

    After about two years on Beneful, my Shelties health was deteriorating, he was developing skin problems with extreme hair loss, constant licking of the paws and severe allergies.
    After several blood tests and biopsies, the Vet figured that this was caused by pet food.
    I began my research on the internet, and what I learned was frightening. Especially what I had learned about Beneful, which I had been buying exclusively in the previous years.
    I am now cooking his own foods, he is once again a healthy dog, NO thanks to BENEFUL, though!
    And yes, his fur was shiny, that was until he started losing his fur!

  13. tommigrl says:

    It’s all a bit overwhelming

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