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. Jess says:

    I don’t cook anything but chicken or eggs and I do add meat to my dogs diet. Cooking meat takes some of the nutrients out of the meat.

  2. Vaish says:

    Hi Jess, Michelle,
    Visiting this website a couple of times and I know you both are active and dedicated people and not some sales person, I am from India, the highest quality food available in India is Royal canin at this time, which is really an awful food.i have a labrador and german shepherd puppy, my lab is two years old and is in home made food( 1 kg chicken, lamb, beef, rabbit,duck or turkey with 300 grams brownrice carrot apples and sweet potatoes at small level like 15% of whole weight)my father in law owns a poultry farm and he strongly refuses me feeding raw to my dogs as he says he is 100% sure that the dogs skin and few millimeters inside will contain bacteria. my lab was on royal canin until six months back now on home food and doing great. now the real problem is my GSD puppy as he needs correct levels of calories and protein and calcium, i dont know how much he will get from what i feed from and could not find these details too, so i am forced to give him royal canin which i dont want to, Please help what should i do where can I find sources for these, my Gsd is only 9 weeks old and he need proper nutrients money is know object for me as i am ready to spend 200$ a month just for food, importing pet foods into india is tough and is a never ending process, only big crap food manufacturers like RC, IAMS, Pedigree, Purina are available. i have searched almost every were in the internet i also bought the book by John miller on home made food but it contains lots of wheat flour and corn than meat. and it doesn’t look like a complete food just like alternative. please help me help my growing GSD his name is MAX and already in love with me, i would do anything to keep him healthy and happy. I look forward to your inputs

  3. Vaish says:

    Hi Jess, Michelle,

    i forgot to mention, i am ready to feed even 3 kg of cooked meat instead of raw, i use only boneless meat as it is danger to dogs, i can semi cook them and serve too, i just want to do what is best for my dogs at this situation of mine. admin sorry to post twice the same post i am in desperate need for help.

  4. Halo says:

    Beneful – Bottom of the barrel dog food but to each their own if you like feed your dog nothng but artifical ingredients made to look like real meat and vegetables loaded with sugar and chemicals. The only reason people probably unfortunately buy this garbage is the tons of money Proctor and Gamble spend to market this product.

  5. Vaish says:

    Hi Jess, Michelle,
    Visiting this website a couple of times and I know you both are active and dedicated people and not some sales person, I am from India, the highest quality food available in India is Royal canin at this time, which is really an awful food.i have a labrador and german shepherd puppy, my lab is two years old and is in home made food( 1 kg chicken, lamb, beef, rabbit,duck or turkey with 300 grams brownrice carrot apples and sweet potatoes at small level like 15% of whole weight)my father in law owns a poultry farm and he strongly refuses me feeding raw to my dogs as he says he is 100% sure that the dogs skin and few millimeters inside will contain bacteria. my lab was on royal canin until six months back now on home food and doing great. now the real problem is my GSD puppy as he needs correct levels of calories and protein and calcium, i dont know how much he will get from what i feed from and could not find these details too, so i am forced to give him royal canin which i dont want to, Please help what should i do where can I find sources for these, my Gsd is only 9 weeks old and he need proper nutrients money is know object for me as i am ready to spend 200$ a month just for food, importing pet foods into india is tough and is a never ending process, only big crap food manufacturers like RC, IAMS, Pedigree, Purina are available. i have searched almost every were in the internet i also bought the book by John miller on home made food but it contains lots of wheat flour and corn than meat. and it doesn’t look like a complete food just like alternative. please help me help my growing GSD his name is MAX and already in love with me, i would do anything to keep him healthy and happy. I look forward to your inputsi forgot to mention, i am ready to feed even 3 kg of cooked meat instead of raw, i use only boneless meat as cooked bone is danger to dogs, i can semi cook them and serve too, i just want to do what is best for my dogs at this situation of mine. admin sorry to post twice the same post i am in desperate need for help.

  6. Ginger Wong says:

    I am not a dog lover whatsoever BUT my 18 year old daughter changed her dog to Beneful. A week later we were driving in from another state and my daughter called in a panic. Her dog “Simon” had chewed up a plastic kennel, now he wasn’t even inside of it, and when she entered the room he attacked her. She kicked him back and drug him outside. He was foaming at the mouth and growling at her. This is the sweetest dog on earth, my daughter even was attacked by two dogs and he hid behind her for protection. She called our old vet, he was on call, and they said they would probably have to put him down. When we got home 3 hours later, my husband went over to tend to them and Simon was calmed down but exhausted looking (confused too). The next day we took him to our new vet, she did tests and recommended a behavior school. Right before we began to leave, she said “I should have asked this but what food is in on?” We told her Beneful, she laughed and said I know what is wrong with him. It was the food. She said she has had more dogs come in with abrupt behavior changes due to some dog foods and Beneful was #1. We quickly threw that crap out and went and bought the Costco brand, which has no wheat or corn. He is back to normal and a happy dog. The vet said it was like he was a child and we were giving him a bag of hersheys every day, it is pure junk food. What a rip! My daughter could have been seriously injured due to this crap and a good companion put to sleep! I do have some coworkers that feed their dogs Beneful and have no problems but beware of sudden behavioral problems if you switch your dog to Beneful, please.

  7. Jess says:

    Vaish, I really don’t have a good answer for you. If I were in your shoes I would most likely cook for my dog. Meat and more meat, brown rice, small amount of cooked potatoes, small amount of cooked vegetables, a little finely ground beets or pumpkin would help keep any diarrhea down. I would get some supplements and vitamins and add that to his diet right away. I would look very hard at the ingredient list and try to find the one with the least amount of garbage in it.

    http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

    Maybe you could get something from k9cusine??

  8. Vaish says:

    Jess, thank you for your reply, I have read the bad ingredients a 100 times and that is what scares me, royal canin has all of it mostly. I am ready to home cook as my labrador is on home made food, all i am concerned about is my growing 9 weeks old german shepherd.home cooking i am afraid that i may give over or less nutrition a puppy requires, like calorie wise or mineral vitamins or protien or calcium. I am able to find out the calories and protien in foods i make but the rest i dont know and also required levels for a growing puppy, i tried comparing in with large breed puppy food, while orijen has 40% protien and requires to feed abou 1000 -1300 calories a day for untill 3 months , wellness large breed suggests about 2500 to 3000 calories at the same age and i am completely lost, some body please help

  9. Tracy says:

    I have 2 dogs, one a King Charles Spaniel and the other a Pug. Yesterday my Kali (KCS) started having some diarrhea. I kept an eye on her but by that night there was blood in the diarrhea and she wasn’t drinking water. I force fed her water and was going to bring her to the vet first thing in the morning. I woke up to 3 piles of vomit on my bed and diarrhea everywhere. I put her outside and proceeded to get ready to leave. When I went to the bathroom, my Pug was in there and having the same problem with blood in the stool. I was so upset!
    I quickly gathered them in the car and while on my way, posted it on Facebook to see if anyone else had the same problems with their dogs. The reason is because while having Breakfast Television on, a few people had emailed in that they were having a rough day and that their dogs were sick.
    To my shock, I woman commented that she was so sad for me and that she just lost 3 dogs recently to a sickness but they weren’t sure what it was caused from. She noted to me that she fed her dogs Beneful and hoped there wasn’t another problem with the dog food again. Well thats what I feed my dogs and this was a new bag I opened 2 days ago. I have let the vet know and will keep you posted. I am soooo upset right now and if its Purina Beneful that is the cause of this, I will sue the pants off them. We have to make these companies accountable and more careful of what they put in their dogfood!!!

  10. Deep Search says:

    You know, a lot of people say Beneful is cheap and so I expected bags of Beneful to be really, really cheap considering the ingredients in the dog food. But for what you buy it is WAY, WAY overpriced. You can get much better dog food for your dog by just spending relatively slightly more or in some cases even the same amount. Checking on-line prices for Beneful they are around $12-13 for a 7 lb bag. I pay $14 for my dog’s Orijen. It is slightly pricier, but I expected there to be a MUCH bigger price gap since people say Beneful is cheap. It is not that cheap. And Orijen is actually food dogs can thrive on, unlike Beneful. It’s completely ridiculous people will drop that kind of money on this dog food. Same goes for other grocery store brands and Science Diet. If I am going to spend around $13 for a small bag of food or for a big bag around $30-40 or $50 (Eukanuba and Pro Plan can cost that much and they contain corn and byproducts), either way, I’m going to get something that is nutritious for my dog.

    I am dog-sitting, currently, and the dogs I am watching eat Beneful Radiance. Let me tell you, the food stinks, literally. It makes me slightly nauseous. I feed my dog at home Orijen senior (before that, Innova) and I have to say it actually smells good. I have never fed my dog a food with the foul odor that Beneful has. I have tried talking to the owner of the dogs I am watching about their food (they are a family friend) but they just say “the vet said this food is fine.” One of the dogs is a young big dog and he should really be on a food for large breeds. I will have to mention specifically that Beneful is one of the worst dog foods out there. It is frustrating to talk to people about dog food, and I hate doing it, but I also hate that dogs are fed foods like these when they could be getting something a lot better. I will suggest a food that is acceptable that is about the same price as Beneful. I will try to look into a large breed food that can be bought in big bags for a moderate price, but I am afraid this person will never get a specialized food for the large dog.

  11. Shan says:

    Hey Vaish found some great source for homemade and raw diets http://www.dogaware.com/articles/wdjhomemade3.html . Hope this helps. Don’t panic your puppy will do just fine. Well there are lots of e books and books you can purchase they are really helpful, a lot of details we require for home cooking is available, while the one you downloaded is only a recipe book and with this free article you can be making your own recipes. Good luck.

  12. Michelle says:

    Vaish-Royal Canin Huh,if I were in your shoes I would either find some good recipes or maybe give dog food with fresh meat,veggies,and a little fruit mixed in…Can you order something better online? It’s hard to give advice to someone in India,as I really have no idea what options are available to you there…

  13. Vaish says:

    Michelle thank you, as I told before the only foods available here are Royal canin, Purina, Iams, pedigree. Needless to say they are all awful dog foods. Buying online from USA is never ending process as there is like a ton process and most people are not able to import pet foods even at a commercial level, the customs here are very strict on pet foods due to some outbreak in pet foods from USA in 1995 i guess…. I have ordered merrick puppy plate though 60 lbs through Ebay GEB, lets see what happens.
    Thank you Shan, that link did provide lot of information. Now I am checking many other related topics on how much to feed puppy and how much and what to supplement.

  14. Vaish says:

    oh forgot and eukanuba too, that whole bag is not worth a penny

  15. Leslie Ann Holbrook says:

    We have a small terrier mix (13 pounds, looks like Toto) who developed rashes after we switched her to Beneful Prepared Meals. When we took her to our vet to have the rashes looked at, she said that this was the third dog she’d seen *that day* that had come in itching after having switched to Beneful. Caveat emptor.

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