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. Michelle says:

    Hey Jess,you should put your budget list up for Celt……They all have MUCH better ingredients than the foods she listed,and won’t break the bank.Especially the Kirkland brand. Ps.I think it should be called BeneAWFUL,because it is just plain AWFUL for your dog.With an ingredient list that includes Corn,wheat,by products,colored dyes, SUGAR,and Menadione.You really can’t do much worse.

  2. Celt says:

    Okay,Jesse. First of all, I have tried most of the “reccomended” brands (as I stated before) and the younger dogs generally won’t eat them. And if you didn’t read the ages my golden retriever is 17 (which I’ve been told by many people, including breeders, is a very old age for this breed.) He is just now beginning to have problems with arthritis, and no he hasn’t been vomitting or had diarrhea, except when we tried him on tast of the wild. So, if I do have to “put him down” it most likely will be because of an “age related” issue, such as being in pain from his arthritis. Oh I forgot the only other time he had “stomache problems” was when the vet tried him on pain meds.

  3. Celt says:

    Michelle, I was asking for a list of other dog foods to try, but it wasn’t the price of the food that was the issue. From what I could tell from reading the ingredient lists of the foods that the “boys” wouldn’t eat that it was probably the blueberries that was “turing them off” of those foods, as they all had blueberries in them while the foods they do eat do not. So could you be a little more helpful and recommend some foods that do not contain blueberries in them.

  4. Jess says:

    The A list
    1. Orijen
    2. Acana, Harvest, pacifica & grassland Only.
    3. Horizon Legacy
    4. Taste of the Wild, wetlands & prairie, ONLY.
    5. GO, grain free /Endurance Only.
    6. Fromm, 4 star.
    7. Merrick
    8. Wellness Core
    9. Blue Wilderness
    10. Acana, the rest of Acana products.
    11. Artemis
    The B list
    1. GO, the rest of their products.
    2. Evangers
    3. Timberwolf
    4. Fromm, the rest of their products.
    5. Instinct
    6. Wellness super 5 mix
    7. Now, Grain free.
    8. Solid Gold
    9. Precise Holistic Complete, Only.
    10. Natures Logic
    11. First Mate
    12. Kirkland or Natural Domain, Costco!(mainly because of cost)
    13. Now, the rest of their products.
    The C list
    1. Evo
    2. Innova
    3. Nutrisource
    4. Chicken soup for the dog lovers soul
    5. Exclusive
    6. Pure Vita
    7. Canidae, Grain Free ALS, Only.
    8. Wellness
    9. Earthborn
    10. Pinnacle
    11. Annamaet
    12. Organix
    13. Natural Balance, not all are good!
    14. Whole Earth farms, this well move up!
    15. Premium Edge

  5. Jess says:

    I am about to change some things above, here and there, but over all I like all these foods MINUS Innova. I also believe Evo is starting to see some issues. Now here is my all good priced list and I think maybe Healthwise could be moving off the list because I have not been able to find it for a decent price.

    1. Taste of the Wild – About 43 bucks for 30 lbs.*****
    2. Kirkland (Costco) – About 25 bucks for 40 lbs.*****
    3. Whole Earth Farms – About 35 bucks for 30 lbs.
    4. 4Heath – About 30 bucks for 30 lbs.
    5. Natures Domain – About 35 bucks for 30 lbs.
    6. ByNatural – About 40 bucks for 30 lbs.
    7. Nutri Source – About 45 bucks for 30 lbs.
    8. Healthwise – About 39 bucks for 30 lbs.
    9. Diamonds Premium Edge/Naturals – About 35 bucks for 35 lbs.
    10. Eagle pack
    11. Chicken soup
    12. Fromm
    I want to point out that I do not like the Diamond Brand product and must be one of these two. The last 3 are here because they seem to go on sale quite often.

  6. Michelle says:

    Hi Celt,The biggest reason that you are having problems getting your dogs to eat the healthier brands is because dogs have a sweet tooth,and since you have been feeding some foods that contain sugar,it may be harder to get them to eat the healthy foods which definately WILL NOT contain sugar.Also if a food contains beet pulp make sure it says sugar removed.One suggestion for getting a picky eater to accept dry kibble is to add a small amount of canned to make it more appealing.Make sure to mix it in well.I am also a big fan of rotating foods each month.These are the foods that I use and recommend.Fromm Family Foods,Merrick Pet Care,Champion Pet foods(Orijen).Budget brands-TOTW,Fromm Gold,Merrick’s Whole Earth Farms,4Health(Tractor Supply),Diamond Naturals,Kirkland(Costco)Nature’s Domain(Costco).I hope this info helps you.

  7. Celt says:

    Thank you for the list. I have tried most of the foods on the A and B list. The ones I haven’t tried are: Orijen, Acana, Go, Fromm, Instinct, and Solid Gold. I’ve never seen any of these brands here. I haven’t bought Kirkland because the bag is too big. I’m afraid that it will “spoil” before I could use all of it.I probably use less than 3 cups a day of dry. I give a different food every day. Their dinner is mixed with a little can. Oh, as a “dessert”(after their bowls are clean), they get a little Pet Botanics meat roll. Not one of them will touch Blue Wilderness,and Taste of the Wild makes the “old man” extremely sick.

  8. Jess says:

    Michelle is 100% correct you most likely have spoiled your dogs. It’s just like a spoiled kid. He won’t eat his veggies but he sure is gonna eat a piece of pie and a candy bar. I have never heard of a dog not liking TOTW wetlands, never. IF YOUR DOG WON’T EAT AFTER MIXING IN SOME CANNED YOU NEED TO QUITE FEEDING SNACKS. Look at your bag of dog food and it has a used before date and it won’t “spoil”. Most dog foods are good for over a year and a half.

  9. Celt says:

    Okay, I said that TOTW makes my old dog sick. It is 1 of only 2 brands that get him sick, so no I’m not going to feed it to him. I also stated that the boys could be convinced to eat TOTW, but I only serve can with their dinner, not every meal. Secondly, I admit I spoil my dogs but they don’t get a lot of snacks, as a matter of fact, my oldest “boy” has been known to spit out anything that he decides is not up to his standards. And I know most dog foods last a long time, but after a short time they all get an oily/greasy feel to them, which is why I only buy small bags of food. More expensive? Yes, but they get used before they get to that point.

  10. Celt says:

    oops, I forgot the can mixed in didn’t work for the older one. He just sucked it off and spit out the kibble. I had to soak the kibble in meat broth (mix with can), and even then he spat out any “hard” bits. The brat

  11. Jess says:

    Do what you what to do ,they are your dogs, we tried to help but obviously help is not what you are looking for. Good luck with your dogs. And yes the old dog has lived a long time, 17 is a very long time. The breed I have always had, rarely live over 12 and is also the average age for a golden retriever. So you have gotten 5 extra wonderful years with a great breed.

  12. Celt says:

    Jesse, actually you and others did help. I looked into the brands that I’ve not heard of before and found that 2 of the Acana, don’t have blueberries in them, and 1 of the Orijen. Although that one says its for large dogs, don’t know if it would be okay for the “boys”. I’ve been very lucky and never had a dog live less than 14 yrs barring the 4 pups that we lost to parvo (still don’t know how those pups caught it). I think that’s why I find it so hard to believe that the “old man’s” age is such a big deal. I know that larger breeds aren’t suppose to live a “long” time but like I said I’ve been very lucky. But thanks for giving some help.

  13. Jess says:

    They say good for large breeds because of the high protein and the old school thinking that high protein is bad for smaller dogs. High protein from a meat source is very good for small dogs, it is high protein from potatoes, grains, veggys and such, which are in fact bad for dogs. Oh by the way my name is Jess and I am a male, LOL. Ya, the dog gods are watching over you.

  14. RPot says:

    We have an almost 8 year old beautiful yellow lab named Duke. We have fed our dog Iams all these years, as the vet recommended it to us. Eight years ago, it was probably a better dog food then now. Approx. 3 to 4 months ago I began feeding our dog Beneful as he stopped wanting his Iams. While we were on vacation he stayed with my mom whom feeds her animals Beneful and my dog really liked it. I made the switch. My husband began complaining of the smell of the dog food so after 2 months I switched Duke back to Iams. During the time frame that I was feeding my lab Beneful, he had a seizure. I had not witnessed the seizure, I walked in on the after math of it. He had urinated all over my house, my couch had been moved and he was shaking when I walked in the house. I had no idea what happened until about 2 weeks ago he had a seizure in the middle of the night which we then put 2 and 2 together to figure out the first was a seizure as well. The vet seems to think that my lab may have a tumor simply due to statitics of labs having seizures at his age. His blood work came back fine. My question is, if indeed these seizures were caused by Beneful, I had stopped giving him Beneful approx. 3 weeks before his 2nd seizure. Would this dog food still be in his system?
    Since then both mom and I have been online researching all the dog foods. She just couldn’t believe what she had been feeding her animals and was very devastated!! At this time I am playing the waiting game to see if this lab will have any more seizures.

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