Purina Dog Food

June 17, 2010  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Purina

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.

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

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

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55 Responses to “Purina Dog Food”
  1. Iam Leery says:

    i too have been feeding ALL my dogs for years the Purina brand foods .. they all live long healthy lives .. regular vet visits, shots, exercise etc keeps them living longer and healthier than expected .. i do supplement with occasional meats, chicken & fish along with a multi vitamin and brewers yeast tabs .. and above all LOTS OF LOVE .. mental health is just as important ..

  2. LabsRawesome says:

    Iam Leery, please read the review above. They do not recommend Purina, and neither do I. 🙂

  3. 2 Goldens says:

    I am wanting to change from Eukanuba to Purina dog food for our 2 Golden Retrievers, they are 4 and 6 and wondering which dog food is comparable, thanks in advance,,steve

  4. Bella Ruby says:

    2 Golden: My dogs have been eating Purina Smart Blend (Chicken). They are both doing very well. Clear eyes, soft coats, high energy and healthy stools.

  5. Nancy says:

    I have been feeding my dogs Purina dog chow for as long as I have owned dogs .my Saint Bernard Is now 9 years old Has no health problems And is a very good weight Her coat is luscious and shine my schnauzer is 8 years old and has no health concerns at all both dogs have been eating for Purina since they were baby puppies I recommend this product for anyone who has a dog

  6. doglover says:

    I highly don’t recommend Purina. My dogs have been eating Purina Dog Chow for years and they both have lumps on their chests and thighs. This is the main food they consume everyday. I would say the effect of eating Purina dog food is not immediate but you will see in long term.

  7. Recently we started using Purina Pro Plan for sensitive skin/allergy concerns. At first the results were good- allergies cleared BUT! Shortly thereafter there developed a dramatic weight loss – severe fur/hair problems and other problems. Our vet was quite concerned and I make a quick choice to switch to Acana for health reasons. Successfully. Thanks to the advice of as reputable breeder not sponsored by Purina. Purina now produces a “medical” diet. However I wouldn’t try it because you just might need further medical treatment. Even though a food product is sold in a vet office. Think twice carefully

  8. CanadaFirst says:

    On this webpage, under the heading Purina Dog Food Formulas, four of the five links are dead.
    Btw, regarding the “lamb” ingredient of Purina ONE, PREMIUM DOG FOOD, Lamb & Rice Formula, “Real Lamb is the 1st ingredient”, we’ve read elsewhere on the ‘net that this “lamb” is in fact lung tissue of *sheep.
    Using this dog food, we do notice it does not keep well, therefore with only one dog to feed presently, we’ve learned it doesn’t pay to buy large bags of this dog food (in order to save on “bulk” purchase) vs the 2.7 Kg size (coupons are occasionally found in the 2.7 Kg bags).
    Something else we’ve recently noticed about this dog food . . with cooler weather, small numbers of pesky houseflies tend to invade our home, landing everywhere in sight until eliminated . . everywhere except on the dog’s bowl of Purina ONE PREMIUM DOG FOOD, Lamb & Rice Formula “Real Lamb is the 1st ingredient”. What can this lack of housefly attraction to this dog food possibly imply?
    Here’s an interesting *sheep-related link re Hydatids – a disease of dogs that affects people: http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/agriculture/pests-diseases-and-weeds/animal-diseases/zoonoses/hydatids-a-disease-of-dogs-that-affects-people

  9. LabsRawesome says:

    CanadaFirst, the reason that the links are dead is, that the review is from June of 2010, over 3 years ago. I don’t think the owner of this site is updating it at all. 🙂

  10. Gail Stein says:

    My pugs will only eat purina little bites and mighty dog.tried many , many dog foods these are what they eat.wont touch others even tried Blue Buffalo .

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