Purina Dog Chow Brand Dog Food Complete & Balanced

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  • Purina Dog Chow Brand Dog Food Complete & Balanced
  • Published on: February 28, 2015
  • Last modified: June 13, 2015
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Review Summary:

At first glance at the top of the ingredient list one could question: “Corn? Where is the good meat? ”. It’s not there, at best there are generic named meat sources, which opens up the question on what condition the animal was in and where it is from. Also, the top of the ingredient list is crowded with various corn and soy products and by-products. Most of these are there to boast the protein content by relatively low cost, but some do not offer a good amino acid profile, such as corn. This recipe is not comprised of a variety of good wholesome ingredients. Food coloring and flavoring that is not claimed to be natural raises concern the additives that have little or no nutritional value. Overall, this recipe is poor.


  • Corn is the first ingredient and not a meat
  • Does not contain at least one good meat source in top 5 ingredients (ie Chicken, Beef, etc..)
  • Does not provide any Omega-3 fatty acid content info
  • Does not provide Calorie info
  • Generic animal type ingredient sources
  • Added “egg and chicken” flavoring is not described as natural. Could be synthetic and composition unknown
  • Contains unnecessary food coloring
  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    21% (min) 10% (min) 4.5% (max) 12% (max) 45% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories NA
    Vitamin A 10 000 IU/kg
    Vitamin E 100 IU/kg
    Magnesium NA
    Calcium 1%
    Phosphorus 0.8%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) 1.5%
    Omega-3-acid NA
    Omega-6 fatty acid NA

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Whole grain corn
    2. meat and bone meal
    3. corn gluten meal
    4. animal fat
    5. soybean meal

    Very disappointing to not see at least one good source of meat protein in the top five.

    Corn is source of nutrients and protein, but it is also contains relatively high amounts of carbohydrates and the protein amino acid profile is unbalanced. It is commonly found in dog food, since it is relatively cheap. Take caution some dogs may already be or will develop an allergy to corn.

    Meat and bone meal is rendered from other animal parts that humans may not consider eating. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to pure meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive rendering process to ensure it is safe to eat.  Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out; it’s strictly good for a source of protein. Another concern is it doesn’t mention what animal it came from; it could be from sick or euthanize animal as just two possibilities among many others.

    Corn gluten meal is an inexpensive source of protein, and does boast protein content when used. However, the amino acids it contains are not well balanced for a dog. Thus, it is an inferior choice to meat or other sources for protein. Look out for this protein substitute. There are some dogs maybe allergic to corn, which applies to this corn by-product.

    Animal fat can come from various sources, such as the state of the animal or the specific animal type. There is no enforcement or definition the source. As one example, it can come from healthy slaughtered animal; on the other hand it could also come from a sick and/or euthanized animal. One example of a better alternative is “Chicken Fat”.

    Soybean meal is the remains after grinding the soybean to extract the oil. It is a low cost source of protein with all essential amino acids for dogs, and it’s commonly found in animal feed.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Poultry by-product meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. It may contain bones, lungs, brains, underdeveloped eggs, intestine, etc…The term “Poultry” is a generic term and it does not specify exactly the source. This leaves an open door to where they may have procure the poultry from, which may allow for higher odds of a bad source such as a sick, euthanized, road kill, as a few examples among many other possibilities. Aside from the questionable generic term, meat meals do offer protein with a complete amino acid profile for dogs.

    Egg and chicken flavor is described as “natural”. Therefore, it does not have to be from natural sources. Such an ingredient is not clearly defined on what it is composed of, even if its synthetic it is important to understand. It is best to avoid such flavoring additives.

    Whole grain wheat is a source of dietary-fiber and some protein too, but it is relatively high in other carbohydrates.

    Animal digest is processed animal issue by applying heat, enzymes, and/or acids. The end product may contain protein, but it is not clear on what parts of the animal, condition of the animal, or what type of animal was used.  It doesn’t sound great and we advise to avoid this ingredient if possible.

    Food coloring is purely added for aesthetics. Despite being FDA approved, there is always risk they may do harm over time without much or any value in return. Food coloring is unnecessary and should be avoided.  Example of food coloring in the ingredients is blue1, “food coloring”, yellow 5, red 40, etc..

    Garlic oil is a debatable ingredient. You may know that garlic contains thiosulphate, which can cause hemolytic anemia, liver damage, and death for dogs. So why do they add garlic or garlic oil to dog food? It is because some debate the benefits of garlic are significant for dogs, and low dosages do pose any risk to their compromising their health.


    All Ingredients

    Whole grain corn, meat and bone meal, corn gluten meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, soybean meal, poultry by-product meal, egg and chicken flavor, whole grain wheat, animal digest, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, Yellow 6, Vitamin E supplement, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, ferrous sulfate, Yellow 5, Red 40, manganese sulfate, niacin, Blue 2, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by:  Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
    Location(s): USA


    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture, parent, or parent subsidiaries from 2013.

    Date Brand Reason
    8/30/2013 Purina One Beyond Salmonella

    *Recall information from FDA website.


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