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Sun, Nov 7, 2010

Purina Dog Food

Purina is a very well-known name among pet owners, due to its long history of producing pet food formulas. However, recently Purina has come under scrutiny, both for their manufacturing procedures and the quality of their foods. With all of the conflicting information, what's the real nutritional content of Purina's food formulas? Is Purina a good choice for your dog? Learn more about Purina dog food in our review!


Who is Purina Manufactured By?

The company who makes Purina dog food is called Nestle Purina PetCare. Nestle Purina PetCare is the result of a 2001 merger, between the Ralston Purina Company and Nestle Friskies PetCare Company. Nestle Purina PetCare is currently headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Purina Dog Food Recall

As of right now, Purina dog food is not listed on the FDA's pet food recall website. However, it's important to note that several of Purina's sub-brands, such as Mighty Dog, Alpo and a few others were involved in the 2007 pet food recalls, and are still listed. Purina did recall one formula, “Purina Strategy” in 2010, though this formula is only designed for horses. In order to make sure that your dog's food is safe, it's always highly recommended that you check the FDA's pet food recall website. This will help you to stay updated on the latest pet food recall information.

Purina Reviews

Purina Ingredients

The ingredients in Purina's dog food formulas vary greatly depending on the specific Purina brand (Beneful, Purina ONE, etc). Many formulas have ground corn as their first ingredient. Chicken by-products are also seen in several Purina formulas. Some formulas contain corn, wheat, soy or all three of these ingredients. Some Purina formulas also contain salt, sugar or animal digest. Artificial colors are often seen in certain Purina formulas. Some formulas don't even have a viable protein source in the first few ingredients, with a very high concentration of carbohydrates.

Purina Allergies

There are several ingredients in some Purina formulas that could cause allergic reactions in some dogs. Since many Purina formulas are corn-based, this may cause allergic symptoms in dogs with corn sensitivity. Wheat and soy are also commonly contained in Purina formulas, which are potential allergens. Some dogs may react negatively to the chemical coloring, added sugar/salt, by-products or other ingredients in Purina formulas. When feeding your dog Purina dog food, it's always best if you thoroughly read the ingredients list, especially if your dog has special dietary requirements.

Purina Product Lines

Purina Dog Food Products:

  1. Alpo
  2. Beneful
  3. Pro Plan

Purina  Consumer Info

Where can I buy Purina?

You may be wondering, “Where can I buy Purina Dog Food?”. To assist you, we have included links on the specific Purina formula pages to purchase Purina dog food.

How much Purina should I feed my dog?

A common question that many pet owners have, is “How much Purina dog food should I feed my dog?”. Since the answer is dependent on several factors (such as your dog's age, weight, activity level, etc) always follow the specific instructions on your formula's packaging.


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Purina Ratings

Customer reviews of most all Purina formulas are very negative. Many dog owners report that their dogs experienced lethargy, hair loss and severe gastrointestinal symptoms when fed Purina dog food formulas. The fact that Purina formulas are often filled with filler ingredients (such as corn, wheat or soy) was a negative factor cited by many dog owners. Dogs that have allergies do not seem to have positive results with Purina dog food. Many customers state that they will never feed their dogs Purina dog food, simply because of its low-quality ingredients.

Have you fed your dog any of the Purina dog food dry or canned formulas? Do you have feedback that could help other pet owners? Please share your review of Purina dog food!

10 Responses to “Purina”

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    dell Says:

    I grew up on a farm with animals and of course we fed purina feeds. Fed them to our pets also. As an adult, i always had dogs, cats, etc. I was feeding my 2 GSD’s purina select. Digestive issues, loose stools, etc. I switched foods to grain free with better quality ingredients. Problems solved. I can’t say that Purina caused any issues, but if a dog has allergies or susceptible to issues, feeding a grain free, limited ingredient diet may solve the problem. The food i switched to is comparable in price to purina pro plan, but the benefit to my GSD’s is priceless.

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    Polly Says:

    I came across the site while researching Purina GI vet Rx food which my vet recently sent home with me for a puppy with diarrhea. She ate some the first day I feed her but the following day she seemed worse and wouldnt touch it, so I boiled up some chicken breast and oatmeal, the next day her stools were normal again. As she seemed to have her appetite back and I ran out of the chicken I put her back on the Rx food, and the diarrhea returned. My vet told me to keep feeding her this stuff as it had more nutrients which she needed, that night she had 14 bowel movements.
    I made the decision to take her of it and after consulting with the breeder put her on a raw food diet…..the problem immediately stopped. I have never been a fan of Purina foods, I saw their mills! But this latest incident reaffirms my thoughts. Looking at the label on the can it is full of things you can’t pronounce which says everything. Never again!

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    Marcelene Fegurgur Says:

    Has anyone ever noticed the strange correllation between the appearance of human allergic reactions and now our pets as well? I find it strange we are afflicted by some of the same symptoms that 30 years ago weren’t around or we just lived with them. Now, everything has a cause and/or some expensive treatment.

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    dp Says:

    I have always fed my pets purina brands. I was instructed to feed my dog a low fat diet but he didn’t specifically tell me what brand to feed him. I did a comparison on the store shelves of regular brand dog foods and I did a comparison of all the fancy dog food brands, as well, and found that purina had the lowest fat content. So, that’s what I fed my dog Raoul. He never had any weight issues. He had a sensitive stomach but usually that reared it’s ugly head whenever there was some bug running through the pet population in the neighbourhood, or he ate something he shouldn’t have. it was later on, in his life, that I was guilted into switching up his diet. I switched his dog food slowly and by graduating the new food into his diet, while easing the old food off of his diet. He developed digestive issues, developed pancreatic cancer and I had to put him down. I am not saying that other pet food caused this, but I have two dogs now that I feed Purina to and they are healthy. Stick to what works, right. They only ever get stomach issues when they eat something they shouldn’t – like discarded garbage on our walks. I have had many cats over the years too. Cats, I have found, have a tendency not to be so great on Purina – especially male cats. Any male cats I have had, I have had to give them special low ash foods that I am not sure Purina produces.

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    matt Says:

    I had fed purina dog chow to our dogs for 35 years and never had any problems. I had beagles, that hunted hard, and countless coon hounds that could run all night every night and never hand any problems. I have a young hound now that was started on dog chow but doesn’t seem to like it nearly as much some of the other products out there now. More or less dog chow with keep a dog alive but they won’t enjoy eating it as much as some of the newer foods out there.

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    Don C. Says:

    Our lab/beagle Molly ate a variety of dry Purina dog food, mixed with real chicken or beef and lived for 16 years. Searching now for a dog food that won’t upset the stomach of our 1 year old lab.

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      Mia Says:

      Abady feeds makes some interesting claims about their food solving health problems, why not give them a try? I am myself… not long enough for feedback yet.

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    Daisy Says:

    my vet had me buy a bag of this to help my dog lose some weight, i was skeptical even at the vet looking at the ingredients. corn, fillers, meat by products, animal digest, wheat gluten… poor doggies, i would not even eat that stuff myself. so i’m hoping the vet will take the dry food back, finding better ways to incorporate fiber into their diets. they love chic peas, carrots, apples, sweet potatoes. but just not happy at all with the ingredients in the OM version to help them lose weight. sorry purina, not impressed at all.

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      Mia Says:

      Dogs need organ meats. Fiber is not such a good thing. They are carnivores. Bil-jack and Abady have good reveiws. Abady claims to avoid plants that contain saponins that clog the intestinal lumen and prevent nutrient absorbtion. I recently began supplementing my papillon’s kibble with raw chicken and bone meal from Blue Ridge Beef. When she was a baby, the skin on her stomach was very white. I fed Blue Buffalo. Over 1 year her skin became pinker. I switched her to raw and her skin on her belly became very clear and white again, and she seems more energetic and puppy-like (but it could also be attributed to her heat cycles, shes a show bitch). Currently testing a diet of the higher quality Abady granular with supplemental raw chicken and bone added, and also a supplement from Vibrant Pets : “Canine Athlete” supplement.

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    nacole Says:

    When I was feeding my dog Beneful his allergies went crazy. He licked himself raw and was miserable! The vet said to get him off of it and I did. Now his allergy problems are 90% better!

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