Eukanuba Pure (Dry)

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Eukanuba Pure dry dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Eukanuba Pure product line includes three dry dog foods.

Although each formulation appears to be designed for a specific life stage, we found no AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement profile recommendations for these dog foods on the Eukanuba website.

  • Eukanuba Pure Adult
  • Eukanuba Pure Puppy
  • Eukanuba Pure Large Breed

Eukanuba Pure Adult Chicken and Rice dog food was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.

Eukanuba Pure Adult

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 46%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, brewers rice, ground whole grain sorghum, ground whole grain barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), dried beet pulp, dried egg product, potassium chloride, natural flavor, fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), salt, sodium hexametaphosphate, dl-methionine, choline chloride, fructooligosaccharides, monosodium phosphate, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, potassium iodide, cobalt carbonate), vitamins (ascorbic acid, vitamin A acetate, calcium pantothenate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, niacin, riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), inositol, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, brewers dried yeast, beta-carotene, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis25%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%18%46%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%37%40%

The first ingredient in this dog food lists chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fourth ingredient is sorghum. Sorghum (milo) is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.

Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient.

The fifth ingredient lists barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. Unlike grains with a higher glycemic index, barley can help support more stable blood sugar levels.

The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The seventh ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

The eighth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With four notable exceptions

First, this recipe contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener1 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

Next, fish oil. Fish oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.

Then, we note the inclusion of sodium hexametaphosphate, a man-made industrial polymer with no known nutritive value.

HMP is used in making soap, detergents, water treatment, metal finishing and most likely here to decrease tartar build-up on the teeth.

Although some might disagree, we’re of the opinion that food is not the place for tartar control chemicals or any other non-nutritive substances.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Eukanuba Pure Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Eukanuba Pure Dog Food looks to be an above-average kibble.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 28%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 46%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 46% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 61%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

However, it’s unfortunate the company chose to include brewers rice, non-chelated minerals and HMP in its recipes. Without these ingredients, we’d have been compelled to award this product a higher rating.

Bottom line?

Eukanuba Pure Dog Food is a grain-based kibble using a moderate amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.

Recommended.

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Other spellings: Eukenuba, Eucanuba

Notes and Updates

11/22/2010 Original review
03/06/2014 Last Update

  • theBCnut

    Sorry for your loss.

  • RJS

    I recently lost my french bulldog due to gastric neoplasia. He was only 6 1/2 years old. I’m so heartbroken. I fed him Eukanuba since he was a puppy. I’m not going to claim it had anything to do with his cancer but I can’t help but wonder. I will not feed it to my next dog. I will only feed him a food with all natural ingredients no matter what the cost.

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  • Jeffrey

    I am using the Iams Pro active puppy right now and one or twice a week I sprinkle a little of the Euk. Wild Salmon on it to give her some fish with it. she seems to be doing great so far, I have never had problems with Iams Products. Used Euka with my Ak.Husky with no problems.

  • http://www.thegreedypinstripes.com/ BryanV21

    I haven’t heard about beets being an issue. I know that poor foods can cause tear stain issues, though, so I’d look into changing foods.

    However I’ve read that when changing foods it’s important to do it gradually, as that can cause staining issues as well. I recommend a 25/75 ratio of new to old food for a couple of days, then 50/50 for a couple of days, and finally 75/25 for a couple more days.

  • Tatiaba

    Yes, I’ve also noticed that red stains underneath my puppy’s eyes , the shop that I got her from said it was due to the beets in the food . My cavalier loves it though, but since it got above average ratings , im debating whether ti change it?

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  • Sue

    Hi, I have a small rescue and have been feeding the puppies and dogs Eukanuba Pure since it hit the shelves. I’ve noticed a redish/brown staining on my dogs around their eyes and beards (schnauzers) . Anyone else have this issue? They also seem to have lost a little weight. Also noticed this is a high bulk food? Anyone else?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Maureen… Dr. G’s looks like a very good product. It’s currently on our To Do list. However, due to our current backlog, it could be a while longer before we get to it. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  • Maureen Wellman

    I recently purchased a collie puppy who had been fed only Eukanuba puppy fiood. Since seeing that it is rated here as only 3 stars, I am going to change her diet. Do you have any info on Dr. G’s Fresh Pet Food that is only sold online?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi J… Based upon the Eukanuba Pure ingredients list when it was last downloaded from their website, these minerals do not appear to be chelated.

  • j

    hi mike. great site by the way. i spoke with someone from eukanuba today wondering if pure is chelated and she told me yes. i hope she was telling the truth.

  • Jonathan

    I’m surprised they didn’t use chelated minerals. Why would they skimp in that department? This food is priced higher than Blue Buffalo. Why? Don’t know. This doesn’t seem too much more “pure” then the rest of their products. Oh well, it is, at least, slightly better…