Purina Bella Pate (Tubs)

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Purina Bella Pate Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2 stars.

The Purina Bella Pate product line includes 6 wet dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Purina Bella with Beef [M]
  • Purina Bella with Turkey [M]
  • Purina Bella Filet Mignon Flavor [M]
  • Purina Bella Grilled Chicken Flavor [M]
  • Purina Bella Porterhouse Steak Flavor [M]
  • Purina Bella with Chicken and Smoked Bacon [M]

Purina Bella Porterhouse Steak Flavor was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Purina Bella Porterhouse Steak Flavor

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 44% | Fat = 19% | Carbs = 28%

Ingredients: Meat by-products, water, chicken, turkey, liver, calcium sulfate, carrageenan, sodium tripolyphosphate, locust bean gum, added color, potassium chloride, natural porterhouse steak flavor, natural and artificial flavors, xanthan gum, guar gum, choline chloride, salt, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, niacin, sodium nitrite (for color retention), thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis44%19%28%
Calorie Weighted Basis37%39%24%
Protein = 37% | Fat = 39% | Carbs = 24%

The first ingredient in this dog food includes meat by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered animals after all the prime striated muscle cuts have been removed.

With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.1

What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. So, the meat itself can come from any combination of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats — which can make identifying specific food allergies impossible.

Although most meat by-products can be nutritious, we do not consider such vaguely described (generic) ingredients to be as high in quality as those derived from a named animal source.

The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The third ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

The fourth ingredient is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.3

Both chicken and turkey are naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The fifth ingredient is liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.

The sixth ingredient is calcium sulfate, a source of supplemental calcium.

The seventh ingredient is carrageenan, a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

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 three notable exceptions

First, we’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?

Next, 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.

And lastly, we also note the presence of sodium nitrite, a controversial color preservative. Sodium nitrite has been linked to the production of cancer-causing substances (known as nitrosamines) when meats are exposed to high cooking temperatures.

Purina Bella Pate Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Purina Bella Pate looks like a below-average wet product.

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 44%, a fat level of 19% and estimated carbohydrates of about 28%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 29% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 44%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Purina Bella Pate is a meat-based wet dog food using a significant amount of unnamed meat by-product as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2 stars.

Not recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Purina Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

04/11/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  3. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition
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  • Lisa Scott

    My dog loved this food. However, while on it, she started having seizures. I took her to the vet twice. She was examined twice and tests were run. They found no underlying condition to cause the seizures. I began to suspect the food. I took her off the Bella food. She got better!! No more seizures. I wonder what it could be about this food that caused this.