Purina Moist and Meaty Dog Food receives the Advisor’s lowest rating of 1 star.
The Purina Moist and Meaty product line includes four semi-moist dog foods.
However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Moist and Meaty Steak Flavor
- Moist and Meaty Chopped Burger
- Moist and Meaty Burger with Cheddar Cheese Flavor
- Moist and Meaty Rise and Shine Awaken Bacon and Egg Flavor
Moist and Meaty Burger with Cheddar Cheese Flavor was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Purina Moist and Meaty Burger with Cheddar Cheese
Semi-Moist Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, high fructose corn syrup, soybean grits, soybean flour, water, wheat flour, corn syrup, calcium carbonate, brewers condensed solubles, phosphoric acid, salt, sorbic acid (added to prevent spoilage), dried cheese powder (predominantly cheddar cheese), calcium propionate, (added to prevent spoilage), dl-methionine, choline chloride, added color (yellow 6, red 40, yellow 5 and other color), zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin supplements (E, B12, A, D3), ethoxyquin (a preservative), riboflavin supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||27%||10%||55%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||25%||24%||51%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef 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 high fructose corn syrup (or HFCS). HFCS is a corn-based sugar mixture commonly used to make soft drinks, cookies and candy. Sugar is an empty nutrient — just as unhealthy for dogs as it is for humans.
The third ingredient is soy grits, soybeans which have been toasted and broken into small pieces. Although high in protein, compared to meat, soy grits are an inferior source of amino acids.
Even though soy grits are relatively high in protein, this ingredient would be expected to possess a lower biological value than meat.
The fourth ingredient is soy flour, a high-protein by-product of soybean processing.
Even though soy grits and soy flour are relatively high in protein, these ingredients would be expected to have a notably lower biological value than meat.
And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The fifth ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The sixth ingredient is wheat flour, a highly-refined product of wheat milling. Like corn, wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
For this reason, we do not consider wheat a preferred component in any dog food.
The seventh ingredient is corn syrup. Corn syrup is a glucose-rich, high-calorie item of questionable nutritional value to a dog.
The eighth ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.
The ninth ingredient includes brewers condensed solubles, a by-product of making beer. It’s an inexpensive feedlot supplement commonly used as a “topdress” for feeding cattle.
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, 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.
In addition, we note the inclusion of menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K linked to liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells.
Since vitamin K isn’t required by AAFCO in either of its dog food nutrient profiles, we question the use of this substance in any canine formulation.
And lastly, this dog food contains ethoxyquin, a controversial preservative linked to the accumulation of hemoglobin pigment in the liver and elevated hepatic enzymes in the blood.
Purina Moist and Meaty Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Purina Moist and Meaty looks like a below average dog food.
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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 10%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 55% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 39%.
Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the soy items, this looks like the profile of a semi-moist product containing a modest amount of meat.
Purina Moist and Meaty is a plant-based semi-moist dog food using a modest amount of beef or beef by-products as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1 star.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
12/21/2009 Original review
07/30/2010 Review updated
05/27/2012 Review updated
12/21/2013 Review updated
12/21/2013 Last Update