Pure Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Pure Dog Food product line includes 5 cooked-then-frozen 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.
Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.
- Pure Dog Food Turkey Tried and True [A]
- Pure Dog Food Clean Chicken and Quinoa [A]
- Pure Dog Food Mega Omega Salmon and Pasta [A]
- Pure Dog Food Popeye Chicken and Spinach (4.5 stars) [A]
- Pure Dog Food Proactive Beef and Pumpkin Grain Free (4.5 stars) [A]
Pure Dog Food Turkey Tried and True was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Pure Dog Food Turkey Tried and True
Frozen Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Turkey, brown rice, broccoli, carrots, rolled oats, canine multivitamin and mineral supplement and safflower oil
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||52%||20%||20%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||43%||40%||17%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Although it is a quality item, raw turkey contains up to 73% 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 brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The third ingredient is broccoli. Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.
Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.
The fourth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fifth ingredient lists rolled oats, whole oats that have been rolled and flattened into flakes. Since they’re minimally processed, rolled oats are exceptionally high in dietary fiber and nutritional value.
From here, the list goes on to include a few 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 two notable exceptions…
First, the vitamins and minerals added to this product are not detailed sufficiently here to permit us to judge their quality.
And lastly, we note the inclusion of safflower oil. Safflower oil is nutritionally similar to sunflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.
Safflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
Pure Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Pure Dog Food looks like an above-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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 42% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 34% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 37%.
Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical moist dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet dog food containing a notable amount of meat.
Pure Dog Food contains both grain and grain-free recipes using a notable amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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.
Pure Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
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Notes and Updates
05/08/2019 Last Update