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Pure Dog Food Review (Fresh)

Pure Tried and True Fresh Dog Food


Which Pure Fresh Dog Food Recipes Get
Our Best Ratings?

Pure Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Pure Dog Food product line includes the 5 fresh cooked dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product Rating AAFCO
Pure Dog Food Popeye Chicken and Spinach 5 A
Pure Dog Food Turkey Tried and True 5 A
Pure Dog Food Clean Chicken and Quinoa 5 A
Pure Dog Food Proactive Beef and Pumpkin Grain Free 5 A
Pure Dog Food Mega Omega Salmon and Pasta 5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Pure Dog Food Turkey Tried and True was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

Pure Dog Food Turkey Tried and True

Frozen Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 48% | Fat = 19% | Carbs = 25%

Ingredients: Turkey, brown rice, broccoli, carrots, rolled oats, safflower oil, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, calcium, manganese, iron, potassium

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.1%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis16%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis48%19%25%
Calorie Weighted Basis41%38%21%
Protein = 41% | Fat = 38% | Carbs = 21%

Ingredient Analysis

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, which 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 2 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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Pure Dog Food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 48%, a fat level of 19% and estimated carbohydrates of about 25%.

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 38%.

Which means Pure Dog Food contains…

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

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

Our Rating of Pure Dog Food

Pure Dog Food contains both grain-inclusive and grain-free recipes using a significant amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Pure Dog Food Recall History

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls related to Pure Dog Food through March 2024.

No recalls noted.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.

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