Pure Vita Grain Free Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Pure Vita Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Pure Vita Grain Free product line includes 5 dry 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.

  • Pure Vita Grain Free Salmon and Peas [A]
  • Pure Vita Grain Free Beef and Red Lentils [A]
  • Pure Vita Grain Free Duck and Green Lentils [A]
  • Pure Vita Grain Free Venison and Red Lentils [A]
  • Pure Vita Grain Free Turkey and Sweet Potato [A]

Pure Vita Grain Free Turkey and Sweet Potato was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Pure Vita Grain Free Turkey and Sweet Potato

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 48%

Ingredients: Turkey, turkey meal, peas, sweet potato, pea flour, pea starch, turkey fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), alfalfa meal, flax seed, natural turkey flavor, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, dried tomato pomace, sunflower oil, salt, cranberries, calcium carbonate, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, cobalt proteinate, selenium yeast), dried brewers yeast, blueberries, apples, lactic acid, turmeric, dried chicory root, lecithin, vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), glucosamine hydrochloride, choline chloride, garlic, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), chondroitin sulfate, Yucca schidigera extract, l-carnitine, calcium iodate, rosemary extract, yeast culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.7%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis24%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%18%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis23%37%41%
Protein = 23% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 41%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Although it is a quality item, raw turkey 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 turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.

The third ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The fifth ingredient is pea flour, a powder made from roasted yellow peas. Pea flour contains as much as 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is pea starch, a paste-like, gluten-free carbohydrate extract probably used here as a binder for making kibble. Aside from its energy content (calories), pea starch is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient is turkey fat. Turkey fat is obtained from rendering turkey, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

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

The eighth ingredient is alfalfa meal. Although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

The ninth ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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 seven notable exceptions

First, tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

Next, sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower 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.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

In addition, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

We also note the inclusion of chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Next, garlic can be a controversial item. Although many favor the ingredient for its claimed health benefits, garlic has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.1

So, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.

And lastly, this recipe also contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

Pure Vita Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Pure Vita Grain Free looks like an above-average dry 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 27%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

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.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea products, alfalfa, flaxseed and brewers yeast in this recipe and the lentils and garbanzo beans contained in others, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing just a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Pure Vita Grain Free is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly 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.

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Notes and Updates

04/19/2017 Last Update

  1. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)
  • Stephen

    WOW! I’m not a vet – so I doubt I can help you much. If you want to do food sensitivity testing on her – I’d suggest Dr. Jean Dodds – http://www.nutriscan.org/

  • Stephen

    Bad batch or mega allergic to food ..strange reaction!

  • john hark

    My dog has a chicken allergy. He does fine on Pure Vita (Turkey formula), and I rotate between this and the grain-free fish formula from Wellness Core.

  • john hark

    My dog has a chicken allergy/sensitivity to where he gets rashes and licks his skin if he has chicken. Started him on this food and he loves it. No issues with his skin either.

  • john hark

    I doubt he means sweetener like a sugar substitute, but rather sweetener as a topping to make the food more appealing for the dog, such as fish oil or broth.

  • Michelle Libby Quenneville

    We just started on the Venison and Red Lentils because it doesn’t have Peas or Pea flour in it and my two seem fine . We have one Doberman and one Greyhound / Doberman mix who are rescues

  • Kristal Lynn Harris

    I have been feeding my pitbull mix and GSP this food ever since I switched them off of blue buffalo. I can actually change it up and give them a variety by buying a couple of the different flavors they offer. They have maintained the same weight with shiny coats, also with the help of salmon oil. I recommend it to anyone!

  • Kristal Lynn Harris

    Did you properly transition your dog from one food to another, or just changed his/her foods? That could tear their tummies up and give the nasty poo in which you are mentioning. As far as the yogurt goes, may check with your vet.

  • Katie

    Hi there! So my dog has been having yeasty ears and we were told it might be the potatoes in the food. Originally we were on Fromm. My dog is 5 years old and has occasional seizures. We were also told to stay away from rosemary, so that cuts out a lot of dog food. I recently had a few samples of the Pure Vita Grain Free Beef & Red Lentils. He ate it with no problem and without a ‘topper’! He is very picky about his dry food. Anyhow, I was debating between Pure Vita and Zignature. I am so confused now. 🙁 I ordered from Chewy.com and order a 15 pound of the Pure Vita Grain Free Beef & Red Lentils, its been 2 days since he started back up on it. We had him on Zignature for a couple of weeks till we decided which brand he liked. So, the past 2 days, he seemed fine till tonight. He has had normal poop but tonight on his last walk of the night, he had diarrhea one time only. I felt awful. Then I began to think, could it have been the non-fat plain yogurt? He’s been having some yogurt in the morning and at night. I just don’t know anymore. After reading some of these reviews, I’m scared to go back to the Pure Vita. I thought maybe it was a bad batch of yogurt? That was the last thing he had tonight around 7pm (we went on a walk at 9pm). I’m so confused. I don’t know what to do. Any advice? Sometimes he is a little hesitant to eat the yogurt, I think maybe because it is so cold, he doesn’t like extreme temperatures. Any advice please? I’m looking for a grain-free dog food with no rosemary and no potatoes and if possible no peas (but no pea allergy here) and no chicken. 🙂 Thank you!

  • Chris

    I’m looking for a review of their Venison and Red Lentil, am I in the right place? Or is that review in the works? I’ve been feeding it to my two Shibas and their stools have been ideal (small, dark brown, firm) but their skin is itchy. I’m not sure if they caught a flea or if they’re still getting over their allergy to the new formula of Acana they were previously on or if it’s this Pure Vita food. Wondering if others are having the same issue. TY!

  • Diane

    I was going to request a sample of the TOTW Appalachian Valley Small Breed but the protein is a little high at 32%. Not sure if that is too high for my babies as they are small and not very active. Don’t want them to get kidney disease from the high protein. Any thoughts?

  • Diane

    Great to know. I just started my two on it a little over a week ago. I got the Venison and Red Lentils because one of my babies has food allergies. Hopefully this will work out! I will watch their weight as the fat is a little high. I love the Velcro also!

  • Diane

    Hi Susan, I am also getting a sample of Taste of the Wild the Roasted Lamb formula dry. Waiting for that to come to see if they like it. I do prefer though a product made in the USA. Do you know anything about Taste of the Wild? Thank you!

  • Diane

    Hi Susan, thank you for replying. I had them on Wellness and then my little boy started with bad allergies, I tried the Core and it was too rich for them. Then I tried Stewart’s raw natural freeze dried lamb recipe that was recommended and they loved it but the crude protein was 45% and the crude fat was 35% and they gained 2 lbs in less then a month and I was feeding them very little of it, I measured it out too. So then it was recommended to try the Pure Vita so that is what they are on now. The Venison and Red Lentil. They will not eat it dry so mix a can of wet Pure Vita with it and they eat it.I just put like a tablespoon of wet. I have noticed their breath does not smell on this food and the poos are hard, a lot but hard. I will do what you have recommended also. I appreciate your help.

  • Susan

    People always come on Dog Food Advisor & blame a certain brand kibble made their dog sick or killed their dog, Don’t listen the post is 4 yrs old, the dog probably would have gotten tumors no matter what… you feed what agrees with your dog especially if he has allergies, its so hard to find a few kibbles that agree with dogs with food sensitivities, that’s why you should always rotate your kibbles, this way your dog is eating a few different brands & always add fresh meats & veggies to the kibble, Follow Rodney Habib on his Face Book page, he has a post if you add 1 tablespoon of fresh meats or veggies you reduce the chances of your dog getting cancer…the best diet is a raw or cooked balanced diet, kibble is just easy for us…

  • Diane

    I just started my dogs on the Venison and Red Lentil and no I am terrified they are going to get sick on this food. They were on Wellness but my one yorkie has terrible allergies and was on the grainfree Wellness, still very itchy and problems. So Pure Vita was recommended. Should I get them off of this food? Thank you

  • Britt Cali

    Real Meat has been the only food that doesnt give my dog hives, I’ve tried them ALL acana, orijen, the best and most expensive ones all have not helped, Fresh pet is also another that she can eat. 🙂 Hope this helps.

  • InkedMarie

    Sweetener? Dogs do not need nor should they have, a sweetener.

  • Roger Wilko

    It is fairly expensive, but not as much as some other brands. My dog seems to like it, and when I add a bit of “sweetener” she laps it up. I feel good feeding my pet this food. I think it is safe and wholesome. STAY AWAY FROM PURINA BENEFUL!!!! STAY AWAY!!!

  • Kaycee Kennedy

    I’m so glad the food is working out for you!

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Kaycee!~
    I’m happy to report that my lab mixes are doing fantastic on this food as well. Was concerned the higher fat level might be a mistake, but far from it!
    I’ll just have to keep my eyes open for sales. Otherwise, it will be only a “once in a while” food. Thanks for your reply.

  • Kaycee Kennedy

    I’ve been feeding my Lab mixes the different flavors of Pure Vita for a good year and they’ve been doing great on it. They’re weight is steady, they like the taste and, like you, gotta love the velcro!

  • Crazy4cats

    I bought a bag of the grain free Turkey Pure Vita a few weeks ago when Pet Flow had it on a 30% off sale. I just opened it this morning and it has a velcro top. Woo Hoo!! It’s a little lower in protein and higher in fat than they are used to. Therefore, I will transition over at least a week.

    Has anyone else fed this food?

  • Crazy4cats

    I really like Victor and Whole Earth Farms kibble. I also have used Taste of the Wild successfully. But, without knowing what is causing your dog’s itchiness, it’s hard to know what to recommend.

    Btw, I have PureVita turkey ordered to feed to my dogs next due to a good deal on PetFlow. I hope my dogs do well on it.

    Good Luck, Jenna.

  • jenna6965

    I started feeding my Golden Retriever Nutrisource Puppy for large breed until she was 11.5 months old. The vet then suggested Purevita Grain Free. I was so excited with all the different flavors she could try. She started to itch a lot more and we were not 100% sure if it was a food allergy or just normal allergies as it was getting into ragweed season and i do take her to the park and wooded area. However this winter she is itching also. Not as bad but still itching. I am wondering if someone can suggest maybe trying a different Grain free food. I She has no other issue’s with the dog food.

    Thank You

  • Roger Wilko

    I am convinced that Purina’s Beneful ended up killing my four-year-old black lab/greyhound due to liver/kidney issues. My new black lab/greyhound gets mostly Pure Vita Turkey (sometimes salmon), and on rare occasions Iams Proactive health (but only in a pinch) and sometimes a bit of Pedigree ground beef canned as a “sweetener”. Pure Vita is wonderful for her and she likes it. Pay the extra cost.

  • Shea

    My small terrier is on grain free Fromm for the past 4 months and has done great on it. Her stomach issues have cleared up. But now I need to change her to a limited ingredient diet for her skin issues. I wanted to see if she has built up an intolerance to chicken or potatoes. She’s been itchy and has a few small scabs that have been on her for a couple of weeks now. I’m also looking for a food lower in fat and calories because she has gained a couple of pounds. I have cut back on her current food and taking her for walks. I have looked into pure vita gf and acana singles. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Glad you found one! Fromm also makes a grain free beef food. You could always rotate between the two.

  • Evan Violini


    Click the recipe to learn more! All the ingredients right therE!

  • Dog_Obsessed

    You may find it helpful to rotate her with slow transitions to a new food once and a while so that she doesn’t become sensitive to it.

  • Pro Pac Ultimates Grain Free has a red meat formula and a lamb formula. Also Hound and Gatos has single protein canned foods. Grandma Lucy’s Artisan and Pureformance lines are also single protein.

  • Bob3rd

    I had been looking for a dry food with only one source of meat that was a red meat (because my pit seemed to have developed a sensitivity to his fish based food which he had been on for a long time). It was amazingly difficult to find one. The Pure Vita Bison was one of only two or three that I found. Amazingly, there are hardly any others with only one main protein source that is a red meat, even at specialty dog food retailers. He has totally stopped licking his paws and his coat has become amazingly soft. I hope he doesn’t develop a sensitivity to this because it’s working well for him. I also mix in some Pure Vita canned beef Stew food or Against the Grain pulled beef canned food.

  • Dori

    What works best for Katie, my allergy girl, is a commercial raw food diet. As I mentioned I feed them all the same food (easier on me and I don’t have to worry that she got into food she shouldn’t have). Companies I like are Primal Raw Formulas and Primal Raw Pronto. They are complete and balanced. the formulas come in large patties and are less expensive to feed than the Pronto versions which look more like frozen kibble that you scoop out. I also feed Answers Detailed, Vital Essentials, Natures Variety Instinct Raw, OC Raw. For a freeze dried food I like The Honest Kitchen. The only one I can feed is Zeal because it’s fish based and contains no poultry. Air dried I use Big Dog Natural (sold on their web site only for now). The only kibble I use on occasion (that’s if my husband has to feed the dogs and doesn’t want to weigh the raw or deal with raw at all) is Nature’s Logic. I like their sardine formula the best. I feed different proteins within those brands and rotate the brands also. I make sure that none contain any proteins. Raw foods are grain free. Twice a week I divide a small can of sardines packed in water (grocery store) between the three dogs. On the other days I squirt a little sardine oil (I like Natures Logic Sardine Oil) on top of their food just before I put their bowls down. Fish oil needs to be kept in the fridge. Oil will go rancid pretty quickly. The bottle lasts forever it seems. Once in a blue moon, if I remember, I’ll add a tiny bit of organic coconut in their food. Daily I give my oldest 15 year old Hannah, 200 iu vitamin E soy free in her food and I divide another capsule between Katie & Lola. I just poke a hole in the capsules and squeeze on the food. As far as treats go, I give them small pieces of fruits and veggies. Apples, bananas, all sorts of berries, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, celery. Pretty much whatever is in the fridge or freezer. Never ever grapes or raisins. When not in season you can buy the frozen fruits and berries in bags (also less expensive this way). They seem to like all the berries frozen instead of from fridge or room temperature. My girls are not picky and love to eat yet are all on the trim side. Hannah’s a Maltese, Katie’s a Maltipoo and Lola’s a Yorkipoo. They range in weight from 5 lbs to 7.3 lbs. I feed high protein, moderate to high fat, low carb foods. None has ever had an issue with the fat levels I feed. The problem with feeding moderate to high fat foods is not the % of fat, it’s the quality of the fat in the food. I’ve done a lot of research into the companies/brands of food I feed and am very comfortable with the companies and the foods. There are more and more companies coming out lately with raw foods now that they see there’s money to be made with so many dog owners turning to raw feeding. I’m always leary of those companies and don’t jump onto their band wagon, especially when it’s one of the huge kibble companies that decide to go into the raw dog food market. That’s not the kinds of companies that I would trust with raw foods for my dogs or anyone else’s either. In my opinion most of them have garbage in their kibbles, I couldn’t imagine what type of proteins they’d put in raw. Anyway, I hope I’ve answered your questions. Please feel free to ask more. I do believe your dogs issue is food related and not a disease.

    Sorry for my incredibly long post everybody.

  • Meredith Horne

    Thank you so much for the feed back. I will definitely be trying to tweak his diet as best as I can and do my research. Do you make their food for them or buy it? Either way, what do you use? I hate seeing him suffer like this. But I really want medicinal options to be the last resort as I fear they can do as much harm as good sometimes. Thanks again for all of your help and feedback.

  • Dori

    When you change his food I would advise you to feed grain free also no poultry of any type. Check ingredient list to make sure there is no chicken or turkey fat or meals somewhere down the list. Also try to avoid corn, soy and white potatoes. All these ingredients are high allergens. Some foods also contain a lot of peas in different forms that can trigger an intolerance. You mentioned that you feel that he is old. Eight is not particularly old. One of mine is 15 years old. The other two are five. One of my five year olds is the one with the massive amount of food and environmental allergies and intolerances.

  • Meredith Horne

    They haven’t yet. They have referred me to a pet dermatologist but I’m afraid of the cost associated with it, especially considering what I have researched. I have already decided to try and change his diet. I ordered grain free LID wet food from EVO and am going to try it out as well as cutting out all other treats except for the grain free LID treats I have ordered. I will switch him over gradually though (not all at once). My fear is with his age his allergies have just finally gotten the best of him (he is 8 and has always had skin allergies, just never this severe.) I’ve had him on the pure Vita Bison for over a year now and thought he was doing great with it. Going to try the new diet first and then see where I need to go from there. I don’t want him to have to be on a bunch of unnecessary medications if I can help it.

  • Susan

    Hi Meredith, sometimes when dogs are just on the 1 kibble they become allergic to that kibble, I’d change kibble to a limited ingredient, low carb kibble with fish as the only protein no other meats & see if his skin problems get better. ..also a good anti bacterial medicated shampoo, I use Malaseb medicated shampoo, it kills any bacteria on their skin & doesnt strip their good oils from their skin, that makes their skin dry,also give a few little sardines as a topper with there kibble or as a treat daily ….some vets will put the dog on a steriod, try not to do this unless you have tried everything first, like changing diet etc as soon as u stop the steriod their skin problems are back… this has pea starch as the 6th ingredient stay away from starchy carbs foods….

  • Dori

    Did they give you the name of the disease? It is very possible that your dog has developed a food intolerance and/or allergy to some ingredient in the food. Allergies are an autoimmune issue. They may have meant that it was an autoimmune problem, meaning allergy or intolerance to something in the food or in the environment. Have you changed cleaning products lately? New furniture? Carpets cleaned? Air fresheners? Anything new or different sprayed around any area that you walk you dog? It could very well be the food or an environmental issue or both.

  • Meredith Horne

    My dogs have been on Pura Vita Bison for over a year now and my oldest (Boston Terrier, 8 years old) has recently developed a horrible skin disease they think may be an autoimmune disease. I’m wondering if this dog food could have anything to do with it??

  • Tina Gale McMillan

    I had the same problem with Orijen! It was not a bad food, just too rich for my dog.

  • Tina Gale McMillan

    There is a website called Doodle Kisses that has a list of dog foods they continually review.
    Even though Pure Vita is not on there I am using their limited ingredient Turkey because I have a dog with a sensitive stomach. I add cooked ground turkey to the kibble to improve taste and increase the protein content from the Turkey. Its been several months and both my dogs are doing well.
    We have come a long way in our thinking about pet food. Originally they got what ever scraps were left over from gods knows what source. Now we are realizing that feeding our pets healthy food is an important part of overall health.
    My Jack Russell Terriers lived for 12 and 15 years on old fashioned dog food. When my terrier Rascal got pancreatitis we put him on a therapeutic dog food that he could digest. I wonder if they both might have lived longer had I fed them grain free dog food, with added protein and paid attention to the ingredients. Both dogs died of cancer.

  • diane yule

    It seems that no matter what dog food is listed on here, there is always a lot of people saying how it bad my dog sick. It gets to the point you never now what to feed your dog. You think ah this one is good, than you read the reviews, 🙁 I cant believe all these dog foods are that bad. And a lot of time when peoples dogs get sick, its not the dog food, but people blame the dog food. And if you switch to fast it will cause issues, , i have to go real slow in starting a new dog food. I Made the mistake of give them food with out going slow and had six little dog with the poos 🙁 some dogs can go from one dog food to anther with out any issues, and some can not. My little dog Marty got sick had kidney and liver failure. ‘Thank god he made it. And like the vet said, we will never know what cause it. And most dogs will eat anything, and i mean anything. Marty eats any thing and every thing he can get his paws on. Buying him toys is a waste of money. (and he is only 10pds) So unless you are at least 95% it was the dog food please dont blame the dog food 🙁 Its not fair to others that are looking for something to feed our dogs. I am to the point i am not going to even read the reviews any more 🙁 Its like this on almost every dog food. From now on will just go by what mike says on the rating. And as long as its not made in china i ll be happy. Just saying 🙂

  • Di

    I have a Boston Terrier that was having issues with Wellness and Origin Dog Foods. His blood panel came back fine indicating those foods were too rich causing bad gas and runny stools. I GRADUALLY changed him over to Pure Vita Bison Entree and he is healthy, happier and he no longer has gas and his stools are normal. People who say their dogs started throwing up and had bloody stools may want to be certain that it’s not a health related issue. Also, you have to change foods very gradually. If they changed the food because their current food was not agreeing with their pet and didn’t slowly graduate the dog into the new food then any health disorder could intensify by a sudden food change. Also, this food has 8% Fiber which will increase how many times a day your dog goes to the bathroom. The only food I know of that has higher Fiber is Science Diet WD Prescription Diet which has 11%. It’s low fat and high fiber for dogs with pancreatic disorders. It was the only food my Boxer could eat. Before you change your dog’s food ask yourself these questions: Why after so many years is the food not agreeing with him? Could there be a health issue that is causing the problem and not the food? You really should have your Vet run a complete blood panel to make sure it is the food and not a health disorder. If your dog has a pancreatic issue almost all high protein and high fat foods will trigger an attack and a simple blood panel can save your dog a lot discomfort (and his/her life) and you a lot of money. Should you run out of food while camping or on vacation and can’t find that brand, then know the ingredients and buy a food that has the closest match to what he normally eats. Last but not least…Listen to your Veterinarian and not your breeder!

  • Bill Graham

    We have mini Dachshunds, a 12 yr old, a 10 yr old, and a new 4 month old pup. Our breeder was feeding her Pure Vita Salmon dry with a little canned food. My older dogs were on Wellness dry kibble and were having a little issue with soft stools. I have now completely switched them to the Pure Vita Salmon kibble mixed with a little Wellness Pure Mead canned food. All three girls love the food and have had no adverse affects. There stools are much more ‘normal’. We are very happy with Pure Vita.

  • PJ

    I have a red show Doberman and he was just started on the Pure Vita Salmon (recommended by the vet) as he was having some coat issues, which red Dobermans sometimes do. He was weaned onto this food and has never had any reaction and his coat looks much better.

  • Grace Holdridge

    Every dog tolerates food differently. Pure Vita Salmon grain free is perfect for my 10 year old Golden Retreiver with osteoarthritis. It keeps her lean and regular and in addition to the Dasuquin (Glucosamine Chondroitin ) and Wellactin and swimming she is doing fabulous. Contrarily when I had both dogs on Orijen a highly rated dog food both dogs had irritable bowel, bleeding, runny stools, etc. I even introduced it slowly as recommenede only 1/3 of the new food at a time slowly building up after days to 100% Orijen. Wasn’t good for my goldens at all.

  • Cathy Barlow

    My 18 month old Dalmatian has a gut made of steel, nothing bothers her, but 2 weeks ago at camp we ran out of her usual food and I bought the pure vita turkey grain free. She vomited quite a few times the next day after her 2nd feeding of it. Returned home to her normal food and no problems. This weekend went back to camp and my husband forgot her regular food that I had packed. Gave her the Pure Vita and again, the next day vomited several times. Breeder friend said it’s definitely the food and I believe it was. Threw it out! And she had NEVER had a problem switching cold turkey from one food to another, including the occssional raw diet. Will never ever touch that food again!

  • Amanda

    i have a French Bulldog on the Bison right now and he is having some allergy probs, (we think) we are going to try the chicken b/c of the different proteins.

  • HerbalGal

    I’m a pet nutritionist. None of the ingredients cause tumors. It sounds like bloodline/coincidence. If you asked “Should I change him back to his old food?” and the vet said “It wouldn’t hurt”, that doesn’t mean it caused the tumors.

  • HerbalGal

    Different protein/fiber source? Did you gradually switch? Just because its, say, 85% chicken based protein doesn’t mean your pet will digest 85% beef protein just as well. Switch to a “cooler” protein source (fish, turkey, lamb, duck). The same goes for the fiber source. If he’s still having digestive issues, go to the pet store and pick up a can of tripe (cow or sheep). The stomach enzymes will assist in the digestion.

  • HerbalGal

    You very well could’ve had a bad batch. (I’m wondering if you didn’t have your pup on the Salmon variety) It sounds a bit like botulism… or it could be a virus. I’d DEFINITELY contact the company!!

  • HerbalGal

    Garlic is a lot like onion, which isn’t great for dogs. BUT! Garlic has been found to help a dog’s immune system in SMALL doses. Its just like us taking it, but with dogs, some pups are extra sensitive to garlic. SO, everything in MODERATION! But, as with any supplement, consult the doc.

  • Aggie n Jiggy

    i will be switching dog foods in the near furture and ive seen this food at the petstore and wanted to know more. i found what i was looking for, this isnt a product i will be giving to my girls. i own two blue brindle apbt females, age 6 months. currently they are fed Orijen puppy. a bit pricey but one of the best dog foods on the market.

  • Old Sole

    Pure Vita has more fiber than other foods we’ve fed. We switched to Pure Vita because our dog became constipated from lack of fiber in another premium grain-free food. Your dog’s increased stool may be the result of switching from a lower fiber food to a higher fiber one.

  • CVS

    My dog has the same issue with many dog foods. I am using grain free recommended by the vet that are probably not the best solution long term but they are working. I am experimenting with other grain free foods You should know within 48 hours once your dog starts bleeding inside whether something is going to work. It is not the fault of the food manufacturer but the dog’s unique food intolerances. My vet bills were $8000+ last year for the same symptoms you describe. Now my dog in an investment and my goal is to get her immune system healthier.

  • Boomiesmom

    My groomer recommended Pure -Vita for my two Bichons and gave me a sample for them to try. After reading all of these reviews, I don’t think I will switch to it. There are just too many reviews of dogs getting sick and having reactions to Pure-Vita. There are more bad reviews than good ones. I am glad I read the reviews. Thanks everyone.

  • Sieka

    I have a 13 year old Malamute. We switch her to Pure-Vita after a recommendation at our pet store for her “hot-spots”. Because of her age, she is less active. The switch took a lot of weight off her, which helped her aging bones. She is more active and playful. I would recommend this food. She tolerated it well from day one. She does have to be let out more often, but that is better for her any way.

  • Bobbye Ann Wendt

    who are you and what PROOF do you have that its not the pure Vita ?? if one buys a bag of fresh food feeds dog this dog gets sick violently sick while consuming this food ????? Oh why am I wasting my time on you .

  • Dlspeic

    Seriously did the vet say it was the food ..? Did you have a lab check the food ? How can you make these statements without lab proof …. tests etc etc… Other things cause these symptoms. So What is the proof that it was the Food Pure Vita ??

  • Bobbye Ann Wendt

    Good luck with the Vet bill all we got was the purchase price of the bag of food.

  • Bobbye Ann Wendt


  • Emma’s mom

    We just had our 5 year old otherwise healthy, healthy mini American Eskimo in the local animal hospital yesterday after eating Pure Vita for a week. We woke up to her throwing up blood and bloody mucusy stool yesterday morning. Our local store had given us samples. So sorry we ever tried it. She is going to be fine, but Pure Vita owes us $125 for the ER vet bill.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I wasn’t being sarcastic, I was trying to answer your question.

  • SusanJ

    Wow, could have done without the sarcastic “obviously”.

  • My Boston Terrier/Jack Russel mix was eating Pure Vita Turkey for 3 days before she started throwing up blood with mucus all night with bloody diarrhea! I called the Pure Vita company about this and they sounded RUDE!! They said “We
    haven’t had a recall in 50 years” I think their full of it, they said
    send some food in for testing, yeah so they can still say there is
    nothing wrong with it!! My dog almost died and I know it was from this food, I also gave my 9 month old Boston Terrier some to try the same day I bought the bag and he started to throw up the same day she did, but thankfully he didn’t eat as much as she did. My dog is now on 3 medications and doing better. I will NEVER buy this food again!! Oh get this, I said if you test this food and its bad are you going to pay my vet bill? They said “They would have to ask about that” ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!! My dog almost died from this food and they wont pay my vet bill!!!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    The new food isn’t as digestible – obviously.

  • SusanJ

    Thank you for your reply but it doesn’t really answer my question. If his previous food and current food are the same quality and have the same level of protein and carbs, why the BIG difference in the amount of stool?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Susan –

    This food has around the same level of protein and same level of carbs as Blue Life Protection and the ratings are the same. There’s no big difference in quality between the two foods. Generally, reduced stool volume comes when feeding less processed foods that are lower in carbohdyrates and higher in fat and protein – such as raw or grain-free canned foods.

  • SusanJ

    I have been feeding my 2 year old Boston Terrier the Pre Vita Grain Free Bison Entree and he now has HUGE piles of poop. I thought feeding quality food meant smaller poop? Previously he was eating Blue Buffalo Chicken and rice and he had normal amounts. Does this mean he is not digesting the Bison?

  • Lab Lover

    Did you try cutting grains out of your dogs’ food?

  • LouiseZ

    Hi , I have fed my 2-3 yr old Boxers Pure vita Duck and oatmeal for 7-8mths during that time my female has had 5wks of antibiotics due to a bacterial infection and now we just started a new bag on thurs. and both dogs have had loose stools . I will not be feeding any processed food to my dogs any more .

  • Maxine P

    I have a yorkie and maltese both have grown to be picky after 5 yrs mixing their kibble with the foods I eat myself: turkey, chicken, liver, pork chops, stews.  They used to eat anything old junk like purina or pedgigree but not anymore.

    Even if I try to mix in something they don’t like..say natural balance lamb for instance they would pick it out and leave it in the bowl that’s how discernible they have become. But they clean their bowl with Pure vita’s turkey formula.

  • Lab Lover

    Thank you for this review!  I have been feeding my Chocolate Lab the Salmon formula of this food since she was 4 months old (now 13 months).  She was not able to tolerate Blue Buffalo, and my gourmet pet store recommended this line with digestive type issues.  She has done extremely well with this food from the moment I introduced it, cold turkey. 

  • Don R.

    I found this to be an excellent single ingredient dog food. I had a Rottweiler with an ear fungus issue which cleared up on the food.Tumors which cleared up with a change of food? Sounds a little fishy.

  • Melissaandcrew

    LOl.. I am not buying in to it either. An allergy test could tell you that a dog is allergic to a particular ingredient -and even then it would only confirm an allergic reaction, and one could “assume” it was the particular ingredient that caused the allergic response .There are no  tests that I know of that would be able to confirm that a food caused an actual tumor.

  • Dlspeic

    I called the company and they had heard nothing of this. Hmmm

  • guest

    Define tumours.  Are you talking about numerous small fluid filled bumps under the skin that turn into scabs & disappeared after you stopped feeding the food (ie. hives from an allergic reaction), or are you talking about actual tumours that are still there or needed to be removed?  (either cancerous or benign)

  • Dbdaina

    what did your vets lab confirm exactly? we just baught our first bag of pure vita bison… please respond

  • HappiChOu

    Thanks Jan_Mom2Cavs!!!

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Orijen is a 5 star food….I believe the poster was posting about Pure Vita Bison that supposedly caused the tumors in his dog.  The dog was eating Orijen prior to the Pure Vita and after this issue the poster went back to Orijen for his dog.  I hope that clears up any misunderstandings.

  • Shawna

    How did they know it was the food?  Were the tumors cancerous or benign (like a fatty tumor – aka lipoma)?  I’m not a fan of Pure Vita, just curious.

  • I thought Orijen is a 5 star dog food? 

  • Bootsielk

    I fed my dog the bison and he grew tumors and became very ill.  He had been used to eating orijin and we promptly returned after my vets labs confirmed it was the food causing this perfectly healthy weimaraner to become so sick.  After informing my local store and getting in touch with higher ups at the company they admitted that 4 other pups had the same issues and yet they did NOTHING.  Unacceptable!