Review of PureVita Canned Dog Food
PureVita canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The PureVita product line includes the 5 grain-free canned dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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|PureVita Beef Entree||5||A|
|PureVita Chicken Entree||3||A|
|PureVita Pork Entree||5||A|
|PureVita Salmon Entree||3||A|
|PureVita Turkey Entree||4||A|
Recipe and Label Analysis
PureVita Turkey Entree 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.
PureVita Turkey Entree
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Turkey, turkey broth, turkey liver, chickpeas, agar-agar, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, salt, kelp, betaine, taurine, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, brewers dried yeast, Yucca schidigera plant extract, selenium yeast, copper proteinate, magnesium oxide, cobalt proteinate, manganese proteinate, ethylenediamine dihydroiodide, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||46%||36%||10%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||32%||61%||7%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1
Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is turkey broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common component in many canned products.
The third ingredient is turkey liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fourth ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, beans and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.
However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The fifth ingredient is agar agar, a natural vegetable gelatin derived from the cell walls of certain species of red algae. Agar is rich in fiber and is used in wet pet foods as a gelling agent.
The sixth ingredient is potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.
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 NutriSource product line.
With 4 notable exceptions…
First, we find brewers yeast, which 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, this food includes 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.
In addition, this recipe contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
And lastly, we note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.
Since taurine deficiency appears to be more common in pets consuming grain-free diets, we view its presence in this recipe as a positive addition.
Based on its ingredients alone, PureVita canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 49% and a mean fat level of 34%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 10% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 69%.
Which means this PureVita product line contains…
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the chickpeas, this still looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.
However, with 61% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 32% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Our Rating of PureVita Canned Dog Food
PureVita is a grain-free canned dog food using a generous amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Has PureVita Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to NutriSource.
- NutriSource Pure Vita Dog Food Recall (10/12/2021)
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More Reviews of NutriSource Product Lines
The following NutriSource dog food reviews are also posted on this website:
- NutriSource Dog Food Review (Canned)
- NutriSource Dog Food Review (Dry)
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Review (Canned)
- NutriSource Grain Free Dog Food Review (Dry)
- PureVita Dog Food Review (Dry)
- PureVita Grain Free Dog Food Review (Dry)
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- 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 ↩
12/01/2020 Last Update