Purina Bella Pate Dog Food Review (Cups)

Rating:

Purina Bella Pate Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.

The Purina Bella Pate product line includes the 10 recipe cups listed below.

Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Purina Bella Filet Mignon Flavor in Juices [M]
  • Purina Bella Grilled Chicken Flavor in Juices [M]
  • Purina Bella Porterhouse Steak Flavor in Juices [M]
  • Purina Bella with Beef and Smoked Bacon Flavor [M]
  • Purina Bella with Chicken and Smoked Bacon Flavor [M]
  • Purina Bella Grain Free with Beef in Juices [M]
  • Purina Bella Grain Free with Turkey in Juices [M]
  • Purina Bella Grain Free with Beef, Peas and Carrots [M]
  • Purina Bella Grain Free with Chicken, Carrots and Potato [M]
  • Purina Bella Grain Free with Lamb, Peas and Sweet Potato [M]

Purina Bella Porterhouse Steak Flavor in Juices was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Purina Bella Porterhouse Steak Flavor in Juices

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 44% | Fat = 19% | Carbs = 28%

Ingredients: Meat by-products, chicken, water, liver, carrageenan, minerals [potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, sodium selenite], locust bean gum, calcium sulfate, natural porterhouse steak flavor, choline chloride, guar gum, xanthan gum, calcium carbonate, vitamins [vitamin E supplement, niacin (vitamin B3), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), vitamin A supplement, folic acid (vitamin B9), vitamin D3 supplement, biotin (vitamin B7)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis44%19%28%
Calorie Weighted Basis37%39%24%
Protein = 37% | Fat = 39% | Carbs = 24%

The first ingredient in this dog food includes meat by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered animals after all the prime striated muscle cuts have been removed.

With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.1

What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. So, the meat itself can come from any combination of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats — which can make identifying specific food allergies impossible.

Although most meat by-products can be nutritious, we do not consider such vaguely described (generic) ingredients to be as high in quality as those derived from a named animal source.

The second ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

The third ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The next ingredient is liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.

The fifth ingredient is carrageenan, a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

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 ingredients.

But realistically, items located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Purina product.

With 1 notable exception

The minerals listed in this recipe do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.

Purina Bella Pate Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, Purina Bella Pate Dog Food looks like a below-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 44%, a fat level of 19% and estimated carbohydrates of about 28%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 43% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 29% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 45%.

Which means this Purina product line contains…

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

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

Bottom line?

Purina Bella Pate is a grain-free moisture-rich dog food using a significant amount of unnamed meat by-product as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.

Not recommended.

Purina Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Purina 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

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials

03/10/2020 Last Update