Purina Beyond Grain Free (Canned)


Rating: ★★★★½

Purina Beyond Grain Free canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Purina Beyond Grain Free product line includes six canned recipes.

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.

  • Beyond Beef and Spinach in Gravy [M]
  • Beyond Turkey and Green Bean in Gravy [M]
  • Beyond Chicken and Sweet Potato in Gravy [M]
  • Beyond Chicken, Carrot and Pea Ground Entree (4 stars) [M]
  • Beyond Salmon and Sweet Potato Ground Entree (4 stars) [M]
  • Beyond Beef, Potato and Green Bean Ground Entree (4 stars) [M]

Purina Beyond Grain Free Turkey and Green Bean Recipe in Gravy was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Purina Beyond Turkey and Green Bean in Gravy

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 44% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 31%

Ingredients: Poultry broth, turkey, chicken, liver, dried egg product, green beans, potato starch, guar gum, natural flavor, sodium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.3%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis8%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis44%17%31%
Calorie Weighted Basis38%35%27%
Protein = 38% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 27%

The first ingredient in this dog food is poultry broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common addition component in many canned products.

The second ingredient 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 third ingredient is chicken, another quality, raw item.

The fourth 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 dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The sixth ingredient includes green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.

The seventh ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

The eighth ingredient is guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.

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 one notable exception

With the exception of copper, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Purina Beyond Grain Free Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Purina Beyond Grain Free 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 44%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 31%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 40% and a mean fat level of 22%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 30% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

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

Bottom line?

Purina Beyond Grain Free is a meat-based canned dog food using a notable amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 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

06/01/2016 Last Update

  1. 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
  • Shane Doyle

    Give your dog 1 capsule of fish oil per day. Read the label and be sure the oil contains omega 6 fatty acids. Most human fish oils don’t so you may need to get this at a pet store.

  • Charlie Minchenberg

    My Purina beyond grain free wet food https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/04667f6ca39c2a96263b871b65b0a4efd6b7dc4f4bd6a6ef2e5980b3038fdf57.jpg sometimes develops a bright red color on the surface and around the edges of the can. What is this? Should I be worried? Or is this just a normal oxidation that occurs?

  • Cynthia Nava

    Add a tsp of coconut oil to your dogs meal once a day depending on weight. Also you can apply the coconut directly on the skin that is having issues. Lots of luck. I hope this help. It has done wonders for both of my dogs. It helps digestion,skin,bad breath and skin. Keep in my mind. That my dogs are 90lbs each so one tsp daily is a good amount. Which was a gradual dosage.But if you dog is smaller use less.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Paige Cloirk:
    I feed the gravy recipes. Chicken is an ingredient in all of them and I have no worries with it. I have been feeding them since they hit the market. We are satisfied customers and plan to keep the gravy recipes in rotation.

    Several years ago my dog had skin issues and I tried feeding different foods to remedy it. It turned out he had seasonal issues. I did eliminate foods with chemicals and dyes, which IMO helped, however switching foods did not address his skin issues long term.

    He still gets skin irritations during certain times of the year. When this happens regular bathing with special shampoos help quite a bit. My Vet also recommended adding fish oil supplements or sardines and vitamin E a few times a week to help keep any issues at bay.

    Good luck and if you don’t see any improvement soon and it’s within your budget look into a dermatologist:


  • Paige Cloirk

    It’s called Salmon and Sweet Potato, but I don’t see any sweet potato in the ingredients. Also, chicken is the third ingredient. My dog has really bad skin issues, so I was told to feed him fish based food, but am worried about the chicken. Does anyone have any input?

  • bojangles

    The liver in this food is not labeled correctly.

    It can be called “animal liver” or it can specify the animal it came from, “beef liver” or “chicken liver”, but it can’t be called plain old “liver”

  • neezerfan

    I’ve been buying it also when it’s on sale, it’s working out very well for one of my dogs. The other can only eat venison, pork or lamb so he can’t have it.

  • fourdogs

    My poodle is eating this (wet) food exclusively. We’ve struggled with vomiting and diarrhea for 3 years before I gave this a try! I couldn’t be happier, tiny, perfect poops, healthy coat, and he wants to eat it (he was picky with everything else). Will be sticking with this for him for sure.

  • Ray

    I never thought I would ever feed my little dog anything with the Purina label! But, she loves it! and her stool has been perfectly normal. And considering I can get these cans for 1.79 at Market Basket or Walmart, this makes a more cost effective alternative to Blue Buffalo.

  • Azul

    Too bad they didn’t use chelated minerals. But, yeah, probably one of Purina’s best foods.

  • mahoraner niall

    Wow, the first purina product i have EVER seen with NO red ingredients.

    Wow, now if only all of their foods were like this

  • ChiChi

    When I bought them they were $1.50 each. Original price was listed as $1.99 Canned food seems to be on sale often there.

  • Azul

    Do you remember how much you paid per can?

  • ChiChi

    Bought some of these at Petsmart a while ago.. My dog loves it and stool is great, firm and small. It’s nice to have a good meat based canned food that is easy to find and decent price. I’ve bought cans of similar quality that cost almost $4 – $5.

  • Amateria

    Wow amazing if I do say so myself, they are getting there!