Purina Dog Chow (Dry)


Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Purina Dog Chow receives the Advisor’s lowest tier rating of 1 star.

The Purina Dog Chow product line includes five dry 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.

  • Purina Dog Chow Large Dog [M]
  • Purina Dog Chow Small Dog [M]
  • Purina Dog Chow Complete Adult [M]
  • Purina Dog Chow Healthy Weight [M]
  • Purina Dog Chow Tender and Crunchy [M]

Purina Dog Chow Complete Adult was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Purina Dog Chow Complete Adult

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 24% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 57%

Ingredients: Whole grain corn, meat and bone meal, corn gluten meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, soybean meal, chicken by-product meal, egg and chicken flavor, whole grain wheat, animal digest, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, l-lysine monohydrochloride, mono and dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, yellow 6, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, yellow 5, red 40, manganese sulfate, niacin, blue 2, vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.1%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis21%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%11%57%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%26%52%
Protein = 22% | Fat = 26% | Carbs = 52%

The first ingredient in this dog food is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.

The second ingredient is meat and bone meal, a dry “rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents”.1

Meat and bone meal can have a lower digestibility than most other meat meals.

Scientists believe this decreased absorption may be due to the ingredient’s higher ash and lower essential amino acid content.2

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 allergens impossible.

Even though meat and bone meals are still considered protein-rich meat concentrates, we do not consider a generic ingredient like this to be a quality item.

The third ingredient is corn gluten meal. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Although corn gluten meal contains 60% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient is animal fat. Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals.

Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from almost anywhere: roadkill, spoiled supermarket meat, dead, diseased or dying cattle — even euthanized pets.

For this reason, we do not consider generic animal fat a quality ingredient.

The fifth ingredient is soybean meal, a by-product of soybean oil production more commonly found in farm animal feeds.

Although soybean meal contains 48% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is chicken by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It’s made from what’s left of a slaughtered chicken after all the prime cuts have been removed.

In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this stuff can contain almost anything — feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs — anything except feathers.

On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

In any case, although this item contains all the amino acids a dog needs, we consider chicken by-products an inexpensive, lower quality ingredient.

After the egg and chicken flavor, we find wheat. Wheat is another cereal grain and subject to the same issues as corn (previously discussed).

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 six notable exceptions

First, we’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?

Next, animal digest is a chemically hydrolyzed mixture of animal by-products that is typically sprayed onto the surface of a dry kibble to improve its taste.

In addition, 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.3

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.

Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing.

We also note that 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.

And lastly, this food contains menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K linked to liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells.

Since vitamin K isn’t required by AAFCO in either of its dog food nutrient profiles, we question the use of this substance in any canine formulation.

Purina Dog Chow Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Purina Dog Chow looks like a below-average dry 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 24%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 57%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 12%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 54% for the overall product line.

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

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the corn gluten and soybean meals in this recipe and the soybean germ and corn germ meals contained in other recipes, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a modest amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Purina Dog Chow is a plant-based dry dog food using a modest amount of meat and bone meal or chicken by-product meal as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1 star.

Not 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.

Purina Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

09/19/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  2. Shirley RB and Parsons CM, Effect of Ash Content on Protein Quality of Meat and Bone Meal, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Poultry Science, 2001 80: 626-632
  3. 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)
  • Matt S

    I never said it was the best out there – did I?

    High horse? No. Just like facts rather than opinions – still no reply on the University based study I posted – figures. You have lots of emotion – very little logic.

    Yes, I will feed the dogs food filled with chemicals as these chemicals and preservatives prevent the food from perishing – do you not understand this?

    Please tell me, what food should I feed my dogs? And while you are at it expert – where’s the proof about moldy corn and road kill in Purina? I’m still waiting…I look forward to your response.

  • haleycookie

    I’m glad you have such strong opinions. But just because your dogs do great on chemical corn filled food doesn’t mean all will. Like I said I don’t care what you feed your dog. This food isn’t great. It’s not even good. If your broke and it’s all you can afford then that’s fine. Please get off your know it all high horse. Just because it works for you don’t mean it’s the hands down best out there. Good bye

  • Crazy4cats

    Have you actually taken any nutrition courses yet? Or, are you just beginning your journey?

  • Crazy4cats

    These are pretty serious allegations. Do you have proof of this? This food has been around for years.

  • Matt S

    Your going to school for it…there’s the first problem. If you think you are going to get any objectivity via “higher learning” I have a bridge to sell you!

    A handful of my dogs. What a laugh – I have bred dogs for years, but I’ll tell you what – since you know so much and can school me, here’s your chance…

    You stated that Purina fed dogs moldy corn and rotting, sick roadkill. Now, where is your evidence of this? Surely you have something peer reviewed or one of your “dozens of people a day” can confirm this.

    Let’s see what this study found from the University Of Maine http://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1181&context=honors
    which referenced “high end” 5 star foods (according to dogfoodsdvisor.com) against Dog Chow. Purina was not their favorite, but it was far from last – the 5 stars being DANGEROUS in their view. Ever heard of Azotemia and Uremia…of course you have – you are in school and smart.

    Take care!

  • haleycookie

    I am going to school for it and talk to dozens of people a day about it. I can tell you I probably know more than you and your experience with a handful of your pet dogs. Again believe whatever you like. I don’t care either way.

  • Matt S

    You really know less than nothing on this subject.
    First, I DON’T want to feed my dogs a so-called ancestrial diet. Again, I had my Pyr’s, GSD’d and an English Mastiff on primo food. They ALL did horrible on it – runny stools, weight loss and eventually quit eating. I am not the first to tell of this. Within 2 weeks of being back on Dog Chow, they looked like different, healthier dogs.
    200-500 years ago…hmmm. You may want to research what was being fed at that time…bread, soups, scraps, whatever.
    Shall we now eschew the trucks the food comes in on as well as the bags it’s placed in…all very unnatural.

  • haleycookie

    If you wanna feed an ancestrial diet you better start scavenging for your dogs own raw food matter because they definitely weren’t eating kibble back in the day. Kibble was created to be convenient and easy for the typical lazy/too busy American at the turn of the century. I can promise you the quality and sourcing of the ingredients in Orijen are much closer to what the modern dog was eating 200-500 years ago then that of whatever mystery meat from wherever mystery place this is in dog chow. This food is nothing a dog should be eating. But you are convinced it’s the best of the best and when it comes to people like you there is no convincing so believe whatever you like.

  • Matt S

    Hi haleycookie!

    Could you enlighten us as to what WAS fed to dogs…TOTW, Orijen? What a laugh! Yeah, I don’t think too many canines have celiac disease, so I’m not concerned about gluten.
    Let’s see – next, modern dogs are omnivores – you probably already know that since you are well versed in all of this.
    Lastly, I’d like to see your proof of rotting sick road kill and moldy corn that’s used in Purina. If you are publicly asserting this, you may want to invest in a VERY good attorney!
    Please continue…

  • haleycookie

    Weird I didn’t think our ancestors fed dogs moldy corn, rotting sick road kill, artificial cancer causing red dyes and atriticial vitamin k which can cause liver disease. Seems before their time really.

  • haleycookie

    Not much of a waste of money when I see dogs with patches of fur missing, obese, extreme dandruff while on dog chow but when they switch to better quality food a lot of that goes away and they loose weight as well. Every dog is different. This food isn’t the best but if it works and gives your dogs long lives then feed them whatever you want.

  • Matt S

    Another question:

    What do you think dogs ate 100 years ago?? Dogs have co-existed alongside man for thousands of years. Just as our diets have evolved, so have dogs!
    People fed dogs scraps you do realize? Lots of fear mongering here. Save money and feed your dogs a good food…Dog Chow!

  • Matt S

    Take the recommendations in the above review with a VERY small grain of salt!
    Having raised GSD, Mastiff’s, Great Pyrenees and other breeds for many years, I can say without a doubt my dogs were the healthiest and looked the best when fed Purina. The so-called quality, expensive food caused them to be sick – even after a lengthy adjustment period, lose weight and stop eating.
    Expensive dog food is a pure waste of money when Purina is available.

  • Cathy Koh


  • Cathy Koh

    We are not fear mongering we are just stating our own opinions and trying to convince ppl to get their dogs off this so called “food”.

  • Cathy Koh

    I would never feed this food to any animal, even the rat that broke into my house two months ago and ate at least a cup of $60+++++ kibble.

  • Cathy Koh


  • Michelle watson

    Don’t buy this dog food I just got it and it had this white stringy web stuff in it and worms crawling in it. Made me wanna puke

  • HoundMusic

    You seem to be very well versed in fear-mongering.

    To the OP: nothing is inherently wrong with Dog Chow or any other grocery store feed, for that matter. Nor is there anything wrong with those ingredients. Just becaue an ingredient does not sound appealing to humans doesn’t mean it’s harmful to dogs. I’d much rather feed corn than a grain free with high glycemic index foods such as potatoes, tapioca, etc. And menadione is merely a synthetic version of Vitamin K that has no ill effects in proper dosages. If that is a concern, you might want to check out a site that offers balanced information, not something like DOGFOODKILLS, and the like.

    “Low-dose menadione is still used as an inexpensive micronutrient for
    livestock in many countries. Forms of menadione are also included in
    some pet foods in developed countries as a source of vitamin K. These
    doses have yielded no reported cases of toxicity from menadione in
    livestock or pets.”

    Always base feeding choices on what your particular dog does well on. I can’t say it enough – LISTEN TO YOUR DOG, not internet Dog Food Justice Warriors.

  • haleycookie

    Well aside from the hormone altering soybeans, the cancer causing color agents (dog doesn’t care what color his food is, So why do they even add it?), the chemically processed animal digest, and the menadione that’s toxic to the liver, the food is mainly mystery meat and corn that’s the problem

  • Floridacock

    Had a Weim, Lab mix and a Golden Retriever. Lived to be 14, 15 and 15. All fed only Purina Dog Chow. Great dogs that died of old age. What is the problem with Dog Chow?

  • A Nonnie Mess

    That’s both interesting and terrible (but mostly terrible) :/
    We can get really good pastured meats of all kinds, and even though I feel the producer is deserving of every penny he charges for it due to the tremendous amount of work that goes into what he does, I can understand how it would be cost prohibitive or difficult to feed a large family this way on a daily basis.

  • HoundMusic

    I agree 1000%. There are a cocktail of hormones in many commercially raised animal products that do affect the formation of certain types of tumors. I have severe hypothyroidism myself and cannot eat chicken unless its free range/raised without hormones because it WILL cause my thyroid levels to plummet. Same thing will happen with some brands of milk.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve often wondered if the state of our meat industry has something to do with these “findings” that meat = cancer. It’s been tampered with, screwed with, injected with who knows what and jacked up on growth hormones and then fed an unnatural diet. Unhealthy animals = unhealthy meat = unhealthy consumers?
    Before anyone shits a brick I’m not stating this as factual, just throwing the idea out there.

  • Susan

    why don’t you look at recent work that’s happening now, look at the Ketogenic diet & follow “KetoPet” on their face book page follow their work they have been doing.. here’s the Ketopet Sanctuary where dogs with cancer stay & become cancer survivers…these dogs DO NOT eat corn, wheat & toxins they eat fresh raw diets that are sugar free..
    then put “Planet Paws” into f/b search bar then click on “video’s scroll down to “Videos” look for “How One Of the most Aggressive Cancers Was Defeated” video then look for “The Truth About Pet Cancer” grab a cuppa & watch episode 2, 3 & 4 then you tell me these Dr’s in the Truth about Pet Cancer videos are all wrong….

  • HoundMusic

    I began looking into the possibility that animal proteins might aggravate certain preexisting tumors or increase the risk in susceptible breeds due to my experience with both a prey model raw diet and a high incidence of cancer in unrelated dogs. Your claim that high quality protein is key to helping dogs with cancer live longer is erroneous, in my experience. I’ve seen so many dogs deteriorate on human grade high meat protein diets that is precisely what prompted me to overturn my entire belief system regarding canine nutrition. I saw them get worse, like the cancer was feeding off animal fats and protein. I may not have been wrong about that.


    I did, however, find evidence that the IGF-1 hormone in meat can raise the risk for the formation of certain types of tumors, as can a diet low in carbohydrates, as they tend to depress the hormones. Excessive animal protein can also decrease longevity in humans under the age of 65, but seems to have the opposite effect when increased after that age. High protein is not death in a can, but it certainly has its risks, regardless of the quality.


  • haleycookie

    I spent a bit of time looking for any proof of this and found none. However in my search I found a few articles showing high, clean, fresh, protein diets help keep dogs that’s already have cancer healthier longer. 😉 we can both believe whatever we like though. Again, the majority of the low quality cheap ingredients in this food will never be apart of any diet my dogs or cats are on.

  • HoundMusic

    What about the fact that excessively high protein plays a role in the development of cancer?

  • HoundMusic

    Mr. Zolis, I don’t think you understand my point of view on canine nutrition, so I will spell it out for you, slowly. First and foremost, I give almost no credence whatsoever to internet posters who claim *Insert Grocery Store Brand Here* products killed their dog or contained a harmful substance found inside the bag. Newsflash: Facebook is not a credible source of information. It has even become trendy amongst a certain segment of pet owners to take pictures of maligned brands with “dead” (obviously sleeping) dogs being “mourned” over, or with some imaginative substance being pulled from the bag.

    I, personally, am interested in results, science and facts. Not scare tactics designed to play on my emotions. The fact of the matter is that Dog Chow, in particular, has been around for going on 90 years without a single recall issue. Purina conducts feeding trials and their own research to observe what does and does not work for dogs, and what the ideal level of nutrients should be. Additionally, I have fed quite a few ultra pricey, “holistic” feeds and found them to be inferior to basic feeds like Purina. Dog Chow and Purina ONE worked for my for hunting, breeding and conformation show dogs when other products failed. It works just as well for my retired dogs as it did when they were in the whelping box, show ring, or trudging through two feet of snow in 25 degree weather, using more intelligence and mental focus to scent out the bunnies than even some people are capable of.

    Over the summer, my dogs were happily eating Kibbles N Bits. Most have moved to Dog Chow for the slightly higher protein. I have a 12 year old (dog in my avatar – recent pic) in good enough shape to be gunned over this season. He keeps up with my 18 month old. I don’t need any more proof that the food is a.) not killing them b.) actually meeting their nutritional needs and healthy for the species.

  • John Zolis

    Conspiracy thinking? If you think that a major company that is driven by profits cares about quality enjoy this

  • John Zolis

    Here’s something for you – https://www.facebook.com/Vincent.Tiberi.12/posts/850009658541
    Tell me again how great Purina is LOL

  • John Zolis

    Furthermore now that I see that your profile is closed to the public I will not respond to an obvious troll!
    good day to you and good bye

  • HoundMusic

    That site is a joke. A scare-mongering, emotionally driven joke. The truth is that Purina is despised for:

    A.) Being a Super!Evil Big Business

    B.) Supporting the hunting, showing, and breeding of purebred dogs

    If you’re as concerned about the health of dogs as you claim to be, do your own independent research on the scientifically proven risks of high animal protein diets and take your gripes to the trendy grain free brands that actually can decrease the longevity of dogs eating ultra high amounts of nutrients nature never intended them to.

  • John Zolis
  • John Zolis

    This from an anonymous poster who ignores the facts – https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/purina-dog-chow/

  • Crazy4cats

    : D

  • Susan

    Guest, I read your link now please click on my link below & watch this video &
    See what vets & people like me who work in dog/cat rescue see daily after a dogs/cats are feed cheap processed pet foods…
    I help out in rescue in Australia, I’m second on the pound list who gets a phone call to come to the pound ASAP to take out the surrendered or found dogs & cats that have been brought into the pound very sick, I take them straight to see a vet to be accessed & treated then dog/cat is put into foster care while he waits out his 1 or 2 week period, that’s if the dog/cat wasn’t PTS straight away.. https://thetruthaboutpetcancer.com/?a_aid=59a70dc65e0b5&a-bid=77d01024&gl=59de45

  • guest

    Thanks, I will check it out.!

  • Anonymous

    I’m definitely not against SBVM. Just today the vet put one of my elderly dogs on flagyl due to surprise diarrhea. When it’s a mild case of whatever minor problem in an otherwise young and healthy dog we’ve found certain remedies work well. When it’s a case of our elderly or infirmed pet(s)experiencing problems that are uncomfortable for them, we bring out all options and use them to keep the dog or cat as comfortable and symptom free as possible. Amazingly, sometimes using both things work well together and I don’t get why conventional and holistic vets can’t get off their damned high horses already and realize that each side of the coin has something to offer to maintain the comfort and happiness of the pets, and the sanity of their owners.

  • Anonymous

    Nice post, STester (and I do mean that sincerely, no sarcasm here.) I don’t feed kibble but my neighbor feeds a wide variety of good commercial foods and so far their dogs have been extremely healthy (vet visits are for the odd injury, etc.) and live well into their teen years. Right now the fascination with the older dogs lies in Merrick or Nutro. Whatever makes them happy and keeps them active.
    I think it’s worth noting too that these dogs get plenty of fresh air, sunshine, and exercise tailored to their needs. The younger dogs get lots of play time and the older dogs get a meandering walk about, with tons of time to bask in the sunshine in their fenced in yard with access to shade trees. They don’t get medicine for every little owie, and they don’t get vaccines on a yearly basis at their age (10+).
    I think food has a LOT to do with overall health, and that food needs to be tailored to the individual (no different than it does with us, as one person on this forum might do very well eating whatever they wish but the next person might feel best eating vegan or vegetarian, etc.) Giving them that quality of life that they deserve (that you spoke of) has a lot to do with food, but other stuff too.
    Just my opinion, nothing being stated as factual…just my own observations =)

  • Anonymous

    I think plenty of people care, not just about the low price but they figure advertising wouldn’t lead them astray. (This goes for all foods–from Purina’s lowest-end kibble to the highest-end food–right down to human foods!–that pay out for advertising. JMO!)

  • Anonymous

    So much for the idea that “Feeding the dog is a boring chore” 😉

  • Anonymous

    Hmm. I thought all opinions were welcome on this site?
    Edit after a re-read: This comment is NOT aimed strictly at John Zolis (Sorry, John) but at everyone involved in this thread.
    I was under the impression this site was open to all views.

  • Susan

    ANON we are NOT against Science based veterinary medicine, WE have just seen RESULTS after feeding a healthy raw & cooked diet with healthy whole foods instead of feeding low quality dry proccessed kibble 24/7.
    WE are all allowed to have an opinion as well on DFA. I noticed you don’t feed this Dog Chow food & feed a premium dry dog food, you also add fresh cooked foods to your dogs diet, so stop being an hypocrite.

  • haleycookie

    High protein causing kidney damage is false. 1) the studies vets use as examples tested rats on high protein diets not dogs. And rats mainly need a high plant diet so of course they had issues filtering and digesting high meat protein diets. So there’s not ever actually been a conclusive study of real dogs on really high protein foods over the span of their lifetimes. 2) research actually shows dogs can do fine digesting and processing diets far above 30% without issues. And if left wild and eating wild prey wild dogs would consume a high protein diet then most commercial kibbles can even offer.
    There’s no real conclusive proof that protein does anything to a dogs kidneys. Even senior dogs.

  • anon101

    @ guest
    I appreciate your posts and I hope that you will continue to express your opinion at this forum.
    But, there are some folks here that are against science based veterinary medicine.
    They can’t hear you.
    A good site is: http://skeptvet.com/Blog/

  • haleycookie

    Believe what you like but corn, soy, wheat, and cancer causing food dies/artificial supplements will never be a part of my cats or dogs diets.

  • Paul Hertz

    Dogs are omnivores and cats are carnivores. Usually cat foods have quite a bit more protein than dog foods. You can’t fool mother nature. Omnivores need less protein and eventually overeating protein affects the kidneys.

  • guest

    This comment section is really fascinating. So much emotion based and conspiratorial thinking.

  • guest

    I’m going to provide you a link to a list of criteria to look for when evaluating dog food. Note ingredient list is not the determining factor in quality but rather nutritional content. Here’s what to look for when choosing a good food (and Purina Dog Chow meets ALL of these criteria). You’re welcome.


  • Susan

    Maybe you had to scroll further down cause all the poster were correct this food is CRAP, can you read? the ingredients in RED are BAD not good, this pet food gets 1 star for that reason, Purina make better formula’s then this Dog Chow, look for something else..

  • guest

    Vets and vet schools are the ones that conduct nutritional research as well as determine what pets’ nutritional needs are. Hills, Royal Canin and Purina actually have a ton of outside research. All three give grants to the Minnesota Urolith Center although Hill’s gives the lab the bulk of their funding. The International Renal Interest Society is supported by an annual grant from Elanco (who doesn’t make food at all) but is the driving force behind all the research into renal diets for dogs and cats. All three companies also fund studies at all the veterinary colleges which are often conducted on privately owned patients (cats and dogs living in homes with owner’s unaffiliated with the university or the company) to get “real world” data.

    The internet/this comment section claims that the big three privately fund all their studies in house and don’t actually “put their money where their mouth is”. So let’s look at the money. Blue Buffalo (as an example) has donated 6 mil to the Morris Animal Foundation for the Canine Cancer Research Study, but 6 mil over 11 years is a drop in the profit bucket. Comparatively, Hill’s donated $280 million in food to shelters in exchange for data on health and disease rates (no kill shelters are big benefactors of the shelter food program) and, trolling through the 69 pages of the Colgate companies’ 2015 earning call, about $38 million in research to various universities. That is just Hill’s who just does dog and cat food. Purina has a massive stake in the equine, bovine and chicken feed industries and honestly I don’t feel like going through their 2015 earnings call, but it wouldn’t be out of the realm of reason to suspect their corporate university donations to be similar. So, $6 mil over 11 years vs. $38 million in just one year. Its not a very far leap in logic to assume that all these fly by night, “Mom & Pop” food companies are riding on the coat tails of research they won’t pay to conduct. Purina, Hills and Royal Canin fund multi-year feeding trials and fund the university research centers.
    You can trust untested foods with pretty ingredient lists. I’m going with the brands that are science proven and value nutritional content over trendy ingredient lists.

  • guest

    It’s fascinating that any comment that goes against the hive mind (here that high priced dog food must be the best) means you are a troll or paid agitator. You can spot the comments here from people who have done their research. A few people are getting very rich off spreading misinformation about dog food.

  • guest

    Ha! Please scroll back through my comment history. I’ve posted extensively about politics, true crime, medicine, and this is my first time posting about dog chow. I’m a new dog owner and I have a science background. I find it fascinating that when you look at the literature coming out of Tufts or other veterinary schools Royal Canin, Hills and Purina are consistently given top marks. They employ scores of veterinary nutritionists and contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to veterinary research. Contrast this with some of the so called “higher quality” brands that appeal to owners’ emotions. This site has rated dog foods based on ingredient lists, not nutritional content, and that is a huge red flag!
    So no, I don’t work for Purina and I’m not a troll. Any more questions for me, Lena?

  • HoundMusic

    Purina also conducts feeding trials and Dog Chow is actually more nutritionally balanced than a feed like Orijen, which *dangerously exceeds* the daily recommended value for protein, calcium, phosphorous, and other minerals. Something like that is far more important to me than ingredients.

    Another thing is that much of the slack Purina takes is because they have relentlessly supported the hunting and breeding of purebred dogs, which makes the animal rights lunatics very annoyed 😉

  • aimee

    Maybe he could still be a human doc.. has he talked to Kelllogg’s I hear they’re Gr..r..r..eat!

  • haleycookie

    I didn’t say they pay for educations. The nutrition text books are typically written by one of the three big brands with the views being extremely biased towards their foods, vets recommend nothing but these products because it’s all they learned about. The products are offered at most vet offices and vets definitely get a cut of what they sell and they typically get free food. At least the vet down the road from where I work does. Hills failed to send all the employees their free bag of food that month and I had some very irate vets and vet techs come in and complain to me about how they have to buy their own food this month. What a shame right? To have to buy your own pets food.

  • Crazy4cats

    Heck, I guess I need to talk my son into being a veterinarian instead of a human surgeon if Purina, Mars and Hills are gonna pay for his schooling!

  • Crazy4cats

    How do you know this? Do you have any proof? My son just finished his pre-med Bachelor’s degree and soon will be attending medical school. It is sooo expensive. I can’t imagine any company totally paying for it. Although, it would be nice!!! I would be careful just repeating here say from the internet.

  • aimee

    Hi haleycookie, Please supply supporting documentation for that statement. Considering vet school tuition can be ~50,000 a year It would seem to me vet schools are supported by/paid by their students.

    I don’t disagree that scholarships etc are offered but compared to the total budget I think monies received are pretty negligible

  • haleycookie

    Vets and vet schools are supported paid by and sponsored by purina mars and hills. So of course they don’t agree.

  • guest

    Vets and vet schools do not support your opinion. I make my decisions based on science, not emotion.

  • guest

    Had to scroll too far down to find an informed opinion. I hate seeing dog food reviewed based on the ingredient list and not nitritional content!

  • STester

    I used to feed my now 7 year old Staffordshire Terrier Walmart brands such as Twin Pet, Pedigree, Ol’ Roy, and of course Purina. As a college student I was on a budget and really didn’t have much extra cash. But then I found this site and started doing more research on quality of dog food. I feel horrible knowing I was giving him so much crap… literally. No wonder he had so much allergies and would get sick. The weight loss is what really sent a red flag. Sometimes he’d vomit bile and I actually thought that that was a normal freaking process because of some severely uneducated blogs I’d read. Since then I have only fed him the highest quality food. Some great brands particularly for dry food are Orijen, Blue Buffalo, Taste of the Wild, and Merrick. Currently I’m feeding him Victor Hi Pro Plus which is supremely well for active dogs of all ages and I get it at a great deal from my local feed store. $30 for a 40 pound bag! Online’s not always the best deal… and if you are a Walmart shopper remember that there are a few decent brands to choose from that are still very affordable like Pure Balance, Hill’s, Science Diet, and even some Iams products. While you won’t see any 5 star options, Pure Balance does get pretty close. Just remember you don’t have to pay any more for high quality food then a lot of these despicable companies charge and if you truly love your dog, cat, pig, whatever then it is worth the extra time and investment to give them the quality of life they deserve.

  • joe b

    I have been using 4health. Made by diamond. She does very well on it. Glad you switched. My dogs also love chicken soup for the dog lovers soul. Also made by diamond.

  • John Zolis

    Awesome I’m sure your companions appreciate it! It’s so obvious once you change dog food in no time their fur has a shine like never before and even their stool has a noticeable difference.
    “Garbage in Garbage out” as it were! 🙂

  • Clarissa Tremper

    I was feeding my beloved pets dog chow and when i read the ingredients I felt ashamed. I read every bag of food at the pet store and decided to try Acana. My dogs look great and I can tell the difference in their energy. I will not be feeding my dogs that huge bag of corn ever again it is made for chickens not dogs.

  • HoundMusic

    Nonsense. Beef does not cause heart disease; an unhealthy lifestyle excluding exercise, other food groups, and genetics are to blame. You cannot state that because an animal fed a diet of corn to the exclusion of all other feeds will be unhealthy, that it must follow corn itself is unhealthy. You’ve turned logic on it’s head. A healthy diet includes other plant and animal sources to balance the Omega 6 in corn, which is also rich in Vitamin C, lutein, and B vitamins. Your argument is moot as no dog food containing corn uses it as the sole ingredient, and other vitamins/fatty acids are added in the premix to balance out the formula.

  • Lisa Switzer

    People and dogs should not eat corn. Look at beef for example. corn fed beef is what causes heart disease and more disease because even having the cow eat corn for the last 30 days of it’s life changes the omega 3/6 ratio and the CLA. Grass fed beef is healthy (if you want to eat beef) Why do they feed corn? Because it fattens the cows and they are sold by the pound. Being fat does not = being healthy for a cow or a dog any more than it does for a person. Many doctors and vets treat disease instead of understanding the value of nutrition. Food is the strongest medicine or slow poison. “People are fed by the FOOD industry which pays no attention to HEALTH and are treated by the HEALTH industry which pays no attention to FOOD. – Wendell Berry. SAME IS TRUE FOR DOGS.

  • C. Gambino

    I about threw up when i saw that stuff in it. I switched to diamond naturals for my rott and pits and then my little chihuahuas eat Earthborn toy breed, great food at decent prices much better than this crap!!! How can this even be marketed to us, it should be a crime!!!!! And Pedigree is worse yet, it has an ingredient in it that has been linked to cancer in dogs!!!!

  • Henry Reed

    After feeding my dogs Purina for 3 years, they started to become skinny, loose their hair, and were often had diarrhea. After switching from Purina to Diamond dry food, they quickly regained their weight, their hair grew back, and they weren’t sick any more. I would never recommend Purina to anyone, I don’t know what they did to “improve” the recipe, but it was a failure…

  • Mitch Meyers

    Me to

  • Mitch Meyers

    Same here. Wtf

  • Sandy Tighe

    Ask them where they get their “vitamin mixes” from if you believe that!

  • Amateria

    Pedigree also had this problem last year, lots of pets ended up at the vets and a few of them even died, no recalls made regardless.

  • Brittney Kasten

    I posted some I just found hair in all of my dogs food inside of it.

  • Brittney Kasten
  • Brittney Kasten

    No this food is horrible I have picturesome!

  • Brittney Kasten

    This dog food is horrible I found black wire looking haor type things in all the pieces of dog food

  • Steel Barr
  • Steel Barr

    How do I upload the picture I have of my dogs food with hair embedded in it? So done with this brand.

  • HoundMusic

    Hello 🙂

    Oh, it just drives me nuts that so many basic, but decent, foods are rated by ingredients alone, and so much misinformation about said ingredients to boot. Poor maligned Dog Chow deserves better, lol.

  • Angela

    LOL, yes because you know me so well right. It does not take a genius to look at the ingredients in this food and see they are not good for dogs, period. If you want to feed this “food” to your dog, go right ahead!

  • InkedMarie

    Hi Chris,
    Type “how we rate dog food” into the search here. ALL food reviewed here are done so using the same criteria.
    As I’ve told others here who don’t agree with the reviews, feel free to review dog foods yourself with the criteria you choose.

  • HoundMusic

    I would say the ignorance is on your behalf, but your reply reeks more of snobbery. I’ve had bitches with no milk and sickly pups on foods like Merrick, only to make a complete turn around in health on Purina.

  • HoundMusic

    Dog Chow’s 1 star review on this site is laughable. It’s based entirely on what a certain segment of dog owners wants to see in an ingredient list, and gives zero credence whatsoever to the research & development behind a brand or how well a dog does on any particular feed. Ingredients ought to be used as a guide, not taken as gospel.

    Incidentally, before Purina changed the formula about 7-8 years ago, this was by far the best feed I’d ever used. I only just came across some pics of my Beagles while eating it, and I was stunned all over again with how utterly fantastic they looked. I had a brood bitch with 7 week old pups still heavy w/ milk, her weight was perfect (she looked like an athlete), her coat was thick and well pigmented.

    In 11yrs of breeding, I have never seen my hounds in such good condition as they were on Dog Chow.

  • Paul Hertz

    the discussion was about prina dog chow, notthat waggin junk!

  • Paul Hertz

    no chinese crap in purina dog chow!

  • Paul Hertz

    Actually it was a two year study.

  • Paul Hertz

    why you knockin my two fav places to eat lunch? The MickyD’s I eat lunch at has many overweight mothers who make a regular diet of McDonald’s lunch. You should see all the fried french fries they eat! It must be healthy or they wouldn’t eat it and feed it to their kids!

  • Paul Hertz

    what dog foods only cost a tiny bit more than dog chow at 50 cents a pound?

  • Paul Hertz

    are you sure that’s not coming from the owner?

  • Paul Hertz

    my neighbor feeds dog chow to his 10 year old 90 pound dog and its doing well. His 20 pound poodle mix is also on dog chow and seems really healthy. Remember they are dogs, omnivores and not cats which are carnivores. I feed high quality food to my 60 pound female mutt but my cat ( who is over 20) eats purina canned and friskies which is owned by Purina. What is right? Who knows! But remember, my neighbor pays $15 for a 50 pound bag and I pay $50 for a 30# bag!

  • John Zolis

    No problems you can eat at McDonalds every day too doesn’t mean its healthy you obviously care more about cost than you do about your companions

  • Eric Noname

    I’ve fed my 2yo gsd blue, nulo, and simply nourish lately, all very highly rated on this site….and he’s only 70lbs. Dry food mostly sometimes wet mixed in. So I took him to my friend’s vet who specializes in gsd and he said he was the skinniest gsd he’s ever seen, and this guy is very old. After a exam he highly recommends purina dog chow. He has raised 25 championship gsds and said most of the stuff on the net, like this site included, is bs. I believe him and other friends have recommended dog chow. He said my dog will be a healthy weight in about a month so we shall see. I just started him on puppy chow because he said it was a little more fattening and will help with the weight gain. I will keep you posted on his condition and we’ll see how it goes. Remember just because it’s on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s true.

  • Amateria

    It seems that their foods haven’t really changed much over the years, I’m looking at vintage cat food boxes, some I can read the ingredients some I can’t and than this one was very visible take a look and I’m sure you’ll see what I mean.

    It’s also not just cat food but our food and apparently even older foods weren’t as great as I had thought, still made of preservatives and tonnes of stuff I can no longer eat, if I was living back than I wouldn’t have very much variety of foods, unless I made my own.


  • Angela Hirt

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-news/consumer-reports-ol-roy-best-deal/ Consumers reports is a joke! Its not based on anything but price!

  • Amateria

    I feed kibble 1 piece at a time as its a treat for Rusty so I check every piece :p

    Canned foods I open, I smell them and I check every spoon before giving it to Rusty or Anja if she has the odd mood of wanting some can.

  • Angela Hirt

    I think the people that feed this low quality food to their dogs just don’t pay attention to the ingredients or just don’t care. They see dog chow, low price and buy it.

  • Angela Hirt

    I think people “justify” feeding this junk to their animals just because its cheap and for no other reason. Because if they would do just a bit of research, then they would know that dogs need meat, not corn, wheat, soy, artificial colors………..

  • Gisela M. Jeniches-Hall

    Well I just found a bunch of white worms in a 36 pound Purina Dog Chow bag. I am sick to my stomach. I will NOT feed this Garbage to my dogs anymore. I will have to do more research on what is REALLY in the dog food. NOT the LIES that tells you on the bag. BE BEWARE AND PLEASE CHECK YOUR FOOD BEFORE YOU FEED IT TO YOUR DOGS.

  • bojangles

    Hi Stephanie,

    It looks like even with all their scientific research, and veterinary nutritionists, and supposedly world class quality control. Purina can’t keep those: “hundreds of little bitty hair peices” out of their food.

    I would contact Purina and see if their customer service is any better than their quality control!

  • Stephanie Gaines

    I keep finding hundreds of little bitty hair peices in the food and my dog wont touch it… looks at it and runs away

  • mahoraner

    oh my lord,
    i came here after seeing another one of their lying ads

    One thing i just want to say : “purina, you can (try and) trick me into believing corn, anonymous meats, and bone meal are “high quality ingredients”, but you will NEVER convince me that dyes and preservatives are “high quality”.

    Now that i have gotten that off my chest..
    trust me, i know this “food” is garbage. as a matter of fact my dog almost died from this junk.
    So thats why it irritates me on so many levels hearing someone (who SOUNDS trust worthy, and would be if the ad wasn’t for dog chow) say ” trust dog chow and i see the high quality ingredients that go into it”

    half of me was thinking “is this saturday night live?!?!”
    the other half of me is just aggrivated with how trustworthy that “guy”(actor) sounds, knowing that at least 1 person will trust that and put their dogs life on the line. that’s 1 dog too many!

    but what i said before, i already dont know how they trick consumers into thinking byproducts and corn are “high quality”
    but the one thing i will NEVER understand, how is dye high quality?!?!?!
    If they are SUCH experts on dog health and nutrition, they should atleast know that dogs dont give a flying f*** about the color of their food. and they dont see the ugly red, brown and yellow pieces, as a matter of fact, it looks almost no different than brown kibble (in their eyes)
    they see brown as brown,
    they see red as brown
    they see yellow as tan

    *face palm* “Dear purina, please stop making excuses to add crap to your food, and maybe you should stop claiming you’re “pet nutrition experts”, because your CONSUMERS know more than you.
    and thats really saying something”

    ugh, i know, i have strong feelings, but i think i have the right to since they almost KILLED my dog

  • Floridacock

    Fed Dog Chow to my last 4 dogs, 2 Weimaraner, a Golden Retriever and a lab mix. Lived to 11, 14, 14 and 15. No problem. My present 2 Weimerieners are on Fromm. Not sure why

  • mahoraner

    hmm, maybe you could check out another shelter?
    But just to make one thing clear, NEVER feed this “food” to your dog or any one elses dog,
    The only reasoni have made an “acception” for shelters is that they usually cannot afford anything else, and the shelter dogs are usually only on it for a few months, not their whole life.

    But if you really cant find any use for it, maybe be creative,
    Make dog “food” art, idk
    Thats what i did when i fed my dog, dog chow.
    But if you dont feel like making art or you cant find a shelter that uses it, just throw it away.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Dave,

    I’ve worked at shelters and fostered dogs for rescue groups. Some rural shelters or rescue groups that are poorly funded would be happy to get food just to keep the dogs from going hungry.

  • Cannoli

    Bury it in your backyard. With all the artificial ingredients in the food it will last a long time. So when the zombie apocalypse happens at least your dog will have some food to eat.

  • Dave Reiner

    The shelter I work for gave it to me, they only give their dogs Science Diet.

  • mahoraner

    although i would never suggest a dog to eats this so called “food”, i would donate it to my local shelter,
    The only reason is, that most shelters already feed this “food”
    and since purina has already made their money off of the bag you have now, if you donate it tha would mean that is one less bag the shelter has to buy

    also, usually when a dog is adopted while on dog chow, the owners most of the time will switch their food, which means a dog most likely wont be eating this “food” forever as a result of your donation

    Also you could nicely ask the people at the shelter to suggest a budget friendly, higher quality food (like fromm) to the new pet owners

    But thats just what i would do, because if you dont donate it, the shelter will just be buying it anyways (which means in the end purina will be getting even more money)

  • Pitlove

    A rescue would be happy to have it.

  • Dave Reiner

    someone gave me a big bag of it, what do I do with it? I don’t want to give it to someone for their dog since it is so bad. mine only eats Fromm, best food ever…others make him sick or he wont eat them after a few bowls anyway, but this wont even be good for SHTF!!

  • mahoraner

    I just saw their new package, it says chicken FLAVOR in big letters
    bad move for purina (good move for dogs though)

    im sorry, i just find it hilarious that the best thing they can put on the dog chow label is chicken FLAVOR
    That just proves how crappy their food is

    but i think someone should sue them for false advertising, since they have a picture of a (assumed to be) human grade chicken breast on the package, while the “food” it’s self contains NO REAL CHICKEN

    And unlike their other “foods” like beneful and purina one (which both have/had a picture of meat on their packaging) no matter how crappy they are, they still technically have real meat in them (it doesn’t matter how much, it just needs to be there)

    But dog chow has NO REAL CHICKEN, just byproducts, byproducts, and MORE BYPRODUCTS.

    i am not knowledgeable about making those online petition things, but someone really should.

    But yet again, its kinda funny how purina has to false advertise just to get only a few more people to buy their “food”

  • mahoraner niall

    Wow, just looked at the price for this garbage on chewy, for a 42 lb bag, it costs, wait for it, wait for it,


    less than 50c a lb! Proof that purina just wants $$$$
    because at my local store it costs $53 for a 42 lb bag

    I know that the store needs some of the money, but im pretty sure that purina takes half of that profit!

    Beause the price on chewy proves that its so cheap to make, and that they can sell it for less than 50c a lb. And im sure they STILL make a huge profit on it,

    It probably only costs $2 to make that 42 lb bag, and 1/2 of that money probably goes to the packaging and another 1/4 of that probably goes to pay the people who work at the dog chow plant

    so in the end, that 42 lbs of dog food only costed purina 50c to make

    of course, no one will ever know how much it really does cost to make dog crap, until they tell us, (which i highly doubt) this is the most realistic price

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  • ritchlt

    First of all, this site is for our opinions and discussions of them. I love my pets and take good care of them. They are healthy and happy. This site is useless if you cannot voice an opinion without being attacked. You have a right to your’s and I have a right to mine. We also have a right to try to change each other’s through debate and disscussion. According to to site rules, your personal attack and demeaning comment means you, not me, should be banned.

  • Cannoli

    in life we put value in what we cherish. one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

    more importantly you are questioning the intrinsic value that peope put on pets

    the intrinsic value of something is said to be the value that the thing has in itself. the value that comes from the heart, whether an action is morally right or wrong.

    The court system now sees this intrinsic value that people have for their pets. even though the courts see pets as property the courts have realized that harming this property is morally wrong.

    hence we have laws against animal abuse.

    So now us pet lovers are trying to extend this intrinsic value that we have placed on our “pets” into the dog food industry. dog chow to us is “morally” wrong to feed our pets

  • Amateria

    If they totally disposed of their “rubbish versions” of food and stayed with the naturals and beyond range I probably wouldn’t have that much of a problem with them, ok maybe still a lot but I’ve read things that would make grown men cry (I totally went there! Love you the darkness hehe) but yeah anyways awful things to be fair and even if they totally totalled their crap I’d still be on the edge about their foods and what their ingredients really look like and all that, but! It would be a start!

    Only their not going to do that, because why throw all that money away, they have so many dogs hooked on their moist and meaty getting diabetes and cancer left and right, feeding their vets bills, so you know why get rid of something that good for their company?

    Just maybe one of these days everyone not just a few open their eyes and realise this is not how you feed a dog and change the world of dog food forever, guess since I’m still very young I’ll find out in the future if that ever happens and rejoice when it does.

  • Amateria

    A pet is just a pet, I would never be able to be friends with you we’d be at each other’s throats everyday, especially with what I consider to be friends on some of my games, you could never understand that love.

    Everything on this planet is more than just an animal, just because your small minded doesn’t mean we should follow you, you should just go and never return.

  • Cannoli

    so many artificial colors surprise this food doesn’t glow in the dark. seriously you can substitute yellow 5 and red 40 with a natural coloring ingredient such as tumeric that offers so many better health benefits

  • theBCnut

    Hello! This is idiotic. I read labels just fine. This is the thread for Dog Chow, try reading the label of plain old Dog Chow, not Naturals, which is a recent invention and NOT what the OP was talking about. And I said artificial COLORS, not flavors, which many of Purina’s products have in them anyway. There is nothing natural about animal digest and some of the other gross things that Purina puts in their food. You are as bad as the Purina commercials where they actually tell you that dog foods should have meat as the first ingredient, then tell you that one of their higher end foods has meat in it, but fail to mention that they also happily sell complete and utter garbage in a pretty bag.

  • mahoraner niall

    I got the ingredient list from their website, and i was regarding their “complete” and “balanced” formula. And it DOESN’T contain any real chicken

    Also for their other formulas that do contain meat, the meat is usally one of the lesser ingredients (thats why the first 5 ingredients are very important) Since in the US ingredients must be listed in order of the highest volume to the lowest volume

    HOWEVER fresh chicken is 80% water, so it ends up taking up 80% less volume of the food once its dried. so if a food starts with chicken, the second ingredient (unless that is a fresh meat as well) Ends up being the highest volume.

    So even if chicken is the 8th ingredient in dog chow naturals, it STILL ends up being even LESS than that in the end.

    Proof of the ingredients:

  • theBCnut

    Corn, rice, and all the other carb heavy ingredients are sugar.

  • ritchlt

    I know this is an old post but I just read it and found it so true. I was born and raised on a farm and we had dogs and cats all our lives. some of our dogs were large breeds who supposedly had a life-span of about 15 years,most lived to a happy, healthy 20 years. My father fed the Strongheart canned food(still available) which was one of the cheapest brands there was. This is Capitalism at it’s best. We are convinced that our pets should get the best treatment available and many people are jumping in to get their share of the wind-fall. Vets have become aware of the fact that people love their pet and are willing to sacrifice anything for them. They buy expensive equipment (MRI,SCanners, Etc.) and have to pay for it, so they convince you to have that work done. I recently took my dog to the vet because she was limping. After about 30 seconds she(the vet) said that they would need x-rays at a cost of $185 and an aditional $35 to read them. Her whole demeaner changed when I could not afford to do it(I am disabled and on a fixed income). I took her to another vet and found out (through a simple ,cheap test) that she had been exposed to Lyme disease. He gave me some pain pills and a long term anti-biotic and she is fine, all for less than the first vet. This is MARKETING! You are told that if you don’t treat your pets as good as (or better than) your human family, you are a bad person. A pet is a pet and at some point(unless you’re rich) you need to understand that.

  • InkedMarie

    I pay $3.99-$5.99 a pound for my dogs raw. We make it a priority; we scrimp & save in order to do so because we feel it’s important.

    For kibble, the ones that my Brittany eats run around $2.00 to $4.00 a pound.

  • Amateria

    Nothing whatsoever but there is always some guy telling people what they should or shouldn’t spend on dog food and sometimes even their food and it’s like seriously? It’s not your money why do you even care?

    Same thing happens all over game forums as well, if your enjoying the game than people hate you for it, because based on them the game is awful and you should agree with them >.>, yeah no I like the game and the changes coming to it, if you don’t that’s fine but don’t try to drag me under.

  • Cannoli

    What’s wrong with feeding a dog $4 a pound? Is cheapness now a requirement to feeding a dog? If one is financially successful in life and can afford top grade ingredients more power to the owner.

    For that matter I at times feed my dog $15 per pound for top grade meat.

  • InkedMarie

    I get my information from reading a label. I can tell good ingredients from poor ones.

  • Paul Hertz

    Consumer Reports Nutritionist Vets all think dog chow is a more than adequate food. Where does InkedMarie get her info from? The dog food industry that sells $4/pound kibble?

  • Paul Hertz

    Actually I am reading the Purina Dog Chow label right now! Top 5 ingredients are Whole grain corn
    Chicken By Product Meal
    Corn Gluten Meal
    Animal Fat
    Soybean Meal
    Further down the label, it says Chicken. Which is a real meat. Chicken byproduct meal has items like natural glucosimine and condroiton for the dog skeletal system. The by products used are Not necessarily from the manufacturing of human foods that are unsuitable for human consumption. Go and do some research about what exactly is in chicken by products. It includes chicken feet, bones, all which are cooked up into a slurry which is quite nutritious,, not for you, but for a dog! For that I paid 55 cents a pound and for my Nutro which my dog also likes, I pay $4.00 per pound. I was feeding Royal Canin which used chicken by products in all their foods. It has the cartilage which is great for dogs.

  • Paul Hertz

    There is no sugar in Purina Dog Food. I am looking at the label of Purina Dog chow “Natural” and there are no artificial flavors. Where do you get your information? Start by READING THE LABEL!

  • Paul Hertz

    Dairy Farms use border collies and similar breeds to keep track of the animals, keep away predators and get the cows back in the barn for milking. They are outside most of the time except at night where they share a spot in the barn which is unheated. My godfather owned 14 dairy farms with about 100 cows each and fed Dog Chow. They never went to the vet unless kicked or bitten by some predator. Never did they go for anything else until they died and were buried on the farms. I spend $80 a month on my 60 pound female for Nutro. But I am sure she would do just as well on dog chow. The big difference is the amount of grains and that is a matter of getting their digestive system used to that type of diet.

  • Paul Hertz

    actually according to Consumer’s Reports, it is not a crap food!

  • Paul Hertz

    Tums is calcium carbonate which has a very low bioavailability. A better alternative would be to use Calcium citrate tablets and grind them up. Even better would be steamed bone meal which is closest to nature. Or just feed Purina Dog Chow.

  • Paul Hertz

    minerals should be a percentage of the total weight in KG. KG is 2.2 pounds!

  • Paul Hertz

    Dogs are omnivores; Cats are carnivores! Ask any vet.

  • Paul Hertz

    I have never worked for Purina or any dog food company. I have taken courses at University of Minnesota in Animal feeding and animal husbandry just as an interest. Most of the info on this site is misleading. I refer you to Consumers Reports which hired vets who specialize in Animal Nutrition. They said Purina as well as similar products do just fine unless your dog has certain specific needs like digestive upset,etc.
    An expensive high end dog food is extremely profitable. At Petsmart they sell for $18 plus tax for 4 1/2 pound bag. That is $4.00 per pound. Purina dog chow works out to under 60 cents per pound. That dog food at Petsmart was started by a TV actor and his neighbor a few years back. When he became ill they decided to sell the company to JM Smucker Co. for $3 billion dollars. So yes, that expensive dog food makes some people quite wealthy!

  • Paul Hertz

    Consumer’s Reports did a study of dog foods and Purina Dog Chow as well as most other supermarket brands passed with flying colors. Their research vets hired for this particular report all agreed that Purina Products all passed. In addition, dog foods have to show on the label that they meet or exceed AAFCO standards by testing or by feed trials.
    Due to the high grain content in Dog Chow and the chicken based Dog Chow, your pet may have problems digesting. In that case one might want to try other notably more expensive brands. I calculated that the brand I am feeding my 60# female rescue dog costs me $60 more per month than Purina Dog Chow Natural which is chicken based! My friend swears by regular dog chow for his 80 pound dog and his miniature poodle X. Whatever floats your boat!

  • Bonnie

    I am listening, but I have had 12 dogs on Purina Dog Chow. And they were medium to large dogs (most about 55-105 lbs.) who lived to be 13-16. I also have not seen many Purina products killing pets nationally. For me it has been a trusted brand for dogs and for my cats (who also lived to be 14-15 on Friskies and all but 1 was indoor/outdoor.)

  • riley hootman

    this stuff is quite literally garbage. the reason why its so cheap is because almost all the stuff in this dog ”food” is free they go to vets and farmers and pick up their trash. the only thing they pay for is the supplements and cancer causing dyes. when you buy this your paying for their advertisements not quality. there are way better foods than this that cost a tiny bit more. it wont hurt to pay a couple more dollars for a better quality dog food. like pure balance fromm, and diamond naturals.

  • Amateria

    They probably laugh their heads off every time they respond to someone with that sentence, because who wouldn’t? Knowing full well that the ingredients they use are not at all for your pets wellbeing.

  • Azul

    Hahaha. Yeah, that is hilarious.

  • Amateria

    There will never be an ingredient in a Purina product that isn’t there for your pet’s wellbeing or product integrity.

    Hehe I lol’d so hard when I read that just now.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Totally agree on that one! I actually bought a dehydrator because dried sweet potato treats are so expensive with multiple dogs. It paid for itself within about 2 batches. I just haven’t tried the chicken yet.

  • Bobby dog

    You got that right! Still no jerky in my cart…unless I make it myself I suppose.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Thanks. I do see you point. I guess people who choose to use this (or any) product really do need to read the labels. 😉

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Pitlove,

    Thanks to BD’s links, it seems that Purina does control the production of Waggin Train. It’s pretty interesting and confusing for sure!

  • Pitlove

    Hi Crazy4dogs-

    I do not believe quality was part of the equation here. My simple point was that, of the brands that Purina controls the manufacturing of, I was unaware of any being manufactured in China. I am not sure whether or not Purina decides where Waggin Train is manufactured or not. I was at Walmart today and looked at a bag of Waggin Train treats and noticed the Product of China note and the Purina banners, but also it saying “Waggin Train LLC”. All in all I’d say it’s a bit confusing.

  • Bobby dog

    According to Nestle they are a subsidiary.

    Of course people are concerned with where food is manufactured and quality of ingredients; not the point of my post. Just posting accurate and up to date info from their website as to where Waggin’ Train is manufactured, not just China…

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi BD,

    I gues we’re talking technicalities here, since Purina Pet Care is a subsidiary of Nestle, but it is listed as a Purina product on it’s website and carries a Purina banner. This is in contrast to Zukes and Merrick, which carry no Purina banners (at least currently) on their packaging. So, technically, at this point, I would consider them in a slightly different category. The wiki link lists Waggin Train as a Purina brand:


    I’m not sure what your point is in regard to your waggin train links, 2 of the 3 specifically state that the food is both sourced and produced in China, so that doesn’t necessarily change the fact that they are sourced and produced in China. Many people are uncomfortable with that fact, even if they are reassured of “quality and trusted”.

  • Bobby dog

    Nestle’ Purina bought Waggin’ Train in 2010:
    Excerpt from above article:
    “The Waggin’ Train snacks business will be a subsidiary of the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company in the United States. W. Patrick McGinnis, Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, added, “Importantly, this acquisition will fill a gap in our dog treat product portfolio, will provide a new growth platform and bring new consumers to the Nestlé Purina business.”


    Additionally, on their website it clearly states where they are made:

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Pitlove,

    I think you’re wrong. The Purina banner is on the Waggin Train package. It is listed as a Purina product on the website. In the case of Zuke’s and Merrick, there is no mention of Purina on the packaging.

    I don’t use this product, but on the Walmart website, “about this product” it states “Product of China” and lists Nestle Purina Petcare Company as the manufacturer.




  • mahoraner niall

    sure, look at the back of the package and it says : manufactured for & distributed by Waggin train llc ST LOUIS, MO 63102. Then right below it says “Trademarks are owned by societe des produits NESTLE USA”
    And as most know, NESTLE OWNS PURINA
    also, if you go on the purina website they are also on their list of products.
    ALSO the package has purina written all over it!
    Stop fooling yourself
    purina is nothing but garbage
    Also, whether its made in usa or not, it still doesn’t mean the food is high quality, or even ok quality.

  • Pitlove

    Hi manhoraner niall-

    As far I as I can see Waggin Train is a subsidiary of Nestle Purina PetCare, similar to Zuke’s and Merrick. I do not believe Purina influences where Waggin Train manufactures their treats. As for Purina’s own brands such as Dog Chow, ONE, Pro Plan, Beyond, Fancy Feast etc, they are manufactured here in the USA in Purina’s own facilities.

  • mahoraner niall

    check the back of the waggin train package, i says MADE IN CHINA

  • aimee

    Hi Paul,

    The nutritional adequacy statement for Purina Dog Chow is “Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that Purina Dog
    Chow provides complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages of

    The food is marketed as an adult food but is appropriate for puppies as well.

  • Amateria

    The feeding trials are generally awful though, if at least 2 of the dogs survive, the trial was a success, how anyone could fathom watching poor dogs die because the food trial led to their death is beyond me, but than Devils do walk among us.
    I have watched a lot of things on YouTube and off sites that some people would never dare watch because frankly you don’t want to know the things that I have seen ever.

    I’m going to need to find that comment again and save it to my notes for future use as I read a lot of things daily, dog wise and I tend to forget if I don’t read them a few times.

  • Paul Hertz

    ‘Ol Roy. You can get it on sale at Wal Mart for less than Dog Chow! Cheapest is always best!

  • Paul Hertz

    Again the meat in Dog Chow is in the meat and bone meal. There is meat in Dog Chow.

  • Paul Hertz

    There is meat in dog chow. It is in the Meat and Bone meal. That is the meat!

  • Cannoli

    I am not a fan of foods with synthetic coloring nor am I a fan of brewer’s rice which is crap rice stripped of all its nutrients. I don’t eat any food that contains those ingredients on a daily basis so why should i force my dog to eat food with those ingredients.

    I believe in eating foods that contain nutritional unprocessed ingredients. I force these beliefs when it comes to feeding my pup.

    I do know that the vast majority of food coloring synthetic ingredients are made in China. Whether Purina makes their own synthetic food coloring is yet to be determine.

    Now recently Purina came out with a natural brand of dog food with no synthetic ingredients. I still hate it because it has processed crap brewer’s rice along with ton of other carbs that dogs don’t need to eat. My god it’s like feeding my dog a plate of pasta each night. I don’t need that much carbs and my dog sure as hell doesn’t need it either.

  • Paul Hertz

    you got 3 upvotes out of thousands or readers!

  • Paul Hertz

    mike, I do not work for Purina or any relationship to them. They do actual animal feeding tests following AAFCO feed protocols. Most other brands just say on the bag that they are formulated to meet AAFCO requirements for adult dogs, or for all stages. Purina dog chow passes by actual tests. I think the other brands that cost far more are not entirely needed. I do not feed Purina, but respect that their dog chow product which is loaded with corn is fine for dogs.

  • Paul Hertz

    did you take a full week to switch the dog’s diet?

  • Paul Hertz

    as a horse breeder and formerly a dog breeder, I can say that hybrid vigor is not false. One advantage is less congenitally caused predisposition to hip problems, back problems leg problems and certain diseases.

  • Paul Hertz

    calorie count is always by the kilogram (2.2 pounds). The important factor is not how many calories in a cup but in how many calories are in a bag. So you buy the 40 pound size, it should have about 3,600 calories per KG. You divide the 40 by 2.2 = 18.2. 18.2 x 3,600 is 65,500 calories per bag. How many calories in a cup depends on size of the kibble and density.
    Some dog food does not list number of calories per cup, but that info should be mandatory.
    AAFCO is an advisory board and is NOT the Department of Agriculture.

  • Paul Hertz

    Dog chow is for dogs over 1 year of age. Puppies eat puppy chow. Rated one star by this website, I raised a champion female sheepdog on Puppy Chow. I feed natural balance now but to me its all the same IF they have passed feed trials.

  • Paul Hertz

    I do not know why you knock Purina Dog Chow as being made in China and having recalls. Both are simply Non-factual. Dog Chow has never had a recall and its made in St. Louis where they get brewers rice from Budweiser for almost free.

  • Paul Hertz

    Pro Plan has a 3 to 3 1/2 star rating on this website. It is not anything like Purina One. Go read the labels! I have fed my dog Pro Plan for sensitive stomachs and she did extremely well on that food. Reading the labels on that and Purina One, you find totally different ingredients.

  • Paul Hertz

    Actually, purina is owned by Nestle. They have done AAFCO actual studies at their huge kennel. Very few other dog foods do their own feeding trials. Most just say they “meet” AAFCO requirements. Thus, while I do not feed Dog Chow, I find it interesting that they actually do lifetime feeding trials including pregnant, nursing, etc Dogs. Same with Puppy Chow for puppies. So someone tell me what is wrong to feed your dog their products which are better tested than 90% of the other dog food products? BTW, I feed Natural Balance Synergy, not Purina.

  • mahoraner niall

    Dog chow “compete and balanced” first five ingredients :

    Whole grain corn
    meat and bone meal
    corn gluten meal
    animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols
    soybean meal

    Dog chow little bites first five ingredients

    Whole grain corn
    meat and bone meal
    corn gluten meal
    soybean meal
    animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols

    Dog chow “healthy” morsels first five ingredients:

    Whole grain corn
    Whole grain wheat
    meat and bone meal
    corn gluten meal
    soybean meal

    Dog chow “light and healthy” first five ingredients

    Whole grain corn
    soybean hulls
    soybean meal
    meat and bone meal
    whole grain wheat

    In just the first five ingredients…

    * All contain a corn product as its first ingredient
    * All contain soybean meal
    * All contain meat and bone meal
    * 3/4 contain wheat
    * All contain AT LEAST 1 by-product from the
    manufacturing of human foods that are unsuitable for
    human consumption
    * NONE contain any REAL meat
    * NONE contain any high quality grains

    Yet again purina just trying to make an extra dollar on easy to trick consumers.

    “yeah purina worker! those ARE some high quality ingredients you use in dog chow!…. not.

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  • mahoraner niall

    For people who are going to say “my dog is great on dog chow!” Read this:
    Can a human survive on mc donalds and kfc for their whole life? the answer is yes, BUT would a person who only eats mc donalds and kfc every meal of their life be HEALTHY??? Answer; Not at all.

    So just because your dog likes it, doesn’t mean its healthy. Also the person who only eats fast food is most likely to die early of malnourishment, just like dogs who eat dog chow.

  • Cannoli

    It’s not about not trusting them it’s about reading labels. I read my food labels and if I don’t like the ingredients in it I don’t eat it. Why should I not do the same for my illiterate pup?

  • suesunswim

    WOW, I can’t believe the justification of this gross food. PEOPLE eat McDonald’s every day and live, but how is their health?

    I just saw a commercial showing the benefits of this food using a very healthy looking dog.

    Dog food is no different than people food, you HAVE TO READ THE LABELS and educate yourself on each ingredient.

  • Roid Rogers

    disagree 100%

  • Roid Rogers

    To each his own, but I do trust Purina products. I feed all 3 of my dogs Purina Vibrant Maturity , they love it and seemto function better than when they were eating Iams Pro Health

  • Lou Secco

    Just saw one of these lying commercials where the Purina employee feeds his dog that crap. They should be charge with animal cruelty. I used to have a 7-11 franchise and feel sinfully guilty for selling this crap. Glad nobody ever bought it. I never had a dog at that time. Straight POISON!

  • Amateria

    Yep I do
    I was at the shops yesterday and there was like 4 people in the pet food isle not even one of them thought to check out applaws which is pretty decent with a decent price tag, applaws is actually the only better food we have here at the supermarkets.

    I saw one lady buying chunkers I think their name is which is a step up always but also saw choc dog biscuits and I was like you did good and than failed miserably(in my head of course).

    I once looked up prices on pet circle and pet warehouse for royal canin and some other brands and to say that if I could feint I would, would be putting it lightly, why exactly are people paying $160 for? Orijen I understand because its amazing but seriously and their fooling so many people its quiet sad.

    Hopefully more and more people learn and stop buying their foods hopefully forcing them to make even better foods, get rid of the original recipe junk and while your at it stop stealing from people(wont happen ever though), some of the other stuff hopefully will. (So much hopefully :p)

    And anyone thinking that 50lb of dog food for $10 is out of the goodness of the companies hearts really needs to wake up.

  • mahoraner niall

    i agree that iams did a good job, better than what the other companies have been doing! if only they sold the naturalistic at grocery stores though so people would have a choice.

    im happy that my grocery store just started selling wellness and “by nature” (:

    now if only all grocery stores could start doing that

    because if they did, i bet millions of dogs lives would be saved, well at least thousands. Because right now, most owners want to simply get it along with the other familys groceries, so the only selection they have is ; beneful, dog chow, iams (regular, the crappy), pedigree, and a few other crappy ones.

  • Amateria

    Oh that is so true, I’m at least glad that people are finding this and other websites and learning new things and in turn feeding better food.

    At the end of the day its better than nothing.

    Iams naturistics certainly looked better than its original line of food from what I remember they at least made an effort.
    Than you’ve got pedigree that isn’t willing to change anything, their meatier formula doesn’t have more meat just an added flavour.

  • theBCnut

    Well, let’s see. Their GMO corn grows out in nature, so it must be natural, right?

  • Cannoli

    When I think of “natural” I think of grass fed none hormone meat. Purina’s definition of natural is “We thoughtfully select natural ingredients that work together”. I have no clue what that means

  • mahoraner niall

    has anyone seen their new purina dog chow “naturals”? Its almost exactly the same ingredients as the regular dog chow just without dye and they are probably pricing it at least 50c more a pound.

    purina will literally do ANYTHING to make an extra dollar. Even if that means; tricking consumers, using low quality ingredients, killing and sickening dogs for CORN sake (pun intended). Whenever i see an ad for them on tv and the actors say “i love the quality ingredients in (any purina food)” its so aggravating because sadly some people believe those commercials, go out and buy their food, then 3 weeks later all of the dogs fur falls off, they have rashes all over their body, and are — close to dying. and most probably do die.

    too many lies in this pet food world.

  • Pitlove

    Purina manufactures their food in their own facilities in the USA. Not China…

  • Cannoli

    You need to look at the manafacture. Just like not all Chinese brands have been recalled but would you buy food made in China that you would eat? Of course not. To me the manufacture is just as important.

    I don’t trust Purina

  • Jana Church

    Yes, but Dog Chow itself has not been recalled.

  • Cannoli

    Dog Chow is made by Purina and Purina has had recalls.

  • InkedMarie

    You may be right but it’s still a bad excuse for dog food.

  • Jana Church

    Dog Chow has never been recalled.

  • InkedMarie

    I’m sorry, I don’t know if it’s me but I cannot understand what you’re saying.

    Take your dog out on a leash so you know if he/she is going to the bathroom.

    As for the food, I can’t help because i don’t understand.

  • Florance Ferszt

    I did the slow switch and my typo was zoey eats says food lol I haven’t switched shy back yet and the pooping in the house has stopped I did put up a gate so she can’t get in the basement and letting her stay out side longer I think part of the problem was that the puppy goes and comes back in I think shy puppy sitting wasn’t being able to do her business

  • aimee

    Hi Florance,

    Other than the weight management formula and maybe senior, I think all of the other Dog Chow formulas are for all life stages. meaning appropriate for puppies as well as adults.

    Check the AAFCO statement on the bag of formula that you use for you older dog.

  • InkedMarie

    The issue is that you’ve been feeding a very low quality food, for years, to your dog. You would literally have to add one new kibble to the old & remove an old kibble. Natural Balance is okay, not one of my favorite foods.

    what does “…trying to ear shy food…..” and “….viscera long story…” mean? I can’t decipher that.

  • Florance Ferszt

    I just got a puppy (pit bull) and have a 9year old (Akita) we have been on purine dog chow for like 6years no problems we switched to natural balance because the pet store guy recommend it for one its puppy to adult so I figured it would help with Zoey trying to ear shy food and viscera long story short think we are switching back because after 2 weeks of cleaning up my 9 year olds poop in the house this way more expensive food that is supposed to be better is upsetting my big puppy’s tummy we will deal with keeping them out of each other’s food for the sake of her tummy sticking with what makes my baby’s happy thank you Charles because I was on the fence and you have helped me make my mind up

  • Katie Vance

    OKay you got lucky and had dogs that did okay on the food but there are many dogs that have gotten very sick and or died from these types of foods. I mean just look at the ingredients! Nasty! These foods are so low quality and full of cheap fillers that many dogs can’t digest properly. Corn as a replacement for actual meat should be big red flags. A meat meal where they don’t even tell you what kind of mean is a red flag. Grain free is not a “fad”. Many dogs don’t do well with a bunch of grains either with allergies or weight gain. Do think dogs in the wild eat grains and a bunch of corn? Do some research.

  • Pitlove

    Pitbulls are the absolute best dogs hands down. I’m probably bias though 🙂

    We have a Lab as well and my pit and him get along great!

  • theBCnut

    Just know that though Pitties are wonderful dogs, many are known for having food sensitivities and skin issues.

  • charles reinhardt

    I have thought about perhaps getting a Pit Bull in the future or just a mixed breed from the humane society. I am 46 and am looking for smaller size to sit on my lap. I cant have too small of a dog because it gets very cold here. Thanks for the compliment.

  • theBCnut

    For my dog with food sensitivities, I really think it was how bad he had parasites as a very small puppy. It damaged his intestines and everything went downhill from there. His intestines have long since healed, but the food sensitivities don’t go away.

  • Shawna

    Hi Charles,

    Food allergies are actually not that common. Food sensitivities are far more common. There is a genetic factor to sensitivities as well. A well bred dog that chronically eats a food he is genetically sensitive to is going to have issues regardless of his health prior to being exposed to the problem food.

    There’s not a ton of research on it yet but prolamin proteins (lectins or lectin like proteins) in grains are a big factor causing sensitivities. They can manifest in a wide array of symptoms that often wouldn’t be associated with a food sensitivity. In this research they determined that gluten protein was causing a “movement disorder” in Border Terriers.
    “The Clinical and Serological Effect of a Gluten-Free Diet in Border Terriers with Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome

    Canine epileptoid cramping syndrome in BTs is a gluten-sensitive movement disorder triggered and perpetuated by gluten and thus responsive to a gluten-free diet.” http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jvim.13643/full

    As we learn more and more about the problems associated with these grain proteins I believe they will be able to link more pet ailments with the inclusion of these in pet foods. They know that these proteins cause autoimmune illnesses in humans.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Charles-

    I did have a look at your review on the Dog Chow website. You have 2 very beautiful dogs!

  • charles reinhardt

    This grain free fad is for dogs that shouldn’t be breed. No I dont work for Purina. I’m a disabled veteran and am a stay at home dad. Since I was a kid we had 3 Shetland Sheepdogs, 1 Golden Retriever, 2 Black Labradors, 1 big goofy Chesapeake Bay Retriever, 1 Australian Cattle Dog, and 1 German Shepherd. Non of my dogs had allergies. Non at a grain free food. These dogs got Dog Chow. I currently have a Black Labrador and a German Shepherd. If you went onto the Purina Dog Chow site you could see my dogs pictures and review. No I’m not a troll. I have no stock in Purina. I’m not an employee of any company. I only bath my dogs perhaps 3 times a year. My Labrador hunts I borrow him out to my neighbor. I dont like to wash the oils from his coat from to August to November. My German Shepherd is gonna be 10 this summer. If your dog has allergies or a weak immunity than thank your breeder or past blood lines. Do you dump weed and feed in your lawn or let your dog walk on a wet floor with cleaning chemicals? The people freaking out probably have a weed free golf course lawn loaded with bug and weed killers. Spot treat your yard use organic lawn products. Many of you think its the food and it could be for your dog. But think about what they are walking on rolling in and then linking themselves. Thats the greatest threat to suburban dogs.

  • EBT Stitch

    Ok this dog food is complete junk. I got a 5 lb bag for my English bull terrier because I recently went on vacation and couldn’t find his usual and within days his inner thighs by his testicles broke into a bad rash and between his toes. I recommend Orijen, Taste of the wild, or Evo. One variety of blue buffalo is pretty good but most of them are overrated and overpriced. Orijen is the best but pricey evo is pretty good but still pricey, totw is best bang for your buck and many varieties and all of them are between 4.5 and 5 star. Yes they have had some recalls but my purebred EBT does very well on all three and loves the flavor of all over pedigree or iams or purina. He won’t eat the BIG name brands without wet food or scraps mixed in and the 3 I recommend he will eat dry with nothing added with no problem. If you have the time and funds raw diet is awesome for EBT breed but much more work. You can get some frozen liver sausage type food and mix it with some Orijen,totw,Evo and have some of the benefits of raw and Ez of dry and much less work then raw and also much cheaper.

  • Dave Newman

    Ok i have been feeding all our dogs ages ranging from 2 to 16yrs old and have a Shitzu, king charles,english lab, 2 golden retrievers and a husky Purina dog chow with no issues at all also.

  • mahoraner niall

    actually it could contain lamb (although it probably doesn’t knowing how cheap purina is) but, it also could contain dog meat and/or cat meat, your dog could be eating lion meat for all we know, because with a word with such a variety like “animal” you will never know what species of guts your baby is eating

  • I had a German Shepard mix dog who lived for 19 years on Purina Dog Chow and some odd table scraps.

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  • Pitlove

    I work in a wealthier area of Louisiana, but those grocery store shoppers are really hard to please considering they only want to pay those prices. They don’t realize they can feed a better food and feed less of it and save money.

    I only recommend Orijen to people who mention they are thinking about it. Its price is usually too much even for the people that shop at my store.

  • India Eileen

    Yeah the area I work in, in WA, is really rural filled with a lot of people who are grocery/petco/bargain shoppers. When they’re curious they stop in but if I go too far to recommend something like Orijen or Raw diets or even sometimes canned food I get a revolt and the regular negativity. I’ve worked at other locally owned pet stores that were in ritzier neighborhoods where things like Honest Kitchen and Raw does super well but here I really have to count it as a win for the sake of a pet’s health when I get someone educated enough to start on a Chicken soup or Diamond, off something like Beneful or Puppy chow. Haha, but yes! By far, not my favorites!!

  • Pitlove

    I work in a small family owned pet store as well. we carry taste of the wild and chicken soup. I rarely recommend TotW and I would never recommend chicken soup over the other foods we carry. Fromm Family Classics is always my go to food for people trying to move away from low quality foods.

  • Carly

    Blue Buffalo is too expensive for what it’s worth, but it’s still a decent food. I don’t know what documentary you saw, but there is no scientific proof that raw feeding is bad for dogs. In fact, chewing on meaty bones cleans teeth and strengthens a dog’s jaw. It actually cleans a dog’s teeth much better than any doggy toothbrush. Kind of cool, really. People are allowed to feed their dogs what they want. As long as it’s not harming the dog, who cares? Raw is the best option, but not everybody believes in it or can afford it. So what? I’m perfectly fine feeding my dog a high quality kibble.

    On another note, mixed breeds are not always healthier than purebred dogs. Hybrid vigor has been proven false. It’s all a crap shoot. Like you said, individual breeds are predisposed to their own diseases. What does this mean? That means if you breed a GSD (prone to Degenerative Myelopathy and Hip Dysplasia) to a Boxer (prone to Cancer, Thyroid problems, and Arthritis), there are more diseases and health issues that a puppy could potentially inherit. That’s why reputable breeders health test their dogs to make sure they do not have or carry these problems.

  • India Eileen

    Oh, yeah. I work in retail, a little pet store. I get a lot of people trying to switch from Beneful or something gross and a things like Diamond or Chicken Soup are not my favorites by any means! But it’s a massive step in the right direction.

  • Carly

    No, it doesn’t. The FDA discovered it contained pentobarbital (the drug used to euthanize animals). Animal digest is any euthanized animal that zoos or crap veterinarians sell to the food processing plants. The processing machinery that animal digest is ground in has also been found to contain pieces of pet dog and cat collars.

  • mahoraner niall

    jeeze, i left a review on the dog chow website 2 weeks ago telling my story, and no wonder all the reviews on all their sites are good! because mine didn’t show and there is not one bad review on the dog chow site, and i checked the beneful site, purina one site, and alpo site! there are no bad reviews! they are trying to trick us by deleting all the bad reviews, or maybe because there are so many they have to delete them so the site doesn’t crash

  • Pitlove

    I see. thank you clearing that up

  • mahoraner niall

    it was a joke i would never feed my precious baby that crap, not from how i learned

  • Pitlove

    i thought your dog was eating Pedigree?

  • mahoraner niall

    When i was a new dog owner, this is all my dog ate for almost 3 years. At first i thought they (purina) was a great company because they helped me find my dog (well their website “Adopt a pet.com”) and i never questioned it, but when she started throwing up everyday, and getting constipated when she turned about 2 2/3. the vet told me that it may be her food, and i asked her “But its purina? i thought it was a good food?” then she looked at me like i was joking, She told me how many dogs have died from their products and i need to switch her right away if i want her to live longer than 6 years max,
    then i came on here, saw the ingredients, thenran straight to the cabinet, threw out the dog chow (besides enough to switch her)
    I still feel disgusted that i even trusted them for a minute, now shes on newmans own, its not the complete best, but 3.5 stars is way better than this 1 star junk!

  • Pitlove

    Not sure that 2 Diamond products would be my first recommendation, but I agree that they are better than this.

    Fromm Family Classics would have been my first choice as best budget friendly food that is better than Dog Chow.

  • India Eileen

    I’ll add that these are all great foods but I’d examine your label. Your dog may have a protein allergy but it’s mostt likely wheat, barley, corn, or all of them. Switch to a natural first, or just go grain free. Diamond naturals is a good one for that, or even the costco Kirkland stuff is a huge step up from Purina.

  • LabsRawesome

    Purina Dog Chow does not even contain deboned lamb. SMH

  • Trucker John

    I am a truck driver and I am delivering a load a deboned lamb meat, I saw the product while it was getting loaded into my truck and it looked like pure meat. I’m not sure what this writer is referring to but there is no question it is pure meat.