Purina Moist and Meaty (Semi-Moist)


Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Purina Moist and Meaty Dog Food receives the Advisor’s lowest rating of 1 star.

The Purina Moist and Meaty product line includes three semi-moist dog foods.

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

  • Purina Moist and Meaty Steak Flavor [U]
  • Purina Moist and Meaty Chopped Burger [U]
  • Purina Moist and Meaty Burger with Cheddar Cheese Flavor [U]
  • Purina Moist and Meaty Burger with Cheddar Cheese Flavor was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

    Purina Moist and Meaty Burger with Cheddar Cheese Flavor

    Semi-Moist Dog Food

    Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

    Protein = 27% | Fat = 10% | Carbs = 55%

    Ingredients: Beef by-product, soy flour, soy grits, high fructose corn syrup, water, wheat flour, corn syrup, beef, phosphoric acid, calcium carbonate, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, salt, sorbic acid (a preservative), cheese powder (source of cheddar cheese flavor), calcium propionate (a preservative), soybean oil, added color, dl-methionine, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, ethoxyquin (a preservative), vitamin E supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, yellow 6, red 40, yellow 5, vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), sodium selenite

    Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

    Red items indicate controversial ingredients

    Estimated Nutrient Content
    Guaranteed Analysis18%7%NA
    Dry Matter Basis27%10%55%
    Calorie Weighted Basis25%24%51%
    Protein = 25% | Fat = 24% | Carbs = 51%

    The first ingredient in this dog food includes beef by-products, slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered cattle after all the prime cuts have been removed.

    With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this stuff can include heads, ovaries or developing fetuses.1

    And raw meat contains about 80% water. So, after cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

    After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

    Although beef by-products can be high in protein, we do not consider an ingredient of this nature a quality item.

    The second ingredient is soy flour, a high-protein by-product of soybean processing.

    Although soy flour contains about 51% 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 third ingredient includes soy grits, soybeans which have been toasted and broken into small pieces. Although high in protein, compared to meat, soy grits are an inferior source of amino acids.

    Even though soy grits are relatively high in protein, this ingredient would be expected to possess 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 high fructose corn syrup (or HFCS). HFCS is a corn-based sugar mixture commonly used to make soft drinks, cookies and candy. Sugar is an empty nutrient — just as unhealthy for dogs as it is for humans.

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

    The sixth ingredient is wheat flour, a highly-refined product of wheat milling. Like corn, wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

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

    The seventh ingredient is corn syrup. Corn syrup is a glucose-rich, high-calorie item of questionable nutritional value to a dog.

    The eighth ingredient is beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

    After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

    From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

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

    With seven notable exceptions

    First, we find 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.

    Next, soybean oil is red flagged here only due to its rumored (yet unlikely) link to canine food allergies.

    However, since soybean oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids and contains no omega-3’s, it’s considered less nutritious than flaxseed oil or a named animal fat.

    In addition, 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, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the food after processing to help with digestion.

    In addition, 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.

    We also note that this food includes 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.

    And lastly, this food also contains ethoxyquin, a controversial preservative linked to birth defects, stillborn puppies, liver failure, infertility and cancer.

    Purina Moist and Meaty Dog Food
    The Bottom Line

    Judging by its ingredients alone, Purina Moist and Meaty looks like a below-average 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 27%, a fat level of 10% and estimated carbohydrates of about 55%.

    As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 10%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 55% for the overall product line.

    And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 39%.

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

    When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the soy products, this looks like the profile of a semi-moist product containing a modest amount of meat.

    Bottom line?

    Purina Moist and Meaty is a plant-based semi-moist dog food using a modest amount of beef by-products as its main source 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

    12/17/2016 Last Update

    1. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition of meat by-products published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
    • hanover boxer

      Oh shut up, you whiny old drama queen. Go back to watching your Matlock marathon!

    • Amateria

      Well it was based on what I see and read around me and the people I know, none of them see the glaring issues with their dogs and none of them see the differences in dog food, I don’t doubt there’s people out there that do, just haven’t met any of them in real life.

      My brother didn’t want any kids because of what he saw going on in the world today and in the end he died young without any kids, which left us with nothing but memories of him.

    • Dovie Whitehead

      I resent your remark about older people not realizing as much as young folks. If the younger generation had a fourth of our sense in their head, this world would be a better place to live. I’ve had animals all my life, and they never lacked for anything especially LOVE. YOU ARE PATHETIC TO BRING UP AGE IN THE CARE AND WELFARE OF OUR FUR BABIES!!!!!

    • SpiritSaige49

      I would rather chop off my arm than make this a diet for my babies. It’s diabetes in a box, poison disgusting worthless and should be a crime. Corn syrup appears twice so as to appear lower on the list, sugar dogs do not need, and should not have. I would bet 1 million dollars a dog fed this solely would have major problems by age 4. Tell me if you think I am wrong, but this is like feeding Hershey bars and chemicals stuffed with synthetic vitamins so it is “complete and balanced” to your kid as their diet.

    • Sean McClanahan

      This very same, exact thing happened to our 9 month old Shih Tzu about a year ago. Got very sick, we took him to the vet, and two hours later, he had a seizure and died. Our other two dogs were sickened as well, but since they were older, they were not as ill, and the vet was able to intervene in time to same them. This food was the only common thing between the three of them. It’s crap, and unfortunately, dogs are paying for it with their lives.

    • Amateria

      They probably would be healthier to be honest haha

      Back when I didn’t know about ingredients, I either didn’t check or when I did check I saw nothing wrong, so could go both ways.

    • Angela

      I really don’t think these people actually read the ingredients, they just see Purina and the low price. Heck, they might as well just feed their dogs donuts, probably would be healthier.

    • Amateria

      It’s extremely good profit for them so unlikely, if you go on Amazon and read the reviews most of them are 5 stars lol.

    • Angela

      They need to take this food off the market, its poison!!

    • Pocahontas McDonald

      This is bad food. It made my dog very sick. Then I noticed there is some sort of mold or something growing in it. Do not feed this to your dog. It’s BAD. I wrote to the company. They need to do a recall. I bet they won’t.

    • Pocahontas McDonald
    • Amateria

      The owner is a 65 year old male I think, it states who the people are on the left hand side of their comments, older people usually don’t realise the things that younger folk do, but it isn’t always so cut and dry.

      Your old worn down rug comment immediately reminded me of the langoliers, I could say it’s my favourite movie as it’s the only movie I watch more than once a year, I also read the book from time to time, the scary feeling it leaves in my chest lasts an entire week! talk about having an effect on me haha.

    • riley hootman

      Yeah I think he chews his feet a lot of dogs can’t handle beef it gives them allergies. And do you notice how lifeless that dogs coat looks? It looks like an old wore down rug. What an oblivious owner I’m sure he means no harm though.

    • Amateria

      The way the paws look, it looks like chewing to be honest and I seriously need to stop responding on this website when I’m under the effect of certain meds, my demeanour changes so crazily it’s insane >.> and I start writing a certain way that’s super funny to read the next day.

    • Azul

      Yeah it looks like he is chewing/licking his legs and feet.
      It could just be his markings tho, it’s hard to tell.

    • Amateria

      A totally serious question of a photo I just found of a reviewer of this food, does this dogs front legs and back look odd to you or is that just his normal colour? Because it looks like he’s got that allergy problem and his owner is totally oblivious to it…

      Well this comment was interesting to read after calculations one person is paying $9.80 a month for their dog food just wow.

    • Kim Here

      i “just” found my lil dog had passed away. a friend of mine had bought him some purina moist & meaty burger with cheddar cheese dog food a couple weeks ago. i had been up watching movies when i heard a strange noise coming from his kennel. he had totally emptied his stomache an bowels. my friend got him (gizmo) this food because he had been sick an thought it would be easier to digest. now i read it can cause gastrointestinal issues an has been known to cause birth defects and death to puppies. is it possible it is the reason i lost gizmo?

    • Amateria

      Considering you had her on an organic food meant you knew something about nutrition so why didn’t you first check the ingredients? And preferably several websites?

      Some people’s comments are seriously weird.

    • Catherine Rose Toots

      I have a dauchsund and I started mixing her food because my mom gave this stuff to me since her dog passed away. Now my dog has gastrointestional issues, she is on antbiotics and probiotics. I will never give this to my dog again. Before this I had her on a healthier organic food.

    • Babslynne

      There is also a dehydrated mix that I use “Happy dog food”, I pay $15.25 for a 2lb bag of grain free that makes 26 meals I believe. I add Hamburger to it but you can add whatever meat your dog tolerates best. http://www.happydogfood.com/

    • swellsh

      Yeah, he hates the dehydrated/rehydrated stuff. He seems to really focus on textures for some reason. I think he thinks the chewy/semi-moist food is more of a treat than dinner. I had to quit giving him treats altogether b/c he would hold out eating the healthy food waiting for a teat instead. That worked for a while, but now we’re at this point. I hate feeding him junk, but short of a feeding tube I’m not sure what else to do. Hopefully his ultrasound will give us some more answers.

    • swellsh

      The Wellness core looks amazing! I considered that, but it’s a little cost prohibitive. The refrigerated Freshpet stuff looks really healthy and bit more affordable. Thanks

    • InkedMarie

      How about a dehydrated such as The Honest Kitchen or Grandma lucy’s?

    • Bobby dog

      Hi swellish:
      Take a look at Freshpet or Wellness Core air dried.

    • swellsh

      Anyone know of a healthy soft kibble? I have a 16 year old who has recently become a picky eater and is underweight. I am working with a vet to determine the underlying cause, but in the meantime I have been trying ANYTHING to get him to eat. He’s always been on high-quality, fish-based, grain-free kibble. Orijen was great for a while, but he finally rejected it. Now he refuses to eat any type of hard kibble, and turns his nose up to wet food. As a last resort, I tried Purina Moist and Meaty, and he loves it! He is back to his ideal healthy weight, and I’m looking to transition him to something healthier, but am coming up empty-handed. I travel a lot, so I need something the doggy daycare or his other caretakers can manage, so homecooking isn’t really an option. Any ideas?

    • Mimi Chanelle

      thank you very much ! i will try all of the above, simple as that !

    • Mimi Chanelle

      i have never seen a Dachshund with a white belly ! that’s beautiful !!!

    • Mimi Chanelle

      ahahahaaaaaa smiling for the cam !!!! =D too cute !!

    • Crazy4cats

      She is very cute! I’m glad she isn’t left alone. My dogs would weigh 200 pounds each if I kept their bowls full. LOL! Yes, moistened dry food goes bad much quicker than canned. Victor grain free food is one of the main dry foods I feed my dogs and it is very small kibble. Not sure if she would be able to chew it any easier, but you could give it a try. Good luck to you!

    • LabsRawesome

      Here’s the White part, lol

    • LabsRawesome

      She is adorable. You’re going to have a lot of fun with her. They’re little, but they have big personalities. Here’s pic of my Dachshund, his name is Blue. He just turned 2 in February.

    • Mimi Chanelle

      no i dont leave her alone at all, i work from home actually. But i always free fed my dogs, sometimes they feel like eating a few bites, sometimes i am busy right at dinner time so they eat a bit of dry food in the meantime. i dont like to be too strict, and it never caused me any issues (have had 3 dogs). But since water is causing this issue with the dry food, i am not moistening it anymore unless i decide to feed it to her myself before trashing it. She is 8 lbs, 4 months old. She has a huge appetite btw…

    • Crazy4dogs

      Dry food is hard because it has only 10% moisture which is why is it is so hard and stores for so long. I don’t know what size the kibble is on TOTW puppy formula, but if your dog is really small you might want to look into a small breed puppy formula. The kibble is usually very tiny. I mentioned Fromm and Earthborn because I am familiar with their kibble and know that it is particularly small.

    • Crazy4cats

      Hmmm… I’m not sure why she is having such a hard time. When my dogs were pups, I think they just inhaled their food! Are you buying small breed tiny kibble? I’d almost be more worried about leaving moistened dry food out for any length of time more so than canned or fresh pet. I’ve never free fed my pets. Do you leave her alone for long periods? How old is she and how often do you feed her? Canned and fresh foods are less processed and healthier anyway. I bet she’ll be done teething in no time and chewing with no problem.

    • Mimi Chanelle

      thank you for your reply. The Taste of the Wild that i got her is especially for Puppies… yet i feel like she struggles with it and eats it much more easily when i moisten it… but the downside is as described in my original post…

    • Mimi Chanelle

      thanks a lot, i just saw it is available at wholefoods near me. But i dont have a problem with the cans, she eats them easily. Problem is i keep her dry food out all the time for whenever she is hungry and i prefer something that does not need to be refrigerated, that’s why i turned to moist & meaty……. sheesh… does anyone know why is dog dry food so hard ? aren’t puppies supposed to be able to chew on them easily ?

    • Mimi Chanelle

      thank you 🙂 i didnt know it uploaded the pic 3 times !! sorry… She’s a Dachshund mix, i adopted her from Paws just 1.5months ago, she’s 4 months old 🙂

    • LabsRawesome

      Awww such a cute puppy! What breed is she?

    • Crazy4dogs

      Crazy4cats is right and covered the subject very well. Fresh Pet has a lot of varieties to choose from. You can also feed canned food. Just pick a well rated one. If cost is a factor, a less expensive option is mixing a small sized kibble with canned food. I know from experience that Fromm is a small kibble. Earthborn Puppy and Small Breed are smaller kibble too. Most of the kibble marked small breed are made in small pieces. Pet stores often have samples you can try to see if she likes them before purchasing a bag. Also, many of the stores will exchange or refund if you buy a food and your dog won’t or can’t eat it.

    • Crazy4cats

      Yes, I do! Fresh Pet has an excellent soft kibble in their line. It has to be refrigerated, however. I have seen it at Walmart, Target and some grocery stores. I tried it out on my cats, but they turned up their noses at it. So, I mixed it in my dogs’ kibble as a topper and of course they scarfed it! It is a highly regarded brand on this site and also comes in a chub as well as the soft kibble form. You could also choose a 4 or 5 star canned food for easy chewing. Good luck!

    • Mimi Chanelle

      hi, i was checking on the ingredients of Moist & Meaty and was glad i found your article because with my new puppy, i am trying to use what i learned with my previous dogs : have been feeding her Merrick’s and then Taste of the Wild, Wellness and Whole Paws. Alas, the dry food kibbles are too hard apparently for her, she is still teething and she looks like she’s struggling to chew on them. i moisten them but then after a few minutes, the kibbles get all glued to each other and to her bowl (because of the moisture) so she can’t grab any without my help. Since then i’ve been looking for soft, moist dog food and couldn’t find any. Any suggestions ?

    • 4FootedFoodie

      Oh wow, Barbara. I hope the bromide therapy is helping to keep the seizures at bay. Thankfully, I have no personal experience with seizures as far as any member of my family is concerned. That must be incredibly scary.

      I’m glad you’re going to give the FreshPet Vital a try! I really hope it works for your dog. I tried it once with one of my dogs and she really liked it. I think you’ll be pleased. It’s excellent quality and a great choice!

      Let us know how it goes!

    • Barbara

      Pet Smart sells the FreshPet Vital, which I am going to buy. I was looking at it earlier today but when I just read your email I put it on my shopping list. Thank you for the recommendation.

      As for the seizures, she always gets them when she eats dry food, it doesn’t matter what brand it is. It is an undiagnosed digestive/bowel disorder (he said it is immensely expensive and I am on a low SSA income). It started when she was 3 and she also suffers seizures from heat (no tolerance to summer days at all).

      Epilepsy is a common health issue with Eskies. Her seizures were escalating in intensity (almost lost her twice) and occurances (70 degrees, not even a hot day) so she is on bromide therapy and doing well with it, thank God.

    • 4FootedFoodie

      Hi Barbara,

      I hope you’re able to get in with that veterinary nutritionist soon. I’m appalled that your vet recommended keeping your dog on this food. I don’t understand why your vet feels that a high quality dry food would cause seizures. If he’s suggesting that there are certain ingredients you should avoid that affect your dog’s seizure threshold, he should tell you what they are.

      Are you still feeding Moist & Meaty?

      A much healthier alternative food, in a softer form, would be Fresh Pet, which are widely available, but more expensive and much higher quality.

      I’m glad you’re already incorporating fresh, whole foods in his diet.

    • Barbara

      they don’t make chicken flavor

    • Barbara

      Eskies normally live 15 years so you did very well on this food.

    • Barbara

      Hi, it has been a year. I did not realize you replied. I had her on a raw food diet transition and her vet said an emphatic “NO” since she gets seizures from dry foods and most hard chewies, I should keep her on the Moist & Meaty (the tests are thousands of dollars).
      She won’t eat canned foods because of the preservatives they use. I do give her some of my food, minus seasonings, but in small amounts to avoid diahhrea, to change up the boredom of her food.
      I am trying to transition her again to eat more healthy, normal, organic, fresh meat and steamed veggies (dogs don’t digest raw veggies, wolves get them in pre-digested form in the intestines of their prey; cooking the veggies works). The main issue is her immediate weight gain to anything I have tried. I will be saving $ to get a canine nutritionist to help.

    • theBCnut

      I agree it’s disturbing what goes into dog food, and I don’t, won’t and wouldn’t feed Purina, but Purina doesn’t use animals euthanized from shelters in their food, at least not anymore. Other cheap sleazy companies might.
      Some meat raised for human consumption is disturbing too. As much as I can, I raise my own. And I try to buy from sources I can trust.

    • Madam Vonkook

      I give my dog only human grade food ..most people dont realize companies like purina use animals that have been euthanized from pet shelters as well as sick and diseased horses then use chemicals to sanitize the meat by products…it is disturbing

    • Madam Vonkook

      Dogs are omnivores like humans

    • Pattyvaughn

      Been there, done that. My first dog got whatever sounded yummy to me, which ended up being a lot of food dyes, preservatives, chemicals, and sugar. Mine could have died of old age , but she had arthritis all over her whole body, so when the time was right we put her down. She was a small mixed breed dog that really shouldn’t have had that much wear on her little frame, but all that garbage made it difficult for her to repair herself, I guess. Other than one bout with Mighty Dog induced pancreatitis, she was never sick, but she was never vibrant like my dogs are now either.

    • Cyndi

      There is a lot of us here who have done the same thing. I had a mutt when I was younger that ate Alpo his entire life. He lived to be 17 years old. I fed my last dog Iams and Purina One, which I believe contributed to his death. Since finding this site 8 months ago, I educated myself and now feed my current dog a raw diet. You live and learn, too bad it sometimes has to be at the expense of our pets. You’re here now, make the best of it! Good luck with your dog. 🙂

    • Guest

      I had my dog on this garbage for 17 years,he passed of old age about 2 years ago.Not condoning this food in any way,I feel bad for feeding it to him his whole life,never looked at the ingredients until I got my current dog who has allot of food allergies. Total ignorance and stupidity on my part!

    • mward1993

      Yes, if your dog is picky there are tons of other better options.

    • Betsy Greer

      I don’t mean to be rude, Sissie, but consider it a blessing. It’s a sign that you need to switch to something else before this stuff destroys your poor pup.

      Would you consider switching? If so, we’ll happily recommend some other foods that might work for you.

    • Sissie Dauzat

      why can’t I find moist n meaty chicken flavored?

    • mward1993

      There is a difference between clean, quality organ meats, ” byproducts” and the random diseased body parts that make up the majority of byproducts in the pet food industry.

    • mward1993

      Try a healthy canned food. Perhaps limited ingredient. Natural balance, natures variety, some Nutro formulas ( grain free and sensitive stomach varieties) wellness simple solutions, any of these would be worth a try. Have you had your dog examined by a vet?

    • Shawna

      Agree 🙂 One of my favorite quotes is from Dr. Royal Lee “One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedence of chemical therapy over nutrition”.

      I would add, it’s not only what he ate but what HIS parents ate before conception and prenatally.. 🙂

    • Barbara

      Dr Becker ROCKS!

    • Barbara

      Hello Shawna, love that GrandPa! In my experience, people who live over 100 generally ate fresh farm/garden food with little to no chemicals. God created bodies to self heal, but they need the proper, SAFE food to do it. GrandPa ate well, his body had what it needed to counter the effects of a couple of vices. Died happy no doubt!

    • Barbara

      My 4 year old Eskie cannot tolerate any dry food at all – some kind of bowel disorder. Moist and Meaty is the ONLY food she does not have a problem with and she loves it. I am DESPERATE to find a healthy but similar alternative. Suggestions? Oh, as an American Eskimo, easy weight gain is always to be kept in mind.

    • InkedMarie

      Find a better food; if you want help, tell us about your dog: any health issues, how’s his coat? Ear infections, how but weight? Can you order online? When you find a new food, take a week to transition over, adding more & more of the new food to the old as the week goes on leave the food down for 20 min. If he doesn’t eat it all, pick it up & nothing til the next meal

    • Cyndi

      I would switch her to a better dog food if I were you, especially after looking at the ingredient list for this food. If she won’t eat a better food, you could try mixing it with a 4 or 5 star wet food. That would be better for her anyways.

    • Kim Blades

      My dog is 15 years old and only eats moist and meaty. She has been eating for years. She is picky and will only eat that food, I’ve tried everything.

    • She’s been eating sugar all her life and it will be difficult to get her off this food! But please try something else and start looking in the 3 star (or higher) category as (alot of) these foods most likely won’t have sugar or too many other red flag ingredients. Get some canned foods to mix in with her kibble to make it more appealling. Even adding in some people food will help (people food with no sugar of course). When I say people food I mean meat, eggs, canned fish, cooked chopped veggies.

    • LawofRaw

      Well at least you’re doing your vet big favours 🙂

    • disqus_lRXTM6Kt6i

      My dog is just about to hit six years old and she has been eating this brand for years. It’s the /only/ brand she’ll eat because she is so finicky. Reading several articles online are making me rethink her diet, but she won’t eat anything else?

    • Cyndi

      LOL!! LOVE that!! I’m going to print that out and hang it on the wall in my office!

    • LawofRaw

      Yeah, I agree re animal byproducts (depending though, if they’re not just feet or tail etc but including offal) but you made no mention of soy grits, soy flour, high fructose corn syrup, wheat flour, corn syrup, dried cheese powder, dl-methionine, added colour (yellow 6, red 40, yellow 5 and other colour), and ethoxyquin etc. Have dogs been eating those for “centuries”?

      It’s no wonder atrocious pet foods like this, cause cancer and premature death in most dogs, especially since the advent of business driven processed pet foods.

    • Pattyvaughn

      You have a simple misunderstanding about the difference between what the legal definition of ‘meat by product’ is and what and animalwould be given by it owner or find in the wild. I pay good money to get good by products for my dogs, you couldn’t pay me to take “meat by products” and give them to my dog.

    • LabsRawesome
    • Logical pet owner

      Not only that, dogs have been eating “meat by products” for literally centuries. That is primarily what they ate — the meat (they are carnivores after all) that the humans didn’t eat.

    • your post is clearly a logical fallacy. regardless, perhaps the food you fed your dog was good since lamb & rice isn’t one of the foods that is reviewed here.

    • its kind of like with human food, sunny d mixes water and high fructose corn syrup with a little vitamin c then says it has more vitamin c than orange juice. or soy milk itself has no calcium but they add it to it then say it has more calcium than dairy milk. they don’t have to differentiate between foods that naturally contain vitamins and minerals and foods with no nutritional value that are fortified with supplements.

    • ya i dont think all the added supplements are all that important. they are mostly put there so the food can claim to meet aafco standards. ideally all or most nutrients should come from the food itself not by mixing saw dust and slaughterhouse waste with a mashed up centrum and callling it nutritious like the grocery store brands do.

    • One of my favorite kibbled and canned diets is made with whole food ingredients and has no synthetic vitamins or minerals added; and it has no ingredients from China. I feel good about feeding it to my dogs and they both love it. Nature’s Logic also happens to be made in the USA by trusted manufacturers as well.

    • this comment is really old but ya as sales associate said, orijen (and acana and many of the best quality foods) is made in canada. considering many of the worst foods are made in the US, it’s probably better to buy canadian ones anyways. also, as sales associate stated, a lot of the added vitamins and minerals come from china. if you want to avoid chinese ingredients, stick to foods that don’t add supplements (they may not meet aafco’s standards but aafco is kind of a joke anyway). even if you add the supplements yourself, many will originate overseas.

    • Shawna

      I’m so sorry for your loss!! 🙁
      Purina really should be ashamed, I agree.. High fructose corn syrup can cause fatty liver disease in humans. Imagine the consequence in our dogs!!

    • Dave C

      please be careful. I just lost my absolutly best friend of 6 years. cause was moist & meaty buger & cheese. gave him liver cancer. I thought I could trust purena,guess I was wrong

    • Are you talking about Orijen 6-Fish? Because that’s made in Canada, not the US.
      Also, there is no such thing as a food 100% made in the US, since the US doesn’t manufacture most of the added vitamins and minerals. These are produced outside the US in ready-made packets they add to the food, since it’d be way too expensive and impractical for them to be made in the US. They mostly come from Africa and Asia where the minerals are readily available.

    • Flatbushgambler

      I’m a half second away from cooking for my dogs.   After considerable research, I only found 2 brands of dogfood that were made solely in the US plant they are packaged in.  6-Fish and Merrick.   And that can change next week, if a cheaper source is chosen to get the ingredients.   Cooking costs more, but sounds well worth it.  Country dogs lived on table scraps for years – perhaps it’s time to reconsider with a little research on vitamin intake for people vs. dogs on table scraps.  

      Our shepherd was a strong healthy animal.  We began feeding him Puperoni – totally unaware that the petfood industry is, basically, unguarded.   He got several puperoni treats.  Then, one day, he began throwing up blood.   He was dead two days later.  Diagnosis – cancer.  And, it may have been – sadly we will never know.

      Hello home cooked food.  Good-bye mega-corporation plastic processed kibble . . .

    • Helen Fidler2012

      Get them off that crappy food for starters!!!!!!  I would never feed this crap to a dog.   People are so uneducated about what they feed their dogs!  Veterinarians are half the problem as they do not receive proper nutritional training.  

    • doggonefedup

      Maybe all the preservatives had something to do with it!
      beef-by-products….formaldehyde ????  😉

    • Shawna

      My girlfriend’s grandpa made it to age 105 on nitrite laden bacon and cigarettes.  Smoked to the day he died (living on his own not in a nursing home)..  He drove and was in his right mind clear til the end too.  However his longevity doesn’t magically make bacon and cigarettes healthy..  Likewise, your pups longevity doesn’t make the ingredients in this food healthful..  🙂

    • Iris

      I had a dog that lived 19 years only on Moist and Meaty – Rice and Lamb flavor. She had a beautiful coat and never a single problem. She only went to the vet for annual check-ups. Guess it can’t be that bad since she outlived most of the dogs that eat “better” dog food.

    • Gale

      I’m kind of stuck here.  I do mix in Merrick dry with this brand, but my ole dog has bad teeth and due to his age they will not remove.  So I looked for a softer food and got this.  I wish Purina would do better then this, especially for older animals that almost have to eat this food.  Will stick to the Merrick cans and dry with this mixed in.

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    • iluvedoggies5

      This food is absouletly aweful! The ingredients can tell you that.

    • Ez101188

      I am looking for advice on this food, my pug puppy is recently on it & she is going to the bathroom a lot, is this a food issue?! I hope not… will be switching foods asap

    • M Ward1993

      I can almost garantee this is the cause.

    • Johnandchristo


      HELLOW, this food will kill him. if he is all red on the outside what do you think his insides look like? flea shampoo, is not the greatest thing for him. read the review. fed him a better food, his redness will clear up
      right away. 

    • Worrisome

      I think my dog is allergic to this food, but I’m not sure. He’s been eating this since January. He’s been scratching himself severely and his belly is all red. I was going to get him flea shampoo, but a Petsmart employee said that it could be a food allergy. This food is cheap so price range, it’s good, but if this is the cause for him scratching and skin irritation, then NO MORE for him. 

    • Dog Food Ninja

      This food must have a massively high glycemic index.  What a disgraceful thing for a company to market as “food”.   

    • Shawna

      cjdlfc ~~ I agree that Moist & Meaty is a really poor quality food, I have to say that I’ve never been impressed with any of the food in the Natural Balance line.  And especially not the rolls.  The second ingredient in the three foods is wheat flour and the third ingredient is “SUGAR”..  I also has many flavor enhancers to make the food taste good to the pet but they too come with consequences.  The company should be ashamed for making a food where sugar is in the ingredient list at all but let alone so high in the list..

    • M Ward1993

      yeah, the dog food rolls are good but Natural Balance dry food and canned is better, honestly.

    • cjdlfc

      I have recently purchased Moist & Meaty for a picky eater but haven’t been impressed by the poor nutritional reviews & information. There isn’t even much good information about it on the Purina site. Luckily, I have found a much healthier option. Natural Balance Dog Food Rolls. They havehigh nutritional value, are convenient & the price is reasonable. One roll equals about 10 cans of dog food. I by them @ Petco. All the reviews are good. All of the other Natural Balance products are good as well. I think Petsmart carriers something similar.

    • Meagan

      Jill M-So sorry to hear that you went through that. Maybe you should change your vet.

    • Jill M

      I have been feeding my four dogs (3 cockers and 1 poodle terrier mix) moist and meaty for a couple years. I was mixing it with canned Alpo Prime Cuts. I always bought both at Sam’s Club because it was convenient. All was fine until a couple of weeks ago. My dogs had drastically decreased appetites and were lethargic compared to normal. I immediately looked for dog food recalls and didn’t find any. So, after a few days I bought a different food. I sent an email to Purina to see if they had changed it or if there was anything wrong with the batch. Purina just sent me back an email saying that they didn’t know what could have caused and were going to send me coupons.

      Their appetite was back for the first feeding and then waned some. However, each day they were eating a bit more, but still not normal. So, all four went to the vet. She just felt them up and looked at their eyes/ears/mouths. She said it wasn’t the food and to go back to the original.

      I had told her exactly what I was feeding them.

      So, I gave them just the moist and meaty for the next feeding. And, within 15 minutes one of my cockers went into a LONG seizure. She has never had one before. So, all the moist and meaty went into the trash can. I called the vets office and they said not to bring her in.

      I immediately started looking online again and ended up at this website. I am currently going through the 4 star and 5 star dog foods trying to find a brand that they like.

      She hasn’t had any more seizures and they are all back to eating normal.

      Thank you for this website!

    • sandy

      Gail T,

      I feel for you Gail. Before this site, I was feeding Beneful. You are not alone. Just a suggestion – I’m sure others will throw in their suggestions, too. Maybe try a good limited ingredient diet that doesn’t have any of those red flag ingredients to start off with. Can good food be a shock to the system after 9 years of M & M? Maybe start off with a 3 star limited ingredient food and see how your dog tolerates real meat and potatoes or rice for starters. Wellness fish & sweet potato, Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets, Nature’s Variety Limited Ingredient Diets (these just came out) and then after that add in some other foods with more meat and veggies from the 4-star or 5-star lists. And unfortunately you’ll need to use the M&M while transitioning your dog to the new food. Good luck!

    • Hi Gail… Watch these 2 videos by Dr. Karen Becker: “The Best and Worst Types of Dog Foods” and “How to Choose a Good Dog Food“.

    • Gail T.

      I came across this site by accident..Now I am scared to death as I have been feeding my now 9 year old Papillon Purina’s moist n meaty just about all these 9 years also….He seems to love it, although to me the dog does not seem well to me..I can not place a reason for it except to say that 3 months ago I took him to the Vet and after some expensive blood results he tells me something was wrong with his liver..I was given meds to treat him and I don’t understand what the problem was..I can not afford to take my dog to the vet often as I may like ( they overcharge !! ) And that upsets me..Much as I love my dog, now I am at a loss..What is the best way to feed your dog ?

    • I don’t want to impede or get anyone upset, and I feel sorry for your Elmo, Bounora. However Bounora may or may not have had his or her dog attend the same Vet clinic for all those 11 years. Most likely your Vet simply told you he died because of eating this Purina trash, and the Vet would have put 2 and 2 together. Unless I stand corrected and Bounora elaborates further?

      With this in mind, my Vet said to me, as an example of how negligent most can be, “It’s ok to keep my dog on Pedigree” who was being fed this by her previous owners for 2 years since her birth. In hindsight, I reflect on this…..was she kidding me? Sadly no she wasn’t. Ergo from all my own experience and other such negative stories, I’m betting that food is the last priority of concern placed in consultations with most Vets along the course of one’s dog’s Vet visits.

      That’s what similar real life scenario, I’m deducing from Bounora’s story, may be. And what’s more, I’m only speculating, unless Bounora elaborates or clarifies further, that then, your Vet, would have advised you to feed an upgraded Purina formula, or similar, when and if you decide to buy another dog, to which isn’t or aren’t much better than this Purina formulated trash!

      Bounora, my and many other commentators’ advice, would be for you to get yourself more educated on what actually goes into making dog kibbles and processed foods, to be in a better position to trial better quality dog foods, such as the listed 4 or 5 star rated foods on this website, and on other similar websites which I can’t actually post here because I suspect the creator, Mike, has had his software programmed to stop similar equivalent websites be advertised here. Having said that, this website is a well presented and site-mapped same, providing many good articles of substance and reliable information, to help you improve your knowledge, now on better quality dog feeding regimes, should you acquire another family best friend.

    • Hi Bounora… I’m so sorry to hear about Elmo’s ordeal. You obviously cared a lot about him. Thanks so much for taking the time to share this heartbreaking story with us.

    • Bob K

      Bounora – You bought it, you fed it to him and he was at least 11 years old when he died. Your vet said nothing for 11 years about this food? When did you realize that the food was a 1 star food? How was His death linked to the Purina “Moist and Meaty” brand dog food. How did they proove the link? If you had a child and fed him junk food for 11 years and he developed medical problems, you’d blame his food? Somehow the blame seems a little misplaced.

    • Bounora

      Our dog has been eating Moist and meaty for about 11 years. In August of 2010 he has been off and on getting sick, which increased to several times a day. He went from being 7lbs to 3lbs and could no longer keep anything he ate down. After about 7-8 months he needed to be manually fed and carried. We took him to the vet to find out, he had liver damage and after a long battle of nine months with this mysterious disease, he died today. His death has been linked to the Purina “Moist and Meaty” brand dog food. I do not suggest this to any pet owners. I hope my story may prevent premature deaths to other dogs. R.I.P. Elmo

    • Hi Aaron… Since each dog responds to a particular food in its own way, it would be misleading for me to confirm this dog food was the cause of your dog’s kidney stones.

      You should be able to find some information about dog food and urinary stones by visiting our FAQ page and looking for the topic, “Dog Foods for Special Diseases”. Hope this helps.

    • Bob K

      Aaron – A poor diet for human or animal is not good. May I suggest you take a look at 4 and 5 star foods on this website and slowly transition your dog to a better food. For a rough idea of prices: https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AmNw5KB82-n_dGtyOEpVVXhPQ2tfeU1FUGdEdjVnTkE&hl=en#gid=0

    • Aaron

      Question, would this food be to blame for kidney stones? I found that an excess amount of magnesium can be the cause but I’m not sure if this food is the culprit.

    • Jonathan

      Buy a better dry food and moisten it with warm water!

    • Wendy

      One of my 4 dogs gets choked on everything. This is the only soft dry food I’ve been able to find in stores that he can eat. Anyone have a better suggestion?

    • sandy

      nature’s select has a 50 pound bag for $56. It’s rated 4 star.

    • Jonathan

      Woe is me… make sure you have enough of this garbage left to transition your dog to a new food! And don’t be scared… decent food need not be expensive!! take a look at Pro Pac, Diamond Natruals, Kirkland, 4Health, Perfectly Natural, … Antonio, ed, you guys know a bunch of the good inexpensive foods… jump in any time here…

    • Jonathan

      Yeah, guys, your dogs probably do love this food… sugar is addictive! Congratulations on discovering the TRUTH about this junk! And good luck finding (and switching to!) your dog a better food. Let us know what happens!

    • st.kiser

      My dog loves it but he don’t get no more

    • woe is me

      my dog really really liked it… so i ate some… it tastes like playdoh… it’s too bad it’s just as nutritious… all the food i bought for my dog has turned out to be crap… beneful dry food, pedigree choice cuts wet, and this junk… i wish i’d found this site sooner… now i have to wait for him to eat it all and then buy better stuff… if i can afford it…

    • Jonathan

      Oh my god, yeah, SHICA, this food is a train-wreck of corn syrup (highly processed sugar) industrial waste from agriculture and meat packing, and dangerous chemicals. There are tons of good quality treats out there. I wouldn’t feed this food to a stray raccoon with rabies.

    • Carrie

      SHICA, why would you? There are so many better things you can treat your dog with instead of this terrible food. It really is one of the worse foods out there.
      If you need an inexpedience treat, you can boil some chicken legs and strip the meat off (stay away from cooked bones) you can give you dog any sort of raw or cooked meat, they LOVE it and it is SOOO good for them, and meat is not really that expensive for the amount you would give.

    • SHICA


    • Jonathan

      Donna, this dog food is trash. That’s what’s “going on” with it! Read the above review, and you should have a good idea as to why your pups got sick.

      And get ’em on something better, ASAP! 🙂

    • Donna Worrell

      I just bought a new box of moist and meaty beef cheese dog food Saturday night. My 2 dogs and my friends 2 dogs all ate it. They have all been deathly sick this week.Whats going on with this dog food