Purina Moist and Meaty Dog Food Review (Semi-Moist)

Purina Moist and Meaty Dog Food Review

Review of Purina Moist and Meaty Dog Food

Rating:

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

The Purina Moist and Meaty product line includes the 6 semi-moist dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product Rating AAFCO
Moist and Meaty Burger with Cheddar Cheese Flavor 1 M
Moist and Meaty Chopped Burger 1 M
Moist and Meaty Steak Flavor 1 M
Moist and Meaty High Protein with Real Chicken and Beef 1 M
Moist and Meaty Rise and Shine 1 M
Moist and Meaty with Real Chicken 1 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Purina Moist and Meaty Burger with Cheddar Cheese Flavor was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


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, beef fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, salt, soybean oil, sorbic acid (a preservative), cheese powder (source of cheddar cheese flavor), calcium propionate (a preservative), added color, minerals [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], dl-methionine, vitamins [vitamin E supplement, niacin (vitamin B-3), vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate (vitamin B-5), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B-1), vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B-2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B-6), folic acid (vitamin B-9), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (vitamin K), vitamin D-3 supplement, biotin (vitamin B-7), ], choline chloride, ethoxyquin (a preservative), yellow 6, red 40, yellow 5

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red denotes controversial item

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

Ingredient Analysis

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 up to 73% 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.

The quality of this ingredient can vary, depending on the caliber of the raw materials obtained by the manufacturer.

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 next ingredient lists 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.

The next item 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 item 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.

Next, this recipe includes beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef contains up to 73% 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 6 notable exceptions

First, 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. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher 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 contains ethoxyquin, a controversial preservative linked to the accumulation of hemoglobin pigment in the liver and elevated hepatic enzymes in the blood.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Purina Moist and Meaty looks like a below-average product.

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 11%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 54% for the overall product line.

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

Which means this Purina product line contains…

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 all the soy products, this looks like the profile of a semi-moist dog food containing a moderate amount of meat.

Our Rating of Purina Moist and Meaty Dog Food

Purina Moist and Meaty is a grain-inclusive semi-moist dog food using a moderate amount of named by-products or chicken as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1 star.

Not recommended.

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References

  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

05/21/2021 Last Update