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Purina One Dog Food Review (Canned)

Mike Sagman

By Mike Sagman

Updated: March 21, 2024

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Which Purina One Recipes Get Our Best Ratings?

Purina One wet dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Purina One product line includes the 7 canned dog foods listed below.

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

Recipe and Label Analysis

Purina One Tender Cuts in Gravy Chicken & Brown Rice Entrée 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 One Tender Cuts in Gravy Chicken & Brown Rice Entrée

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

50%

Protein

15%

Fat

27%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Poultry broth, chicken, wheat gluten, turkey, pork lungs, liver, carrots, brown rice, soy flour, egg product, spinach, potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, sodium selenite, guar gum, locust bean gum, tricalcium phosphate, vitamin E supplement, niacin (vitamin B-3), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B-1), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B-6), vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B-2), vitamin A supplement, folic acid (vitamin B-9), vitamin D-3 supplement, biotin (vitamin B-7), choline chloride


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is poultry broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common component in many canned products.

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

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

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

The next ingredient is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.2

Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

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

Although wheat gluten contains 80% 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 item includes carrots, which are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The next ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The eighth ingredient includes 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 can’t be ignored when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The ninth item is pork lung. Lung is a protein-rich organ meat that’s also low in fat.

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 Purina product.

With 3 notable exceptions

First, 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.

Next, this recipe contains sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

And lastly, caramel is a natural coloring agent made by caramelizing carbohydrates. It’s used by pet food manufacturers to impart a golden brown tint to the finished product.

However, the concentrated version of this ingredient commonly known as caramel coloring has been more recently considered controversial and found to cause cancer in laboratory animals.3

In any case, even though caramel is considered safe by the FDA, we’re always disappointed to find any added coloring in a 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?

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Purina One canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 50%, a fat level of 15% and estimated carbohydrates of about 27%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 42% and a mean fat level of 25%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 25% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 63%.

Which means this Purina product line contains…

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbohydrates when compared to a typical wet dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the wheat gluten and soy flour contained in some recipes, this looks like the profile of a canned dog food containing at least a moderate amount of meat.

Our Rating of Purina One Canned Dog Food

Purina One is a grain-inclusive canned dog food using at least a moderate amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

However, some of the recipes in this product line have an unusually high fat-to-protein ratio, which may not be suitable for some animals.

Purina One Dog Food Recall History

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls related to Purina through April.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.

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More Purina Brand Reviews

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Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

2: Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition


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