Dog Food Review - Purina

Purina is one of the most recognized names in pet food, and for good reason: The brand has been around - in one form or another - for 110 years.

In 1902, the Robinson-Danforth Commission was created in St. Louis as an animal feed company.

The name later changed to Ralston Purina with the red-and-white checkered logo that we recognize today. Some Purina brands are truly international and are marketed in many countries of the world.

Varieties

Purina now offers nine different dog food brands under its company umbrella, ranging from foods for puppies, adult dogs, senior dogs and dogs with special health issues. Some of the best known brands include Alpo, Beneful, ProPlan, One and Mighty Dog. You'd be familiar with many of the Purina brand names but may not be aware that they're all made by the same company.

Ingredients

The actual ingredient content of Purina brand dog foods will depend on the particular formula, but many will contain variations of the following ingredients: Chicken, brewer's rice, poultry by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole grain wheat, whole grain corn, animal fat, pea fiber, oat meal, fish meal, animal digest, salt, potassium chloride, calcium phosphate and potassium citrate.

Several of the ingredients in Purina foods - such as pea fiber and animal digest - may be considered fillers and may not offer much in the way of nutritional value. Other ingredients like corn gluten meal or whole grain corn are controversial. Many believe grains aren't good for dogs but in fact, they are nutritious and unless your dog has an allergy or intolerance to them, they don't usually cause any problems.

Pricing

Purina brand dog foods are routinely sold in discount stores like Walmart because of their lower price points. Purina wet and dry foods will only set consumers back $3 to $20, depending on the formula and size.

Reviews

Purina manufactures foods under so many different brand names so it makes sense that their foods get both good and bad reviews online. Some formulas (like the cheaper Alpo and the Dog Chow formulas) tend to get worse reviews that some of their better quality formulas, like ProPlan and ONE. As with most things, you tend to get what you pay for so cheaper foods will have cheaper ingredients, and these may not be as good for your dog.

Downsides

The main downside of Purina brand dog foods is its use of fillers. However, Purina brand dog foods have also faced several recalls by the United States Food and Drug Administration over the past several years for salmonella contamination.

Most of Purina's dog foods were recalled in 2007 during the widespread melamine contamination that affected many brands of dog food. The melamine contamination ended up killing or several debilitating thousands of dogs and cats around North America.

If you are looking for a reasonable quality food for your dog, you're sure to find a product in the Purina range that meets your family budget. If you can afford it, choose one of the better quality brands, such as One, and your dog will do well.

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