I have been looking everywhere to find out how good purina is for your pets both of my animals ( Kitten and dog) were already bieng fed this brand when i got them and Im not really sure what the scoop is on this brand please anyone who can tell me anything that would be great!!!!
Purina is generally crap. Check out the dog food forum for some advice on some really great foods for your pets. There are many threads there that show you what to look for in a pet food, how to read/understand the labels/ingredient lists and provide advice as to brand names. Good luck.
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Purina is a dirty word here
Owned by the DEVIL!!! (Nestle) Here's an example (and a bit of deconstruction)--Beneful is the one that Purina advertises on TV:
PurinaŽ Beneful Original
Ingredient Name (in order of content in the dog food
1. Ground Yellow Corn (Shouldn't be the first ingredient--it causes gasiness that can lead to bloat. Also a highly allergenic
2. Chicken Byproduct Meal( Chicken byproduct meal consists of the dry, ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines (excrement) -- exclusive of feathers except in such amounts as might occur unavoidably in good processing practices.) Would you eat this sh**?
3. Corn Gluten Meal (more corn? Considered a cheap protein filler, again, corn is highly allergenic in dogs.)
4. Whole Wheat Flour(processed wheat product--wheat products aren't considered a good source of carbohydrate for dogs.)
5. Beef Tallow(Saturated fat, low in lineolic acid (good for skin and coats) and is considered allergenic in dogs.)
6. Rice Flour (see wheat flour, processed grains aren't as good for dogs as whole grains. Not as allergenic as corn or wheat.)
7. Beef(finally some meat, beef is considered allergenic in dogs, it's a comment on the quality of this product that a meat protein is the 7th ingredient.)
8. Soy flour(more processed grain instead of whole grain, soy is not a preferred grain (carbohydrate and fiber) source for dogs.)
9. Sugar(rots the teeth, adds empty calories, not good for people or their dogs.)
10. Sorbitol(highly processed sweetener, 1/2 less sweet and 1/3 the calories of sugar. In large enough doses, acts as a laxitive (ask me how I know ))
11. Tricalcium Phosphate (calcium source, why not natural bone meal instead?)
12. Water (used to mix ingredients--quality of the water that Purina uses is unknown.)
13. Animal Digest (animal digest is a material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue. The animal tissues used shall be exclusive of hair, horns, teeth, hooves and feathers, except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice and shall be suitable for animal feed.
Animal digest is a cooked-down broth made from unspecified parts of unspecified animals. Any kind of animal can be included: goats, pigs, horses, rats, etc. The animals can be obtained from any source, so there is no control over quality or contamination.)
14. Salt(Most pet food ingredients contain enough sodium to meet a dog or cat's nutritional needs. Most higher quality dog foods don't add salt.)
15. Potassium Chloride (Potassium source, necessary as a metabolite)
16. Dicalcium Phosphate( Dicalcium Phosphate is a calcium salt of phosphoric acid.Dicalcium phosphate provides both calcium and phosphorus, which are vital for building and maintaining strong bones and teeth. Calcium also regulates heartbeat and other muscle contractions and is necessary for proper blood clotting. Phosphorus plays an important part in the body's energy production.)
17. Sorbic Acid(preservative)
18. Lysine(amino acid)
19. Dried Peas
20. Dried Carrots
21. Calcium Carbonate(chemical source of calcium)
22. Calcium Propionate(preservative)
23. Choline Chloride(vitamin B 4)
24. Vitamins/Minerals(may include:Ascorbic Acid, Beta Carotene, Biotin, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Choline Chloride, Cobalt Carbonate, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Dicalcium Pantothenate, dl-Methionine, Folic Acid, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Niacin, Potassium Chloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin C Supplement (Sodium Ascorbate), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement (Alpha Tocopherol), Zinc Proteinate)
25. Artificial Flavor/Color(dogs are primarily color blind. Unnecessary added chemicals)
26. DL-Methionine (amino acid, essential)
27. Calcium Iodate(chemical source of trace iodine, essential)
28. Sodium Selenite(chemical source of trace selenium, essential, antioxidant.)
And here's only one example of a moderately good dog food (which would you rather eat/feed your dog?: )
Innova EVO Dog
3. Turkey Meal
4. Chicken Meal
6. Herring Meal
7. Chicken Fat
8. Natural Flavors
14. Cottage Cheese
15. Alfalfa Sprouts
16. Dried Chicory Root
19. Rosemary Extract
21. Viable Naturally Occurring Microorganisms
Last edited by Angies Man; December 3rd, 2006 at 03:27 PM.
Here's a list of ingredients to avoid:
Also, click on the links on the left side for more information.....it is a really good site.
Any dog food brands that are available in the supermarket or places like Walmart are crap. You need to go to a specialty pet/feed store that only sells premium brands.
Some of the better brands are Canidae, Timberwolf Organics, Innova, Natural Balance, Go Natural, Wellness. Check out what is available in your area and post back with any further questions.