Overall, Purina Beneful Grain Free Dry Dog Food With Chicken is a significantly below average dog food, earning 4 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.
When evaluating a dog food, the first five ingredients can tell you a lot about the quality of a product as they make up the bulk of the product. Ideally, you're looking for quality protein sources with a minimum of cheap starches, fillers or by-products. Continuing down the ingredient list, look for ingredients that resemble real food with a minimal number of unpronounceable chemicals - the same as you would for human food.
Purina Beneful Grain Free Dry Dog Food With Chicken includes the following:
Note - a bolded ingredient in the above tables indicates it is one of the first five ingredients listed by the product manufacturer.In this case, Purina Beneful Grain Free Dry Dog Food With Chicken's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source. However, this product also lists chicken by-product meal within its top ingredients. By-products are typically considered inferior, lesser quality ingredients.
Additionally, Purina Beneful Grain Free Dry Dog Food With Chicken also contains as top ingredients pea starch, cassava root flour and soybean germ meal. These types of ingredients are typically used as bulk-adding fillers and are not required in your dog's diet. However, they are sometimes used to help maintain the kibble shape in dry foods.
Allergen alert: This product contains beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols, soybean germ meal, soybean meal and soybean oil which may be problematic for dogs who suffer from beef or soy food allergies.
Compared to the other 1160 dog foods in our database, Purina Beneful Grain Free Dry Dog Food With Chicken has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Purina Beneful Grain Free Dry Dog Food With Chicken has approximately 352 calories per 100g (99 calories/ounce), which is compared to the average of the other dry dog foods in the DogFoodDB.
All the product information on this page is based on data collected from the manufacturer's product website as retrieved on May 22, 2017.
Ingredients as published by the dog food manufacturer:
Chicken, pea starch, cassava root flour, chicken by-product meal, soybean germ meal, soybean meal, canola meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols, dried beet pulp, poultry and pork digest, mono and dicalcium phosphate, soybean oil, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, blueberries, dried pumpkin, dried spinach, MINERALS [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], VITAMINS [Vitamin E supplement, niacin (Vitamin B-3), Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (Vitamin K), folic acid (Vitamin B-9), biotin (Vitamin B-7)], choline chloride, iron oxide (color), garlic oil.
Nutritional information as published by the dog food manufacturer.*
The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.
*Note that some nutritional percentages reported are only estimated values, and are indicated as such as (est). Each dog food manufacturer is required by law to publish a Guaranteed Analysis, which defines each product's maximum values of fiber, moisture and ash in addition to the minimum values of protein and fat contained within. Exact nutritional percentages are not available and hence all calculated values (including carbohydrate percentages and calorie amounts) are determined using these minimum and maximum published values and therefore may differ from actual values.