Is Purina Puppy Chow a good food for my puppy?

sam: I feed my puppy Purina Puppy Chow is this a good food for him?
I have Jack Russell. He is about 10 weeks. He is of healthy weight. I just want to make sure that i am feeding him food that will help him thrive.
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Answer by Maddie R
yup purina is one of the best brands you can get after science diet and other more expensive sold at vets

Answer by Ruckus1

Purina is not what I would consider a quality dog food. It's full of junk ingredients & fillers which are nothing but empty calories which means your pup has to eat a greater quantity to get the nutrition he needs which means too many calories and too much poo. Try gradually switching to a superior quality food like Innova, Solid Gold, Canidae or Blue Buffalo. You can find these at Petsmart, Pet Supplies Plus, Petco, etc. They cost more, but your puppy won't have to eat so much, so you should find that a bag will last longer. Check out the Natura (makers of Innova, California Natural and Evo) and play around with their product comparison tool. It's rather educational and will help you pick the best quality food for your guy. Good luck!!

Answer by Antonio
Purina is a reliable brand and contrary to popular belief your dog can eat Purina dog food and live a long healthy complete life. If you take a look at most of the boutique brands mentioned above most of of them are all manufactured by a handful of companies and nearly all source their dry ingredients from the same rendering plant. Also check for recalls you'll see that Purina has fewer than most of those expensive brands and they have a much longer history of producing quality pet food for generations of animals that far exceed the knowledge of many of these new independent boutique style brands which haven't been around more than 10 years or so. Many of them lack actual feeding research behind these products as well. You'll do well by feeding Purina.

Answer by Cavalier KCS mom
No way. Purina is loaded with By-products and fillers that will make your dog poop more. I'm currently taking care of a Samoyed dog at my house. The owner feeds her Purina. She has skin a condition. She is constantly itching. She has cronic ear infections. Her ears are swollen shut from the scar tissue from the ear infections.

Since she's been at my house i've been feeding her Wellness dog food and she loves it. The saying is true "You are what you eat." I feed all my dogs Wellness and none of them have ever had an ear infection or any kind of skin condition.

When looking for a dog food ALWAYS read the ingredients. There should not be any by-products, corn, or wheat in the food.

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  1. ♥Friends with says

    Here is a site that will show you which dog foods are the best and the worst. I suggest that you get any one of the dog foods that are top rated.
    Most of grocery store dog food formulas, like Purina, Pedigree,and etc contain "meat and bone meal" which has been known to contain dead dogs and cats that were euthanized in animal shelters. Their bodies are picked up and bought by the truck load by "rendering plants" , that also pick up road kill, dead live stock, and etc. They are shredded, and boiled. They skim off the fat on the top of the "soup" and collected it and sell it to pet food companies as "animal fat", the rest of the animals' remains are crushed up, dried and sold to dog and cat food companies as meat and bone meal.
    You can read more about it here.
    Here is an article where the owner of a rendering plant talks about it. He says that cremating the dead shelter animals would cause pollution, and that rendering them is good.

    Here is further information on what you shouldn't see in the ingredients list in your dogs' food.
    Top rated dog foods like Canidae contain good healthy ingredients.

  2. ex-geek now trains d says

    NO! According to the website Purina Puppy Chow's first few ingredients are: Whole grain corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, brewers rice, soybean meal, and animal fat. Corn is two of the first six items: it is a frequent allergen and primarily a filler. Any by-product is a left-over component; whole meat or meal is by far superior, and it could only be worse if it was more generic in nature, like poultry (any bird) or meat (limitless) by-product. Brewers rice is another filler and left-overs from another process. Animal fat - what animal? When such generic sources are used, it often means that they're taking whatever they can get at the lowest price.

    You want to feed a quality food, and your best source is likely to be your local specialty pet food store. Talk to them and they can help you find the best fit for your dog. - g^2

  3. singleworker1230 says

    It's okay but not the best. Some of the better ones that are available everywhere even in the rural areas include Science Diet, Eukanuba, Iams, and Purina One. While these may not be the best foods in everyone's eyes. They are good foods that are distributed across the country. Some of the foods listed on this board are only available in some markets or online which definately adds to the expense.

  4. Gina C says

    It's worked for my dogs and they love it. Fancy dog foods are great if you can afford them. My girl prefers Beneful to all other foods. Test with small bags when the dog is older and watch their hair coat and stool. Bonnie does best with Beneful. Weird. I had a dog that was devoted to Iams!!!

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