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Review of Beneful Puppy Food Wet and Dry

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is a corporation with its headquarters based in Missouri, America. This economic superpower acquired Ralston Purina’s animal feed business in 2001, which then merged, by proxy, with Nestlé’s Friskies Petcare. They sell their products worldwide.

There was a recall back in 2007 and there is a current lawsuit between Purina and rival competitor Blue Buffalo where Purina has accused Blue Buffalo of false advertising and Blue Buffalo have accused Purina of defamation. Let’s step aside from the drama and focus on the food.


Nestlé Purina PetCare Company has a dog food product line called Beneful with both dry and wet varieties. Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies dry food comes in 3.5lbs, 7lbs, 15.5lbs and 31.1lbs bags.

There is an excellent range of over a dozen wet foods available with exotic flavours such as savoury rice & lamb stew and Mediterranean style medley that come in 10oz tubs.

Purina ensures the quality of its products by tracking ingredients from the plants to the packaged product and by working with suppliers that comply with their strict manufacturing standards.

Our review of Beneful Puppy Food Wet and Dry reveals a long list of by-products and fillers, with the first real meat being at #6:

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  • Ground yellow corn,
  • chicken by-product meal,
  • corn gluten meal,
  • whole wheat flour,
  • animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of vitamin E),
  • chicken,
  • rice flour
  • soy flour

The mention of corn as a primary ingredient is not a good sign. Neither is gluten, flour or any kind of by-product in general. Soy as a plant derivative of protein is not a justifiable substitute for a meat protein source either.

The first hint of real meat is at number six on the list, which is very poor when you compare Beneful products to other dry foods at the supermarket that would normally place chicken or beef at the top.

A peer reviewed article published in Agricultural and Food Science (vol. 13, 2004) entitled ‘Composition, digestibility and nutritive value of cereals for dogs’ confirms that corn is bad for a puppy’s diet:

… The quantity of excreted wet faeces increased and the percentage of dry matter (DM) in faeces decreased when oat groats, barley, wheat or corn were supplemented to the basal diet, in contrast to rice …

Why risk introducing corn to your puppy’s diet when there is a chance that it may trigger coeliac disease? For those unaware, coeliac disease is typically an abnormal reaction to gluten that affects the immune system and can damage the bowels. A healthy and balanced diet is important for protecting our pets.

If the alarm bells are not ringing already, you may want to think twice before purchasing Beneful dry puppy food for your pet.

Beneful Prepared MealsBeef & Chicken Medley with Green Beans, Carrots & Wild Rice contains the following main ingredients:

Beneful Prepared Meals Beef & Chicken Medley

  • Water sufficient for processing,
  • beef,
  • wheat gluten,
  • liver,
  • white rice,
  • green beans,
  • chicken,
  • meat by-products,
  • corn starch-modified,
  • carrots, and
  • wild rice

The packaging for Beneful wet foods sure look appealing, especially with all of those vegetables and meats and rice— so much colour, must be perfect, right? The meal as a whole looks fresh and appetizing, but is it worthy of your puppy’s palate?

So the tub comprises lots of moisture (78%!). Water is great, but where is the value for money? Crude protein weighs in at only 10% so that is where the beef, chicken and the meat by-products come in. There should be a higher concentration of meat/protein for this wet food option to be worthwhile though.

As a standalone meal the Beneful wet food is not very nutritious compared to other wet foods on the market and if you were to feed this stuff to your pet you may want to mix it with dry food or supplement it with raw meat.

There are lots of positive stories where puppies have enjoyed the Beneful selection of wet and dry foods via Amazon. John I. Oines says he has ‘… used this variety of ‘Beneful’ mixed with dry dog food to make it more appetizing. It works for us’.

Fox posted a five-star review: ‘My dog just loves this food and the containers are easy to use. They can also be recycled which is good for the environment’.

Amazon user J. Mullally, however, says the Beneful wet food ‘… is the equivalent of fast food for dogs—literally. Pop the top and there you go. But the ingredients and nutrition are sadly lacking and it contains TWO sources of sweetener.’

OWG is not a fan of Beneful wet food either: ‘A trip to the vet today for skin, urinary and digestive issues have identified the culprit. No more’.