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Purina Naturally Complete- would you eat this?

For some reason I was reading the ingredients of dog food, and I was like, wow I'd eat this! Would you?

INGREDIENTS:Whole grain corn, chicken meal, beef, whole wheat, corn gluten meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), soybean meal, brown rice, oat meal, pearled barley, calcium phosphate, animal digest, calcium carbonate, caramel color, salt, potassium chloride, brewers dried yeast, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, copper proteinate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.

Tue. Dec 19, 12:22am

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maybe if I was starving. Actually, there was an article in the paper a few years ago saying that if you were stranded on a desert island with only 1 food and water, what kind of food would you take. The answer is dog food. Any one type of "people food" will overload your system and nothing is as rounded as dog food.

ah, man cannot live but on bread alone.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 7:07 AM

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While it may have all the nutrients, it isn't subject to the same standards of cleanliness in production as human food is. And we all know that human food standards still aren't always good enough.... Seriously, chicken meal? There's no control on this stuff for CJD-type prion diseases, you can be sure it includes all kinds of brain and spinal cord.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 9:27 AM

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yuck :)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 9:46 AM

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I always wished someone would come out with "bachelor chow"- something moderately tasty, easily portioned, and only takes a minute to heat up in the microwave. I mean, I love good food and I love to cook, but there are times when I just want something quick, filling and low-cal.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 10:06 AM

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Actually, I've worked in dog nutrition and these ingredients are horrible. You never want to feed your dog any food with corn or corn meal in it. Dog's digest it like sugar and it can make them extremely hyper and misbehave. its also hard on their bodies :(

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 8:44 AM

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I agree. I would never feed that to a pet. Pets should not be eating wheat or corn, and I don't for that matter either. My house is wheat and corn free- for both me and the cat.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 10:06 AM

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so... no wheat or corn for your pet. what brand of food do you feed them then?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 10:16 AM

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My cat eats Acana dry food, and I try to supplement with barely cooked chicken or beef, but occasionally she gets a can of actrium, which uses rice as a binder instead.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 11:02 AM

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My cat eats Acana too but she doesn't like it as much as her old stuff that had corn in it. =)

My dogs eat Orijin and they love it! Not only is it better for them they don't need as much at each meal because it is more nutritious. This is also weird but their poop doesn't stink as bad on Orijin!

Any dog food with corn or wheat as the first ingredient means it is full of fillers

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 12:20 PM

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I still think dog and cat food out of cans looks more and more like human food! So, why not just feed them table scraps? They make it look very appetizing on commercials! ;)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 6:27 PM

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I would not eat it...nor would I ever think of feeding it to my dog.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 8:44 PM

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I feed my dog a completely raw diet with only dehydrated meat as treats. If you're going to feed dry kibble, find one that contains no grains, corn, by-products...something similar to Orijen. I'm not a fan of kibble...but this one seems better than most.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 8:51 PM

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I wouldn't feed this to my dogs that alone eat it myself

This food is on the "will substnatially shorten your dog's lifespan" rating. The place many consider the "definitive" rating for dog food is they give it 2 stars (out of a possible 6). The 5 and 6 star foods will help lengthen your dog's lifespan. The 3 and 4 star foods are not good for your dog, but probably won't kill them too prematurely. The 1 and 2 star foods tend to shorten their lifespan very prematurely and to cause a lot of health problems in your dogs.

Here is what the site says about this food:
Pros: Second and third ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Insufficient meat content, low quality grains, fat of unidentifiable origin

The first ingredient in this food is corn. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value in dog food, and which is also commonly associated with food allergies. Even if this had been a decent grain, however, we would still note that grains are not a natural foodstuff for canines and are of very low quality compared to meat (on which dog foods should instead be based).

The second ingredient is the sole true meat ingredient in the food. Beef, the third ingredient is not a meat meal, but instead is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once this is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. As ingredients are listed in order of weight, it is thus unlikely that this ingredient is truely amongst the most prolific in the food and would be more accurately placed further down the ingredient list. At wet weight only the third ingredient in the the food, it is likely that the true amount of this ingredient is significantly lower and it is unlikely to make up any significant portion of the food.

Wheat, although a whole grain, is believed by many to be the leading cause of food allergies in dog food products. Corn gluten meal is also low quality. This is defined as that part of the commercial shelled corn that remains after the extraction of the larger portion of the starch, gluten, and term by the processes employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup. In plain English, the remains of corn after most of the nutritious bits have been removed.

Animal fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine species, source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this asobtained from the tissues of mammals and/or poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".

Soybean meal provides a boost to the protein content of the food, but this is very low quality protein compared to meat. Soy is a further ingredient strongly linked to food allergies. The minor grain ingredients rice, oarmeal and barley are decent quality, but it's a case of too little too late for making any appreciable difference to the quality of this product. There is no justifiable reason for including artificial colorants in dog food products.

We note the presence of synthetic vitamin K - a substance alleged by some to be linked to liver problems and which is progressively being removed from better quality products. Overall, our view is that this is a low quality product. Although rated in the 2* category, this food is perilously close to a 1* rating.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 9:03 PM

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Dog nutritionist here:

You asked what I feed my dogs? Since I'm not in the economic state to feed my dog a raw diet, I give her the best possible kibble. This website offers great tools and brands:

PetCo also now offers hollistic brands like Halo and a few others if you don't have a specialty store nearby.

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 1:08 PM

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last night for dinner I had bison hot dogs. My cat had left over bison tenderloin... seem strange to anyone else?

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 5:43 PM

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5:43 - lol.

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 5:55 PM

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Nope....if I have steak for dinner - so does my dog ... mind you, mine is a little less raw. :)

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 6:54 PM

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I would only eat this if I were craving horse. And if you could smell the stench coming from a dog food plant, you wouldn't eat it even if you were starving.

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 8:21 PM

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