Get the SCOOP on dog food: Purina Dog Chow

Get the SCOOP on dog food: Purina Dog Chow

Purina Dog Chow is a very popular dog food brand; Dog Chow can be  found in almost all grocery store chains, and pet specialty stores.

How much should my dog eat?

  • Adult dogs 3 to 12 lb. 1/3 – 1 cup
  • Adult dogs 13 to 20 lb. 1 – 1-1/3 cups
  • Adult dogs 21 to 35 lb. 1-1/3 – 2 cups
  • Adult dogs 36 to 50 lb. 2 – 2-2/3 cups
  • Adult dogs 51 to 75 lb. 2-2/3 – 3-1/3 cups
  • Adult dogs 76 to 100 lb. 3-1/3 – 4-1/4 cups
  • Adult dogs weighing 100 lb. or more 4-1/4 cups daily plus 1/4 cup for each 10 lb. of body weight over 100 lb.

Note: These feeding directions are guidelines only. If your dog is still a developing adult (many large breeds are considered developing until age 2-3) or above average in activity level you will need to adjust.

What’s in it?

Whole grain corn, poultry by-product meal, corn gluten meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), meat and bone meal, brewers rice, soybean meal, whole grain wheat, egg and chicken flavor, animal digest, calcium phosphate, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, added color (Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 2), zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, 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.

In just the first few ingredients you can see that corn is listed twice, and the main source of protein is poultry by-product meal.

In case you’re wondering what Poultry by-product meal is, the AAFCO defines it as; a dry product that is made from what is left of slaughtered poultry after all the meat fit for human consumption has been cut away. They are the unsavory, inedible leftovers.

How much does it cost?

  • 44lb Bag – $24

What’s the bottom-line?

Dog Chow is a grain-based kibble using only a small amount of assorted by-product meals as its main source of below-average animal protein; it also contains a low amount of fat and above-average carbohydrates.

Overall, Dog Chow does have some nutrients that are essential in your dogs diet but for the same price you could feed a food that is higher in protein, and lower in carbs.


Photo Credit: Anneh632

Data Sources:
Feeding Instructions Source: Purina
Definitions Instructions: AAFCO Definitions

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