Purina Dog Chow Complete & Balanced Review

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Some pet owners associate skin problems with Purina Dog Chow Complete & Balanced, while experts take issue with the lackluster ingredients in this dry kibble, such as whole grain corn (first ingredient), food coloring, and poultry byproducts. The taste, though, seems to please hungry dogs.

Purina Dog Chow Complete & Balanced garners surprisingly decent reviews at Petco, with the bulk of the comments focused on the low price and appealing taste. Some owners are not convinced, however. In a Purina Dog Chow Complete & Balanced review at Amazon, one asserts that it caused skin irritations and the dog's fur to fall out in clumps. Reviews of Purina Dog Chow Complete & Balanced slide downhill when the experts speak up. Dog Food Advisor grants this product one star and slaps it with a "not recommended" label based on the profusion of lesser quality ingredients.

For example, whole grain corn leads off the list of ingredients in Purina Dog Chow Complete & Balanced (starting at 4 cents/ounce, Amazon). Many animal experts consider this carbohydrate a useless filler, one that some dogs find hard to digest, and one that may be linked to allergies. Next on the ingredients label come poultry by-product meal and corn gluten meal, the former derived from assorted, leftover animal parts of unspecified fowl and the latter a lower-order plant protein that may set off allergies. Other less desirable ingredients include wheat, artificial coloring, and animal digest, which is sprayed on the kibble to enhance the taste.

Purina Dog Chow Complete & Balanced is one of several dry and wet dog food varieties formulated by Purina; among others are Beneful, One SmartBlend, and Veterinary Diets. The Dog Chow line comes in various iterations as well -- Puppy Chow, for example, and Healthy Morsels.

Despite dog owners' seeming enthusiasm for the price and taste of this product, we aren't sold. The ingredients list is far from ideal, and several reports about skin problems arising in dogs feeding on a Purina Dog Chow Complete & Balanced diet suggest it may make sense to step it up a notch with a recipe containing more nutritious inputs.

Raechel Conover

Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.

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