Purina Beyond Dog Food Review | Ranch Raised Lamb & White Meat Chicken

To get a dog food labeled, “natural” is reasonably simple. After all, wheat and grains are all natural. So is a meal made from the by-products of the meat industry, but do we want our dogs eating grains? Do we want them eating ground up hooves?

Another issue with “natural” food can be the long list of ingredients it contains. Sure, you’re getting real meat, but what about the other additives? That’s why I decided on this Purina Beyond dog food review next.

They claim that the food is naturally nutritious. I wanted to check that out by doing a complete Purina Beyond dog food review.

Helping me with this Purina Beyond dog food review are three very important furballs. Archie, Pickle, and Peanut are going to test the food out for us. Their favorite was Purina Beyond Wild high protein dry food, but let’s see what they think of the rest, shall we?

Product Reviews

Purina Beyond Simply 9 Natural Limited Ingredient

Simple ingredients and a natural product. That’s what Purina promises. Does it live up to its claims?

 

Key Features

  • Features real chicken as the top ingredient
  • Made without any chicken by-product meal
  • No artificial colorants, preservatives, or flavorings
  • No soy, corn, or wheat
  • 27 percent protein

 

What I Like About This Product

If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you’ll know that Pickle bloats badly. She eats too fast, even with her anti-gulp bowl. What I’ve noticed with this food is that she doesn’t get so severely bloated after eating.

Simply 9 is a little bit of an exaggeration, as there are more than nine ingredients. That said, there are no nasty artificial additives, so I’m prepared to let that slide.

Taste-wise, it was a hit. Archie is the fussiest eater of the lot, and he loved it.

 

What I Don’t Like About This Product

My neighbor’s Maltese is a picky eater and has a sensitive tummy. She loved the food, but it made her tummy run. It could also have been that she wasn’t used to eating it. I suggest picking up a smaller bag to try out first.

 

Pros

  • No nasty additives
  • Easy to digest
  • Lots of nutrients
  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • High protein
  • Contains real chicken
  • Made in the USA

 

Cons

  • Not for sensitive tummies

 

Great for all little fusspots. It got the heads down, tuck in approval from all my dogs. My Pickle didn’t get as bloated after eating it. It’s a solid product, with an excellent range of ingredients.

Perfect for the most discerning doggies.

 

Overall Rating

4 ½ out of 5

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Purina Beyond Grain Free, Natural, Adult Canned Wet Dog Food

 

Finding a good-quality, wet food product for dogs can be difficult. I’ve found a lot of the cheaper brands add caramel flavoring and lots of sugar and salt. I assume that’s to make it taste better.

The wet food from Purina Beyond is different. It has fewer ingredients than you’d expect. It also steers clear of dodgy ingredients like sugar and wheat.

 

Key Features

  • The top ingredient in all varieties is meat
  • Made without any chicken by-product meal
  • No artificial colorants, preservatives, or flavorings
  • No soy, corn, or wheat
  • No gluten
  • 27 percent protein
  • Three tasty flavors

 

What I Like About This Product

I bought a variety pack. After all, I wouldn’t want to eat the same food every day. I’m not going to make my dogs do that. I liked the selection and the more traditional flavor ranges. You get:

  • Chicken, carrot, and peas
  • Beef, potato, and green beans
  • Ocean Whitefish, salmon, and sweet potato

 

I didn’t know if my dogs would go for the fish flavor. For Pickle at least, that was her favorite. That said, all the flavors went over well.

Even the Maltese next door was tempted to eat some. She’s pretty fussy about what she eats, so this is big.

 

What I Don’t Like About This Product

Some of the formulations have egg in them.

 

Pros

  • No nasty additives
  • Easy to digest
  • Lots of nutrients
  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • High protein
  • Contains real chicken
  • Made in the USA

 

Cons

  • Not for dogs with an egg allergy

 

Great quality food at a price that’s affordable.

 

Overall Rating

4 ½ out of 5 Great taste, great quality, great deal. What more do you want?

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Beyond Purina Salmon & Oats Recipe Dog Biscuits

I might have to go into the witness protection program if Pickle hears what I’m saying. Most dog biscuits are absolute junk. I usually don’t recommend them. These are a more natural recipe, so I decided to break my rule this time.

 

Key Features

  • Only nine ingredients
  • Made without any chicken by-product meal
  • No artificial colorants, preservatives, or flavorings
  • No soy, corn, or wheat
  • 19 percent protein

 

What I Like About This Product

Here there are literally nine ingredients in total, and salmon is at the top of that list. The rest are all-natural ingredients. There’s no added sugar here at all.

Bedtimes are usually a struggle with my dogs. With these, I just say, “I’m going to eat your biscuit.” That results in a stampede to the kitchen. This is another product that will be added to the permanent rotation.

 

What I Don’t Like About This Product

It has salt in it. It also has a pretty high-calorie count so don’t go overboard. Again, please don’t tell Pickle I said that.

 

Pros

  • No nasty additives
  • A good-size biscuit (Pickle thinks they should be bigger)
  • Lots of nutrients
  • No corn, wheat, or soy
  • High protein
  • Contains real fish
  • Made in Oklahoma

 

Cons

  • Contains salt
  • Pretty high in calories

 

Fantastic quality food at a price that’s affordable.

 

Overall Rating

4 out of 5 So tasty that your old dog will want to learn new tricks

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Purina Beyond Natural Adult Dry Dog Food – Superfoods Blend Formula

This blend was designed to offer complete nutrition that’s easy to digest, and from what I can tell it is. No tummy aches or runny surprises.

 

Key Features

  • Top ingredient is salmon
  • Made without any chicken by-product meal
  • No artificial colorants, preservatives, or flavorings
  • No soy, corn, or wheat
  • 26 percent protein
  • Rich in essential fatty acids

 

What I Like About This Product

The pumpkin in this meal makes it ideal for dogs with a sensitive tummy. My neighbor’s Maltese actually enjoyed it. And, better still, it didn’t cause an upset stomach.

Pickle took to it as well and didn’t bloat as much as usual. The two boys also found it tasty. I’ve also decided to put this one into permanent rotation.

 

What I Don’t Like About This Product

Be careful if you have cats that terrorize your dogs. My cat, Tiddles, actually chased Peanut away from his dish to dig in. Unfortunately, Peanut doesn’t have the balls to stand up to her—and that’s not because he’s been neutered.

 

Pros

  • No nasty additives
  • Lots of nutrients
  • No corn, wheat, or soy
  • High protein
  • Contains real fish
  • Pumpkin and rice soothe upset tummies
  • Easy to digest

 

Cons

  • Your cat’s probably going to want some

 

This offers excellent nutrition without a lot of fillers and other garbage.

 

Overall Rating

4 out of 5 Watch out for cat burglars with this one

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Purina Beyond Natural Canned Dog Food

Another quality canned option from Purina, these were a real treat for my dogs, and they didn’t even notice the greenery.

 

Key Features

  • Top ingredient is the chicken, followed by salmon
  • Farm-raised chicken
  • Made without any chicken by-product meal
  • No artificial colorants, preservatives, or flavorings
  • Non-GMO verified
  • No soy, corn, or wheat
  • 8 percent protein

 

What I Like About This Product

There are three flavors to choose from:

  • Chicken and pea
  • Chicken, salmon, and spinach
  • Chicken, Pacific cod, and carrot

These are a great way to sneak some veggies in for your dogs. Archie, in particular, is not fond of vegetables. I’ve seen him eat around a piece of lettuce on his plate, so that is all that’s left (don’t ask). He doesn’t even taste the veggies here.

I learned my lesson after the mean kitty incident with the other food. I stuck to chicken and peas here. I’ll have to change it up later, of course. But at least here we didn’t have Peanut being bullied out of his lunch.

 

What I Don’t Like About This Product

I’d like a few more flavor options. I’ll feed my dogs fish if necessary, but it’s not their favorite. It would be nice if they had a beef flavor.

 

Pros

  • No nasty additives
  • Lots of nutrients
  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • High-quality ingredients
  • Contains real fish and chicken

 

Cons

  • No beef flavor

If you want your dog to get real food, this is a great product. This food contains non-GMO ingredients and a lot of nutrients.

 

Overall Rating

4 ½ out of 5 Awesome, real food for your treasured pets

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Purina Beyond Wild High Protein Dry Food

The high-protein blend gets my top rating. It contains pieces of freeze-dried chicken. It’s the closest thing to actual real chicken you’ll get in kibble. It has tons of protein.

 

Key Features

  • Top ingredient is turkey
  • Freeze-dried chicken pieces
  • Made without any chicken by-product meal
  • No artificial colorants, preservatives, or flavorings
  • No soy, corn, or wheat
  • 31 percent protein

 

What I Like About This Product

First up, I can dig out the pieces of chicken if I run out of treats for my dog’s bedtime.

This is a high-protein formulation that helps keep tummies full for longer, and it doesn’t hurt that all three doggies liked the flavor. Even my neighbor’s dog was interested. She did just pick out the bits of chicken, though.

 

What I Don’t Like About This Product

This is tempting for fussy dogs. That said, they can easily separate out the juicier bits and ignore the rest.

 

Pros

  • No nasty additives
  • Lots of nutrients
  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • High-quality ingredients
  • Contains real turkey and chicken
  • Top ingredient is turkey
  • Higher protein than most

 

Cons

  • Picky dogs might just eat the chicken bits

 

This food is especially useful for an active dog. I would be careful of feeding it to a dog with renal problems because of the high protein content.

 

Overall Rating

4 ½ out of 5 You’ll have them begging for their supper

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Purina Beyond Simple Origins Ground Entrée

Yet another offering from the Beyond range. In this case, though, it’s designed for the fussiest doggies. It’s got a finer texture than the other canned foods on this list.

 

Key Features

  • The top ingredient is the meat
  • Made without any chicken by-product meal
  • No artificial colorants, preservatives, or flavorings
  • No soy, corn, or wheat
  • Non-GMO modified

 

What I Like About This Product

This food is nice and moist. It’s very similar to the natural canned food I reviewed earlier on. The difference here, though, is that it’s even softer. It’s ideal for dogs that have problems chewing.

 

What I Don’t Like About This Product

If you have a dog that wolfs their food down, it’s not ideal. I don’t even think that Pickle and Archie could have tasted it. I’ll give it to them again but mixed with kibble.

 

Pros

  • No nasty additives
  • Lots of nutrients
  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • High-quality ingredients
  • Contains real meat
  • Soft and easy to chew

 

Cons

  • Greedy dogs will wolf it down

Ideal for smaller breeds or dogs that are fussy.

 

Overall Rating

4 ½ out of 5 Smells so good; you might want to try it

 

About the Brand

Purina has been in the pet food industry since 1926. Before that, they’d spent twenty-two years supplying farmers with feed. To say that they know what they’re doing is an understatement.

This is probably one of the USA’s best-known dog food brands. It’s only been available elsewhere since 1976. In the few decades, it’s also become a firm favorite globally.

They have a wide range of products. According to the company, they’re passionate about animal welfare. Considering the number of choices they give proud pet parents, that seems to be true.

Of all their ranges, the Beyond range is one of my favorites. It shows the company’s commitment to providing healthier alternatives. Despite being one of the brand’s premier lines, it’s reasonably affordable as well.

One of the reasons that Purina has outstripped the competition is their competitive pricing. Another is that it is continuously keeping an eye on what clients want. The natural ranges of dog food are an example of this.

Interestingly enough, the company was amongst the first to offer more natural products.

In terms of recalls, the company has had a few issues. That’s to be expected – you can’t expect every batch to be perfect. What is good, though, is that the company learns from previous mistakes.

They’re not afraid to admit to them either. They’ll issue recalls if they feel a product isn’t up to their standards. It’s not hard to see why this company has achieved global success.

Final Thoughts

In closing, this has to be one of my favorite Purina ranges. It offers simple foods without a mess of chemicals. The taste testing panel agrees that the food is tasty. As their mom, I’m happy because the food is healthy.

It was challenging to pick my favorite out of this lot. If pressed I’d say that the Beyond Wild range takes the honors. That said, I’d be happy to feed my dogs any of the products in this range.

I did mention that dog biscuits were not high on my list, generally speaking. My furkids are no doubt delighted that I’ll make an exception here. Overall, this range offers quality food and good value, so it gets a big five out five on the wag-o-meter.

Do check out our other articles where we review Fromm and Nutro Ultra. Also have a look at our recommended food choices for Hypothyroidism.

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Gail Ramirez

Gail Ramirez

Gail is an aspiring blogger, pet lover and Greys Anatomy, addict. Gail shares her experience on Pet Fashion Week as she studies to become a qualified vet.

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