Nutrition - 8/10
Ingredients - 9/10
Purina Beyond Chicken, Carrot & Pea Recipe is a high-quality wet dog food. It has significantly above average protein and fat proportion and a significantly below average carbohydrate proportion. Its nutrient profile is very satisfactory and closely mimics a dog’s natural diet. It contains a range of high-quality ingredients including a variety of meat ingredients including Chicken and Liver. It also contains Peas and Carrots which can both be considered high-quality carbohydrate providing ingredients. Their proportion is low and very satisfactory. The smaller range of ingredients may make Purina Beyond Chicken, Carrot & Pea Recipe suitable for dogs with serious dietary sensitivities or allergies. It is an extremely suitable wet dog food and will provide excellent nutrition from high-quality ingredients.
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A Full Review of Chicken, Carrot & Pea Recipe by Purina Beyond
The ideal nutrition for a dog is entirely dependant on their unique circumstances. However, a high proportion of protein and fat combined with a lower proportion of carbohydrates is most appropriate nutrition profile for the vast majority of dogs. Dog’s are very capable of consuming a high proportion of carbohydrates, but a diet high in protein and fat is more appropriate and a better reflection of their natural ancestral diet.
Carbohydrate Content Analysis
Dogs use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Dogs do not require significant carbohydrates in their diet and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 22% of Purina Beyond Chicken, Carrot & Pea Recipe calories are derived from carbohydrates. Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower. This is significantly below average for a Wet Dog Food.
This is a low proportion of carbohydrates and very accurately mimics a dog’s natural carbohydrate intake. This carbohydrate proportion is from two ingredients: Peas and Carrots. While many of us will be familiar with Peas in dog food, Carrots are far less common but should be considered a beneficial and high-quality addition. While this proportion of carbohydrates could be lower, it would provide little benefit.
Protein Content Analysis
Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 29% of Purina Beyond Chicken, Carrot & Pea Recipe calories are derived from protein. Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is above average for a Wet Dog Food.
This is a satisfactory proportion of protein and is suitable for the majority of dogs including those who are active. A mix of Chicken and Liver ingredients contributes to the protein sum. Meat such as Chicken is considered a high-quality source and will provide your dog with the full range of amino acids required.
Fat Content Analysis
Dogs use fat as a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 49% of Purina Beyond Chicken, Carrot & Pea Recipe calories are derived from Fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be a lot higher. This is significantly above average for a Wet Dog Food.
This proportion of fat is very satisfactory and can provide dogs of all activity levels with a highly concentrated source of energy. In addition, the vast majority of this fat content appears to be sourced from animal fats. Animal fats such as Chicken Fat are considered high-quality sources and are a natural part of a dog’s diet.
Overall Purina Beyond Chicken, Carrot & Pea Recipe contains an average of 1170 kcal/kg or 431 kcal/can
Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most dog foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every dog food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.
Guaranteed Analysis – Purina Beyond Chicken, Carrot & Pea Recipe
Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.
- Crude Protein (Min) – 8.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 6.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 1.50%
- Moisture (Max) – 78.00%
The ingredients of pet food are disclosed on the packaging of the product as a list in descending order. Therefore the ingredients at the start of the list make up the bulk of the pet foods content. As a consequence, the quality of these primary ingredients is the most significant factor in determining the quality of pet food.
However, ingredients listed further down the ingredient list should not be ignored, especially if they could have adverse or harmful effects on a pet.
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat and fish ingredients of dog food are without a doubt the most important. They are critical as they provide the majority of the protein and fat that dogs desperately need. Also, these ingredients would have made up the bulk of dogs ancestors diet. Therefore, the quality of a dog food formulas meat and fish ingredients is crucial. Purina Beyond Chicken, Carrot & Pea Recipe contains two sources of meat or fish.
The primary meat source present in this formula is Chicken. Chicken is the most common meat ingredient used in dog food and is considered a high-quality addition. Chicken can provide a plentiful supply of protein and fat. In addition to being an excellent protein source, Chicken has high levels of some vitamins such as Niacin and Vitamin B6.
Liver is considered a high-quality source of meat. Liver contains a much higher concentration of some nutrients than traditional meat cuts. Some of the nutrients present in Liver are Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Iron. In addition to these nutrients Liver also contains a high amount of protein.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Peas are members of the legume family of vegetables. Legumes are famous for having a relatively high amount of protein for a vegetable. Legumes also contain a high amount of fiber, which is important for healthy digestion. Pet foods often use legumes as a replacement for in grain-free pet food. Protein from vegetables such as legumes should not be a replacement for protein from meat. Instead, it should act as an additional protein source.
Salt, when added in moderation, is considered a beneficial ingredient. It enhances flavor, helps preserve the food and is important for maintaining healthy blood pressure and other bodily functions. However, some dogs, particularly those with cardiovascular problems may need to limit their consumption of Salt to avoid aggravating their health problems.
Full Ingredient List – Purina Beyond Chicken, Carrot & Pea Recipe
Chicken, chicken broth, liver, carrots, peas, MINERALS [potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, sodium selenite], guar gum, salt, carrageenan, choline chloride, VITAMINS [Vitamin E supplement, niacin (Vitamin B-3), thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 supplement, Vitamin A supplement, folic acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 supplement].