Top 5 Best Healthy Alternatives to Beneful Dog Food

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Beneful dog food, made by Purina, is under fire this week. CBS News reports that dog owner Frank Lucido filed a class-action lawsuit against Purina, alleging that the company’s Beneful dog food made two of his dogs seriously ill, and killed a third. Lucido says that some dogs who have eaten Beneful have developed serious symptoms like stomach bleeding, liver malfunction, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney failure, and more.

Beneful is fighting back against the suit. On their Facebook page, Beneful writes:

A class action lawsuit was recently filed against Beneful. We believe this lawsuit to be baseless and intend to vigorously defend our high quality, nutritious food, which is backed by Purina’s strict quality controls and comprehensive food safety program. Beneful is enjoyed by millions of dogs every day and consumers can continue to feed Beneful with total confidence. We encourage you to reach us with any questions at 1-800-877-7551.

However, despite assurances from Beneful, some consumers are still worried about the consequences of feeding Beneful to their dog. Concerned about allegations that Beneful dog food is hazardous to your pet’s health? Here are five high-quality alternatives to Beneful, including some organic options for people who are concerned about additives in their pet’s food. Our list below focuses on dry food/kibble. If your dog prefers wet food, one option we recommend is Newman’s Own Organic Beef & Liver, which is grain-free and comes in a 12-pack.

1. Castor & Pollux Organix Adult Dry Dog Food

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(Castor & Pollux Organix)

Made in the USA, this dog food is ideal for people who are concerned about their pet’s health. This dry food contains a blend of organic chicken, brown rice, fruits, and vegetables, which is designed to provide a balanced diet. There is also quinoa added for extra protein, as well as flaxseed to help promote a lush, soft coat. This dog food is free of all artificial colors and preservatives. No corn, wheat, or soy products were used to make this food.

Price: $12.79 for a 5.25 pound bag

Buy it here.

2. Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food

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(Taste of the Wild)

This is the best-selling dry dog food on right now. Made from real roasted venison and bison meat, this dog food can be fed to dogs of all ages. It is a grain-free product, but it does contain some fruits and veggies to supplement the meat. The most prominent veggies in the blend are sweet potatoes, peas, and potatoes. The food contains probiotics like Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus acidophilus to promote digestion and an healthy immune system. Lamb meal, chicken meal, and “egg product” are also listed as ingredients.

Price: $41.99 for a 30 pound bag

Buy it here.

3. Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Dry Dog Food

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(Wellness Natural Pet Food)

Wellness specializes in feeding dogs with sensitive tummies. These dry foods contain only five main ingredients. Each blend contains on “novel” protein (by which they mean duck, lamb, or salmon). Added to that protein are tomato pomace, ground rice, canola oil, and vitamins/minerals. These foods are free from dairy, corn, wheat, soy, and eggs. They are also free of artificial preservatives, colorings, or flavors.

Wellness also makes a similar version of this dry food for weight control, which can be good for pets that need to lose a few pounds. You can see all the flavor and formula options for this brand via the link below.

Price: $52.99 for a 24 pound bag

Buy it here.

4. Diamond Naturals Dry Food for Adult Dogs

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(Diamond Pet Foods)

Looking for a pet food that’s tailored to your pet’s breed and size? Diamond makes pet foods for both small breeds and large breeds. The large breed formula contains glucosamine and chondroitin, which aid in joint health. For aging older breeds, joint health is often a big concern. The small breed kibble contains small pieces that are easy on the tiny teeth of a small dog. Both the large breed and small breed formulas contain fatty acids for a shiny coat.

Price: $22.39 for an 18 pound bag, $41.93 for a 40 pound bag

Buy the small breed food here.

Buy the large breed food here.

5. Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6

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(Rachael Ray Nutrish)

Made with just six main ingredients (plus a laundry list of vitamins and minerals), this is the perfect dog food for pet owners who love Rachael Ray. The list of ingredients in the lamb version of the dry food includes lamb meal, brown rice, ground rice, dried beet pulp, natural chicken flavor, and poultry fat. There is also a beef version of this dry food, as well as Just 6 dog treats.

Price: $16.98 for a 14 pound bag

Buy it here.

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Lily de Grey

Great article, Tucker! I love my dog, so you can imagine why it’s so important that I’m choosing the best dog food for her! In the first product that you’ve listed, it says that it’s made with organic chicken, brown rice, and flaxseed. I’m curious to know how brown rice helps dogs’ diets. Do you have any articles or information on that? Thanks again!

Caroline Snyder

My friend’s two labs got sick- the owners are two of these two lucky ones. Cassandra Angelique and Mike Garnett-Zero watched as both dogs started seizing within an hour of receving a SINGLE Beneful Healthy Smile treat. The owners could hardly believe it so when the dogs recovered, they did it again.. same result. They are now submitting reports to both the FDA and the US Department of Agriculture.

POISONED! Seizures after ONE Beneful Healthy Smile Treat – in BOTH 8 month old pups!!

Cassandra Angelique’s dog – comatose after eating just ONE Beneful Healthy Smile Treat. The other puppy was staggering around. This pup is also 8 months old AND they repeated the “experiment” just to make sure it WAS the treats

Like Purina’s killer toxic jerky treats (18% Propylene Glycol), BENEFUL is 1% Propylene Glycol; the FDA has been warning about contaminated PG from China since 2011, but there are NO tests to check for the suspected toxins, and only maybe 1% of imported raw ANYTHING ever gets tested.. a drum of INDUSTRIAL GRADE PG was found by the FDA in one of the Chinese jerky treat plants but the FDA were, unsurprisingly, not allowed to remove it or test it.

On that basis, ANY oils have the potential to be industrial grade and contaminated.. including Sorbitol (used in some Beneful lines) and Glycerin (used extensively in both cat and dog food and treats). AVOID AT THE RISK OF POISONING YOUR PETS!

Other issues are potentially lethal mycotoxins from molds – Corn, Soy, Wheat can all be easily contaminated with excess moisture during harvest, storage, and even after the food is packed.

Beneful, Dog Chow, Friskies, Cat Chow, Meow Mix, should NEVER be fed to your pets.. it is like playing Russiam Roullette with your pet’s life!

We have recovered numerous dogs from the brink of death in some cases using an established protocol of easily available ingredients. Many other animals who have been sick for years, have regained their puppyhood. Details in the group – Liquid Milk Thistle Extract, Home-made Chicken Broth, Coconut Oil and Life Extension Super Biocurcumin.. followed by a progression to a grain and potato free canned and/or dry, and/or raw or home-made diet. I have prepared extensive files on grain and potato free canned and dry foods for dogs and cats for all budgets for the group.

Oh, and before people pat themselves on the back for not feeding Beneful we hold the same disdain for not just ALL Purina foods, but Hill’s Ol’ Roy, IAMS, Royal Canin, Ehkanuba, including those terrible “Prescription” foods.. also Nutro, Kibbles n Bits, Kit n Kaboodle.. I assure you this would be a VERY long list if I mentioned them all!

PLEASE pick up the phone and do it now! The BENEFUL lawsuit attorneys told us that ANYONE in the US who has had ANY issue with Nestle-Purina’s Beneful causing illness or death in their pets is highly encouraged to phone the team handling the Class Action Lawsuit at: 877-667-4265 or 407-452-6990 They will conduct a phone interview no matter where you are. So CALL – participation will not cost you a dime! They are asking that people save any food they still have for testing, with packaging if possible, and any vet information/records.

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