If you’ve read my other Purina reviews you’ll know I’m not a fan, but Purina Beyond is actually pretty good. I feel they’ve actually considered the nutritional requirements of a dog before calculating their profit margins. This food is available in Woolworths for a reasonable price so it’s a good choice for those who can’t afford the premium brands we find in pet stores.
Let’s take a look at the Chicken & Whole Barley formula…
The first ingredient is chicken. Fab! The second ingredient is chicken meal. Also fab! This solidifies chicken as the main ingredient in the food, and when it comes to supermarket brands this really is good to see.
Next up we find grains. If you’re already thinking grain is a no no then hold your horses, it’s not a bad thing, Barley and Oats are definitely two of the best grain inclusions, providing a slow burning source of energy and aiding digestive health.
We find rice (we’re talking white rice) as the third grain. This is making the food very carb heavy. I estimate 42% carbs compared to say Ivory Coat at a much lower 28%. Dogs are predominantly carnivores and excessive carbs can be damaging to a dog.
The vitamins and minerals aren’t disclosed, so we can assume they’re not the best possible inclusions.
The food as a whole is good. It has more meat than most supermarket offerings, and the selection of grains is far better than corn and sorghum we find making up the bulk of most foods. It’s worth considering the amount of carbs, and perhaps supplementing the food with fresh raw meats (also available from Woolworths, and often reduced!). You can also mix the food with another more meatier brand to even things out.
If you’re on a budget and you shop in Woolworths, this could well be the best you can buy. 3.5 stars is a respectable rating, with most higher rated foods also being a higher cost.
Where to buy?
Available from Woolworths
Good choice of meat and grains, and a solid food compared to others on the supermarket shelves.
Contains less meat and more carbohydrates than other higher rated foods.
* Carbohydrates aren’t listed on pet food labels. This value is calculated based on levels of protein, fat, moisture, and ash. Estimated values for moisture and ash have been used where these values haven’t been given (moisture of 10%, and ash of 8%).
Chicken, chicken meal, whole barley, oats, rice, poultry oil, pea protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, liver flavour, dried carrots.