Bonnie Dog Food Review

Bonnie Dog Food Review
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On the Purina Australia website they claim this is “Real good food, for real good dogs“, which is a ridiculously un-factual statement. Truth be told it’s a diabolical food and your dogs definitely don’t deserve it whether they’re good dogs or bloody bad dogs.

We often find cheap grains used to bulk up dog foods. This maximises profit for the manufacturer but certainly has no benefit to your dogs. One of the cheapest grains is wheat, which consequentially is one of the worst grains to feed a dog. This is the main ingredient in Purina Bonnie which is appalling. It’s backed up with the non-nutritious, hard-to-digest, filthy cheap corn. At this point I could just say 1 star, don’t buy it, but I’ll continue…

Bonnie Dog Food Review

Dogs need a decent meat protein in their food, and the clever chaps at Purina have chosen Fish Meal for this. Having the main meat source third on the ingredient list is bad enough, but I doubt it’s a good ingredient anyway. The quality of the ingredient is largely open to debate, and given the quality of this food as a whole I imagine this to be the mashed up remains of mostly rank fish.

Ok, so we have poultry and poultry by-product meal, again with the quality open to debate. Kangaroo meat is a nice inclusion, but don’t be lured in to thinking this is a good food because it contains good-ole Aussie meat. I doubt there’s much Kangaroo in the food.

Why would they include skim milk? Most dogs are lactose intollerant. And blood meal…?

Bonnie Dog Food Review

If you haven’t read enough about Purina and their wonderful dog foods, then I’ll refer you to my review of Purina Beneful – a food I consistently hear rumours that it “kills dogs”.

Buy something else.

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Ground whole wheat, ground whole corn, fish meal, poultry by-product meal, kangaroo meat, beef tallow, ground whole canola seed, skim milk, ground rice, blood meal, dried whole egg, natural antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals.

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  • Cheap fillers
  • Little else

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Edward Quentin Waliser
5 years ago

We ran a boarding kennel+bred GSD years ago, fed Uncle Bens dry+raw mince. Morning cleaning was a nightmare – sloppy-poos! We tried a German DF (too expensive) and found Bonnie Roo working-dog (WD) dryfood. It was heart-shaped and felt oily at that time and poos well-formed, GSD coats brilliant! We only have 1 GSD+Volkshound now and still feed Bonnie WD (Roo) to GSD & Light to the Volks. It’s mixed with Roo from Coles and both dogs do formed poos. Bonnie WD has changed, no longer heart-shaped and not oily so somethings different? Bonnie Lite still heart-shaped.

Susan Borg
5 years ago

Poor dogs, roll the kibble bag over & always READ THE INGREDIENTS…. I can’t believe how Purina can do this to our dogs & cats, its awful… in America Purina is a bad word, so many dogs have died….

5 years ago
Reply to  Susan Borg

The problem is knowing what’s good and what’s not, we generally see wheat and corn as not being a bad thing for us so we assume that it’s awesome for our dogs.

I’ve read a lot of comments of people who do read the ingredients lists and see nothing wrong with them, but I look at them and see several red ingredients, but uninformed people won’t see it, I would know I was one of those people 5 years back, the ingredients just didn’t scream bad to me, in fact I was 100% sure that the food was amazing and than I started researching and now 5 years later I am here and in the know and trying with everyone on dog food advisor to help people who don’t know, if they will listen to us we will help them as best we can and hopefully get them off bad foods and onto much better ones.

6 years ago

Been feeding this to my German Shepherd Dog for years. She has had chronic ear infections and smelled as yeasty as a brewery. Her ear infections were constant, and cost me more than AUD$10,000 over 7 years in topical creams, vet consultations, lab results of swabs, antibiotics, skin allergy tests, and more. The vet even wanted to perform surgery to the ear canal! That’s not to mention the discomfort she must have felt by constantly itching and scratching. Of course our highly reputable vet(s) over the years always said it was common in German shepherds to get ear infections, and mentioned nothing at all about diet.

I’ve switched to a food with no grains and the change was immediate. In less than a week her ear infections dried up, and her coat smelled like nothing at all. And so has it been since then.

In contrast I also have a border collie who is fine on this food… Though, when I can afford to get him on the better stuff I wonder just how much difference it will make for him too!

I’ll never go back to bonnie.

6 years ago

Feed this for over 20 years to my dogs and never a problem !!My girl died at 15 and i must say looked fantastic for her age !! When she was 10 people saying what a beautiful puppy !!

5 years ago
Reply to  eric

Your comment based on a sample size of *one* reminds me of those who disagree with the risks of smoking. Why? Because they once knew a guy who smoked a pack a day and lived to 80, therefore smoking must be ok.

7 years ago

I’m sorry but I’ve fed this to my dogs for many many years and they are all in good health with no medical problems or disease. I have Shelties and mine live to around 16-18 years old. How is this possible if I am feeding such rubbish as you would describe it.

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