199 of 237 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2012
OK, I am a veterinarian with a Masters in nutrition if this helps my credibility) and one of my most common questions to owners when they bring in a dog with year-round allergies and/or ear infections is "Is your dog on Beneful or Kibbles 'N Bits?" If they are and I put them on a grain-free diet they almost always get better. I've even seen dogs seizure when they get switched to this. I would never let my own pets touch this stuff. I have found that other vets experience the same thing when they research the diets their patients are on. That said, if your pet doesn't have any allergies to this you may be all right. I have found that some patients get addicted to it, probably due to the processed oils and sugar that is included in the ingredient list. The commercials do well to make you think it is good stuff - I once even had a brain surgeon client feed his dog this stuff so don't feel like you should have known better. The foods I have had the best experience with is Nature's Recipe and Wellness. I am also one of those vets that loves the raw diet if it is done correctly.
105 of 140 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
I bought this dog food because the bag showed pictured of veggies and chunks of meat, and with a name like "Beneful" I thought I was purchasing a nutritious brand of dog food. My dogs did eat this food at first, and slowly began to not like it. After reading the ingredients I completely regret purchasing it and feel just awful for feeding it to my dogs. The first three ingredients are Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, and corn gluten meal. How disgusting is that?! The main ingredient is a corn filler. One thing my vet told me a while back that I never forgot: "When you eat corn, what comes out of the other end? The same thing happens with dogs." Basically, dogs cannot fully digest corn as they are carnivores. Corn it is just a cheap filler that can cause dogs to actually eat more to feel full, poop out more, and retain less nutrients. Most inexpensive low-quality pet foods have lots of these fillers and cheap ingredients with little to no nutritional value.The only meat in Beneful at all is a by-product, its not even a real meat! By-products are the stuff leftover once all the actual meat is harvested. We're talking beaks, chicken feet, eyeballs, even chicken poop! I would not recommend this product to anyone, for any reason, ever. It is an absolutely awful dog food. I can't believe the pictures of veggies and full chunks of meat on the bag can be allowed to be on the packaging if the product does not contain the pictured items; it is very misleading and should be considered false advertising.
I recommend to stay far away from Beneful, and most Purina products. When purchasing a dog (or cat) food, the most important thing to consider is the first 3 ingredients; just make sure those first three are decent ingredients that you would eat yourself- provided that you eat a typical (non vegetarian or other restricted) diet. Now that I know what to look for, I usually buy my pets all natural foods such as Natural Balance, Blue Buffalo, Halo, or Wellness. High-quality foods tend to be more nutritionally dense, meaning you will be feeding a much smaller amount for the same number of calories. If you do the math to figure out the cost for the number of calories you need to feed your pet, many premium foods are CHEAPER than the awful crap you're buying at the grocery store.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I usually feed my dog kibbles and bits but I decided to give Purina a try and it went over very well with my dog. Normally she will only eat a little and then come back and do that on and off till the bowl is gone, with this dog food she stayed there and ate until the whole bowl was gone. It is an obvious favorite for her and we will be changing what food we purchase for her from here on out!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2011
My dogs love this dog food and I love it for them. It's the only one they have continued to eat - others they would tolerate for awhile and then get very picky. Would highly recommend this.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Our dog Molly is a VERY picky eater. And folks, the absolute truth is she will ONLY eat this particular brand and flavor of dog food. Now, whether or not that means it is good stuff is a highly subjective thing. Since the humans here at home don't consume it, we can only go by Molly's ( a small cocker) enthusiasm for it and the fact she will refuse to eat ANY other type of food, both canned or dry. (she does, however, love Beggin' Strips)
Now I have seen and read many reviews that proclaim this dog food as one of the very worst you can buy and for numerous reasons. The bottom line for me is our dog Molly has reached 14 years of age and is in reasonably good health, other than some arthritis, a bit of incontinence and being deaf. Whether that is because of this food or IN SPITE OF IT is beyond my knowledge.
Basically, our dog loves this stuff, turns her nose up at ANYTHING else (except Beggin' Strips) and has reached the ripe old age of 14 and still chases me all over the house. While I am sure you could find many people on both sides of the "This stuff is great" / "This stuff is garbage" issue, I can only tell you what we have experienced and how much our dog loves Purina Beneful.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I picked this dog food knowing it has predominantly corn in it. Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product, corn gluten, wheat flour are the four main ingredients. Sugar is also one of the ingredients and that explains why the flies came right to this food as soon as I poured it into my dogs' food bucket. As a fly attractant this product works as great as Bud Light beer.
My dogs don't even care for it. I poured some of this "Beneful" next to their Taste of the Wild Lamb kibble and they seem to prefer the Lamb kibble over their corn junk food. My dogs just aren't used to eating junk food.
And to top it all off, during my daily back yard scoop poop ordeal, I had to remove more than usual piles of soft, yellow turds. This food is clearly not good for dogs.
I don't even know why this is called "Beneful." Beneful to whom? Purina, perhaps?
See my photograph under "customer images."
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2015
If I could give it a negative rating I would.
Beneful is poison. Please do NOT feed it to your dogs. Mine died after consuming it from poisoning. Her symptoms were consistent with anti freeze poisoning. Though she NEVER came in contact with ant freeze. Beneful killed her. And a class action lawsuit sadly shows that I am not alone.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2014
I ordered this online through Amazon as it's so much easier to have them deliver to my doorstep. I live remotely, so to spend the money in gas isn't hardly worth it when Amazon's Prime gets it here in two days. Unfortunately, we had unfavorable weather when it was delivered--rain, though a rare commodity in the desert, would have easily soaked the bag and box this dog food arrives in. Apparently the UPS driver opted to leave the item at a neighbor's home as I have a gated driveway and numerous dogs running loose. Well, the dog food never made it to me, so I called Amazon. They immediately reordered the food free of charge and it was mailed overnight. Wow! I was so impressed. About a week later an embarrassed neighbor confessed, they told me they thought it was their purchase as they also feed their dog the same food and buy online. When they didn't find the charge on their bank account they rethought the situation. By then their dog was eating my dog food. Well, gee, accidents happen, right? The point is, Amazon fixed the problem immediately and two individuals were very pleased with the results. Thanks Amazon for being so darn helpful, understanding, and providing the best customer service possible!
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2011
We have three dogs, A Great Dane, a Italian Gray hound/ Boston Terrier mix and now a wire hair fox terrier.
We have tried a number of Dog foods, especially with the first two...seeing how they are both very lean with minimal body fat. We had to find a dog food that would keep meat on their bones, be good for their bowels and something they liked.
We have tried the store brands and regular Purina...a bunch of junk that is.... They couldn't keep on weight, their bowel movements were a mess... what else could you expect....
We tried the super expensive kind made with great ingredients and it's suppose to make them fuller so they eat less and poop less due to absorbing most of the good nutrients and be better al round..... Well that didn't work. Our Dogs dropped so much weight, you could see their ribs start to be bony...their poop was firmer but we had to feed them way more than recommended...which made the cost go higher (the price is supposed to average out because your supposed to feed them less.....) Still, even with more feedings they didn't gain weight....
Then our little dog started to boy cote eating because she decided she didn't like it. She seriously wouldn't eat but a few bites. We had the vet check them all out, no worms or anything they weren't sick we just had to keep looking for the right food and in the mean time try putting eggs on it or mix in leftovers. We did that and she would push around the dog food and eat the other stuff...so pick she was!
It wasn't until we dog sat another dog who ate Beneful Healthy weight, then she started to eat! She loved it and would eat his food. So we went out and bought The Original Beneful and all the Dogs loved it, they ate it up. They eat once a day and are satisfied, their bowels are firm and they quickly gained their weight back. We did mix in a bag of puppy beneful to help with quick weight gain but then after that first bad we just used the original. We would use a bag of the puppy food during growth spurts and the end of fall to help maintain a healthy weight.
We love it and can't say enough good things about it and the cost is sufficient...more than others but less than those high dollar ones. I know what the others say about the first ingredients and what not...but I know what works for our dogs and this is it!
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2014
Ok.... I don't often give rating on Amazon, but I'm so upset by this situation that I have to. I usually buy Blue Buffalo for my dog, a lab/heeler mix, but I recently bought beenful because of convenienve and a coupon, since Petco is a bit out of the way.
Shortly after switching to beneful, I noticed that my dog began developing small itchy spots where he was losing hair around his face, and after a few weeks, I noticed scaps along his lip. I thought he might of gotten into chiggers or something (since that has happened before), but when they didn't heal, I got pretty concerned. I treated him with his monthly flea treatment just in case, but he was still itching after three weeks, and puked twice (which he has never done before).
Finally, before taking him to the vet, I googled to see if it had to do with his food after I noticed him hacking sometimes after eating. There are HUNDREDS of reports of similar reactions, and even worse ones related to beneful. They are all either skin related, digestion related, or even liver/kidney related. There seem to be A LOT of deaths and issues with grain mites because of beneful. Seeing the reaction my dog had to beneful after just a few weeks... I believe all of it.
To make matters worse, Purina is forming a lawsuit targeting Blue Buffalo for false advertising of ingredients. It's a shame that they are trying to bring such a great brand down when they provide a product that kills dogs. I have been so upset by all of this, I even wrote to Blue Buffalo thanking them for their high-quality product. If you love your dog, don't feed them beneful, and if you love dogs, don't support Purina.