Purina Bella Wet Dog Food Porterhouse Steak Flavor (Paté) Review

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Review of Purina Bella Wet Dog Food
Porterhouse Steak Flavor (Paté)

This product is manufactured by Nestlé Purina Petcare.

According to our data, this Purina Bella recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Purina Bella Wet Dog Food Porterhouse Steak Flavor (Paté) is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for the maintenance of adult dogs.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Purina Bella Wet Dog Food Porterhouse Steak Flavor (Paté) with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is beef. Although beef is an excellent protein source, raw beef contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of beef is dramatically reduced. Therefore, it's important to ensure that other meat sources are included within the first few ingredients to ensure the product derives most of its protein from meat.

The second ingredient is beef broth. Beef broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, beef broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution.

The third ingredient is meat by-products. By-products are defined by AAFCO as the "non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals." Thus, meat by-products contain nearly all parts of the animal which are typically not consumed by humans. These parts include the liver, lung, spleen, kidney, stomach, blood, intestine, bone, etc.

This ingredient is marked controversial because the meat source is not identified. Anonymous ingredients such as meat by-products are typically very low quality additions. The most unpleasing property of this ingredient is that the animal source can contain any mammal, even dogs & cats.

The fourth ingredient is liver. Liver is a controversial ingredient because the source animal is not specified. Anonymous animal ingredients are typically very low quality and may contain almost any animal, including dogs and cats!

The fifth ingredient is chicken, which is an excellent source of protein and fat.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Purina Bella Wet Dog Food Porterhouse Steak Flavor (Paté) are not as important as the first five ingredients.

However, collectively they still have a significant impact on the overall quality of the product. Therefore, we'll continue discussing the remaining ingredients in this Purina Bella recipe.

Next we have carrageenan. Carrageenan is a substance extracted from edible seaweeds. Carrageenan is typically used for its thickening and emulsifying properties.

The next ingredient is locust bean gum. Locust bean gum is a galactomannan vegetable gum extracted from the seeds of the carob tree. This ingredient is primarily used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in dog food.

Then we have potassium chloride. Potassium chloride is a potassium supplement.

The remaining ingredients in this Purina Bella Wet Dog Food recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives most of its protein from animal based sources. This is an excellent property because meat based protein contains all of the necessary amino acids required by dogs. In our option, this is one of the most important properties to judge when reviewing pet food, therefore we believe this is an exceptional product in this regard.

Final Thoughts

In summary, we recognize that this product contains anonymous meat ingredients. These are not necessarily always negative; however, they are typically low quality and inexpensive additions. If the particular anonymous meat ingredient is controversial or low quality, it should have been discussed earlier in this review. Otherwise, it is safe to assume the anonymous meat ingredient is an acceptable addition.

The official PawDiet rating for Purina Bella Wet Dog Food Porterhouse Steak Flavor (Paté) is 4.0 out of 5.