Purina ONE Dog Food: How Smart is this Blend?

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Purina One dog food isn’t a food I would say is synonymous with quality. Hell, anything bearing the name Purina tends to indicate a bad rep right off the bat, and I have reviewed A LOT of dog food brands in my time. However, I can’t lie and say this food didn’t catch my attention immediately. Let’s take a look at what exactly is on the inside of this food with this honest Purina One dog food review.

For this review, I will be focusing on the Purina One Smartblend Chicken and Rice Formula.


Purina One dog food

Purina One Dog Food: PetFoodio.com Review


Name: Purina One Smartblend

Website URL: www.purina.com

Flavors Available: Chicken & Rice, Real Chicken, Chicken & Barley, Beef & Rice, Turkey & Venison, Turkey, Duck & Quail, Salmon & Tuna, Real Beef, Beef & Salmon

Formulas Available: Digestive Health, Adult, Puppy, Healthy Weight, Limited Ingredient, Small Bites, Small Breed, True Instinct, Grain Free High Protein and Vibrant Maturity 7+ Senior

Sizes Available: 3.8 pounds, 4 pounds, 7.4 pounds, 8 pounds, 15 pounds, 16.5 pounds, 31.1 pounds and 40 pounds

Price: Varies

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Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (MIN) 26.0%
Crude Fat (MIN) 16.0%
Crude Fiber (MAX) 3.0%
Moisture (MAX) 12.0%
Linoleic Acid (MIN) 1.4%
Calcium (Ca) (MIN) 1.0%
Phosphorus (P) (MIN) 0.8%
Zinc (Zn) (MIN) 150 mg/kg
Selenium (Se) (MIN) 0.35 mg/kg
Vitamin A (MIN) 13,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (MIN) 250 IU/kg
Glucosamine (MIN)* 350 ppm
Omega-6 Fatty Acids (MIN)* 1.6%


Purina One Dog Food Ingredients

Chicken (source of glucosamine), rice flour, corn gluten meal, whole grain corn, chicken by-product meal (source of glucosamine), whole grain wheat, soybean meal, beef fat naturally preserved with mixed-tocopherols, glycerin, liver flavor, calcium carbonate, mono and dicalcium phosphate, salt, caramel color, dried carrots, dried peas, potassium chloride, VITAMINS [Vitamin E supplement, niacin (Vitamin B-3), Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), folic acid (Vitamin B-9), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (Vitamin K), Vitamin D-3 supplement, biotin (Vitamin B-7)], MINERALS [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, sulfur.   X-4154


Ingredient Breakdown


This is a high-quality protein ingredient. Keep in mind, during the cooking process, the amount of protein left is reduced by at least half.

Rice Flour

This is an ingredient that is considered to be a low-quality grain source. It is used as the main source of carbohydrates for your dogs, giving them the energy they need.

Corn Gluten Meal

According to the Dog Food Advisor, this food is “the most common ingredient listed on pet food labels today.” While that may be true, corn gluten meal is also less nutritionally complete and is only typically used to raise the protein content listed on the label.

Whole Grain Corn

This is another ingredient I have flagged in this review because this is one ingredient that is not easily digestible. Whole corn, unless refined is difficult for any dog to digest.

Chicken By-Product Meal

This is an ingredient often synonymous with low-quality pet foods. By definition, this is an ingredient in which the clean parts of the chicken carcass including the eggs, intestines, necks, and feet are processed.

Whole Grain Wheat

This is an ingredient that is used as a source of carbohydrates, fueling dogs with the energy they need.

Soybean Meal

This is an ingredient that is typically only used to boost the protein content on the label. It is only seen as moderately nutritious. Although, there have been recent studies conducted such as this study to indicate including soybean meal in dog food can have a positive effect on the overall health of adult dogs.

Beef Fat

This is a low-quality source of fat that can add additional flavor.


This is an ingredient is only added to pet food brands like this to act as a binder to keep the food chewy. It is also used to act as a preservative to protect kibble from mold.

Liver Flavor

Just as the name implies, this ingredient is used only to boost the flavor of the food to entice dogs to eat it.



Flavors, Formulas, Sizes, and Price

Chicken & Rice

This formula by Purina ONE is made with chicken listed as the first ingredient. It is a formula that can help keep adult dogs nice and slim while feeding them with the taste dogs naturally crave.

Sizes Available: 8 pounds, 16.5 pounds, 31.1 pounds and 40 pounds


Lamb & Rice

This is the perfect formula for dogs who are known to suffer from certain food sensitivities. Using lamb as the first ingredient, you can feed your dog a quality diet without worrying it will irritate their stomach.

Sizes Available: 8 pounds, 16.5 pounds, 31. 1 pounds and 40 pounds


Beef & Rice Small Bites

This is a formula specifically formulated for small mouths. It is made with hearty beef as the first ingredient, filling dogs with a taste they aren’t able to resist.

Sizes Available: 8 pounds, 16.5 pounds, and 31.1 pounds


Digestive Healthy Limited Ingredient

This is a formula of Purina ONE specifically formulated to help dogs who suffer from food allergies. Made with either chicken or salmon, this formula is also loaded with antioxidants to help keeps dogs healthy naturally.

Sizes Available: 31. 1 pounds


Healthy Weight Management

This is a formula specifically formulated to help dogs lose weight in as healthy and safely of a way as possible. It is made with a high-quality protein source as the first ingredient to keep dogs feeling fuller for longer periods of time.

Sizes Available: 8 pounds, 16.5 pounds, 31.1 pounds and 40 pounds


Vibrant Maturity Senior 7+

This is a formula that is specifically formulated to feed dogs over the age of 7. It is made with high-quality protein sources and low levels of fat to keep older dogs slim as they age.

Sizes Available: 8 pounds, 16.5 pounds and 31.1 pounds


Purina One Dog Food Reviews by Pet Owners

When you look at the reviews pet owners have left behind about this food, many of them are fairly mixed. Take a look below at what some pet parents have been saying.

A healthier food at a more affordable price. We fed our dogs a grain free diet for years. But in light of the news of heart disease in dogs who ate grain free diets, we decided to try this food and couldn’t be happier. It doesn’t have all of the quality ingredients we love, but it is sufficient. Plus, it’s affordable! -Robert Rootes

This food made my dog sick! I don’t know what it is in it, but my dog could barely stomach it after a single bite. I would avoid at all costs! -Di Ann Anderson

Made with a protein as the first ingredient, we’re surprised this food is even affordable. I have always been the type to be picky about what I give my dogs, but was happy the moment I read the ingredients label. Can’t go wrong here! -Amazon customer

My dogs absolutely hate this food! My dogs will eat almost anything you give them, but they won’t touch this stuff. That is enough for me to avoid buying another bag. -M. Williams

I decided to try this food instead of using Science Diet and my dog loves it! The only negative is that it tends to make my dog’s breath smell gross. -Rachel the College Student



The Bottomline

After carefully looking at Purina ONE dog food and after looking thoroughly at its ingredients, this isn’t really food I can recommend. My main issue with the food is the excessive use of corn. One corn ingredient isn’t bad, but 2 like this food has, that is a bit excessive. Even though it is a low priced food, the overuse of cheap fillers is enough to turn me away from it.

Final Verdict:

Not Recommended


Have you tried Purina ONE dog food with your dogs? If so, what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section below!


Digital marketing specialist and Internet enthusiast. When Vanessa isn't working on PetFoodio.com or other marketing ventures, she spends her time making homemade dog treats and reading up on the latest advances in the veterinarian field.

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