Purina Beyond vs. Amazon Wag Dog Food

Amazon’s private label, Wag, has garnered plenty of attention. The price is right, it’s marketed with buzz words people love like “grain free,” “meat from the US” and “all natural” but Brandefy wanted to know more about these foods before making any recommendations.

I surveyed pet owners to see what they cared about. Overall, they cared about the ingredients and nutrition, but also wanted it at a fair price. As a pet owner myself, I totally agreed with that!

I started by calling the manufacturers. Purina Beyond got me to a live person almost immediately and they were able to confirm that all ingredients were sourced and produced in the US. I had to call two different numbers and try an email to the Wag people. They only told me that their meat came from the US, but could not confirm the countries where the other ingredients came from. They did confirm that all meat came from the US.

I did a lot of online research on the ingredients and what they’re purpose was for. I learned that Wag has several ingredients that are supposed to help with the dog’s stool. If your dog is like mine, he needs no help going poo multiple times a day!

We also consulted dogfoodadvisor.com and compared their ratings on the different foods. They use a slightly different rating system from us, but we like their breakdown and suggest you check it out!

Then, we put the food to the doggy sniff and choose test, and also watched our dogs to see how the food affected them. See our findings here.

Purina Beyond Turkey & Lentil Recipe vs. Wag American Turkey & Lentil Dry Dog Food

Purina is $29.99 for a 7 lb bag and Wag is $44.99 for a 30 lb bag. Aside from just the turkey and lentil in the name, these two foods have other similarities. They both contain chicken and pea fiber, which some dogs can be allergic to. These foods are similar in size, shape, and texture. Both have plenty of nutrients. Wag food has many additional ingredients, and per our research from chewy.com many of these are intended to solidify the dog's stool. According to dogfoodadvisor.com, the yeast and beet pulp in Wag has nutritional benefits, but they are still considered fillers. Dogfoodadvisor.com does rate Wag higher than Purina, and their rating scale weighs crude protein highly. Wag is 35% crude protein while Purina is 31%. As we found out via phone calls to Purina and Wag HQ's, while Wag does source their meat in the US, they do not guarantee the other ingredients are sourced in the US. They do make the food in the US. Purina Beyond sources and produces everything in the US. We thought the Purina food smelled slightly more like natural meat. If your dog is used to eating Purina Beyond, we feel he/she will handle Wag nicely, but do suggest you follow the instructions for transitioning food which is printed on the Wag label. Buy Wag or Buy Purina

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Purina Beyond Grain Free Beef & Lentil Recipe Natural Dog Food vs. Amazon Wag Beef & Lentil Recipe with Wild Boar Dry Dog Food

Purina is $45.38 for a 13 lb bag and Wag is $44.99 for a 30 lb bag. (Half the cost per pound)! Aside from just the beef and lentil in the name, these two foods have other similarities. They are similar in size, shape, and texture. Both have plenty of nutrients, listed right on the bag and include chicken and egg among their ingredients. Wag food has many additional ingredients, and per our research from chewy.com many of these are intended to solidify the dog's stool. According to dogfoodadvisor.com, the yeast and beet pulp in Wag has nutritional benefits, but they are still considered fillers. Dogfoodadvisor.com does rate Wag higher than Purina. As we found out via phone calls to Purina and Wag HQ's, while Wag does source their beef in the US, they do not guarantee the other ingredients are sourced in the US. They do make the food in the US. Purina Beyond sources and produces everything in the US. We thought the Purina food smelled more like natural meat, and our pupper went to the Purina bowl first every time we gave him the option... though he promptly went over to gobble up Wag as soon as he finished Purina. Additionally, we fed him each food straight for the same amount of days and monitored the poo. He had normal poos with both foods. If you don't mind the additional ingredients, we say give Wag a try. If you want to cut down on the number of ingredients and be sure ingredients are all sourced in the USA, we suggest you stick with Purina Beyond. Buy Wag or Buy Purina

Purina Beyong Hake & Lentil Recipe vs. Wag Salmon & Lentil Dry Dog Food

Purina is $45.02 for a 13 lb bag and Wag is $44.99 for a 30 lb bag. (Half the cost per pound)! Wag uses salmon as their main protein source, while Purina uses Hake, which is a type of cod. Wag lists more fatty acids among their nutrients. The pellets are similar in size, shape, and texture. Both have plenty of nutrients, listed right on the bag and include chicken and pea starch among their ingredients, which some dogs can have allergies to. Wag food has many additional ingredients, and per our research from chewy.com many of these are intended to solidify the dog's stool. Dogfoodadvisor.com does rate Wag higher than Purina, and they rely heavily on nutrients to create ratings. As we found out via phone calls to Purina and Wag HQ's, while Wag does source their meat in the US, they do not guarantee the other ingredients are sourced in the US. They do make the food in the US. Purina Beyond sources and produces everything in the US. As with anything, we suggest you consult with your veterinarian before switching your dog's food, but we do think Wag is worth the try for the savings. Buy Wag

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