Why Does Purina Believe in Grain?


Because We Believe in Nutrition that Delivers Results.

When you look at the research, the evidence stacks up that grains are nutritious and effective for your dog.

Watch this video to learn about results-driven nutrition.

But Don't Just Take Our Word for It

Read up on other articles that explain why grains are beneficial for dogs.


We Study Outcomes in Real Pets, Not Just what Looks Good on a Label.

We look for positive results to make sure our formulas benefit real pets' health, digestion, energy-levels and ability to live a happy, healthy life.

We Start with Nutrients, Not Ingredients.

When we formulate our products, we don't start by prioritizing ingredients that are popular. Instead, we study the nutrients that pets need, and then look to nature for the best ingredients to deliver on them.

We Don't Look at Ingredients in a Vacuum.

We know that even the best ingredients aren't as effective if they're not blended in concert with other ingredients that make the meal as nutritious and digestible as possible. That's why we study how ingredients work together, and use the best team players in our formulas.

Grains are Beneficial for Dogs

Because of our decades of nutrition research, we've seen evidence that nutritious grains like corn produce positive outcomes in dogs. Pound for pound, nutritious grains deliver more complete nutrition than the ingredients that brands typically use to substitute for grains, like potatoes.

When it comes to the nutrients dogs need, grains deliver. They provide antioxidants, energy-rich carbohydrate and fiber to promote digestion.

Grains are team players. Our long-term research has shown that grains like corn are key for helping dogs digest other nutrients in their foods.

Myths vs. Reality

So why have grains and corn become the object of debate when it comes to giving dogs the best nutrition possible?

Well, we think it's due to a couple of myths.

Truth #1: Dogs are not Carnivores

Many people believe dogs are carnivores. In fact, dogs are omnivores.

Even wolves in the wild derive nutrition from both plant and animal sources.

Truth #2: Dogs are not Allergic to Grain

Many people believe that dogs are allergic to grain. Here's the truth. Less than 1% of dogs are allergic.

We make products formulated without grain for the less than 1% of dogs who may have sensitivity to grain. For the other 99%, we believe the responsible thing to do is provide them with the best formulations for their needs, which include grains.


The Power of Corn

A closer look at one of the grains we believe in.

Corn provides protein, energy, and linoleic acid, which is an essential fatty acid for dogs.

Ounce for ounce, corn has twice the level of antioxidants as an apple.