Saturday, January 12, 2013

Myah Is Eager For Purina Dog Chow Active Life 25/18 Dog Food!

The Good: Very nutritious, Myah enjoys it, Not as expensive as premium dog foods
The Bad: Pricier than other Purina dry dog foods, Made Myah’s breath stink!
The Basics: Purina Dog Chow Active Life 25/18 adult dog food made Myah’s breath smell a little bit, but she seemed to enjoy it and it did not break the bank, making it easy to recommend.

My wife and I could not be more thrilled to be owners of a purebred Siberian Husky, Myah. My wife has always wanted a big dog and Myah is an active, enthusiastic dog that greets her every morning for snuggle time. Me? I’m more of a cat person, but I have been finding I have a love of Myah that was unexpected. Much more in keeping with my character is my enjoyment of poor Myah for her benefits to my reviewing. To that end, we picked her up a bag of Purina Dog Chow Active Life 25/18 dog food. And, while Myah loved this food, I was taken aback by its smell and how it made her breath smell.

However, because Myah eagerly comes back for it, even when presented with other dining options, Purina Dog Chow Active Life 25/18 dog food is one Myah enthusiastically recommends.


A single serving of Purina Dog Chow Active Life 25/18 dog food is two and a half cups to three and a half cups for a big dog like Myah and she is supposed to get one such serving per day, so a full bag does not last terribly long with a big dog. The Active Life 25/18 has three different shapes mixed together about evenly. One shape is very dark brown, about ½” wide and tall, and looks like a little paw or a clover. The Purina Dog Chow Active Life 25/18 dog food also has a light brown spheroid, like a Cocoa Puff that is approximately 1/2" in diameter. There is also a light brown triangle-shaped piece that is 1/2" on each side and 1/8” – 3/16” thick. All of the pieces have a mealy, textured appearance and are very hard. Myah often eats these several pellets at a time.

Ease Of Preparation

As a dry dog food, preparation of Purina Dog Chow Active Life 25/18 dog food is as easy as opening a bag and measuring out the pellets inside. There is no further prep needed.

Myah’s Reaction

The Active Life 25/18 smells strongly of chlorine whenever one opens the bag. This food smells utterly disgusting and it does not bring Myah running for it. However, after a moment of airing out, I tend to notice the chlorine smell significantly less and Myah does not seem at all bothered by it. In fact, when Myah is hungry, the sound of the pellets in this food hitting her dish makes her come eagerly to her bowl. Once there, Myah will not stop consuming the Active Life 25/18 dog food until it is all gone. Myah has consistently returned to this food time and time again.

However, the smell of this food is a bit unsettling and it lingers in Myah’s mouth for about half an hour after she has finished eating this.


Purina Dog Chow Active Life 25/18 dog food smells like chlorine, so it is somewhat surprising that it has so many good ingredients in it. Made primarily of Whole Grain Corn, Animal Fat Preserved With Mixed-Tocopherols, and meat and bone meal, the ingredient list degenerates into chemicals and vitamins after “salt.” According to the guaranteed analysis, Purina Dog Chow Active Life 25/18 dog food has at least 25% crude protein and 18% crude fat, but no more than 5% crude fiber and 12% moisture. As a dry dog food, it is highly recommended that you have adequate water available for your dog when serving your pet Purina Dog Chow Active Life 25/18 dog food.


Purina Dog Chow Active Life 25/18 dog food is good and can help maintain a dog’s ideal weight, even if it does no favors for the dog’s breath!

For other dog food reviews, please be sure to check out:
Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Lamb, Chicken Meal & Rabbit Formula
Solid Gold Wolf King Bison
Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Natural Chicken And Brown Rice Recipe


For other pet product reviews, please check out my Pet Review Index Page for an organized listing!

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