I first learned what Purina Pro Plan was when my father adopted our first family dog, a German Shepherd named Sergeant. It was the first brand of dog food I had ever seen and back then. I didn’t think much about its ingredients or how healthy it was. However, as I became more interested in dog and cat nutrition, I knew this was a food I eventually wanted to write a review on.
So, let’s stop wasting time and get right into one of the most honest Purina Pro Plan reviews you can find online!
For this Purina Pro Plan review, I will be focusing on the Purina Pro Plan Savor Shredded Blend Adult Chicken and Rice Formula.
Name: Purina Pro Plan
Website URL: www.purina.com
Flavors Available: Turkey & Barley, Chicken & Egg, Lamb & Rice, Shredded Blend, Salmon & Rice, Chicken & Rice, Beef & Rice, Beef & Salmon, Lamb & Oatmeal and Turkey, Duck & Quail
Formulas Available: Focus, Bright Mind, Small Breed, Sensitive Skin & Stomach, Healthy Weight, Adult, Giant Breed, Large Breed, Toy Breed, Weight Management, Grain-Free, Savor and SPORT
Sizes Available: 4 pounds, 5 pounds, 6 pounds, 12 pounds, 16 pounds, 18 pounds, 24 pounds, 30 pounds, 35 pounds, 37. 5 pounds, 47 pounds, and 50 pounds
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%
Selenium (Se) (Min) 0.35 mg/kg
Vitamin A (Min) 15000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (Min) 460 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)* (Min) 70 mg/kg
Glucosamine* (Min) 400 ppm
Microorganisms Bacillus coagulans* (Min) 600 million CFU/lb
Chicken, rice flour, whole grain wheat, poultry by-product meal (source of glucosamine), soybean meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols, corn gluten meal, whole grain corn, fish meal (source of glucosamine), natural liver flavor, glycerin, wheat bran, mono and dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, salt, dried egg product, soybean oil, potassium chloride, fish oil, MINERALS [zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], 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), Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (Vitamin K), biotin (Vitamin B-7)], choline chloride, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (Vitamin C), dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, garlic oil.
Chicken is a high-quality protein source that can help dogs to build lean muscle. Keep in mind, during the cooking process the amount of chicken left is reduced by half.
This is an ingredient that is considered to be a low-quality grain by-product deriving from Rice bran or Rice gluten. While it can be seen as a low-quality source of carbohydrates, it is not very nutritious.
Whole Grain Wheat
This type of whole grain is indigestible but has a few benefits such as being a source of carbohydrates to provide much-needed energy for dogs. It is seen as only moderately nutritious.
Poultry By-Product Meal
This ingredient is simply what is left of the animal after it has been slaughtered such as feet, backs, the organs the head, spleen or underdeveloped eggs. While by-product meal has been found to be very nutritious and beneficial, the main issue with this ingredient is that the source of poultry in which it has been taken is not named. This means that this generic named by-product meal could have come from roadkill, poultry that has died upon arrival to the slaughterhouse, diseased or dying poultry, euthanized animals or dead zoo animals.
This is an ingredient that is used because it can help boost the protein content in pet food. It is seen as moderately nutritious.
Beef Tallow Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols
This is a low-quality source of fat that is used to add additional flavor to pet food and is preserved with a form of Vitamin E.
Corn Gluten Meal
This is an ingredient that is considered to be the principal protein component of corn. It is not a true gluten. It is less nutritionally complete than most meat-based proteins in other foods. It is low in essential acids dogs need and is typically only used to help boost the protein content on a food label.
Whole Grain Corn
This ingredient is not easily digestible for dogs to have. It is a grain ingredient that is used and found in most low-quality pet foods.
Fish meal is a low-quality source of protein that can contain as much as 300% more protein than fish has alone. However, because the type of fish is not mentioned, this is considered a questionable and red-flag ingredient.
Natural Liver Flavor
This ingredient is exactly as it sounds: the natural flavor of liver. It is typically applied to pet food to enhance the flavor.
This ingredient is typically added to pet food for one of three reasons: a binder to make treats or canned foods chewy, a preservative to protect foods from mold or as a sweetener.
This is a supplement ingredient usually added into pet food as a source of fiber to help promote digestive health.
Mono and Dicalcium Phosphate
This is a calcium supplement that is used to help control tartar in dogs and help improve the texture of dog food. However, studies have shown this ingredient has the potential to cause kidney stones.
Calcium carbonate is usually added into pet food for one of three reasons: as an inexpensive source of calcium, a preservative for the pet food or as a means for food to retain its color.
This is an ingredient that is only added to pet food to increase the palatability of the food.
Dried Egg Product
This ingredient derives from a hatchery egg that has been dehydrated prior to use. It contains a moderate amount of protein and is considered to be moderately nutritious.
This is a low-grade fat source used in low-quality pet foods. It contains more saturated fat than most other oil sources used in other foods.
This ingredient is used as a potassium supplement.
This is high quality and nutritious source of oil. It contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to help promote healthy skin and a shiny coat.
Purina Pro Plan Flavors, Formulas, Sizes and Price
Sizes Available: 6 pounds, 18 pounds, 37. Pounds and 50 pounds
Flavors Available: Salmon & Rice, Beef & Rice, Chicken & Rice, and Lamb & Rice
Sizes Available: 6 pounds, 18 pounds, 35 pounds, and 47 pounds
Flavors Available: Chicken & Rice, Chicken with Shreds, and Lamb & Rice
Sizes Available: 18 pounds and 34 pounds
Formulas Available: Varies
Flavors Available: Chicken & Rice, Turkey, and Chicken
Sizes Available: 5 pounds, 16 pounds, 24 pounds, and 30 pounds
This is one of the few Purina pets foods that doesn’t contain grain. It is made with high-quality proteins as the first ingredient and is made for a completely balanced and nutritious meal for your dog.
Flavors Available: Beef & Salmon, Turkey & Chicken, and Turkey, Duck & Quail
Sizes Available: 4 pounds, 12 pounds, and 24 pounds
Where Can I Buy Purina Pro Plan?
You can buy Purina Pro Plan from various places.
- Online-Walmart.com, Petco.com, PetSmart.com, Amazon.com, eBay.com and Chewy.com
- Retail Stores-Petco, PetSmart, Walmart, Local Grocery Stores and Local pet supply chains
Purina Pro Plan Reviews by Pet Parents
As far as Purina Pro Plan reviews from actual pet owners go, it seems to be pretty mixed. Take a look below at what some pet parents are saying about this food.
My puppy loves this product! I accidentally gave my puppy this food when I bought the wrong brand and he loves it. Even my vet recommends it! -Megan J. Sheeran
This is one of the brands my vet recommended. I have a dog that used to suffer from digestive issues and anxiety. Once I made the switch to Purina Pro Plan, my dog’s digestive health has never been better. His stool is much firmer than it used to be and he seems to like it. -Nana Nan
This food has the seal of approval from four pups! My dogs loved this food so much, they inhaled it without even hesitating. Take the opportunity to try it! You won’t regret it. -Sunny Skies in FL
Great food for a great price. I own a Great Dane who couldn’t handle any food given when I first adopted him. This was the only food he could tolerate and he loves the taste. -TCombs
Great value for what you pay for. While this may not be the top of the line food you can buy but, it is really cost effective in the long run. Plus, it gets the job done! -Meredith Short
My Final Opinion
After carefully combing through the ingredients of Purina Pro Plan dog food, taking into consideration what pet owners have said about this food and taking a look at the prices, to be honest, this is not a food I would recommend to any pet owner. It is made with too many questionable and unhealthy ingredients and in my opinion, it is a low-quality food. Sure, it is great for people who only have a few bucks a month to spend on pet food, but for those looking for a high-quality diet, avoid this food at all costs!
Not Recommended! Low-Quality!
Have you fed your dogs Purina Pro Plan dog food? If so, did you agree with our review? Let us know in the comments below!