PC Nutrition First Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

PC Nutrition First Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The PC Nutrition First product line includes nine dry dog foods. Although each appears to be designed for a specific life stage, we were unable to find AAFCO nutritional profile recommendations for these dog foods on the product’s web page.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • PC Nutrition First Senior
  • PC Nutrition First Adult Chicken and Brown Rice
  • PC Nutrition First Toy and Small Breed (4.5 stars)
  • PC Nutrition First Adult Salmon and Potato (3.5 stars)
  • PC Nutrition First Adult Lamb and Brown Rice (3.5 stars)
  • PC Nutrition First Salmon and Potato Grain Free (5 stars)
  • PC Nutrition First Weight Control Chicken and Brown Rice
  • PC Nutrition First Puppy Chicken and Brown Rice (4.5 stars)
  • PC Nutrition First Adult Lg Br Chicken and Brown Rice (3.5 stars)

PC Nutrition First Adult Chicken and Brown Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

PC Nutrition First Chicken and Brown Rice

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 46%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, chicken, brown rice, oatmeal, dehulled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols source of vitamin E), natural chicken flavour, tomatoes, whole dried egg, herring meal, flaxseed, salmon oil (source of DHA), brewers yeast, whole sweet potatoes, whole carrots, whole blueberries, whole cranberries, whole apples, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sodium chloride, chicory root, choline chloride, vitamins & chelated minerals (vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, vitamin C, inositol, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, beta-carotene, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin K, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulphate, iron proteinate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, copper sulphate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Enterococcus faecium, Bifidobacterium thermophilum), dl-methionine, Yucca schidigera, dried rosemary

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis26%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%17%46%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%35%40%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The second ingredient is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The third ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fourth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The fifth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. Unlike grains with a higher glycemic index, barley can help support more stable blood sugar levels.

The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

After the natural chicken flavor, we find tomato, a nutrient rich vegetable consisting of about 72% carbohydrates.

The eighth ingredient is whole eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The ninth ingredient includes herring meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With five notable exceptions

First, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

Next, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

In addition, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

Next, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

PC Nutrition First Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, PC Nutrition First looks like an above-average dry dog food.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 29%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 54%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 49% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 52%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed and brewers yeast, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

PC Nutrition First is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken, lamb or salmon meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

A Final Word

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However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.

For a better understanding of how we analyze each product, please read our article, "The Problem with Dog Food Reviews".

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Notes and Updates

05/12/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Dori

    You have to read all the ingredients in the food, not just what the manufacturer has decided to call it. So many foods contain some type of poultry somewhere in the ingredients. I have a dog allergic to anything that has fowl in it so I’ve learned that you really have to scrutinize ingredient list. If one of your dogs has issues with chicken then you need to switch the food to something else. Good Luck

    Oh, just a thought. It shouldn’t take an entire bag for a dog to acclimate to a food. I know some will advise you to add pumpkin, kefir, yogurt, digestive enzymes, etc. but if a dog has allergies and/or intolerances to ingredients there is no reason to subject him/her to the food. There are many good foods out there (well, maybe not many) that do not contain poultry, chicken fat, etc. etc.

  • Amy Lynn

    The PC Lamb has chicken in it…that could be why you are dealing with the runny stools from the younger pup…I have moved my guy to the Grain Free Salmon and he is doing great on it. He was on Go Salmon.

  • cyn

    Does anyone know about the recall on the PC Nutrition First dog Treats?

  • Sharlee

    We have four dogs, a Bichon Shih Tzu cross, a Pomeranian and two huskies. Our dogs love this food and are doing really well on it. We switched to it when our Bichon shih Tzu was have reactions to her dog food and treats. Once we switched all her issues resolved. We have add the other three dogs over the years and they are all doing really well on it. Huskies have sensitive stomachs but we have had no problems on this food. I am not a fan of the PC treats though we do see some issues with our dogs on the PC treats.

  • Sharlee

    I find the same thing we love the PC food but don’t use the treats.

  • andy’s mom

    Thanks!

  • Owl

    I emailed the company a while ago and they told me that the Vitamin K was K1 (derived from plants) not K3 (synthetic, menadione)

    And just to add, I also asked if their fish product was preserved with ethoxyquin and they told me it was not.

  • andy’s mom

    Is the Vitamin K in this food a menadione derivative? It is highlighted in red…suggesting that it is? I missed that, as I read the review of the food…and the controversy wasn’t discussed, like it is in all of the other reviews on food with menadione derivatives in them. So, I’m confused. I’ve read these reviewers’ article on this controversial ingredient, and the conclusion was that it should be avoided….and I always have avoided it. I was keen on this food, based on the review…then noticed the Vitamin K highlight. According to the review, menadione derivatives can be listed simply as Vitamin K on the label, which is likely why it is highlighted in red, here? Can anyone clarify?

  • Andrew Gordon Wayne

    Made in St. Mary’s ontario at shurgain Nutreco.

  • Andrew Gordon Wayne

    It is made in St. Mary’s Ontario at the ShurGain Nutreco facility formerly ShurGain Maple Leaf Foods. As a former employee I can assure you that they make a quality product there and I have always fed my dogs one of their products.

  • Kelly

    oh that’s good to know. we are switching ours to this one today so maybe ours will stop with the smelly farting too.

  • doggymomma

    Hi there, So sorry to hear about your doggies tummies! Have you tried canned pumpkin by chance? NOT pumpkin pie mix, JUST pumpkin. It has helped my dog with digestive issues.

  • Amanda Sizer-Youmans

    Unfortunately too many companies put there money into advertising and fancy packaging instead of ingredients and research.

  • Amanda Sizer-Youmans

    As posted above

    In regards to our PC Nutrition First Adult Dog Food – Chicken & Brown Rice, this product is not sourced from China, and is manufactured without adding any fillers, such as glycerin. Our products are manufactured in our vendor’s Canadian owned and operated, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    (CFIA) approved facility in Thailand. As such, we control all
    of the parameters of manufacturing including ingredient sourcing and quality testing.
    Hope this helps.

  • Charl

    They want a clone not the truth to be known

  • Char

    They put us inssppaamm thats a scccaam. They lie and cheat and mistreat.

  • Charl

    They delete and mistreat buyer beware it is not fair

  • itsallascam

    Wrote to presidents choice about the ingredients and manufacturer of this food, they did not tell me who the manufacturer is but they did assure me that all the ingredients came from the us, canada, europe and one ingrdient from india. No sourceing from china!!!

  • sdheary

    Have to dogs at home. A 3 year old retriever cross and a 2 year old chocolate lab. Have had issues with both and their foods in the past. Was determined the older one is allergic to salmon, and the younger, chicken. Finally put them both on Lamb and Rice Pro Plan and it worked amazing. However, the new line of PC products and the price made me decide to give it a shot. We slowly switched them over, and now that we have finished the first bag, we are still dealing with runny stools, gas, and burps from them both. We have bought a second bag to give it a chance as they both seem to love the taste. However, if halfway thru this bag, things haven’t changed, then we will have no choice but to switch back. A side note, we supplement them both with tripe to help with the soft stools. This too doesn’t work.

  • Jordan Hill

    Ken & Sue. Have you considered it could be an allergy to chicken or grain? Maybe if you tried the Grain free and Salmon blend? My girls a lab mix and I avoid grain and chicken as she gets itchy, I also found that she has issues with lamb as she gets loose stool. Also, with loose stool you can try adding pure pumpkin to her diet, it can help stiffen up their stool. Just offering some suggestions, as I know how it feels to have your dogs not doing well on a food.

  • shannoncookie

    I did try the pc puppy chicken and rice my dog didnt seem to like it. My dogs somewhat picky but she wasnt too interested in the food… I do often pick up the nutrition first canned for her she does like the canned but prefers other canned food better her fave being merricks.. I will try another variety of pc nutrition first dry in the future -another flavour cus it seems like a reasonably priced good food

  • shannoncookie

    I know this is kind of late but I didnt have any problems with the dog being slow on the nutrition first food.. you may want to try a different food all together if it doesnt seem to be working for your dog. Also because the extra meaty isnt rated in case someone is reading and wondering about the food the extra meaty canned food contains unnamed by products and the dry food contains corn… it looks like the nutrition first food is better out of the 2 linea

  • Ken

    We have been trying PC Nutrition First Large Breed Chicken and Brown Rice dry dog food with our Yellow Lab and our mixed breed large breed dogs since it came on the market and we have noticed that while one bag seems to be OK with the dogs another bag isn’t. Right at the moment we started into a new bag and both of the dogs seem to be having problems, with the lab she has very loose stool and needs to go about every 45 minutes or so and with the mixed breed he has some loose stool but is also having itching problems and we have read other customers comments that state the same thing. The bag that we had before this one did not seem to have the same effect other than with the mixed breed having itchy issues. On previous bags we have noticed this same type of back and forth loose stool and itching problems to no problems. We will be returning the bag that we currently have and go back to what we had the dogs on before which was Nutro and see if the conditions with the dogs change. If the condition changes we will have no choice but to discontinue buying PC Nutrition First dog food. That will be a shame since it was the ingredients and the cost that attracted us to it in the first place.
    Ken & Sue

  • Kat

    Had my 7 year old Pug on the PC extra meaty lamb & rice and he did really well on it. I decided to switch him to the grain free salmon and potato as I thought the salmon might help with the shedding and it actually has helped a bit but he doesn’t seem himself and has lost so much energy. I realize he is getting old but I’m considering switching back. Has anyone else had any issues like this?

  • Megahn

    its funny how some are talking about the kirkland brand yet they are basically the same… difference being kirkland is a grain based dog food and PC is a plant based..other than that if you compare the reviews which i did they are basically the same.

  • Dave

    It has been confirmed that PC Nutrition First is made in Elmira, Ontario.

  • Linda/Farley

    I had my golden on the PC Nutrition First Lamb and Rice and he had loose stool most of the time even when I supplemented with the pumpkin. I switched to the PC Nutrition First Salmon and Potato and he does really great on it. When my boy came to me at 14 months he was on special food from the vet and he had issues with his ears. On switching to the Lamb and Rice he improved but still had to treat the ears now and then. Now he is on the Salmon and Potato and no ear issues. He does get a little itchy now and then but it seems to be when the weather changes. Right now it is very cold so I am thinking too dry. I have itchy skin too now that winter is upon us. I would not hesitate giving this dog food to your buddies.
    I also give my boy lots of fruit and veggies. If I cook chicken or some other meats he gets some too and the veggies. I do not allow him any butters, gravies, fats, etc. I do give him frosty paws I make myself and mostly grain free treats. He loves his raw apple and peanut butter in his Kong.

  • sjcatto

    have you tried adding a tablespoon of pure pumpkin into his meals to help aide in digestion?

  • Kelly Bircher

    I switched my 5.5 month old puppy from Merrick grain free chicken and sweet potato to this presidents choice product. She was having almost constant loose stools on the merrick and even though I felt good about feeding it to her since it is such high quality, it wasn’t working for her…probably too rich. Since switching to PC her stools are solid and healthy! I also bought the treats by PC made for sensitive stomachs and ironically they make her vomit! Very strange that the food is perfect but the treats are terrible for her. Anyone else experience this??

  • Lulu 27

    My dog is 8 she has been eating PC first choice lamb and rice for the last 4 years . With out any problem . I used to feed expensive brands and never had good luck with many . She does well on this food and has had no health problems .

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Lilly –

    You’re misunderstanding the article.

    Dr. Becker states:

    “If you’re going to feed kibble to a large breed puppy, I recommend you
    look for special large breed puppy formulas or a formula that is
    ‘Approved for all life stages.’ This means the food is appropriate for
    growing puppies or adult dogs.”

    A food designed for a large breed puppy is a “growth” formula – large breed puppy formulas are just lower in calories and calcium (typically) as stated in the article.

    An “all life stages” formula is the equivalent of a “growth” formula. If you’re familiar with the AAFCO nutrient profiles you’ll know there are only two – growth and maintenance. A formula that conforms to the “growth” nutrient profile can be labeled as either “growth” or “all life stages.” So an ALS formula is a puppy formula.

    “Maintenance” formulas are not appropriate for puppies that’s what I was pointing out – I would even argue that most maintenance formulas aren’t appropriate for adult dogs.

    I would, however, disagree with Dr. Becker that because a food is “als” or labeled for “large breed puppies” that it’s more appropriate than a regular puppy formula. After analyzing the nutrient levels of numerous foods I know that this isn’t always true. Almost every 4 and 5 star large breed formula I analyzed had calcium levels much higher than the levels recommended by veterinary nutritionists. ALS foods are hit and miss – some are okay and some aren’t. Large breed pups should have 3.5 g. of calcium per 1,000 kcal or less.

    Ensuring appropriate calcium levels in one of the most important nutritional factors when evaluating a food for large breed growth. This is why I’ve put together a list of growth/als foods that have calcium levels appropriate for large breed puppies:

    https://docs.google.com/a/dogfoodadvisor.com/file/d/0BwApI_dhlbnFTXhUdi1KazFzSUk/edit?pli=1

  • Lilly Tilly

    Actually Dr.Mercola and co, disagree with this, and for good reason. here is the site…very interesting.

    http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/04/09/slow-growth-diets-for-giant-breed-puppy.aspx

  • Lilly Tilly

    I also thought the Lamb/Rice was a good product… but only 3 stars? I wrote the company to find where their mutton comes from, and was informed New Zealand/Australia. Over there sheep are raised on grass, free-range for most of their lives (often penned and grained last few months to fatten). THIS appeals to me much more than what I suspect to be farmed salmon (AVOID)… that’s my opinion anyway, but open to new info as always.
    .

  • LillyTilly

    PC is President’s Choice … SuperStore’s private brand. You should find it in all and any SuperStores (or their sister stores,succ
    as Maxi in Quebec)

  • Bre

    No, it is not. It is manufactured in Thailand, according to a response I received from Presidents Choice.

  • Devon

    NF kibble is made in Ontario

  • Carol

    My Pug and Boston Terrier eat the PC Nutrition First Adult Chicken and Brown Rice with no problem — it is a medium size pellet

  • Bethie

    Where is it made?

  • Troy Way

    While this does answer the question of “where is the food manufactured”, it doesn’t answer the question of where the source of the ingredients comes from.

  • Lee

    I heard some of the PC brands are made in Elmira at Elmira Pet Foods. Any one else heard this?

  • Betsy Greer

    It sounds like it’s not the best choice for your lab, but to find a food that works well for three out of four dogs in your home is quite good.

  • Samantha Gray

    There are 4 dogs in my house eating this food right now. My purebred lab is the only one with a bad reaction to it. She was perfectly healthy before I started this food and now she is dropping weight like its a game. It is reasonably priced but its not very good if it made one of my dogs lose a fair amount of weight fairly fast.

  • Bre

    I inquired specifically about where the product is manufactured, here is the response I received today:

    At Loblaw Companies, like our customers we are dedicated to providing our animals with the highest quality pet food that meet their needs and preferences.
    We understand the importance of providing animals complete and balanced nutrition in quality products at great value.

    In regards to our PC Nutrition First Adult Dog Food – Chicken & Brown Rice, this product is not sourced from China, and is manufactured without adding any fillers, such as glycerin. Our products are manufactured in our vendor’s Canadian owned and operated, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    (CFIA) approved facility in Thailand. As such, we control all
    of the parameters of manufacturing including ingredient sourcing and quality testing.

    We want to assure you that the health and safety of animals is very important to us and we continue to work hard in providing our customers a variety of safe quality products for their pets. To learn more about PC
    Nutrition First products, we encourage you to visit our website at http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/special.jsp?spid=700002.

  • J Newsom

    We are near the end of our first bag of this PC dog food and I will most definitely NOT be repeating the purchase.
    Digestibility is the issue, evidenced by loose, gassy and poorly controlled movements out the back (that are impossible to pick up); and/or basic post-feeding regurgitation… this morning down a furnace vent. Nice.

    Interesting how our four year old golden retriever can better digest socks and lego than this engineered food offering from PC.

    We’ll be switching back to Kirkland Brand.

  • Alexis

    President’s Choice Nutrition First Premiere, is the only dog food my dog is able to digest properly, I have had him on top end Vet brands as well as all the high, low and middle end dog foods. Finally someone suggested President’s Choice, and it worked. His stomach has settled he can digest his food without bringing it up or it coming out completely runny. Finally a great healthy choice dog food that works for me. I am completely impressed. I have a Potcake – which is a dog from Bahamas, that has many different breeds mixed into him. Normally these dogs have very strong stomachs, but not mine. :) Thanks President’s Choice.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Read here to learn more about what the issues are regarding feeding large and giant breed puppies

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/large-and-giant-breed-puppy-nutrition/

  • Craig Lancaster

    I have chosen PurinaPro Plus giant breed my Great Dane puppy it seemed to meet all the essential needs that l have been told my puppy needs.I would like your opinion on this decision.

  • Storm’s Mom

    You can try asking them for a list of where (what country) each of their ingredients are made/from. Be very specific about your request, and request exactly what you want.

  • Natalie

    Trying to find out where the food is made, if “main ingredients are from Cda & US”, what about the rest of it? If it’s made in China, we all know they don’t follow the same regulations as we do. I hesitate to feed my dogs anything made outside of Canada or the US.

  • Natalie

    Good points! I am trying to find out where the food is actually made; I refuse to buy it if it’s made in China as many of their dog treats are not fit to feed dogs. (watch Marketplace). I’m currently feeding my dogs Holistic Blend; this is a Canadian company and the food is all made in Canada.

  • Sarah

    My rotti/shep had the same reaction to that food! I just filled out a complaint form. My dog has had lamb treats before with no problems so I don’t think it is the lamb in the food that made her sick. I wonder if the cans were from the same batch since I have only had this problem with the lamb and rice as well. She has had their other flavours several times with no problems.

  • ianman420

    No, and I emailed them too and they told me to give them the specific food and they would look it up for me. I asked them why they don’t make the information readily available and said that any good company has it printed on the bag. I have not received a response.

  • Kirsten tames

    Did anything come of this? ?

  • Mat

    I just want to share that I contacted President’s Choice concerning the ethoxyquin and here was their response

    Dear Mr. X,

    I am writing as a follow-up to your recent telephone conversation
    with my colleague Mellissa regarding our President’s Choice Nutrition
    First Grain Free Salmon & Potato Premium Adult Dry Dog Food.

    We have looked into your inquiry and we have found that the main
    ingredients come from Canada and the USA. There is also no ethoxquin in
    this product. This product is preserved with mixed tocopherols, which is
    a source of Vitamin E.

    Thank you for the opportunity to address your inquiry. Please do not
    hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions.

    Sincerely,

    Jen B.Presidents Choice Customer Service Representative

  • Hound Dog Mom

    A 9 month old dog is a puppy an should be on a growth formula. Large breed dogs aren’t full grown until 18 months and giant breed dogs aren’t full grown until 24 months.

  • misslii

    I remember this happened to my Dane. So most probably the puppy food is now too rich for your 9mo. It’s time to slowly switch to adult food.

  • caske

    how much does it cost?

  • paisley

    my Rottyxshepperd has the same problem..itchy…and now I’ve switched to PC salmon and potatoe grain free..time wiull tell
    .Pollen and dust and wheat can be the cause of the itching
    in the air…My Paisley gets it every Summer…and scratch..scratch..I get so upset..and try to calm her…
    I will keep you post it!

  • Fergie

    I switched my 2yr.old pug to PC Nutrition First Toy and Small breed formula (chicken & rice) from Royal Canin (Pug 25 mix) which he just loves but is getting too fat. I switched the foods gradually over 2 weeks. He is not as excited for his food but does eat it and I am hoping he will further adjust as the price and availability is better. The BIGGEST problem is the little round pellets of food fall right out of his mouth. I wish there was a PC medium sized pellet as the large food pellets are too big for pugs and the small ones are messy and awkward for them to eat. I also buy the PC Nutrition First wet food for skin and coat as a Sunday treat! I would give it more stars if it was shaped better.

  • ianman420

    I am trying to find this out and I can’t seem to find any information on the bag or on the net. I guess I will try to call the 1800 number tomorrow

  • Eldee

    It amazes me that the PC nutrition first dog foods are not flying off the shelves. The quality of the ingredients and the great price leaves my wondering why someone in my Zehrs store had a bag of Beneful in their cart and walked right by the PC brand. I am so glad they are now doing commercials promoting their dog food.

  • DFAfonso

    All 3 of my dogs (2 Shepherd crosses, 1 Chow Chow) are on the Salmon and Potato GRAIN FREE and they love it. A reasonably priced 5 star dog food that my dogs love – can’t complain. I haven’t tried any of the other PC dog food as the only one I’ve tried for them is the Grain Free, and it seems to compare favourably to some of the other expensive dog foods I’ve had them on (Wellness Core Ocean, Blue Wilderness, etc..)

  • TinaNB

    I just picked up Presidents Choice grain free salmon and potato for my dog Willow! I switched her to Grain free last summer and she no longer has very stinky farts! I’ve had her on GO! Fit & Grain free.. It’s been awesome. But was hoping to find some dog food available closer to home! She’s a large bread. Big the large breed is not grain free

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    There’s a section in the forum for large breeds.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/large-and-giant-breed-puppy-nutrition/

    There’s also this site for large breeds:

    http://bigdogshugepaws.com/nutrition

  • Lynn

    Try Back to Basics turkey.

  • Hazel Hoyle

    I have been feeding my 9 month Lab P.C puppy food. He is really gassy and has really soft stools. I am in the process of changing his food, as I am sure it is this food that doesn’t agree with him. Any recommendations?

  • cloe

    thanks so much for reviewing this brand! it is one of the most reasonably priced (cheaper than a lot of ‘standard’ foods) and available in common supermarkets. i looked into the ingredients myself, and it seems good (too good to be true??) but i was finding it was giving my dog rashes. i did a little research and narrowed it down to what i Thought was a lamb allergy… however, when i switched to one of the more expensive foods from the natural health food store, all symptoms cleared up, and then returned when i went back to the PC, even the lamb-free recipes. i’ve since developed a hunch that maybe it’s the supplements, too many too hard to break down? anyway, thanks again, it’s really great to have someone breaking down what’s behind the labels. cheers.

  • Yarmouthian

    I’d like to know who actually produces this kibble. Does Loblaws produce this in their own plants or is it just rebranded from another company?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=529695998 Etienne Michalak

    I am quite interested to know myself

  • http://www.facebook.com/cip.francis Cip Francis

    I bought lamb and rice and my poor baby girl who I’ve had since she was 5 weeks old an she almost pooped herself inside out with diarrhea. severely allergic to lamb apparently. now feeding her salmon and potato grain free and her stomach can handle it, she is still burpy and gassy and itchy with no fleas. just irritated. not red or losing fur/patchy. just itchy. idk still working on figuring things out.
    - proud mama of a 2.5 year old female boxer/shepherd mix.

  • Lynn

    Well, I tried it and it didn’t work out. I am back on the expensive Back to Basics turkey. Don’t think my dog can tolerate the barley/gluten. She needs grain free and gluten free. She was really gassy and burpy after she at the PC brand and wasn’t herself.

  • Lynn

    I am just about to transition over to this food, but the one for the large breeds. I like that it has pro and prebiotics and glucosime and chondritin. Everything I read about it sounds good, good enough to go head to head with other more expensive brands. Not so sure about the rice but I am willing to give it a try.

  • Lynn

    Yes, my Zehrs store in Orangeville carries it and they now carry the larger bags of it.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I can tell you that I’ve never seen it before. See if they have a store locator on their website.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brigitte.coulombe Brigitte Coulombe

    Hi… I have just recently started on this site.. as i just got a new puppy, she is now 7 months old. and i was looking at different foods to feed her, (my last dog passed from liver toxicity) i think that i would like to go with this PC grain free, salmon and potato… my question is this. Is it easy to locate? do most stores carry?

  • Jeeves

    RIice grown in the USA contains unacceptable levels of arsenic. If you can, avoid at all costs. I avoid rice for the most part for myself and my dog anyway. Try the rice free varieties.

    My concern is whether or not any ingredients come from China? Loblaws has a lot of their products made in China. I will try the Salmon and see if it agrees with my dog then post back the results.

  • Elsbeth Dishington

    Started feeding our golden doodle Adult Lamb & Brown Rice
    about a year ago as he has a sensitive stomach and he loves it, keep trying to purchase Salmon & Potato Grain Free but the stores never have it in stock that’s how popular it is.  Keep up the quality of this product and we’ll all stay happy.

    Elsbeth

  • OceanSkye

    Have you ever done an analysis of PC Extra Meaty Chicken & Brown Rice Formula? Just wondering how it would compare to the above…

    Thnx.

  • Hock

    Wow, Presidents Choice grain free salmon and potato gets 5 stars. That makes me so happy as I have been feeding it to my girl for a year now.  She looks and acts great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303543898 Marge Mullen

    Is
    arsenic in foods really a health risk?