Pet Pantry Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

The Pet Pantry Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Pet Pantry product line includes 15 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.

  • Pet Pantry Holistic Life Canine
  • Pet Pantry Holistic Choice Salmon
  • Pet Pantry Holistic Chicken and Rice
  • Pet Pantry Holistic Salmon and Potato
  • Pet Pantry Holistic Senior Life (3 stars)
  • Pet Pantry Holistic Weight Management
  • Pet Pantry Holistic Select Low Fat (3 stars)
  • Pet Pantry Holistic Lamb and Rice Premium
  • Pet Pantry Holistic Grain Free Canine (5 stars)
  • Pet Pantry Premium Adult Maintenance (3.5 stars)
  • Pet Pantry Natural Lamb and Rice Select (3.5 stars)
  • Pet Pantry Holistic Opticoat Hypoallergenic (3.5 stars)
  • Pet Pantry Holistic Growth and Performance (4.5 stars)
  • Pet Pantry Holistic Buffalo and Duck Grain Free (5 stars)
  • Pet Pantry Holistic Choice Salmon and Sweet Potato Grain Free (5 stars)

The Pet Pantry Holistic Choice Salmon recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

The Pet Pantry Holistic Choice Salmon

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 49%

Ingredients: Salmon meal, brown rice, milo, canola oil, potato product, millet, oat groats, dried beet pulp, natural flavor, lecithin, chicken cartilage, salt, carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, calcium carbonate, dl methionine, potassium chloride, l-lysine, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, cranberry, Yucca schidigera extract, oligofructose, glucosamine HCL, kelp meal, vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid, vegetable oil, biotin, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, citric acid, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, potassium chloride, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis25%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%16%49%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%33%43%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 33% | Carbs = 43%

The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

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

The second 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 third ingredient is milo. Milo is another name for sorghum, a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.

Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, milo can be considered a quality non-meat ingredient.

The fourth ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

The fifth ingredient is potato product, a dried residue of the potato processing industry consisting primarily of potato pieces, peelings and culls.

With the exception of perhaps its caloric content and a small amount of protein, potato product is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.2

The sixth ingredient is millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.

The seventh ingredient includes oat groats, a whole grain, minimally processed form of oats. With the exception of their caloric content and the fact they’re also gluten free, oat groats can be considered average in nutritional value.

The eighth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

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 three notable exceptions

First, this recipe contains oligofructose, another name for fructooligosaccharide (FOS). FOS is an alternative sweetener probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

Next, we find vegetable oil, a generic oil of unknown origin. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in any oil is nutritionally critical and can vary significantly (depending on the source).

Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of an item so vaguely described. However, compared to a named animal fat, a generic vegetable cannot be considered a quality ingredient.

And lastly, this food 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.

The Pet Pantry Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, The Pet Pantry Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

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 28%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 49%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 50% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 51%.

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

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

The Pet Pantry is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of various named meats and fish 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 and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

The Pet Pantry Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

01/03/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Dried Potato Product
  • Rtiztik12

    I’d love to have a breakdown of the Low Carb Grain Free Growth-Performance blend. The sample has high carbs. Thanks

  • theBCnut

    GA is Guaranteed Analysis.

  • Ash

    Not sure what GA is, but for Pet Pantry there’s a range from 3-5 stars, so that’s why I was curious. I do think it’s at the higher end, though.

    I’m not sure how new it is, but we’ve been ordering it for at least a few months now. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it’s been out long enough for a review, you’re right. But that’s why we’re requesting it, since it’s new!

  • aquariangt

    A. Most companies try to keep their GA similar amongst varieties.

    B. On the website, it says that the salmon and sweet potato is new, so I assume it’s not been reviewed yet. With a quick glance at it, it will be higher than some of the others on the list.

  • Ash

    The recipe I’m talking about is not listed here at all. That’s why I said I’d like to see a rating for it.

    The one I mentioned – salmon and SWEET potato – is different than the “choice salmon” and the “salmon and potato” (both of which are listed above).

    Unless they just dropped the “sweet” part, that blend is not listed here, as I said.

  • DogFoodie

    Did you look for the recipe you referenced above the yellow box? Each product reviewed is listed and if the specific product has a different rating, the rating is listed immediately to the right of the formula. If there is no rating to the right of the product, it’s the same rating as the representative product.

  • Ash

    Well that’s weird considering it has different ingredients…

  • aquariangt

    unless noted otherwise, it’s the same as the reviewed blend

  • Ash

    I would love to see the rating for the salmon and sweet potato blend…that’s what we’re feeding our little monsters right now:

  • Pattyvaughn

    Don’t forget you have to pay attention to the grams of calcium per 1000kcal to know how much calcium a dog is actually getting.

  • Duke The Boxer

    i havent tried it but i know the owner told me that the calcium levels were 1.4% so it looks okay for large breed puppies. Mike can you please review the new Grain Free Salmon and Sweet Potato formula, it is different from the salmon and potato formula that you have reviewed from Pet Pantry before.

  • GSDsForever

    Is anyone familiar with this line of foods, specifically the grain free line?

    I am looking at Pet Pantry’s Holistic GF Salmon and Sweet Potato formula, 32% protein:

    Has anyone tried it? Does anyone know if the salmon is wild caught or farmed? It’s listing Alaskan specifically (& no Ethoxyquin) . . . so I’m hoping wild sourced . . . along with whitefish and herring for protein sources, sweet potatoes for primary carb source.

    I have never heard of this brand before. Do we know anything about the manufacturer?

    It might be very good for dogs with allergies, needing limited ingredient protein sources — also those needing a lower calorie formula. The price isn’t bad at all either, $49.95 for a 30 lb bag.

  • Storm’s Mom

    steve – I posted a reply on the other thread you posted this question on:

  • I’d love to help, but I don’t know why you have to switch foods.

  • steve

    Can anyone help me?  I am planning a cross country bicycle trip with my Wheaten Terrier and am concerned about being able to feed him regularly a good food.  He presently eats only Holistic select lamb.  I dont mind to switch his food as long I can feed him consistently a good food.  Any ideas would be helpful.

    Steve & Guinness!