Pro Pac Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Pro Pac Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Pro Pac product line includes 14 dry dog foods, four claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for growth, four for adult maintenance and six for all life stages.

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

  • Pro Pac Adult Chunk
  • Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk
  • Pro Pac Small Breed Adult
  • Pro Pac Large Breed Adult
  • Pro Pac Large Breed Puppy
  • Pro Pac Large Breed Senior
  • Pro Pac Lamb Meal and Rice Puppy
  • Pro Pac High Performance (5 stars)
  • Pro Pac Chicken Meal and Rice Adult
  • Pro Pac Small Breed Puppy (5 stars)
  • Pro Pac Performance Puppy (5 stars)
  • Pro Pac Lamb Meal and Rice (3 stars)
  • Pro Pac Senior Chicken Meal and Rice (3 stars)
  • Pro Pac Low Fat Rice and Chicken Meal (1 star)

Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

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

Ingredients: Chicken meal, ground yellow corn, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), rice flour, dried beet pulp, natural flavoring, flaxseed, yeast culture, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, dl-methionine hydroxy analogue, l-lysine, vitamin E supplement, d-activated animal sterol (source of vitamin D3), vitamin A acetate, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, ascorbic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid, manganous oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, zinc oxide, calcium iodate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, iron proteinate, magnesium proteinate, copper proteinate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

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 item is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.

The third 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.

The fourth ingredient is rice flour. Rice flour is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The fifth ingredient includes 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.

After the natural flavor, we find flaxseed, 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.

The eighth ingredient is yeast culture. Although yeast culture is high in B-vitamins and protein, it can also be used as a probiotic to aid in digestion.

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 two notable exceptions

First, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

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.

Pro Pac Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Pro Pac dog food looks like an above-average kibble.

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 46%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 48% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the rice gluten meal contained in some recipes, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Pro Pac Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of chicken or lamb meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note some products may have been given higher or lower ratings 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.

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Other spellings: Propac

Notes and Updates

05/16/2010 Original review
11/07/2010 Review updated
04/06/2011 Upgraded from 3 to 3.5 stars (availability of half stars)
12/12/2012 Review updated
12/12/2012 Last Update

  • carolynolivia

    This is supposedly what our breeder fed our pug puppy while weaning her. Our pug puppy never seemed to do well on this food. After a week of having her, she had lots of hard stools & straining even when we mixed her food with water. Once we switched her to a different formula she did so much better. (Science Diet Puppy and then to Wellness Small Breed)

  • PuppyLover12

    This food looks pretty good surprisingly, but I did just see an ad for pro pac (like 5 minutes ago) and it said the first ingridient is ALWAYS real meat. (not meat meals) The very first ingridient in the pro pac food listed is chicken meal! The description says chicken meal is concentrated chicken. That’s not always true, often some brands will use diseaed and dying chickens. I don’t know for sure if that’s the case with pro pac or not or if chicken meal is not in the other pro pac foods. I’ve never been to the factory, I’d just be careful feeding foods with chicken meal as the first ingridient.

  • Pinewood Acres

    The Breeder that we got our Doberman from had him on Pro Pac as well and he did horrible on it – a lot more came out than went in. We switched him to Nutrisource and he is doing fantastic on that. He looks great and has normal stools.

  • Kim Patton

    We have fed our Dobermans Pro-Pac for many years and we love it.It not only keeps their coats glossy, but after we switched to it , it was amazing that they were being so much more satisfied and slept better …and over a week or so we noticed they required less food to be satisfied.This was a clear indication to us that we had found a decent dog food.And their energy level was outstanding.I know there is more dry dog food out there that is higher in meat etc…but this is by far the best we’ve found for our budget and large dogs.

  • nctc

    I’ll be there at 6! :)

  • InkedMarie

    We’re having salmon, sweet potatoes & brussel sprouts; come on over!

  • nctc

    My dogs love this food and seem to do very well. The price is right, and I’m happy they are getting quality ingredients. I’d like to have a nice grilled piece of fish, lovely salad, mixed vegetables and risotto for dinner every night, but sometimes I can only afford fish sticks, canned peas and macaroni & cheese. It’s all good!

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi George-
    If I could choose between fish and rice or dry kibble, I’d choose the fish every time! Have you tried mixing the fish in the kibble to see if that helps? Yes, you definitely should try to change foods to see if that helps. There are several foods to choose from. Is your dog a puppy?

  • George

    My boerboel dober mix does not feed regularly on the propac puppy pellets i bought for it. But the puppy loves to feed on cooked rice and fish. Do not know why it would not feed on the propac and i want to change it. Any suggestion or help