Pro Pac Dog Food receives 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 Large Breed Puppy
- Pro Pac Lamb Meal and Rice Puppy
- Pro Pac High Performance (5 stars)
- Pro Pac Small Breed Puppy (5 stars)
- Pro Pac Performance Puppy (5 stars)
- Pro Pac Large Breed Senior (3 stars)
- Pro Pac Small Breed Adult (4.5 stars)
- Pro Pac Large Breed Adult (3.5 stars)
- Pro Pac Lamb Meal and Rice (2.5 stars)
- Pro Pac Chicken Meal and Rice Adult (3 stars)
- Pro Pac Senior Chicken Meal and Rice (3 stars)
- Pro Pac Low Fat Rice and Chicken Meal (1 stars)
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
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|
|Dry Matter Basis||29%||17%||46%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||25%||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 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.
However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
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 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 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.
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 flaxseed and yeast culture in this recipe, and the rice gluten meal contained in some other recipes, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
Pro Pac is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken or lamb meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
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.
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Notes and Updates
07/18/2014 Last Update