Pro Pac Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

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

The Pro Pac product line includes three dry dog foods, two claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and one for growth (puppies).

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 Performance Puppy (5 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

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 indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis26%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%17%46%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%35%40%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 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.

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 30% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 42% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 64%.

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

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

Bottom line?

Pro Pac is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken meal as its main source 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.

Pro Pac Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

01/19/2016 Last Update

  • theBCnut

    I wouldn’t switch to adult food until she is an adult or close to being an adult, but I would get a fecal into the vet and ask them to send it off to the lab. I would probably also give probiotics until the stool straightens out and maybe a week or 2 of digestive enzymes to see if they help.
    You may need to change to a food that has different ingredients, like chicken and corn free.

  • Crazy4dogs

    There are a lot of choices out there! It can overwhelm anyone, but particularly if you haven’t had a dog for awhile!

    If you’re still on the chicken, I would bet it was the higher fat level that caused all the problems. I would definitely try the lamb formula.

    I rotate my dogs’ food all the time between several formulas and several proteins. I also use kibble, canned, fresh and raw. It creates a stronger and healthier gut and body in general. You also have the advantage of no issues if the formula changes or the product is discontinued because the dogs are used to changes in diet. If you do this, I would start by switching within the brand first and later try another good brand that is similar in protein and fat levels as what you’re feeding. That way you have a backup if your food isn’t available or you can take advantage of sales! 😉

  • David Makalaster

    I haven’t had a dog since I was a kid. So I was very surprised and a bit overwhelmed when I realized all of the choices. I’m using the chicken formula with absolutely no gas. I may try the lamb formula just because it’s been suggested that changing can actually be beneficial.

  • Crazy4dogs

    If you switched to the lamb formula and the gas is gone, it’s probably the change in protein that helped with the gas. I had a dog who could clear a room when fed any formula that had chicken in it! The good thing is it taught me to really read the labels! LOL!

  • David Makalaster

    It’s the ultimates. It was probably a combinations of things. The smelly gas was the main issue because it was so constant. I think that was a protein issue but just guessing. It also has a little more fiber which I’m sure helps with the stool too.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi David,

    I’m glad to hear it’s working out for you. I’m not sure which ProPac you’re using, the original or the Ultimates, but I looked them up online. I think the difference you are probably noticing is the difference in fat, which is 20% on the puppy formulas and 15% on the adult formulas. It’s usually the fat that causes loose stools. Either way, the important thing is it’s working for your pup! I hope the poop eating is done, that is a pretty gross thing! 😉

  • David Makalaster

    Just wanted to give an update. We switched to the ProPac Adult formula. All of our issues have cleared up. I’m guessing it was the 6 less grams of protein that helped. That’s with the chicken formula. The lamb has even less protein. It also cleared up another problem we were having that I forgot to mention which was that she was occasionally eating her own poop. Not sure if that is because of the adult formula or if she was just going through a phase. A really gross phase. And when I say occasionally I mean pretty much all the time.

  • Jackie Marshall

    I was buying Iams at Costco. The label said “Dist. from Seattle, WA” so I asked them where is it manufactured. The guy said he didn’t know but he’d find out. So I wrote their HQ in Kirkland. They said they get Iams from “overseas” in container ships coming from China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Taiwan. No country of origin is stated on the labels. You know if it were made in USA it would be in bold print prominently displayed on the label.

  • LabsRawesome

    She’s a beautiful girl. 🙂

  • theBCnut

    Dog food companies created brand loyalty by telling people that they needed to pick a brand and stick with it for life. Dogs are like humans in that they get used to digesting what they are fed. If you feed variety, they get used to digesting variety and then they never get upset stomach from getting into something they shouldn’t have. But if they are always fed the same thing, they get used to that too, and then they get stomach upset whenever they eat anything different. Many of us here feed a rotational diet. I feed something different every single meal. Many switch with every bag of food.

  • David Makalaster

    I would consider her a medium breed. At almost seven months she is 36 lbs. The vet seems to think she will top out below 50 but that would mean that she REALLY needs to slow her growing rate down. Seems like she is though. The NutriSource Adult formula is pretty similar to the ProPac Adult formula, at least by the numbers. I think I might as well give the Adult ProPac a try. For some reason I was thinking switching brands and formulas too many times was bad. I’ll see if they carry NutriSource next time I’m at the feed store. I should point out that Maxine, the dog, doesn’t seem to be bothered by what she eats or that she has stinky gas. In fact, I think she kind of likes it.

    Thanks to all of you.

  • DogFoodie

    I definitely would second BCnut’s NutriSource suggestion, too!

  • DogFoodie

    You know, for what it’s worth, I might try the adult formula to see if the same ingredients, less the peas, might help you identify if the peas are the offending ingredient. Do double check the Calcium level as your is a large breed puppy and therefore has a special requirement for controlled Calcium.

    I’m all for a rotation diet. I rotate dry foods after every bag and canned toppers after each can. Rotation is a great way to limit exposure to less desirable ingredients and to ensure your pup gets a wide variety of amino acids and other nutrients. So, please don’t think what you were doing by switching foods to something you thought was better for your pup was a mistake at all.

    My pup with food sensitivities is a handful. I’m always looking for things he can eat and trying to identify what exactly what it is to which he’s reacting. To make things more confusing, he also has environmental / seasonal sensitivities and it can all be very frustrating.

  • theBCnut

    You may want to look into NutriSource. It has a lot of similarities to Iams, but IMO is better quality, higher protein, etc. It is fairly easy for dogs to switch to and easily tolerated, which is how it is most like Iams. Is she expected to be around 45 lbs? Or bigger? The reason I’m asking is because the English Shepherds I know are about Border Collie sized and therefore don’t have to worry about large dog joint issues, but if you expect her to be a large dog then you want to go with NutriSource’s Large Breed Puppy food until she is grown. With large breed puppies, it’s important to regulate how much calcium they are getting so their joints don’t form too quickly. It’s doubly important to keep them lean so they grow slowly.

  • David Makalaster

    Looks like the main difference besides the fiber is that the BB and PP both have pea products in them and Iams doesn’t. Also the Adult formula of ProPac has 1% less fiber and no peas. So maybe I should just try the adult formula and see what happens.

    If it doesn’t work would you suggest switching back to Iams or staying away from them?

  • DogFoodie

    It could.

    Also, what kind of fiber? What about soluble vs. Insoluble. What is the binder used in the ProPac and the Blue Buffalo? My poor pup would be a gassy mess if the binder was either chickpea or lentil, but would be OK with peas. My guy would really be a gassy, loose stool mess if he was eating a food with flax.

    Do you see other common ingredients? Even beyond the primary animal protein?

  • David Makalaster

    I don’t mind trial and error but I’m wondering if I made a mistake switching from Iams to begin with. I tried to fix something that wasn’t broken and have been suffering from the consequences since.

    The Iams and ProPac both have 26% protein with the Blue Buffalo at 32%. The ProPac and Blue Buffalo both have 5% fiber with Iams at 4%. could that 1% make much difference? The Protein in the ProPac adult is the same as the puppy formula at 26%.

  • David Makalaster

    Thanks. I’m feeding her a tad bit more than 1/2 cup 4 times a day. She stops eating when she’s full. She’s neither fat nor skinny. I hate to use the term “perfect” but…..

  • DogFoodie

    Hi David,

    She is a cutie!

    I think I’d start by comparing the ingredients of everything she’s eaten so far. Do you see common ingredients in those she’s had digestive issues while eating? I’d start by trying to eliminate those as it could be a good sensitivity. Also, look at the portion you’re feeding. You aren’t accidentally overfeeding her are you? It could be an issue of protein level, but it could also be a fiber issue. Take a look at those levels on each product and see what you think.

    She’s still a puppy, and she’s a large breed puppy, so make sure you’re feeding her a puppy food with an appropriate Calcium level for a large breed puppy.

  • Hi David,

    Love the picture of your sweet dog. Thanks for sharing it.

    Please notice the “Last Updated” date at the end of every review on this website. In this case, this review as just updated January 19, 2016 (a few weeks ago).

    I’ll save the reply to your questions to the other members of our community.

  • David Makalaster

    This post is so old that I doubt I’ll get any replies but there seems to be a wealth of knowledge here so I’m going to at least try.

    I have a 7 month old English Shepherd. We got he at 2 months old and started her on Iams puppy formula. She did great. Her stool was solid, no gas, and no stomach issues or foul smells. She pooped usually once a day. But after doing some research I decided to switch her to Blue Buffalo. It was awful. She pooped 4 times as much and it stunk so bad that we couldn’t be outside when she went. Her gas was so bad that she got made fun of. Now she is on ProPac Puppy and things are better than Blue Buffalo but not perfect. She has gas constantly and her poop is somewhat wet/soft. Not awful but not right either. The vet said that I could switch her to an adult food now and I figured if I’m going to change it that maybe I should switch brands as well.

    So my questions are;
    Would the formula of ProPac Adult food resolve any of the issues with the puppy formula. Some people have told me that the foods may be too “rich”. I’m assuming they mean too much protein. Can anyone confirm that? And if so, what protein level should I be looking for? And if she did really well on Iams would it be that awful to switch back? Of course the adult version might pose a different result too.

    Thanks, David

  • Crazy4cats

    Good lookin’ dog. He looks like he has a lot of energy! Have you ever checked out Victor kibble? I think they have some sporting dog type formulas at a decent price.

  • thanks – I know it: ” free 1-2 day shipping at $49″ – Ultimates ($35-$50 / 28 lb bag & none of which are 30/20) is not Pro Pac High Performance, which is 20/30 – http://us.propacpetfood.com/dogs/high-performance.php – and could be ordered into the feed and seed on a few day’s notice @ $32.00 / 33-lb bag

  • InkedMarie

    I just looked at Chewy dot com, where alot of us order and they carry Pro Pac. Free shipping.

  • thanks – earlier today talked to ProPac – true, they’ve abandoned the affordable Performance formulas

    none of the Ultimates formulas are 30/20 – typically recommended for hunting breeds – knowing how big some of this breeds run, it’s clear why – need the protein for energy the fat for stamina

    given the space, this guy typically ranges out 200-300 yds., out of sight half the time

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi are we there yet-
    I order a lot of pet food and supplies online. I don’t think I’ve ever had to pay for shipping. It is free with most companies when you order more than $49. With that being said, I have two large dogs and four cats, therefore, it is pretty easy for me to hit the free shipping mark! I have not fed Pro Pac, but thanks for the info. I’ll check it out. Have a good day.

  • shipping can be more than the cost of the kibble – ProPack is redoing its line – my feed and seed can no longer get High Performance – they caged a few bags of Performance Puppy – identical except for this: (Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), not less than 0.03%) beneficial to puppy development, not harmful to adult details here http://us.propacpetfood.com/ – the new line – http://www.propacultimates.com/

  • LabsRawesome

    Please post the research info you found that stated Iams is made in China. Iams is made by Mars
    Petcare US is the U.S. operations of the world’s largest petcare
    company at the privately-held Mars, Incorporated. Mars Petcare US

    Headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., more than 2,400 Mars Petcare US
    associates make, sell and distribute its high-quality pet food from 15
    manufacturing facilities located in communities across the U.S. For more
    information, please visit http://www.mars.com.

    I do not like or use Iams dog food, but I can’t find any info stating that it’s made in China.

    The
    Nutro Company is a leading manufacturer of natural pet food products
    fortified with vitamins and minerals sold exclusively at pet specialty
    stores. The company has been making “The World’s Best Pet Food” for more
    than 80 years and is dedicated to quality, excellence and innovation in
    dog and cat nutrition offering healthful formulas for every pet’s life
    stage, activity level and size. The Nutro Company’s family of brands
    includes NUTRO® MAX®, NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® and NUTRO® ULTRA™ pet foods
    in addition to the GREENIES® brands which include the #1 vet
    recommended pet specialty dental chews, PILL POCKETS® treats and
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  • Jackie Marshall

    Try your farm and feed store.

  • Jackie Marshall

    We used to feed Iams but it was recalled and further research found that it was made in China (yuck, some people eat dogs there). I searched for a US made brand and found Pro Pac at our local feed store. Made in Indiana was a real plus, but the clincher was that our picky eater Griz LIKED it. He has turned up his nose at all the “boutique” kibble that is made in the USA. We’ve been feeding the whole fur family Pro Pac for a long time now, but miss the coupons sorely.

  • Crazy4cats

    Would you be willing to order it online? Looks like Amazon sells it. I also order food from chewy.com and petflow.com. Hope this helps.

  • lisamule

    Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk was the best food ever!!! but now nowhere within a 150 mile distance has it :(!!! how do I get my hands on this again?! my poor lil bebes (2 Chihuahuas) have had such tummy troubles and I cant find a food that will get them back on track! I am currently using the small breed adult and they are “ok” but have lost their shine–coat is pretty dry and scraggly. tks

  • Melissaandcrew

    HI Solid Body-I like Pro Pac. While its not something I use frequently, the dogs like it, and therefore I throw a bag into the mix perhaps twice a year.

  • Solid Body

    Our Westies do very well on Pro-Pac. One of the dogs was weaned on Pro-Pac puppy formula and we kept her on it. Our newest pup was 4 months old when we got her… now both dogs are eating it and doing well.

  • Lindley Ann

    ProPac is changing to the ultimates formula. When will you update and give a review on the new formula? Thank You!

  • Crazy4cats

    He’s beautiful. Thanks for the review.

  • Daleen

    my Rhodesian Ridgeback was on ProPac Large Breed Puppy from the day we got him….tried VetsChoice for a while due to the price increase. But he is back on ProPac….his coat is shiny, healthy active dog barely any hair loss! I strongly recommend it.

  • 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

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