Pro-Pet Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Pro-Pet Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.

The Pro-Pet product line includes four dry dog foods. Although each formulation appears to be designed for a specific life stage, we found no AAFCO nutritional profile recommendations for these dog foods on the product website. So, it’s impossible for us to report life stage targets for these recipes.

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

  • Pro-Pet Adult Formula
  • Pro-Pet Puppy Formula
  • Pro-Pet Performance Formula
  • Pro-Pet Lamb Meal and Rice Formula

Pro-Pet Adult Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Pro-Pet Adult Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 45%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, brewers rice, chicken, ground wheat, ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols (source of vitamin E) and citric acid), dried beet pulp, dried egg product, natural flavors, dicalcium phosphate, canola oil, fish meal, brewers dried yeast, salt, Yucca schidigera, vitamins (vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), minerals (zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate monohydrate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite), potassium chloride, dl-methionine, l-lysine, ascorbic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis26%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%18%45%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%37%39%

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 brewers rice, a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third 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 fourth ingredient is wheat. Like corn, wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

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

The fifth ingredient includes corn. Corn is another cereal grain and subject to the same issues as wheat (previously discussed).

The sixth ingredient is corn gluten meal. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Compared to meat, glutens are inferior grain-based proteins lower in some of the essential amino acids dogs need for life.

This inexpensive plant-based ingredient can significantly boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The seventh 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 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.

The ninth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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, we note the inclusion of canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because some worry that canola oil is made from rapeseed, a genetically modified (GMO) raw material.

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.

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, 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.

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

And lastly, this dog food includes menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K linked to liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells.

Since vitamin K isn’t required by AAFCO in either of its dog food nutrient profiles, we question the use of this substance in any canine formulation.

Pro-Pet Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Pro-Pet Dog Food looks like a below-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 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 45%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 31% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 43% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 60%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the corn gluten meal and dried brewers yeast, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Pro-Pet 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 3 stars.

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.

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Notes and Updates

06/23/2014 Last Update

  • fuckyoupropet

    don’t ever buy any of propet’s products. i gave my dog vitamins from pro-pet and it was contaminated with salmonella and i have to put my dog to sleep next week. they changed the name of the vitamin supplement bottle to pro-sense and they are still trying to sell these. if anyone can, can you please report them to get their company shut down. i just lost my baby dog of 8 years all because of their company.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carol.mcarthurrumrill Carol McArthur Rumrill

    Does anyone know about the Pro-Pet Naturals dog food?  I’ve searched online and find nothing – I am looking for the ingredients list.  ty

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJP2EIUOYZCPW4UK6FYOIFWUFQ D

    Pro-Pet Lamb Meal and Rice Formula:

    NO Corn, Wheat or Soy which can be common sources of dog allergies

     NO Artificial Colors, Flavors or Preservatives

    http://www.propet.com/brands/propet#detail-propet-lamb 

    Based on the rating of three stars given to the adult formula, I think the lamb meal and rice would have a higher rating since it contains no corn, wheat, or soy.  

    I bought a 35 lb. bag Pro-Pet Lamb today for $29.49, and I am hoping my dogs like it.  The feed store had Diamond Lamb and Rice Natural too which is a tad cheaper, but my dogs tried the Diamond Chicken and Rice Natural a while back, and they were very gassy and had loose stools.  So that’s why I went with the Pro-Pet Lamb.  Fingers crossed.

  • Sara

    I have used Pro Pet dog food where the first ingedient was meat. My dog and I both loved it. My dog was always healthy and looked great. He was the perfect weight and the vets always commented on him. My bottom line is: Never judge a product until you try it. Every dog is different! ALWAYS look for dog food with the first ingredient meat. Do not buy dog food without meat and most dog foods on the market are meatless!