ProSeries Dog Food gets the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.
The ProSeries product line includes five 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.
- ProSeries Puppy
- ProSeries Senior-Lite
- ProSeries Performance
- ProSeries Adult Maintenance
- ProSeries Holistic Fish and Rice (3 stars)
ProSeries Adult Maintenance was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
ProSeries Adult Maintance
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken meal, fish meal (herring & anchovy), ground yellow corn, ground whole wheat, chicken fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (source of vitamin E), brewers rice, dried brewers yeast, kelp meal, dried beet pulp (sugarr removed), chicken liver, malted barley flour, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, calcium propionate, dl-methionine, flaxseed, dried yeast, Yucca schidigera extract, choline chloride, l-lysine hydrochloride, inactivated yeast, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C activity), vitamin E supplements, biotin, vitamin A supplement, zinc methionine, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, selenium selenite, manganese methionine, copper lysine, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride, riboflavin, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, cobalt sulfate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%
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 fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate from herring and anchovy.
Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1
The third 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 fourth ingredient is wheat. Wheat is another cereal grain and subject to the same issues as corn (previously discussed).
The fifth 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 sixth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is 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 seventh ingredient is brewers yeast, which 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.
The eighth ingredient is kelp meal, a dehydrated form of seaweed also known as alginate. Kelp is most likely used here as a thickening or gelling agent.
The ninth 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 four notable exceptions…
First, flaxseed is 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.
Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.
In addition, this product 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.
And lastly, this dog food contains 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.
ProSeries Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, ProSeries 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 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 60%.
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 yeast products and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
ProSeries 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 3.5 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
06/23/2014 Last Update
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