Purina Pro Plan Savor (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Purina Pro Plan Savor canned dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.

The Purina Pro Plan Savor product line includes 14 canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance.

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

  • Pro Plan Savor Adult Beef and Rice
  • Pro Plan Savor Adult Chicken and Rice
  • Pro Plan Savor Adult Beef and Brown Rice
  • Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Beef and Lamb
  • Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Beef, Carrots and Barley
  • Pro Plan Savor Adult Beef and Vegetables Slices in Gravy
  • Pro Plan Savor Adult Lamb and Vegetables Slices in Gravy
  • Pro Plan Savor Adult Turkey and Vegetables Slices in Gravy
  • Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Chicken, Pasta and Spinach
  • Pro Plan Savor Adult Chicken and Vegetables Slices in Gravy
  • Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Turkey, Peas and Brown Rice
  • Pro Plan Savor Adult Chicken and Barley Mini Morsels in Gravy
  • Pro Plan Savor Adult Seared Beef, Green Beans and Brown Rice
  • Pro Plan Savor Adult Seared Chicken, Julienne Carrots and Barley

Pro Plan Savor Adult Chicken and Vegetables Slices in Gravy was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Chicken and Vegetables Slices in Gravy

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 50% | Fat = 14% | Carbs = 28%

Ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, chicken, liver, wheat gluten, carrots, turkey, meat by-product, corn starch-modified, potatoes, green beans, potassium chloride, added color, salt, calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.3%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis50%14%28%
Calorie Weighted Basis45%30%25%

The first ingredient in this dog food is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The second ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The third ingredient is liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.

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

Compared to meat, glutens are inferior plant-based proteins low 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 fifth ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The sixth ingredient is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.2

Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The seventh ingredient is meat by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered animals after all the prime striated muscle cuts have been removed.

With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.1

Although most meat by-products can be nutritious, we do not consider such vaguely described (generic) ingredients to be as high in quality as those derived from a named animal source.

The eighth ingredient is corn starch, a starchy powder extracted from the endosperm found at the heart of a kernel of corn. Corn starch is most likely used here to thicken the broth into a gravy.

Corn starch isn’t a true red flag item. Yet we’ve highlighted here for those wishing to avoid corn-based ingredients.

The ninth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

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’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Purina Pro Plan Savor Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Purina Pro Plan Savor canned dog food looks like a below-average wet 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 50%, a fat level of 14% and estimated carbohydrates of about 28%.

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

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 32%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the wheat gluten, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Purina Pro Plan Savor is a meat-based wet dog food using a moderate amount of various meats and meat by-products 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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Other spellings: Proplan

Notes and Updates

09/05/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition
  3. Association of American Feed Control Officials
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  • Robert Philbrick

    And what really irritates me beyond description is, as a first time dog owner, better late than never, and someone who asks questions and does the research, my primary source of information came from the VET!!! She recommend Purina Pro Plan, and when my Pin got sick, she put her on a “bland” diet of the above product.

    Thank God I discovered this site and info and thank God my Pin is still young. She now eats Orijen dry and Newmans wet and we couldn’t be happier.

  • Ribbery

    I picked up the Adult Sensitive Skin and Coat, Salmon & Rice Entree. It is as bad as the listed.

    Ingredients are:
    Water sufficient for processing, salmon, fish, rice, corn oil, potato protein, potassium chloride, carrots, carrageenan, locust bean gum, xanthan gum, guar gum, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, calcium phosphate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin A supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin D-3 supplement, sodium selenite, folic acid, biotin.
    E-4444

  • rodney

    IF can dog food is not for dogs why sell it?

  • erin c.

    I picked this up by accident when I thought I was buying Pro Plan Select. Our dog did like the Select that I had given her in the past. But upon further scrutiny I did notice the unidentified “liver” ingredient, which scratches this from the list.

    Thank you for making this site available so I don’t have to run to the store and spend hours reading ingredients.

  • erin c.

    Why in the world would they add color?
    Dogs don’t care.

    When Purina serves up stuff like this it makes one wonder what is in the human food they process.