Purina Pro Plan Focus (Dry)

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Rating: ★★½☆☆

Purina Pro Plan Focus Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.

The Purina Pro Plan Focus product line includes 13 dry dog foods, six claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and seven for adult maintenance.

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

  • Pro Plan Focus Adult Toy Breed
  • Pro Plan Focus Puppy Toy Breed
  • Pro Plan Focus Adult Giant Breed
  • Pro Plan Focus Adult Small Breed
  • Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed
  • Pro Plan Focus Puppy Small Breed
  • Pro Plan Focus Puppy Large Breed
  • Pro Plan Focus Puppy Lamb and Rice
  • Pro Plan Focus Puppy Chicken and Rice
  • Pro Plan Focus Adult Weight Management
  • Pro Plan Focus Small Bites Lamb and Rice
  • Pro Plan Focus Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach
  • Pro Plan Focus Adult Weight Management Large Breed

Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 30% | Fat = 14% | Carbs = 49%

Ingredients: Chicken, brewers rice, whole grain wheat, corn gluten meal, whole grain corn, poultry by-product meal (natural source of glucosamine), animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of vitamin E), barley, corn germ meal, fish meal (natural source of glucosamine), animal digest, fish oil, wheat bran, dried egg product, calcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, potassium citrate, vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, l-lysine monohydrochloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), manganese sulfate, niacin, vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.1%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis26%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis30%14%49%
Calorie Weighted Basis27%30%44%
Protein = 27% | Fat = 30% | Carbs = 44%

The first ingredient in this dog food 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 second ingredient includes 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 third 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 fourth ingredient is corn gluten meal. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Although corn gluten meal contains 60% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably 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 corn. Corn is another cereal grain and subject to the same issues as wheat (previously discussed).

The sixth ingredient is poultry by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It’s made from what’s left of slaughtered poultry after all the prime cuts have been removed.

In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this stuff can contain almost anything — feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs — anything except quality skeletal muscle (real meat).

We consider poultry by-products slightly lower in quality than a single-species ingredient (like chicken by-products).

On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh poultry.

The seventh ingredient includes animal fat. Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals.

Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from almost anywhere: roadkill, spoiled supermarket meat, dead, diseased or dying cattle — even euthanized pets.

For this reason, we do not consider generic animal fat a quality ingredient.

The eighth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. Unlike grains with a higher glycemic index, barley can help support more stable blood sugar levels.

The ninth ingredient is corn germ meal, a meal made from ground corn germ after much of the oil has been removed. Corn germ meal is a protein-rich by-product left over after milling corn meal, hominy grits and other corn products.

However, the protein found in corn germ meal (about 25% dry matter basis) must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The tenth ingredient includes fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

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 six notable exceptions

First, animal digest is a chemically hydrolyzed mixture of animal by-products that is usually sprayed onto the surface of a dry kibble to improve its taste.

Next, wheat bran is made from the tough outer layer of a wheat kernel. Brans are especially rich in dietary fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.

In addition, garlic can be a controversial item. Although many favor the ingredient for its claimed health benefits, garlic has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.2

So, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.

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

We also note 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.

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.

Purina Pro Plan Focus Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Purina Pro Plan Focus looks like a below-average dry dog food.

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 30%, a fat level of 14% and estimated carbohydrates of about 49%.

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 57%.

Above-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 corn gluten meal and corn germ meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Purina Pro Plan Focus is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of poultry by-product meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.

Not 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.

Purina Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

02/25/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)
  • theBCnut

    You may want to search “How we rate dog food” to understand why each got the rating that they did.

  • Susan

    Hi Lynn, I feed “Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb.. My boy has IBD mainly stomach problems vomiting, stomach pain, nausea & sloppy poos & Skin Allergies… TOTW has been the only kibble Patch has done really well on, he’s been on TOTW for 6 months now & has stopped all these problems.. He would do OK on a kibble then around 2-3 months go down hill again, I’ve try all different kibbles over 3 yrs…

  • Lynn

    Hi Susan what food did you end up going with?

  • Lynn

    Hi Patrick,

    I went with purina pro plan Sensitive skin and stomach lamb and oat meal mix. My dog has been doing great on it! It has been so much better than blue buffalo! Has not thrown up since she has been on it! What did you end up going with?

  • Patrick Roman

    I just bought Purina Pro Plan Focus – Puppy Chicken and Rice this weekend and am switching from Blue Buffalo Wilderness – Puppy Chicken and Rice.

    The website has me a little worried, but they also rated the food that (the vet has indicated) is giving my dogs diarhea 5 stars so I feel a little conflicted.

    Let me know what you choose and how it goes (although I am sure our dogs are very different).

  • KcQ8ov

    This could indicate environmental allergies which would have nothing to do with the food.
    Most dogs and people have environmental allergies to some degree, if they are mild sometimes no specific treatment is indicated. It depends on how much discomfort they are causing as to whether or not you wish to explore testing (not mail-in saliva/hair) and treatment.
    Environmental allergies tend to wax and wane and get worse with age. If you start to see skin rashes, ear infections and such, consider consulting a veterinary dermatologist…..start with the regular vet first and see what they suggest..

  • theBCnut

    If it’s just for a few moments, then it’s fine, but if it lasts a half hour or longer, you have something going on. If you are seeing any other symptoms, like greasy, thin coat, hives, gunky ears, then something is going on.

  • DogFoodie

    Mine do the same after eating. A face rub, a good stretch, and then it’s time to rough house.

  • KcQ8ov

    I would ask a veterinarian, someone that has examined the dog. Otherwise, it is all speculation and the advice you receive may cause harm rather than be helpful.

  • kali

    I feed my golden retriever puppy Purina Pro Plan for Puppies, Chicken and Rice. After he eats it (gobbles it down) he always goes over to the carpet and rubs his nose scratches his nose with is paws. Could he be allergic to something? How do I find out what he is allergic to? What dog food do you recommend instead?

  • Amateria

    I didn’t really notice any difference in the ingredients of their new opti named products, just renames to me, they may have added something extra at the bottom of the list but the rest looks the same.

    I’m also sure that adding anything at the bottom of the list since it’s by weight is going to very helpful if at all.

    Someone also mentioned Casein earlier and they’ve added that to one of the formulas and what I read didn’t sound like you would want it added to your dogs food, but maybe since it’s all the way at the bottom the effects may not be the same.

  • Susan

    Hi Lynn, I just google Purina Health Extensions gee I wish we had the Health Extension in Australia, the ingredients look really good in the Grainfree Buffalo & Whitefish Allergix, I had to check to make sure it was made by Purina, I was thinking of trying the Pro Plan Optirestore, it use to be called Pro Plan Sensitive Skin & Stomach… These dog food companies are starting to wake up to what the dog owners want for their pets & improving their foods…. http://www.healthextension.com/dry-dog/

  • Susan

    We have different ingredients in Australia to our Purina Pro Plan kibbles (Better) & the name has been changed to Pro Plan Opti now, there’s Optidigest for stomach, or Optistart puppy or Optipower all ages or Optirestore is for Skin & Stomach, Optiweight & Senior 7+..

  • Pitlove

    Wish I could be of more help, but I’m not familiar with Health Extension.

  • Lynn

    Ok thank you. Have you heard anything about the health extension brand? I think it is holistic? That was another brand I was looking into as well.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Lynn-

    You are not the first person who’s dog has experience GI upset on Blue Buffalo. If you are thinking of using Pro Plan, I would highly recommend trying the Sensitive Skin and Stomach formula. I was hesitent about using a Purina product, but it has been a lifesaver for my sensitive pitbull.

  • Lynn

    I’m in the process of switching my dog food. My dog is currently on Blue Buffalo and it is not agreeing with her and she is throwing up. Several people including the vet have told me to switch to Purina, but I have always heard not so good things about Purina. I am thinking about giving purina pro plan a try. I am not sure if I should go with a grain free or the purina sensitive stomach and skin?

  • theBCnut

    On the subject of animal nutritionists, just because one is one the payroll of one company does not mean that s/he is not on the payroll of a hundred other companies. It isn’t a full time job. It’s consulting work. They might work a few hours a year for each company, and that company can claim they used them forever. I’m sure the 2 Purinas still share many things in common, including those nutritionists. Most of them were probably from when it was still one company anyway.

  • bojangles

    Hi Storm’s Mom,

    I agree!

  • Storm’s Mom

    Yes, I know.. I’m just surprised they’d use (and be allowed to use) the Purina name, logo and website design template, at minimum, if there really was no longer any association between the two entities.

  • Pitlove

    It still begs the question…what does any of this have to do with dog food?

    The OP mentioned a recall for Pro Plan dry dog food, I stated that there was no current recall on Purina products or Pro Plan. Yet here we are debating a recall on lamb grower???? I obviously made a mistake in assuming everyone here had an understanding that I was talking about dog food on a dog food review forum.

  • bojangles

    Hi Storm”s Mom,

    They were the same company until 1986.

    “Ralston Purina sold Purina Mills, the U.S. animal feed business, to British Petroleum in 1986, while retaining the pet food and international animal feed businesses. In 1993, the Sterling Group of Houston led a leveraged buyout of Purina Mills. In 1998, it was purchased by Koch Industries, but a U.S. bankruptcy court cancelled out all equity held by Koch to maintain the company’s viability. Purina Mills was purchased by Land O’Lakes in 2001”

  • Pitlove

    I’ll check it out when I’m home! on my phone arm. Thanks!

  • Pitlove

    Yup.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I just find it interesting that a company that apparently has nothing to do with Nestle Purina uses the same name, logo, and, apparently, website template, complete with claims about hiring thousands of animal nutritionists, etc. Purina Mills hires thousands of animal nutritionists, but Nestle Purina hires its own thousands of animal nutritionists, too? I’d really be surprised if there’s, literally, 4000+ animal nutritionists kicking around the US.

  • theBCnut

    “Purina Mills licenses the Purina and Chow Brands for the United States and its territories (including Puerto Rico) from the successor of the Ralston Purina Company and owner of the trademarks, Nestlé Purina PetCare.” is referring to their right to continue to use the word Chow in their farm animal feeds.

    Sheep are extremely sensitive to copper and any added copper will kill them, so carelessly running a batch of sheep chow after a batch of goat chow could contaminate the sheep chow with more copper than sheep can handle, even though it would be considered copper deficient for goats.

  • Storm’s Mom

    July 1 isn’t all that more “current” than June 24. I don’t know about quantities for feeding lamb, but it seems to me it’s absolutely possible that a bag distributed on June 22 might very well still be being fed. Making it, you know, “current”.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi PL-

    There is a poster on the forum that is needing some help with LBP food. I’m not really up to date on which foods are ok these days. My “pups” turned five on Sunday. Yikes! They are questioning a Fromm recipe. Maybe you could help them out.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/large-breed-puppy-food-with-no-chicken/

  • DogFoodie

    Purina Mills (PMI) is a subsidiary of Land O’ Lakes, Inc.

  • Pitlove

    Please read my exact wording instead of looking for any reason to go on a rant about a company you don’t like. I said “current” recalls…as in currently for the month of July.

    No matter how much you dislike a brand of food there are other people who use it and have a right to know that there is in fact no current recall for it before they get scared.

    Edit to include: BTW as BCnut pointed out to me a while back, Purina Mills (the makers of that lamb grower) has no affiliation with Nestle Purina Pet Care.

  • Pitlove

    Best of luck!

  • Hilary

    Thanks. However I’m still switching my dog over to a different food due to weight issues. She just gains too much on the pro plan.

  • bojangles
  • Storm’s Mom

    Perhaps not for dog food, but there was a Purina recall on June 24 for elevated copper levels in lamb feed. Wonder how all their “animal nutritionists” failed to notice this potentially fatal issue (along with all the other recalls Purina has had in the last few years):

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm508725.htm

  • bojangles

    Hi Hilary,

    There have been 11 Purina recalls since 2010. That averages almost 2 a year.

    There is also a class action lawsuit against Purina claiming that more than 3,000 dogs have gotten sick or died after eating Purina Beneful.

    The FDA also released a report in April of this year stating that “above the allowable level” of Melamine was again found in some of Purina’s foods..

    Melamine was responsible for over 4,000 pet deaths and the biggest recall in pet food history in 2007

    So six years later Melamine was again found in some of Purina’s foods

    Purina claimed in 2007 that they were making changes to ensure that Melamine would never be found in their foods again.

    So much for promises!!!

  • Pitlove

    Hi Hilary-

    There is no current recalls for any Purina Pro Plan product or any Purina product at all.

  • Hilary

    I have the weight management right now.. I had no idea there was a recall for it.

  • Antonio Fisher

    Bojangles, I won’t play the online food trivia wars over petty issues. We understand (hopefully we understand) that one’s lifespan can be shortened by jumping off a cliff, BUT given all things equal in terms of vet care, medical, and exercise you will not increase your pets life thru feeding Acana vs Pro plan, unless your pet has a specific immune deficiency (genetic issue) towards something particular in either brand. But again that would come back to the DNA of the animal. If you believe that feeding brand “X” is better than brand “Y”, more power to you, but neither brand will give you any written guarantee that your pet will live any longer, healthier than determined thru genetics.

  • bojangles

    Hi Antonio,

    “Fact is Pro plan won’t decrease your dogs lifespan just like Acana won’t increase it. Facts and data would suggest that longevity and health are hardcoded in the DNA”

    Could you please post the data that suggests that longevity and health are determined solely by a dogs DNA, and are not affected by environmental factors such as the food they eat and other things like:

    Household toxins
    Pesticides
    Medications
    Exercise
    Water quality, and so on?

  • Antonio Fisher

    Typically none b/c if you’ve ever competed then you understand the cost of training far exceeds the measly feed bill. Most competitors like myself wish there was a magic fix all dog food but regardless of what you feed Fluffy it comes back to genetics, hard work, and sweat. If a diet is lacking we will quickly acknowledge it’s inferiorities including companies like Purina,but the stuff works as well as we can hope. Typically money is of no issue on our choices.

  • Antonio Fisher

    Fact is Pro plan won’t decrease your dogs lifespan just like Acana won’t increase it. Facts and data would suggest that longevity and health are hardcoded in the DNA. Everyone is passionate about what they feed Fido, that’s a good thing, but we “pet owners” have blown the whole feed thing beyond proportion over the last 12 years and that has opened the door to allow ALL pet food manufacturers to add 1000% inflation to the cost of what is essentially just a dog biscuit with sprayed on vitamins and minerals

  • Antonio Fisher

    Seems from the OP that the Pro Plan instantly delivered desired results and alleviated loose stools in the process what more is necessary. Also were is the scientifically tested, peer reviewed studies that guarantee that Natural claimed dry pet food increases pet health or lifespan? No dry kibble can replace good genetics or bad for that matter unfortunately.

  • Antonio Fisher

    Unfortunately all pet food companies make borderline frivolous claims to increase marketability and boost sales. Currently Blue Buffalo does it more than most other commercial pet food companies.

  • Shawna

    I don’t think I said anywhere that they weren’t high in protein – they are, and cheap.

    I’ve read, from several sources, that our ancestors didn’t eat soybeans but used them in their crop rotation to add nitrogen, I think it was, back into the ground. Except for their lecithins and vitamin E content they aren’t even widely used in our food supply. That would leave a lot of other soy product needing to be used. I do like edemame once in a while but it’s not routine.

    If you read that, then I’m guessing you read this too — early feeding leads to negative effects on the growth of the spleen and kidneys,. Sounds very nutritious – and like a great thing to feed to kittens who later in life already seem to have an increased risk of developing kidney disease. Lovely “SBA binds to the intestinal epithelium, which leads to the disruption of the brush border [8] and extends negative effects on the growth of spleen and kidneys [9]. SBA, a glycoprotein, is composed of a tetramer with 30 kDa subunits. Each subunit has a carbohydrate-binding site, with a high affinity for N-acetyl-d-galactosamine (GalNAc) [10].”

  • Crazy4dogs

    Good luck Pitlove! Fingers crossed too!

  • aimee

    And yet despite it anti nutrient factors. The first sentence of the second paragraph of the paper you cited is “Soybeans are widely utilized in the food and feed industries due to their high nutritional value”

    .

  • aimee

    Well … just a bit backwards 🙂 A nutrient will have high bioavailability because of its high digestibility. Digestibility is used to estimate bioavailability.

    Bioavailability is the proportion that is usable. If for example a protein is highly digestible .. 95%, we’ll say for simplicity sake that means that 95 of every 100 amino acids are taken up into the blood stream. Can they all be used?…. Maybe not.. some AA that are absorbed may be complexed to other components and can’t be freed. So those may end up in the urine. Let’s say 3 AA end up in the urine. The 92 that are left are available for the body to use. In this case the digestibility is 95% and the bioavailability is 92%.

    You’ll find that often the term bioavailability is used in reference to individual AA’s vs protein as a whole.

  • Crazy4cats

    My my fingers are crossed. Good luck!

  • Shawna

    Soy protein is not even a good source of protein for humans. Soy isn’t even a good source of protein for pigs….. Granted in this study they used a concentrated source of the soybean lectin (SBA) but at only .1 (point one) percent it induced gut permeability in just seven days. That seems risky to me to feed even lower amounts long term — just my opinion though. “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257084/

  • Shawna

    They are two very different things. Digestibility is how well the gut can break down the protein into amino acids. Bioavailability is how well the cells of the body can utilize the digested amino acids.

  • Blues Mom

    Yes, same retailer. Easy change as I live near several. Thank you!

  • Blues Mom

    Thank you! I will change retailers.

  • Pitlove

    I have always been under the assumption that high digestiability was because of high bioavailability. Am I wrong?

  • Shawna

    I would agree that celiac is probably not widely diagnosed in dogs and cats but gluten has been shown to cause a wide array of issues in humans. It’s just now trickling down to the pet population. The most recent research I read was published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. The conclusion reads “Canine epileptoid cramping syndrome in BTs is a gluten-sensitive movement disorder triggered and perpetuated by gluten and thus responsive to a gluten-free diet.” http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jvim.13643/full

    The digestive tract is by no means the only place gluten causes problems.

    I do agree that gluten is highly digestible but the bioavailability is weak compared to meat based proteins.

  • Pitlove

    Pasta I couldn’t say (I choose not to use any of the formulas with pasta or cheese in them)

    Purina says this about wheat gluten:
    “Gluten from various grains is a nutritious ingredient that provides a concentrated source of protein in pet foods.

    Gastrointestinal problems associated with gluten are rare in dogs.

    Gluten-induced enteropathy (celiac disease) is very rare in dogs and has been reported primarily in Irish Setters
    Pets with celiac disease react to the proteins (gluten) in wheat, rye and barley
    The protein in corn gluten does not cause GI problems, even in individuals with celiac disease
    Gluten is an excellent source of high quality protein.

    Gluten is the concentrated protein from grain after all the starch has been removed
    Corn gluten meal contains approximately 60% to 70% protein
    It provides essential amino acids that form the building blocks for protein
    Gluten is highly digestible”

    I did not see an explanation for soy protein concentrate either, though I haven’t seen that in any of the diets I use for my girl.

  • Shawna

    I get it for a kibbled diet but any idea why a manufacturer would use pasta, wheat gluten and soy protein concentrate in a canned cat food?

  • Bobby dog

    Good luck with your academic endeavors! At least you have options for food she does well on regardless of the form.

  • Pitlove

    Yeah, I am much happier with Pro Plan given how great she does on it and the price. It could certainly be doable, but I will have to see how badly my hours at work get cut if I get accepted into the vet tech program I applied for *fingers crossed*

  • Bobby dog

    Mine love some recipes from the True Nature line and a few from the Focus line.

    Don’t know what your wallet looks like, but if nothing else you may be able to feed more canned considering the difference in price.

  • Pitlove

    Oh I loved when Petco would do free shipping! Dani loves the Turkey and Rice formula (Savor line maybe?) so we have 2 cases of that right now I ordered at work. I’ve been thinking about going back to all canned after this bag of dry food, but it is so expensive. We did it for a while, but we were also feeding really expensive foods like Nature’s Variety, Weruva, Ziwipeak, and Merrick.

    Edit: She got so sick on Ziwipeak, it was awful. Shame too because she loved the food.

  • Bobby dog

    If not, at least we have the correct info out to anyone concerned.

  • Bobby dog

    lol Last night I took advantage of Petco’s free shipping no minimum special and ordered two cases of Pro Plan canned for my cats. They have had really good prices on some of the recipes that my cats love and do really well on.

  • Azul

    Oh yeah, it’s probably lost in the filter. Maybe it will reappear later.

  • Bobby dog

    Sometimes when you post links the filter might deem them to be spam. It did show up, but I refreshed my page and it was not there when the page re-loaded. It happens.

  • Pitlove

    It’s ok!

  • Azul

    lol maybe it will reappear later? Again, sorry for the confusion.

  • Pitlove

    Very odd! Disqus is however notorious for acting up like that though.

  • Azul

    Bobbydog said my post disappeared. Idk why tho.

  • Azul

    It disappeared? That’s weird. I didn’t delete it. Maybe dfa did? Idk.

  • Pitlove

    No I still don’t see it. And yes my kitty eats Pro Plan canned and dry, so I was very worried. She never did well with a rotational diet (shes eaten just about every high end canned food available to me through both jobs I’ve had) and this is the food she does the best on by far.

  • Azul

    Yeah, sorry about that. Did my link get approved? I still can’t see it yet, but I’m on my IPad, and it doesn’t always show everything for some reason. Sorry for the scare if you use that food.

  • Bobby dog

    Azul’s link that disappeared.

  • Pitlove

    No problem. I see that it was for Science Diet and in Russia only from Bobby Dog’s comment. Needed to make sure it wasn’t USA.

  • Pitlove

    Thank you! Much appreciated.

  • Azul

    Oops, sorry guys, I just checked and that recall is for Science diet cat food in Russia and Europe. I posted a link for you, but it’s waiting to be approved for some reason. Sorry for the confusion.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Good job, BD! How did you find that?

  • Bobby dog

    The recall is for Science Diet cat food pouches for sale in Russia and Europe.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I agree with Pitlove. This is most likely a storage problem. Have you bought it from the same store? If so, I would choose another place to purchase.

  • Azul

    Hi Pitlove. I posted a link, but it says it’s waiting to be approved by dog food advisor for some reason?

  • Pitlove

    Hopefully Azul has a link. If not, then I’m not sure why he posted that…

  • Bobby dog

    I checked some cat forums for chit chat as well and didn’t read anything about it.

  • Pitlove

    Ya I’m looking all over the place and I can’t find anything. How can there be a recall and it is not posted on the FDA’s website?

  • Bobby dog

    Hello Piitlove:
    I checked the FDA too. Nothing on Purina’s site either.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Azul-

    Could you link that to me please? I can’t find anything about a Pro Plan cat food recall on the FDA’s website, DFA or anywhere else.

  • Pitlove

    This is not a manufacturer error. It is a retailer storage error. I would buy from somewhere else.

  • Azul

    Pro Plan cat food was just recalled a couple days ago, for excessive vitamins.

  • Blues Mom

    This is the second bag of Pro Plan Giant Breed that has what appears to be webs of some sort and larvae. The first bag I assumed was just an isolated issue but I’ve seen the same thing in this second bag.
    It’s unfortunate because I have a very picky Dane and he loves this food. I just do not trust the the company any longer if they do not have controls to avoid bugs ending up in the food.

  • aimee

    Hi Burkes Mom,

    If a large breed puppy food’s AAFCO statement is based on feeding trial it may not meet the requirements for reproduction. The AAFCO
    statement for Pro Plan large breed puppy is for growth and maintenance.

    When using Pro Plan for reproduction you’ll need to use a different formula.

  • Pitlove

    Hi-

    Which Large Breed Formula? Puppy or Adult? The puppy formula is not recommended on the ProPlan site for lactating bitches and it doesn’t look like the Adult is either as it has no feeding guidelines for reproduction. The regular puppy Chicken & Rice is though.

  • Burke’sMom

    The organization wants to feed my Labrador pro plan focus large breed chicken and rice while she is breeding and feeding her pups. This is not at all like her usual food. It also doesn’t quite meet AKC standards for the protein and fat ratio needs of a breeding female. Has anyone feed a breeding female pro plan and have advice on making it work? (besides don’t let them do it?)

  • InkedMarie

    I’m not the person you directed your post to but I agree, to a point. I’m not speaking about Alex Woodman but I personally know people who don’t have a clue whether a food works for their dog or not. They say their dogs food works but I see a dog underweight or overweight, goopy eyes, a dry or oily coat, ear infections, allergies etc.

    While a dog *may* look good, if a poor quality food is fed, the dog may not actually *be* good. Poor ingredients are poor ingredients, can’t change that. People who eat nothing but McDonalds their whole lives will have something to show for that & it won’t be good. JMO.

  • Gustiyudhiongskynaga

    if the food works for his dog it is an excellent food for his dog, don’t you agree?
    Different dog react to different way to different ingredient. you are a dog owner,
    i am sure you understand that don’t you?

  • LabsRawesome

    Okay. That doesn’t make the ingredients or the food excellent tho.

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