Pro Pac Ultimates Grain Free Dog Food Review (Dry)

Pro Pac Ultimates Grain Free Dry Dog Food

Pro Pac Ultimates Dog Food Review

Rating:

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

The Pro Pac Ultimates Grain Free product line includes the 4 dry dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

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Product Rating AAFCO
Pro Pac Ultimates Overland Red Grain Free 4 M
Pro Pac Ultimates Bayside Select Grain Free 4 A
Pro Pac Ultimates Meadow Prime Grain Free 4 M
Pro Pac Ultimates Heartland Choice Grain Free 4.5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Pro Pac Ultimates Bayside Select Grain Free was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

Pro Pac Ultimates Bayside Select Grain Free

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 13% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 63%

Ingredients: Whitefish meal, potatoes, peas, chickpeas, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, dried egg product, sweet potatoes, pea fiber, natural flavors, dicalcium phosphate, apples, blueberries, cranberries, carrots, spinach, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, dl-methionine, l-lysine, taurine, l-carnitine, beta-carotene, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), ferrous sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, manganese sulfate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate, folic acid, sodium selenite, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, Yucca schidigera extract, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis12%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis13%16%63%
Calorie Weighted Basis12%33%55%
Protein = 12% | Fat = 33% | Carbs = 55%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is whitefish meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

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

Whitefish is a marine or freshwater species native to Canada and the California coast.

The second 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.

The third ingredient includes peas, which are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The next ingredient lists chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables, and chickpeas contain about 22% protein.

The fifth ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact that 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.

The sixth ingredient is 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 seventh 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.

The eighth item is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The ninth ingredient is pea fiber, a mixture of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber derived from pea hulls. Aside from the usual benefits of fiber, this agricultural by-product provides no other 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 Pro Pac product.

With 3 notable exceptions

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

Next, we note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.

Since taurine deficiency appears to be more common in pets consuming grain-free diets, we view its presence in this recipe as a positive addition.

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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Pro Pac Ultimates Grain Free Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 26%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 53%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 52% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.

Which means this Pro Pac product line contains…

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to other dry dog foods.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, flaxseed and chickpeas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Pro Pac Ultimates Grain Free is a dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat meals as its primary source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Pro Pac Dog Food Recall History

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No recalls noted

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References

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

08/22/2020 Last Update