Pro Pac Ultimates Grain Free (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★½☆

Pro Pac Ultimates Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

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

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • Pro Pac Ultimates Overland Red Grain Free [M]
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Bayside Select Grain Free [A]
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Meadow Prime Grain Free [M]
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Heartland Choice Grain Free [M]

Pro Pac Ultimates Overland Red Grain Free was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Pro Pac Ultimates Overland Red Grain Free

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 26% | Fat = 13% | Carbs = 53%

Ingredients: Beef meal, potatoes, peas, chickpeas, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pea fiber, natural flavors, flaxseed, dried egg product, apples, blueberries, cranberries, carrots, spinach, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, dl-methionine, l-lysine, taurine, Yucca schidigera extract, 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

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis23%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis26%13%53%
Calorie Weighted Basis23%29%48%
Protein = 23% | Fat = 29% | Carbs = 48%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef meal. Beef meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh beef.

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. Peas 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 fourth 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.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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 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 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.

After the natural flavor, we find 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 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 two notable exceptions

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

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.

Pro Pac Ultimates Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Pro Pac Ultimates Grain Free Dog Food looks like an above-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 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%.

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

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 plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 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.

Pro Pac Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

09/13/2017 Last Update

  • Susan

    Hi do you rotate with any other brands? this way your dogs are getting more variety, more vitamins, omega 3 etc & if something is wrong with one of the brands of kibbles your feeding they’re not just eating this brand 24/7… I was feeding the Pro Pac Ultimate Meadow Prime Lamb but in Australia it hasn’t taken off & isn’t sold in Pet Shops or all of the online Pet places, now you cant get Pro Pac Ultimates cause the Australian made kibbles are cheaper & have better ingredients, I was rotating with the Pro Pac Lamb grain Free, “Canidae” Pure Meadow & “Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mountain, Roasted Lamb all 3 brands don’t have too many ingredients but the fat & protein is a bit better in the Canidae & TOTW they also has sweet potatoes as the 3rd ingredient & are lower in Carbs then the Pro Pac kibbles…Have a look at the Canidae Pure Meadow Senior your dogs will love the change & get more omega 3 & Glucosamine/Chondroitin for their joints as they age, or look at the TOTW Roasted Lamb my dog does real on & loves the TOTW Lamb.

  • LarryInIowa

    Both my 5 year old female Boxer and 7 year old male Boxer Lab mix have been eating the lamb grain free for over three years. No problems. Their coats are shiny and their stools fine. No allergies and lots of energy. Occasionally one will decide not to eat one of their twice daily meals but they make up for it at the next meal. I think my neighbor is sneaking them meat scraps so that may be the issue. I’ve tried the other flavors but lamb is the one they seem to like best. They tend to inhale the small kibble so I have been using the ribbed bowls that slow down their eating. I like the closable bags.

  • Susan

    I ordered the Pro Pac Meadow Prime, Lamb Grain free but I was sent wrong formula the Pro Pac Bayside Whitefish kibble instead…..
    I rung the online pet store & they said sorry you can keep the bag of Bayside kibble & we’ll send you out the Pro Pac Meadow Prime kibble no charge, they said donate the Pro Pac Bayside bag to a rescue group…Curious I opened the Bayside bag of kibble & gee it smells really good, not real fishy like some fish kibbles can be, the kibbles feel a bit greezy for my Patch he gets acid reflux, but will be excellent for the skin & coat, Patch & the cat came running to try some kibbles & they both loved them….Pro Pac Ultimates is made by Earthborn Holistic same quality as Earthborn Holistic kibbles but heaps cheaper….

  • Janet

    I have two dogs on this food. It’s working well! It’s a reasonable price too, and no recalls. Midwestern Foods seems to be a very good manufacturer. My smaller 30 lb dog stopped having anal gland issues (which are pretty gross) after the switch, at 5 years old. A very nice plus which I did not expect. With this food you can switch up the proteins and alternate with no mixing slowly as long as you know your dog does well with the protein. I do this alternating between lamb and fish formulas with no issues at all. One kibble is the smaller size, the other larger. My smaller dog and 55 lb Boxer do well with both sizes, no problems eating either one. Chicken doesn’t work well with either so don’t use it. I haven’t tried beef as there are two proteins that work well for my dogs. Both my dogs love this food, and one is very fussy. I haven’t found an affordable food higher rated that I feel will work, as so many are made by Diamond. I’d rather feed a 3.5 rated food than a higher rated food made by Diamond. I don’t feed cheap crummy food, but do have a budget. Very pleased with this! At the feed store where I purchase this food every time I buy it I see someone else buying it too! It’s not a big name or well known. It took a lot of research here to choose this food. Oh, my formerly overweight dog who lost weight, 9 lbs., is maintaining weight beautifully on this.

  • Janet

    Two of the formulas are smaller triangle shaped. Beef and lamb I believe. The fish and chicken are larger round kibble. Not sure why they vary due to the protein.

  • Janet

    Yes, no recalls!

  • Shana

    So, fun fact! Midwestern Pet Foods is the parent company for Pro Pac AND Earthborn! I just emailed them asking for samples of Pro Pac grain free and they were very quick to send some in a hand addressed envelope.

  • I didn’t mention he has been on this product 4+ months now. Coat nice and soft, good eye color, no issues w/ stool movement, and new vet says he’s in great shape. It’s Overland Red, not Redland.

    Apologies for my typo…Yes it is a smaller type kibble, but I don’t see where there is a problem with that. I’ve used Racket Balls, putting them in food bowls, for large breed dogs eating too fast, and it has worked.

  • I haven’t used the chicken formula but the fish formula is a medium size kibble, unlike the beef formula. And the lamb formula I would consider it to be a small, flat triangle shape.

  • For 6+yrs I used a product by Midwestern Pet Foods (Earthborn Holistic) due to my Great Danes Allergies. I had researched different dog food products over three months due to becoming ill. Caused by a Diamond Pet Food Product (last recall 14 reported human cases w/ salmonella poisoning just from handling the food).

    After my Dane’s had to be put down due to vet mis-diagnoses. I waited aprox 6 months and got a Dane/Mastiff Mix. He didn’t have issues w/ allergies.

    The cost of Earthborn at $53. a bag was a bit much. SO, I researched PRO PAC ULTIMATES Redland Red. At $34.20 w/ tax for 28lbs a GREAT price! My (just turned) 1yr old 120lb Dane/Mastiff, is doing just great on the product!!

    I had trouble finding coupons. Contacted the company via email. Got a timely response from VP of Marketing, who snail mailed me coupons.

    I couldn’t be happier!!! I’ll stick w/ the product and recommend it!

  • Overland Red is very small kibble.

  • MJfromGA

    Just saw this at the feed store. Decided to try it. It was about $38 for a 30 lb bag. More than I like to pay but I said WTH and got it anyway. Not super happy with it. The rating isn’t that good here, and the dog dog likes it only so-so. Won’t be buying again.

    The kibbles are triangular in shape and they are suitable for say… a Beagle, but not a Chihuahua or a Shih Tzu.

  • Overland Red kibble is small, circular and flat. Even my 12 lb foster puppy is eating it.

  • Annie

    I just got samples of this from the company today. It was supposed to be the grain inclusive but o well. My female loves the heartland flavor. she woofed It down but of course my male turned his nose up. The kibble size is for medium to large breed.

  • Anyone use this product yet? What size kibble is it?