Pro Pac Ultimates (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

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

The Pro Pac Ultimates product line includes 6 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 Large Breed Puppy [G]
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Large Breed Adult (3.5 stars) [M]
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Chicken Meal and Brown Rice [M]
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Lamb Meal and Brown Rice (3.5 stars) [M]
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Puppy Chicken Meal and Brown Rice (5 stars) [G]
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Mature Chicken Meal and Brown Rice (3 stars) [M]

Pro Pac Ultimates Chicken Meal and Brown Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Pro Pac Ultimates Chicken Meal and Brown Rice

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 46%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, white rice, rice bran, peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried beet pulp, 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 Analysis26%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%17%46%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%35%40%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 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 brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third ingredient is white rice, a less nutritious form of rice in which the grain’s healthier outer layer has been removed.

The fourth ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

We also note that a number of ingredients included in this recipe are each a type of rice:

  • Brown rice
  • White rice
  • Rice bran

Although they’re a mixture of quality plant ingredients, there’s an important issue to consider here. And that’s the pet food design practice known as ingredient splitting.

You see, if we were to combine all these individual items together and report them as one, that newer combination would almost certainly occupy a higher position on the list — probably making rice (not meat) the predominant ingredient in this recipe.

The fifth 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 sixth 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 seventh 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.

The eighth 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 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 Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Pro Pac Ultimates 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 29%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 46%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 49% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

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

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

Bottom line?

Pro Pac Ultimates 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 4 stars.

Highly 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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Notes and Updates

09/15/2017 Last Update

  • Crazy4cats

    Well, shoot! Good luck, I hope you find something!

  • Annie

    I meant to put in above comment she can only tolerate dry dog food. They are currently eating canidae and i’m not too happy with the results.

  • Annie

    I already add toppers. It seems like they never do any good on rice heavy foods no matter what i add. I found out that my female has a sensitive stomach and can’t have any food at all except strictly dog food. No dog biscuits either which is a big bummer. I even had to quit giving her fish oil and coconut oil. Had to stop giving her zyrtec too and she has a skin allergy. I’m going to get a bag of fromm next week to add in to the rotation and see how mine do on that.

  • Crazy4cats

    You could always add protein rich toppers such as eggs, sardines or canned food to bump up its nutritional value!

  • Annie

    On second thought i dont think i will feed it to my dogs after all. Too much rice and very little meat.

  • Annie

    I should be receiving a sample of this food in the mail before long. I hope the picky dogs eat it. I’ve been hearing good things about this food.