ProSeries Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The ProSeries product line includes the six dry dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
- ProSeries Puppy [U]
- ProSeries Small Bites [U]
- ProSeries Performance (3.5 stars) [U]
- ProSeries Holistic (3.5 stars) [U]
- ProSeries Adult Maintenance [U]
- ProSeries Weight Management (4.5 stars) [U]
ProSeries Adult Maintenance was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
ProSeries Adult Maintance
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken meal, fish meal, ground whole grain corn, ground whole grain wheat, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, form of vitamin E), ground whole brown rice, dried brewer's yeast, kelp meal, dried beet pulp, chicken liver, limestone, malted barley flour, salt, potassium chloride, lecithin, calcium propionate, flaxseed, citric acid, taurine, zinc methionine, selenium yeast, ferrous sulfate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate, l-lysine hydrochloride, manganese proteinate, copper sulfate, Yucca schidigera extract, manganese sulfate, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride, riboflavin, vitamin K supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, cobalt sulfate, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||29%||17%||46%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||25%||35%||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 fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate from herring and anchovy.
Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1
Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.
The next ingredient is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.
The fourth item is wheat. Wheat is another cereal grain and subject to the same issues as corn (previously discussed).
The fifth 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 sixth 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 next ingredient is brewers yeast, which can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.
Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.
Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.
In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.
In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.
What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The next ingredient is kelp meal, a dehydrated form of seaweed also known as alginate. Kelp is most likely used here as a thickening or gelling agent.
The ninth 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.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But realistically, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this ProSeries product.
With 6 notable exceptions…
First, flaxseed is 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.
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.
In addition, this recipe contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
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 that this product includes an item identified as vitamin K. Is this the safe natural version of vitamin K. Or is this a cleverly disguised version of the synthetic (and controversial) form of the vitamin also known as menadione?
Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the nature of this ingredient.
And lastly, this recipe 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.
ProSeries Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, ProSeries Dog Food looks like an average dry product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.
Above-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 brewers yeast and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble still containing a significant amount of meat.
ProSeries is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a significant amount of named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus receiving 5 stars.
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.
ProSeries Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to ProSeries. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
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Notes and Updates
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩
05/08/2020 Last Update