Purina Pro Plan Savor canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.
The Purina Pro Plan Savor product line includes 10 canned 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 Plan Savor Adult Classic Beef and Rice [M]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Classic Chicken and Rice [M]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Classic Beef and Brown Rice [M]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Shredded Beef and Lamb Slices in Gravy [M]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Beef and Vegetables Slices in Gravy [M]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Lamb and Vegetables Slices in Gravy [M]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Turkey and Vegetables Slices in Gravy [M]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Chicken and Vegetables Slices in Gravy [M]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Seared Beef, Green Beans and Brown Rice [M]
- Pro Plan Savor Adult Seared Chicken, Julienne Carrots and Barley [M]
Pro Plan Savor Adult Chicken and Vegetables Slices in Gravy was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Chicken and Vegetables Slices in Gravy
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, chicken, liver, wheat gluten, turkey, meat by-products, carrots, corn starch-modified, potatoes, green beans, potassium chloride, added color, salt, tricalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, and sodium selenite
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.3%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||50%||14%||28%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||45%||30%||25%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The second ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1
Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient is liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.
The fourth ingredient is wheat gluten. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once wheat has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.
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 turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.2
Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The sixth ingredient includes meat by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered animals after all the prime striated muscle cuts have been removed.
With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.1
What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. So, the meat itself can come from any combination of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats — which can make identifying specific food allergies impossible.
Although most meat by-products can be nutritious, we do not consider such vaguely described (generic) ingredients to be as high in quality as those derived from a named animal source.
The seventh ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The eighth ingredient is corn starch, a starchy powder extracted from the endosperm found at the heart of a kernel of corn. Corn starch is most likely used here to thicken the broth into a gravy.
Corn starch isn’t a true red flag item. Yet we’ve highlighted here for those wishing to avoid corn-based ingredients.
The ninth 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.
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’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?
And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.
Purina Pro Plan Savor
Canned Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Purina Pro Plan Savor canned dog food looks like a below-average wet 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 46% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 29% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 38%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the wheat gluten, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.
Purina Pro Plan Savor is a grain-inclusive canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats and unnamed meat by-products as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 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.
Purina Dog Food
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.
- Purina Beneful and Pro Plan Dog Food Recall (3/11/2016)
- Purina One Beyond Dog Food Recall (8/30/2013)
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Notes and Updates
02/23/2019 Last Update