Purina Pro Plan Dog Food Review
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 the 11 canned dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
|Pro Plan Savor Adult Classic Beef and Brown Rice||2.5||M|
|Pro Plan Savor Adult Classic Beef and Rice||2.5||M|
|Pro Plan Savor Adult Beef and Vegetables Slices in Gravy||2.5||M|
|Pro Plan Savor Adult Classic Chicken and Rice||2.5||M|
|Pro Plan Savor Adult Chicken and Vegetables Slices in Gravy||2.5||M|
|Pro Plan Savor Adult Lamb and Vegetables Slices in Gravy||2.5||M|
|Pro Plan Savor Adult Seared Beef, Green Beans and Brown Rice in Gravy||2.5||M|
|Pro Plan Savor Adult Seared Chicken, Julienne Carrots and Barley in Gravy||2.5||M|
|Pro PlanSavor Adult Shredded Beef and Lamb in Gravy||2.5||M|
|Pro Plan Savor Adult Turkey and Vegetables Slices in Gravy||2.5||M|
|Pro Plan Savor Adult turkey, Peas and Brown Rice in Gravy||2.5||M|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Pro Plan Savor Adult Classic Chicken and Rice 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 Plan Savor Adult Classic Chicken and Rice
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, water sufficient for processing, liver, meat by-products, rice, guar gum, potassium chloride, salt, carrageenan, added color, calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, choline chloride, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, folic acid, vitamin D-3 supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium selenite
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||41%||27%||24%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||31%||51%||18%|
The first ingredient in this dog food 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 second 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 third 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 fourth ingredient is rice. Is this whole grain rice, brown rice or white rice? Since the word “rice” doesn’t tell us much, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.
The fifth ingredient is guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.
The sixth ingredient is potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.
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 Plan product.
With 3 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?
Next, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.
The article, The Carrageenan Controversy, published in Scientific American, does a good job of addressing this topic.
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.
Based on its ingredients alone, Purina Pro Plan Savor canned dog food looks like a below-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 46% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 29% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 37%.
Which means this Purina Pro Plan product line contains…
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 contained in some recipes, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.
Our Rating of Purina Pro Plan Dog Food
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 dominant sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.
Has Purina Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Purina.
- Purina Beneful and Pro Plan Dog Food Recall (3/11/2016)
- Purina One Beyond Dog Food Recall (8/30/2013)
You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.
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More Purina Reviews
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- Beneful Dog Food Review (Tubs)
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- Purina Beyond Simply Dog Food Review (Dry)
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- Purina Dog Chow Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Purina Moist and Meaty Dog Food Review (Semi-Moist)
- Purina One SmartBlend Dog Food Review (Canned)
- Purina One SmartBlend Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct Dog Food Review (Canned)
- Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Purina One SmartBlend True Instinct Grain Free Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind Dog Food Review (Dry)
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- Purina Pro Plan Focus Dog Food Review (Canned)
- Purina Pro Plan Puppy Food Review (Dry)
- Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals Dog Food Review (Tubs)
- Purina Pro Plan Sport Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EN Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets HA Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Purina Puppy Chow Review (Dry)
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10/30/2020 Last Update