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Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals Dog Food Review (Tubs)

Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals Braised Pork Wet Dog Food

Rating:

Which Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals Recipes Get
Our Best Ratings?

Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.

The Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals product line includes the 2 tubbed dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product Rating AAFCO
Pro Plan Savory Meals Braised Pork Entrée With Real Carrots 2.5 M
Pro Plan Savory Meals Braised Turkey Entrée With Barley 2.5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals Braised Pork Entrée With Real Carrots was selected to represent both products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals Braised Pork Entrée With Real Carrots

Wet Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 55% | Fat = 9% | Carbs = 28%

Ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, pork, wheat gluten, liver, chicken, meat by-products, carrots, corn starch-modified, tricalcium phosphate, artificial and natural flavors, salt, soy flour, minerals [potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide], sodium selenite, corn oil, added color, dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, vitamins [vitamin E supplement, niacin (vitamin B-3), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B-1), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B-6), vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B-2), vitamin A supplement, folic acid (vitamin B-9), vitamin D-3 supplement, biotin (vitamin B-7), ]

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis12%2%NA
Dry Matter Basis55%9%28%
Calorie Weighted Basis52%21%27%
Protein = 52% | Fat = 21% | Carbs = 27%

Ingredient Analysis

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 pork. Pork can be defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered pork” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Pork is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The third ingredient includes wheat gluten. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once wheat has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Although wheat gluten contains 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

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 fourth ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.2

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The next 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.2

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 sixth ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The seventh 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 eighth ingredient is tricalcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorus. In addition, this additive is used in canned foods as an emulsifier — an agent designed to disperse a food’s fats more evenly in water.

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 5 notable exceptions

First, soy flour is a high-protein by-product of soybean processing.

Although soy flour contains about 51% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

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.

Next, we find corn oil. Corn oil has one of the highest (and most unfavorable) omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratios of any vegetable oil. Compared to almost any named animal fat, corn oil cannot be considered a quality ingredient.

In addition, 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, this recipe contains sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals Dog Food looks like a below-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 55%, a fat level of 9% and estimated carbohydrates of about 28%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 55% and a mean fat level of 9%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 28% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 17%.

Which means this Purina product line contains…

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the wheat gluten and soy flour, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Our Rating of Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals Dog Food

Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals is a grain-inclusive wet dog food using a moderate amount of named meats and unnamed meat by-products as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.

Not recommended.

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References

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of meat by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  3. Association of American Feed Control Officials

05/07/2022 Last Update

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