Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals Dog Food Review (Tubs)

Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals Grilled Beef and Salmon Wet Dog Food

Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals Dog Food Review

Rating:

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 6 tubbed dog foods listed below.

Each recipe below 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 Beef Entree 2.5 M
Pro Plan Savory Meals Braised Chicken Entree 2.5 M
Pro Plan Savory Meals Braised Pork Entree 2.5 M
Pro Plan Savory Meals Braised Turkey Entree 2.5 M
Pro Plan Savory Meals Grilled Ocean Whitefish Entree 2.5 M
Pro Plan Savory Meals Grilled Beef and Salmon Entree 2.5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals Grilled Beef and Salmon Entree 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.


Purina Pro Plan Savory Meals Grilled Beef and Salmon Entree

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 56% | Fat = 9% | Carbs = 27%

Ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, beef, wheat gluten, salmon, liver, meat by-products, sweet potatoes, chicken, corn starch-modified, artificial and natural flavors, dicalcium phosphate, salt, soy flour, minerals [potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, sodium selenite], corn oil, added color, tricalcium 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 Basis56%9%27%
Calorie Weighted Basis53%21%26%
Protein = 53% | Fat = 21% | Carbs = 26%

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 beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef 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 salmon, an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.

The next ingredient includes 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 sixth ingredient lists 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 is sweet potato, which is a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in dog food. Sweet potatoes are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The eighth ingredient is chicken, another quality meat inclusion.

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

The ninth 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.

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 4 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?

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. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials

11/15/2020 Last Update