Get the SCOOP on dog food: Pro Plan by Purina

Get the SCOOP on dog food: Pro Plan by Purina

The last food we will be looking at in this part of the series is Pro Plan by Purina. Pro Plan probably has the most options for formulas/specialty foods out of all three brands we will look at.

Purina Pro Plan comes in several different life stages and formulas to fit your dogs needs.
Pro Plan Selects: more of a specialized diet, it comes in Natural Beef and Barley, Natural Salmon and Brown rice, Natural Turkey and Barley, and Natural Chicken and Brown rice.
(Dry Kibble) All Stages: Formulated for adult dogs it comes in Chicken and rice (regular and weight management) , Lamb and rice small bites, Giant Breed formula, Large breed (regular and weight management), Performance formula, Sensitive skin and stomach formula, small breed formula, and toy breed forumla.
Shredded Blend: The shredded blend is a newer release from Purina, it combines approximately 85% dry kibble and 15% shredded bites, which are according to purina’s web page made of real meat and a few additional ingredients. The shredded blend comes in beef and rice, chicken and rice (regular adult, large breed, and weight management), and lamb and rice.

So, as you can see there are many different varieties of Pro Plan to choose from. For this review, we will be looking at the Pro Plan Selects Salmon and Brown Rice formula and the Lamb and Rice Small Bites.

 

How much should my dog eat? 

Feeding Instructions.

Pro Plan Selects:

  • Adult dogs 3 to 12 lb. 1/2 – 1  cup
  • Adult dogs 13 to 20 lb. 1  –  1 1/3 cups
  • Adult dogs 21 to 35 lb. 1 1/3– 2 1/4 cups
  • Adult dogs 36 to 50 lb. 2 1/4 – 2 1/2 cups.
  • Adult dogs 51 to 75 lb. 2 1/2 – 3 1/4 cups
  • Adult dogs 76 to 100lb. 3 1/4 – 4 cups.
  • Adult dogs 100+ lb. 4 cups plus 1/3 cup for every 10 lbs over 100.

Pro Plan All Stages: Lamb and Rice mini chunks:

  • Adult dogs 3 to 12 lb. 1/2 – 1  cup
  • Adult dogs 13 to 20 lb. 1  –  1 1/2 cups
  • Adult dogs 21 to 35 lb. 1 1/2– 2 cups
  • Adult dogs 36 to 50 lb. 2 1/4 – 2 2/3 cups.
  • Adult dogs 51 to 75 lb. 2 2/3 – 3 1/3 cups
  • Adult dogs 76 to 100lb. 3 1/3 – 4 1/4 cups.
  • Adult dogs 100+ lb. 4 1/2  cups plus 1/2 cup for every 10 lbs over 100.

Note: These feeding directions are guidelines only. If your dog is still a developing adult (many large breeds are considered developing until age 2-3) or above average in activity level you will need to adjust.

 

What’s in it (salmon selects)?

Salmon, canola meal (Canola meal is produced from canola seed following oil extraction), brewers dried yeast, dried egg product, brewers rice, barley, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), brown rice, oat meal, pea protein, natural flavor, fish oil, calcium carbonate, defluorinated phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried carrots, dried tomatoes, dried sweet potatoes, zinc proteinate, Vitamin E supplement, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), copper proteinate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.

 

As you can see the first ingredient is salmon, followed by canola meal which is slightly lower in protein than soybean meal (40% in canola meal and 49% in soybean, but is a great alternative for dogs sensitive to soy) followed by brewers dried yeast and dried egg product, all of which are good sources of protein.

How much does it cost?

  • 33lb Bag – $49

What’s in it (lamb and rice)?

Lamb, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, ground wheat, poultry by-product meal (natural source of glucosamine), animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), oat meal, barley, dried beet pulp, fish meal (natural source of glucosamine), animal digest, calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, Vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, garlic oil, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.
As you can see, meat is your first ingredient, followed by corn gluten meal, ground wheat and poultry by-products.

How much does it cost?

  • 37.5lb Bag – $40

What’s the bottom-line?

While the Pro Plan Selects line is the highest-cost of all the Pro Plan foods, the other lines are less expensive (approx. $5-$10 less per bag for the largest size) but only come in chicken, beef or lamb. Whereas the Selects come in more specialized formulas. As noted in the feeding guidelines, your dogs will also need less of the food because of the higher quality ingredients.

Are you interested in trying Purina Pro Plan? Click Here to request a $3.00 coupon from Purina!

 

Sources:
Feeding guidelines: Purina.
P
hoto Courtesy: Bentza.

 

 

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