Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Chicken & Rice formula

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  • Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Chicken & Rice formula
  • Published on: February 22, 2015
  • Last modified: June 13, 2015
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Review Summary:

This recipe this it off right with chicken as good meat protein sources as the first ingredient. Further down you will find a few generic source ingredients such as animal fat, poultry by product meal, and animal digest. Such generic sources opens up the question on what condition the animal was in and where it is from. There are various forms of corn, such as gluten, germ and whole corn. It appears this is a tactic to boast the protein content with an unbalanced amino acid plant source, and to the splitting of the ingredients is an attempt to mask how much corn product this recipe contains. Nevertheless, it should be acknowledge this recipe is relatively high in protein. In summary, highlights in this recipe are few, it lacks wholesome ingredients, and with the generic ingredients the recipe is just barely average.


  • Provides Omega-6 fatty acid content
  • Relatively higher in protein
  • Cons

  • Generic ingredient sources
  • Does not provide any Omega-3 acid content info
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    28% (min) 18% (min) 3% (max) 12% (max) 31% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 457 (per cup)
    Vitamin A 15 000 IU/kg
    Vitamin E 100 IU/kg
    Magnesium NA
    Calcium 1.1%
    Phosphorus 0.8%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) 1.6%
    Omega-3-acid NA
    Omega-6 fatty acid NA

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Chicken
    2. brewer’s rice
    3. poultry by product meal
    4. corn gluten meaL
    5. whole grain wheat

    Chicken is a good start, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

    Brewers rice is milled & processed rice.  This processing strips valuable nutrients out; leaving the residual grain fragment, resulting in a carbohydrate biased focused filler.

    Poultry by-products meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. It may contain bones, lungs, brains, underdeveloped eggs, intestine, etc…The term “Poultry” is a generic term and it does not specify exactly the source. This leaves an open door to where they may have procure the poultry from, which may allow for higher odds of a bad source such as a sick, euthanized, road kill, as a few examples among many other possibilities.

    Corn gluten meal is an inexpensive source of protein, and does boast protein content when used. However, the amino acids it contains are not well balanced for a dog. Thus, it is an inferior choice to meat or other sources for protein. Look out for this protein substitute. There are some dogs maybe allergic to corn, which applies to this corn by-product.

    Whole wheat are grains of wheat that keeps all parts of the grain intact, which are germ, endosperm, and bran. It is a source of fiber and good some protein. Beyond fiber it is relatively high in other carbohydrates.

    Ingredients To Be Aware Of

    Animal fat can come from various sources, such as the state of the animal or the specific animal type. There is no enforcement or definition the source. As one example, it can come from healthy slaughtered animal; on the other hand it could also come from a sick and/or euthanized animal.

    Corn is source of nutrients and protein, but it is also contains relatively high amounts of carbohydrates and it is commonly found in dog food, since it is relatively cheap. Take caution some dogs may already be or will develop an allergy to corn.

    Animal digest is processed animal issue by applying heat, enzymes, and/or acids. The end product may contain protein, but it is not clear on what parts of the animal, condition of the animal, or what type of animal was used.  It doesn’t sound great and we advise to avoid this ingredient if possible.

    All Ingredients

    Chicken, brewer’s rice, poultry by product meal (natural source of glucosamine), corn gluten meal, whole grain wheat, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), whole grain corn, corn germ meal, brewer’s dried yeast, fish meal (natural source of glucosamine), animal digest, dried egg product, fish oil, salt, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, niacin, manganese sulfate, L Lysine monohydrochloride, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, garlic oil, Vitamin B 12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), and sodium selenite

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
    Location(s): USA


    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture, parent, or parent subsidiaries from 2013.

    Date Brand Reason
    8/30/2013 Purina One Beyond Salmonella

    *Recall information from FDA website.


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