Purina Pro Plan Natural Plus Essential Vitamins & Minerals – All Life Stages Chicken & Brown Rice formula

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  • Purina Pro Plan Natural Plus Essential Vitamins & Minerals - All Life Stages Chicken & Brown Rice formula
  • Published on: February 22, 2015
  • Last modified: January 3, 2016
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Review Summary:

This recipe is relatively high in protein and it has meat protein sources in the top five ingredients cover the essential amino acids a dog needs. There are dried vegetables, but they are too far down the ingredient list to be considered significant in this review. The unfavorable is the generic ingredient “animal fat”. Such a generic source opens up the question on the grade of the source, such as what condition the animal was in and where it is from. Overall, this recipe is just above average.

Pros

  • Provides Omega-3 and 6 fatty acid content
  • Relatively higher in protein
  • Cons

  • Generic ingredient sources
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    30% (min) 17% (min) 4% (max) 12% (max) 29% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 464 (per cup)
    Vitamin A 15 000 IU/kg
    Vitamin E 460 IU/kg
    Magnesium NA
    Calcium 1%
    Phosphorus 0.9%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc 180 mg/kg
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) 0.15%
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) 1.5%
    Omega-3-acid 0.6%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 2%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Chicken
    2. Barely
    3. Dried egg product
    4. Chicken meal
    5. Brewer’s dried yeast

    Chicken is a good start and source of protein with all the essential amino acids for dogs, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

    Barley is a cereal grain that provides a good source of fiber and contains eight out of the ten essential amino acids for dogs. Do note, it is rich in carbohydrates.

    Egg product are eggs that are removed from the shell, then processed and pasteurized at a factory. Its composition does not necessary contain both the yolk and egg white from each egg. The manufacture may blend them at any ratio and may include non-egg products for processing purposes.

    Chicken meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein with the essential amino acids that a dog needs for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Brewer’s dried yeast is a good source for proteins and vitamins. The proteins from yeast are complete and it offers good B-complex vitamins particular. However, a possible drawback is some dogs maybe allergic or will develop an allergy toward yeast. Thus, take caution and keep a careful eye on your dog.

    Ingredients To Be Aware Of

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

    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.

    Brown rice is good source of fiber and contains more nutrients than white rice. It does contain a high amount of carbohydrates.

    Oatmeal is ground oat groats, which are high in carbohydrates, and offers protein and fiber too.

    Dried beet pulp is a source of fiber, but the saponins it contains may cause irritation in the gastrointestinal tract. If you choose a dog food with this ingredient, then keep a careful watch on your dog and consider discontinuing use if there are any signs of discomfort or irregularities.

    All Ingredients

    Chicken, barley, dried egg product, chicken meal (natural source of glucosamine), brewer’s dried yeast, brewer’s rice, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), brown rice, oat meal, pea protein, dried beet pulp, natural flavors, fish oil, calcium carbonate, salt, L Lysine monohydrochloride, mono and dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, dried carrots, dried sweet potatoes, dried tomatoes, Vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, DL Methionine, L ascorbyl 2 polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B 12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D 3 supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, and sodium selenite

    Manufacture and Location

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

    Recalls

    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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