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Purina Pro Plan Information

Purina Pro Plan is probably the best-known brand from the Purina group. Other Purina brands include Purina One, Purina Beneful, Purina Dog Chow, and Purina Beyond.

Purina Pro Plan, along with the other Purina brands, is produced at Purina’s dedicated manufacturing facilities across the United States. However, we are not certain which of Purina’s production sites is used to produce Purina Pro Plan.

Purina Pro Plan is available from thousands of pet food stores across the United States and the world. It is also commonly available from veterinary practices, especially those recipes for specific health issues.

You can also purchase much of Purina Pro Plan’s range online from some of the large pet food websites like Chewy, Petflow, and Amazon.

Purina Pro Plan Product Range

Dog Food

Purina Pro Plan has one of the largest range of dog food products of any brand. This range includes an even mix of dry dog food recipes and wet/canned dog food recipes.

Within this range, Purina Pro Plan includes many specialized recipes such as those for certain age ranges, like puppies and senior dogs, size-specific recipes for small, large, or giant breed dogs, and finally, many recipes for health issues such as sensitive skin & stomach or weight management.

Purina Pro Plan does not produce any breed-specific dog food recipes as some competitor brands do.

Cat Food

Purina Pro Plan’s cat food range is equally impressive in size and is one of the largest product ranges of any brand we have researched. Purina Pro Plan produces a mix of dry cat food and wet/canned cat food, with the latter having more variety available.

Purina Pro Plan produces age-specific cat food such as recipes for Kittens and Senior cats and recipes for specific health issues like hairball management, weight management, and sensitive skin.

Purina Pro Plan does not produce any breed-specific cat food recipes like some of their competitors do.

Purina Pro Plan Nutrition

Dog Food

Given their huge product range, the nutrition offered by Purina Pro Plan recipes varies significantly. There are some Purina Pro Plan recipes that have nutrition that is below average compared to other dog food brands, but there are also others that have nutrition that would be considered above-average.

This variety is especially true when you consider that many of Purina Pro Plan’s recipes are designed for dogs with severe health issues. For these dogs, optimal levels of protein and fat come second to their health issues.

Below is an example of the nutrition provided by one of Purina Pro Plan’s better dry dog food recipes.

Purina Pro Plan Example Nutrition

If you would like to learn more about canine nutrition, we highly recommend you check out our Dog Food Guide.

Cat Food

The principles and concepts discussed above also apply to Purina Pro Plan’s cat food recipes. Some of these recipes offer nutrition that is average or below average when compared to other cat food brands, while others offer nutrition that is impressive and above-average.

While there are some unique health issues that can influence a cat’s diet, the majority of cats will thrive best on a diet high in animal-based protein and fat and without excessive levels of plant-based content.

This is as cats are obligate carnivores which means that their digestive system is not designed to digest large quantities of plant matter.

If you would like to learn more about feline nutrition and what an Obligate Carnivore is, then be sure to check out our Cat Food Guide.

Purina Pro Plan Ingredients

High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Duck
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Beef
  • Lamb

Purina Pro Plan uses a moderate range of high-quality meat and fish ingredients in its recipes, most of which are listed above.

These ingredients are high-quality sources of animal or fish-based protein and fat, which should be at the core of every dog or cat’s diet.

Many of these ingredients are industry favorites, such as Chicken, Turkey, Beef, and Salmon. These ingredients are so popular among pet food manufacturers as they are easy to source, highly nutritious, and affordable.

Purina Pro Plan makes less use of uncommon or unique meat and fish ingredients in its recipes compared to some other brands. Ingredients like Venison, Kangaroo, and Rabbit are often found in recipes for pets with severe allergies.

You can learn more about these unique ingredients and why they are used in our Best Hypoallergenic Dog Foods Guide.

Venison

Some Purina Pro Plan recipes include small portions of organ meat like Liver. Organ meat ingredients like these can be excellent additions to pet food recipes and enhance their flavor as well as provide some beneficial vitamins and minerals.

Other Notable Ingredients

Purina Pro Plan uses a large range of grain ingredients in its recipes, including Barley, Rice, Oat Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, and Wheat.

Grain ingredients like these can be controversial additions to pet food recipes, with many pet owners being strongly against their use. However, some pet owners, especially fans of Purina Pro Plan, are strong supporters of grain-inclusive recipes the use of grain ingredients.

Regardless of opinion, these grain ingredients are used by Purina Pro Plan to provide a mix of nutrition in the form of carbohydrates, plant-based protein, fiber, and select vitamins and minerals.

Beef Fat is found in many pet food recipes and is included to boost the overall levels of animal fat and to improve flavor. However, Chicken Fat is often favored over Beef Fat by many brands as it can be easier and more affordable to source.

You can learn more about Chicken Fat in our article Chicken Fat In Dog Food.

Sadly, Purina Pro Plan uses some unnamed meat ingredients in their recipes, such as Meat By-Products. Unnamed meat ingredients like this are generally looked down upon as they are unaccountable and not transparent.

Despite the fact that they can provide some valuable nutrition in the form of protein and fat, these ingredients could be modified or altered by manufacturers without altering the ingredient list or informing pet owners.

Dried Beet Pulp is one of the most popular additions to pet food recipes and is used as a source of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber can be a critical component to some dog’s diet to ensure they keep regular stools and digestion.

Outside of this fiber content, Dried Beet Pulp provides very little nutrition. You can learn more about Dried Beet Pulp in our article Dried Beet Pulp In Dog Food.

Sunflower Oil is a vegetable oil that is sometimes found in pet food recipes. Sunflower Oil can be used to boost overall levels of fat and can also be used to help bind food together.

You can read more about Sunflower Oil in our article Sunflower Oil In Dog Food.

Guar Gum is extremely common in wet/canned pet food and is used as a binding agent. Binding agents hold the ingredients of food together in a consistent texture and appearance but usually do not provide any noticeable nutrition themselves.

Purina Pro Plan Animal Testing

Purina Pro Plan is a pet food brand with far more information available around their testing and feed trials than most pet food brands.

Many others avoid disclosing information about their testing and trials due to fears about customer backlash.

We strongly believe that invasive or laboratory testing of animals for the pet food industry is a cruel and outdated practice and one which we hope will see a significant decline.

Purina Pro Plan Recalls

Based on our research (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor), Purina Pro Plan has had recalls over its history and is therefore not a recall-free brand.

Given that Purina has been in operation for over 100 years, there have been many recalls and scares. We are going to focus on recalls that have taken place since the turn of the century.

In March 2016, Purina Pro Plan issued a recall due to inadequate levels of some vitamins and minerals. While not as concerning as foreign contamination or the presence of dangerous chemicals, an unbalanced vitamin and minerals profile is still important.

Pets who consume a diet with an inappropriate balance for a sustained period of time can experience health issues. Thankfully this recall only affected a small number of Purina Pro Plan wet dog food recipes with best before dates ranging from June 2017 to August 2017 and with a production code range between 5363 to 6054.

Pro Plan Savory Meals, 10oz. tubs – Braised Chicken Entrée, Braised Pork Entrée, Braised Turkey Entrée, Grilled Salmon Entrée, Braised Beef & Rice Entrée

Despite the above recall from Purina Pro Plan, the brand is considered to have some of the strongest and complete safety and quality procedures. We hope that these will help Purina Pro Plan minimize any future recalls of their products.

It is also worth noting that many of the other Purina brands have undergone recalls in the recent past for a variety of reasons, such as Salmonella Contamination, Flawed Packaging, and others.

We’ve recommended checking out some of our other Purina brand review pages for details which you can find below.

Purina Dog Chow Brand Review

Purina Alpo Brand Review

Regardless, we always encourage pet owners to be vigilant of any future recalls of Purina Pro Plan or any other pet food brands.

Best of Purina Pro Plan

All Life Stages Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Review

Purina Pro Plan Performance Chicken

The above Performance recipe from Purina Pro Plan is one of our favorites and is best suited to very active dogs who have a high demand for protein and fat. The recipe’s most abundant ingredient is Chicken, which can provide a suitable portion of high-quality animal-based protein and fat.

The other main ingredients in the recipe are a mix of Corn ingredients, Rice, and by-products. While many in the industry frown upon ingredients such as these, fans of Purina Pro Plan believe they are well suited to the digestive system of dogs.

They would argue that Corn is a nutritionally dense ingredient that can provide carbohydrates, plant-based protein, and select vitamins and minerals to dogs.

Purina Pro Plan Featured Articles

Best WSAVA Approved Dog Food – Purina Pro Plan is probably the best-known brand that follows the complex WSAVA Guidelines, which is why it was a no-brainer to feature in this article.

The WSAVA Guidelines instill strict requirements on pet food brands such as feed trials and qualified nutritionists. Read this article to see what other brands feature.

Full Purina Pro Plan Product Range

Dry Dog Food

Large Breed Beef & Rice Probiotic Puppy

Sensitive Skin & Stomach Salmon & Rice Large Breed Probiotic Puppy

Sensitive Skin & Stomach Turkey & Oatmeal

Adult 7+ Bright Mind Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult 7+ Bright Mind Small Breed Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult 7+ Bright Mind Large Breed Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult 7+ Complete Essentials Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice

Adult Cognitive Health Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Complete Essentials Shredded Blend Salmon & Rice

Adult Complete Essentials Shredded Blend Turkey & Rice Probiotic

Adult Complete Essentials Shredded Blend Lamb & Rice

Adult Complete Essentials Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice

Adult Complete Essentials Shredded Blend Lamb & Rice

Adult Giant Breed Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Large Breed Sensitive Skin & Stomach Salmon & Rice Formula

Adult Large Breed Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Large Breed Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach Salmon & Rice Formula

Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach Small Breed Salmon & Rice Formula

Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach Lamb & Oat Meal Formula

Adult Small Breed Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Small Breed Shredded Blend Lamb & Rice Formula

Adult Small Breed Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Toy Breed Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Weight Management Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Weight Management Shredded Blend Small Breed Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Weight Management Large Breed Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Weight Management Chicken & Rice Formula

All Ages Sport Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula

All Ages Sport Active 27/17 Turkey & Barley Formula

All Ages Sport Active 27/17 Chicken & Rice Formula

All Ages Sport Small Bites 27/17 Lamb & Rice Formula

All Ages Sport Performance 30/20 Salmon & Rice

All Ages Sport Performance 30/20 Beef & Rice Formula

Puppy Chicken & Rice Formula

Puppy Lamb & Rice Formula

Wet/Canned Dog Food

Adult 7+ Senior Complete Essentials Chicken & Rice Entree Classic

Adult 7+ Senior Complete Essentials Turkey & Rice Entree Classic

Bright Mind Adult 7+ Beef & Brown Rice Entree

Bright Mind Adult 7+ Turkey & Brown Rice Entree

Focus Adult 7+ Beef & Rice Entree Morsels In Gravy

Focus Adult Large Breed Chicken & Rice Entree Chunks In Gravy

Focus Adult Large Breed Beef & Rice Entree Chunks In Gravy

Focus Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach Salmon & Rice Entree

Focus Adult Small Breed Beef Entree

Focus Adult Small Breed Turkey Entree

Focus Adult Small Breed Chicken Entree

Focus Adult Weight Management Turkey & Rice Entree Morsels In Gravy

Focus Grain Free Puppy Classic Chicken Entree

Focus Grain Free Puppy Classic Turkey Entree

Focus Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice Entree Classic

Focus Puppy Chicken & Rice Entree Classic

Savor Adult Beef & Vegetables Entree Slices In Gravy

Savor Adult Beef & Rice Entree Classic

Savor Adult Beef & Brown Rice Entree Classic

Savor Adult Chicken & Vegetables Entree Slices In Gravy

Savor Adult Chicken & Rice Entree Classic

Savor Adult Lamb & Vegetables Entree Slices In Gravy

Savor Adult Seared Chicken, Julienne Carrots & Barley Entree In Gravy

Savor Adult Seared Beef, Green Beans & Brown Rice Entree In Gravy

Savor Adult Shredded Turkey, Peas & Brown Rice Entree In Gravy

Savor Adult Shredded Beef & Lamb Entree In Gravy

Savor Adult Turkey & Vegetables Entree Slices In Gravy

Savor Grain Free Adult Beef & Peas Entree Classic

Savor Grain Free Adult Classic Beef & Chicken Entree

Savor Grain Free Adult Classic Beef & Salmon Entree

Savor Grain Free Adult Classic Turkey, Duck, Quail Entree

Savor Grain Free Adult Classic Turkey & Chicken Entree

Savor Grain Free Adult Classic Chicken & Duck Entree

Savor Grain Free Adult Turkey & Sweet Potato Entree Classic

Dry Cat Food

Adult Complete Essentials Chicken & Egg Formula

Adult Complete Essentials Shredded Salmon & Rice Formula

Complete Essentials Salmon & Rice Formula

Adult Complete Essentials Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Complete Essentials Salmon & Egg Formula

Adult Complete Essentials Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Hairball Management Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Indoor Salmon & Rice Formula

Adult Indoor Turkey & Rice Formula

Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach Lamb & Rice Formula

Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach Turkey & Oat Meal Formula

Adult Shredded Blend Indoor Turkey & Rice Formula

Adult Urinary Tract Health Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Weight Management Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Weight Management Turkey & Egg Formula

Development Kitten Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula

Kitten Chicken & Egg Formula

Kitten Chicken & Rice Formula

LiveClear Adult Weight Management Chicken & Rice Allergen Reducing

LiveClear Adult 7+ Senior Prime Plus Chicken & Rice Allergen Reducing

LiveClear Adult Indoor Turkey & Rice Allergen Reducing

LiveClear Allergen Reducing Sensitive Skin & Stomach Turkey Formula

LiveClear Allergen Reducing Chicken & Rice Formula

LiveClear Allergen Reducing Salmon & Rice Formula

Wet/Canned Cat Food

Beef & Carrots Entree Grain Free Classic

Beef, Carrots & Rice Entree In Gravy

Beef & Chicken Entree In Gravy

Beef Entree With Carrots In Gravy

Chicken & Cheese Entree In Gravy

Chicken & Rice Entree In Gravy

Chunky chicken Entree Classic

Focus Adult 11+ Salmon & Tuna Entree Classic

Focus Adult 11+ Chicken & Beef Entree Classic

Adult Healthy Metabolism Formula Chicken Entree In Gravy

Focus Adult Indoor Care Salmon & Rice Entree In Sauce

Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula With Salmon

Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Turkey & Giblets entree

Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Ocean Whitefish Entree

Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Beef & Chicken Entree

Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Chicken Entree In Gravy

Focus Adult Weight Management Turkey & Rice Entree Ground

Focus Kitten Chicken & Liver Entree Classic

Focus Kitten Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Entree Flaked

Focus Kitten Salmon & Ocean Fish Entree Classic

Focus Sensitive Skin & Stomach Tuna & Oat Meal

Focus Sensitive Skin & Stomach Duck Entree Grain Free

Focus Sensitive Skin & Stomach Arctic Char Entree Grain Free

Grilled Seafood Entree In Gravy

Hairball Chicken Entree Classic

Hairball Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Entree Classic

Hairball Salmon Entree Classic

Hairball Turkey Entree Classic

Indoor Grilled Chicken Entree In Gravy

Indoor Grilled Turkey Entree In Gravy

Indoor Grilled Salmon Entree In Sauce

Indoor Grilled Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Entree In Sauce

Kitten Salmon & Tuna Entree Grain Free

Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Entree In Sauce

Prime Plus Adult 7+ Salmon & Tuna Entree Classic

Prime Plus Adult 7+ Chicken & Beef Entree Classic

Prime Plus Adult 7+ Cod & Shrimp Entree Classic

Prime Plus Adult 7+ Chicken Entree Classic

Prime Plus Adult 7+ Ocean Whitefish & Salmon Entree Classic

Prime Plus Adult 7+ Turkey & Giblets Entree Classic

Salmon & Brown Rice Entree classic

Salmon & Cheese Entree In Sauce

Salmon & Rice Entree In Sauce

Salmon, Shrimp & Rice Entree In Sauce

Salmon & Wild Rice Entree Classic

Savor Salmon Entree In Sauce

Savor Turkey & Giblets Entree In Gravy

Seafood Entree

Sole Entree With Spinach In Sauce

Sole & Vegetable Entree In Sauce

Trout & Pasta Entree In Sauce

True Nature Grain Free Formula Natural Trout & Salmon Entree Classic

True Nature Grain Free Formula Natural Turkey & Chicken Entree Classic

True Nature Grain Free Formula Natural Ocean Whitefish & Salmon Entree Classic

True Nature Grain Free Formula Natural Turkey & Chicken Entree Classic

True Nature Kitten Grain Free Natural Ocean Whitefish & Salmon

True Nature Kitten Grain Free Natural Chicken & Liver

True Nature Natural Chicken & Salmon Entree In Sauce

True Nature Natural Chicken & Turkey Entree In Gravy

True Nature Natural Beef & Liver Entree Plus Essential Nutrients In Gravy

True Nature Natural Salmon & Catfish Entree In Sauce

True Nature Natural Ocean Whitefish & Trout Entree In Sauce

Tuna Entree In Sauce

Tuna, Shrimp & Rice Entree In Sauce

Turkey & Cheese Entree In Gravy

Turkey & Giblets Entree Classic