Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed Dry Dog Food Review

//Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed Dry Dog Food Review

Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed Dry Dog Food Review

Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed Dry Dog FoodPurina Pro Plan Focus Dry Dog Food Adult Large Breed


Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed Formula includes fresh chicken as the main ingredient.

Fresh chicken is a source of good quality protein that helps support muscle mass for strength and provides energy. The correct quantity of protein supports proper muscle conditioning, indispensable for larger dogs.

This dry dog food features a specific nutritional formula for fulfil large dog breeds unique needs. Complete and balanced nutrition for large dogs needs to be adjusted to their unique dimension and nutritional necessities.

This Purina formula is designed for large adult dogs weighing over 50 lbs. Omega fatty acids and glucosamine are crucial to the maintenance of joint health and mobility. Natural prebiotic fiber from wheat bran helps support digestive health.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken, corn gluten meal, poultry by product meal, fish meal, animal digest, dried egg product
  • Fat and Oil: Animal fat, fish oil
  • Carbohydrates: Brewer’s rice, whole grain wheat, whole grain corn
  • Fiber: Barley, wheat bran
  • Fruits and vegetables: absent
  • Flavorings: Flavor from the ingredients, no artificial or natural flavors are added
  • Preservatives: Mixed tocopherols
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Corn germ meal, calcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, potassium citrate, Vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, L Lysine monohydrochloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, L ascorbyl 2 polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B 12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, Vitamin D 3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, and sodium selenite.

Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 26 % (min.) 29.5 %
Fat 12 % (min.) 13 %
Fiber 4.5 % (max.) 5 %
Moisture 12 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 59 % (EV)

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?” and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis.

You should consider the protein boosting effect of the corn gluten meal on the protein percentage of the food label. This kibble contains a moderate amount of meat.

Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed Formula provides complete and balanced nutrition for maintenance of adult dogs.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken is used here as fresh meat. It is a highly palatable and provides all the essential amino acids that your dog needs.

Corn gluten meal can be used to increase the protein levels of dog foods. It usually is used as an alternative to more expensive meat sourced proteins and it is not easy for dogs to digest. Thus it can lead to health issues like allergic skin problems.

Poultry by product meal consist in what remains of a slaughtered animal after the comestible parts have been removed. They include the parts not intended for human consumption (feet, lung, heads, stomachs, intestines, spleen…).

Fish meal is an acceptable source of high-quality protein and is easily digested by dogs. It is a powder obtained by rendering and crushing whole fish, bones and offal from processed fish. Fish meal from oily fish contains abundant omega fatty acids and numerous vitamins and other micronutrients. Here we don’t know the kind of fish used to produce this fish meal.

Animal digest is used to increase the flavor of dog foods. Animal digest is a controversial ingredient due to the method used for its production. It is made from the breakdown of animal tissue through chemical or enzymatic hydrolysis. Additionally it is unclear what products of what animals the digest is derivative from.

Dried egg product is a good source of inexpensive, good quality protein, fat and numerous minerals and micronutrients.

Carbohydrates: Brewer’s rice consists of the small fragments that results from crushing whole rice. It represents an effortlessly digested carbohydrate that holds fiber. Fiber is important in dog’s diet. It is considered as a controversial ingredient because it does not contain a large amount of nutritional value. However, it is not harmful to dogs unless they are allergic.

Whole grain wheat is an inexpensive carbohydrate source. It is frequently linked with dietary intolerance in dogs which makes it a very controversial ingredient. Wheat intolerance can lead to numerous health problems most frequently affecting the skin, coat and digestive tract.

Whole grain corn is included in dog food as an alternative to high quality grains like rice, oats and barley. It is considered as a controversial ingredient. Critics of corn defend that it is hard for dogs to digest and it is associated to food intolerance and allergies.

Fat and oil: Animal fat is a by-product of meat meal production. Dogs truly enjoy the taste of fat. The problem about this ingredient is that it can refer to literally any fat of any quality from any animal.

Fish oil results from the processing of oily fish like tuna and sardines. It contains abundant essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which have lots of health benefits. This ingredient also is rich in several vitamins including vitamins A, B and D.

Fiber: Barley is a good source for energy, B vitamins and fiber for colon health. Mainly, it is an excellent source of soluble fiber. Moreover, barley is a quality grain source and reduces allergic reactions associated with corn or wheat.

Wheat bran is the outer shell of wheat. Bran is full of fiber and supports your dog’s intestinal flora health.

Supplements: Corn germ meal is made of the part of the grain that would grow into the new plant. The germ contains the majority of the non-carbohydrates nutrients such as a very high level of essential omega 6 fatty acids and vitamin E, A and K.

Salt (sodium chloride) is commonly included in dog food as a flavor enhancer. Dogs enjoy the taste of salt. Excessive amounts of salt has the same health effects for dogs as for humans. This is particularly important if your dog has heart and kidney problems or high blood pressure. Small amounts of salt are included in this dog food. If your dog is free from heart our kidney problems this ingredient in not bad for him.

Garlic oil has some anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It also can help to eliminate intestinal worms. Only very large doses of garlic are unsafe for dogs. Toxic doses are large (2 whole bulbs daily) so you do not need to be concerned about this ingredient.

Menadione sodium bisulfite complex (vitamin K3) is a synthetic form of vitamin. It is a precursor that is converted to the vitamin in the body after ingestion. According to some studies menadione presents some important negative effects such as:

  • Cytotoxicity in liver cells
  • Damage in the natural vitamin K cycle
  • Hemolytic anemia and hyperbilirubinemia

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex is the only AAFCO approved supplement of Vitamin K in dog foods. Larger doses of menadione can be toxic. Still, in trace amounts, menadione is probably safe. Dog owners may desire to reflect about the potential long term consequences of including this controversial additive in dog foods when buying dog food.

The minerals included in the ingredient list are not chelated so they are difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are attached to an easily absorbable substance. So they get into the bloodstream more readily.

This food does not contain sweeteners, dyes or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed Dry Dog Food we give a 3.4 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed Dry Dog Food seems to be a recommended dry dog food.

This dry dog food formula also helps keep your dog in an optimal body condition. You should not allow your dog to become overweight because potential health problems like articular disease and metabolic conditions can develop. The precise amount of food your dog necessitates will need to be adjusted according to age, activity and environment.

Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed Dry Dog Food main benefits:

  • Fresh chicken is the main ingredient
  • Omega fatty acids and glucosamine help support healthy joints, cartilage, and mobility
  • For adult large dogs
  • Natural prebiotic fiber for a healthy digestion
  • Vitamins, minerals and vital antioxidants to maintain your dog’s immune system healthy
  • Calcium and phosphorus help support strong bones and teeth
  • Vitamin A, linoleic acid and high-quality protein help to support skin and coat health

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed Dry Dog Food

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken, dried egg product, fish meal
  • Corn germ meal
  • Fish oil
  • Barley, wheat bran
  • Omega fatty acids and glucosamine sources
  • Natural prebiotic fiber

Negative Aspects

  • Corn gluten meal, poultry by product meal, animal digest
  • Animal fat
  • Brewer's rice, whole grain wheat, whole grain corn
  • Salt, garlic oil
  • Menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity)
  • Non chelated minerals
Available in: 18 lb (8.16 Kg); 34 lb (15.4 Kg)

About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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