Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Beef & Rice Formula Review

//Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Beef & Rice Formula Review

Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Beef & Rice Formula Review

Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Beef & Rice Formula

Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Beef & Rice FormulaPro Plan Savor Adult Beef & Rice Formula is a dry dog food for adult dogs. The first protein source is beef which is nutritional and tasty.

This dog food also added whole grains, including corn and wheat, which are good digestible sources of carbohydrates for energy and fiber, to support digestive health.

The inclusion of linoleic acid , an omega 6 fatty acid, and vitamins supports healthy skin and coat. Addition of glucosamine supports joint health.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Beef, poultry by-product meal (natural source of glucosamine), soybean meal, dried egg product, fish meal (natural source of glucosamine), corn gluten meal
  • Fat and Oil: animal fat, garlic oil
  • Carbohydrates: Brewers rice, whole grain wheat, whole grain corn
  • Fiber: Brewers rice, dried beet pulp, wheat bran
  • Fruits and vegetables: none
  • Flavorings: animal digest
  • Preservatives: mixed-tocopherols, glycerin
  • Sweeteners: glycerin
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: calcium phosphate, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, Vitamin E supplement, manganese proteinate, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), sulfur, niacin, copper proteinate, 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.

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

Nutrient Analysis

Gauranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 26 % (min.) 29.5 %
Fat 16 % (min.) 18 %
Fiber 3 % (max.) 3 %
Moisture 12 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 43 % (EV)
Linoleic Acid 1.2% (min.) NA
Glucosamine 400 ppm NA
Moisture Description NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

This dog food meets AAFCO nutrient profiles. However, protein-boosting outcome of the corn gluten meal and soybean meal lives this diet with only moderate amount of meat.
In the guaranteed analysis they include Linoleic Acid (omega 6 fatty acid) and Glucosamine. This elements support skin and coat health and joint health respectively.
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.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Beef is an excellent protein font.

Fish meal is an animal unspecified protein source. You never know what type or quality of fish is used. Unless the fish meal’s manufacturer presents a permit or states “human grade” fish or fish meal is used, you can be almost certain Ethoxyquin (preservative banned from use in foods for human consumption) is present in the food even if it is not listed.

Soybean Meal is poor quality protein filler used to boost the protein content of low quality pet foods.

Dried egg product provides high-quality proteins in a highly digestible form. It is a good source of antioxidants.

Poultry Byproduct Meal is cheaper and less digestible than chicken meat. There is no control over the quality and consistency of individual batches. You shouldn’t forget that byproducts consist of any parts of the animal.

Corn Gluten meal is used as a cheap protein source in dog foods. Some dogs may develop an allergy to corn. This ingredient has not a balanced amino acid composition.

Carbohydrates: Brewers Rice is cheaper than whole grain rice. A processed rice product that is lost many of the nutrients contained in the whole grain. So it is of only reserved nutritional value to a dog. It is an easily digested carbohydrate that contains fiber. Fiber is important in a dog’s diet. It is not necessarily a bad ingredient.

Whole grain wheat and whole grain corn are complete grains, very nutritive, source of protein, energy and fiber. However, they should not be used as the main ingredient, which is not healthy for your dog.

Fiber:Wheat bran is the outer layer of a wheat kernel. It is rich essentially in dietary fiber.

Dried beet pulp may be a controversial ingredient because some say that it is only a cheap filler used in dog foods. However it is a good source of fiber available for dogs.

Fat and oil: Animal Fat represents a not specified fat source and is not required only to be produced from “slaughtered” animals. The utilized animals can be obtained from any source (e.g. euthanized animals), so there is no control over quality or contamination of this ingredient.

Garlic oil may be a controversial item. Garlic contains a chemical compound called thiosulphate. This element can be toxic in extremely high levels, causing hemolytic anemia in dogs. So, garlic can be toxic to dogs. But, this too is an issue of dosage.

Supplements: Chelated minerals like zinc proteinate and manganese proteinate, are easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are frequently found in good dog foods.

Sulfate and oxide based mineral supplements are harmless but poorly absorbed and thus mostly useless.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfate is a pointless ingredient in dog food. It is a synthetic version of vitamin K and has not been specifically approved for long term use, such as in dog food. It has been associated to many serious health problems (e.g. liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells).

This dog food does not use artificial flavors or dyes. This fact is a very good point.

Glycerin sweetens food. It is used as a humectant (keeps food moist) and interferes with nutrient assimilation. Glycerin derived from animal and plant sources is usually considered as ‘safe’, though a nutritionally invalid element. However, some pet food manufacturers are using glycerin that is derived from biofuel processing. Thus this is not something that you want to feed your dog.

Animal Digest used here as a flavoring agent. It is made from unspecified parts of unspecified animals. The animals used can be obtained from any resource, so there is no control over quality or contamination. This ingredient represents a controversial ingredient due to his uncertain origin.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Beef & Rice Formula we give a 3.35 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone seems to be a recommended dry dog food.

Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Beef & Rice Formula main benefits:

  • Good quality protein, including beef and dried egg product
  • Includes hard kibbles and savory tender shredded pieces dogs love
  • Good sources of fiber helps promote digestive health
  • Vitamin A and linoleic acid for healthy skin and coat
  • Glucosamine for joint support

The score of 3.35 stars attributed to this food is mainly due to:

  • The use of some unspecified sources of animal protein and fat which are not a very good point.
  • Additionally they use soybean meal and corn gluten meal as protein sources which are not meat protein fonts.
  • They include menadione sodium bisulfite complex. This element is associated with some serious health problems.
  • The glycerin source, whether if it is from animal or plant font or biofuel processing, is not specified.

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 Savor Adult Beef & Rice Formula

Positive Aspects

  • Beef, dried egg product
  • Whole grain wheat, whole grain corn
  • Wheat bran
  • Mixed-tocopherols
  • Dyes are absent
  • Chelated minerals
  • Linoleic acid
  • Glucosamine

Negative Aspects

  • Poultry by-product meal, fish meal, soybean meal, corn gluten meal
  • Animal fat, garlic oil
  • Brewers rice
  • Dried beet pulp
  • Fruits and vegetables: none
  • Animal digest
  • Glycerin
  • Menadione sodium bisulfite complex


Available in: 6 lb (2.7 Kg); 18 lb (8.16 Kg); 35 lb (15.87 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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