Purina Pro Plan Select Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach Review

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Purina Pro Plan Select Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach Review

Purina Pro Plan Select Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach

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Purina Pro Plan Select Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach Formula Dry Dog Food is made particularly for dogs with sensitive digestion and skin.

The main protein source in this dog food is salmon. Salmon is the new protein source and it is use to help prevent distress and reactions classically associated with food sensitivities.

Salmon is easy to digest and is an outstanding source of Omega fatty acids  that keep the skin and coat healthy and decrease itching and skin irritation.

The most common cause for food sensitivities in dogs is wheat and common protein meat sources such as chicken, lamb and beef. A suitable alternative protein source is hydrolyzed salmon. This dog food is a blend of salmon, rice and oats making it a formula calculated to have all the important elements to help support your dog’s skin, digestion and immunity.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Salmon, fish meal, salmon meal, canola meal
  • Fat and Oil: Animal fat, garlic oil
  • Carbohydrates: Brewers rice, Barley
  • Fiber: Oat meal
  • Fruits and vegetables: none
  • Flavorings: Animal digest
  • Preservatives: mixed-tocopherols
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: brewers dried yeast, salt, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), manganese sulfate, niacin, calcium carbonate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, 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

Guaranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein  26 % (min.)  29.5 %
Fat  16 % (min.)  18 %
Fiber  4 % (max.)  4.5 %
Moisture  12 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates  NA  43 % (EV)
Omega 6  1.2 % (min.) NA
Omega 3  0.5 % (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Pro Plan Select Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach Salmon provide a complete and balanced nutrition for maintenance of adult dogs. This dog food meets the nutrient levels defined by AAFCO.

The guaranteed levels of Omega fatty acids ensure that this dog food contains these elements. Which are very important for the maintenance of a healthy skin and coat. They also have anti-inflammatory properties.

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: Salmon is an excellent source of protein and it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon meal is a named meat concentrate.

Canola meal is a by-product of canola oil production classically used in farm animal foods. This ingredient has a lower biological value than meat and boosts the total protein reported on the food label.

Fish meal is an unclear protein source. The type or quality of fish used is not specified. Unless the fish meal’s manufacturer presents a permit or states “human grade” fish or fish meal, probably ethoxyquin (preservative banned from use in foods for human consumption) is present in the food even if it is not listed.

Carbohydrates: Brewers Rice is cheaper than whole grain rice. A processed rice product that is lost many of the nutrients present in the whole grain. It is carbohydrate easy to digest and contains fiber. Fiber is important in a dog’s diet. It is not necessarily a bad ingredient.

Barley is a carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. Barley can help support more stable blood sugar levels.

Fiber: Oatmeal is rich in vitamins, soluble and insoluble fiber and can be (depending on its level of purity) gluten-free. It contributes for your dog digestive balance.

Fat and oil: Animal Fat has not a clear and well defined origin and is not required only to be produced from “slaughtered” animals. The animals used to produce animal fat 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 is a matter of dosage. I believe that the garlic levels present in this dog food are not dangerous to your dog.

Fruits and vegetables are not included in this dog food.

Flavors: Animal Digest is used as a flavor agent. It is made from unnamed parts of unnamed animals. The animals used can be obtained from any source, so there is no control over quality or contamination. This ingredient represents a controversial ingredient due to his vague origin.

Supplements: Brewers yeast is considered a controversial ingredient because it has been associated with allergies. In any case, unless your dog is expressly allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive. It’s rich in minerals, particularly chromium, which aid in the regulation of blood sugar levels, and the antioxidant selenium, which protects cell damage. It contains almost all the B vitamins.

This dog food does not contain prebiotic and the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. Non-chelated minerals are usually connected with lower quality dog foods.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfate is a senseless ingredient in dog food. It is a synthetic version of vitamin K and has not been specifically approved for long term use, even 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.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Purina Pro Plan Select Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach we give a 3.6 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Purina Pro Plan Select Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach seems to be a recommended dry dog food.

For dog with sensitive skin this dog food contains appropriate levels of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids and Zinc to help maintain skin moisture, firmness and support a shiny coat.

Rice and Oats included in this dog food are highly digestible and g5entle on inflamed digestive tracts. The balanced amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber, promote the growth of healthy bacteria in intestine, resulting in fewer, firmer stools.

Purina Pro Plan Select Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach main benefits:

  • Made with premium salmon
  • Salmon protein source helps decrease risk of food sensitivities
  • Not contains corn, wheat, or soy
  • Naturally preserved
  • Omega fatty acids for healthy skin and coat
  • Oatmeal and rice easy to digest and gentle on digestive system

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 Select Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach

Positive Aspects

  • Salmon, salmon meal
  • Barley
  • Oat meal
  • Preservatives: mixed-tocopherols
  • Omega Fatty acids
  • Not contain soy, wheat, corn
  • Vitamins and minerals supplemented

Negative Aspects

  • Fish meal, canola meal
  • Animal fat, garlic oil
  • Brewers rice, Brewers dried yeast
  • Animal digest
  • Fruits and vegetables: none
  • Menadione sodium bisulfite complex
  • Non chelated minerals

Available in: 6 lb (2,72 Kg), 18 lb (8.16 Kg), 33 lb (15 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.


  1. Kimberly March 13, 2015 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    What would suggest in place of the Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach Formula? Please advise. Thank you.

    • Dora Mancha March 14, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      I would suggest you to try one of the: Acana Singles Limited Ingredient or Blue Buffalo Basics Limited Ingredient or Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient. They are very controlled grain free recipes containing protein sources not used in traditional dog foods.
      If you know what is the specific ingredient your dog is allergic to, you should avoid a recipe that contains it. Additionally, you should not forget the transitional period when you change your dog food. I invite you to consult our articles about this issue: “Top 5 FAQ’s about Dog Food Allergies” and “Guidelines to Change Your Dog’s Food”.

  2. Kimberly March 14, 2015 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for your response. Jack, my 9 month old yellow Labrador Retriever, is my very first dog. Jack is currently on the Hills Prescription GI Food, per the veterinarian for 5 weeks. They suggested the Purina Pro Plan Select Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach Formula (Salmon). I am not enthused with the ingredients. How do you feel about the Primal Raw Turkey and Sardine dog food? Is this easy on dog’s digestive system? The review looks very good and makes logical sense. The ingredients are all natural and after all, dogs are carnivores. Please advise.

    • Dora Mancha March 21, 2015 at 9:53 am - Reply

      I don´t know what is Jack’s diagnosis for been eating gastrointestinal food. If Jack has some kind of food allergy maybe Primal foods are not the best for him. This dog food has a lot of different ingredients such as almonds and coconut oil that may trigger an allergic reaction in a gastrointestinal sensitive dog. An allergic dog needs a more controlled food with limited ingredients and grain free. This way, you know exactly what your dog is eating and it is easy to find out what are the ingredients that your dog is allergic to.

      Additionally, raw food may present the risk of food-borne illnesses created by the handling and feeding of raw meats. You should strictly follow basic hygienic guidelines for handling raw meat to reduce risk to animal and human health.

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