Purina Pro Plan SAVOR Shredded Blend Formula Adult Dry Dog Food

Last updated date: November 27, 2018

DWYM Score
5.3

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We looked at the top 1 Dry Dog Food and dug through the reviews from 3 of the most popular review sites including Dog Food Advisor, Petsumer Report and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Dry Dog Food you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 124 expert reviews, the Purina Pro Plan Purina Pro Plan SAVOR Shredded Blend Formula Adult Dry Dog Food placed 18th when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
3.4
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
2,004 user reviews
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Judging by its ingredients alone, Purina Pro Plan Savor Dog Food looks like a below-average dry product.Purina Pro Plan Savor is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat and by-product meals as its main sources of animal protein.
- Dog Food Advisor
Minus: - Supplements can be sourced from China; risk of poor quality control. - Contains Sodium Selenite – potential risk form of selenium. - The mineral listings do not read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption). - This food does not appear to contain probiotics (friendly bacteria that benefits the intestinal system and in turn the immune system of the pet). - Contains animal fat, animal digest and poultry by-product meal; ingredients determined by the FDA to be possibly contain euthanized animals. - Contains grain ingredients prone to deadly molds. - Contains genetically modified (GM) grain ingredients linked to health risks. - Contains copper sulfate, supplement recently linked to liver disease. - Contains Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity); a controversial synthetic Vitamin K. - Contains DL-Methionine, a synthetic amino acid.
- Petsumer Report
Purina Pro Plan dog food gets a low review for dubious quality and a number of harmful ingredients that canines cannot digest.
- PetFoodTalk.com
October 26, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Delight your dog with a perfect balance of outstanding nutrition and exceptional taste each time you feed him Purina Pro Plan SAVOR Shredded Blend Beef & Rice Formula adult dry dog food. With real beef as the #1 ingredient and wholesome rice, this super-premium pet food doesn't compromise on nutrition or flavor, creating enjoyable mealtimes for your canine pal. This tasty recipe combines hard kibble with tender shredded bites for a unique texture dogs love. Providing 100% complete and balanced nutrition for adult dogs, this super-premium dog food offers an optimal protein-to-fat ratio to help your dog maintain an ideal body condition, no matter what adventures his day brings. Fill his bowl with Purina Pro Plan SAVOR Shredded Blend Beef & Rice Formula adult dry dog food, and give him a great-tasting dinner that's manufactured in our Purina-owned U.S. facilities.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Wellness Core
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 8
2. Orijen Tundra
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Taste of the Wild Grain Free
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 8
4. CANIDAE All Life Stages
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
6. American Journey
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Blue Buffalo Wilderness
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Fromm Classic
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Horizon Dog Food
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Natural Balance Dog Food
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 7
11. Nature’s Recipe
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 8
12. Iams ProActive Health
Overall Score: 6.2
Expert Reviews: 6
13. Royal Canin
Overall Score: 6.0
Expert Reviews: 7
14. Diamond Naturals Dry Food for Adult Dog
Overall Score: 5.8
Expert Reviews: 8
15. Purina ONE SmartBlend Natural Formula
Overall Score: 5.6
Expert Reviews: 6
16. Hill’s Science Diet Adult Sensitive
Overall Score: 5.5
Expert Reviews: 4
17. Pedigree Adult Complete
Overall Score: 5.3
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Dry Dog Food

Dogs are like members of our families, so of course, we want to keep them as healthy and happy as possible. The foundation for that is proper nutrition. A consistent, high-quality diet is the key to keeping your dog looking and feeling great. Feeding your dog the best dog food will keep them functioning at their best and can ward off chronic diseases, leading to a longer life. Dry dog food is very common and convenient, as it does not require refrigeration.

There’s a ton of different types of dry dog food out there, so the choices can be overwhelming.  You should look for dog food that is labeled as “complete and balanced,” which means the food contains the minimum amount of all the nutrients necessary for dogs. This standard is regulated by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Keep in mind that buzzwords like “premium” and “immune supporting” are not regulated and should not carry much weight in your choice.

Just as with human food, you want to make sure your dog is eating a diet with real, whole foods and one that is free from artificial preservatives and additives. Make sure your dog’s food contains a high-quality animal protein source, like lamb, chicken or turkey. Leading brands, such as Orijen Tundra, contain multiple protein sources, including chicken, turkey, flounder and egg.

Many veterinarians recommend avoiding dog food that contains grains like corn, wheat and soy, as dogs do not need these starches. Although many healthy dog foods contain carbohydrates in the form of fruit and vegetables, brands like Taste of the Wild tout their grain-free recipe.

Other healthy ingredients include probiotics, which benefit the intestinal and immune systems, and minerals. Minerals should be chelated or proteinated for maximum absorption.

Some dogs need special diets, and diets should be adjusted for puppies and senior dogs. The right dog food for your pet will meet all of their needs and come at an affordable price.

DYWM Fun Fact

Dogs have been humans’ companions for more than 30,000 years. In the beginning, man’s best friend’s diet did not get the consideration it does today. Dogs generally ate the scraps that were left over from their humans. Around 1860, businessman James Spratt introduced the first commercially prepared dog food. Official nutritional requirements for dogs and cats were established in the mid-1980s. Dry dog food, or “kibble” as we know it today, became popular in the 1950s.

As of 2017, commercial pet food was a $26 billion industry. These days, a lot of pet parents are turning to online retailers like Amazon and Chewy to get their dog food delivered straight to their door.

The Dry Dog Food Buying Guide

  • Make sure to feed your dog the proper amount. Overfeeding your dog ups their risk of obesity and associated health problems. There are some formulas to determine how much you should be feeding your dog depending on their size and breed, and your veterinarian can also provide you with guidance.
  • Puppies need small, frequent meals, while adult dogs can eat just one to two meals per day. Some dogs are grazers, meaning that they will eat small amounts throughout the day, but many more will eat all the food that is given to them at a time, which is why it’s important not to overfeed them.
  • Price is an important factor in dog food, as it’s one of the major ongoing expenses associated with being a pet owner. A higher price tag does not necessarily translate to a superior product. A moderately priced brand such as Nature’s Recipe scores high marks for its quality.
  • To keep your dog’s food fresh, make sure it is sealed. Some brands come with resealable tops, or you can put it in an airtight container, preferably made of glass or stainless steel. Make sure you keep your dog food in a cool, dry place. Moisture and heat can compromise the food’s safety and quality.
  • Just like human food, dog food has an expiration date. Dry dog food is generally good for one year. Never give your dog food that smells or looks spoiled.
  • It’s important that the food you choose is a good fit for your dog. If your dog rejects a food or it makes them sick, it may not be the optimal choice for them. Consult with your veterinarian to find the type of food that’s best for your pet.
  • Make sure you wash the bowls your dog eats and drinks from regularly, ideally every day. Once a week, they should be sanitized with a bleach solution. Stainless steel bowls are the easiest to keep clean.