Purina Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy Dry Food
Purina Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy Dry Food
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High-quality protein, including chicken as the first ingredient
Natural sources of glucosamine help support developing joints and cartilage
DHA from omega-rich fish oil helps nourish brain and vision development

Purina Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy Dry Food

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At a Glance
High-quality protein, including chicken as the first ingredient
Natural sources of glucosamine help support developing joints and cartilage
DHA from omega-rich fish oil helps nourish brain and vision development

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Purina Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy Dry Food. Calcium, phosphorus and other minerals help build strong teeth and bones. Rich in antioxidants to help support a puppy's developing immune system.
  • Dry Food Food & Nutrition
  • Purina Brand
  • Puppy Shop Specialty Shops
  • Purina Pro Plan Food Brands
  • Giant Breed Pet Size
  • Purina Manufacturer
  • Dry Food Type
  • Beef Free Special Diet / Food Allergies
  • Lamb Free Special Diet / Food Allergies
  • Soy Free Special Diet / Food Allergies
  • Chicken Flavor
  • Puppy Life Stage
  • Adult Life Stage
  • Large Breed Pet Size
  • Dog Pet Type

Is Purina Pro Plan Good for Large Breed Dogs?

Purina Pro Plan is good for large breeds of dogs because it focuses mainly on large breed puppies having rice and chicken formula as its main ingredients. It also has Glucosamine that helps in building cartilage and joints. The omega-rich fish oil and DHA enhances vision and brain development. The antioxidants in the diet supplement develop the immune system of your puppies. The mineral, phosphorus, and calcium make the teeth and bones stronger. It assists in the best-suited growth of your large puppy. Enriched with probiotics for better immune and digestive health. The most important and initial ingredient is chicken. The formula of the diet is highly digestive, which delivers the nutrients optimally. Omega-6 fatty acids and Vitamin A nurture the coat and skin. It is free from artificial flavors and coloring.

Is Purina Pro Plan a High-Quality Dog Food?

Purina Pro Plan diets contain carbohydrates around 44%, fats at around 18%, and dry protein matter of 30%. However, the other products from the same category have carbohydrates at 40%, fat levels around 16%, and protein at around 31%. The comparison clearly shows that Purina Pro has a slightly better advantage over its competing brands. The diet has a near-average carb and fat level and an above-average protein level; when compared to other dry dog foods. Overall, the Purina Pro Plan is a good quality dry puppy food if the emphasis is on nutrient and health features.

Do Vets Recommend Purina Pro Plan?

Veterinarians usually suggest the Purina Pro Plan as they perform quality testing of their products. They involve the vet nutritionists in their staff to ensure that they produce nutritionally enriched diets. You can also find a lot of variety of pet foods at the grocery store, but they are generally of lower quality when compared to products at pet stores. However, even pet stores are now selling trending diets (like raw, grain-free, etc.) which veterinarians do not recommend. These fad diets are hard to classify on the grounds of quality and nutrition levels. Purina has been in the market for eighty years now and is continuously raising the quality of pet nutrition diets. Experienced vet nutritionists have contributed to developing the Purina Pro Plan, which maintains a balance of all the necessary nutrients required by the big breed pets. Itโ€™s the most recommended pet food diet by veterinarians.

Which is Better: Purina Pro Plan or Royal Canin?

Based on Ingredients: Both the brands are equally popular and have almost the same ingredients. However, Purina Pro Plans have more emphasis on animal proteins, followed by easily digestible carbohydrates. Most of its diet boosts with probiotics, DHA, and Omega-3 fatty acids. On the other hand, Royal Canin focuses on carbohydrates like corn or brewers rice. When we emphasize big-breed puppy meals, protein is a more popular choice over carb diets. Based on Pricing: The average price of a Royal Canin diet is around $2.62 per pound, and Purina Pro Plan costs $1.79 per pound of dry pet diets. Being very similar in ingredients and less in pricing, Purina Pro gets the preference in pricing too. Based on Variety: Royal Canin has a range of pet food products, with 84 types of dry dog foods and 44 types of wet dog foods. However, Purina Pro has just over 50 types of dry dog foods available in their retail line-up. Royal Canin gains an advantage when we talk about variety in pet meals. Based on Availability: Purina Pro can be easily found even at non-pet stores when compared to Royal Canin. Purina Pro Plan is available at grocery stores, farm supply stores, Walmart, and online shopping portals. You can also get Purina Pro Plan from their website. However, both the brands are very well-stocked at both online and retail pet stores. Although both are good and in the market for a long time. But Purina Pro Plan has gained its advantage to be easily accessible, cost-effective, and nourishing ingredients that benefit our petโ€™s health.

Is Purina One or Purina Pro Plan Better?

Purina Pro Plan has a wide range of products and also provides better quality when compared to Purina One dog meals. Purina Pro Plan has additional probiotics and omega-3 fatty acids, which are absent in Purina One products. These nutrients positively impact the health of your pet. So, the clear choice here is Purina Pro Plan, but if you are tight on a budget, then Purina One can be a good alternative.

Do Large Dogs Need Large Breed Food?

Large Breed Dogs tend to grow bigger than average dog breeds and require diets that support their healthy and strong bones. Diets of these breeds should include higher levels of calcium for sustained bone development. Puppy diets for large breeds have a lesser energy quotient to support the growth of their bigger joints and bones. Larger breeds of dogs are likely to have joint issues, so a diet specifically designed for these breeds will keep them moving and maintain healthy joints. An ideal balance of vitamins, minerals, proteins, probiotics, and antioxidants benefits these larger breeds during their lifespan.

What Makes a Large Breed Dog Food?

A Big Breed puppy diet should include: Low-fat levels, good calcium content, an ideal Ca:P ratio, and high-quality protein. Calcium should be approximately 1.5% (i.e., 3 grams for every 1000 kcal). Giant breed puppies should have diets that have at least 30 percent of high-quality protein content and 9 percent fat. Keep in mind that the quality of protein varies as per the source and so higher quality protein diets can be more expensive.

Crude Protein 28.0% min
Crude Fat 13.0% min
Crude Fiber 6.0% max
Moisture 12.0% max
Linoleic Acid 1.6% min
Calcium 1.1% min
Phosphorus 0.8% min
Selenium 0.30mg/kg min
Vitamin A 15,000 IU/kg min
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg min
Docosahexaenoic Acid* (DHA) 0.05% min
Glucosamine* 500 ppm min

Chicken, Brewer's Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Whole Grain Corn, Poultry By-Product Meal (Natural Source of Glucosamine), Whole Grain Wheat, Animal Fat Preserved with Mixed-Tocopherols, Pea Fiber, Fish Meal (Natural Source of Glucosamine), Dried Egg Product, Animal Digest, Fish Oil, Calcium Phosphate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Citrate, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Garlic Oil, Calcium Pantothenate, 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, Sodium Selenite. L-4457.

3,922 kcal/kg, 1,779 kcal/lb, 417 kcal/cup

Weight at Maturity (lbs) 1-1/2-3 Months (Cups) 4-5 Months (Cups) 6-8 Months (Cups) 9-11 Months (Cups) 1-2 Years (Cups)
Up to 50 2/3-1-1/4 2-2-1/3 1-1/3-2-1/4 2-1/3-2-1/2 2-1/3-3-1/2
Up to 75 2/3-2 2-3-1/3 1-2/3-3-1/4 3-4-1/4 3-1/4-5-1/4
Up to 100 1-3 2-2/3-5 3-2/3-5-2/3 8-9-2/3 6-1/2-9-1/4
Up to 130 3-4-1/4 5-6-1/4 5-3/4-6-3/4 9-2/3-10-2/3 9-1/4-10-1/3

Feeding for Reproduction: Pro Plan provides the extra nutrition needed by reproducing females in stages of gestation and lactation. Food consumption may vary during gestation, so feed the amount needed to maintain the pregnant female's ideal body condition. Food intake may double or even quadruple during lactation. Provide adequate fresh water in a clean container daily. Puppies start to nibble solid foods at 3-4 weeks of age. Keep moistened Pro Plan available at all times. Allow your puppy to eat at will until fully weaned (6-8 weeks). After weaning, Pro Plan can be fed moistened or dry. For best results, develop a regular feeding schedule such as three small meals a day for younger puppies. You can gradually reduce to one feeding in the morning and one in the evening as your puppy ages. The routine should not vary. As puppies near adulthood, their calorie needs may drop, and your puppy may begin leaving some food in the bowl. Don't misinterpret this as an indication of dislike for the food. Instead, begin offering less so your puppy doesn't overeat and stays in ideal body condition. Nestle Purina Research indicates that avoiding overfeeding of puppies may help their development. Maintaining ideal body condition is key to encouraging proper growth in all puppies, especially large breeds. The indicated amounts are only a guideline. If your puppy becomes overweight, a reduction of your puppy's daily food intake may be appropriate. You may wish to consult your veterinarian about a weight control program. Recommended for Growth: This product is for growth of large breed puppies and maintenance of adult dogs - not for reproducing or lactating females. If you have a pregnant or nursing female, we recommend Pro Plan Focus Chicken & Rice Formula or Pro Plan Focus Lamb & Rice Formula puppy foods.

Transition Instructions

Making the Switch to Pro Plan: Although you'll be anxious to see the difference Pro Plan can make in your dog, please allow 7-10 days to ease the transition from your dog's current food. Each day, simply feed a little less of the previous food and a little more Pro Plan until you're feeding Pro Plan exclusively. This gradual transition will avoid dietary upsets.

Pro Plan is manufactured by Purina
Option UPC/SKU
18 Lb bag 038100132642
34 Lb bag 038100132635

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Love It!!!

Coco loves it!! It's expensive but we'll worth it!!

Colie recommends this item.
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Very Satisfied Customer

We started using Purina Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy with our black Lab at three months on his vet's recommendation. Captain is now six months old and is a very active, lean and healthy puppy.

Captain recommends this item.
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Love it!

We have had our 5 month old chocolate lab on Pro Plan since the day we brought him home, it was recommended not only at the pet store and breeder but also by the vet. We get compliments on how healthy and strong he is all the time. He has great energy and great overall health!

MCot recommends this item.
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Wonderful Choice for GSD Pup!

Switched my puppy to this food when we brought him home from the breeder... he liked it more than his old food immediately! He will work for kibbles of this food and cleans his bowl each day!

Arlosmom recommends this item.
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Power for pups

I have fed my dogs Pro Plan for the last 15 years. They are working dogs and have always performed well. The newest member to the pack is Harley, a 4 month old GSP. She is always eager to learn and has been easy to train. She has seemingly endless energy. I feed her Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy. The vet always compliments me on her development and coat. Thank you Pro Plan.

Bear recommends this item.
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Love it

I run 2 rescues and we started feeding about 1 mo ago, after a adopter recommended it. We tried it on our 5 wk old puppies through the adults gradually changing their food over. They all love it, their coats look amazing and we'll we love that it has meat 1st ingredient and no food coloring. We now recommend to all adopters as its the only food we have found with both glucosamine and conjointin.

Noble Pits Rescue recommends this item.
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Great food our pups love it

I switched my Basset puppys over to this from puppy chow and they seem to enjoy it much more and stay fuller longer shiny coats and plenty of energy , I will be continuing this food for them for god after they switch over from pup food @1 there's also the same kind of pro plan for adults as well as moist and treats all in same product line ! WTG PURINA thanks so much your Fur-ever loyal customer C.K

Ck33 recommends this item.
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Great Ingredients

After trying the sample we went and purchased this for our puppy.

Shawna0857 recommends this item.
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Love the Pro Plan line of food.

Started using Pro Plan Savor for puppies then moved to the Pro Plan Focus for large breeds. Harper loves the taste and seems to be growing well with this brand.

Harpers Mom recommends this item.
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Forrest's Review

The product is wonderful! As a vet tech it is one of the foods I recommend for large breed puppies that need specialized nutrition for their growing bones and joints.

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We have been feeding our lab mix ProPlan since she was 6 weeks old, she is now almost 4 years old. She is doing excellent and her coat always looks excellent. Six months ago, my wife was in Petsmart, an Iam's rep asked what we fed her, she told him and he even admitted to her not to switch her feed she is very healthy. We have a new puppy now so we have also started her on the large bred ProPlan and she loves it too.

Travnpatty recommends this item.
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Good not great

I have been feeding my lab pup this for 2 months now. He is growing very well on, however his energy level is not extremely high.

Hunter66502 recommends this item.
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Thorin and Castiel

All I feed my two GSDs .I have started them on pro plan and will continue to feed them this as I have had nothing but good results from it. From puppy to adults it's the only dog food for my dogs.

Paty57 recommends this item.
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better flavor

My dog started off enjoying it but after about a year lost interest in the taste. I had to keep switching flavored.

Greed10219 recommends this item.
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Great puppy food!

I have a black lab puppy and since being on this food, her coat and weight have improved. She also has very good bowel movements and I have no complaints with this product!

Amanda81735 recommends this item.
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Dinner time

Bought this for Tinkerbelle our Hound and she just loves it

lisajoylis recommends this item.
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Great Food

I purchased the food according to our puppy's age,size and nutritional value of the product. Our dog loves it, we are going to try the recommended food according to the plan.

HappyMom recommends this item.
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Loves It!

My puppy loves this Focus Chicken and Rice! His fur is growing in wonderful and his energy is none stop. It's gone as soon as we put it down.

Augie recommends this item.
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Wouldnt feed my dogs anything else!

I feed the large breed puppy food to all my dogs as soon as i bring them home and then move them to the adult formula once they've matured. They are toned, shiny coats and healthy teeth. They are at an ideal body weight and look amazing. My poodles coats are bright and and my Weimaraners silver coats shine! My dogs love the taste. I will not feed my pets anything else. I Will only feed my puppies the large breed formula and recommend the new owners continue to use this brand. I wish it was a bit lower in price or they sold 50 lb bags.

Meyerspoodles recommends this item.
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Good food

Bought this when we got our bull mastiff/lab pup and it is amazing I feed my labs focus adult all the time

Russell80 recommends this item.
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Our lab puppy, Bella, had picked up an intestinal bug in September and was on 2 antibiotics. The medications resolved that issues but her system never fully recovered; she still had soft stool most of the time. We started her, on our own, on the FortiFlora probiotic and that helped but our Vet also switched her, cold turkey, to the Purina Pro Plan EN (for gastro). As soon as her stool became "normal" again, we took that opportunity to switch her from Eukanuba to Purina Pro Plan Focus. Not only does she love it and wants more all the time, even as treats, but her sensitive system cannot be any better. We will never feed her anything but Purina Pro Plan from this point forward!

SusanG recommends this item.
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My breeder was using this; and now so am I

My 9 month Labrador retriever LOVES this; his energy is up; his attention span is up. Price is not outrageous. good choice!

Mackdady recommends this item.
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Starting off right

My Puppy, Ms. Shelby Vilvetears has been eating Pro Plan Puppy since I got her at 6 weeks old, she is now 4 month old and is a strong healthy puppy. She sweet, smart, and has a vilvet coat. My friends suggested to name her Black Vilvet because she was so soft, but my son had named her Shelby. When I registered her they recommend to have a creative name so I added Vilvetears because her ears are sooooo soft.

Vilvetears119 recommends this item.
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great puppy food

perfect for large breed puppies--they love it and the nutrition helps them grow at the right rate for their breed

puppylover97526 recommends this item.
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3 DDB's LOVE this! Fed since pups and own 3 AKC champs! great food for growth and health!

alison26933 recommends this item.
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My Rotties Love ProPlan!

All around great product!! We absolutely love the variety and stages for all ages!

RottenLove42368 recommends this item.
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Great food - great coupons.

Our Great Dane was 15 lbs at 8 weeks. She is now a healthy 37 lbs at 14 weeks. Without knowing what brand she was on before we got her, we were told to try Pro Plan puppy.It worked perfectly for her. She is now on Pro Plan puppy large breed.

Jersey recommends this item.
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My puppies loved it!

I purchased some of this 2 weeks agoa nd my puppies are cery happy with it and so am I. They seem to be more than ready to gobble it up at feeding time and they handled this brand quite well.

katpay recommends this item.
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Excellent food for golden retrievers

i started using this food for dog who rolled and had no coat.this food worked in an incredible way. two siblings who used it have grown beautiful coat an do not roll. i am now using it for all my goldens..

Amica31400 recommends this item.
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Great product

Keeps my dogs coat shinning, and in overall great health.

Chevy recommends this item.
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