Large Robust Puppy Optistart

34lb RRP: $55.99
Current sale price: $41.99

Large Robust Puppy Optistart

RRP: £46.50
Current sale price: £32.99 + free delivery


Purina Pro Plan is a very well marketed food, giving every impression of being a scientifically formulated, healthy and highly nutritious dog food. But is it really one of the best dog foods for a large breed puppy?

This particular mix is for 'robust' breeds, meaning less athletic and energetic breeds such as Newfoundlands, St Bernards, etc. It is designed to offer a lower calorie intake reducing the likelihood that your puppy will become overweight.

Unfortunately, Purina Pro Plan lacks high quality ingredients. The first listed ingredient is chicken at 17%, which is a low proportion for the only meat source. Purina do not state if this is dried chicken or not. If it's not, then it will be bulked out with water, further lowering the proportion of decent nutrition provided by the chicken.

Wheat is the second listed ingredient. This is a concern. Wheat is closely linked with dietary problems in dogs, as it does not form part of their natural diet and they simply are not designed to digest it. Wheat can trigger allergic reactions. It is a staple of low quality dog foods, as it is a cheap filler to bulk them out.

Other disappointments on the ingredients list includes maize - another grain with similar issues to wheat, wheat fibre, and 'digest' - an animal derivative formed via very inorganic processing.

You won't find any of the joint supplements (glucosamine, chrondroitin, MSM) in Purina Pro Plan that you might expect in a mix tailored for large breed puppies. However, Purina have kept the calcium level low at 1.3% which is good for controlled skeletal development. There are certainly better foods for large breed puppies, such as the rather expensive Orijen, but also better choices at the same price point, like Arden Grange


Ingredients Nutritional Additives Analytical Constituents
chicken (17%)
dehydrated poultry protein
rice (6%)
soya meal
animal fat
wheat fibre
dried beet pulp
fish oil
dried colostrum (0.1%)
Vit A IU/kg 15779
Vit D3 IU/kg 880
Vit E mg/kg 260
Vit K mg/kg 0.13
Vit C mg/kg 60
Vit B1 mg/kg 23
Vit B2 mg/kg 12
Vit B3 mg/kg 141
Vit B5 mg/kg 39
Vit B6 mg/kg 14
Vit B8 mg/kg 0.19
Vit B9 mg/kg 4.00
Vit B12 mg/kg 0.23
Choline mg/kg 1830
Taurine mg/kg 1000
Omega- 6 % 2.6
Linoleic % 2.4
Omega- 3 % 0.4
DHA % 0.08
EPA + DHA % 0.25
Moisture % 9.5
Protein % 29.0
Fat % 15.0
Carbohydrate % 36.8
Crude fibres % 2.2
Crude Ash % 7.5
Calcium % 1.30
Phosphorus % 0.88
Sodium % 0.52
Chloride % 0.74
Potassium % 0.62
Magnesium % 0.13
Iron mg/kg 175
Zinc mg/kg 174
Copper mg/kg 17
Manganese mg/kg 45
Iodine mg/kg 2.1
Selenium mg/kg 0.35

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