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Feeding your dog a dog food made with real meat as the first ingredient lets you provide not only a meal with quality nutrition, but also with a delicious taste your dog loves.

Formulas with high-quality sources of protein, including real meat, help support total body health, and strong muscles including a healthy heart. It also helps support a healthy immune system. 

Real meat helps optimize the nutritional quality of your dog’s meal, with benefits including helping your dog maintain an ideal body condition. It provides high-quality nutrients including amino acids.

Essential amino acids are the acids your dog’s body can’t produce on its own. These nutrients help to:

  • Allow your dog’s body to function properly
  • Provide an energy source for your dog
  • Support essential functions like tissue maintenance and muscle growth
  • Provide support to help the body maintain muscle mass
  • Contribute to healthy fur and skin
  • Nourish the body’s production of hormones and enzymes that help to regulate your dog’s basic functions

For puppies, adults as well as senior dogs, protein sources such as real meat help promote total body health. This is why many dog owners look for dog food with real meat as the first ingredient. For example, Purina® Pro Plan® brand dry dog foods were founded on the idea of using real meat as the first ingredient in their formulas. For that reason, Pro Plan® formulas always contain real meat, poultry or fish, and all Pro Plan® dry products have it as the first ingredient.

For example, Purina® Pro Plan® SAVOR® Adult Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula is made with real chicken as the first ingredient, in a complete and balanced formula that combines crunchy kibble with tender, meaty pieces. Like all Pro Plan® SAVOR® formulas, it is created to provide outstanding nutrition and exceptional taste, without compromises.  Other examples include Purina® Pro Plan® NATURAL Adult Dry Formulas Plus Essential Vitamins and Minerals such as Grain Free Tuna & Egg Formula, with real tuna as the first ingredient, no corn, wheat or soy.

By choosing a complete and balanced real-meat dog food formula, you can be sure that you’re giving your dog a meal that provides nutrition he needs and taste he loves. If you have questions about feeding your dog a food with real meat as the first ingredient, consult with your veterinarian. Or to find a real meat dog food formula that’s right for your dog, visit