|Country of origin||Australia|
It’s taken me ages to get around to this review, which is a shame as Proudi has always been one of my favourite raw dog food/BARF patties.
In this Proudi dog food review we’ll take a look at the ingredients, figure out whether they’re good for your dog, and given the similarities we’ll compare it with rivals Big Dog and Dr B’s BARF.
What the marketing says
Proudi dog foods are marketed as Australian Made with 100% ingredients sourced from local suppliers. It’s great to see they use 100% human grade ingredients, which is a great thing given how dodgy pet grade ingredients can be.
It’s nice to see Proudi conforms to a prey model raw formula of at least 95% muscle meat, organs, and finely ground bone powder, combined with 5% vitamins and minerals.
All Proudi BARF patties conform to international standards such as AAFCO, FEDIAF, and NRC, which makes them “complete and balanced” with all nutrition for a dog to retain health. There’s an Australian standard too, but it’s voluntary and kinda relies on AAFCO as the much more regulated American standard anyway.
A note on dental health (not Proudi specific, but specific to BARF)
It’s worth noting a concern I have with BARF products, in that they don’t address dental health with any abrasive qualities. Normally, in the wild, a predator mammal would retain dental health chewing on the bones of prey. With BARF products containing ground bone this benefit is made redundant.
I have the same concern with wet foods in general, but as BARF patties contain ground bone it could mean feeding raw meaty bones alongside would effectively double the calcium and throw ratios out of whack.
Your vet may recommend dental health treats such as Greenies from Mars, but I find their benefit dubious. Brushing your dog’s teeth is an option almost always overlooked, and still not as beneficial as giving the dog a bone.
What the ingredients really say
The ingredients of Proudi dog foods are great. They’re very much in tune with what your dog should be eating, which is meat, organs, and bone. This is true to the Prey Model diet, which sits well if you consider your dog fundamentally a carnivore.
Proudi has no fillers of corn, grains, potato, or whatever else can be used to keep costs down and profits up. It’s literally made almost entirely of whole prey ingredients.
If we look at the Single Protein Chicken patty we find the bulk of it is chicken breast and skin, chicken heart, chicken liver, and chicken gizzard. You’ll find the same ring true for the other formulas, with a few combos on offer such as kangaroo & beef, turkey & chicken, and a red meat combo (beef, sheep, kangaroo, and pork).
Unless your dog has intolerances to specific meat proteins it’s well worth rotating between the Proudi formulas to offer some variety.
It’s great to see the inclusion of collagen, which is excellent for joints, skin, and coat. Even if your dog doesn’t have joint problems, this will certainly act as a preventative for later years. Collagen is also great for skin and coat, and may aid digestion.
There’s not much else in Proudi dog food other than a little flaxseed, kelp, and vitamins and minerals, but that’s what you’d expect from a whole prey model dog food.
I really like Proudi. It’s much better than most other dog foods in Australia, and a lot can be said for feeding a diet which mimics what a dog would naturally eat in the wild.
Where to buy Proudi dog food
Proudi is available from click and collect, and you should be able to find it in some other pet stores too. Feel free to add a comment below if you find it somewhere else.
Proudi vs Big Dog vs Dr B’s Barf
It’s worth comparing these three BARF dog foods as they’re definitely same same but different.
Out of the three Dr B’s BARF is the only one which doesn’t claim to be human grade, and given it’s made by one of Australia’s biggest manufacturers it seems to fall a little short on consumer confidence.
Proudi and Big Dog are very similar, with the only subtle difference being Proudi opt for a Prey Model diet where vitamins and minerals are sourced from organs, whereas with Big Dog you’ll find the inclusion of fruits and vegetables.
Whether that makes Proudi better or worse than Big Dog – you decide – or why not feed both?
Common questions about Proudi raw dog food
Is Big Dog AAFCO compliant?
Yes, Proudi is complete and balanced by AAFCO standards. For further information on individual products please refer to the Proudi website.
Is Proudi suitable for puppies?
Yes, Proudi raw foods meet AAFCO nutritional guidelines to support both the puppy growth phase and maintaining health in adult dogs. For further information on individual products please refer to the Proudi website.
Is Proudi 100% human grade?
Yes, Proudi claim to use 100% human grade ingredients from 100% Australian sources.
Proudi raw food ingredients (Single Protein Chicken Dog Food patties):
100% Australian chicken (includes chicken breast and skin, chicken heart, chicken liver and chicken gizzard), collagen, flaxseed, ground vacuum dried bones, calcium carbonate, dried kelp, manganese chelate, zinc sulphate, mixed tocopherols, copper sulphate, Vitamin D.
Proudi state a typical analysis which means the following composition may vary. Usually a guaranteed analysis would be preferable, but given there are minimal carbohydrates in Proudi BARF patties it’s only a minor point.
Interestingly the Proudi website lists min and max inline with a guaranteed analysis.
Proudi raw food typical analysis (Single Protein Chicken Dog Food pattiesog Food patties):
|Crude Fibre||max 1%|
|Carbohydrates *||min 2.6% (listed)|
Proudi dog food recalls
There are no known recalls at the current time.
- We are not aware of any recalls.
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An excellent frozen raw diet for dogs, readily available in pet shops and stores.
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