|Website||Providore Pet Food|
|Available from||Pet Circle|
|Related||ZIWI Peak (New Zealand), Eureka (Australia)|
If Petbarn (or City Farmers) is your pet store of choice, then you’re probably wondering how good Providore is (especially given the price tag $$$).
With such stiff competition, how can Providore compare?
The Providore dog food formulas boast a whopping 93% meat which is really good to see, and makes this far more appropriate to your dog than almost every kibble sold in Australia.
However, when we compare the ingredients to ZIWI Peak and Eureka they fall short on a few counts.
For example, the main ingredients in Providore are Chicken, Chicken Liver, Peas, and Vegetable Glycerin.
In Eureka we find Wild boar (Meat, liver, Heart, Lung, kidney, finely ground bone), Free Range Chicken (meat, Liver, Heart, Lung, finely ground Bone, Cartilage), Salmon Oil.
That’s quite a difference, especially considering the controversial use of vegetable glycerin. Eureka has a much wider variety of organs and ground bone compared to the not-so-fancy Providore recipe.
There’s still a lot of good to be said about Providore dog food.
Keeping in trend with other premium air-dried dog foods we find green-lipped mussels are included.
That’s a plus as they’re a fantastic source of omega fatty acids, chondroitin, and glucosamine for joint health and overall well being (plus a glossy coat).
Being air dried, the food will retain much more nutrients than any kibble baked at high temperatures. That’s better for your dog than kibble for both nutrition and digestibility.
It seems Providore is complete with organs and bones, although it would be nice to see these specified on the ingredients list if that’s the case. What organs? Is it just liver?
The more minor ingredients serve to add value – parsley, chicory, kelp, flaxseed, and fish oil. This is what we’d expect in a dog food for a premium price.
All in all Providore comes across as a very decent dog food.
But, if we compare it to similar air dried brands, it falls a little short.
For the price point it’s worth taking a look at ZIWI Peak as a long standing brand with a great reputation worldwide.
Or if you want to buy Australian, then Eureka is class leading.
Why is Providore (and other air-dried dog foods) expensive?
I find many dog owners see brands such as Providore as expensive, but another way of looking at it is most dog foods are cheap…. for a reason.
Many who feed their dogs raw would also see Providore as expensive, but with this you’re buying a very convenient complete and balanced dog food which takes the risk out of an otherwise complex and messy raw diet.
One thing I suggest is variety, and there’s no reason an expensive air-dried dog food would be the whole diet you feed your dog.
If you have multiple dogs, such as a pack of Labradors, then you’re bound to have budget constraints which those with toy breeds simply don’t have!
Air-dried dog foods make a good “topper” or part of your dogs diet, perhaps adding some excellent nutrition alongside a carb-heavy kibble.
By feeding a dog food such as Providore as part of the diet, you’re boosting your dog’s nutrition, health, and wellbeing.
On that basis it’s worth considering!
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The ingredients of Providore dog food (Adult Chicken recipe):
Chicken, Chicken Liver, Peas, Vegetable Glycerine, Green Lipped Mussel, Fish Oil, Parsley, Chicory Extract, Vitamins & Minerals (Calcium, Choline, Iron, Zinc, E, Copper, Selenium, B1, B3, B5, Manganese, B2, Biotin, A, B12, B6, D3, Folic Acid), Sea Salt, Kelp, Flaxseeds, Natural Antioxidants.
The guaranteed analysis of Providore dog food (Adult Chicken recipe):
|Crude Fibre||(max) 2%|
|Carbohydrates||Estimated 19% (carbohydrates and ash not listed on label, so this is a rough estimate)|
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Providore is a good dog food, but not on par with Australian alternative Eureka or established brand ZIWI Peak.
- Rich in meat and liver
- Decent ingredients throughout
- Vegetable glycerin