Providore Dog Food Review

WebsiteProvidore Pet Food
Available fromPet Circle  
RelatedZIWI 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 $$$).

Being an air-dried dog food from New Zealand makes Providore an alternative to ZIWI Peak, but also the amazing Australian air-dried dog food Eureka.

With such stiff competition, how can Providore compare?

Providore review

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.

Providore Dog Food Review

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?

Providore Dog Food Review

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.

Guaranteed analysis

The guaranteed analysis of Providore dog food (Adult Chicken recipe):

Protein(min) 32%
Fat(min) 26%
Crude Fibre(max) 2%
CarbohydratesEstimated 19% (carbohydrates and ash not listed on label, so this is a rough estimate)

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8.7 Total Score
Providore dog food review

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


David D'Angelo

David D'Angelo has worked as a scientist since graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2000. In addition, David holds a CPD accredited Diploma in Pet Nutrition as well as being CPD accredited VSA (Veterinary Support Assistant). However, his experience and involvement in the pet food industry for 15+ years has given true insight into pet food, formulations, science, research, and pet food marketing. Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Pinterest

  1. Not sure why but every time I gave mu dog Providore treats (3 times), she got sick ( diarrhoea and vomiting).

  2. I’ve just started introducing PROVIDORE chicken slowly mix with her meals which I make her of fresh chicken breast .. sweet potato ..carrots and baby spinach then steam it whizz up in my Thermomix to my 11year old Ladroodle she absolutely loves it.

    I feel it is expensive BUT it’s good quality I feel it’s giving her the extra nutrients she needs.

  3. I used Providore chicken with Manuka honey for training today, and tonight my dog is very thirsty. Could you please tell me how much salt is in the product. It is not shown on the label.

    • The treats are higher in salt I feel as the salt is quiet high up in the ingredients. If you want a better treat try Yours Droolly New Zealand range, chicken and kumara. I feed a lot of these daily, never had any issues.

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        Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 11, 2022 at 5:05 pm

        Ah, good point Edanna – I was thinking of the regular Providore food, not the treats. I don’t know what the ingredients are of the treats but they don’t need to conform to any real regulations.

        Jill, there’s a list of treats I recommend here, but too be honest when I’ve trained any of my dogs I’ve used boiled and diced chicken – works a treat and is healthy and cheaper! You can even put the chicken in handy freezer bags and freeze it.

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      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 10, 2022 at 5:14 pm

      Hi Jill, generally dog foods have 1% salt, but there are other factors which can cause a dog to be thirsty. Do you usually feed Providore or is this a first time? I think your best bet is not to feed it for a few days to make sure your dog’s thirst returns to normal, then perhaps try it again. The if your dog becomes thirsty again (especially excessively) then perhaps return the bag? Eureka is a similar brand which is worth checking out, made in Australia.

  4. Bad! We had been feeding our puppy Ziwi Peak, and decided to try providore for an option. In the middle of the night our puppy was making regurgitating noises, this had not happened with Ziwi. I believe there is something artificial in providore which makes it easier to break up and more enticing to the dog. We returned the product and swapped for Ziwi. The old adage …. you get what you pay for!

  5. Hi,
    I was wondering if the vegetable glycerine is a good ingredient?

  6. I got a small 250gm bag of “Providore Chicken & Mackerel” to try, its very good quality, it breaks up very easy & I think Providore is better quality then Ziwi Peak, Ziwi Peak is hard carboard pieces, Providoes isn’t like Ziwi Peak

    Providore works out cheaper then Ziwi Peak, Providore – 250gm bag cost around $14, Ziwi Peak – 400gm bag cost around $32, so 2 x bags Providore – 250gms cost around $28, you’re getting 500gms, an extra 1gm so its cheaper, it stays fresher cause you have 2 locked sealed bags also Pet Barn give special offers, sends out emails with 15%-25% off pet foods & Pet Barn take off 15% when you buy another bag of Providore or any pet food…

    I give Providore 5 stars & if you have a fussy dog it will love Providore even if you use Providore as a topper so your dog eats, he’ll love it.

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