The Victor pet food brand is over a hundred years old, and its current owners have been making pet food since 2007. Today, Victor offers a range of both canned and dry diets for cats and dogs, as well as a selection of crunchy treats. We’re looking at their Classic Professional Formula Dry Food to see how it measures up nutritionally!
Victor sources their ingredients from the U.S., many of them from farms local to their Texas manufacturing plant. They do not provide any information on whether it comes from high-welfare or sustainable sources.
The protein in Victor’s Classic Professional comes from beef, chicken, pork, and blood meal. While this might sound unappealing to us, it can make use of nutritionally valuable meat that might otherwise go to waste.
Other protein sources in this food include alfalfa, sorghum, and millet. These provide some additional plant protein, as well as starch, fiber, and other vitamins and minerals. Plant protein is not as high-quality as animal protein (it contains a different mix of amino acids) but it makes up less than 20% of the total protein in this recipe, so this should not be concerning.
There are also several different sources of yeast in this food. These can provide high-quality protein, as well as a mix of B-vitamins.
This recipe contains chicken fat and vegetable oil, which are both sources of essential fatty acids (omega-3s and -6s) and fat-soluble vitamins. However, there is no fish oil source included. Fish oils are generally considered to be of a higher quality than plant or animal fats, and there is some evidence that dogs’ bodies may find them easier to use.
As we mentioned earlier, there is sorghum and millet included in this recipe. Both are sources of starch that provide dogs with energy.
Fruits and Vegetables
There is both carrot powder and tomato pomace included in this recipe, which will provide some fiber. These kinds of ingredients are sometimes labeled as “fillers,” but fiber is actually very important to nourish the good bacteria in dogs’ intestines.
Most of the other ingredients are sources of essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients such as choline. However, there are a few others that you might not recognize:
- The various Dried Fermentation Products are probiotics, added to try and improve dogs’ gut health.
- Yucca Schidigera is a plant extract that improves the odor of dogs’ stool.
- Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate is a type of salt, probably added to improve flavor.
Health Benefits of Victor Classic Professional
The most important thing with any dog food is to make sure that it will provide your pet with all the nutrients that they need. Victor Classic Professional is formulated to AAFCO nutritional guidelines, meaning it should contain everything that your dog’s body needs to stay healthy.
Victor Classic Professional is designed to be fed to dogs of all life stages, including puppies who will weigh over 70 lbs as an adult. However, dogs’ nutritional needs change over their life, and feeding a diet like this does mean that puppies and senior dogs may miss out on the extra nutritional support that they need at those stages. Victor diets are manufactured in their own facility in Texas, meaning that they should have more control over the quality of the diets than if they were to use a third-party manufacturer. They do employ a nutritionist to oversee the design and production of the food, though he doesn’t hold the high-level qualifications recommended by the WSAVA. The Victor website does note that they also consult external nutritionists.
All of the Victor diets contain a blend of probiotics (good bacteria) and prebiotics (food for friendly bacteria). Research into these kinds of additions is still at a relatively early stage, but there is some evidence that they may improve gut health, which in turn can have multiple benefits for the rest of a dog’s body.
Pros and Cons of Victor Classic Professional
- Made according to AAFCO nutritional guidelines, meaning it should provide dogs with everything that they need
- Manufactured in Victor’s own facilities, meaning they retain control of the quality of the food
- Added prebiotics and probiotics may be beneficial for gut health
- Not tailored to individual life stages, meaning puppies and seniors may miss out on age-specific support
- No specialist nutritionist directly employed by the company
- Contains multiple different animal proteins, meaning it may not be suitable for pets with food allergies
Information as of 3/31/22