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Canine Nutrition: VICTOR 'VPRO Blend' Fuels the Hunting Dog

This proven proprietary blend was designed to maximize the genetic potential of your dog.

Canine Nutrition: VICTOR 'VPRO Blend' Fuels the Hunting Dog

At the base of each of their dog food formulas, including the Realtree MAX-5 PRO, VICTOR's "VPRO Blend" promotes superior digestibility, strong immune system function, and a healthy skin and coat. (Photo By: Chris Ingram)

As bird dog owners, if there’s one thing we desire more than birds in the bag at the end of a hunt, it’s for our faithful canine companions to lead happy, healthy, and active lives. And while we constantly strive for their top performance in the field, the other component of this equation is their nutritional intake. We demand a lot from our sporting dogs, so we owe it to them to provide them with the proper fuel they need to do their job, day in and day out.

With 20 formulas to choose from, every kibble formula from VICTOR Super Premium Pet Food contains their scientifically proven, expert-developed VPRO Blend of ingredients. This proprietary mix of supplements, vitamins, and minerals is designed to maximize the genetic potential of every dog, regardless of breed, age, or activity level. This unique formulation offers complete nutrition for your active dog that promotes superior digestibility, strong immune system function, and a healthy skin and coat.

Upland bird hunter with yellow labrador retriever
Getting the most out of your hunting dog starts with the nutrition they take in. Set them up for success by feeding them what they need to optimize their vitality and longevity. (Photo By: Chris Ingram)

The VPRO Difference

Bird hunters and sporting dog owners thrive on tracking progress and measuring results; it’s what keeps us pushing ourselves and our dogs to do better and go farther in the field. We celebrate the breakthrough moments when tangible advancements are witnessed. We pay the same attention to the health and well-being of our dogs and closely monitor what’s happening to them, both inside and out. 

VICTOR’s Senior Vice President of Nutrition and Supply Chain, Michael Keith, says digestion is related to the overall health of our dogs and that what we see on the outside is a direct reflection of what’s happening on the inside at the gut level. According to Keith, VPRO demonstrates proven, measurable results, especially in hunting dogs. 


“When we look at hunting dogs, there are lots of things to be worried about, like skin health and wound healing,” says Keith. “With our VPRO Blend, we’re delivering a high plane of nutrition and the pieces to help these dogs recover as fast as they can. You’re also going to see improved stool quality, better hair and coat health, and paw pad integrity responses within 14 to 28 days after properly transitioning over to a VICTOR product.”

The four components of VPRO include the most bioavailable forms of these key ingredients for maximum absorption that nearly eliminates the need for additional supplementation. Selenium yeast is easily absorbed and is responsible for managing metabolism, cellular regeneration, and immune system support. Essential organic and inorganic mineral complexes (zinc, manganese, and iron) operate at the cellular level to promote effective metabolic action and immune system response. These critical elements also support wound healing and joint health. Most notably, these vital nutrients are attributed to superior skin and coat health and improved paw pad integrity. VPRO also includes powerful prebiotics and probiotics that enhance digestion and strengthen the immune system.

“When we look at the whole package of our VPRO Blend, the uniqueness is that we use all four of these components at or above the research recommended rates,” says Keith. “It’s all about getting the most from the food to take care of the gut; if we take care of the gut, we take care of the rest of the dog.”


Upland bird hunter with yellow labrador retriever
Keep your hunting dog running by your side and in top form with a foundation of proper nutrition. (Photo By: Chris Ingram)

The Real Deal

In response to increasing demand from sporting dog breeders, trainers, and owners, VICTOR set out to make a more effective and more palatable formula specifically for the nutritional needs of hunting dogs that have high-energy and stamina requirements. To do this, VICTOR partnered with Realtree and created a product line that features higher levels of essential nutrients to keep these dogs running strong all season long. The results are VICTOR’s EDGE ENERGY and MAX-5 PRO blends, which are fortified with added glucosamine and chondroitin to support joint health. Made meat-centric with 85 and 88 percent animal protein (duck, beef, and fish) and 28/22 and 30/20 protein/fat ratios, these two high-quality, working dog-driven formulas are there to reliably deliver results.

VICTOR Super Premium Pet Food Realtree Max-5 pro dog food with yellow labrador retriever
Designed especially for highly active hunting dogs, the Realtree MAX-5 PRO and EDGE ENERGY contain the VPRO Blend with added omega fats and joint-healthy supplements. (Photo By: Chris Ingram)

We’re constantly faced with making tough choices when it comes to owning, training, and hunting with our dogs. Hopefully, selecting a breed and coming up with a pup’s name were the hardest decisions you’ll have to make in their life. Deciding on which covers to hunt, what order to drop the dogs, or which state to point the compass on for your next road trip should be the choices keeping you up at night — not choosing the right kibble to feed your dog.

“Every dog has a genetic potential and what we feed it determines if that dog can reach their full potential, and that’s the basis of our VPRO Blend,” Keith adds. 

With every VICTOR kibble formula containing VPRO and the maximum nutritional values your dog might need right at the start the choice of picking a preferred protein source or particular protein/fat ratio to feed your active hunting dog becomes a simple task. Developed, tested, and proven in science, all of VICTOR’s super premium products contain only ingredients that serve a purpose and offer optimal canine nutrition, all at an affordable cost. Enable your bond to thrive while you provide the best for the active sporting dog that is always by your side.

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