Nulo FreeStyle (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Nulo FreeStyle Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Nulo FreeStyle product line includes six dry dog foods, five claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance and one for growth (Puppy).

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Nulo FreeStyle Adult Salmon and Peas
  • Nulo FreeStyle Puppy Salmon and Peas
  • Nulo FreeStyle Adult Lamb and Chickpeas
  • Nulo FreeStyle Senior Trout and Sweet Potato
  • Nulo FreeStyle Adult Turkey and Sweet Potato
  • Nulo FreeStyle Adult Trim Cod and Lentils (4.5 stars)

Nulo FreeStyle Adult Salmon and Peas was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Nulo FreeStyle Adult Salmon and Peas

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 33% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 41%

Ingredients: Deboned salmon, turkey meal, menhaden fish meal, whole peas, sweet potato, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols & citric acid), chickpeas, deboned turkey, lentils, pea fiber, natural flavor, yeast culture, dried chicory root, dried blueberries, dried apples, dried tomatoes, dried carrots, salt, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), iron proteinate, niacin, copper proteinate, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, manganous oxide, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), sodium selenite, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, folic acid, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis30%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis33%18%41%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%37%35%
Protein = 28% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 35%

The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Although it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, raw salmon contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.

The third ingredient is menhaden fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. They’re rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not exposed to mercury contamination as can be typical with deep water species.

This item is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The fourth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The seventh ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The eighth ingredient is turkey. Although it is a quality item, raw turkey contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The ninth ingredient includes lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With three notable exceptions

First, pea fiber is a mixture of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber derived from pea hulls. Aside from the usual benefits of fiber, this agricultural by-product provides no nutritional value to a dog.

Next, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Nulo FreeStyle Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Nulo FreeStyle looks like an above-average dry dog food.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 33%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 41%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 34% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 41% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, chickpeas and lentils, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Nulo FreeStyle is a plant-based dry dog food using a notable amount of turkey and fish meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Nulo Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

10/11/2015 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Uremia? Has the dog had labs or a urine analysis done lately? History of kidney disease?
    I would take the dog to the vet for testing, asap. The odor may have nothing to do with the food.

  • Paula Hart

    My pup has just started eating this food and I swear his head (mostly) has the scent of cat urine and he is not ever around cats? Anybody else have this issue? Is it the fish in the product?

  • Francesca G

    Nature’s logic kibble is not for a small old 13 year old dog who weights 16 pds. IMO the protein is 46% way too high. Sticking with Gather Wild Ocean which my dog loves and I rotate Yukon by Victor.

  • Sydney

    Try Nature’s Logic!!!

  • Sydney

    There is no protein in a fat. Dogs and cats have protein allergies. Therefor if your dog is allergic to Chicken it will not have a reaction to Chicken Fat. However, this brand is absolute crap. if you want the best checkout Nature’s Logic. They also have a chicken fat free formula if you are still worried.

  • Francesca G

    I have never seen Acana Light and Fit sold in the US.

  • sharron

    acana light and fit has 26% carbs

  • Francesca G

    Dogs gain weight from the carbs. I try to stay at 37% carbs!!

  • Diane

    Oh no! This is the first I tried Acana and I got the Heritage Meats because it has no chicken or chicken fat in it.

  • Diane

    Than you! I can look into that as well:)

  • sharron

    have you tried the acana singles? – 395 cals, 15% fat

  • sharron

    hi again – orijen has come out with a new formula called trim and fit – haven’t seen it in the stores yet here in calgary, ab

  • Diane

    Thank you Sharon! I don’t think my store has it but I did look it up and I need to see if they have one made with no chicken as my boy is allergic to it

  • sharron

    you are most welcome – the light and fit is about 360 cals per cup and around 10% fat – lexee is around 11 lbs and 8 yrs old

  • Diane

    Oh thank you! I will look for that in the store!! I didn’t know they had that as an option!

  • sharron

    hi – i have a yorkie/chihuahua – i’m feeding her acana light and fit

  • Diane

    Thank you Francesca. I don’t think I am going to give them the Acana any more. They are two small yorkies. My boy is suppose to be around 10-11 lbs and he is now 14 lbs. My little girl should be about 6.5 lbs and she is 8. I will google the food you recommended also. For now I will just measure out the Nulo. I am glad I only bought the little tiny bag of Acana to try! They have to lose weight. I cannot have to obese dogs and risk their health. Thank you for your input!

  • Francesca G

    Good luck on Acana. Their food was too rich for my small Cockapoo and she gained weight while on it. I measured very carefully what I gave her. I just got the new Petcurean kibble called Gather (google it). It’s a new line and perhaps your pet store can special order it for you since it’s not sold in the US yet. It is a limited ingredient kibble Protein 30%, fat 15%-carbs about 37%. Might be good for a smaller dog who can’t afford to gain weight. Please see Gather’s breakdown. http://www.petcurean.com/app/uploads/2016/12/Wild-Ocean-Cod_Dog.pdf

  • Francesca G

    Good luck on Acana. Their food was too rich for my small Cockapoo and she gained weight while on it. I measured very carefully what I gave her. I just got the new Petcurean kibble called Gather (google it). It’s a new line and perhaps your pet store can special order it for you since it’s not sold in the US yet. It is a limited ingredient kibble Protein 30%, fat 15%-carbs about 37%. Might be good for a smaller dog who can’t afford to gain weight.

  • Diane

    My two dogs also have black stools

  • Diane

    I was feeding my two small dogs Nulo but one is allergic to chicken the lamb and chickpea has chicken fat in it. So I started them on the Acana Heritage Meats. I thought this may be too rich for them as they are small dogs and have gained weight. I will stop the Acana but the Nulo wet they eat the Freestyle Lamb and lentil has a high calorie content. Any suggestions.

  • Diane

    Just started using the Acana Heritage Meats. My dogs eat Nulo Freestyle wet food also. Notice they both have gained too much weight. Have to find another food now. The Nulo wet has a lot of calories per can although I do measure the food. At my wits end. They are small and can’t afford to continue gaining weight.

  • Francesca G

    I’m getting the Gather this afternoon. Will let you know how my dog does. I never heard of Valens Pasture.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Gather is next on my list to try for sure. Unfortunately, it’ll be a bit before I do as I just finished a bag of one food and started on another (both Canadian recipes – Acana Pacific Pilchard (not available in the US) and Valens Pasture (new Canadian company I’m not sure is available in the US at all yet))

  • Francesca G

    Petcurean just came out with a new grain free line called Gather. Very hard to find in the US although one store found it for me.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Not me.. I’m in Canada and it’s not available here (or, at least, it’s not available in my part of Canada)

  • Francesca G

    I have no idea why they do that. I just bought some Victor Yukon which only has two proteins, no chicken meal, no turkey and it’s grain free (low carbs too) Their kibble is very tiny UGH! Has anyone tried it?

  • Storm’s Mom

    Yes, it drives me nuts when companies do that.. like, why does a fish recipe need to have poultry in it?!?

  • Francesca G

    Thank you! Unfortunately Nulo has chicken fat and turkey meal in all of their recipes. Very frustrating!

  • Storm’s Mom

    My guy is intolerant/allergic to poultry generally (chicken, turkey, duck..raw ingredients and “meals”) but is fine with chicken fat. I’ve heard of lots of dogs with poultry issues that aren’t fine with chicken fat, though. It’s generally the protein that the intolerance/allergy stems from, so it may depend on how much protein is left in the fat after processing. I don’t think *because* a dog is intolerant/allergic to chicken it will automatically be intolerant/allergic to turkey, but it’s probably more likely than not. You could either try turkey meal or chicken and see, or avoid it if you can…your call, really. I wouldn’t recommend trying a food with both chicken fat and turkey meal, though, as it would take longer to find out what the intolerances/allergies actually are. Hope that helps!

  • Francesca G

    Does anyone know if a dog is allergic to chicken would they be allergic to chicken fat and turkey meal? Both ingredients are listed in all of Nulo’s kibble.

  • Francesca G

    You can buy Nulo on line at Chewy and I think Lexee will like it. I spoke to the manager at my local pet store last night and she said Acana/Orijen is not for small dogs because it’s too rich. I gave Casey some Nulo lamb yesterday and she loved it. Since starting Nulo my 13 year old dog has a lot of energy and the kibble keeps her very full. I only feed her .66 cup per day. Google Nulo and read all about it. Nulo has so many recipes and what keeps them full is that the first 3 ingredients is usually protein. For some unknown reason it’s not as rich as Acana. http://nulo.com/dog/freestyle-dog/freestyle-dog-trim/

  • sharron

    Hi – Can’t find Nulo here in Calgary, so i put Lexee back on to Acana Singles today. I found that feeding
    her just can food wasn’t filling her up, lots of begging at the dinner table and hovering around me when i’m making a sandwich etc. – have to soften it a bit – will see how her bm’s are

  • Francesca G

    My 13 year old cockapoo LOVES Nulo. I am rotating between Medal Series Senior Chicken & lentils, Nulo Lamb & Chickpeas (free style) & Senior Trout (freestyle). Her bowel movements are perfect. My dog was on Acana since May however it was too rich for a small senior dog and she was gaining weight. Customer service is amazing via email and social media. Highly recommend this kibble.

  • pegasusx86

    Smart choice, been feeding my 11 yr old arthritic lab this for tge past year, i switched from orgin. Some guys in austin tx came up with it. My sampson loves it, but he will eat anything. The best part, no more loose stool, and hes staying slimmed down by eating the senior. Great dog food

  • sharron

    hi – i agree with your comments – i have a yorkie/chihuahua and the food she actually likes and will eat consistently is Royal Canin and it has to be wet food. She hates kibble. i have tried all of the much better foods but she doesn’t care for them and won’t eat.

  • Jason Shwagner

    Always beware of negative reviews from new or recent posters with low history and treat them with skepticism. I can confirm from an industry insider standpoint that many companies literally employ people to post on sites like DFA to post positive reviews of their own foods and negative reviews of competitors. Often the negatives will be severe like “dogs ended up in a veteranary emergency clinic with ($$$$$$) huge bill and poor fido almost died or did die” etc. There are certainly some bad foods out there, but most are at least ok and other than some chinese horrors in random batches the amount of true bad food is pretty minimal. It mainly comes down to finding anfood that your particular dog can thrive on. Anyway, I have not tried this brand yet, but saw it advertised at a local big pet store for a good price and saw DFA gives it 5 stars which is very impressive so I will try it and let you know how it goes. I have a Yorkie who is ALWAYS finding a reason to stop liking his current high end food so I am always looking for another brand to rotate on him to avoid food fatigue. He is so spoiled but well worth it as any Yorkie owner will tell you. So far his best tolerated foods have been Fresh Pet dry and wet, Fromm’s Gold small dog and Natues Balance (think thats the name) Synergy. He did not do well at all on Blue Buffalo (constant diarrhea) Royal Canin (huge HUGE stools and poor absorbtion)(overrated and overpriced I know better now lol) and Merrick but am not sure which specific it was as it was last year. Would have been small dog if I remember correctly. Other than Royal Canin (TOTAL MARKETING overpriced brand with fillers galore) the other brands seem like great foods but my guy didnt take well to them. Not sure why I went off on this novel but I guess in case any Yorkie owners need info..

  • Amateria

    Hey crazy I just found your profile picture while looking at a hate comments video haha, I find it funny that I wasn’t even paying attention to the profile pics but I saw yours.
    http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/04585412ceb483376d8e5f731e58e4ad592d4aa42e08b179678c26f741623cb8.jpg

  • Crazy4cats

    Which flavor are you feeding?

  • Francesca

    I noticed this kibble makes my dogs stool black. Anyone else notice this? Otherwise she loves it.

  • Diane

    So far so good. The only wet they were not crazy about was the Salmon but I don’t think they really like fish. They are eating all the others and also nibbling on the dry. Now hoping to see if it helps with the allergies. Poops are good too. Thank you for asking!

  • K9Lover

    Acorrding to the bag no.
    Here the website states Low Carb & glycemic ingredients. You can scroll over to the ingredent tab & look for yourself, I don’t see alot of carb ingredients
    http://nulo.com/dog/freestyle-dog/freestyle-dog-trim/

  • K9Lover

    Pea fiber. Potatoes are the devil!! LoL

  • K9Lover

    I have had great results with Nulo!!, how are your dogs doing?

  • K9Lover

    You sure your dogs didn’t get into something? because all my dogs & foster dogs are on Nulo. Not one issue with finicky ones or those with allergies. Plus their coat looks great, breath & teeth are great and stools are even more regular (Same time every day)

  • K9Lover

    Best food desicion I ever made for my dogs outside their RAW diet. Life is hectic & Nulo Balance dogs diet in all the crazy!!
    Thank You Nulo!!

  • JComo

    I’m verifiable. Have your own opinion and I’ll have mine ok.

  • bojangles

    Where are your comments about any foods?

  • JComo

    Four dogs and one comment? Where are his comments regarding other foods? Yelp removes negative comments by people with few comments. It’s too easy to be a competitor or have a personal vendetta and try to wipe out a company or product.

  • bojangles

    Hi JComo,

    The vast majority of people who post here only leave 1 or 2 comments. They come here to ask a question or to share their experience.

    Why are they less trustworthy than those with many comments?

  • Diane

    Hi Sam! So far they are both eating it. They love t he wet food. They are eating the dry but not as much, they nibble on it during the day. I was afraid to feed it to them because of the one negative story on here but I also read reviews on Chews’s.com and they were all good. It will take a little time to see if it helps with the allergies but as long as they are eating it and loving it I will continue feeding it to them. Thank you so much for your help!

  • JComo

    The 4 sick dogs in the ER was posting by someone who has only made one comment. I would rather trust people who have more than one comment

  • Sam

    Diane, I’m glad I helped in the decision. Sa me day I added my two-cents here I posted on FB, and some of my local friends also raved about the food or had just switched over. I’m curious to hear how your fur babies like it. Like people, all pups are different, and I hope no one else’s pups have the same negative reaction as the one reported as we (our dogs) LOVE it!

  • Diane

    Hi Sam! I just purchased a bag of the lamb formula dry and wet for my two dogs. I too have finicky eaters and two small yorkies. I am hoping that this food is something they like and thrive on like yours do. My little boy has allergies and his paws are just raw from licking and chewing them. Hoping this food helps with this issue also. I read all about it on their site and everything sounds really good and healthy. I was not going to buy it based on that one bad experience but all the other reviews I have read about this food were good. Thanks for sharing your experience! It helped me make my decision.

  • Diane

    Happy to hear your babies are doing well on this food. I am going to try it. I just bought the canned but did not get the dry yet as I want to try the freestyle without chicken protein and have to order it.

  • Diane

    I was going to try this food as I have a dog with really bad allergies to potatoes and peas I believe. At possibly chicken. So I was going to try the lamb and the lamb canned food but Chris below wrote her dogs got really sick so now I am afraid to try it. Did your dogs get sick at all? Thanks

  • Sam

    We have been feeding the Lamb version to our 4 dogs for over a year now. Our eldest (16 Morkie) was previously a finicky eater and we had to do all kinds of enticements to get him to eat. Not any more…he eats the kibble completely dry…never misses a meal any more! Our regular vet check-ups show favorable lab results, and we get compliments on our American Bulldog’s coat ALL the time (a breed known for skin problems). Also, even though this is pricier, there is less filler so you don’t have to feed as much, and all 4 of our pups are healthy weights. I’m sorry for the person that reported a bad experience. This brand definitely gets our recommendation!

  • Diane

    Thank you so much for help!

  • bojangles

    Hi Diane,

    I would suggest that when you switch foods you always keep the calories the same at first.

    In this case you would figure out how many calories of the Wellness you were feeding each day and feed the SAME AMOUNT OF CALORIES per day of the new food.

    Adjust calories accordingly based on weight gain or loss.

    Always make small changes when adjusting calories, no more than 5 to 10% at a time. Wait around a month in between any calorie changes.

    Good Luck!

  • Diane

    Was going to try this Nulo lamb and lentil canned but someone posted earlier her four dogs ended up in the ER from eating Nulo food

  • Diane

    Just started my two on Fromms grainfree lamb and lentil dry formula. Hoping it helps with severe allergies. Have been trying an elimination diet. They do eat Wellness canned grainfree beef stew and turkey and duck stew also. Don’t know if that is the culprit or not because it has potatoes in it and peas

  • Diane

    I have a dog with severe allergies and mostly to chicken. I was told that if an ingredient is chicken fat not to give it to him so I have not. I am at my wits end trying to find a quality food without that ingredient that he can eat

  • Diane

    I switched my two small dogs from Wellness dry and wet to Stewart’s freeze dried lamb recipe which is 45% protein and 31% fat. They absolutely went nuts for this food. But within a month they gained over a lb. and I was not overfeeding and actually feeding less then what was recommended. I feel so bad because I stopped due to their small breed and didn’t want them to gain too much weight and have kidney and liver problems. One has severe allergies and I have tried everything without success.

  • Diane

    I have read about Acana w/Lamb and Apples and heard it is a very good food, may try it myself for my baby that has severe allergies. I never heard of this Nulo food before but someone posted above that all four of her dogs ended up in the ER very sick:(

  • Diane

    OMG! I was just going to go out and buy this and try the free style wet food for my allergy sensitive dog. Forget it now! I am terrified of these dogs foods really. May just start cooking for him. I hope that your babies are all feeling better and that you found a good healthy food for them.

  • Chris

    Made all four of my dogs very sick I would stay away if you don’t like emergency vet bills I’
    m thinking of having this food tested to see what’s in it cause my fur babies didn’t deserve to be poisoned and my bank account didn’t deserve to be drained

  • Storm’s Mom

    Feed a rotation diet, you don’t have to choose…or worry about either one.

  • Sanz

    I need a consensus. If you were to choose between two ingredients, would you rather have potatoes or pea fiber as a binder/filler?

  • chacha711

    Does anyone have any info/ good or bad results on NULO LARGE BREED ADULT Turkey n Peas, n wonder how it compares to ACANA Adult w/Lamb n Apples??? Thx!

  • Jackie

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Krista

    Hi, is there any way to know the nutrient profile for the adult trim formula? I’m just wondering if it’s carb heavy.

    thanks,
    Krista

  • Sarah Ritchey

    Nulo does have a large breed formula but it is exclusive to Petsmart

  • Joe McAllister

    I wanted a Large Breed Puppy food because I have a large breed puppy. I read a lot about the calcium and phosphate levels and importance of promoting slow growth. Follow the link above that Pitlov responded to my original post. If I didn’t have a large breed dog I would have stayed on the Nulo. I believe its a top quality food.

  • ShepAussie

    What do you meant by eliminating the food that peaks and chicken?

  • ShepAussie

    Billy, where did you get that a senior formula of a commercial dog food is easier for a dog to digest?

  • ShepAussie

    why did you switch from that Nulo formula to Fromm LBP?

  • Don

    We got several samples of Nulo dry at a local dog expo and started substituting it for the prescription dry food from the vet. Some dogs were on ID for digestive problems and some on LD for elevated liver levels. The first thing we noticed was 1) all of our dogs loved Nulo, even our picky eater. 2) After about a week, our 13 year old Chihuahua started to perk up, becoming more playful and seemed to be more aware of what was going on. We haven’t taken our Chihuahua back in to check her liver levels, yet, but she’s acting so much happier and alert now, we’re wondering if the LD is good for her. Our little sensitive eater eats more and hasn’t had any stomach trouble since switching to Nulo. Unless there’s a problem with Nulo, I think we’ll keep all of them on Nulo for life!

  • Pitlove

    Perfect! That is probably my all time favorite LBP food. I intend to use it for my next 2 dogs which will be large and giant breeds 🙂

  • Joe McAllister

    I ended up switching over to Fromm LBP. Thanks.

  • Joe McAllister

    Thanks…looking into this.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Joe- I would absolutely recommend calling the company that makes Nulo and finding out what the as fed levels of calcium and phosphorus are as you have a large breed dog and they require very strict diets from 8 weeks to 8-10 months of age. You can also check out this thread on the forum section which discusses large/giant breed puppy nutrition.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/large-and-giant-breed-puppy-nutrition/

  • Joe McAllister

    After researching several foods, I decided to go with Nulo Puppy kibble for my 9 week GSD. She loves this food and I’m confident she’s getting all the nutrition she needs from this high quality source. I highly recommend this food to anyone searching for the best kibble.

  • kathrin

    does your dog have the same sensitivity to chicken if you cook it yourself. Many times its not the actual meat but the factory’s product or storage of the meat that causes these sensitivities. Factory Farmed chickens are usually fed a “cheap” grain diet that could be stored outside and moldy. Some of the best and most expensive brands use these chickens. Evo being one of them. I’ve done a lot of years of research into these factories. Believe me you would be surprised. When I had finally come up with my EXTREMELY short list of brands and their factory practices that I trusted, Nulo was one of them. Dogs can sometimes have sensitivities to certain meats. Just make sure by making it yourself for a week and see what happens. Only then can you really be sure. Either which way Nulo is a great food. Also on my list are Canine Caviar, Natures Logic, Carna 4, Dogswell Nutrisca, Orijen, Honest Kitchen, and Fromms.

  • animal-lover

    bad breath is often a sign of poor digestion. probiotics/digestive enzymes help, along with a species-appropriate diet. dogs are scavenger carnivores and NEED protein. my boss has 2 small breed dogs, both on raw diets. they’re senior dogs and healthier than most others like them we know. that whole “low protein” for small breeds and senior dogs is not true. dogs were designed to eat meat protein.

    http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/05/05/surprising-findings-from-tufts-study-of-37-senior-dog-foods.aspx

  • DogFoodie

    Interesting. The Merrick Golden Years Senior Medley canned food you’re feeding actually has 47.4% protein on a dry matter basis and the only “senior” Merrick kibbled diet I could find was Class Senior Real Chicken With Brown Rice & Green Pea with 30% protein.

  • Billy Hunnicutt

    I hope this helps as we have toy breeds also and have found that high protein diets can damage their tiny organs especially their livers. Just our opinion I would take them both to the vet for a fasting cbc and also have them checked for kidney and bladder stones the smell on the breath could be urea build up – we now feed our toy breeds merrick cans garden medley senior at 9 % protein and from s mature formula kibble at 19 % protein we know not the greatest food but was recommended for them and the reason senior foods were recommended for them is because it is easier to digest. Just an opinion and share for the toy breed.

  • Esme Buell

    oh yes I know.but eliminating the food that peaks and chicken, plus stopping the Script food ID, her hair has come back, she plays like she is a year old, and doesn’t reek of infections.

  • sabojonii

    It mentions on their website that the fat does not have allergic reaction as chicken meat or meal

  • Kelly Palmer

    We just got through out first bag of the lamb formula (takes about two weeks for our four dogs) and no issues at all. The dogs love it and it is actually available in my local pet store as well as the national pet store chain near my home. It is also priced competitively for a higher end food which is nice (around $2.10 a pound).

  • Debbie

    I have 2 Yorkies. A female, 3.5 lbs and a male, 6 lbs. I have been feeding Blue Buffalo chicken rice formula since they were 8 weeks old, now 3 yrs. old. They are both very healthy and happy dogs. But the female has very weepy eyes causing tear stains and she constantly smells like tuna. The odor seems to come from her breath. (Note that I have their teeth cleaned regularly.) The smell is unbearable at times. Also their bowel movements smell awful. After several lengthy conversations with the manager at my pet store, I decided to try this food in the lamb formula. I have been told that the weepy eyes and smell is possibly the result of the hormones and antibiotics given to the chickens that are used to make Blue Buffalo and most other foods containing chicken, and that this is a known and common problem. At this point I am so confused and just don’t know what to think. Can anyone help?

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Lily loves this food(salmon and pea formula) and seems to do pretty well on it. I Will definitely be adding this to my kibble rotation.

  • theBCnut

    Just so you know, the food allergy tests are know for giving both false negative and false positive results.

  • Dori

    I have a dog with many food intolerances and allergies. Originally I had been told my some dog food manufacturers that just because she was allergic to chicken, other poultry or fowl would not be the same issue and that chicken fat or any other poultry fat would not be an issue. They were wrong in at least where Katie is concerned. She cannot have any food that contains any type of fowl in it whatsoever. I know of other people that have the same exact problem, were told the same thing about chicken fat, etc. and were wrong with them also. Hope my reply helps.

  • Esme Buell

    my dog is allergic to sweet potato,egg, flax, fish, and pork. She had a minor pancreas attack 2.5 years ago and was on ID–which contains major ingredient of turkey, PORK, corn. After a $220 food allergy profile, I find I have been feeding her wrong, I thought she was allergic to chicken, beef, corn..none of them scored on the test above 90 markers.

  • Molly

    My dog appears to have a sensitivity to chicken. My question is, does chicken fat have the same effect as chicken meat? I’d like to try my senior on the Nulo Trout and Sweet Potato kibble, but the ingredients clearly mention “chicken fat”. I’ve been reading for days and am still unclear what I should feed her. She’s been on Evo Herring and Salmon for years, but I fear the protein is too high for her. She has some liver damage from many years of phenobarb use to control seizures.

    Any advice?

  • Storm’s Mom

    No problemo! The other thing that may be happening is that there is too much time between meals.. what time do you feed him at night and then the next morning? If he’s still a puppy (not sure from your posts), you may want to look at feeding him smaller meals more frequently..say 3 times a day rather than 2. However, I would start with feeding him just a little bit more during his evening meal and see if that helps. Obviously, if it does work but you start to see him gaining too much weight, you may want to rethink the extra food, or exercise him a bit more. If he still vomits on the new 2x a day feeding schedule, I would see if you can decrease the amount of time between the evening and morning meals, while still feeding 2. If that doesn’t work, then you may need to feed 3 times a day. I mention that as the “last resort” because it’s not always practical for some people, or necessary.

  • Gregory John

    I hadn’t thought of that. His previous transitions (from
    Purina Pro Plan to Merrick Classic Puppy and subsequently to Wellness Core
    Puppy) had gone on without incident, but I’ll definitely take that into account
    when I transition him to Wellness Core for Adults. Thanks so much!

  • Storm’s Mom

    Ah, ok ..it’s very likely that you’re not feeding him enough during the previous meal. The same thing happens with Storm on occasion. This is pretty common when you’re transitioning between foods with different nutrient densities (ie, one food says to feed 1 cup per day, another 1.5 cup ..it can be tough to figure out exactly how much of each to feed in order to fulfill your dogs energy requirements).

    You could try using the dog food calculator on this site (link below) and put in the average of the kcals/cup or kcals/kg of the 2 foods, and see how much it says to feed your dog vs what you are feeding him…and then calculate how much of each food (using the kcal/cup or kcals/kg listed on the bag) you need in order for you to reach those #s. I’d feed a little bit more than the calculator says to, though, during the transition, to be safe (decrease it if he gains a noticeable amount of weight) ..recognizing that there could be variations for weather, etc, too.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-feeding-tips/dog-food-calculator/

    …ideally, if you’re switching foods regularly, you’ll eventually get to the point where you’re able to switch foods without any transition period, so you can just start feeding the recommended amount on the bag. But during a transition it can be tricky to figure out exactly how much to feed your dog.

    Hope that helps!

  • Gregory John

    Yellow color with no solids. He vomits in the morning on what appears to be an empty stomach.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Was it clear bile? (more or less) When does he vomit – immediately after/during eating, or prior to?

  • Gregory John

    We thought this kibble was great. Our one-year old Westie’s poops were nice and solid and dark. But then we noticed he vomits bile about 3 days after starting the process of phasing in this food. We took him off of it and he went back to normal. Then we ventured to try it again and again about 3 days later he vomited. I don’t know whether to blame the food, but it’s a data point, and we’re not continuing with the Nulo freestyle dry.

  • Jenna Marburger

    I started using this product due to the pet store that we buy from didnt have are other brand of dog food in stock due to being out of it, so we are trying this the first time, so far all 3 dogs of mine love it, even the picky one who is a chihuahua yorkie mix named henry who OCD sorts his food by taste & texture of each piece and doesn’t like trying new food but loved The turkey & sweet potato formula. Highly recommended by my vet as a second highest against Acana. I will update after a week of using it to tell you how well its going.