Nutripet Dog Food (Dry)

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Nutripet Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Nutripet Dog Food product line includes one kibble claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for growth and maintenance.

Nutripet Chicken Meal and Rice

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 50%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, ground brown rice, ground white rice, oatmeal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried beet pulp, dried egg product, fishmeal, flaxseed, dried peas, dried carrots, salt, dried apples, dried cranberries, beta-carotene, dehydrated kelp, Yucca schidigera extract, dl-methionine, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, d-pantothenic acid, niacin supplement, choline chloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, ascorbic acid, biotin, lecithin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, rosemary extract, inositol, polysaccharide complexes of zinc, iron, manganese, copper and cobalt, potassium iodate, sodium selenite, Lactobacillus casei, Enterococcus faecium, B. subtilus, Bacillus licheniformis, Bacillus coagulins, Aspergillus oryzae, Aspergillus niger

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis24%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%16%50%
Calorie Weighted Basis23%33%44%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The second item is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third ingredient is white rice, a less nutritious form of rice in which the grain’s healthier outer layer has been removed.

The fourth ingredient lists oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The fifth ingredient lists 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 sixth ingredient lists beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

The seventh ingredient includes fish meal, another protein rich meat concentrate.

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

Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.

What’s more, the controversial chemical ethoxyquin is frequently used as a preservative in fish meals.

But because it’s usually added to the raw fish before processing, the chemical does not have to be reported to consumers.

We find no public assurances from the company this product is ethoxyquin-free.

Without knowing more, we would expect to find at least a trace of ethoxyquin in this product.

The eighth ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

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 two notable exceptions

First, the manufacturer appears to have applied friendly bacteria to the surface of the kibble after cooking. These special probiotics are used to enhance a dog’s digestive and immune functions.

And lastly, this food also 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.

Nutripet Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Nutripet Dog Food looks appears to be an above-average kibble.

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 27%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 50%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

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

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Nutripet dry dog food is a grain-based kibble using a moderate amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

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Notes and Updates

11/14/2010 Original review
03/19/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Doglover

    Why would it be highly offensive that people are trying to make an honest living by selling a great product that is in your own words, “more reasonably priced.” At least you know what you’re getting. There’s no con, no lies, just good business. You make money to live, don’t you?
    Don’t be angry.

  • Carolina

    Does anyone know where i can keep buying Nutripet?

  • Ally

    Nutripet will no longer be available after they sell out of what is left. Amway has decided to drop the Nurtipet line.

  • Jennifer G

    Yes, I’d just wondered. I’m an IBO myself, & am pleased to see an Amway product other than “soap” & Nutrilite supplements getting talked about in a public forum – & in a positive manner, at that.

  • FunSizedYogi

    I’m pretty sure you can access it buy just going through the regular amway site? But it’s a brand exclusive to them that’s why you won’t find it in pet or department stores. I am an IBO myself but I think you can just go to the regular site & register as a customer just like on other sites and place your order

  • Robin in Colorado

    Sorry – auto complete changed wholesale to who sale. LOL

  • Robin in Colorado

    I am glad to read a good review of this product. We have been feeding BLUE to our dogs but it is SO expensive. This is more reasonably priced.
    I do have to say that I find it HIGHLY OFFENSIVE that Amway distributors are posting here in an effort to gain business. Any post that serves to gain business should be edited or deleted. Even selling it at who sale the Amway distributor still earns money on it. I know this because we have friends in the business and we were discussing it last night.

  • Todd

    I sell nutripet at http://www.amway.com /beckibatcho anyone who wants to buy from me sign up as a new customer and I will sell it to you at me cost 40.48 for a 30lbs bag we sell the whole line of pet foods and treats.

  • Marie

    I think a lot of people think it’s a big deal because back in 2007, with the giant recall many people lost beloved pets. I certainly pay attention where my cats’ food comes from and where my own food comes from.

  • Bosco78

    I don’ t know what’s the big deal on dog food. Our has always been fed scraps very healthy was sick for day due to rabies vaccine loves to run from one side of the yard to the other to bark at some strays wishing the house wasn’t in between. She’s an 8yo 40# black lab house broken pet with a beautiful sheen. Too much of a fuss over dog food and a wolf in sheeps wool telling everyne we have to buy processed food. Dogs have been around for thousands of years and adapt better than humans. People throw away leftovers that are still good because they’re “too good” for leftovers. Feed your dog!

  • Peter Promodh

    Nutri pet is pretty good for puppies,,,,,, and i could see a great changes in my puppy as in terms of the nurture and the growth……
    I personally prefer people to take nurtri for Puppies upto 6 months…

  • ihabali

    Healthy, Organic, Holistic Natural Cat and Dog Food.

    Nutripet. Bar none the
    best pet food on the market today!

    http://WWW.GOODANDNATURALSHOP.COM

    http://WWW.GOODANDNATURALSHOP.COM

  • Cisa4christ

    Hi Karenguss, I am a direct AMWAY distributor for nutripet. You can get some straight from my site at amway.com/mugabehinds. Thanks for the support and remember a happy dog is a happy dog owner!!

  • Mss_karla

    I used to feed my dog Nuro and dog Science food, but now I just feed him Nutripet and he loves it. He poops better and hes coat looks shiny and healthy. I order mine by going to
    http://www.amway.com/GuillermoFloresChapa I can also get free shipment depending on my order size.

  • Karenguss

    Before changing my pet to nutripet I sent all the information to my dogs vet and she said it looks just fine.  I am glad to know it has a good rating too.  So now I sell it!  My dog loves it and I’m happy.  Get it by going to http://www.gussmart.com. register and send me an message right from the site stating you read my review and I will give you 10% off. Karen

  • Contactshane

    Hello Cheryl.. I can send Nutripet to you and save the shipping cost as long as you order with me!

    please call or text me at 651-808-4516
    Shane

  • Bob K

    I wonder who makes this food?  Certainly Amway does not have a dog food plant.   Another private label food sold through an exclusive distributor network of independent sellers.   FRR uses a plant in California.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Jennifer,

    My reviews are based exclusively upon the contents of the government regulated pet food label only – and nothing else.

    There are a number of dog foods besides Nutripet that are distributed by network marketing systems. And I treat all of them equally.

    Since I’ve never found any data to confirm the quality of a dog food would have anything to do with the quality of the finished product, I’ve chosen to ignore this information in my reports.

    Hope this answers your question.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Griffith/1382605214 Jennifer Griffith

    Glad to hear that Nutripet earned such a high rating! I’m curious as to why it wasn’t mentioned that Nutripet is only available through an Amway representative.

  • Annette

    Bob
    I don’t want to bash any other foods (4 and 5 star), but I will say that they were upper end foods. I only pay $56 for a 40lb bag. I get 2 bags and some treats at a time and shipping is FREE. I have a 50lb dog and it only cost me about 60 cents a day to feed her. Like I said above, I get mine at http://www.NutritiousPetFood4Dogs.com. They have helped me with several other problems. If they don’t have the answer they will find out and get back to you. I hope this helps.

  • Gordon

    That’s a nice gesture of offer JON. I take it, you’re involved with Nutripet. I note the higher carbs to protein level. Not an ideal balance, but not amongst the worst out there.

  • JON
  • Bob K

    Annette – What other foods did you try that your dog would not eat for more than 4 months? What are you paying for this home delivered 4 star food? How much for delivery?

  • Annette Goudy

    I could not get my dogs to eat any food for more than 4 months. My dogs have been on Nutripet for a little over a year now and they love it still. Their coats have never been shinier. The kids love the fact that they don’t have to clean up the backyard as much and the price per feeding is very low.

    I get mine from http://www.NutritiousPetFood4Dogs.com. They are very helpful and knowledgeable regarding dog food. The thing that I like best is that they deliver it to my door and I don’t have to carry it around.

  • Kenneth R. Bowman

    We have two Miniature Doberman Pincers allergic to corn products.
    This Nutrilite product is sold through Amway Global.
    You can download information through the following website.
    kennethrbowman.mychoices.biz
    Use can use my IBO # 2303979. Sign up as a client for free.
    All products at this site come with a 180 day money back guarantee from Amway Global.
    They have several Nutrilite products for both cats and dogs.
    Any questions, e-mail me.

  • connie saltou

    Any type not grain based as have corgi with allergies

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Cheryl… Other than the star ratings themselves, no product got an overall “best” rating in our reviews. Wish I could be more help to you, but unfortunately, I don’t know which brands are available in New Zealand.

  • Cheryl Dixon

    This review confirmed and more re explanations, the breakdow of this food.
    As I am New Zealand, can you tell me the product that got the highest review and can I purchase it in NZ?

    Nutripet is already getting harder to purchases, crowded out by other products.

    Great work..thanking you! Cheryl