Nutro Natural Choice (Dry)


Rating: ★★★½☆

Nutro Natural Choice Dog Food earns the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Nutro Natural Choice product line includes 14 dry dog foods, ten claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance, two for all life stages, and two for growth.

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

  • Natural Choice Toy Breed Adult
  • Natural Choice Small Breed Adult
  • Natural Choice Large Breed Adult
  • Natural Choice Small Breed Senior
  • Natural Choice Lite with Lamb (3 stars)
  • Natural Choice Large Breed Young Adult
  • Natural Choice High Endurance (4 stars)
  • Natural Choice Lite with Chicken (3 stars)
  • Natural Choice Toy Breed Senior (4 stars)
  • Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy (4 stars)
  • Natural Choice Large Breed Senior (3 stars)
  • Natural Choice Small Breed Puppy (4 stars)
  • Natural Choice Large Breed Weight Management (3 stars)
  • Natural Choice Small Breed Adult Weight Management (4 stars)

Nutro Natural Choice Small Breed Adult was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Nutro Natural Choice Small Breed Adult

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 49%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, whole brown rice, brewers rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), whole grain oatmeal, pea protein, dried plain beet pulp, natural flavor, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), soybean oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, taurine, dl-methionine, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), zinc sulfate, biotin, niacin supplement, marigold extract, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), copper proteinate, iron proteinate, selenium yeast, vitamin B12 supplement, l-carnitine, manganese proteinate, vitamin A supplement, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, rosemary extract, decaffeinated green tea extract, spearmint extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis24%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%17%49%
Calorie Weighted Basis23%35%42%

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

The third ingredient 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 fourth ingredient includes brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth 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 sixth ingredient is 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 seventh ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The eighth ingredient is 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.

After the natural flavor, we find sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

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 four notable exceptions

First, soybean oil is red flagged here only due to its rumored (yet unlikely) link to canine food allergies.

However, since soybean oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids and contains no omega-3’s, it’s considered less nutritious than flaxseed oil or a named animal fat.

Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

In addition, 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.

And lastly, this recipe includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

Nutro Natural Choice Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Nutro Natural Choice Dog Food looks like an average dry product.

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 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 49%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 49% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 55%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea protein, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Nutro Natural Choice is a plant-based dry dog food using a below-average amount of chicken meal or lamb as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.


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.

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Notes and Updates

07/30/2014 Last Update

  • John Guardabasso

    I went through the same thing with my mini schnauzer. I switched him to Wellness Core for small breeds and he has been doing Well ever since.

  • MomOf2

    Our 3 year old Shih Tzu has been eating Nutro dog food since he was 6 weeks old. Periodically he would get sick and throw up bile foam. We thought it was due to having an empty stomach. However recently my hubby bought a new bag of food and within the week he has been vomiting up the food, and yellow bile in addition to diarrhea. Well our dog has never had diarrhea so immediately we got him to the Vet. The Vet ran blood work and his liver levels were high and he was also dehydrated, poor baby. So the doctor prescribed antibiotics, and iron supplements in addition to nausea medication. The doctor seems to think he just ingested something that did not agree with his tummy. At the time of the doctor visit I did not think it was the dog food since we have been feeding it to him all this time and never has he once had loose bowels. After the visit we had him on a bland diet and after a few days of that and the meds he was on the mend. No more vomit or diarrhea, what a relief!! So after a few days I slowly incorporated the dog food back into his diet along with rice and cottage cheese. This evening my little guy was vomiting bile and I immediately thought it has to be the dog food!! I searched online to see if there was a recall and came upon the horrible reviews of this food and the illness it is causing dogs and cats. Tomorrow I will be calling the Vet and letting him know in addition to contacting Nutro. I will stop feeding our dog this food. Please beware!!!!

  • Jana S

    That is why I am on here!! I was worried my bag was bad or something. It smells rancid!

  • Aubrey

    Nutro naturals large breed lamb n rice for my dog 3 years now never a problem.

  • Aubrey

    Mines been on the same food as yours for 3 years and I don’t have an issue at all.

  • Aubrey

    I have been using Nutro Natural large breed lamb n rice for years now and never have I had a single isssue like some of you others are claiming.

  • John Guardabasso

    My mini schnauzer puked yellow after Nutro switched their formula. Got him on Wellness and he has been doing great ever since. I can’t believe people are still buying this crap

  • Heather

    I was too, at first I though maybe an ingredient in the food was not agreeing with him, but after googling it I realized this is not an isolated problem. He has not vomited one single time since switching him to Natures Recipe. That definitely proves that there is a problem with Nutro’s product. I don’t understand how they can sell this food knowing how sick it is making people’s pets….

  • will

    Same here.

  • will

    I am having the same problem. Throwing up every day since she started eating Nutro. I am stunned by how common this seems to be!

  • Heather

    A few weeks after switching to this food my young healthy dog, whom has never had issues vomiting, is now vomiting yellow, frothy bile several times a day. He is also drinking excessive amounts of water and peeing way more often. I came here to check reviews and I am very saddened that I ever gave this food to my poor dog. I am switching him cold turkey to another brand even though that is usually not recommended.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Glad you found a better food that’s working for you. After they’ve adjusted you might want to pick an additonal well rated food to add a bit of variety. Good luck with your pups!

  • Brianna

    I have a 6 y/old Pitt and 4 y/old shepherd. We have tried so many foods, but my Pitt turns her nose up to everything. I am so careful about the ingredients. Long ago, I fed them pedigree and beneful. I recently switched from beneful to the nutro lamb and oatmeal. My babies love it! My Pitt actually eats her meals! She would constantly turn her nose from food and refuse to eat, until we switched to nutro. This is our 3rd bag and so far so good. Have not had any problems with stool or bile. I recommend this, but each animal is different. They each get two cups in the morning and two at night. Pitt weighs 90, shepherd 110

  • Alyssa

    Same thing is happening to mine! I switched over to this dog food about 2 weeks ago and my dogs poop is soft and yellow! Thought it was because she switched foods but her poop hasn’t gone back to normal. And today she threw up this nasty yellow color (basically same color as her poop). Sucks because so far this is the food she seems to love the taste of most. DO NOT RECOMMEND.

  • Linda

    Anyone else notice how bad it smells? My dog has livened up since starting it 6 months ago and his coat is much better. Only complaint I have is the horrendous smell that comes out of the container when I open it.

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  • Apryl Levine

    My chocolate lab is 8. She’s been on Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed since she was a puppy. She started with their puppy formula and is eating their adult. She has never been on any other food. She has an amazing and shiny coat and beautiful teeth. She has NEVER had any stomach issues. I would never feed her anything else, since we’ve had such success. I think dogs are going to get cancer, unfortunately, no matter what type of food they are eating. We’ve had many friends lose dogs to cancer in recent months. They’ve all fed good quality diets, including raw, etc. I’ve never regretted our decision to feed her Nutro.

  • Kevin

    I am having the same issue now with my male. I didn’t realize that it could be so true.

  • Saran

    Mine was the same way. Luckily he isn’t throwing up

  • Robert Johnson

    You eat the dogfood too?

  • Dog mom

    Nutro natural choice lamb and rice I do not recommend. I can not prove any links but I had 3 dogs die of cancer in a 5 year period 1 was 8yrs old 1 was 6 years old and one was 12 yrs old. My sister fed her dogs the same food she was the one who recommended it to me. She also had 3 dogs that all died of cancer 2 of them had brain rumors and 1 had leaukima. I switched to Iams and I have had no problems my pug is going to be 15 and is doing great.

  • Guest

    Despite the decent rating on this dog food, I cannot recommend it. Fed my German Shorthair a large bag worth of the Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed formula and she started to wake up in the middle of the night throwing up yellow bile. On top of that, her poo was soft and yellow, and there was a lot of it. I figured that she needed time to adjust, so I finished the bag, but it became a persistent thing. I have since changed her to Pollux Organix and she’s been doing great only after a week!

  • Dog_Obsessed

    There are no stores right near me that carry it, on the site’s store locator it said that there were a few stores less then 20 miles away that had it, one of which I used to shop at for my rats. I think it will be more convenient to order them online though.

  • Dori

    Get samples from all the foods you want to try out before buying even the small bags. At least you can tell whether she’ll even eat it. Some dogs are such finicky eaters (made picky is my opinion…but, alas, I digress). If you have any small pet stores around you just go in and ask for samples. They are honestly thrilled to give them out, they figure if your dog and you like the food you’ll go back in and buy it. It’s why they have samples. Most of the time the samples aren’t on the counter, you just have to ask for them. Or ask them which dog foods do they have samples of and you can pick all that you want. They don’t care because they’re given to them for free from the manufacturers.

    I typically buy the small bags even though it’s not all that cost effective for me but I rotate so many foods so often that I don’t like to have too many foods open at the same time even though I do keep foods in solid air locked sealed containers. Each of my girls eats twice a day 1/4 cup each meal. Not very much so foods open can last a long time. THK I do buy the 10 lb. box cause, I swear, that lasts for ever if keep in a cool, dark area in a sealed container. That one I do go for cost effective cause the food is pretty darn expensive but the girls and I love the food.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Ooh! I should get the Nature’s Logic samples. I’m planning to order a small bag from chewy, but it would be good to make sure she likes it first. Also, the THK samples last two days as toppers for Lily, so for me, samples are more like free food. ūüėÄ Having a small dog does mean I have to commit to using a small bag for a while though.

  • Dori

    Wow! No small pet food stores? That really stinks!!! Anyway, just contact the foods you want to try and most, if not all, will send you samples. Even The Honest Kitchen (dehydrated food) has sample bags for sale at $1.00 per bag. They’re small bags but enough for you to know whether your dog will even eat the food. My girls are real chow hounds and to my recollection there is only one brand of food that one of my dogs absolutely refuses to even go near. The smell maybe? Don’t know cause the other two ate it with gusto.

  • Dori

    Yep! They mail you the samples.

  • mykeyboard

    Just made a request for samples from Natures Logic…

    Thanks again for info.

  • mykeyboard

    Reread ur post… they will mail samples? Ill give that a try. Thanks!

  • mykeyboard

    Its nice that you have access to such shops. Im sure the dog community where I live would happily support one. However, no such shops exist in my area. Maybe one day…

  • Dori

    Most of the small pet food stores typically have samples of different foods to give out. Most of those same stores don’t carry the junk food that the large box store type pet stores carry. Also, pick the brands you’d like to try out and call them or email them and they typically will be glad to send you samples. Some will send them out to you for free and some will charge you a nominal price either for the sample or the shipping. I’ve done that in the past. Nature’s Logic is thrilled to send out samples. They actually sent me two small sample size bags of every formula they made and all I had to pay was the $1.50 to ship to me. That was a while ago, but anyway. It’s a good way to get samples from companies. Petco, Petsmart, those type of places don’t carry samples to give out. I wouldn’t buy food in those stores anyway.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Same! My dog is small, and she takes at least a month to go through a 5lb bag of dog food. It would be nice if I could find more samples so that I didn’t have to commit to a food for that long.

  • mykeyboard

    I really wish I could find sample sizes of all the premium foods. I would love to experiment with different premium foods for digestibility and taste.

  • mykeyboard

    Ive been feeding my dog Nutro for 3 years now. Ive switched between grain free and the Natural Choice chicken rice and oatmeal for toy breeds. No notable health issues, my dog loves it, and the vet is happy with my dog each visit. Stools are always small and slightly firm.

    We selected this food based on reading ingredients labels in the store, and the fact my dog likes the food. If I find a food that is better for her and that she will eat, I am all for it. But for now, we seem to be doing ok.

    I suspect some of the issues ive read about could be from allergies? I would think there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” dog food. Gotta find a balance between nutrition, performance, availability, and of course taste.

  • squelchieblue .

    I ordered this from petsmart a few days ago. Now reading consumer report and people here reporting their dogs got deathly ill from it I’m scared to give it to my dogs. I guess it’s better to be safe, I will be returning it when it arrives.

    Thought I found a good dog food. Back to searching

  • squelchieblue .

    I just ordered this from petsmart a few days ago. Now after reading consumer report and people here reporting their dogs got deathly ill from it I’m scared to give it to my dogs. I guess it’s better to be safe, I will be returning it when it arrives.

    Thought I found a good dog food. Back to searching.

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    stay a way from soya corn and weet get grain free all so

  • Francis Mingora

    when my dog was puppy and growing up the best stols she had was on diamond and natural balance diamond had to many recals i stoped it whent to natural balance shes 1yr am 11 muths now shes eatting natural choice lamb and rice her stols or ok culd be beather if dog eats to fast to much doesnt chow it right they will trow up its nout all ways the food when they eate new food they can get lose stols we all no that way have to mix new food with old food

  • Francis Mingora

    good treat for yur dog is raw babby carrots my dog loves it has no truble its beather eateing carrots then the dog bisguts

  • Francis Mingora

    this mit be funny i mix kibles and bites in my dogs naatural choice lamb and rice my dog loves kibles and bites to me its junk food has low ratting but dog has no truble with it no direa doesnt trow up stools our good it only cost 485 at the jaint store

  • Jody Warhurst

    This is happening to my dog.
    She has been put on a dry food diet by the vet and seems to get sick every othee day vomiting yellow bile! Could it be the soy as I have had problems with another brand containing soy.

  • LabsRawesome

    Thanks USA! Yours are cute too. They look like fuzzy Teddy Bears! :)

  • LabsRawesome

    Thanks Dori! Yeah Blue is usually squinty, cause he’s always smilin!! :)

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey HDM, Thanks! His name is Cooper. :)

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m glad you found something that works and is fairly affordable! I received a 5lb bag of the Nutro Natural Choice dry cat food as a free sample at a vendor show. Well, I wasn’t that excited about it other than it was free and quite a large sample size! I went ahead and fed it as I have many pets and need to save where I can. However,I was quite pleased with the results. I thought the food looked and smelled good. The ingredients and analysis were decent. The cats really liked it. I will add it to my rotation for the cats as well!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    What’s your spaniel’s name? I know the lab is Trinity and the dachshund is Blue, I don’t think I ever caught the spaniel’s name though.

    Super cute btw. :)

  • Crazy4cats

    OMG, so cute! I love them. They look like teddy bears. :)

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    Uh oh, picture snafu

  • USA Dog Treats

    Very very cute!!!

    The little guy
    The Princess
    The Bo

  • Guest

    Very very cute!!!

    My Angel Bo
    My princess Twinkie
    The little guy

  • Dori

    Always love coming across pics of your dogs Labs. As always, they are beautiful. It’s one of the few times I’ve seen Blue’s eyes completely open. Great pic.

  • LabsRawesome

    Big lots has Nutro now. 22lbs for $25, and 12lb bags for $12. The bag I got expires in 7 months. :)

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  • sue66b

    Hi Mary, some dogs can’t tolarate the high protein & high fat% kibbles, as soon as u put them on a lower fat% & a lower protein kibble they stop diarrhea & sloppy poos…I tried the Nutro Natural choice Patches poos were good but he kept having acid reflux, so then I tried the Wellness Simple Lamb & Oatmeal & he’s doing excellent poos & no acid reflux..Its good you finally found the right kibble.

  • Mary Jo Halos

    After almost one year of diarrhea and gas from other high quality dog foods we finally tried Nutro Lamb and Brown Rice Lite Diet. Our dog has been on this diet for about six months and is doing great! He doesn’t have any gas from the food and he has regular firmed stools that are easy to pick up. So different than what we had to deal with for so long. We are very satisfied with this food and feel it is a perfect fit for our dog. He is a 2 year old pug/heeler mix.

  • Walker Coonhound

    I had my puppy on Purina one puppy chow and as she matured just switched to Nutro Max lamb and rice a couple months ago. She began vomitting every other day, yellow bile. Took her to vet for tests, everything was fine. Just switched back to Purina One lamb and rice and 6 days into to it, vomit free. Beware

  • Robin Harrigan

    After trying several different dog foods like Blue Buffalo, Wellness, Natural Balance that didn’t agree with him, I finally put my senior border collie on nutro natural choice for seniors and I thought he was doing well on it until I read one of these comments that their dog was vomiting bile. my dog was vomiting bile every once in awhile. I chalked it up to his age. I no longer have him on it. I’ve switched to Zignature

    dog food. I have all 3 dogs of mine on it. so far so good!!

  • mattie 008

    if you are pouring the food out of the bag into another container, over a period of time that container WILL get contaminated! Not a good idea.

  • HappyTails

    Grasshoppers can carry tapeworm and other parasites,so yes I believe that’s what the original poster was saying:)

  • Dori

    Skin issues can also be from food intolerances as well as, of course, environmental allergies. One of my dogs has both food and environmental intolerances.

  • Dori

    I was wondering the same thing.

  • Tracey South

    My dog has eaten Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice for years and I say this b/c of how many posters mentioned gas… dog has never had gas, not even once. Either it is a difference from dog to dog, or maybe other dogs are getting into trash, or it’s other sources like treats, etc, causing digestive problems.
    I just bought another bag of this; I had changed him over time to other brands to see what he does best on and I’ll tell you it’s hard to decide. I think he had gotten bored with this because it was his diet for so long. But other brands seemed to make him have a dull coat or he’s been itching more, and smelling strange, etc. So now we are back to the Nutro……which at least never caused him any problems.
    no matter what the ratings are for different brands on here, I notice if I read the comments section, people have scary bad things to say about just about every brand. It is so confusing to make decisions. I mean I like having others’ input but I don’t know who to believe sometimes. :(

  • Tracey South

    grasshoppers contain worms is that what you are saying ? I just noticed you posted 10 months ago. My bad.

  • Tracey South

    my dog loves peas. I’m just saying. A vet I went to for my dogs’ itching problems told me and now I can’t recall with certainty how it was, but if the dog has GI symptoms constantly , or skin symptoms constantly it is a food allergy or environmental allergy for the skin issues. I think I got that right ?

  • Tracey South

    I mean this respectfully but can you clarify why you keep trying so many foods human and dog, with rosemary extract if you feel strongly it is making your dog sick ?

  • Todd Noble

    Update: I took my dogs off Nutro approximately 2 months ago, and have not had one incidence of vomiting since. Their water consumption is also back to normal. Of course Nutro denies any responsibility at all, and the CSR I spoke with was actually pretty rude. She reminded me that “you can’t believe everything you read on the internet..” (referring to this forum.) I feel horrible that I have nee feeding my dogs this POISON!!

  • Todd Noble

    I took them off Nutro immediately after posting this, and started feeding Kirkland brand (Costco) food, which is grain free, etc. and the vomiting stopped immediately..

  • Alv

    My dog has been vomiting too.. there must be something on this food!

  • theBCnut

    You might want to look into NutriSource. It is a good, economical, easy to transition to food.

  • Lucky

    Know this comment was made a while ago but happy to see Wellness Core is good. We switched our three large dogs to Nutro and so far I am not happy but the Shih-tzu is on Wellness Core and seems to be liking it so far. It’s still too early to see the benefits but at least so far he isn’t suffering ill effects like my Doberman is on Nutro.

  • Lucky

    We are trying to switch our dogs to better food as all of them are getting older (doberman will be 7 on the 11th, shih-tzu 7yo, dobbie/rottie mix 5yo, pyrenese mix around 6 yo). They have been eating Pro-plan but we recently bought Nutro (or rather my mother did) for the 3 large dogs. My Doberman has had awful gas since he has been on it. The smell lingers in a room even after an hour (he sleeps in bed with me and the smell wakes me; I am used to very bad smells as I work with domestic and wild animals of all kinds – ever cleaned up Lion diarrhea? because I have and it doesn’t even compare to my dog’s gas). He has also been lethargic and can’t seem to get comfortable when trying to lay down. He was just in for a senior wellness check late January (blood work and everything) and everything checked out. This gas and behavior only started a few days ago when we started the food. Originally I just got on the web to see why Nutro might be making my dog gassy but I wasn’t worried until I saw the awful reviews about not only the food but the lack of response people get from the company that makes the food. I might be willing to give them them a chance if they seemed like they cared about their customers and the health of the animals, but I don’t see that. So where would that leave me if my dog really does get sick off this stuff (if he is not already irreversible sick)? I wish we could take the Nutro back for a refund but my mother already mixed the bag with some of the Pro-plan and threw out the bag. Thankfully, there is still some leftover Pro-plan that was not mixed. No more Nutro for my boy as I can’t take the risk (especially if the company is mute on the subject, or just rather unhelpful from what I’ve read). I’ll feed him the rest of the pro-plan to make sure that his symptoms resolve first before I change his food again. And for those that might say gassiness is normal when changing food, I agree, but not to this extent. I’ve had this dog for nearly 7 years and this is not the first time he’s had food changed. His behavior and the rankness of his gas is not normal. Same goes for the argument about the dogs just needing time to adjust to the protein level. When I had more time and money, my boy ate a raw food diet; healthiest he’s ever been and I would love to return to raw feeding one day. He wasn’t gassy at all on that diet. Not sure how the other two large dogs are faring as I don’t spend as much time with them but I will let my mother decide if they will finish the Nutro or not. However, I will have to insist she not buy another bag and I certainly won’t be buying it when its my turn to buy the food. This dog is my baby and I may not always make the best choices for him but what parent doesn’t make mistakes. However, this is something I can clearly do as a preventative measure in not feeding a food so many others are having an issue with. I’ll do my research ahead of time next time.
    *I apologize for spelling/grammatical errors. They were made in exhaustion. I’ve not been to bed as I’ve been up all night with my dog.

  • Todd Noble

    I have 2 Brittanies that have been on Nutro since day one. I used to feed Natural Choice, but downgraded to Max when the economy got bad. Have always had very healthy dogs up until a couple of months ago when they both started vomiting bile, and drinking massive amounts of water. No diarrhea, however my girlfriends Chihuahua who eventually sneaks around stealing the Nutro from my dogs, just went through a horrible bout of diarrhea and vomiting a few weeks ago, and her Boston Terrier mix has also vomited bile a couple of times in the last few weeks, something he has never done. He also just began eating my Brittany’s Nutro… I feed the Max beef and Rice and up until around December have had no issues ike this..Also, even after having their teeth cleaned and giving them Nutro Greenies fairly regularly, they both have HORRENDOUS halitosis… I see no option other than to change foods and see if these issues clear themselves up. I just hope that if it is something in the food, I haven’t already done permanent damage to their livers or other organs..

  • Lazaro Borges

    Now that makes sense to me.

  • theBCnut

    I think you are misunderstanding the legal meaning of what is reported on the label. A company is only require to report a guaranteed minimum that their food will not fall under, however their food can have much more fat than what is reported. When a company voluntarily reports the maximum, they are guaranteeing you that their food will not go over that amount.

  • Sharon

    GS has sensitive tummies. Lamb & Rice is a good food for them. But anytime you change you need to give them time to adjust to the new food. Mix it with the old for a period of time. I have a GS and she does great on LR. I am a Dist and I use the food I sell.

  • sandy

    For people looking for lower fat foods, the maximum amount is nice to know. Otherwise, labels only require the minimum amount of fat. So you really don’t know exactly how much fat is in a particular food. Normally weight control foods have the min and max listed. Otherwise, regular foods general don’t list both.

  • Lazaro Borges

    Can someone help me understand why a dog food that is for weight loss or weight control can help a dog lose weight when there is a minimum amount of crude fat and also a maximum amount of crude fat on the label? Shouldn’t there only be a minimum amount for weight loss only? Nutro’s Natural choice small breed weight control adult dog food has a min. of 9% crude fat and a max. of 13% crude fat. I have seen both of these on a few brands of dog foods.

  • Tiffani Hallan

    My experience with Nutro is very much the same. Doesn’t matter if I tried the different formulas in the Nutro Natural line, they were puking yellow bile several times a day or had diarrhea on and off, usually in their crates overnight :( What a mess to c lean up! I don’t know WHAT it is in this food, but my dogs cannot handle it.

  • Mona

    Using Nutro in the brown bag for one of my dogs, she started vomiting bile almost daily and I was almost dragging her on our nightly walks. I’ve changed her food and no more vomiting and she is ahead of us now on our walks. I will never chance Nutro again.

  • Lara

    Raw hide is very dangerous. Not only is it not digestible but the process of making rawhide involves a lot of chemicals. It also often is contaminated with salmonella.

    If the treats are high quality (a good brand – not Purina, IAMS, etc.) and being fed in moderation, they shouldn’t be causing an issue.

    Take away food for 24 hours. Instead feed 1/2 brown rice or oatmeal and 1/2 boneless cooked chicken along with 1 tablespoon of canned pumpkin puree added to each meal. This should stop the diarrhea.

    Make sure you dogs are taking in fluids. Make a mixture of half clear flavourless PediaLyte and half water. I don’t suggest giving Gatorade. It is too high in sugar.

    If things don’t clear up (or begin to get better) within 48 hours, the dogs need to see a vet.

    Once diarrhea is gone, slowly work their kibble back into the rice/chicken mixture. There is a small chance they have developed a food allergy over time, if this is the case, switch do a different food that is grain-free and a different protein source, making sure to switch very slowly and add canned pumpkin puree to each meal.

  • Lara

    After switching to Orijen, we found our pups had gas for several months. It does go away! It is simply the body getting used to the switch. You can add enzymes (or even plain yogurt) but we just let their bodies figure it out. 3-4 months later and they have been good 5 years since.

  • AllieT

    My lab has thrown up twice in the last week. Petsmart assured me that this food is safe but I’m taking my dogs off of the lamb and oatmeal food from Nutro. I love my babies and I’m not risking their health.

  • Pattyvaughn

    They may not be producing enough digestive enzymes to use all the protein in the food. Bad smelling gas is usually from anarobic bacteria feeding on undigested protein in the gut. You can try adding digestive enzymes to their food. Normally I would suggest adding probiotics too, but while you are trying to figure out the allergies I wouldn’t want to add something else that might come from a source your dog is reacting to.

  • Melissa

    I found out my 7 year old German Shepard has allergies from his food. We opted to go with natural choice large breed and put our puppy on the puppy line of nutro. Both dogs have been on this new food for about 2-3 months with no problems. However we have noticed a considerable amount of gas that both dogs have at night. we know it has to be from thier food because we are still trying to narrow down what exactly the older dog is allergic to so no treats or bones have been given to them. What in this food gives them such bad gas and how can we eliminate this.
    Thank you for your time,

  • Pattyvaughn

    FYI, Pedialyte is good, Gatorade isn’t unless you make sure to get the low sugar ones. And if they are still vomitting do not give fluids of any kind. This actually causes them to vomit more and get ever more dehydrated. Wait a few hours after the last time the dog vomitted to give very small amounts of water.

  • Denise

    If they are throwing up a lot, make sure they are drinking water. Mix Gatorade so they can get electrolytes or buy the one at the pet store. My dog had the same issue last week but we think he swallowed something else causing his throw up. Also give him the slightest amount of pepto. Yes it is ok to give them if small amount. If all fails boil rice and chicken and they should be ok. This worked for me and my dog got better in about 2 days, let me know. And hope your angels get better!



  • Pattyvaughn

    You should keep the food in the bag, with the top rolled down, in the bin, in the future. Go back to the old food at least long enough for his system to calm down, and when you go to switch again, do it very slowly, just in case.

  • TLeonard

    The same thing is happening with my standard poodle. He has been throwing up and has had diarrhea since I started him on this food. I have thrown the bag in the trash because I use a large storage bin to store the food. Should I just switch him back to his old food?

  • Marysa

    4 year old beagle with no health issues has been vomiting after eating new bag of Nutro Natural Choice Lite Chicken, Brwn Rice, Oatmeal dog food and also after new bag of Nutro Natural Choice Tartar Control biscuits. Some allergy like wheezing, excessive licking as well. These were purchased just before Christmas at Petco. She has been eating their products for over a year now with no problems whatsoever. She has not had any people food, not kenneled for a few months and there is a good snow cover on the ground with bitter temps outside so her ‘outdoor snacking’ has been extremely limited.

    “The problem is in these new bags.”
    They have changed something or they are contaminated.

    We removed the foods and withheld for a day, then reintroduced them individually over a couple of days. She resumed getting sick with same symptoms. We are feeding her now from an old existing bag of Nutro Ultra with no problems. “The problem is in the new bags.” I am returning them to Petco to alert them and obtain refund. I also cannot locate a recall or warning anywhere.

  • Crazy4cats

    Even worse yet, thank you!

  • Pattyvaughn

    And heart disease!

  • Crazy4cats

    Lol! My cats and dogs are exactly the same way. They are just like kids. They think that the other one is getting something better! You want to be careful with feeding cats dog food, however, because it does not have enough taurine in it to keep cats healthy. If I remember correctly, before they started adding a sufficient amount of taurine to cat food years ago, many cats suffered from blindness due to the deficiency.

  • Barbara Dorsey

    My cat prefers nutro small breed to her own food. I have the cat food up on the counter so the dog can not eat it, now the cat wants the dog food. Neither animals have any issues I am about ready to throw in the towel and let them eat Nutro!

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  • Mary

    When I was growing up, my family adopted a hound mix puppy and we fed him Nutro every day of his life. He never had any health issues, always maintained a good weight, and lived 14 years.

  • Aleksandra Ninova

    My 11-12-lb Bruno (8-11-months old – we’re not sure just how old exactly he is, he was found in the bushes, so 8 and 11 months is what two different vets have said that he would be now) Jack Russell-Rat Terrier Mix had Nutro Natural Choice Small Breed Puppy (4-lb bag) as his first food since my boyfriend and I adopted him in late July. We had not found out about this website back then, so we just relied on the PetSmart associates to tell us what would be good for a new puppy, and they said that this food would be good in case he has any allergies. Before that we hear he was on Purina-something. The people who gave him to us did not give us any of his old food, so the switch was pretty drastic for him. He seemed to like his little kibbles, but threw up a few times while on this food. All of these times he had eaten something different from his usual diet though, so we did not attribute it to the food. Bruno did fine on Nutro, and his stools were good. However, we did not think it was anything spectacular – his fur wasn’t shiny, but he didn’t seem to suffer from the food or anything. Eventually we switched him to Blue Buffalo Wilderness Puppy on which he thrived. But I do think Nutro worked ok for us as a start-up food. I don’t think it will stay on our rotational list due to the kind of low (3-star) rating of the Grain Free variety.

  • Chowmomma

    I’ve also used this product for years and always praised it, I have chows and have always gotten praises about their coats and lately its changed, my youngest chow is losing fur left and right and I thought it was junk treats I had given her because I ran out of their normal treats but they are back on regular treats and she is still having reactions to something

    If the food formula has changed then it HAS to be the answer because I’ve changed nothing else! Hmmmmm

  • Michelle Donovan

    Thanks for your reply! I give him very little of this treat. He has seasonal allergies…come on late Aug till 1st frost. :)

  • mward1993

    Why is this company that is AFIA certified as a model in pet food manufacturing, causing dogs to get sick? And did the FDA investigate them or not? You would think that a company with its own manufacturing plant and “600 quality checks a day” would not have these issues.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Why not find a treat without chicken or make your own? Maybe then you could elininate the drugs altogether.

  • Michelle Donovan

    Well…I’ve had Bentley on Nutro for a couple years now. Switched to it because of his allergies. I think it’s a great food. His allergies aren’t gone, but greatly improved. He’s on pred now for his seasonal allergies, but a greatly reduced dosage. His poop is very easy to scoop up with the shovel. I t/w a salesperson some time ago and told him how much I like this food. He told me they can state that you can use the poop as a golf ball. I laughed and said, “Now that you mention that, his poop is very easy to scoop.” I can tell when Bentleys dog friends have pooped in my yard….its yucky to scoop. Of course, no poop scooping is something you look forward to doing, but this dog food makes the necessary chore an ease. Bentley had to lose some weight, so I switched to lite. He was not losing much weight, so I added walking. He had dropped app 8 # in app 6-8 mo, but his body look is where it should be on the chart. BTW, I have also eliminated 95 % chicken out of his diet to help with his allergies and that made a difference. He only gets a small amt of chicken jerky daily for a treat. I will stay on Nutro and recommend. He eats lite lamb & rice, and gets a spoon of the lamb & rice canned for a treat in the am feeding. Hope this helps someone. :)

  • capncrunk

    Unless you’re talking about wolves, there are no ‘wild dogs.’ Feral dogs are opportunistic eaters who eat anything they can get their mouths on, and have no way of analyzing the nutritional content of their food to eat only what is good for them (and have no desire to anyway). They also routinely die of preventable diseases that our pets don’t. If you think dogs are experts at maintaining their own optimal nutrition if left to their own devices, I’ve got a ton of open containers of slug bait and antifreeze for you.

  • John Guardabasso

    Try Wellness Core for small breed. Since taking my schnauzer off Nutro when they changed their formula an he got sick he has been doing very well. Eats all his food and vet says he is in great condition.

  • mward1993

    A lot of people say its the new formula, but to me the new formulas look better than before. Before they had synthetic vitamin k and less meat… if I am reading the correct old ingredient lists. So who knows unless there is something they aren’t telling the public.

  • somebodysme

    Most likely it’s a new and fantastic ingredient that they add to their food *sarcastic*. That is probably why your dogs are having trouble eating it. These companies really need to stop adding these crazy bizarre ingredients to dog food trying to people please. Dogs don’t eat the same things as people eat!

  • somebodysme

    I honestly just don’t get some of these crazy ingredients! Who came up with Rosemary extract for dogs anyway. I can’t even stand the taste of that mess myself! HA! I’m thinking that my dog is allergic to peas which is the answer to grain free now. Almost all grain free is PEAS! She could even be allergic to rosemary but her issues aren’t digestive, they are skin issues.

  • BassetMama

    If you choose to feed your dog Nutro products, please monitor their health very closely. At the first sign of vomiting, diarrhea, or refusal to eat, PLEASE take them off that food until consulting with a vet. My 13-year-old basset hound started eating Nutro in the year 2000 and had amazing results. The first really bad upset stomach came from a bad bag I got in 2008. I tried removing dog treats from his diet and kept a close watch on him during our walks to make sure he wasn’t picking up anything off the ground. I ended up switching to a different brand of food, after which he went back to normal. However, being a big fan of Nutro because of the great results I’d had with it, I tried gradually putting him back on it (with a new bag). Every time I tried making the switch back to it, he’d get sick. My 11-year-old yorkie was also on Nutro, and he had an episode of vomiting yellow bile and having bloody diarrhea. I tried the regular Lamb & Rice, the Lamb & Rice Small Bites, and the Senior Formula. Finally, both dogs just stopped eating it altogether. I got a small bag of Purina One just to see if they’d lost their appetite altogether, and they scarfed it down like it was the best thing ever. I’m currently in the market for something healthy that they’ll actually enjoy eating. After being a loyal customer for years, I tried multiple times giving Nutro the benefit of the doubt, but unfortunately, I’m going with my own observations on this one.

  • BijouMama

    Rosemary Extract!

  • BijouMama

    My dog was on this food his entire life from puppyhood to adulthood (puppy formula to the adult version of the same formula) & his

    environment never changed. The only change was this company’s formula for their food line. The addition of ROSEMARY EXTRACT is causing severe problems for many dogs! If you will do some simple research on the most complaint of foods that cause vomiting (especially bright yellow bile) and diarrhea (which can become bloody), you will find that nearly all of them contain the ingredient ROSEMARY EXTRACT. This item may be safe for humans, but many dogs seem to be sensitive to it.

  • BijouMama

    My dog was on this food for over a year, from puppyhood until they changed the formula to include ROSEMARY EXTRACT. Once that ingredient was added he began vomiting bright yellow bile within 12 hours after eating each meal and eventually developed severe diarrhea (which became bloody over time). Blood tests revealed his liver enzymes were elevated. Once we stopped feeding this food the vomiting and diarrhea stopped almost immediately. I have tried other ‘Premium’ foods that contain ROSEMARY EXTRACT and they cause the exact same reaction in him (vomiting bright yellow bile within 12 hours of eating it & bloody diarrhea if he continues to eat it for more than a couple of days). Even if he eats boiled, human-grade, organic, ground turkey meat that has added ROSEMARY EXTRACT in it and no other ingredients (added by the company, not me), he starts vomiting bright yellow bile within 12 hours of eating it. So, I know that the ROSEMARY EXTRACT is the culprit! Other people have complained about their dogs having similar reactions to this dog food (and many others) that have changed their formulas to include ROSEMARY EXTRACT as an ingredient. I really think that there are many dogs who are extremely sensitive to this ingredient and it should NOT be included in a pet food at all!

  • Redridinghood

    I recently put my dog on Nutro Ultra Small Breed Adult. Last fall she had stomach worms for 2 months and threw up on a regular basis (don’t let your dog eat grasshoppers is basically what I learned). Ever since then her stomach has been a little sensitive. She also became extremely picky in regards to her dog food. The food we had before, she would just let it sit there all day and pretty far into the evening until she was so hungry she ate it, but I wanted to finish it off. So we just switched to Nutro Ultra and SHE LOVES IT. I pour it in her bowl and its usually gone immediately. I have even caught my cat stealing it pieces of it. So once my cat is done with her food, I’m gonna switch her as well.

  • LeeBee

    I recently had to switch dog foods in a hurry because my 9 yr old Lab was eating Evo and it was recalled. The only weight management food my local store had available was Nutro Natural Choice Lite so I took it thinking it was only temporary. My dog is doing so well with it – his normally loose stools have cleared up and he’s dropped a few more pounds easily – that I plan on sticking with it. Everyone is commenting on how good he looks.

  • char

    This is the only food our GSD puppy could tolerate. We started him on Kirkland puppy, but he had gas and diarrhea. He loves this food and has a soft shiny coat and firm stools. Will not change…no matter what the cost.

  • InkedMarie

    It’s been five years since I fed this but I had no crumbling food nor dust in the bottom of the bag

  • Kaycee Andersen

    You might want to check your environment (water, things in the backyard they could be getting into, things in your home, plants, etc) — it’s so easy to blame the food (seems the logical choice, I agree) – but what if it’s not? Then you have missed a chance to save your dog’s lives and spare them from suffering. Be sure to check any plants in your yard — we recently discovered several toxic plants in our landscaping that we had no clue about.

  • Kaycee Andersen

    Wellness Core’s Reduced Fat has also had a formula change – which they admitted to in an email to me, saying that their suppliers often change due to the market fluctuations (costs). Wellness Reduced Fat crumbles into a fine dust VERY easily. When you get to the bottom of the bag, there is at least 3 cups of dust. It turns into a pasty substance in your dog’s body, and produces a poorly formed stool. My vet recommended getting my dog off this food, which we did. It’s unfortunate that a company that started off with such great intentions – and then was sold – has kept the name but not the quality. :(

  • Maura

    My 90 lb. shep / lab mix “Jack” has been eating the dry Nutro Venison / Rice and lamb / rice formulas (mixed) since I got him from the pound at 10 months. He loves the food, his coat is gorgeous, his stomach and digestion appear to be fine and I simply add the GNC pro-biotic to his food in the morning. I feel these are excellent products and my vet agrees.

  • Patricia Leslie Hyde

    My two mixed breed dogs ate this for over a year. Recently they both have been having digestion problems and loose stools/diarrhea. I stopped feeding this a month ago and no more problems. I don’t recommend this product due to the new formulation.

  • kimi

    I have Nutro natural rice & lamb for 18 years to my Aussies with great results UNTIL they changed their recipe last fall. My girl dog now has high pH and we’ve been dealing with it in other ways and now I’m thinking it may be caused by the change of formula – “The Nutro Company has simplified the formulas by excluding items such as chicken by-product meal, corn or corn gluten meal, wheat or soy protein, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.” This might be good but not for my dog.

  • Mary Bishop

    I have two corgi girls that are 9 1/2 half years old, they have been on Nutro lamb and rice dry kibble all along, I have now switched them to the diet formula, and they are still doing great. I have never had any problems with Nutro. Discovered it when first Corgi was pup, and we had hard time getting her to eat anything. First time we tried her on the lamb and rice meal……….she scarfed it down. When we got second Corgi, she had patches where she had lost hair, put her on Nurto, same food as first, and in no time hair grew in, and was silky like the other corgi. Had their checkups a week or so ago. New Vet, could not believe they are going on 10 years old, said they looked about 5. I will never feed my girls anything else.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi srmark, You are incorrect. Dogs have no nutritional requirement for carbs.

  • srmark

    You obviously haven’t read many dog food labels lately .. if you fed a dog a food with just protein and no/little carbs you’d pay $100 for a 30 lb bag.. Animals need carbs, too.

  • srmark

    Have you been out in the wild watching dogs eat?

  • srmark

    My large breed dog (120 lbs) ate Nutro for 14 years — his whole longer than expectant life, He lived a long and healthy life. His skin and coat was healthy & shiny -as the food guarenteed — his teeth and breath were clean & healthy, along with good digestion. And he loved the food, too! I’d recommend it. It’s a great premium food, and deserves a higher rating.

  • InkedMarie

    A couple things. First, Dr Mike who does the reviews would need to spend every waking minute updating foods when they change but first he’d have to know if they changed and reviewing new foods. Second. it’s not good to have a dog on the same food for his whole life. Third, regarding weight, it doesn’t matter what the scale says. If your dog has a nice tuck, if you can feel the ribs when lightly pressing. your dog is probably at a good weight. Every dog should be leaner, especially large and giant breeds. If your dog needs to lose weight. skip the “diet” foods, for the most part and feed less of a very high quality food. I say for the most part because I personally am a fan of Wellness Core’s reduced fat. Senior dogs do not need a senior food, unless it’s a higher protein food. They need the higher protein.

  • sandy

    This review was updated in January. The dates of the reviews are towards the bottom of the articles. I’d pick a few brands of foods that he likes and rotate through them. That way he won’t be caught in a bind when Blue changes their formulas too.

  • Melanie Gus’s mom

    They really do need to update this review. We have a 9 1/2 yr old Newfoundland who has lived on Nutro Natural Choice large breed chicken and rice his whole life and he is very healthy for a giant breed of his age. The vets have said he is overweight at 165 for the last 3 or 4 years and so we have fed him the large breed weight management but he has only lost a few pounds. His father was Goliath topping out near 200 lbs so we really think the vets are wrong about his weight. About 6 months ago Nutro changed their formulas. I called the company and they said they were required to take out certain ingredients that didn’t qualify as “natural”. The first bag of the new food my Gus would not eat. He didn’t get sick, but he did have some skin problems which may or may not have been related. We coaxed him along for a couple of months and have finally switched him over to Blue large breed senior. It was the most similar in ingredients. He is eating a bit more regularly, but he has lost 25 lbs in 6 months. The Blue kibble is too small for his mouth. The bits in the corner of the bowl always get left. I would go back to the Nutro in a second if he would eat it! I would love to see the analysis of the new formula. They claim there was no change in taste, but Gus sure noticed!

  • Darlene West

    Where is this made? I just heard it was made in China??? Is there a re call on this????

  • Shadow

    I use Nutros Natural Choice Large Breed Lamb and Rice, I started when I had a couple of dogs with major skin issues, I had taken them to the vet repeatedly with no lasting cure. Science diet had been recommended by the vet, the dogs would not eat it. After a review of this food I bought a large bag and gave it a try. By the time we finished the bag of food, their coats were healthy and shiny again, I have had no other issues since. I have a three year old 100 lb german shepherd who has never had any other brand. All of the dogs love the food and they are healthy I would give this food a 5 star rating I understand you are taking a more technical evaluation but I am basing mine on the health of my dogs and that the all like it. I can’t help but wonder about a food a dog doesn’t want to eat, because some of them will eat anything. I highly recommend Nutros Natural Choice Lamb and Rice.

  • InkedMarie

    while Nutro is not a food I would feed, there are many dogs who do fine on this. I have a friend who feeds her Brittanys Nutro Natural. It depends on the dog. What did you change from? What are you changing to?

  • Lynne

    I recently started my 3 jack russels 12 yr, 8 yr, 13 months on the Nutro venison and potatoe. I slowly introduced them over a one month period of time. This past week my puppy is not feeling well very moopy, scratching, not eating but a few bites of food. My 12 yr old has developed a severe raised rash, hair falling out, itching/scratching, licking. The. 8 yr old is starting to show same symptoms but she is a nibbler when time to eat. Seems to me i changed from ok dog food to a even worse food. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT ” NUTRO NATURAL CHOICE GRAIN FREE LIMITED INGREDIENT VENISONMEAL AND POTATOE.

  • GSD owner

    Same thing with my German Shephard……same exact thing!!!!! switched to Blue Buffalo Wilderness and he is making a slow but steady recovery…lost all hair around eyes….thought it was fleas or environment myself. i dont know what nutro did..but it hurt my dog BAD.

  • GSD owner

    he developed skin issues on Nutro almost overnight…lost all hair around eyes.. i thought fleas, then thought bacteria in grass or dirt….he is making a slow recovery…but steady.

  • GSD owner

    same problem here with my 125lbs German Shephard….fed him nutro for some time…then something changed…..his food was last thing i suspected..i now feed him Blue Buffalo Wilderness.

  • BernersRule

    Update-3/17/13- Sorry to say that my buddy is still sick. So much for a simple allergy. I changed his food to a limited ingredient food with novel protein and carbohydrate sources, and just 4 weeks after a massive steroid shot that was supposed to last 6-8 weeks, his symptoms of skin irritations, excessive licking and itching are back. Per my vet, it’s looking more and more like a toxicity reaction, and whatever made him sick is still in his system in high enough quantities to overcome a steroid suppressive. He cannot get another steroid shot for at least two more weeks, and he’s already scratched himself raw and is back on antihistamines and antibiotics for the 4th go around. My vet tells me that because he’s such a good eater, he likely took in a lot of toxins, and it will take time for it to work itself out, barring that his systems fail in the interim. We tested him for mites, fungal infections, scabies…all negative. Thank gosh his liver and thyroid functions are still in the normal range, so I’m holding out hope if we can get him past this nasty crap from the Nutro food leeching out of his system he’ll finally feel better. Now down over $600 in Vet bills and counting…having to bathe him twice a week with special physostigmine shampoo…lord help us get through this, and that this information helps someone else keep their dog(s) from going through this agony.

  • Elizabeth Waters

    Dogs are now passing away, kidney failer, diarrea,itching, seizers. Nutro sod their company new owners BECAREFUL!!! I have been feeding my dog this for 3 yrs and recently his hair started falling out!!

  • Dog Mom!

    My two little dogs started getting sick while eating Nutro dry food – vet bills over 5 hundred dollars and we found – both had bloody urine, one had crystals – both had diarrhea and vomiting – until just the bloody urine remained. Now my little girl started having seizures after eating the food on the two days we ate out – and did not give them the usual amounts of meat from our plates. I found info about them having melamine in their foods several times previous to this and now I am almost positive after my dogs being tested for everything else and having had all their shots as needed – this is the cause: I took back a 36 dollar bag of food today and am making my own dog food from this day forward!

  • m.ward1993

    What is in the new formulas that is hurting dogs? I honestly think the new formulas look BETTER

  • topcat3017

    My 3 Labs now refuse to eat it! They are normally “fuzzy pigs”. I took the new bag back to the store and they honored a refund.

  • madash

    I had the same problem when the company changed the senior formula recently. I have an 11 year old golden retriever who did great on nutro for many years until they recently changed the formula. Vomiting, diarrhea, seizures off and on for 3-4 months. Nothing showed up in his blood work. He did better on chicken and rice that I cooked up but as soon as I gave him the nutro the symptoms started again. This formula should not be rated high until these issues are resolved. 1000+ similar complaints on consumer site.

  • Pacopgirl

    I switched to Nutro Natural Choice large breed weight Management on the advice of a vet my 7 yr old Lab was over weight and let me say I am happy to report it was a good move she dropped 20 lbs. which she needed cause labs are known to get fatty tumors which she does have 2 but I by taking off the weight she is like a puppy again more active! Night time feeding I noticed she was still hungry so I mixed in green beans with her food and that took care of the hunger! Great product we switched from Iams to this product.

  • Abe Gold

    This article is completly outdated. The formulas of all the products are differnet for 2013 and now TOXIC. EVERYONE who I talked to who has the new formula foods for dogs has a sick or dead dog. It does not even deserve 1 star. If you’ve had trouble with this product please call the FDA 888-463-6332 as the more calls they get the stronger the investigation. Also complain the the store you bought it and demand a refund. I used NUTRO for 10+ years. Paid for 3 price increases last year and get a new toxic formula for this year.
    What’s really disturbing is veterinatians will prescribe numerous expensive treatments and ignore food complaints, the cause of many pet problems. http://www.consumeraffairs/pets/nutro.html

  • BryanV21

    My initial thought is Fromm Gold. It has duck, lamb, and chicken, so it’s a more all-around diet with just the one food. The protein and fat is similar to most Nutro formulas. But unlike Nutro the ingredients are of a better quality, and it’s made by a family owned company.

  • dawnspaw

    my dogs aren’t sick, but i saw the reviews on consumer affairs and was in shock…. i have to fine something else, but what. my girls are tiny toy poodles 5 lbs. each….. i am at a loss

  • Gino897

    I have a 1 and half year old Bernese mountain dog. She was on blue buffalo chicken and rice and fish formula both were large breed formulas. She didn’t enjoy eating either and she would leave the life source bits behind and all over the kitchen floor. I also noticed her skin was extremely dry and her coat looked dull. I switched to nutro lamb and rice formula and couldn’t be happier. Her coat is shiny and skin is moist again. The biggest thing I noticed is she actually enjoys eating it. I do like changing flavors for her every 3 months so I am eager to see how she enjoys the nutro chicken formula.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Hi BernersRule- Any one dog can be allergic to any one ingredient. Unfortunately you often don’t know until repeated exposures to it. My dogs can all eat chicken w/out issue. Good luck in finding the right one for your boy.

  • BernersRule

    Update-2/14/13- Spoke with Nutro rep who informed me that their records don’t show any other dogs reported as having had an issue with the lot number of large breed in blue bag that i provided. They suspect it may have been the addition of fresh unprocessed chicken to the recipe that caused my dog to have a severe allergic reaction. My vet also noted that proteins are the most likely allergen source. Not sure why anyone would add a known allergen to food, but maybe most dogs aren’t sensitive to it. I appreciated their concern and effort, but I still had to switch him to a different brand and a novel protein in a limited ingredient food. If he gets past mid-late March when his steroid injection wears off, we’ll know if this worked.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Has your vetblack light” or fungassey for ringworm? The lesions sound classic for it-circular, raised outer ridge, crusty etc.

  • BernersRule

    Please take another look at this food. Since they brought out the ‘new and improved’ formulation of the large breed adult dry food late in 2012, it is the prime suspect in making my dog (and per, many other dogs) very ill. I don’t know that the food is bad/tainted, but I DO know that Nutro drastically altered the formula and since then my dog has been scratching off his own skin, vomiting, eating grass, having diarrhea and has dropped over 10 lbs. Something is wrong here, and won’t SOMEone do something to ensure this food is not tainted before more dogs are sickened or die? I have changed to Taste of the Wild, and am investigating Wellness per my vet’s advice to move him to a limited ingredient food until he is well. One thing is sure…I trusted Nutro for almost 7 years for this dog with great results, and so I feel very upset to have their product cause my dog stress and illness, hundreds of dollars of vet bills…I feel 95% sure it was the food, because nothing else in his environment had changed prior to him getting sick. I won’t buy Nutro again.

  • mward1993

    Natures Variety Instinct is potato and grain free, and comes in several novel proteins like rabbit, duck, and salmon. And Orijen will soon be potato free with their Whole Prey line. Both brands are 70% and 80% meat.

  • InkedMarie

    I would choose a grain & potato free food. If you go to the forum section of the DFA, look at the “dog food ingredients” section and see the stickie I posted with a list of those foods. I’d avoid the beef and chicken ones, opt for turkey or fish.

  • BryanV21

    I hate to say it, but your vet either can’t find the problem or is downright ripping you off. Steroids (Prednisone) and antihistamines do nothing to cure the problem, they only remove the symptoms. It doesn’t sound like he/she is trying to help solve the allergy problem at all, but is just happy raking in the money you keep spending on drugs that aren’t curing a thing.

    Keep in mind that a dog my develop an allergy to something after overexposure. For example, chicken is used in the Nutro Large Breed. It’s possible your dog was fine with chicken for a while, but due to having been fed the same thing for so long he/she developed an allergy to it, which is what’s now causing the problems. It may not be a formula change at all. I see this type of thing all the time, where an owner thinks a company has changed a formula, but they hadn’t.

    Looking at the ingredients in the Nutro Large Breed, I’d recommend trying a food that is chicken and grain free. And since you have a bigger dog, I’d also look for a food higher in animal-based protein (NOT plant-based, as some foods boost protein levels with things like peas).

    Take a look at the chicken and grain free 5 star foods here. A lot of companies will send you free samples too.

  • Berners4ever

    I have a seven year old Bernese Mountain Dog who has been eating Nutro large breed formulas since he was a puppy. Last fall, the itching began, and he has itched off chunks of his beautiful hair, ravaged his skin with scratching and licking, etc. I have changed absolutely nothing in his environment, so the only thing I can think of is that the large breed food he has been eating for years has changed, and he’s allergic to something in the new formulation. His skin is covered with circular eruptions with a raised ridge on the outer rim. His skin forms a hard, granular crust there, and the hair in the center falls out. He is miserable, and as a result, so am I. Thanks to what you are all writing (thank gosh I finally found this site), it would seem that Nutro did indeed change their formulation just about the time this started happening. I’m out $100s of dollars in vet bills with a vague diagnosis of ‘allergic reaction’ and every time his prednisone runs out, or his antihistamines, the skin eruptions start immediately. I’ve been tearing out my own hair trying to figure out what was wrong…! I am going to go by a different food NOW…once I figure out which one doesn’t include whatever the last one added last fall to cause this reaction. I hope to god this is indeed the cause…my baby is suffering and I cannot make it stop…I feel so helpless. Thank you folks…if this works, I will bless you all.

  • Jody Louttit

    RT2 – Check out My golden was seriously ill after changes were made to the Nutro formulas last fall.

  • shelly

    thanks for that i just purchased my puppy her first bag tod
    ay and i heard lots of scary stories

  • RT2

    Is anyone having problems w this food? I recently noticed changes in kibble in addition to the so called new and improved formula… My pups all of a sudden wont go near it! They have vomiting & diarrhea! I feed venison and brown rice to adults and lamb and brown rice puppy to my 12wk old. Any help is appreciated! Thanks in advance!

  • Jackifurrs

    This is the large breed blue bag.

  • Sandy


    All the review dates are posted at the bottom of the reviews.

  • Sandy

    Wholesome Essentials, not Wholesome Blends. Can’t edit.

  • Sandy


    Nutro Natural Choice dry is being update right now. The Wholesome Blends is just now up. You can find it on the left side listings. Their regular and LID lines will be up shortly.

  • InkedMarie

    A couple things: first, when Dr. Mike does the reviews, he does not use a bag of food. He uses the companies website. He doesn’t have access to every food that is out there. Second, I can’t even find this food on the Nutro website. The only large breed adult with lamb and rice is a limited ingredient diet. Is that what your bag is? It is a dark green bag, according to the website. If yours IS limited ingredient, then it IS different than what was reviewed above.¬†
    Dr. Mike also has a job outside of DFA, he updates when time allows and reviews new foods as time allows. Be patient!

  • Heather

    I’m confused, I’m comparing the ingredient label from my bag to your website and it doesn’t match. You appear to be using an old recipe or something. I buy the Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Lamb and Rice in the 30lb dark green bag and the ingredients are different than you say here. I think you need to update your website.

  • LabsRawesome

    ¬†Hey Bryan, yeah, aren’t we so lucky, that we have science to engineer “food products” for us….they are so much more healthy than natural food… wink wink.

  • LabsRawesome

     Dniedacess, thank you for showing your true colors, by calling me ignorant. This site is for calm disagreement, not name calling. But I understand, people of low intelligence are easily frustrated, and resort to calling names. I am not ignorant, that is why I would never feed my dog Nutro, or Hills. I know what good nutrition for a dog is, and neither food you mention are species appropriate for a canine.

  • BryanV21

    So what did humans and dogs do before science really took shape? I suppose they died moments after birth, as there was no way a dog could survive without the great minds at Hill’s and Royal Canin.

    Oh, and one more thing… if we thought “food is just food” then we wouldn’t be here, talking at length about what food is better for our dogs.

  • Dniedacess

    Green tea extract, rosemary extract and spearmint extract are natural preservatives, just like Vitamin E.  Natural petfood companies will use these instead of BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin, etc.

  • Dniedacess

    Actually I am a student at University of Illinois where Professor Kelly Swanson teaches. ¬†He has published may articles on Pet Nutrition. ¬†If we all take your thought process, we would be in the ‘good o days’ where the average life span of humans were in their 50’s and pets in their 8 years. ¬†With science and precise nutrition, large breeds are living up to 12 years and small breeds up to 22 years. ¬†BTW i also comment under Hill Science Diet as well. ¬†Pet food companies dont get the credit they deserve because of ignorant people who thinks food is just food.¬†

  • sandy

    I’m guessing those are used for their antioxidant/preservative qualities.¬† Some other foods already contain them.¬† But maybe someone else can chime in!

  • Cheriem269

    Do you know when you will be updating Natural Choice with their new formula?  Why would they put spearmint and decaf green tea in their food Now! Does it help the stomach?

  • LabsRawesome

    ¬†Dniedacess, lol. I get it…you work for Nutro. That’s fine. I would expect you to push the product. But most of the people on this site are really knowledgeable, and are not going to fall for your claims. Dogs have no biological requirement for grains/carbs. Oh btw, nutrition is not rocket science.

  • Dniedacess

    Please verify the ingredient declaration on an actual bag before you quote a website. Also, rice delivers soluble fibers while rice bran delivers insoluble fibers. Did you know that nutro measures how much product pets consume and how much comes out the back end? Nutro has a minimum of 85% digestibility. Other petfood companies runs around 45%. It is one visible difference they have over other companies. People with indoor pets who have to pick up after pets notice this over families who leave their pets outside.

  • BryanV21

    The sound adults make in Charlie Brown TV specials is the same sound that went through my head while reading this. 

    Feeding a dog a good food doesn’t take 800 vet clinics and a thousand scientific studies. All it takes is a little research into the type of animal dogs are, and then some common sense.

    Oh, some more common sense for you… prey for wild dogs does not come in breed specific varieties. There’s Animal A, Animal B, and so on. There’s not Animal A for small breeds, Animal B for large breeds, etc. The only reason a dog food needs to be breed specific is if it’s designed to take care of issues that some breeds tend to suffer from, such as large dogs having joint issues and therefore the food has added glucosomine and chondroiton.

  • LabsRawesome

    ¬†Dniedacess, I can’t tell you where I work either, but I would NEVER use Nutro. Why? Because from their ingredient list, it looks like all they are researching is how to produce the cheapest food possible, and sell it at the highest price…. 4 rice ingredients and only 1 meat? And this is the BEST food? Give me a break….

  • Dniedacess

    I cannot tell you where I work but I will tell you this. ¬†Nutro uses a huge database of health issues, diseases, filtered by breed sizes and life stages collected by over 800 vet clinics that they own. ¬†The scientists also utilizes Research papers and white papers that have been published on animal science to formulate their petfood. ¬†Protein, Fat and Fiber (Soluble and Insoluble fibers) are based on what pets need versus what competitors are offering. ¬†The food is also formulated at 95 kcals/kg^0.75 instead of the industry’s 120 kcals/kg^0.75 which delivers required essential nutrients without causing obesity. ¬†Did you know that over 55% of pets across the US are considered obese relative to their breed genetics? ¬†But people dont see all of this because all they see is whats printed on the bags, not what’s behind it. ¬†Also, Nutro owns their own factories. ¬†They perform over 600 daily quality checks including Salmonella. ¬†You would be surprised where your dog food is produced.

  • Dawnsteele500

    My 8 week old pup did the same. Did you happen to find out what caused it?

  • Jetx

    I have used nutro natural choice with no issues. They recently redesigned heir entire line. My lab has a wealth of energy and has no skin issues. The new line contains no corn, wheat or soy. would definitely recommend.

  • Leghorn

    I have been feeding both of my dogs Nutro Venison and Brown rice for several years because one is a very gassy dog, and one has skin issues, and it seems to work for both. Seems to me that if a food affects your dog after one bag to the point of intestinal bleeding, then switching foods would be ideal, but a visit to the vet priority. Ive worked in the veterinary field for many years, and have never seen food alone cause such horrific health problems. Often parasitic infections or allergies are more the problem. As a dog breeder, I would not hesitate to recommend this food for sensitive dogs. I have used several grain free foods, but the price for large dogs often is worth searching for better alternatives, and I am satified with the shiny coats, and strong builds my dogs have as a result of feeding this particular food.

  • rc42

    Nutro has almost killed 4 dogs in my family: a min pin, a Queensland heeler mix, a lab, and a Rottweiler. Kindly failure with three, intestenal bleeding with The other. Do not buy!!!!!!!

  • Megan Ward

    ok, we are trying the synergy with her sp and venison canned…and its working!!

  • Asti’s Mumma

    did the lumps look like welts with big rings though? I got a sample of nutro pup food in mail the next day my pups face was swollen and body covered it welts the vet was unsure what caused it but that food was the only change she also vomitted for 2 days and was very depressed my poor girl

  • sandy


    At 23% protein, that just leaves way too much room for way too much carbs which dogs don’t require.


  • M Ward1993

    I was thinking about protein the whole time, that was my first concern with this diet. What improvements would I see with a diet higher than 23% dry protein? Or the bigger question is, what could a 23% protein diet be doing to hurt my dog?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    If you want higher protein but want to stick with NB why not try the Alpha? It’s grain-free and has more protein than the LID.

  • Shawna

    If I didn’t hate grains so bad, I’d like that choice :)…¬† Uses chicken fat instead of a plant based fat, higher protein etc…¬† Don’t let others, myself included, make this too difficult on you though….¬† There are others here who don’t have a problem with grains at all..¬† I just¬†love the fact that you’re thinking about protein :)….

  • M Ward1993

    maybe I could try a similar product with the NB canned food she likes. I think she likes the disk shaped NB kibble, so go with Synergy which has about 30% dry matter protein? Or add Evo 95% venison canned if she just likes her venison.

  • Shawna

    I saw your post to me over the weekend¬†(on my phone)¬†but wasn’t able to get to a computer long enough to respond.

    They both have so many things that I don’t like that it’s hard to pick.. :(¬† But, if I HAD to choose one over the other I too would go with grain free (especially knowing that you are adding canned protein in).

    Additionally, as much as I hate the lower protien of the Natural Balance line, I do think they use higher quality ingredients then Nutro.¬† Brewer’s rice is a REALLY low quality ingredient..¬† And although I don’t like canola oil — it is better then soybean oil in my opinion.¬†

    I know they work for you but I really wish a higher quality food did too..  :(

  • sandy

    M Ward1993,

    I would still choose sweet pot, pot protein, pea protein and canola oil (NB) over brown rice, brewers rice, rice bran, oats, and soybean oil (NC).¬† I prefer the veg protein still over the grains.¬† I feed Epigen which uses veg protein. Neither oil I like but overall I would still go with NB.¬† But I’m a rotater too, so why don’t you use both??

  • M Ward1993

    Natural Choice Venison:Venison Meal, Whole Brown Rice, Brewers Rice, Pea Protein, Rice Bran, Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Dried Plain Beet Pulp,Natural Flavor, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Salt, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Biotin, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Selenium Yeast, Manganese Proteinate, Potassium Iodide,Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract, Decaffeinated Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract
    NB Sweet Potato and venison?Sweet Potatoes, Venison, Potato Protein, Pea Protein, Canola Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potato Fiber, Flaxseed, Natural Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Natural Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

  • InkedMarie

    Hard choice….Sandy said about sweet potato over rice, which I agree with but the Natural choice has venison first, I think and NB has sweet potato first. Generally I want meat first. I can’t really advise me because neither is a food I choose to feed. Good luck!

  • sandy

    I would chose sweet potato over rice and add various canned/fresh food toppers (eggs, sardines, meats, fish oil) and maybe even a vit supplement (super green powder) if you need to add alot on top of the kibble.

  • M Ward1993

    Natural Balance LID Sweet potato and Venison vs Natural Choice Venison meal and rice, which would you choose? They both have chelated minerals, NB has flaxseed and NC has omega 6 only. I can add salmon oil. NC has more meat than NB but I add canned food.

  • tonya

    they have updated thier you might want to check that out, mike. so the review can be more to date 

  • Camichalski

    yes. My dog is having a very bad reaction to the venison and potato formula. he had been on the other for 3 years and now he has started getting very sick and we had to change food.

  • Lad132

    Thank you for that info. If he does not get better by the weeknd I will switch him over. I guess I should give him boiled chicken and rice and mix in the new food (wellness) a little at a time.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    From what I’ve learned, Wellness is now made by Wellpet’s factory in Indiana.¬† This is also where they make Holistic Select.¬† They are not using Diamond anymore at all.

  • Lad132

    Just switched over my mini schnauzer from small breed puppy to their new young adult formula. Second day when he was on the new formula fully ( after mixing in with previous puppy food) he has soft stool now. Started him on some rice mixed in this morning. If this persists I will switch over to a new food and product. Not sure which new product I will try. I was considering Wellness but it is made by Diamond who always seems to have problems.

  • Memory_layne78

    Out of date formula. This is taken from their website today.

    Lamb Meal (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Whole Brown Rice,Brewers Rice, Rice Bran, Pea Protein, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols),Lamb, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Calcium Pantothenate,Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Selenium Yeast, Biotin, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1),Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract, Decaffeinated Green Tea Extract,Spearmint Extract

  • Henro112358

    I fed my 4 year old Anatolian Shepard a rotating mix of the two late breed types. After the recent formula change he started refusing to eat, an when he did he would often throw up. Switched his food and now he’s fine. I’m not sure what they did but it wasn’t beneficial.

  • frem

    My seven yr. old black Lab. regularily eats fresh carrots and apples as a snack. She also enjoys green beans and other veggies and fruit although no onions or grapes. She has eating Nutro Natural Choice since she was 10 wks old – had bad reaction to Science Diet although thats what the breeder fed his dogs.

  • Ryan

    Just updated their formula and my bullmastiff’s face swelled about 2 inches on both sides, not to mention lumps all over. ¬†Curious to see the analysis redone on the adult large breed lamb and rice. ¬†

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  • BryanV21

    Yes, wild dogs do eat fruits and/or vegetables.

    Also, switching from food to food is a good thing. Do you eat the same exact thing all the time? No? Why not? Because doing so is not a balanced diet.

  • B_garmon

    Everyone talks about fruits and veggies in their dog food.¬† Since when did you ever see wild dogs eating fruits and veggies.¬† Our dogs when we were growing up ate what was left over from our dinner and they did great.¬† People try to shove these high dollar foods down your throat.¬† Some people can’t afford to pay these outrageous prices.¬† Feed your dog what he does good on and quit switching from food to food.

  • Evans310

    i liked nutro for a while but i wanted to try something different so i switched to joy high performance mini chunks they just changed there formula around and i am noticing  great results. my dog is healthy and always has lots of energy!!!

  • Jackifurris

    was wondering how the new formula of Natural choice is rated just bought it yesterday saw some major changes in the large breed food.

  • Cheriem269

    As anyone tried any of the new formula of any of the Natural Choice yet?

  • Happykid33

    Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice gave both of my dogs (American Bulldog male and Lab mix female) urinary tract infections. It hit my bulldog the hardest because he actually had blood and crystals in his urine. I had to take them off the other food they were on because he was allergic to the chicken and the vet suggested Nutro.¬† I blame the food because they had the problems while they were on it and haven’t had a problem since I took them off. I don’t trust it and will never buy Nutro anything ever again.

  • Hannahanna

     I am so happy to hear your Dobie and Pointer are doing well on this food!

  • rdnpsmom

    my 4 yr-old boston terrier had terrible allergies after about 6 months of age. we’ve tried a few hollistic foods over the years, but the nutro natural choice (lite/less active, lamb & rice) is the one food he’s done best on (i think he may actually have allergies to poultry/chicken.) it’s not the grain free you asked about, but thought it might help to mention this. i had to cook him fresh chicken & rice per the vet and that didn’t improve his allergies at all. that’s when i cut out the poultry. he actually did okay on merrick brand food for a while, with the exception of gaining weight. the nutro helped that immediately though, and no signs of allergies! I tried to switch them over to blue buffalo to get something with more fruits & veggies in it, but that went badly, so now keeping the nutro for good. even the newer bags with the updated formula have been fine so far. allergies are no fun, but keep trying different things. it took us almost¬† 3 of his 4 years to get it right. he also only gets all natural treats to be safe (they love wagatha’s). good luck!

  • Melissa

    I have a 12 year old female Doberman and a 15 year old English Pointer…they have been given this food their entire lives…..average life span for a dobie is 10 years….she still acts like a puppy (an 80 pound puppy..LOL)¬† The vets are shocked at the shape my dogs are in…I love this brand!

  • duke

    I have a english bulldog and we seem to have lots of trouble finding a food that doesnt effect her allergies. Has anyone had a dog that had issues with there allergies and tried the adult grain free limited diet? Wondering if they did well on it…

  • Kat184

    nutro is in the process of reformulating all of their foods. New food is already on the shelf. they took out some of the controversial ingredients. so this review will need an update :)

  • Addie¬†is their large breed lamb&rice formula. This review does need updating, but the ingredient quality hasn’t really improved much.¬†

  • Aharris2006

    ¬†Mike P, I do not expect them to review all of the varieties of any dog food and never claimed to. But, to choose only one variety (and a poor one at that) to represent the entire line without any statement that other varieties may rank better or worse, seems a bit unfair to me. They do need to recheck their review of this variety, too, because they don’t even carry it anymore that I can find on their web site.

  • Mike P

    Aharris2006 do you think that Mike S and his wife could possibly review all 22 Nutro formula’s along with every other brand that has multiple formula’s??He would need an army of workers to do something like that.They give us a great starting point on a brand of food and it’s up to us to research a little on our own to find a food that is going to work for our dogs.And you know what???I didn’t have to pay a penny to get on this site and read the reviews…

  • Aharris2006

    This is not an accurate rating of all of the varieties of Nutro’s dry foods, since they all have very different ingredients. The Toy Breed Adult lists¬† Chicken as the first ingredient & doesn’t contain Menadione. This is also the ONLY food my dog can eat that doesn’t make him sick (including ultra foods).

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Robby,

    Pet food manufacturers frequently change their recipes without updating their websites. However, I just checked Nutro’s website today and many of their recipes – including the Natural Choice Lamb Meal and Rice – still contain menadione.

    So, be sure to read each label. Hope this helps.

  • Roundaboutfarmllc

    I’ve had my Italian Maremma on Nutro Natural Choice LG Breed his whole life, all 3 stages, puppy, adult and now Sr. He is 11 yrs old now and still looks great. I’ve never had weight, skin or any other health issues with him. I highly recommend this food. Also fed this to my former Neo Mastiff and the “Lite” version to my Grandpa’s Bassett. My sister also feeds to her Aussies. Will continue to recommend and feed it. Also never had a dog turn it down for taste.

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  • Clnelso6

     I have also been feeding my dog natural choice and this month (June) he has developed a skin disorder. I am unsure if it has been caused by the food, but I have found no fleas and no other significant changes in his environment

  • Wayne Beaudoin

    I was feeding my old boy Taste of the Wild and he had terrible gas.  I switched to Nutro Natural Choice, and the gas subsided somewhat.  I guess the gas may be part of getting old.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I’m so very sorry to hear about your dogs. ¬†I hope all are better soon. ¬†Just wanted to let you know that, as you already know, blue has had some problems in the past but lots of people like and feed it. ¬†Also, some formulas of Canidae was part of the recent recall at Diamond plants (they are made by Diamond). ¬†If you are shopping at Petsmart, they have Castor & Pollux, Innova and Avoderm. ¬†I would recommend any of these foods. ¬†

  • Sad mom in PA

    Had researched quality dog foods here about two years ago and had decided on nutro small breed lamb and rice for my four dogs. Everything was fine until about three weeks ago when i bought a new large bag. The hound mix (12 years old) turned up her nose at it, as did the mini daschund (7 years old). But they eventually ate it after i mixed it with some warm water. Two days later, the mini daschund began vomiting and developed diahhrea. Thinking it was nothing more than a stomach bug, i put her on rice and boiled chicken and she seemed to get better. Then started to mix in nutro again and she got deathly ill, developing bloody, mucous in her stool and by the time we took her to the emergency vet (regular vet did subcutaneous fluids only) she had lost half hier body weight and had to be hospitalized and given iv antibiotics and fluids. We almost lost her. She came home in rice and chicken, then the other three dogs started developing diahhrea, although no vomiting and not to the extent of the doxie. I took the mini schnauzer (5 years old) and cocker mix (14 years old) off nutro immediately and right now, everyone is on rice and chicken ( with yogurt, cottage cheese, and bsby food peas and carrots) until i can find a new kibble to replace nutro. People had reported these problems years ago, but it is starting to look like nutro has a newroblem, based on my google searching. I am not the only person to report this in the month of may. In PA if that makes any diffence. Looking at blue buffalo or canidae – although blue had it’s recent problems, at least they have owned up to it nd been proactive, unlike nutro, who continues to buryntheir corporate head in the sand.

  • Marley

    my 6mos old puppy is on blue baffalo large breed puppy food for only 2mos because since she started this bb food she has severed dandruff and shedding that your not gonna believe and her poop is so runny so i decided to change her food to NUTRO NATURAL CHOICE LARGE BREED PUPPY FOOD after 1week shes a normal dog again no diarrhea lets shedding and most espeacially no more dandruff,im so happy that i decided to returned the blue baffalo at petsmart and get a nutro my puppy  look so healthy and happy so where all happy for her.thanks a lot

  • Cathygiha

     I had always have been told to change dog food brands slowly. Mix the two for days or maybe a week. Do not change from 1 dog food brand over night.

  • Bostons Rule

     I have been making food for my 3 Bostons for about 4 years now because of renal issue r/t commercial food; I also dehydrate treats that makes them stand and drool while waiting for the treats to finish. My dogs have never been healthier even though two of them are close to 12 years of age. I would like your recipe for the dog biscuits if you would like to share. Thanks

  • John Hamilton

    Not all Nutro Natural Choice¬†recipes¬†contain menadione. I’m feeding the Small Breed recipe and it does not contain that. I curious on if that would bump Natural Choice to a 3 1/2 stars.¬†

  • Trackorangemall

    In my opinion, Nutro is better than 3 stars. I have 3 dogs eating this and all 3 are doing great on it! One of my dogs had an allergy to a previous food and once I switched him to Nutro, he no longer has issues. I honestly believe that it really depends on the dog as to what food they can eat. This is just my opinion, though.

  • Daisy’s mom

    Just bought Natural choice Senior for our 10 yr golden retriever, she had been on Max Nutro Senior prior with no problems, but they were out of it and $600. + and vomiting after only a couple of days eating it, now on RX diet from vet???  She was very healthy before this episode.

  • Sandy

    I just got talked into buying nutro lamb/rice TODAY at petsmart; just got home and read the label Рand it DOES HAVE MENADIONE.  Since we live 55 mi from the nearest petsmart, now I am faced with taking it back. (btw, the reason we made the 55 mi trip today was to return the darn Kirkland Signature that was RECALLED to costco.) Honestly. I thought we finally would have a good food, but, I am not feeding stuff w/menadione to our dog.

  • DB

    Our dog has had chronic diarrhea due to food allergies since we adopted him. We put him on this food thinking it was good since it had rice and no wheat. We had no idea it still had ingredients that have been linked to food allergies! Thanks for the info. Our vet just put our dog on a RX diet and he is finally feeling better.

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  • Stmariemmr

    I prefer to make may own dog food.  Chicken, beef, turkey, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potatoes, some white potatoes, turnip,butternut squash and fish oil.  I even make my own dog biscuits.  I make a big batch and freeze what I will not use up within a few days.  My boxers love it. 

  • kmom

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  • Tammy

    Hi Amanda, 
    The Nutro venison formula has been amazing in my boy who had severe gas problems on Orijen and Pro Plan.  Life is wonderful on this food!

  • Shawna

    I agree with Sandy and Person :)

    All it takes is looking at the ingredients in a bag of kibble to realize that “dog food” is nothing more then overly processed “human food” (chicken, peas, sweet potato, blueberries etc)..¬† Can’t get more human then that :)

    Dr. Becker likens feeding one dog food for the entire life of your dog to feeding your child a meal replacement bar for every meal and nothing else.¬† Yes, it will keep your dog, and child, alive but it sure isn’t a good way to do it..

    And to assume that I, and others, am incapable of learning the nutrient needs of a dog in order to feed a home made meal is really quite insulting to my intelligence :)..

  • sandy

    Actually homemade dog food (raw or cooked) can be the best food for your dog (when done to recipe to be complete and balanced, of course).¬† Some kibbles I wouldn’t even consider dog food as I know what’s allowed (or let’s say what isn’t allowed) into the making of kibble, and there’s not much that isn’t allowed to be put into dog kibble it seems.

    Fresh, (unprocessed as possible) are great additions to your dog’s diet – fresh raw meats, raw bones, eggs, sardines or other fish, organs, a very small amount of fruit or veg.

    Kibble is a very unnatural diet for canines.¬† And they should be able to live beyond their 20’s (as their lifespan shortened with the introduction of processed foods). Dogs shouldn’t eat the equivalent of a cereal bar everyday of their life.

    As for variety, it’s great.¬† As there are many different dog foods, they all have different levels of macro and micronutrients and a dog can get too¬†much from one brand of food or not enough from long term consumption and can build up toxic levels or become malnourished and even build up a food intolerance to eating the same thing long term.

    There are some helpful articles in the library, check them out sometime.

    My gang love their people food: raw chicken, eggs, fish, steak…(cooked or raw, they love them all)

  • Person With A Brain

    Laura you are completely wrong.  There is only one food supply.

    There is no such thing as PEOPLE FOOD and DOG FOOD.

  • Laura Agnew

    It is more important to keep your dogs on a TOTAL dog diet and remain with the same basic brand their entire life. I’ve had dogs live past their average age on various brands. NO people food of any kind is key.

  • Johnny Hippo

    I switched over To Natural Choice for puppies chicken and brown rice . Breeder started them on Purina Puppy Chow which after reading about all the different brands was anxious to switch my miniature schnauzer over. I followed the directions from Nuto and the puppy loves it. Eats every morsel since. I also noticed he is hardly scratching heimself anymore as well. I also think his coat is even has some more shine to it now.