Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain product line includes two dry dog foods each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

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

  • Nutrish Zero Grain Turkey and Potato
  • Nutrish Zero Grain Salmon and Sweet Potato

Nutrish Zero Grain Turkey and Potato was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain Turkey and Potato

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 47%

Ingredients: Turkey, turkey meal, chicken meal, dried peas, tapioca starch, whole dry potatoes, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried plain beet pulp, whole flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, sodium selenite, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis26%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%16%47%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%33%41%

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

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

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

The third ingredient includes chicken meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The fourth ingredient is dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The sixth ingredient is dried potato, a dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, dried potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can affect our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.

The seventh ingredient is poultry fat. Poultry fat is obtained from rendering, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Poultry fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life.

However, poultry fat is a relatively generic ingredient and can be considered lower in quality than a similar item from a named source animal (like chicken fat).

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.

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

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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

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

With two notable exceptions

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

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

Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain Dog Food looks like an above-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 29%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 47%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.

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 dried peas, dried potato and flaxseed in this recipe as well as the pea protein in the other, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of turkey as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

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

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Notes and Updates

10/28/2014 Last Update

  • Mari Juarez

    Just to give you more info. Reading reviews of each food is good. Dog, cat or people. There is a law that says the company had to name everything the put into the food. Well there is a loop hole for the company. They don’t have to name any of the ingredients of the things that are bought and brought into there plant. For example. If they buy their chicken already processed, then they don’t have to put down what the other company had put in it, that just say chicken meal. And they don’t have to say where it’s from.
    So I suggest even after your reviews. Buy only a small bag and always introduce slowly. Add to other current food, before feeding it straight out.
    Also. Some foods have animal’s from all kinds of places, sadly to say vet hospitals, road side dead animals. I think you get the idea. If your dog, after 2 full days won’t eat it. It’s usually because the smell the dead animals. Yes this is true. Many people say leave the food down they will eat it when they get hungry. Think about that. They eat it because they don’t have a choice. Not because they like it. It’s up to us to make sure it’s good for them. And alot of our pets trust us and will eat what we give them. Hope this helps. God bless.

  • Mari Juarez

    Did you try starting slow, and mixing it in to the old dog food a little at a time. This Is very important when switching foods

  • aimee

    The value of the ingredient list for me is to choose or eliminate a product based on the listing of a specific source.

    For example, if I didn’t want to use a chicken based food I’d look at the ingredient list to see if the food contained chicken.

  • aimee

    Hi Emily,
    Feel free to copy what I wrote and use it as you wish.

    Glad you liked the explanation.

  • Bob K

    They are not horrible foods as they have more than a 1 star rating, they are far better than starvation and will keep a dog fed. The issue is you are paying a premium for a highly marketed average or inferior product.

  • Bob K

    Ingredients lists are for what is in the bag. This is for nutritional content. If the bag or batch of kibble is spoiled, contaminated or poor ingredients are used the ingredient list might look great but the product is bad or poor quality. Example – You go to a 5 star restaurant for fresh steak, you pay a fortune for the best but your steak is frozen in the center and the outside is chared black and tastes burnt. The salt shaker is clogged with lumpy salt and the pepper is moldy. You have great ingredients but the steak dinner is of poor quality.

  • Bob K

    Problem with mailorder and internet sales is you have no control over what they send you for expiration dates and returns are often troublesome. Usually better to buy local.

  • Bunker

    “They don’t look to the ingredient list to evaluate quality…”

    I’m confused, if you don’t look at ingredients to evaluate quality, then why have an ingredients list?

  • Emily Craig

    I would never feed my dog a food that produced diarrhea or vomiting. That is beyond my comprehension. Wow!

  • Emily Craig

    Thank you for a very well said and intelligent answer. I just love all these people that think the finest and brightest in the Veterinary field are all wrong. It is like trying to perform your own heart surgery. I hope you don’t mind but I am coping your answer and using it! Bravo!!

  • Emily Craig

    Because your Vet is an educated and intelligent doctor who knows it is about nutrition, not ingredients. The large companies are the only ones who do testing and research. Listen to your Vet.

  • aimee

    Hi Maria,
    I understand your confusion. Those that are educated in nutrition: board certified veterinary nutritionists and PhD animal nutritionists evaluate food via different parameters than others do.
    They don’t look to the ingredient list to evaluate quality which is what most folks who judge a food use to make their evaluation. They look at things like nutrient analysis and digestibility studies and quality control measures. I also imagine that they base their opinion on the answers they get when they make inquires to the company. Does the company understand nutrition?
    When looked at from this perspective they come up with different recommendations than those that look at a ingredient list on a label.
    I’m open to the idea that they know what they are doing. So for example when I was at a major zoo and saw Hills Science Diet in the food prep area I asked why Hill’s foods. The person I spoke with said because they look at nutrient profile the bioavailability of the nutrients and consistency of the diet. I asked if the food was donated as some here suggested that is why they used it. The said absolutely not. They purchase the food directly from Hills.
    I called Hills and asked if they have a zoo donation program. They said they do not and never have but that they have many zoos as customers.
    It could be that your vet recommends Hills because those that hold advanced degrees in the field of nutrition have evaluated the diets and recommend them. The general practitioner doesn’t get advanced training in nutrition while in school, just as they don’t get advanced training in cardiology or dentistry or well anything really. So the general practitioner looks to a veterinary nutritionist for guidance as to what to recommend just as they may consult with a cardiologist about a patient with a heart problem
    The experts in their profession recommend Hills and so they pass on that recommendation to their clients. Hope that helps explain it to you.

  • Dori

    Unfortunately most traditional vets in this country will sell and recommend Hills, Science Diet and Royal Canin. Also Eukanuba. All horrible foods. You have to remember that vets are in the medical field, they are not nutritionists. They know next to nil about nutrition other than some course for a couple of credits in vet school they took which are required. That’s all the schooling they have in nutrition. It’s probably hard for them to keep up with everything outside of medicine because they are seeing patients day in and day out. Just listen to your gut as to what you feel is best for your dog. So glad you did research and realized what to feed before buying into the Science Diet mumbo jumbo from the vet.

  • Jolene Taylor Jacobs

    I wanted to provide my dog with better nutrition so I started my 5 year old Poodle/Jack Russell terrier mix on Nutrish Zero Grain turkey and potato about three weeks ago. She likes it.

    She has mild sensitive skin, but over the past week, she has become so itchy that she scratches and bites her fur into mats on her body and she has thrown up on 3 different days. This is the only change we’ve made with her. I’m going to switch her back to her previous dog food l to see if the problems resolve. Has anyone else been having problems?

  • Maria

    I’ve read terrible things about Science diet. Why in the world does my vet promote it & carry it in-house? Have never had my beloved GSD on it, but did consider it at one time, until I did my research. Still cannot get over the fact that my vet recommends it. Makes me question my vet’s judgement.

  • Ms. Goff

    You can order it from chewy.com … Free shipping on orders over $49

  • theBCnut

    I’m glad she’s doing better. To avoid upset in the future, make sure she is getting those probiotics before the switch and add digestive enzymes and a little pure pumpkin during and for a bit after the switch.

  • Helen

    I think I just may have changed her food a little too fast for her age. (12.5) She’s doing better now. I appreciate your concern and advice. Thank you! :)

  • APBTLuver

    I am aware of that. I also know that when I said “RR” should add probiotics that she has nothing to do with decisions like that. She’s just a figure head anyway. I used RR because that is the name on the bag. I am very well aware of Ainsworth pet nutrition and that they have several other products. That was who I meant should add probiotics because so many other pet food maufacurers have.

  • Ryan

    She doesn’t add it because Rachel Ray has nothing to do with the food other than putting her name on it and receiving a check at the end of the month. Ainsworth Pet Nutrition is the company and has many other products including Kibble Select Complete, which DFA gives 1 star.

  • APBTLuver

    Me too. I order tons of stuff off of Ebay and Amazon.com the most. The internet makes it nice…to say the least :)

  • theBCnut

    I live rurally too, so I know what you mean. I order all kinds of things on the internet because I can’t find it locally. And specialty doctors, forget about it.

  • APBTLuver

    Thank you. The only place we have locally that you can buy any descent dog food is either Walmart or Fred’s. TSC and Menards is several miles and as long as I can buy this dog food locally I will. And there are times when a nice drive is fine. Forgive me but I’ve never heard of Farm Fleet or Fleet Farm. I did see on here I believe that you can order the RR Zero grain online if you order at least 4 bags and the shipping is free. I believe it was Walmart. That’s always an option too. With the $4.00 coupon that makes it that much better ;)

  • Bob K

    Smart – You know how to work it. Good for you, getting a 4 star food at a local store at a decent price. Also check out Menards, Farm Fleet, Fleet Farm and TCS for other affordable options.

  • APBTLuver

    Dori….try living in the country in Kentucky. It’s a wonderful place to live except when it comes to certain things.

  • APBTLuver

    The Vet we used for years acted like when I spoke to him about my dogs diet that Purina One was the best food out there. I decided then and there he wasn’t as intelligent as I thought he was.
    Any APBT we’ve had thru the years always had GAS….BAD! Way back then Purina Dog Chow was about the best then. Now that people are more aware of what’s going into our pets food things have really changed. I’ve had APBT’s that had severe skin problems. Since finding out about better quality food that has not been a problem and neither have the GAS probelms…LOL….I mean it would be so bad they’d clear a room out FAST!!!

  • APBTLuver

    I have the same exact problems you do. Cost but mostly don’t have a great selection of other grain free foods. As long as my dog does great on the Zero grain RR we’ll just stick with it and if she has other problems we’ll address those as they come along. I wanted to ask you what name brand probiotics are you using I did notice that you are using a capsule that you open up and sprinkle it over the food.
    Speaking of refrigerating probiotics my son a few years ago had a stomach thing and had depleted his beneficial bacteria from his gut. The doctor put him on probitoics that had to be refrgerated. Come to think of it it was a prescription probiotic. I wonder if the prescription type is better than the OTC type? I’ve noticed that they have quite a few different ones.

  • theBCnut

    Probiotics on the outside of dog foods are mostly dead before you ever get the food, much less feed it to your dog. They can’t handle normal warehouse conditions. So by adding your own, you are one up already.

    The only issue I would have is that mucousy stools are a symtom of an irritated gut and may be a precursor to food allergy, IBS, IBD, colitis, and some other life changing dieases.

  • Helen

    That’s just it…I don’t find plenty of other quality foods at that price. Probiotics need to be taken in daily, or nearly so; that’s why they are offered as a coating on many foods…so the dog gets a daily dose. Since that is the only thing lacking in this food, and it now agrees with her just fine for adding what many other foods have, problem is solved. It’s just cheaper for me to give her a daily capsule or chewable than it is to buy a food with it already in it that is of equal quality. It isn’t just about transitioning to a new food–it’s about addressing a lack in the food and remedying it, thereby creating a top quality food…and still have it be cheaper for those who need a more affordable option. I just want people to know that there’s a good food out there that they can buy at Walmart and other box stores, and how to address the one basic shortcoming. I have written to the company about that and the menadione bisufite vitamin K additive in their other foods. Oh…if you get acidophilus, be sure to keep it in the fridge after opening!

  • APBTLuver

    We use Rachel Rays “Zero Grain” and if you go to this website you can print up a $4.00 coupon. http://nutrish.rachaelray.com/

  • APBTLuver

    My American Pit Bull Terrier hasn’t had any “gas” problems since she’s been on it. Come to think of it any APBT’s that I’ve had in the past 31 years always had TERRIBLE gas…LOL That was before the RR Zero Grain.

  • APBTLuver

    Several good brands of dogfood have added probiotics I wonder why RR hasn’t added it to hers? Maybe she should start getting emails from dog owners that really like her Zero grain food telling her she should add it to it. Who knows it might work.

  • APBTLuver

    Sometimes it’s just as easy as adding a probiotic so I know exactly what you mean. You could have the same problem with other foods as well. I myself would use the probiotics especially if my dog ate with RR Zero grain without any other problems.

  • APBTLuver

    I started out with Taste of the wild and really liked it. Then by trying to save a little money tried Blue Buffalo. They were both great dry food. But because the only place I could find the first 2 was a long drive for me I found the Rachel Ray Zero Grain at our local Walmart. I looked and found it to be 4 stars so my APBT has been on it for about 5-6 months now. She LOVES it! My dog has sensitve skin and the Zero Grains seems to working out as well as the other 2 she had been on. I also wanted to point out that if you go to the Rachel Ray website you can find a $4.00 off coupon for the Zero grain. Which makes it even that much better :) http://nutrish.rachaelray.com/switchto

  • Dori

    There are plenty of other quality foods for the same price point. If the food is making your dog have bad poops then it’s not a quality food for your dogs. It doesn’t agree with your dogs digestive system. Yes, sometimes you have to add something to a food for a dog that is not accustomed to transitioning well to other foods but it shouldnt be necessary to do so all the time that dog is on that food.

  • theBCnut

    Some times those chewables for people are sweetened with xylitol, which is not at all OK for dogs, so check yours to make sure.

  • Helen

    RR Zero (grain free) is what I feed, and that still gets 4 stars from dog food advisor. It states that the main issue is the lack of probiotics. They don’t recommend the RR Nutrish line of dry foods. Zero is highly recommended.

  • Helen

    Simple. Cost. I can’t afford to feed a more expensive quality food. This solves the problem, allowing me to feed a quality food to my dog that is simply lacking probiotics. I can even use the flavored chewables…she loves them. These chewables even worked during antibiotic therapy recently, keeping her from getting diarrhea.

  • Helen

    The acidophilus did the trick. I would have changed foods, but a limited income makes that not feasible. This way, I can feed my dog well, and stay on budget. I also used acidophilus when I had to give her antibiotics for a toenail she had removed. No diarrhea! I continue the acidophilus for a few days beyond the antibiotics. Works for people, too. She actually likes the chewable ones that my grandkids use.

  • lisa

    And changing a dog’s food should be done gradually by mixing both current and old food until weened.

  • lisa

    Science Diet is actually junk food with lots of by products (causing cancer)and has very poor ratings.

  • Annie

    You re definitely right about it being easier to order online. Ugh!! I hated going from store to store trying to find certain foods. I no longer feed dog food that wal mart sells. I go to the feed stores and get better quality foods that my dogs do way better on. I’m currently feeding canidae all life stages.

  • Donna Byrd

    I’m a Shih Tzu owner also and feed RR no grain since about a month and my dog is sooo much better now. He had chewed and scratched himself so bad that he had almost no hair left on his back. (It did grow back by now ) My dog did actually not like the food but I mixed it with wetfood and he got used to it :)

  • sue66b

    Hi Carina, maybe change the food, its not agreeing with him, its probably the dried peas, get a kibble that is potato & peas free, I’d rather a kibble with grounded rice then peas & potatos.

  • nancy

    My chi has sensitive skin and started itching after eating pedigree and kibbles and bits, Im thinking about trying RR food is it a good idea?

  • Tigger57

    If I may suggest to get a prepaid debit card with a very small set limit so if anyone gets your info, you are not out a lot of money. It does make it so much easier than searching around several Walmarts.

  • Tigger57

    I have not seen it. I have seen Blue Buffalo, Iams, Science Digest, Pedigree etc. There are lots of websites that have that info. Just “Bing” Pet food recall. http://www.petmd.com or http://www.fda.gov and they have a list of a lot of pet things. I had found a batch of Heartworm Medicine recalled last year. My Vet didn’t even know about. It’s always good to check every couple of months just in case.

  • Tigger57

    Also, you never have to leave your home to go searching for the food. It’s great!

  • Tigger57

    7 cubic foot freezers are usually around $199 AND I have been able to get eight 22 pound bags of Zero Grain and Nutrish and some dog cookies into one freezer. I keep it on our patio. I rotate them so the new bags go on the bottom.

  • Tigger57

    The pretty little girl is Sitka and her brother, not in the picture, is Kodiak. She got diabetes a couple years ago due to Vet negligence so she is on insulin twice a day. I started them on the Zero Grain for meals and if they want to snack I give the Nutrish Turkey. Her Blood glucose is much better on this food and their stools are hard now.
    I put the new full bags in the freezer, as is, except one. The one being used will be split into 3-4 Ziplock Gallon Freezer bags and I put the date on the bag just for reference. All go in the freeze except for the one freezer bag that usually lasts 1-2 weeks for the two of them. I also make their dog treats in bulk and freeze most of those also. Nice to go to the freezer and pull out liver or peanut butter frozen treats for them. It’s good for having reserves and we live in Vegas with lots of heat and bugs so this is a good way to keep the food fresh.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Tigger57-
    Nice lookin’ dog! I’m curious. Do you keep the open bag in the freezer too? I’ve stored unopened bags in freezer before. But, I’ve never fed from an open bag in the freezer. It does sound like an interesting idea in the summer.

  • laboop

    Thanks Tigger! I will try that – I will have to buy a cheap freezer to keep the excess, but you are right about being prepared for diasters!

  • Tigger57

    Laboop – I have the same problem. The Walmarts nearest to me are hit and miss. Go to http://www.walmart.com and order your food there. I order around 4 bags. Shipping is free and I freeze the bags not in use. It’s important for humans to prepare for disasters and you should be prepared for your dog. Our dogs love the cold food in the summer months.

  • Kir

    We have tried countless foods for our picky 12 year old Staffordshire, and there’s nothing out there that she loves more than the RR Zero Grain. She was completely repulsed by the new Salmon flavour, and frankly, so was I. The turkey flavour is a big hit so we’ll continue feeding her it. She has energy, a soft coat, great joint movement, her seasonal allergies have improved, and less tummy rumblies.

  • LabsRawesome

    My 3 dogs do great on Rachael Ray Zero Grain. I have tried some foods that 2 will do great on and the third will not do well on at all. It has nothing to do with the quality of the food tho. Some dogs will do great on a food and others will not. That’s why it’s best to buy a small bag to try, in case the food doesn’t agree with them. Oh and just because a food costs more doesn’t necessarily mean it’s higher grade. Science diet is expensive, but not really worth it, for the ingredients/GA that you are getting.

  • Justsayin50

    I was looking for something grain free and was using Science Diet when my friend said she saw this food at Walmart. I got it and my boxer started on it great and after a week started scratching and had terrible gas and started having very soft stools. Obviously grain free sounds nice but I’d rather pay the extra money for the higher grade after trying it.

  • Dori

    How about just changing the food to something that doesn’t cause mucous-y stools or even diarrhea?

  • Carina H.

    Helen Thank you! I feed RR and have the Mucus issue with
    my dog!

  • Michell Wamsley Susz

    If you read the feeding directions it gives directions for feeding puppies. I fed this to my puppy and he did fine.

  • oksunny

    I feed my dog (lab/shepherd mix) the RR grain free and she does great on it. She is 7.5yr with no allergies or health issues and her coat is gorgeous.

  • Token

    If you have a dog with chronic anal gland issues please try
    Larch Tree Arabinogalactan.

    My dog had to get his glands expressed every month like clockwork. So after researching for awhile I came across dog owners that found this helped. My dog has not had gland issues for a year now. Figured id pass along the info. Its cheap too.

    I get Swanson brand. Just search their site for Fiberaid.

  • Darlyene Spann
  • Helen

    I have a suggestion to those who are feeding Rachel Ray Zero food to their dogs, and the dogs are having mucous-y stools or even diarrhea…try supplementing with a probiotic. PB8, by Nutrition Now, is a good one…I just twist open a capsule and sprinkle it on the food every other day. Happy to report, her poop is back to normal!! It’s a people probiotic,made in the USA, available lots of places…just google your options. You can also feed your dog some plain Greek yogurt, or even acidophilus capsules. Still no pre-biotics in the food, but I am looking into further inexpensive options.

  • http://misshightimes.com/users/lilmissfiend Lola Hofmann

    I can’t stand the smell of the salmon and my dogs really don’t care for it. I think they have trust issues now because of it.

  • http://misshightimes.com/users/lilmissfiend Lola Hofmann

    It’s for all stages of life.

  • theBCnut

    The DFA review and recommendation has not changed and does not change based on complaints since it is based on the government regulated label info, not personal experiences, though individual posters may stop recommending it because of complaints.

  • Chris

    I have three Springer Spaniels and two Yorkies. When my Springer puppy started itching and chewing and had some digestive problems, we had it looked into by the vet and ultimately tried a number of things to alleviate the problem. Until we took her off of gluten, nothing worked. We put her and the other dogs on Rachel Ray’s food and within a very short time, the puppy was no longer having any problems. In fact, all the dogs (of varying ages) are doing extremely well on the food and have been for over eight months now. I recently saw a note by dogfoodadvisor saying they no longer recommend Rachel Ray’s food because of some complaints about making dogs sick? I’d like to hear the evidence for that. Just getting some complaints, shouldn’t be enough in and of itself. A zillion things can cause problems for a dog, or a human for that matter, including corporate competition, allergies to certain foods in the food list, other things in the dog’s environment or that it is fed, such as treats that have not properly been vetted. If you are going to dump on some product that otherwise gives no indication (by it’s ingredients) to be worrisome, give us some evidence…please.

  • Lori

    I’m confused with the Rachael Ray nutrish grain free dog food. I’m soon to be getting an eight week old German Shepard puppy. I was reading this article and its on the list for puppies but the food bag says for dogs. Does it have the nutrients needed for puppies too? I just want to make sure to feed my puppy the right food.

  • laboop2u

    Thanks! I’ll go check it out.

  • Meredith Cardall

    You can purchase it on Amazon. With Prime, it’s free 2-day shipping. The price seems comparable to my Target, possibly even a bit cheaper.

  • doublnickel

    My 8 yr old mixed breed has a problem with his anal glands,and I have to take him to the vet to have them expressed.For awhile I was feeding him Rachael Ray’s moist,mixed with his dry dog food.Well,lo and behold,the next time I took him to the vet,the vet asked me what he’d been eating because the stuff he expressed freo his anal glands was green.He said he’d never seen that before.The next 2 times it was still green,and he was really getting concerend.The only thing that was new to his (the dog)diet
    was RR dog food.I quit feeding it ,and no further problems.To bad because the dog loved it.

  • Annie Knabb

    Thank you so much for that info. I’ll definitely look into adding coconut oil to his diet. His dry skin if just awful. =(

  • kimberly

    Just want to give my two cents.

    My dog is superman when it comes to allergies.

    I have a Border Collie/Germ Shepherd. He’s 16 months old, we’ve had him since he was 5 1/2 weeks old.

    When he went to puppy food, we tried SO many different brands, he hated everything. We then found out about Taste of the Wild. He loved it. His itchy skin came back after being itch free for months. I realized it was the cottage cheese I was adding to his food as a treat. I stopped cottage cheese and within a week he stopped itching but a month later itching started again. Welcome to Spring.
    We also have found out he’s allergic to fleas. In addition to
    He’s also allergic to some trees, most grass, and weeds. We have to bathe him 2x a week with an expensive anti bacterial/Anti microbial 2% Clorhexidne solution shampoo, we cant use anything with oatmeal because its a grain….

    His skin was really dry and itchy because it dryness, not because of allergies.So we added Coconut oil to his food. He gets about 2 1/2 tablespoons. They saya good rule of measure is 1 tblsp. per 50 lbs. Coconut oil has Omegas in it plus natural anti fungal properties which have almost eliminated that funky dog feet stink. His coat is like silk. His skin is perfection, with the occasional normal dog itch. You should Google it and see all of the benefits coconut oil provides, it’s amazing. On top of THAT, we chose coconut oil over the omega 3 & 6 fish oil. Go to Google and type: coconut oil vs. Fish oil for dogs. There are many articles out there which may make u choose coconut oil. Not to mention, fish oil can come from so many different places, it also goes rancid rather quickly, so educate yourself on that before the whole fish oil thing.

    We read some stuff about Taste of the Wilds concerns, I believe it’s a Diamond company. So I did more research and chose Merrick. Hes thriving on this food too. It is a bit more expensive than T.o.t.W., but worth every penny. Merrick packages and manufactures their own foods, never had a recall either that I’ve been able to find. There’s more protein in it too, since I have an extremely active dog, this is great. And, I have been able to reduce his food intake too.- less poop!.. and the biggest change…. HE HASNT FARTED WHEN JUMPING off the bed, he’s NOT FARTED ONCE when jumping onto the couch, hes not had a SINGLE fart in two months. That’s golden as far as I’m concerned..

  • Dori

    Again, lucky you. I live in the city of Atlanta where one would think I could find integrative nutritionalists and chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and such but it’s near impossible. Which is why I spend so much time on all the dog sites attempting to learn as much as I can.

  • Bobby dog

    Thanks Dori! Bobby and the rest of my fur babies are the lucky ones! I believe the key to her success is continuing education and adding other Vets to her office that practice different medical techniques such as traditional Chinese herbal medicine, one has research experience, and a few have experience in other areas of Veterinary medicine.

  • Dori

    Bobby dog, sounds like you’ve got a good vet. Lucky you.

  • Bobby dog

    It’s hard to be patient when you want to help them feel better right away! The Vet is right about improving his diet. My dog also had skin and coat issues. My Vet sent out info to all her clients about the importance of a good diet for our pets which in turn brought me to this site. Almost a year later and Bobby has no skin issues and his coat is beautiful. Glad to read that in just three days you’ve seen improvement in one area for your dog!

  • Annie Knabb

    Thanks. I really just want to clear up his skin/fur patches. He is really uncomfortable but the vet says that it’s just due to poor diet so we just have to be patient. He’s been on the RR food since Friday (about three days) and it’s already helped with his gas.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Annie Knabb:
    Not Claire Harmon, but thought I would share my experience with RR GF. I have fed both recipes in my rotation and my dog does well on them and likes both. His coat was beautiful while feeding both.

    If your dog does not due well on it come back to DFA and ask for other food suggestions. There are several good kibbles in this price range. It’s wonderful you adopted an adult dog and good luck!

  • Annie Knabb

    I just brought this kind. We just adopted an adult german shepherd earlier this week and the previous owners were feeding him really poor quality food (Ol’Roy). His fur has patches that he naws on where the skin is dry and he’s sooooo gassy.

    I picked out the Salmon one because I heard that the omega oils in the fish will help with his coat and skin problems. The vet is also having us give him vitamin E. I’m also hoping the general quality of this food will get rid of his gas.

    May I ask how your dogs coats are?

  • rhiannon devine

    Does anyone know where RR’s ingredients come from and if they are non-gmo ingredients.

  • Larry Lykins

    I am having alot of problems with my bulldog. What rachael ray dog food are you using. Thank you

  • Annie

    I don’t like ordering online. I had a lot of bad experiences from doing that. Only way i’ll order online is if I downright absolutely have too. I can wait til I’m in another town to pick up the turkey/potato.

  • ttarr

    Just get it site to store on the website. I did they have it.

  • ttarr

    All you have to do is order the turkey or the salmon site to store shipping on WalMart web site. It is free shipping for site to store. We don’t have either one in the bigger bag so that is what I do. I stocked up to start with so now when I order it I am ordering next month bag instead so I don’t have to have to worry about it getting to me on time. It works really well.

  • Annie

    I’m going to rotate between the salmon and sweet potato and turkey and potato. Mine love the turkey and potato flavor too. So i’m sticking with these 2 foods for a while. seems like the only 2 that really really work for mine.

  • LeahA

    Thanks Annie! I sure want to try it now!

  • Storm’s Mom

    I second everything Bobby dog said. Could not have said it better myself.

  • Bobby dog

    Variety is the spice of life! I absolutely do believe it is the best way to feed a dog (and cat). Bobby is no longer at the mercy of pet food companies and their ever changing recipes, no more boredom with his food, and it alleviates any dietary deficiencies or excesses in commercial pet food. At this time, I have six kibbles that Bobby has done well on and seven other possibilities I can feed him. The possibilities consist of foods he has sampled, likes the taste of, and each one meets my criteria for pet food standards. I also have over ten different brands/flavors of canned food I feed Bobby; even a few dehydrated selections! I would never want to nor could I be healthy eating the same food day in and day out my whole life and my dog could not thrive eating this way either. Check out Dr. Sagman’s article on rotational feeding.

  • margaret miranda

    Do you thing it is good to rotate dog food all the time, and not give them the same all the time?

  • Annie

    yes this is what I’m currently feeding and it’s good stuff. My 2 bostons are very picky eaters and wouldn’t eat other salmon type foods. They sure like this brand. No gas and not constantly pooping. shedding is minimal. I’m happy with it. Their eyes don’t drain now and seems like they are getting brighter.

  • margaret miranda

    Where do you buy the oils you are rotating your dogs on are they human grade?

  • margaret miranda

    Is the chicken and meatball RR dog food?

  • margaret miranda

    Which brand of RR are you feeding your dogs? My dogs have some problems with digestive and gas.

  • Kim Sunn

    We love this food. We have bulldogs.They are known for digestive problems and for passing gas. Since changing to RR all natural dog food, every thing has been great. Even the passing gas has become almost non exsistant. After 4 weeks of being on the food, our Old English bulldog has lost 3 pounds. We love the fact this is all natural. We are so glad to find great dog food at a great price too.

  • LeahA

    I want to try the new salmon and sweet potatoe with my poodles. Ingredients look good. Has anyone tried it yet?

  • LenMe

    I researched myself a year or so ago when all the expensive, natural foods were being recalled (because most are manufactured/distributed from the same plant) and I could find no recalls. Her dog food is manufactured at a much, smaller, privately owned plant… wish I remember the name/location. If you go the website, it will probably tell you.

  • Claire Harmon

    I feed my 2 Bostons Blue Basics with Salmon and potato. I just found a Rachel Ray Zero Grain with Salmon and sweet potato. It’s new and quite a bit less expensive than Blue Basics so I bought a bag to try. If they do well on it, I will switch the one who has issues to it, as well. One of the Bostons and my Frenchie don’t have a problem with other foods.

  • laboop2u

    Wish we had a Publix! And our Brookshires doesn’t carry it! :(

  • laboop2u

    I don’t think so, I haven’t seen any from this site and have subscribed for over a year!

  • laboop2u

    I fed my dogs (2 greyhounds and a lab mix) Purina One until I found this site and decided to go Grain free – so I tried the RR Zero Grain and transitioned them to it – they liked it. I got it at WalMart and of course as WalMart goes, they didn’t stock it continuously and would be out of it a lot when I needed it. They had the RR Nutrish in a 14 lb bag, in Chicken and Veggies and a Beef & ? flavor, (I have used both flavors.) It says on the front it’s made with farm raised chicken, no chicken by-product meal, fillers, wheat or wheat gluten, natural fiber sources from wholesome grains (alfalfa & corn) & veggies. No artificial flavors or preservatives! The only thing that worries me is it says it has corn gluten and a menadione bisulfite complex (Vitamin K). It does not list any probiotics. I have been using RR products for almost a year and have not had any problems from her products – no loose stools or diarrhea.

  • Lazaro Borges

    Not experiencing anything with this food. I feed my dog another brand of dog food, but I was wondering if it had ever had any recalls since it came out on the market. I did get two coupons from Rachel Rays website for the food, but threw them out. These days, even the best dog foods can make your dog or cat sick or they respond well to them and the same goes for the crappy dog foods. Every dog is different and responds differently when it comes to food.

  • Sabrina

    I don’t k ow if they have but I’ve been wondering the same thing. I have two dogs that have had very loose stools with lots of mucus. After some testing of food it seems rachel rays food is the culprit. Are you experiencing something that makes you question if there has been a recall? I can’t find anything on it.

  • paula bohaty

    Try natures variety raw boost for one month… your problems will clear up then start rorating other four or five star grain free foods. Your pet needs grain free. Natures variety will clear problems up in a week. Great stuff but very very expensive. Earthborn, wellness, are great choices. Never feed your pet grains again.

  • Stew Brockton

    I have been feeding hank Purina one chicken and rice until I read how awful Purina is. I bought this food this morning and fed him a 1/2 and 1/2 ratio to get him started. After he finished his breakfast he walked over to the Rachel Ray bag and started licking it. I gave him a scoop of pure Rachel and he ate so fast I though he would puke it back up! He LOVES it!!! I hope this is the real deal, I am trusting that Rachel would not put her name to a product that was not 100%. Thanks for the help.

  • Annie

    Mine love the turkey and potato but it’s not on shelves anywhere near me just the salmon and sweet potato. I wonder why the stores don’t carry both flavors.

  • Elton

    I had been feeding my dogs 4 Health chicken and rice for a few years but over the last few weeks they’ve been having loose, stinky stools. So I just tried Rachel Rae Zero Grain. Their stools are back to normal and they like the food.
    In my Walmart I’ve only seen one flavor of RR Zero grain – turkey.

  • Annie

    sorry it’s $10.84 for 4lbs

  • Annie

    I think it was $11.84 for 4lbs or something like that

  • Annie

    It’s $22.98 for 12lbs $11.84 for 4lbs but I had a $4 off coupon so I got the 12lb bag.

  • Akari_32

    Oh goodie! Mind sharing how much it costed? :)

  • Annie

    I got it from wal mart.

  • Akari_32

    Oh cool! Where’d you get it at? It hasn’t made it to the shelves here as far as I know, but if you got it at like Walmart or something we have down here, that should mean it’ll be around soon >=3

  • Annie

    I’m slowly transitioning my dogs to the salmon and sweet potato. They are actually eating it which I’m shocked. They would never eat any food with any kind of fish in it. They are very very picky anyway but must be the sweet potatoes as they love that. No gas either which is a plus.

  • Lazaro Borges

    Does anyone know if this brand of food has ever had a recall since it came out?

  • antoinette boossy

    Finaly some delicious food for dogs,i discovered this food ,I was desperate,my 14 and a half Chihuahua,has been refusing every food I tried for 3 months!! after dental surgery.he cannot eat the nuggets he adores,he would eat only my food!i didn’t gave up ,I tried everything!!but today!!!!!o surprise,he devored your chicken meat ball.thank you.i was wondering if someone on this earth could make dog food ,tasting delicious,?and you did!from the bottom of my heart,thank’s a million.antoinette beamer,and ‘Maximillion!

  • Heather King

    Salmon and sweet potato

  • http://batman-news.com Bobby dog

    Thanks for the tip, it looks like it finally posted. I will split my long winded reply in two if I still have issues with this post or any in the future. Thanks again!

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    This one keeps getting stuck in the spam folder. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s too long! Try sending it in two parts if it disappears again.

  • Bobby dog

    I had trouble posting this; you might see this reply again! Your right, rotation has been discussed on here before but I don’t think anyone tires of discussing or recommending anyone look into it and hopefully giving it a try. Although I am new to it, I truly believe in and recommend rotational feeding for pets. It has solved quite a few issues for my fur-babies such as the skin problems, digestion issues, boredom with food, and helping to lower my pet food bills. When there are sales, I no longer worry if I buy a certain food it might go to waste because for one they are now used to rotating foods and two, I probably have fed it and know they already like it.
    I will tell you what I do with my dog, but please keep in mind this is my experience and each dog is different. Some people switch often, others feed a certain food for longer periods. I am sure someone else will share their experience with you as well and please do check out the link to the DFA article that LabsRawsome provided for you.

    My dog apparently has a very healthy gut; lucky us! I can switch foods at anytime (no transitioning) for however long or short a period I would like to feed it. My dog is only about 44 lbs so I buy small bags of kibble that are DFA rated between 3 and 5 stars and meet a personal standard I follow for the food I purchase. When Bobby finishes one bag, it’s on to the next. I always use a topper of canned food or fresh meat with each meal (2x/day) to add moisture.
    Since I am only feeding one medium sized, healthy, and not too picky dog my experience with rotating foods has gone well and is very easy for us. For example, sometimes when I get free samples of kibble I will feed that for one day and switch right back to the food I am currently feeding without him having any issues.

    I have found this site to be an excellent resource for improving my dog’s health along with the various other websites that are cited in each article posted by Dr. Sagman. My best advice is to keep asking questions, research the subject on the Internet and to read different posts, forums, and articles on DFA to learn more about rotational feeding from other dog owners too.

  • Pinewood Acres

    Thank you Bobby Dog – I did see Merrick, Wellness Core and Source while I was in Tractor Supply – as well as Taste Of The Wild….I will have to look into those as well. I am sure it has been discussed on here before but how often do all of you change foods in your rotation – every bag, every 3 months etc? Thanks!

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Pinewood Acres:
    I would just like to add to LabsRawsome’s reply. I have also fed 4Health GF, Earthborn and Rachael’s zero grain and my dog did well on all of them. I have been rotating my dog’s food since I found this site in September with awesome results. He had skin irritation on his groin and tail areas and smelled like a bag of Fritos. The skin irritation and smell cleared up within a month of changing his diet and rotating foods. I feed GF and grain inclusive brands because my dog does well on either variety. If you do consider rotation for your pups, I would like to suggest you check out Merrick, Source, and Wellness Core also. These three brands are also sold at TSC although some stores do not carry all of these brands your store might. My dog did well on Source and Wellness Core as well. If you feed canned food I recommend you check out 4Health canned food; it rates 4.5 stars and is priced at $1.00/13.2 oz can.

  • Pinewood Acres

    Thanks – I have been feeding Nutrisource(not Grain Free) but the dogs dont want to eat it anymore and our Dobe has hive like bumps on his chin – but, that could also be from the new plastic bowl that we bought him with the ridges in it to try and get him to stop inhaling his food – those bumps popped out at about the same time we got the bowl….Thanks again – I do appreciate everyones help – this is a great site!

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Akari 32, yes, there is a new Zero Grain. Salmon & Sweet Potato http://nutrish.rachaelray.com/dog/dry-food/zero-grain-salmon-and-sweet-potato

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Pinewood Acres, I have used all 3 of those foods. My dogs like them and do well on all of them. Why not rotate between all 3 brands?

  • Annie

    yes there is it’s salmon and something.

  • Akari_32

    Does anyone know if they are making a new flavor of this food? I printed out a coupon the other day, and noticed that it had two different bags on it, but my printer sucks, so I couldn’t really make out what the second bag said. It did appear to have a sweet potato on it, though. If that’s the case, I’ll be looking forward for it hitting the shelves soon.

  • Pinewood Acres

    And, to add to the above post – I was in my local Tractor Supply yesterday and they have started carrying Earthborn – however, it is about $10 more a bag – is it worth it?

  • Pinewood Acres

    Which food appears to be better – the Rachael Ray Zero Grain or the 4-Health Grain Free? Any feedback from those of you that have tried both would be appreciated.

  • Pat C.

    Try “Vet Solutions Universal Medicated Shampoo” for the skin problems. (can get it on Amazon) It worked like a miracle for my dog. She had a sticky brown film on her skin and chewed on herself. Nothing worked but this shampoo.

  • Pat C.

    This shampoo worked like a miracle for my dog who was itchy and losing hair and smelled…. “Vet Solutions Universal Medicated Shampoo”
    Search for it at Amazon, get the one with that exact title, NOT the aloe/oatmeal. This is the answer.

  • Pattyvaughn

    There are definitely carbs in this food. Kibble needs carbs to act as a binder to hold it together. This food has peas, tapioca starch, and whole dried potatos in it, all of which are starch heavy foods. It’s approximately 47% carbs.

  • Lori

    maybe you want to remove all sugar and carbs ,like rice, sweet potato, peas, carrots things like that. they turn into sugar and that feeds the yeast, look into a shampoo i use Malaseb leave on for 10 minutes is a must. introduce a probiotic daily add some oils and watch the miracle happen

  • Lori Carriere

    I cook most of my girls food, i have two Westies, my one had allergies to grain and sugar, so i changed her kibble to RR grain free with turkey, she no longer chews her feet, licks or scratches, keep in mind i also introduced probiotics, omega 3 oil, krill oil and coconut oil, rotating the oils on a daily basis. My other girl has no allergies but she actually lost a pound and a half on this RR grain free, she eats no less but i guess is from no carbs in the food. my girls give it 5 stars

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Judy, ALS = all life stages. An ALS food can be appropriate for puppy to senior dogs. Yes, you can find RR in grocery stores/Walmart. RR Zero Grain is the only RR food that I recommend. Dr. Mike gives RR ZG 4 stars, http://nutrish.rachaelray.com/dog/dry-food/zero-grain-turkey-and-potato

  • Betsy Greer

    ALS = all life stages. AAFCO recognizes only two nutrient profiles, growth and maintenance. ALS foods are appropriate for all life stages (from puppy to senior), maintenance is only for adults. I prefer ALS or even puppy foods for my two adult dogs.

  • Judy

    Hi LabsRawsome= What is ALS? (the link
    came up : “page not found” I am suprised that RR is getting such good testionias__isnt RR a
    grocery store food”?

  • Izzi

    Min Pins are NOTORIOUS for eating. They put on weight very quickly if not watched. She needs a good puppy food. Also, if they are over-weight, subject to diabetes, joint problems. I would advise reading this website to find a GOOD puppy food for the Min Pin. I NEVER buy supermarket foods for dogs. Way too much JUNK in them.

  • DLR

    My daughter has a 6 month old Min Pin and I told her to get RR because it saved my 13 year old Weimaraner’s life when she had a protein deficiency and she had constant diarrhea, her stools became normal. We had tried several foods the vet recommended and she wouldn’t eat them ! I swear by RR but they don’t have a puppy formula? Can she feed I her the regular?

  • Northern light

    I have a border terrier that was a picky eater. After she got fixed, she finally started eating, and this is what she ate. Between her new appetite, her slowed metabolism and RR zero grain (a new food for her), she’s gained 10% of her body weight in 3 months. So I cut back on the amount for a month, and she’s still gaining. I’ll try the just 6, but I may have to switch to a totally different brand.

  • JMG

    My dog likes this food, but he’s not a picky eater. He’s been on this for 6 months and we’ve had one bag that caused him terrible gas!! He didn’t mind it so much, but we sure did! It took working through a whole 14 lbs bag before it dawned on us it might be the food. Opened a new bag and the gas disappeared.

  • Annie

    I got a free sample of this in the mail today. My 3 boston terriers devoured it even the really picky one. Might use this in the food rotation.

  • Pattyvaughn

    You need to save the ingredient lists of those foods that your dog has this reaction on and try and figure out what ingredients you need to avoid. When you find a food that works, you can take all those ingredients off of your suspect list. My Border Collie is intolerant of chicken, many grains, and tomato, but since I’ve figured out his issues, I’ve never had to medicate him and he looks(and better yet, smells) like a normal dog. And added bonus, since the itch isn’t driving him to distraction, he has no problem settling in the house.

  • oladybug

    We switched to Candidae Zero Grain Sea and our dog loved it. She too itches incessantly, eats grass and chews at her feet. We didn’t see much of a change, so we’re going to the Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain Turkey and Potato. I wish it came in a lamp or fish, but with no noticeable difference with the Candidae, we need to go to something a little more affordable. The only relief she gets from her symptoms is when the doc has her on antibiotics and steroids, but that can’t be a forever fix. I would also suggest plenty of exercise and brain stimulation for your pets. Our Izzy is a herder breed so she needs plenty of things to occupy her time or she gets into mischief and chews much more. Good luck.

  • Eldee

    Sounds like some digestive issues to me. Watch this and see if it describes your dog.


  • Pattyvaughn

    Check the ingredient list before you waste your money. Chicken and grains are common culprits for problems like this, but they are far from the only ones.

  • Wgc

    I am actually feeing them a purina brand right now. heard an infomercial about some supplements for dogs that have these issues and wondered if the current purina food was the culprit. feeling guilty! I actually was going to try this racheal ray brand or the blue buffalo, sorry I didn’t mention that.
    Thanks for the help!

  • Storm’s Mom

    If you’re currently feeding this Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain, I would suggest trying a chicken-free, grain-free food, as, like Pattyvaughn says below,it could be a food intolerance issue. Perhaps try a salmon/fish one or a lamb-based one… something like Horizon Legacy Fish or one of the Nature’s Variety LID ones. If you are still having issues after switching to one of those, then perhaps it’s peas that are the problem, so eliminate those from the diet and see how it goes. Hope that helps!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Some or all of these issues can be food intolerance issues so changing food is the first thing I would try. Take your current food’s ingredient list with you to a pet boutique and get a food that is about a different from your current food as you can find.

  • Wgc

    I am really confused, scared and feel guilty! I have two dogs, a westie and a lab. Both are around 8 yrs old. They both have “itchy skin”. The lab has cronic yeasty ears, eats grass and chews at her feet all the time. The westie has stomach issues. She will eat grass too.When you put any pressure around her belly she moans. Vet has given us some med. to put on her food which gives her very bad gas! She acts like she is starving all the time. She has had ” yeasty skin”as vet said, as well. Thinking of trying blue buffalo, but Any suggestions would be helpful.

  • Paula Brenner McCafferty

    That is a great find! Thanks for posting the info. :)

  • Derrick

    I have found this dog food at Publix grocery in a 10 pound bag for $10.00. Buy two for 20 pounds and it still costs less than Walmart. What a good find! $20.00 for 20 pounds of “Zero Grain” Whoo Hoo!!

  • Eldee

    you could try Costco brand Kirkland natures domain grain free salmon and sweet potato. The omega 3’s in salmon really help with dry skin. Also maybe supplement a krill oil or salmon oil capsule every couple of days.

  • Robyn

    I have tried so many dog foods in the past 2 1/2 years for my ear infection/allergy ridden pug. I have tried everything – even the really expensive dog foods (Orijen, Blue Buffalo, Science Diet, etc.) All of which gave him diarrhea! I was at Wal-Mart a few months ago and came across Rachael Ray dog food and I thought I would give it a try “no grains”. For the past 3 months since I have started him on the food NO EAR INFECTIONS and NO SKIN ALLERGIES! I am truly happy I found this food.

  • JackieW

    All three dogs loved it but they gained weight FAST !!! Fearful they would gain to much, I switched them to the Just 6. They are doing great on Just 6.

  • Rosie Villarreal

    I have a lab puppy. I was feeding him BLUE free grain dog food . I was told that it was the best dog for all dogs. All natural and made with real ingredients. Well after a while my pup started having bad diarrhea. So I feex him rice like the dr said . Then he was fine for a while . Then again diarrhea it wen t like this for some time. Till I saw the reviews. So I switched to racheal ray turkey free gain dog food. All I can say is awsome . Since my dog has been on it for 3 weeks now no more diarrhea. I am very pleased and so is my pup Ranger…

  • beachlovers4

    After many, many years of trying different dog foods, we FINALLY found one that our dogs like and most importantly now have regular/hard stools and they are no longer throwing up here and there. ZERO GRAIN has also relieved our Cockapoo’s allergy issues, we use to have to take her in once a month for allergy shots that will shorten their life span, no more! They have been on this food now for about 3 months and we are extremely pleased and happy to see our dogs healthy! The bonus is that it’s made in the U.S.A., very important to me with all of the issues there have been with food and snacks being made in China.

  • Doxie7

    By chance did you have them on reg. RR before????

  • Marsha

    This is our first large breed – we always have had Shelties – is that an acceptable level for a large breed puppy? Thanks!

  • LabsRawesome

    RR is an ALS food. You should check the calcium level, to see if it’s suitable for a large breed puppy.

  • Marsha

    Is this food suitable for a 5 month old Doberman puppy? He is having issues with the Pro Pac that the breeder had him on(this is all he has ever eaten) – he has very soft stools – and lots of them – not to be gross, but he poops large volumes 5+ times a day on the Pro Pac : (

  • John

    I agree. My Shitzu has food allergies and when I feed her RR no grain, she is much better.

  • M.temp

    I am currentlymfeeding my 3yr oldGerman Shorthair Pointer Nutro’s Natural Choice Large Breed Chicke and Ric formula…I am thinking of switching to RR Zero Grain, would that be a good switch nutritional wise? Down side is I cant seem to find a BIG bag- like Natural Choice’s in RR Zero Grain…

  • Melissaandcrew

    Lol. YOu gave me a giggle this am, thanks for that! I do get what you are trying to say, and while “gross” I think most of the posters here know what is a “normal” bm for their dogs and what is not. Most of us advocate using toppers to “upgrade” the dogs diet.

  • Jack Russell Owner

    Not to be gross, but I’ve bought very expensive dog foods that are the best. And I’ve bought the grocery store brands. Not to be gross, but his stool tells a story, and when he eats healthy his stool is firm and smells like food. When he eats poorly his stool smells rancid and is often either squishy and sour smelling or is dry and petrified. I don’t know what I’m really saying here, I’m not a poop expert but Rachel Ray is the only drugstore dogfood that he’s ever had healthy stool from. And he loves eating it. I think I would rather save money with RR and feed him extras like boiled chicken and rice than spend twice the money on expensive food.

  • KarenC

    Did your dog like this food Betsy? I’m thinking of trying it and recommended it to my sister whose dog is a bit itchy.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    What type of bladder stones did your dog have?

  • sue

    Our 7 yr old Corgie just had bladder stones removed (34) vet put her on canin urinary co…it is 35 dollars for a 7 pound bag…also have a lab/chow mix and really cannot afford this and I also dislike that fact that there is wayyyyy too much grain in it! would it be a good choice to try the RR turkey and potato? My daughters shtzu had stones removed as well and seems to be doing great with the RR as she also could not afford the high dollar food vet recommends…please help!! Hopefully would help my lab mix with dry skin as well!!

  • kathy5271

    My 7 month old lab puppy was having horrible tummy problems – very very loose stools – in doing some research I found that a lot of labs have issues with corn. I switched him over to some very high end corn free, grain free – sensitive tummy foods – none worked. I ran across this wonderful food of RR! HE LOVES IT! No more runny stools – healthy appetite. And it is way more affordable than the other high end products I tried that averaged 35 to 50 a bag. Thank you RR for such a great product!

  • Liz

    I’ve worked at a specialty pet store. I was trained to switch folks to “higher quality, higher priced” foods & I’ve tried most of them with my pups. My dogs eat Rachel Ray Zero Grain with less issues than a premium dog food they were on, which by the way, has had a recall in the last year. It really does depend on your preference and your dogs’ preference. I’m a reasonable person so I wasn’t the pushy type to tell someone that their dog food is crap–but for the price, this food is pretty decent and my dogs love it!!

  • Pattyvaughn

    It is likely that before you got him, he was on a single food. I have received dogs many times that were labeled as having a sensitive stomach and they did. It would take a month to slowly transition them to new foods. My latest sensitive tummy girl was 10 years old when I learned about the benefits of rotating foods. So I decided to commit to it and see if it helped her. I took a month and changed her food, but as soon as I had her completely on the new food, I started the slow change again. When we were on the third change, I noticed I could change a little faster and we didn’t have any stomach upsets, so I kept it up. Now , I keep 3 or 4 different foods in the house and I feed my dogs something different every meal with no tummy troubles.

  • ACole

    He had only been eating Iams for about a month which is equal to the amount of time since we have adopted him. He was eating Purina puppy when we got him from the shelter and we decided to give him something more nutritional. Vet said he had a sensitive tummy since we had tried three different types of foods with in a two and a half week period to quell the runs he had gotten from eating Merrick immediately after switching from Iams. Food tried include Blue Wilderness and Science Diet.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    There’s a dog at the shelter I work for with skin issues that we just put onto this food last week. Haven’t noticed any improvement yet.

  • Pattyvaughn

    When I removed grains from my dogs diet, I could tell it was working within the first week. It took about 2 1/2 months for all symptoms to disappear.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Any time you feed a dog one food and one food only for a length of time, you are creating a dog with a sensitive tummy. Feeding dogs variety has the same benefits for them as it does for people. And cheif amoung those benefits is supporting a wider variety of the good types of bacteria in the gut, which is one of the things that helps dogs to not get diarrhea every time you change foods.

  • Chente’s Mama

    I started Rachel Ray’s grain-free after doing some research on grain-free dog food. One of our black labs has terrible skin allergies. The groomer said it would take about two months to see results. He likes the food and had no problem switching over to it. I’m happy I can buy it at Walmart. I mixed some of my other lab’s Nutro in w it last night bc in was running low. Big mistake!

  • ACole

    We tried a handful of puppy foods after our Great Dane/Border Collie/Black Lab mix decided he was no longer interested in eating Iams puppy food. We then found out that he has an incredibly sensitive stomach when everything we tried gave him the runs. RR Zero Grain turkey and potato is a miracle for sensitive tummies!! He loves it! Saved his tummy from the belly aches and our carpet from the mess he was making while running to the door.

  • Betsy Greer

    I was just coming here to share the link to that very same coupon! http://nutrish.rachaelray.com/switchto/NxHcDpa9zg

    I wanted to try it also and picked up a six pound bag tonight for $6.98 as well. It looks pretty good and I do like that the white potato is a bit further down the ingredient list and comes after the tapioca and peas. I won’t feed it to my white potato sensitive boy, but will see what my Cavalier thinks of it.

  • BBR3

    Just wanted to say that my dogs like the taste of Zero Grain and have tolerated it well. I don’t feed a whole lot of kibble (I feed raw and feed canned too), but I think it’s nice to have options when I’m in a hurry or when we travel/camp.

    If you go to Rachael Ray’s site, you can get a coupon for $4 off on any size bag. I bought a 6 lb bag at Walmart for $10.98, so with the coupon it was only $6.98.

    Anyhow, I recommend the food as my dogs seem to enjoy the taste and it’s available in grocery/department stores. It’s definitely an upgrade compared to all the other stuff you’ll find at those stores, and even compared to many things you will find in pet stores or the vets’ offices.

  • BSM

    I have been feeding my dogs RR for over a year now. My Golden Retreivers coat is shiny and I don’t see her hair all over the house any more. I feed both her and my Pekingese the RR Zero Grain and they LOVE IT!! Read the ingredients, compare to other brands, RR’s food is really good. People get caught up in labels, I happen to love the convince of it being at Wal-Mart and It being of quality. I understand how everyone loves their pets though, and it is easy to get defensive. I mean bottom line we all just want what is best for our babies. I am not so naive as to say RR is the best food in the world, but it got 4 stars, and when compared it stands up. I am always open to suggestions though. Cheers to concerned parents loving our pets!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi cl.p –

    That’s actually not true – it’s a common misconception that only active dogs should eat high protein foods. The protein requirements for active dogs are only marginally higher than the protein requirements for inactive dogs. In fact, depending on the type of athlete a dog is, it is usually the amount of carbohydrates or fat in the diet that need to be increased, not the level of protein. Sprint athletes require higher levels of carbohydrates than the typical dog and endurance athletes require higher levels of fat than the typical dog.

    You say that “An older or less active dog’s body will remove some of the excess protein in the urine and store the rest by converting it to fat.” This is true, however, excess of any nutrient – protein, carbohydrates, or fat – will be stored as body fat. It’s not the type of nutrient that dictates whether or not a dog gains weight, it’s the number of calories the dog is consuming. When a dog consumes excess calories beyond what it is expending those calories will be converted to body fat regardless of whether the food is high in protein or low in protein. It should also be noted that protein has a low caloric-density, making high protein foods a wonderful choice for less active dogs. Protein and carbohydrates both have 4 kcal. per gram and fat has 9 kcal. per gram. Replacing protein with carbohydrates will not decrease the energy density of the food and replacing protein with fat will increase the energy density of the food.

    You also seem to be implying that older dogs need less protein. This is not true. In fact, it is known that senior dogs need up to 50% more protein than adult dogs. The reason being, as dogs age they become less efficient at metabolizing protein however their dietary requirement for the amino acids provided by protein doesn’t decrease. Seniors need more protein to ensure they’re getting adequate levels of amino acids.

    I would never feed a dog 18% – 22% protein or recommend it unless the dog had a medical condition that required a lower protein diet. Sure a dog will “do fine” with that amount of protein but in order to truly thrive a dog should eat a diet high in protein, moderate in fat and low in carbohydrates. It is portion size that should be monitored for less active and older dogs not protein levels.

  • cl.p

    We’re very well trained! :-)

  • Pattyvaughn

    I have the same issue. I just can’t wrap my mind around the possibility that it could be OK.

  • cl.p

    A lot of protein isn’t necessarily a good thing. A really active dog needs high protein levels. An older or less active dog’s body will remove some of the excess protein in the urine and store the rest by converting it to fat.
    An adult dog that isn’t really active will do fine with 18%-22% protein.

  • cl.p

    There isn’t a reason why your puppy wouldn’t tolerate this food. It does appear to be high quality. If you buy from a larger pet store (like PetCo) save your sales receipt. You can return it if it turns out your dog doesn’t do well on it.
    Whenever I need to consider changing foods, I contact the manufacturer of the new diet I’m considering, and ask for a small sample. Most will oblige.

  • cl.p

    I’ve been so conditioned to buying premium dog foods at pet or feed stores, I can hardly consider buying one at Walmart.

  • jojo

    I have a seven month old husky/wolf hybrid. She’s very petite for her type, I just can’t afford orijin, but does anyone have a suggestion if they feel this would be OK to feed her? Someone convinced me of science diet, and it upsets her tummy.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Uh, no.

  • Theresa Bennett

    Blue buffalo is owned by diamond also!

  • Jami Schoenhoff

    22.48 for 15.5lb bag at walmart. Winston loves this food I’m glad I switched!

  • Jami Schoenhoff

    22.48 for 15.5 lbs at walmart. But they do vary smaller but not sure cost or size. Winston loves it! He’s an olde english bulldogge. And at only 4 months he still has a good health weight.

  • ShinjisSecret

    I still wouldn’t trust anything that RR pushes.

  • Lynn

    As for switching to RR, my husband just said… if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Back to Basics and Rachel Ray’s Zero Grain are definitely not very similar. Back to Basics has 38% protein, Rachel Ray’s has only 26%. Rachel Ray’s also contains white potato and beet pulp – Back to Basics doesn’t. Rachel Ray’s Zero Grain is by no means a bad food, but it’s not nearly has high quality as Back to Basics. It is cheaper though, it’s retailing at Walmart for $22.98 for 14 lbs. Might be awhile before it makes it into Canada, it hasn’t even reached everywhere in the states – no stores in my area are carrying it yet.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Manufacturers make widely different foods so of course they have to stop and change ingredients and change the bags. Both being made at the same place has nothing to do with whether or not they are alike.

  • Lynn

    I would buy a good name brand when I do my shopping. Currently Maya is on Back to Basics turkey and doing great. I hate, though, having to remember to go all the way across town to the pet store that carries it. I stop in Walmart all the time for stuff and if that rachel ray food agrees with Maya after trying it, then I will buy it. I think back to basics is made by Ainsworth as well. I am in Canada and the RR no grain hasn’t come here yet. I am hoping it is less than the back to basics. But the ingredients look very similar. I just cannot see them stopping the line, changing to different ingredients just to change the bag at the end of the line from back to basics to rachel ray. I am sure they are very similar. But you never know.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I would feed Rachael Ray over Taste of the Wild because Taste of the Wild is manufactured by Diamond, the difference in the ratings is only 1/2 star so I think it’d be worth dropping a half star to get away from Diamond (Rachael Ray is made by Ainsworth). You won’t be saving any money though – someone posted that Rachael Ray Zero Grain is retailing at $22.98 for 14 lbs. at Walmart – $1.64/lb. At $46 for 30 lbs. you’re paying $1.53/lb for Taste of the Wild. If you have a Tractor Supply in your area 4Health has a new grain-free line out which is made by Ainsworth (not Diamond like the grain-inclusive varieties) and it runs $36.99 for 30 lbs.

  • LabsRawesome BS Detector

    Hi Megan, RR Zero grain is 29% protein and manufactured by Ainsworth. Totw is 36% (depending on the formula) and made by Diamond. I believe RR Zero is only available in 14lb bags for around $23. So if you bought 2 bags, you would get 28lbs for $46. You would actually get 2 pounds less of RR for the same price as Totw.

  • Megan

    Would this be worth switching my dogs from? They are currently on Taste of the Wild (Wetlands – $46 for 30lbs) they are doing well but I’d like to save some money if I can, without sparing quality.

  • LabsRawesome

    TexasLady- Victor dog food is also very good.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi TexasLady, Rachael Ray Zero grain is a good food. It is available at Walmart, around $23 for a 14lb bag. And if you go to their website, there is a 4 dollar off coupon. If you have Tractor Supply their 4health is a good food too. Hi Tek Rations makes excellent food as well.

  • TexasLady

    Just got my Sheltie Rescue two months ago and was told by them that all the local rescuers use Muenster….from Muenster, Texas Had to drive 20 miles to a feed store to get it but, for my beautiful new dog, I thought it was worth it. It knocked me over with a chemical smell when I opened the bag. Smelled up my kitchen. Tried another bag…and it was worse. So, no more Muenster. She sticks her nose up at the Blue Buffalo Freedom but will finally eat it. I want to do right by her and, if I can’t stand the smell of chemicals, I cannot, in good faith, feed it to my dog. All suggestions would be appreciated.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey, thanks for the info. :)

  • Eldee

    thanks for your reply. I never realized they had a grain free food, however, because of Maya’s EPI it is recommended I keep her fiber level below 4. I guess that is why I never investigated it.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Not supporting Purina but they do have a grain-free food (Pro Plan Select Grain-Free) and several formulas without corn, wheat or animal digest (Purina One Beyond, Pro Plan Select Rice & Duck, Pro Plan Select Natural Chicken & Brown Rice and Pro Plan Select Natural Turkey and Barley).

  • Eldee

    You are right, species appropriate may be a bit of a stretch, since probably feeding raw is the closest to species appropriate one can get. However, for a lot of people, the Orijens of the world are unaffordable so they choose a less expensive wheat and corn filled food due to their budget constraints. I am sure, if Walmart carries the food, it would be an affordable choice for people who want to feed their dogs a no grain, meat first diet. It was a good move on her part to introduce this food. Maybe the big brand names will smarten up one day and do the same and that would be good news for dogs everywhere. I just don’t understand what Purina is thinking. Surely they have read about Hill’s Science Diet’s sales plummeting lately because people are waking up to no grains. I would support Purina in a heartbeat for all the good they do for dog lovers everywhere. But I simply cannot find a Purina food that doesn’t have corn or wheat or animal digest in it anywhere. Soon we will read about their sales plummeting then they may wake up.

  • Germansheppups

    At the local Walmart, it was $22.98 for the 14 lb bag. There was also a $4 coupon in the paper a week ago.

  • LabsRawesome

    I was expecting that too. I don’t know the price on it yet. I won’t be hitting any stores till Friday. If anyone has a price on this food, please post. :)

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I do agree that I was impressed when I saw meat accounted for the first three ingredients – I was expecting a more pea and/or potato heavy food from RR. What’s the price on it? I’ve been on the lookout but haven’t spotted it at my Hannaford yet and I haven’t been to Walmart in awhile.

  • LabsRawesome

    I think she must be referring to the fact that this particular RR uses 3 meat ingredients and is grain free, as being “species appropriate”. And for a kibble, I have to agree. (as species appropriate as kibble can be) I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with Zero grain, compared to RR’s other offerings. This one is a decent food. As you know I don’t feed much kibble, but I might actually throw a bag of this into my rotation, as the small kibble portion of my dogs diet.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I think calling this food “species appropriate” is a bit of a stretch lol. Definitely better than some other grocery store options though.

  • Cate

    I thought she should have stuck to people food as her dog food was not so good. This is a positive move & good for dogs plus being able to buy it at so many more retailers. Ainsworth has plants in Meadville, PA & Dumas, AR

  • Lynn

    Thanks for your quick review. Now I can feel good directing customers in the pet food section at wal mart that have ole roy in their carts to Rachel’s Zero grain. Now the average joe can afford to feed Fido a species appropriate zero grain zero gluten dog food. This might make trips to the vet less frequent. Hooray!!!

  • dimichan

    I’ve been using this for my pound pup since the nearby Petsmart closed, and it’s the best food I can get at the Wal-Mart close by. So far it’s been pretty good – they were out one week and I got a tiny bag of One Beyond – horrible difference (bad enough I threw most of the little bag out)! Back to Zero Grain it is!

  • verthib

    Her Just 6 line would be a great food without the fake vitamin k. I don’t understand why she puts it in that line, but not the others. And any requests for information from her company get ignored.

  • LabsRawesome

    Finally, Rachael Ray put out a decent product. I thought it was a 4 star food when I looked at the ingredients. It’s great to have a food that is available at the grocery store, for people that like to do all their shopping at the same store. Fyi, RR is made by Ainsworth.