NutriSource Dog Food (Canned)


Rating: ★★★★☆

NutriSource canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The NutriSource product line includes three canned dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • NutriSource Chicken and Rice [A]
  • NutriSource Lamb and Rice (3 stars) [A]
  • NutriSource Chicken, Lamb and Ocean Fish [A]

NutriSource Chicken and Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

NutriSource Chicken and Rice Formula

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 24%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, ocean fish, brown rice, pearled barley, whole dried egg, dicalcium phosphate, guar gum, salt, potassium chloride, dried kelp, alfalfa meal, calcium sulfate, lecithin, carrageenan, cranberries, Yucca schidigera extract, ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), choline chloride, betaine, taurine, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, manganese proteinate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis9%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%27%24%
Calorie Weighted Basis31%51%18%
Protein = 31% | Fat = 51% | Carbs = 18%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.

The third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is ocean fish. This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.2

Unfortunately, the phrase “ocean fish” is vague and does little to adequately describe this ingredient. Since some fish are higher in omega-3 fats than others, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this item.

In any case, fish meat is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The fifth 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 sixth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient is whole dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The eighth ingredient is dicalcium phosphate, likely used here as a dietary calcium supplement.

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, although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

Next, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

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

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.

NutriSource Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, NutriSource canned dog food looks like an above-average wet 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 41%, a fat level of 27% and estimated carbohydrates of about 24%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 30%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 21% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 74%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the alfalfa meal, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.

However, with 51% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 31% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.

Bottom line?

NutriSource is a meat-based canned dog food using a notable amount of named meats as its main sources 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.

Those looking for a quality kibble to go with this canned food may wish to visit our review of NutriSource dry dog food.

NutriSource Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

01/31/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • theBCnut

    I would wonder if she has some kind of food hypersensitivity. These have been linked to IBS, IBD, and hemorrhagic colitis.

  • Sadie

    My mom’s dog got sick on this. She had blood in her stool. Anyone else have this problem?

  • Natasha Myers

    I go to farm and home to get Nutrisource and they don’t even carry the canned food. They just started carting the grain free.

  • BoxerBliss

    I really like NutriSource, I use it for my cattle dog that has yeast issues, and he does great on it. I use both the chicken rice and lamb and rice. Chewy has the chicken and rice 12 for 14.99.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Lol, most of the canned food is really expensive at my local store, so comparatively that is cheap.

  • Tobias C

    It is 1.79 at Menards. Not exactly what I would consider “insanely” cheap… I wish Nutrisource would have a Tuffy’s Gold version of their canned.

  • GSDsForever

    No review for the Nutrisource Grain Free Canned?

    Just noticed this when I didn’t see a listing under 5 star wet foods for Nutrisource and wondered. I never look at the wet food category usually.

    Just FYI, Nutrisource does make GF cans, as well as dry food.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Thanks! Like gardening supply stores? That seems like a rather unlikely place for dog food.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Thanks! *gets out megaphone* 😀

  • DogFoodie

    I’ve used NutriSource and like their products and the company as a whole. Their products (single cans, etc.) are readily available where I live. Have you checked also at feed or lawn and garden stores? I’ve even seen single cans at Menard’s.

  • Crazy4cats

    I just checked out the site. They do have a pretty good selection and yes, you can order individual can. Thanks for the info.

  • Bobby dog

    Woo Hoo is right!!!!

  • Crazy4cats

    That would be really good. I have a PetSmart that is only about 6 or 7 miles from my house, so it’s not too bad. And, I bought gas for only $1.95 per gallon the other day! Woo Hoo! We typically have some of the highest gas prices in the nation.

  • aquariangt

    Only natural pet can do individual cans as well. I haven’t compared pricing though, but they do ship. I’ve been in their store, its closish to me, and they have a nice selection

  • Bobby dog

    It’s definitely convenient; now we need to get them to ship it too! 😉

  • Crazy4cats

    Ok, get ready to yell, D_O. You can order individual cans of certain dog and cat food at PetSmart. But, you have to do an in-store pick up. They will not ship it. It is something they started a few months back and I love it! You pay for it on-line and it is all ready to go for you when you get to the store. It is a great way to buy a variety of canned for us crazy cat people!

  • Dog_Obsessed

    If I ever find an online site that sells individual cans at a reasonable price, then I’m shouting it through a megaphone from the top of the Empire State Building! Lol, JK, but I’ll be sure to tell you. 😀

  • Bobby dog

    If you ever find an on-line site that sells individual cans at a reasonable price, please track me down! That would be such a convenience for my finicky cats. 😉

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  • Dog_Obsessed

    Yeah, carrageenan isn’t my first choice either. I try to use as few foods as possible that contain it, but when it comes down to what I can get locally my opinions are pretty limited. If only there was a way to order small or varied packs or canned food online. :/

  • Bobby dog

    I feed the canned cat food in my rotation; the cats like it and do well on it. Haven’t tried the dog recipes because I have a stockpile of other toppers; it’s on my list to try.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I haven’t tried it but they do make a grain free can. I won’t use it as it does have carrageenan in it.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I kind of hate to say it, but I noticed this food because it’s insanely cheap at my local store for 1.99 per 13oz can. At first I didn’t want to use it because of the grains, but I have since stopped believing that grains are inherently evil lol. Has anyone used this food before?

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  • JellyCat

    There is also Natural Planet Organics canned food by NutriSource. It doesn’t contain grains except flaxseed oil and sunflower oil. This variety definitely contains more meat. 

  • LabsRawesome

     Hey what store do you buy it at?

  • ♥my2girls

    My store has these going on sale for .99. I think I will get 12 or so.

  • Scout58

    My 16.5 yo Fox Terrier & 8 yo Schnauzer are doing well on it, all three flavors! I highly recommend it.

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  • Meagan

    Pathces is really enjoying this being “topped” on her kibble Chicken, Lamb and Ocean Fish!