Nutro Wholesome Essentials (Dry)


Rating: ★★★½☆

Nutro Wholesome Essentials Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Nutro Wholesome Essentials product line includes 22 dry 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.

  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Adult Lamb [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Puppy Lamb [G]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Senior Lamb [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Adult Salmon [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Adult Chicken [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Puppy Chicken [G]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Senior Chicken [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Adult Venison (3 stars) [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Large Breed Adult Lamb [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Toy Breed Adult Chicken [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Large Breed Puppy Lamb [G]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Adult Small Bites Salmon [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Adult Small Bites Chicken [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Small Breed Senior Chicken [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Large Breed Senior Chicken [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Large Breed Puppy Chicken [G]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Adult Small Bites Lamb (3 stars) [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Small Breed Adult Chicken (4 stars) [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Adult Healthy Weight Lamb (3 stars) [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Small Breed Puppy Chicken (4 stars) [G]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Large Breed Healthy Weight Chicken (3 stars) [M]
  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Small Breed Healthy Weight Chicken (3 stars) [M]

Nutro Wholesome Essentials Adult Small Bites Salmon recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Nutro Wholesome Essentials Adult Small Bites Salmon, Brown Rice and Sweet Potato

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 24% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 52%

Ingredients: Salmon, chicken meal, whole brown rice, whole grain sorghum, split peas, brewers rice, rice bran, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried sweet potato, natural flavor, lamb meal, dried plain beet pulp, flaxseed, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, dried apples, dried blueberries, dried carrots, dl-methionine, mixed tocopherols and citric acid (preservatives), zinc sulfate, niacin supplement, biotin, vitamin E supplement, iron amino acid chelate, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), selenium yeast, vitamin B12 supplement, copper amino acid chelate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), manganese amino acid chelate, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis22%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%16%52%
Calorie Weighted Basis21%33%46%
Protein = 21% | Fat = 33% | Carbs = 46%

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

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

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

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

The fourth ingredient is sorghum. Sorghum (milo) is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.

Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient.

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

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

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

The seventh ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

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

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

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

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 five notable exceptions

First, we find 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.

Next, flaxseed is 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.

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

Next, 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.

Nutro Wholesome Essentials Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Nutro Wholesome Essentials looks like an average.

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 24%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 52%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 51% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and flaxseed in this recipe and the pea protein and lentils contained in others, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Nutro Wholesome Essentials is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.


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

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Notes and Updates

05/05/2017 Last Update

  • chet

    we put him back on his original food which is blue buffalo basics. He would occasionally have soft (not runny) stools on this food so we started adding about a cup vegetables to his meals and no more runny stools.

  • Alex Mendoza

    what are you feeding your dog now?

  • Alex Mendoza


  • Alex Mendoza

    what do you feed your pitbull now?

  • aaw234

    People have a tendency to think whatever happens to their pet will happen to everyone’s dog. One dog in a thousand has a bad reaction after eating the food, guess what? It might not be the food,

  • Morgan Rhodes

    i agree. this is the only food my dogs have been able to have without having diarrhea…. so it all depends on the dog, not just the breed. like you said, if u eat food that makes u sick dont eat it

  • UnhappyMom

    Long read, but I wanted to share my experience with all of the Nutro lines, minus the LID lines. I didn’t even bother with the LID.

    I used Nutro for years, including Nutro Max because of the lower protein and “low” phosphorus levels in the cat food, so naturally I trusted the dog food. After watching my cat pass away from kidney disease, which may have been caused by birth, her spay, or the Wellness dry cat food I fed her as a kitten, I decided to be much more active in discovering food problems.

    I started her out with Nutro’s Large Breed Lamb Puppy Food. She never had a solid bowel movement the entirety of me feeding her that. I noticed she itched a lot, and we switched to Nutro Ultra. On that, her stools never looked right or seemed to be regular in consistency. Her attitude and demeanor suffered greatly.

    Nutro Max worked for some time, but my dog’s fur began to fall out. She had high energy, but the grain and bone meal completely demolished her health after time. She seemed to be getting worse. I wanted to rule out any food allergy before switching brands. At a loss, and hoping that my decision to trust Nutro in the past would still hold, I started her on the Nutro Wild Frontier made with salmon. She went absolutely crazy. I have no idea if they test for mercury levels, but the amount of brain effecting nutrition in either the salmon or the chicken variety caused her to lose a large amount of satisfaction in life and she lost a quality of life I was afraid she’d never regain. She was afraid of everyone, tried to bark all of the time, and never listened to anything. She wanted nothing to do with treats.

    I can’t believe that I continued with Nutro after this since I also was having problems with a new kitten. I adopted a kitten hoping to bring a better quality of life to my dog, as she is a Labrador mix that had previously lived with a cat. Months into her kittenhood, she started showing similar signs of distress: loss of fur more than any regular shedding, a distaste in human interaction, and noisy behavior that did not reflect a normal cat’s attitude.

    So, we continued with Nutro “wholesome” essentials, or whatever that medium line of food was called, and no results. I was afraid it would never end. I didn’t want to shock her system by introducing her to a new brand too quickly. At a certain point, I realized that I had to take drastic measures.

    We switched to Blue Buffalo, and months later the results are so dramatic and significant that it can’t be anything else but the food. I had even put a puppy on that food! I can’t tell if Blue Buffalo is the solution, but we are working so hard to return to a sense of safety. I almost can’t look at dog foods without wondering how many dogs have died from them.

    I’m almost afraid to switch to anything else, as I finally have found something that seems mostly normal. Their coats are shiny and soft. They still shed a good amount, but it’s the middle of the summer. She is beginning to listen to commands and is keen on training. They have normal, healthy bowel movements. My Labrador mix has some energy issues, even though she’s on Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken, but that may be due to the chicken or the fact that her teeth haven’t come in and she’s growing. All of the problems happened gradually over three years. I don’t know if it stunted her growth, but she still has 4 teeth to go after turning 3 years old a few months ago.

    At the worst of the Nutro problems, she was skinny, constipated, losing all the fur on her legs, extremely agitated at all times, couldn’t find a comfortable place to sleep, itched all of the time without fleas present, and didn’t want to drink water.

    I hope that people take the time to read this. I’m very afraid of what Nutro and other brands have caused in people’s life. I was afraid I would lose her. She started responding to the change in food within a week.

  • justone

    That’s funny my dogs are 12 and 10 and have no problem with the food. It could have been your dog not the food. If you eat food that makes you sick don’t eat it, millions of people eat that food and don’t have a problem. If you have to be taken to the hospital every time you take aspirin, don’t take aspirin, even if millions of other people take it

  • Mr

    I have used the Nutro brand for years for many different breeds. I have had no problems and they are all healthy. Unless your dog is allergic to a specific ingredient in the food then all of these complaints sound more like total Medical problems not brand of food problem
    Just sayin

  • Mr. Horse

    Stay away from this brand. We were about to put my dog down because he had diarrhea, pale gums, could barely walk, and was slowly wasting away. My idea to give my dog a last meal of real meat (boiled burger) saved his life. As soon as he stopped eating nutro and ate the burger he recovered instantly. He’s better now than he’s been in months. I’m positive nutro was killing my dog. I should have done my research before hand but I didn’t. Now that I have I’ve been finding similar stories going back years now. This company obviously isn’t changing its ways. STAY AWAY FROM NUTRO.

  • Mr. Horse

    This stuff almost killed my dog. Stay away from it.

  • Susan

    Hi, food sensitivities can cause the dog to poo blood, it happened with my boy when I first rescued him, I thought he had Parvo, I went to vet & he said he’s got Colitis, he’s probably eaten something that has irritated his bowel, same thing may have happened with your old girl, read the ingredients could have been the rice bran if it was the grain formula….. Bran can cause diarrhea…Take food back for refund..

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    How long has the dog been stable? I would take her to the vet for some lab work and an exam. Chances are the food had nothing to do with her symptoms. Urinating blood is a medical emergency.
    Even if the food is crap, it’s not powerful to cause this type of reaction.
    I would get her medical attention (asap) it’s likely to happen again. What you describe is a very painful condition.

  • Chris Newman

    My dog is decently old. She has been living strong and acting years younger than she was. Then, after buying a bag of this food she began excreting large quantities of blood. She would not eat the food anymore because she must have knew something was wrong with it. We thought she was at the end of her life and we even scheduled an appointment to have her put down. My brother took very good care of her and kind of nursed her back to health. We switched the food and she was as good as she was before. Clearly the food caused a big problem that could have killed her. Something needs to be done.

  • Anne Handy

    This food is awful. I have been feeding my dogs this food for a week now and they are both getting very sick. They are both super itchy, farting, having awful dark diarrhea, yeast infections around their mouths, irritable, breaking out around their mouths, and drinking tons of water. More than usual. I read the label and when reading the ingredients, accidentally overlooked the selenium yeast in the ingredients. I used to groom dogs professionally and learned to recognize the smell and symptoms of yeast infections. I noticed the nasty pimples and smell today. What an awful food. I would NEVER recommend this food to anyone. Seriously, a waste of money and something very wrong with this food.

  • chet

    We were switching our pitbull over to Nutro Wild Frontier and within days of switching him over he started throwing up yellow bile for a few days in a row in the middle of the night/early morning. We did some research and noticed other dogs were experiencing weird issues from this food so we switched him back to his original food. As soon as we switched him back he returned to normal and stopped throwing up in the middle of the night. I would be very cautious feeding your dog this food.

  • SOZO

    I’ve been feeding my yellow Lab Nutra High Endurance Dog Food for a couple of years. She is a little over 4 years old and in great shape. I love the food. It’s a little pricey at Petsmart ($60) so I switched to It’s about $45 there. Anyway, I’ve been pleased with the results.

  • Mike Dodge

    What Nutro is not telling anyone is where the ingreadents for their food and greenies are comming from.
    Yes assembled in the USA what the labels’s should read.
    Because most of the ingreadents come from are countries like Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and USA.

  • bunny munro

    And my Bullmastiff has been sick for over a week.
    Their extra ingredients are from Korea & Hong Kong…
    Nutri should recall this food.
    There are countless ill dogs.

  • bunny munro

    Those “ingredients from around the world” are from Korea & Hong Kong.
    My dog, and countless others on the Consumer affair website have been deathly ill.
    Many of the good reviews you are reading are from the “sampling community.”
    Nutri should be called out on this. That they are still selling it is beyond the pale.
    I hope your dogs are okay, I found out the hard way.

  • Susan

    Hi Paul, its not the dry Nutro kibble making your girl live longer, it’s cause your feeding her what you eat… They did a study & found by adding 2 tablespoons of fresh meat & veggies to your dogs dry kibble meals stops dogs getting cancer, so image when you feed a balanced cooked or raw meal & stop feeding dry kibble, you’d get a healthier dog with no health problems also the extra omega 3 your giving is also helping your dog heart, brain, joints & skin..

  • Paul Brown

    I have been feeding my dog Nutro since she was a pup…..I am 77 years old and had to include her in my will because I think she is going to out live me! She is a papered pure bred yellow labrador. She will be 17 on her next birthday. I feed her a scoop of dog food in the morning with an egg over easy on top and a scoop for dinner with whatever I eat (that is dog appropriate) mixed in with a fish oil capsule. She moves slower now and eyesight not great, but her hearing is just fine and NO hip problems. One time a friend suggested a different super premium dog food to try, that was suppose to be better, I bought some and my dog would not eat it. What a Lab not eating?! Anyway, Nutro has worked really well for me.

  • Alex

    As a website for dog food reviews, you should consider the recalls and customer complaints from the BBB and etc. I just wasted 20 bucks on it after hearing about recent complaints about the brand. I used your website to save time as I have little of it.

  • april

    We feed our 6 month old Cockapoo the Nutro small breed puppy chicken kibble, and we’ve had good luck with it so far. His coat is shiny, healthy, and wonderfully soft, and he is generally a happy and energetic little guy! So, two paws up from us!

  • theBCnut

    This was from 2 years ago. Why drag it up again?

  • Jamison Korando

    Why are you SCREAMING at us?
    #2 you should start a website entitled
    You seem to be an expert on your pups poop, Soo descriptive.

  • Lindsay

    I switched my 7 month old Husky mix slowly to this food (Nutro Large breed lamb puppy food) over the last 2.5 weeks mixing it with the blue Buffalo he is currently on. I upped the mix of Nutro to approx. 75% from 50% on Monday evening and he threw up Tuesday evening then on Wednesday at 3am. I could not sleep because I was so worried about my baby dog. He threw up most of his dinner after eating it like 9 hours ago. Then I decided to look at the reviews and saw a lot of other people saying the same thing and that Nutro was making their dog sick. I wanted him off the food immediately. I went and bought him Orijen Puppy food Thursday and pretty much switched him cold turkey (I mixed the little bit of the Blue Buffalo I had left in with it) and he has had no problems.

    He was mostly fine on the Blue Buffalo except he would have loose stools sometimes. I did some
    Research on Nutro looking at Reviews on Pet Smart and everything seemed fine but apparently I did not research enough!

    Do yourself a favour and skip this food! Not worth the risk!

  • Leslie

    After a recent trip to the Emergency Vet on the weekend as my 2 year old pup was throwing up yellow/white foam early in the morning for two days, and then not wanting to eat… I am switching foods (especially after reading other similar comments on here!). She has always had a sensitive stomach and seemed to throw up on occasion early in the mornings, and now I feel that it is Nutro to blame…

    When we took her to the vet, her blood-work came back “beautiful” — she was given fluids, anti-nausea medication and some cans of low fat dog food to ease her back into her normal diet of Nutro (Large Breed Lamb). She ate the vet’s canned food, no problems that night… and we slowly incorporated Nutro back in. On the night of her being back 100% on Nutro, she throws up at 330 am.

    We are now in the process of switching her over to Blue Wilderness. Seems to be working so far! No more throwing up in the early morning!

  • Sherry

    I would recommend staying away from Nutro Dog Food. I switched my 3 year old Golden Doodle to Nutro Dry Venision Dog Food. We noticed that she did not have the same energy and then she had a mini seizure. After having one of these mini seizure every month for 4 months I started to research and found that dogs can have seizures from Rosemary and the Nutro dry had high levels of it. It was recommended by a staff member at my local Petsmart that had a dog that had seizure to switch to Nutrience Sub Zero Canadian Pacific. It has been a month and a half and no seizures plus her puppy energy has returned. It’s scary that a dog food could by that dangerous.

  • jmarie2626

    Do not feed your dog this food. My chi-weenie was raised eating Fromm dog food for 5 years without a problem. We moved to another state and the local stores didn’t carry it so we tried Nutro small breed adult food. Within 8 days he had his first seizure. He also was frequently waking in the night wanting to go outside to eat grass and vomit a bile/foamy substance We were so confused. He then continued to have them periodically over the next month. We to him to the vet, all labs came back normal. Took him home and he would be ok for a few days and then he had a seizure 3 days in a row (about a month after we started him on this food) so we took him to the vet. They said they couldn’t find any medical reason and that sometimes dogs just develop epilepsy and tried to start him on antiepileptic medication he would have to take for the rest of his life. I took home the phenobarbital but decided to change his food back to fromm before beginning the medication to see if that would help. After stopping the food on a Sunday afternoon he had a small seizure the following Tuesday and one more that Friday (xmas 2015) it is now mid February and he is seizure free. After some more research the rosemary content in this nutro dog food may have been a contributor to our pups problems but I just wanted to warn others of this. Vets are quick to diagnosis and medicate but sometimes you need to follow your instincts. You know your pet. I’m so thankful my baby isn’t reliant on a liver damaging drug for life that was unnecessary in his case..

  • Nicile

    This is rather interesting because we have a golden too and have recently started having issues with throwing her food up. Ive been trying to pin point what in routine is causing this sudden change (after a vet visit as well) and i am starting to think its worth trying to transition her to a different food

  • Matt Reynolds

    I do have questions about the quality of the protein provided by Nutro, and I will be branching out in foods for our newest rescue, a pure GSD. That being said, I have used Nutro foods for at least the last 10 years and I can’t complain about the overall results. My large shepherd/ Rottie mix lived until the age of 16 and was sharp of mind and smooth of coat until the end. My shelter mix is now 17 and has never shown any adverse effects.

  • Kristin

    Thank you for your thoughts 🙂 – We immediately switched to Orijen and his health not only picked back up, but his coat and teeth improved beyond that. We’ve since tried raw, and home cooked which both have obvious advantages. However, it can be tricky making sure they have a balanced an complete diet. Definitely takes more work than pouring a bowl of kibble. Our newest addition, a rescue, can’t seem to stomach raw, so we’ll actually be switching him to Orijen next week to try it out, which is what brought me back to this site.

  • Pitlove

    So sorry to hear about what happened to your dog with Nutro. What is he eating now?

  • Kristin

    I’m late to the party here.. But ALL of the “boutique”, independent pet stores in my city will return ANY pet food for a full refund if it doesn’t work out. Like, even when it’s half empty. I was actually told that they have a full refund return process with the manufacturers too, so they have no issues taking it back.

    I know it’s not the same as grabbing 10 sample pouches and trying them out risk free, but it certainly takes the risk out of shelling out money on a full bag, only to have your pup turn it’s nose up.

  • Kristin

    From personal experience, I can’t in good conscience recommend Nutro or even refrain from leaving a comment here. We transitioned to Nutro Natural Choice dry food when staff at Petsmart sang it’s praises to my husband. Gradual transition, small amounts mixed with previous food, and eventually on Nutro solely. While there was minor stomach upset during the transition, we weren’t worried.

    After a week on Nutro full-time, our dog became lethargic, was acting peculiar, desperately panting and wasn’t drinking. Then he passed blood in his stool. 3 times in the span of two hours, before we rushed to the emergency vet. The entire visit he was vomiting and passing completely loose/bloody stool, while obviously in distress. It shocked us to hear the vet immediately tell us to stop feeding him Nutro just at the name of the brand. This was not this vet’s first encounter with Nutro causing such a reaction in canine OR feline patients.

    We switched to bland, cooked diet until we got in to our regular vet who ALSO went wide eyed when we said Nutro. Suffice to say, our vet vehemently agreed with the emerg vet.

    After this fiasco, I did very simple searches online and found SO many similar and even tragic stories about Nutro. I also found a huge number of historical recalls for the brand, and an equally huge volume of consumer complaints about Nutro.

    Is every other big name dog food brand free from recalls? No.
    Do some dogs just not do well with some foods? Sure.
    Is your pet’s health and well-being worth the risk, just because the name is big, the price is low, and it’s easy to find? Not a chance.

  • Kate

    I have fed Nutro to my golden retriever since she was a tiny puppy, and we loved it. She would throw up yellow bile occasionally, but we had her checked out at the vet, and they thought she just needed to eat more often. We then got a rescue dog with some food allergies, so I started researching grain free foods for him, and came across many reviews for Nutro that mentioned the periodic bile vomiting. We changed our Golden to a different brand, and she hasn’t thrown up since! I really liked this brand (soft, shiny coat, lots of energy, she loved the taste, good price, etc) , but won’t buy again because of this issue.

  • Rosie Marie Lester

    I have a Huskey Lab mix , we just bought this for for him today, he’s quite the picky eater so I hope this one will work out for him !! Wish me luck !!!

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Mary-

    Sorry to hear about your dogs’ digestive upset. I like to use Perfect Form made by The Honest Kitchen when my dogs are transitioning to a new food or experience upset due to some unknown reason.

    I didn’t know Nutro changed their formulas, but hopefully over time, your dogs can get accustomed to it unless there is some type of intolerance to the new ingredients.

    Another site that I refer to for ideas to help with occasional digestive upsets is:

    I hope this helps!

  • Mary Crouch

    My dogs have been eating nutro Lamb and Rice 1+ year for years and I loved it. Just recently have experienced the soft stools, throw up, etc. I took them to the vet for tests and they found nothing. I started reading about the food, fat content and learned Nutro changed the formula and many dogs are experiencing the same. Nutro should change the formula back!!!

  • aquariangt

    I hope you were lying when you called yourself a pet nutritionist. Otherwise people are paying you for some bunk info. Really, catch up on research and science on canine nutrition before spouting this nonsense

  • el doctor

    Hi Ania

    You wrote;
    “I see this as a perfectly balanced food made with great, high quality ingredients.

    Chicken meal is made of the waste and rejects from the human food chain. It is overly processed in rendering plants, whose products are never fit for human consumption.

    Meat meals are a great way for the big food conglomerates to make use of products that would normally be thrown out if they couldn’t be used in dog food.

    Brewers rice is a waste product of the human food (and beverage) industry.

    How did you come to the conclusion that this food is made from “high quality” ingredients?

  • Ania

    I am a pet nutritionist and I think that this is a fantastic product. In the review they mention concerns about average protein content, but that’s exactly what you want as your standard: average, more or less depending on the size and age of your dog (but there are large/small breed formulas, and also puppy/senior). Too much protein can actually be detrimental, especially for larger dogs. Amino acids unused in the body get burned as energy, which is basically just an expensive way of doing the same thing that fat/carbs will do. Fat provides more energy per calorie than protein does. More is not necessarily better and I see this as a perfectly balanced food made with great, high quality ingredients.

  • mahoraner niall

    is this a good food?

  • Linda Lukas Cosgrove

    I have two Rhodesian Ridgeback’s and two small rescue poodle mixes. I have had them on Nutro limited ingredient lamb and rice from the time we got them and they have done great on it! Just make sure you feed your big dogs a large breed formula, your little ones on a small bite/breed formula and your seniors senior food. One of our ridgebacks is 11 years old and she still goes two to three miles a day and loves it! My daughter has a pit/pointer mix with a very temperamental digestive system… we tried several different “premium” brands with only more issues. The only food she has thrived on has been the Nutro grain free duck and chickpea formula…she came alive after we started feeding her that and her coat is unbelievable!

  • Denise

    My aussie shepherd is 8 months old & has been on nutro lamb & rice for large breed puppies since i got him at 3 months old. He is very healthy, his coat is soft & easy to brush, & his poop factor is a 1 (he only poops once a day & its firm). The one, & only time I have ever had a problem with him was when he got into my cats food.
    I think that people forget that table foods, a different flavor, eating another pets food or even eating grass will cause stomach problems. If you are changing up their diet, you have to do it slowly.

  • DogFoodie

    You should only buy the size bag of dry food that you’ll use up completely within a couple of weeks. The fats in dry food begin to go rancid as soon as you open the bag. If the food isn’t properly stored, the problem gets worse more quickly.

    It’s not like we’re talking about a stake box of cereal. We’re talking about rancid animal fats.

    Hope your pups improve quickly.

  • C. C

    I have a 4 and 2yr old yorkie who have been eating nutro since they were 6 months old. Last month I bought a very large bag if Nutro smallbreed adult, chicken, rice and oatmeal. Last Thursday one dog suddenly has explosive diarrhea, that would not quit, I took her to the vet and and after medication and an IV she was placed on a prescription diet and probiotics. Friday night the second dog was throwing up all over the place and had extreme diarrhea as well. Saturday afternoon he went to the vet and is on the same diet and medication as the first dog. The first dog is so dehydrated from all of this that she has had a total of 3 IV and the diarrhea just went away 1 week later for her. Hasnt stopped yet for him. I also thought that it had to be the nutro. About 6 months ago my 4 yr old atayed with my parents he had his breakfast went out side to play and later was taking a nap. My parents say he work up vomittting and pppping everywhere! I always send him to their house with nutro! After their stomachs clear, I hate to say it but I am giving up on nutro. .