Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet canned dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.
The Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet product line includes the 3 canned dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
Use the links to check prices and package sizes at an online retailer.
- Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Fish and Potato Recipe [M]
- Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb and Potato (2.5 stars) [M]
- Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Turkey and Potato (3.5 stars) [M]
Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Fish and Potato was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Fish and Potato
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Fish, whole potatoes, water, dried potatoes, potato protein, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), carrageenan, guar gum, potassium chloride, dl-methionine, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, ferrous sulfate, magnesium sulfate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, zinc oxide, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, potassium iodide, biotin, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||32%||27%||33%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||24%||51%||25%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is fish. This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.1
Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.
In any case, fish meat is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The next ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is potato protein, the dry residue remaining after removing the starchy part of a potato.
Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.
And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The next ingredient is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.
Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Nutro product.
With 2 notable exceptions…
First, 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.
And lastly, with the exception of copper, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.
Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet
Canned Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 26%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 34% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 81%.
Which means this Nutro product line contains…
Below-average protein. Above-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the dried potato and potato protein, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing just a moderate amount of meat.
However, with 51% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 24% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet is a grain-free canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 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.
Nutro Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Nutro brand. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
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Notes and Updates
- Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩
05/17/2020 Last Update