Nutro Limited Ingredient Diets (Dry)


Rating: ★★★☆☆

Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.

The Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet product line includes 6 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 LID Grain Free Adult Duck [M]
  • Nutro LID Grain Free Adult Lamb [M]
  • Nutro LID Grain Free Adult Salmon [M]
  • Nutro LID Grain Free Adult Venison Meal [M]
  • Nutro LID Grain Free Adult Small Bites Lamb [M]
  • Nutro LID Grain Free Large Breed Adult Lamb [M]

Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Grain Free Adult Venison Meal and Sweet Potato was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Grain Free Adult Venison Meal and Sweet Potato

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

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

Ingredients: Venison meal, dried potatoes, lentils, chickpeas, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried sweet potato, potato starch, potato protein, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, dehydrated alfalfa meal, dried plain beet pulp, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, dl-methionine, mixed tocopherols and citric acid (preservatives), taurine, zinc sulfate, niacin supplement, biotin, vitamin E supplement, iron amino acid chelate, d-calcium pantothenate, selenium yeast, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), copper amino acid chelate, vitamin B12 supplement, 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 venison meal. Venison meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh venison.

The second 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 have a slight affect on our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.

The third ingredient lists lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

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

The fourth ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

The sixth 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.

The seventh ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The eighth 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 ninth 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 product.

With five notable exceptions

First, we find alfalfa meal. 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, 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.

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 Limited Ingredient
Diet Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet looks like an above-average dry dog food.

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 24% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 52% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 63%.

Below-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 lentils, chickpeas, potato protein and alfalfa meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet 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 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

  • Alyssa Appleman

    Just letting you all know there is a new LID line out that is grain fee, with no chicken and 10 or so active ingredients. It’s mostly for dogs with allergies. It also includes duck as one of the options. There is more grain free out now as well.

  • greg

    I have a very picky large German Shepherd @ 125 pounds we recently started him on nutro grain free venison meal I have to say he loves it and seems to have helped with his pooping problem. Before he was very inconsistent now much better. Keep in mind every dog is different so when looking for a food reviews aren’t always good you have to make the right choice for your dog.

  • JudyandSam Simpson Norris

    My Abbie is allergic to chicken & potatoes too. We are on Fromm Lamb & Rice Grain Free.

  • JudyandSam Simpson Norris

    I’d go with at least a 4-star food, grain free, no chicken or potatoes.

  • JudyandSam Simpson Norris

    He could be allergic to chicken and white potatoes, which are about the only ones in doggie food. Read the ingredients, if it says “potatoes” then its the white ones. Sweet ones will say so also on the bag. Try a grain free lamg & rice but a better quality food than Nutro…..

  • Susan

    You should give your dog a variety in their diet not the same food day in & day out….this way if a kibble isn’t good your dog wont get as sick cause you are changing their food & rotating their kibbles all the time… fresh is best…. dogs don’t need all those carbs in their diet….

  • Susan

    Hi, when my boy was pooing yellow poo with blood my vet said that he has a food intolerance to something he’s eating, can’t you take the Kibble back to pet shop & say she wont eat it cause she is having diarrhea, most foods are Guaranteed if your dog wont eat it you either get a refund or change the food & get another food with different ingredients to the one that’s making her sick…or can you cook for her… some chicken & Potato to stop her pooing blood…

  • April French Leavitt

    Has anyone’s dog experienced very yellow stools with blood? Since putting my girl on this food, that’s all she has but I am unable to get her anything else until next week

  • April French Leavitt

    Well I agree with Cyndi. I just bought this food. As you can plainly see from my picture, I have a Shar Pei, known for their skin issues. Even though she is large breed, I didn’t buy large breed puppy because it is more expensive and they are fine with adult food. Actually supposed to have it. Anyway, this kibble is big pieces, like cocoa puffs. Which is exactly what she likes. Since we just switched all we have bought is the new formula. If you compare the new and the old, which I HAVE DONE, there really is no difference basically. She hasn’t thrown up or anything

  • Kimberly LaMere

    No…the dog didn’t “get tired of it”! I tried the NEW FORMULA, too, and my dog was sick the whole time on it until I stopped and went back to his previous food. Read the 1600 complaints on the Consumer Affairs website for Nutro Dog Food. And these complaints are only a small portion of those with sick dogs who know about posting on that site. This food is HORRIBLE!

  • Julie

    My almost 2 year old black lab was having horrible dry skin issues. I did a lot of research before I switched Herron and now feed her the nutro natural sensitive skin and stomach. A bit expensive but well worth it!!! Her coat is amazingly soft and shiny now. The dry skin has gotten better. She has been on this for about 2 months now.

  • sue66b

    Keli Myers, when I started to introduce Patch to the Nutro I got him to half nutro & half his vet prescription diet he was having real bad stomach acid reflux, so I tried another flavor but lower in fat same thing, so I stopped the nutro, I have Patch on the Wellness Simple Duck & Oatmeal, its excellent no more stomach refux, also when you try a new food get a lower in fat% & lower in protein % as I found when Istarted to getter higher in protein & fat % Patch would get his vomiting acid..I also give Tuna in spring water drained & mixed with some pumkin for breakfast, you need a kibble with limited ingredients like the Wellness Simple, so there’s less chance of problems also Patch was put on 1/3 of a Zantac every 12 hours, 1 hour before food,

  • Betsy Greer

    Uggg, I’m not so sure switching to something else cold turkey after 11 years on the same food is a good idea at all. Whatever you switch to, do it very slowly. By slowly, I mean weeks, if necessary.

    Trying adding canned pumpkin to the food and only increase the amount of the new food you offer once the stool is stabilized. Probiotics would help also.

    Once you switch her to something new, start looking for other foods to rotate the new food with, assuming she does well on it. Rotating foods supports a healthy gut.

    I’ve found that NutriSource is a budget friendly food that’s easy to switch to. You might want to start with Adult Chicken & Rice. Ideally, you should introduce a different protein, but even if she’s been eating chicken this whole time, the gradual change will be helpful.

  • Kelli Myers

    Sue, My 11-year-old labrador has been vomiting bile and refusing to eat her Nutro Natural Choice food (which she’s been on all her life!). I need to switch to something else today. What did you find that works?

  • Cyndi

    6 years is a long time to be eating the same food. Maybe she just got tired of it. I think she’d benefit even more from a rotational diet.

  • Victoria

    Just want to say that I never usually write reviews online but I had to express my thoughts about this terrible dog food. Been feeding it to my beagle mix dog for almost the entirety of her 6years and since the switch to the “new formula” as others have been mentioning, she has been puking regularly (every couple of weeks), has been urinating in her sleep (occasional small dribbles) and has had runny, yellowy stools.

    I did not associate these symptoms with the food until I switched her onto a different brand of dog food (nutrience) a few months ago; she has not suffered any of these symptoms since.

    There is something really wrong with this food if this is what happens when it’s consumed. Beware!

  • Donna Miller

    Did they have a formula change by chance? I use the Nutro Natural Choice LID Small Bites Adult and all of a sudden they are eating more of it and now we have skin issues. These are pugs so they are sensitive to change.


    I agree. My pup started with mild IBD symptoms when he was about 4 months old and progressively suffered for almost a year before he was diagnosed 3 months ago via endoscopy with biopsy. Dogs should be able to eat a variety of foods. If your’s cannot, there is something wrong. Get a real diagnosis from a real specialist and improve the quality of your pup’s life.

  • Allir

    I was giving my dog very expensive food…about two dollars a pound. With two big dogs it got expensive. I talked to a saleslady/trainer at pet store and she said to try to Nutro..good but not as expensive. I did and should have realized that almost immediately they each were throwing up bile on average of three times a week. The vet thought it to be our town water. Gave them bottled water, gave them ice to have it not swallowed as fast…gave them smaller portions at more times a day. Nothing worked. I even gave them acid reducer pills. One day on a whim I tried a different food..maybe they didn’t have the Nutro where I stopped. I got 4health. They have not gotten sick in about two months since being on this. They were on this food at least 6 months or so and weekly of about six vomits total was way too much. Now they are totally fine.

  • Allir

    wow for whatever reason I just decided to google this. Our two dogs were throwing up at least each three times a week. This went on for about five months. Vet tried to figure it out. Even when I told him the food that they were eating he didn’t think it was that. He thought it was our water…salty…anyway we gave less, we gave ice, we gave it at different times. One day I decided to try something new. 4health and since the first day I gave it to them which is now about two months they have NOT ever gotten sick.

  • sue66

    I just read that ur boy was diagnosed with IBD sorry to hear, not a good thing. My 5 yrs old English Staffordshire was diagnosed last April with IBD & Colitis..What foods & kibble do you feed him now.. My boy was put on Eukanuba Intestinal vet prescription 5months ago as he would have Diarrha sometimes with blood.. I met a Nutro vet on Saturday at ur Pet Stock & she gave me samples of the Adult Chicken & rice, Im in Australia & our ingredients are different to the American Nutro company there’s no brewers rice, rice bran or pea fiber..The lady told me that the ‘weight management’ Kibble would be better as its only 9% fat but the protein is only 19% it use to be called the “Lite’ also I dont like how they dont put the Fiber % on their bags their old one Lite had 5% fiber.. Im just worried about the Fiber.. Patches ‘Intestinal’ only has 1.70% fiber & 3.3% dried Beet Pulp.. while Im just adding a little to his kibble in the mornings only, everything has been good so far I liked this kibble cause its states 100% less stool & firmer poos..I feel so sorry for my boy as vets have him on a very stricted diet but I have been slowly giving him other foods also Im sick of listen to the vets all they like is their presciption diets, in the Intestinal the first ingredient is corn & my boy has been getting stomach acid in the middle of the nite he’s been put on Zantac 1 third of a tablet every 12 hours since December so something in the Intestinal is giving him the acid, as he wasnt having the acid thru the nite before.. I just hope he doesnt have acid on the Nutro chicken & rice then I’ll have to look for another kibble with LID ingredients,most of the the kibbles have flaxseed. Patch gets bad wind from the flaxseed well I think its the Flaxseed

  • InkedMarie

    Dogs don’t have a need for vegetables. Will they hurt a dog, no but they’re not needed.

  • Sarah

    I just switched my dog to this and so far its going great.. He’s on “Limited Ingredient Diet Small Bites Lamb & Whole Brown Rice Adult” Even though he’s 11 months because he’s turning 1 on March 7 and I had to change his food anyway because he was on Simply Nourish (which i recommend before this food but my dog is allergic to sweet potato and I couldn’t find one that didn’t have sweet potatoes in that brand) This food doesn’t have a lot of vegetables, which is good for dogs, so I put organic pumpkin and green beans mixed in with his food so he still gets vegetables. This is a good food so far, but definitely if you can try Simply Nourish (only sold at Petsmart because it’s their brand) or Wellness before trying this food. I wish I could have kept him on Simply Nourish but this is the next best I could find!

  • InkedMarie

    Yuck! Have you contacted Nutro and sent them some of the foods & grease?

  • Rick

    Started using Nutro Natural Choice Grain Free a couple of years ago for my two Miniature Schnauzers after being convinced by a Nutro rep (at a PetSmart store on Saturday) their product would help with skin issues. It did, in fact, help considerably. Would still be using the product if the bag my wife recently purchased had not contained dog food that appeared soaked in grease, and a foul smelling yellow grease caked on the inside of the bag. Returned the newly opened bag to PetSmart, where a manager and another employee refused to even look in the bag. They happily refunded my money and recommended a better product, telling me returns of the Nutro product for this exact reason were becoming common. One worker even told me the bags left a nasty grease spot on the store shelves where they were sitting. They had been exposed to the foul smell and nasty contents, and had no interest in opening the bag. Two questions: 1) What happened to quality control at Nutro? and 2) Why does PetSmart keep such a poor quality product on their shelves?

  • Melissaandcrew

    Can’t agree more! I have a schnauzer who got into a bag of Acana Ranchlands a year ago. It was only about 5 mins before I noticed him in the food room and of course stopped him. In that period of time, he managed to gulp down CUPS worth of food-which the vet promptly made him vomit back up. This is a 10lb schnauzer and he must have had 3-4 cups in his stomach judging from the vomit amounts. Ugh!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Please don’t ever increase or decrease food because of the rate that it is eaten. Go by whether or not your dog is a good weight, and if you don’t know, take him to the vets office and ask them. They will gladly evaluate his weight at any time.

  • Sky

    My Miniature Australian shepherd has been eating Nutro since he was a pup. He is eating faster since these newer bags have hit the shelves, I only feed him 2 cups a day.. should I increase his intake?

  • Sky

    My Miniature Australian shepherd, is eating faster each time, I only feed him a cups a day.. should i increase his intake?

  • AEI

    The main reason I think it is the food is because it happened to both of my dogs. I have two different types of mastiffs, one is 2.5 years and the other is 6 months. We recently started switching the young one from the large breed puppy to the adult large breed. We’re about 3/4ths through the switch, and she started vomiting bile like the older one. Since she’s never had any issues like this, we’re thinking it’d be best (and most cost efficient) to try a new food first.

  • CM

    Just a heads up, you may want to follow up with the vet or specialist if this continues to happen. Our dog (a 5 yr old pointer mix) did the same thing with multiple foods over the course of a few years. As is turns out, he has been diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease. He would never throw up food, just bile 8 hours after eating. It’s costly to determine, but after getting progressively worse, and a vet change, we decided to do further testing. It took an ultrasound to determine his intestines and lymph were swollen, and a biopsy to get the diagnosis. I don’t say this to alarm you, it could be a food allergy, just want you to be aware those were our first clues and we missed it. I feel so terrible that we didn’t do more sooner to find out the root cause.

  • AEI

    We’re having the same problems with our dogs. What food did you switch to?

  • Papillon mama

    I have fed my two papillons the lamb-and-rice for years. About three months ago – give or take – I noticed that the new bags of food smelled slightly different. My dogs have been eating it at a much faster rate. I suspect something has changed in the recipe to make dogs eat more (my dogs are not over-weight; papillons are often graze eaters). My point is: I suspect something that is not in the interest of dog health but more in the interest of dog-food company making more money is affecting this change. Anyone else notice anything?

  • LK

    I do not doubt the quality of this food. However, something in this food was causing my dog to vomit bile. She would vomit bile daily, 6-8 hours after eating. Several trips to the vet could not find anything wrong. I switched her to a different food and the symptoms were gone. She must have been allergic to something in the food. Wish I knew what it was.

  • Pattyvaughn

    It may be the changes in the recipe, but many believe that feeding the same food for a long time can be the cause of food intolerances. Eating the same thing day in and day out changes what microflora thrive in the gut, and those changes are not usually for the better. The healthy microflora in the gut are a major part of the immune system. So since you need to change brands now, I hope you will consider feeding a rotational diet in the furture for your dogs maximum health.

  • Sue M.

    I have always fed my dog Nutro Naturals Lamb and Rice, this year she has developed severe allergies and has now quit eating her food. It has to be the changes in the recipe. Will be looking at other brands now.

  • mward1993

    I ran into a friend of mine last weekend who was at ban field with her pit bull, Blanca. She feeds Nutro and has fed it for a long time, I think. Her dogs are all healthy, but Blanca being a pure white pit bull, has skin issues and had recently had several skin tumors removed. She is healed up but the vet is saying her liver enzymes are up and they are not going down. She said Blanca could have liver cancer. But could it also be this food?

  • Kathi Crawley

    I have tried so many foods for my dog (Wellness, Nature’s Variety, California Natural, Precise, Verus, Premium Edge and on and on) – she either would not eat the food or could not digest the food and would vomit. She has skin allergies and is allergic to chicken and potatoe. Nutro natural choice LID venison and rice and lamb and rice both work for my dog. She is doing well, her skin is beautiful and most importantly really likes the food. She also is no longer scratching or licking her paws. I think I might have found a winner with Nutro!!!

  • Tiffany Sanders

    I’ve bought the Natural Choice Puppy LID Lamb & Whole Brown rice formula and got home to find what I actually have is Natural Choice Puppy LID Lamb Meal & rice formula. Is there a real difference?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Dog food companies want customer loyalty so they feed you this line about how dogs should stay on the same food for life to avoid stomach upset, but it is the lack of variety in the dog food that creates the sensitive stomach. Add digestive enzymes, probiotics, and a spoonful of canned pur pumpkin to every meal and commit to feeding your dogs a rotational diet and you will see their guts heal. It takes time, but it is worth it.

  • d0ggiem0mma

    I fed my first two dogs Nutro as puppies. They both developed chronic GI problems which have stayed with them despite having changed foods. None of my other dogs have had these GI issues. I’m absolutely convinced Nutro hurt my dogs. Too many similar complaints from other owners for it to be a coincidence!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Yes, that is a pretty common practice when dog food companies don’t want to answer your question. If you look at the guaranteed analysis, you will see that the carbs are much higher than the protein. Plants have proteins in them and will add to the protein level, but meats are extremely low carb and would have next to no effect on the carb level. Pea protein is even one of the ingredients. So there really is very little real meat in this food. Probably less than 20%.

  • hbdawg

    I have used Nutro lamb and rice for over 20 years for all my German Shorthaired pointers with no problems at all. However, I use half dry and half venison (I deer hunt). My concern is whether the total lamb weight is exceeded by the total rice content weight. I emailed Nutro asking them this and the reply was that lamb (which is listed first) is the #1 ingredient – which I already knew. They did not answer the question of if you add all the rice (ingredients 2, 3, and 4) does it exceed the lamb.

  • Mourning Mom

    12 year old dog on Natural Choice for years. New bag with new formula – dog now terribly sick, elevated liver enzymes, vomiting, runny stools, blood in urine and in stool. Dog healthy until ate this new food. Will be putting our precious one asleep tomorrow. Call the FDA and register your complaint. How can we allow this to continue: 1-888-463-6332.

  • s king

    Just had two sick dogs quit using the lamb canned everyone is getting better!

  • Nutro products are now TOXIC. The NEW & IMPROVED formulas for 2013 are different that what I fed my dogs for years. 1 cup killed my 60 pound never sick 4 1/2 year old pit in 1 1/2 days and a vet bill of $2357. She was the friendliest of dogs. Please call the FDA 888-723-3366 if you have had problems to get this off the market before more pets die and suffer. Nutro will tell you that yours is the first complaint, do not believe a word they say. Your vet will also lie for them as their educations and businesses are subsidised by pet food companies. Green tea extract is toxic to dogs, high in oxilates, oxilate poisoning killed my dog.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Green tea extract is only toxic to dogs if it hasn’t been de-caffinated – pet products use de-caffinated green tea extract. It’s actually a healthy ingredient which is recognized for it’s anti-cancer properties, it’s rich in vitamin c and flavonols.

  • Concerned Pommie Mommie

    Just so you all know Green Tea Extract is toxic to animals! I do not know why Nutro is putting it in their dog food, its making peoples’ pets sick and killing them. Green tea extract is toxic to the kidney, liver, and GI tract. It kills cells in the kidney and liver, and causes bleeding of the GI tract. My pomeranian got very ill and had so much toxins in his body he had to have his gallbladder removed and is on medication to help his liver functions.

  • Mustang Sally

    One aspect of Nutro Dr. Mike failed to mention is the changes in formula since Mars took over. The number of complaints has skyrockets since fall 2012 since the recipe was “updated.” Chief among the complaints is dead rodents and feces found in the kibble

  • Janet

    Not sure what happened to my response yesterday-it is missing so here is my reply: I am sorry if I offended-not my intent. I don’t feel I went off on Dr Mike-I felt I suggested he research a bit more. I understand what you said about the ingredients possibly being the culprit and I know there are always naysayers dis-ing a product “just because”, however, the website I am referring to was full of loyal Nutro customers who had their dogs on this food for years. They made no change to their dogs diet (for example changing from lamb to chicken, etc)-Nutro changed their formula and that’s when things went bad. This is why I posted my comment. I understand there are more than 1303 nutro users and I frequently review products when purchasing (the glory of the Internet lol) and I have never seen that many identical symptoms/outcomes about one manufacturer under one website. There are always naysayers who will dis a product “just because” but in this situation I have to wonder how many more negative outcomes there were if this many were posted? I am just putting this info out there so people reading can research my findings a bit more and not have to “chance” this type of issue with their dear pets. Once again my apologies to Dr Mike if he was offended.

  • First of all, I’m not a fan of Nutro dog food, so don’t take this that way.

    Believe it or not Nutro has been sold to more than 1303 people, so the percentages aren’t in their favor at all. On top of that I’m willing to bet that quite a few of those people don’t understand that just because a food doesn’t work for one dog doesn’t mean it can’t work for another. We see this all the time where a person will go off on a fine food, and act like it harms ALL dogs… which is wrong. Hell, most of the time it’s a certain ingredient in that food that’s the problem… not the maker of the food. For example, if your dog is intolerant of chicken then pretty much all brands of dog food will have one formula that doesn’t work. In that case are you going to shun them all? I don’t think so.

    Also, Dr. Mike rates food on a 5 star basis, so it’s not like he’s giving this an excellent rating. 3.5 divided by 5 equals 70%, which is not a grade I’d sprint home to show mom and dad. And I think that rating is a pretty good one, as at least this food starts with a named meat meal, instead of a food like Blue Buffalo that likes to brag about it starting with a deboned meat (note: meat loses moisture when cooked, therefore lowering it’s weight dramatically… not true about a meat meal).

    Next time you’re ready to go off on somebody take a breath and think first, because you may find that they’re not in the wrong. Besides, Dr. Mike does a ton of work to make this site what it is… FOR FREE. So how about a little appreciation?

  • Janet

    I dont know when this review was written, but I cant believe Dog Food Advisor would rate Nutro dog food 3 1/2 stars. I bought a bad of food and a bag of treats. Gave my boxer 1 treat and within 2 hours she was throwing up green bile, swelled up and had horrible hives all over her head. I searched for reviews and came across 1 website that had 1303 horror stories all stating horrible illnesses that resulted in very expensive care to bring their dogs back to health or resulted in the dogs passing. ALL these reviews came about after Nutro changed their formula. You should pull this review until you have had the opportunity to research this more. 1303 bloggers cant be all wrong. Needless to say I have returned the food and the treats and as soon as my dog is healthy enough I will work with a different food.

  • Alisha

    Nutro Naturals limited ingredient puppy food gave my 6 month old beagle/bulldog mix soft, incredibly stinky poops. It was disgusting. If you want to skip all the extra unnecessary ingredients, you might as well do it for real and go grain free. In my opinion, this is like the pointless midgrade fuel that no one ever actually buys for their cars. Either buy food with fillers, or buy grain free.