Nutro Pate Dog Food Review (Cups)

Nutro Grain Free Chicken and Turkey Pate Dog Food

Nutro Dog Food Review


Nutro Pate Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5.

The Nutro Pate product line includes the 4 wet dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

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Product Rating AAFCO
Nutro Pate Grain Free Tender Beef 4.5 M
Nutro Pate Grain Free Juicy Turkey 4.5 M
Nutro Pate Grain Free Slow Cooked Chicken 4.5 M
Nutro Pate Grain Free Steamed Chicken and Turkey 4.5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Nutro Pate Grain Free Steamed Chicken and Turkey was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

Nutro Pate Grain Free Steamed Chicken and Turkey

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 48% | Fat = 30% | Carbs = 15%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, beef liver, turkey, dried egg product, potassium chloride, dried tomatoes, calcium carbonate, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, dried yams, guar gum, carrageenan, sodium acid pyrophosphate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, magnesium sulfate, magnesium proteinate, salt, sodium hexametaphosphate, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis11%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis48%30%15%
Calorie Weighted Basis36%53%11%
Protein = 36% | Fat = 53% | Carbs = 11%

Ingredient Analysis

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 component in many canned products.

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

The next ingredient is turkey, another quality, raw item.

The fifth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The sixth ingredient is potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.

The seventh ingredient is tomato, a nutrient rich vegetable consisting of about 72% carbohydrates.

The eighth ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral 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 Nutro product.

With 3 notable exceptions

First, we find carrageenan, 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.

Next, we note the inclusion of sodium hexametaphosphate, a man-made industrial polymer with no known nutritive value.

HMP is used in making soap, detergents, water treatment, metal finishing and most likely here to decrease tartar build-up on the teeth.

Although some might disagree, we’re of the opinion that food is not the place for tartar control chemicals or any other non-nutritive substances.

And lastly, with the exception of magnesium, 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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Nutro Pate Dog Food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 48%, a fat level of 30% and estimated carbohydrates of about 15%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 49% and a mean fat level of 30%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 13% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 62%.

Which means this Nutro product line contains…

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

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet dog food containing a significant amount of meat.

Is Nutro a Good Dog Food?

Nutro Pate in cups is a grain-free wet dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

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  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

09/01/2020 Last Update