Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★½

Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak product line includes 2 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.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Open Range Recipe [A]
  • Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Northern Woodlands Recipe [A]

Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Open Range Recipe was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Open Range Recipe

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 33% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 42%

Ingredients: Beef, chicken meal, dried peas, whole dried potatoes, pea flour, pea protein, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), lamb meal, whole flaxseed, venison, lamb, menhaden fish meal, dried plain beet pulp, pork gelatin, natural flavor, sweet potatoes, cranberries, salt, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), choline chloride, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, sodium selenite, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis30%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis33%17%42%
Calorie Weighted Basis29%35%36%
Protein = 29% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 36%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef 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 lists dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

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

The fifth ingredient is pea flour, a powder made from roasted yellow peas. Pea flour contains as much as 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

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 meat content of this dog food.

It’s important to note that a number of ingredients included in this recipe are each a type of pea product:

  • Dried peas
  • Pea flour
  • Pea protein

Although they’re a mixture of quality plant ingredients, there’s an important issue to consider here. And that’s the recipe design practice known as ingredient splitting.

You see, if we were to combine all these individual items together and report them as one, that newer combination would almost certainly occupy a higher position on the list — possibly making peas (not meat) the predominant ingredient in this recipe.

The seventh 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 eighth ingredient is lamb meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The ninth ingredient is flaxseed, 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.

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, 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, pork gelatin is a colorless, flavorless, translucent, brittle substance that’s irreversibly derived from the collagen found in the skin and bones of animals.

Although it consists mostly of protein (98-99% non-essential amino acids), gelatin is of only limited nutritional value to a dog.

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

And lastly, 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.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak looks like an above-average dry 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 33%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 42%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 33% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 42% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, pea flour, pea protein, dried potato and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak is a plant-based dry dog food using a notable amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 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.

Rachael Ray Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

06/04/2017 Last Update

  • haleycookie

    Ok so what you’re saying is you don’t believe in buying at smaller stores or from large stores or large online delivery places (which is what jet is btw so whatever you’re reason for not shopping with a larger online retailer like chewy goes out the window with that one)? Where do you get your pet food at then? The grocery store I’m assuming since you’ve tried this food.

  • chacha711

    Ms KOOKIE,fyi, everyone has the right to chose their preferred retailer of choice! The reasons why many educated pet-owners today are not only PRICE/COST driven, but service, convienance, healthy/freshness of product, etc as many astute shoppers have found many mom & pops shops have way higher prices and sell older/aged petfoods ( check mfg/Best By Date should have a min. of 6-9 mos left on pkg code) due to low-turnover, not to mention it is also unfortunate that these less fortunate small shops/retailers dont the the services and resources by the petfood manufactures ie promotions, deals, detail-mfg/distributor reps calls, to be able to compete on the same playing field than the larger volume brick & motar n/or on-line retailers, somewhat sad but a true fact!

  • haleycookie

    Your comments make my head hurt. They’re incredibly sloppy and are all caps that necessary? If you wanted to do something for the greater good go and shop at a mom and pop pet store they’ll have the best quality foods 9/10 and you’ll be helping keep a place in business that actually cares about your pet and what they consume. Company’s like jet and pet express are still huge shipping companies similar to chewy.

  • chacha711

    FYI, you may want to do your research on TASTE OF THE WILD, i think they are manufactured by someonelse like Diamond Pet Foods Co (who co-packs for several companies like COSTCO/Kirkland, etc and has had several product recalls over the years, n has several not so healthy ingredients in their foods)!

  • chacha711

    FYI, the main reason why you wont find some of these TOP-RATED/HEALTHY DOG FOOD BRANDS/COMPANIES In some of these Super-Large PetSmart n/or Chewy type retailers is primarily because of thes retailers super-high buying/stocking/distribution SLOTTING FEES/CHARGES ie to play in their league/stores u/ manufacturing Pet Food Company must pay these High-Fees levied by the Retailer that can range from $5K-$50K per SKU/ITEM! Thus several good smaller to medium-sized private or family-held companies will not stoop-down to this “whoring-out” costly business practice, and I dont blame them, thus I dont support doing business with these large Pet Food companies like PetSmart, PetClub, PETCO, CHEWY, etc!!! A good alternative where you can find most of these GREAT HIGH-QUALITY HEALTHY PREMIUM-SUPER PREMIUM DOG FOODS like Champion Pet Foods ACANA, ORJIEN n/or FROMM,
    Etc with Great Customer Service are from Pet Express Express n/or JET.COM (JET takes both 800-phone and on-line orders 24×7 n offers free shipping, super low-discounted prices @ 15-30% off/lower than suggested/full retail prices n great customer service)!!!

  • thank you both – i believe i’ve settled on canidae (sp?) and will see how she does with that.

  • Crazy4cats

    In addition to Haley’s recommendations, I’ve been feeding my two large dogs PetSmart’s Authority GNC with great results. They have many online sales. I usually order online, and then pick it up to avoid shipping charges.
    Good l

  • haleycookie

    Other good ones are under the sun that’s sold at petco, and also Petco’s in store brand whole hearted and I like whole earth farms as well. Just make sure you slowly transition her into whatever you feed her next.

  • ah. ok that makes sense. i believe fromm bailed form chewys and while i don’t mind taking my dog to petsmart for grooming, staying there while i’m out of town and the vet they have (banefield) was always after something a bit more from the food i suppose. when there they floor me with blue buffalo and my dog just didn’t care for it.

    looking at nutro ultra and i can just pick that up locally around the corner now at petsmart if i go that route. the other foods i’m sure are great but $60 and up is getting a bit much for me for a 30# bag but i want my furrball to love her food and she’s not wild out purina one smartwhatever. may go back to taste of the wild also.

    thank you for the clarification!

  • haleycookie

    I don’t think chewy owns this sight. The man who runs this sight has a partnership with them. You get 20% off a food you found on here you like and mike (the runner of this sight) gets money for it. It doesn’t affect the reviews however as he rates based on ingredients and protein levels etc. however chewy was just bought by petsmart and a lot of brands are pulling out from chewy including champion pet foods who make Orijen and acana as well as fromm pet foods among others.

  • chewy owns this site??? wow. i’ve been bouncing back and forth between the two trying to decide on a better brand for my baby girl. makes me wonder about chewy overall now.

  • chacha711

    Aside from my 3 yr old pup getting loose stool n diarehea from Rachael Rays Dry Dog Food, thus I decided to switch-back to tried, true n tested ACANA by Champion Pet Food Co (Canadian n Kentucky Privatel/family held 30+ yr old company, NO co-packing/outsourcing, never a recall) a very good top -rated, clean super-premium Dry Kibble Food/Mfg!

    I dont think its right or proper for DOG FOOD ADVISOR to be be posting a 4/5 Star Review(s) for Mfg/Distributors and sponsors ie CHEWY.COM without giving the public more info, ie FULL DISCLOSURE ie where ALL the ingriedients are sourced or out-sourced ie Asia/China, Mexico, etc vs ALL USA, mfg/suppliers n or co-packers, etc, just to be retained, commissioned n or paid by CHEWY.COM based on their customer/supplier/mfg reviews n or linked-sales volume!