Rachael Ray Nutrish (Trays)


Rating: ★★★½☆

Rachael Ray Nutrish wet dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Rachael Ray Nutrish product line includes six wet recipes.

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.

  • Rachael Ray Nutrish Chicken Paw Pie [A]
  • Rachael Ray Nutrish Hearty Beef Stew [A]
  • Rachael Ray Nutrish Beef Stroganwoof [A]
  • Rachael Ray Nutrish Savory Lamb Stew [A]
  • Rachael Ray Nutrish Tail-Waggin Turkey [A]
  • Rachael Ray Nutrish Chicken Muttballs with Pasta [A]

Rachael Ray Nutrish Hearty Beef Stew was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Hearty Beef Stew

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 14% | Carbs = 38%

Ingredients: Beef broth, beef, dried egg product, chicken, pea protein, natural flavors, ground tapioca, potatoes, carrots, green peas, tricalcium phosphate, guar gum, salt, caramel color, potassium chloride, choline chloride, taurine, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, niacin, copper proteinate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin A acetate, calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 9.1%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis9%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%14%38%
Calorie Weighted Basis37%30%34%
Protein = 37% | Fat = 30% | Carbs = 34%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.

The second ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The third 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 fourth ingredient is chicken, another quality raw item.

The fifth ingredient lists 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.

After the natural flavors, we find tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The eighth ingredient includes 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 ninth ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

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 three notable exceptions

First, we find 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.

Next, caramel is a natural coloring agent made by caramelizing carbohydrates. It’s used by pet food manufacturers to impart a golden brown tint to the finished product.

However, the concentrated version of this ingredient commonly known as caramel coloring has been more recently considered controversial and found to cause cancer in laboratory animals.2

In any case, even though caramel is considered safe by the FDA, we’re always disappointed to find any added coloring in a pet food.

That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?

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 Wet Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Rachael Ray Nutrish dog food looks like an above-average wet 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 41%, a fat level of 9% and estimated carbohydrates of about 42%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 9%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 42% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 22%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea protein and peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Rachael Ray Nutrish is a meat-based wet 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.

Rachael Ray Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

01/03/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Consumer Reports February 2014
  • Briggs

    Thank you Chet!!!!! That’s so sweet of you! =) He was so much loved, no one could find anything wrong with him but we suspect he had a brain tumor. He was in his late teens, a very good age for a dogger!
    And Happy Holidays to you and your four leggers as well =)

  • Chet Weston

    Hi, Briggs~
    So very sorry for your loss. He obviously led a charmed life and left this realm having it his way. I totally get that and hats off to you. Again, it’s 50% common sense and 50% instinct. In your case, and I can certainly relate, it was a matter of quality of life and having a happy pet….as it should be. Happy Holidays to all 2 and 4-legged!

  • Briggs

    Hi Chet, I agree with Thailand being A-OK, and that everyone has had different experiences as a basis for their opinions.
    We recently lost a beloved friend that was happily eating Nutro and, on occasion, Merrick. He made it quite clear that his regular diet (raw) wasn’t what he wished for, and with his age and health we let him have what he wanted. I probably wouldn’t feed either of those brands exclusively to a healthy dog but he chose what he wanted! =)

  • Chet Weston

    I totally agree with you about taking reviews with a grain of salt and certainly don’t mean to be disrespectful. I’ve learned over a lifetime with dogs, that if you ask 100 people about what to feed, you’ll get 100 opinions. I see that a good 50% of the reviews here are positive and recommendations. I’m a believer that the best policy is to seek out trusted and respected advice, do diligent research, and ultimately, go with your instinct. I appreciate your comments about the Thai standards and will do some research on that and I’m equally aware that having a “made in the USA” does not equate with high standards. We do our best and pray it’s in the best interest of our pets. Above all, read labels and educate yourself regarding contents!!

  • haleycookie

    I agree with you. I wouldn’t feed this food either. But Thailand does have better regulations whether you want to believe it or not, look at brands Weruva, soulistic (a brand of cat food), and tiki. All exceptional brands and all made out of Thailand with no recalls to my knowledge. Also you can look at every review on this sight. It’ll be 50/50 negative reviews. Sometimes worse. To base what you feed off that isn’t the wisest thing. If you look at Orijen (considered the best food for dogs) you’ll still find a lot of negative reviews. That just the way it goes. Every dog reacts to different foods differently. A lot of dog owners fail to realize that. Again not defending this food as I wouldn’t feed it either but not the best idea to believe every single review on this site.

  • Chet Weston

    Thanks, Haley but I’ll continue to boycott Ms. Ray’s dog food. Her TV commercial is misleading, claiming the product is “from my kitchen” (laughable). I’m not convinced that dog food standards are higher in Thailand, however, I am convinced that production is considerably more economical there, than the U.S. The preponderance of negative comments concerning her product is a red flag in itself and your comment that China is the “main” one to worry about doesn’t offer much consolation. Furthermore, and unrelated to the dog food topic, Rachel Ray has minimal credibility in my estimation and I have no confidence in the safety of a product for my beloved pets, which comes from someone with their own TV cooking/talk show who consistently wipes her nose and runs her hands through her hair while handling food. I’ve written the producers of her show several times to no avail. To each his own.

  • haleycookie

    Thailand has better pet food standards the the US and to line them up with China is incorrect. A lot of brands are made there with exceptional quality. China is the main one you need to worry about.

  • Chet Weston

    Despite the nutritional value of the produvt’s contents, the label indicates ”Product of Thailand”! Due to the history of recalls and toxic ingredients in dog treats and products from China and Asia in general, Rachel Ray’s Nutrish products are disqualified from purchase for my dogs and I highly recommend that it be avoided at all costs. I am shocked and ashamed of this discovery. HIGHLY DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING!

  • Wendy Zoeller

    I bought this by mistake. The container looks exactly like the Beniful I buy. Gave it to my lab, he got extremely sick. Never again!!

  • Luna’s mom

    My little doggie loves the wet food! however, she’s constantly hungry so i’m guessing i need to mix some dry food right? She’s a small chiuahua mix and only 9lbs. she is a bit sensitive to foods but doing well with this food. I just want to make sure i’m giving her enough, but not overfeeding her. I have been giving her half a container in the a.m. and half in the p.m. she nibbles on dry food sometimes but not much since she had several extractions so she needs softer foods. Any suggestions to make the 1/2 portion fill her up more?

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    That’s a myth, dry food does nothing for their teeth. Daily brushings and professional cleanings (if and when needed) work. Genetics play a role too.
    See YouTube for “how to” videos for canine teeth brushing.

  • Maureen

    My dog loves Delish. I mix 1/2 container with about 1/3 Scientific dry small bites. She is eating this well twice daily. I am working toward increasing her dry food because that is better for their teeth. I will continue feeding her Rachel Ray’s Delish.

  • Pam Davis

    I just had the same thing happen. I threw it and the rest of the containers away and will never feed that to my dogs!

  • DogFoodie

    If you happen to be buying that Nutrish at Wal-Mart, take a look at Pure Balance foods right in the same aisle before you feed your dog anything Beneful, which is all garbage. Sorry, don’t mean to be rude, but it is terrible stuff.

  • Patricia

    My dog will eat the Nutrish, but she doesn’t clean the bowl. I give it a thumbs down and will buy Beniful in the same size tub but less liquid.

  • rhonda

    I gave this food to my dog for 2 days one package each day. He just threw up and had the worst case of watery poops on my floor ever. I will never give this to my dog again. He has never had this problem. He is now very lathargic and not him self at anymeans today. Never again.

  • Shea

    I wish this food didn’t have carrageenan in it though. The rest of the ingredients look great!

  • Mavis Jones

    When I adopted a little cairn terrier mix who could only eat canned / soft food, Rachael Ray was one of only two foods recommended to me by the rescue group. My little guy loves Rachael Ray.

  • nondenom2014

    Same experience.

  • nondenom2014

    I just opened a can of the ‘chicken paw pie’ and about fell over from the stench! Smelt like feces. It has been over an hour since we threw the can in the outside garbage and the kitchen still smells to high heaven. Will never buy this for my dog again!

  • Sheila Wolfe White

    My dogs love Rachel tays Nutrish wet food. It is recommended on the dog food advisor as a better than average ! That is a great site by the way to check out any dog food. I add the Nutrish to performatin ultra grain free. There’s never any left!!

  • jeannette

    This has been the only dog food we have tried that doesn’t constipate my 5 yr. oid Pomeranian. He has done wonderful on it. I have bought several cases of it & plan to keep using it. When it’s time for his dinner & he sees me opening his food up he dances all over the place. He likes them all except the “Muttballs”. The Alaskan Malamute/Chow gets those! We’re going to try the Dry Food on her next.

  • Nicknack

    So I should try that. I didn’t look at the carbs on Rachel ray. I guess we will take a trip to Walmart and petco. Btw his cancer is hemangiscoma. Started in the spleen, spread into his lungs, now his skin. But some how he’s still so happy. He does have his bad days though. Thanks for your help.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’ve been there and when your beloved pet doesn’t feel good enough to be enticed by the regular food, you do feed whatever he will eat. Labs is 100% correct, if you can, stay away from carbs. There will come a time when that may not matter, but if you aren’t there yet, then this is the best way to go. Good Luck with your boy.

  • LabsRawesome

    Pure Balance (sold at Walmart) has new 95% Chicken canned dog food. As the name implies it is 95% meat with vitamins and minerals added. It is grain free, which is perfect for a dog with cancer. It is a real bargain @ $1.25 per can. Please remember, Carbs feed Cancer, so I would try to get the carbs as close to zero as you can.

  • Nicknack

    My dog is 9 and cancer has taken over his body. This is the only thing he will eat. I was feeding him chicken and rice or “homemade beef stew” and at one point spam ;( ya I know sad huh. I was in a food store and just happened to go down the dog isle with my chicken and rice mixture and noticed no soy no wheat no by products. And of course I saw it and ran to the check out. When I got home he ate the whole bowl and licked it clean (58pound mix). No squirts yet but with a dog with cancer that poops 1 time every 2 days he’s doing well.
    And btw my dogs eat grain free organic dog food, and anything my husband and I eat. 😉

  • Chica’s mom

    My dog actually loves Rachel Ray’s wet dog food. She doesn’t want to eat anything else. Right now, I have a dish of wet food from another brand waiting in the dish for her and I’m pretty sure it’s going to keep waiting. She has checked it out and found it wanting. Chica walks right over to the dish when I serve her Rachel Ray food, and she eats her entire serving. Personally, it’s also one of the few dog foods that when I open it, I love the smell. I don’t care if it is designed to appeal to the dog parent.

    My dog has had absolutely no intestinal issues with it nor has any of the product seemed to be anything other than as represented. I plan on picking up her dish in a few minutes and giving her Rachel Ray dog food, which is all she wants. The rest of the product I’ve been trying to slide in between Rachel Ray’s (bought at a discount I might add in containers that look similar)are going to be contributed to the local food bank where, hopefully, a less finicky dog will get to eat the food. As to the person whose food was spoiled, it’s always a good idea to inspect product packaging.

  • Raven

    I bought 3 containers of the chicken paw pie from
    WalMart, and fed one to my 66 lb golden yesterday. This was just the hold over
    until my dog food arrived in the mail. It was the only grain-free bs I could
    find during my one-stop-shopping trip to WalMart.

    My golden guy doesn’t have stomach sensitivity or allergies, and his stool
    was still solid this morning. But this is the McDonalds for dogs, for sure. Canned
    meat or any meat stored at room temperature is just disgusting in my opinion. Salt
    is a bad sign in dog food, and what the heck is guar gum? He liked it so much, and
    was so hyper after eating it, I knew it had to be some of the most unhealthy
    stuff ever. I’ll give it to him on special occasions, like his birthday or
    Christmas, but other than that, it’s Canidae PureSea and Wellness Core Ocean,
    all the way.

  • diana

    I actually noticed the beef stew normally looks like it’s been dumped in a blender or something. It looked horrible from the tub and this is at the store. That’s why I bought the muttballs but after reading all these reviews I’m not giving my lil one anything of these.

  • diana

    Well I just bought two tubs of it today from Walmart but I have my receipt and will take it back tomorrow. At first I thought it was just a few people that didn’t like it but low and behold 95% of the comments here are negative for Ray so Thanks for the warning. I don’t want my lil one sick.

  • amber2290

    Rachel Ray wet dog food is like McDonalds for dogs!!!

    My dog ate it and then began pooping small little strings all over the house in a diarrhea like fashion. She also started rubbing her butt everywhere like she had worms.  We wondered for days what it could be, brought her to the vet tested for worms (which came out negative) and realized the only change in her diet was this dog food. (She was feed the beef flavor, loved it at first but then after she was sick started to stray away from loving it so much).

    BE AWARE this food WILL make your dog sick! Especially if they are older or have a sensitive stomach.  We’re going back to the True Blue and Newmans organic. 

  • Curt

    Made my girl dog sick. When offered a different food she ate as if starving.

  • Nessa

    We just started adding this to our aussie’s dry food. The first two containers were fine and she seemed to like it but today I opened a container of Beef Stew and it was completely rancid. All of the bits of food had turned into liquid and the smell was so horrible that we had to put the container outside in the garbage, immediately wash everything that the food touched, open all of the windows and light candles.

    My husband actually dry heaved taking the trash out. It was such an awful experience we are returning all of the containers we purchased.

  • PaxsMom

    My dogs loved this food, but it did NOT love them.  After a few days of feedings they BOTH experienced horrible food allergies.  It took months to get them feeling better.  I learned a valuable lesson about doggie junk food.  

  • Tracy

    My puppy loves her some Rachel Ray. I don’t give it to her every day, or even every other day. It’s a once, maybe twice weekly thing and she goes crazy for it. I started her on it when she was a little over 6 mths, a half tub mixed with a 1/4 less dry food, and she took to it with gusto. I monitored her the first time with each flavor just to see if she had any type of reaction (heaving, vomitting, watery poop etc and didn’t see anything) there were no adverse affects during the feeding, immediately after or even a day later.

    The only one she hasn’t tried is the lamb stew, and that was because I had heard things about it from 3 different people, so stayed away based on that. But the rest she loves, and loves it so much that usually for about a day to 2 days after having it she whines at her food bowl when she sees she doesn’t have it (hence why she only gets it once or twice a week). They are also reasonably priced and if you can get the buy 2 get one free coupons, it hurts the pocket a little less. 

  • Awfulart1

    Please, be specific.  What was the problem?

  • Bob K

     Keleeemo – You transition slowly to a new dog food, you do not just decide to all of a sudden change their diet and give them a can of something different.

  • Keleeemo

    My dog heaved all day and half the night from one serving of canned meat from Paul Newmans canned Turkey.

  • Bob K

     Crystalejohnson – Why?  What makes you make that statement?

  • Bob K

     Whiteroomblackcurtains – Why do you ask?  What is your dog currently eating? Why are you considering changing dog foods?   Did you slowly transition your dog to a new food? 

  • Whiteroomblackcurtains

    has anyone had problems with dogs getting sick from food??

  • Crystalejohnson

    do NOT buy any product of Racheal Rays! Your pet will thank you for it

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