Nutro High Protein Grain Free Adult Dog Food. Chicken & Chickpeas recipe

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  • Nutro High Protein Grain Free Adult Dog Food. Chicken & Chickpeas recipe
  • Published on: January 9, 2015
  • Last modified: June 12, 2015
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Review Summary:

This recipe is relative high in protein due to the first four ingredients. It also offers a few other wholesome ingredients to balance out the nutritional offerings. It would be nice if the Omega-3 fatty acid were disclosed, but perhaps there are reasons we do not see it listed. Overall this is a decent recipe.

Pros

  • Relatively higher in Linoleic Omega-6 fatty acid
  • Chelated / Proteinate minerals
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    32% (min) 18% (min) 3.5% (max) 10% (max) 28% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 454 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin C NA
    Vitamin E NA
    Calcium NA
    Phosphorus NA
    Selenium NA
    Zinc 250 mg/kg
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) 3.5%
    Omega-3-acid NA
    Omega-6 fatty acid NA

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Chicken
    2. Chicken Meal
    3. Chickpeas
    4. Lamb Meal
    5. Chicken Fat

    Chicken is a good start, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

    Chicken and Lamb meal  are rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Chickpeas offer protein (but not a balanced amino acid profile for dogs) and a variety of nutrients. They are also high in carbohydrates and this includes significant dietary fiber.

    Chicken fat is a good for dogs in the right amount, whom can metabolize fat and used for various body system functions, including for energy.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Dried beet pulp is a source of fiber, but the saponins it contains may cause irritation in the gastrointestinal tract. If you choose a dog food with this ingredient, then keep a careful watch on your dog and consider discontinuing use if there are any signs of discomfort or irregularities.

    Rosemary oil or Rosemary extract has a few health benefits and can be found in various dog food brands. One of them is an antioxidant. However, some say it is associated with epileptic seizure for some dogs. There is no concrete evidence of this, thus we suggest be caution about it and avoid it if your dog had any past seizures or instability.

    All Ingredients

    Chicken, Chicken Meal, Chickpeas, Lamb Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Dried Potatoes, Pea Protein, Split Peas, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Salt, Zinc Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Copper Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Selenium Yeast, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract, Decaffeinated Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Nutro Products Inc (Owned by Mars Inc)
    Location(s): USA

    Recalls

    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture or parent from 2013.

    Date Brand Reason
    8/31/2014 Pedigree Foreign metal fragments
    8/26/2014 Pedigree Foreign metal fragments

    *Recall information from FDA website.

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