Nutro Small Breed Adult Weight Management Dog food. Chicken, Whole brown rice & Oatmeal formula

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  • Nutro Small Breed Adult Weight Management Dog food. Chicken, Whole brown rice & Oatmeal formula
  • Published on: January 9, 2015
  • Last modified: June 12, 2015
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Review Summary:

This recipe offers a tremendous amount of fiber in the relative sense, which is the key component to its weight management goal. Please note these some of these same ingredients are heavy in other carbohydrates too, which maybe works against losing weight. Beyond weight control, there doesn’t appear anything that is special about this recipe. Overall, the recipe is average.

Pros

  • Relatively higher in Linoleic Omega-6 fatty acid
  • Chelated / Proteinate minerals
  • Cons

  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    26% (min) 9% (min) 8% (max) 10% (max) 42% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 239 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin C 50 mg/kg
    Vitamin E 400 IU/kg
    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 3.5%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Chicken
    2. Chicken Meal
    3. Whole Brown rice
    4. Brewers rice
    5. Rice Bran

    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 meal  is 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.

    Brown rice is good source of fiber and contains more nutrients than white rice. It does contain a high amount of carbohydrates.

    Brewers rice is milled & processed rice. This processing strips valuable nutrients out; leaving the residual grain fragment, resulting in a carbohydrate biased focused filler.

    Rice bran is the outer layer of whole grain brown rice; it surrounds the endosperm. This part of the rice is rich in dietary fiber and carbohydrates.

    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, Whole Brown Rice, Brewers Rice, Rice Bran, Pea Protein, Whole Grain Oatmeal, Powdered Cellulose, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, DL-Methionine, Taurine, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Zinc Sulfate, Marigold Extract, Meso-Inositol, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Selenium Yeast, L-Carnitine, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), 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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