Nutro Wholesome Essentials Puppy food. Chicken, Whole Brown Rice & Oatmeal

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  • Nutro Wholesome Essentials Puppy food. Chicken, Whole Brown Rice & Oatmeal
  • Published on: January 9, 2015
  • Last modified: June 12, 2015
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Review Summary:

There doesn’t appear anything that is special about this recipe. There are few ingredients near the top that tilt this recipe to being carbohydrate heavy, which maybe too much for some dogs. It is something to keep an eye one. 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
    27% (min) 16% (min) 3% (max) 10% (max) 42% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 384 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin C 50 mg/kg
    Vitamin E 250 IU/kg
    Calcium 1%
    Phosphorus 0.9%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc 250 mg/kg
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) 0.1%
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) 3.5%
    Omega-3-acid 0.15%
    Omega-6 fatty acid NA

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Chicken
    2. Chicken Meal
    3. Whole Brown rice
    4. Brewers rice
    5. Whole Grain oatmeal

    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.

    Oatmeal is ground oat groats, which are high in carbohydrates, and offer protein and fiber too.

    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, Whole Grain Oatmeal, Pea Protein, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Rice Bran, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Biotin, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Selenium Yeast, Manganese Proteinate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Supplement, 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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