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Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food

Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food
Company info
Company HQ
Franklin, Tennessee
Parent company
Nutro Company, Inc
Product info
Age Range: Puppy
Food Form Dry Puppy Food
Cost per day: $0.09
Primary proteins
  • Chicken
  • Chicken Meal
  • Potato Protein
  • Dried Egg Product

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Grain Barley, Brewers Rice, Whole Grain Brown Rice, Potato Protein, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Rice Bran, Natural Flavor, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Fish Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Citric Acid (preservative), Mixed Tocopherols (preservative), Chia Seed, Dried Coconut, Dried Tomato Pomace, Dried Egg Product, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Kale, Dried Spinach, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), D-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.

Breed sizes

size-1 Toy
size-2 Small
size-3 Medium
size-4 Large
size-5 Giant

Overall Score

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62%

Ratings

? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 42%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 67%
? We scan the FDA’s database and rate each brand by the number of recalls in its history. Brands with fewer recalls receive higher ratings. Recall History 37%
? By comparing the prices of foods in our database, we determine if a food is above or below market average price. Lower-priced foods receive higher ratings. Price 71%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 89%
? Our rating system evaluates each food’s manufacturing method, assigning higher ratings to manufacturing processes that promote higher nutritional value. Manufacturing Method 40%
? Based on the variety of sizes available. Size Variety 100%

Estimated Nutrient Content

To understand the nutrient content of pet food, we visualize its macronutrient composition in three ways. In the charts below, you’ll see a guaranteed analysis on an as-fed basis, a dry matter analysis, and a breakdown of the food’s macronutrients on a calorie-weighted basis.

Remember that all of these values are estimates based on the guaranteed analysis published by the company, and the food’s actual nutrient values may be slightly different.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Protein: 28%

Fat: 16%

Fiber: 3%

Moisture: 10%

Ash: 0%

Carb: 43%

Dry Matter Analysis

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Protein: 31.11%

Fat: 17.78%

Fiber: 3.33%

Ash: 8%

Carb: 47.78%

Calorie Weighted Basis

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Protein: 25.49%

Fat: 35.37%

Carb: 39.14%

Our Review

Pros
  • Doesn’t contain fillers, by-products, or artificial additives
  • Affordable
  • A good source of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Has all the nutrients your puppy or mother dog needs
Cons
  • Low in moisture
  • Contains plant-based proteins
  • The brand has had multiple recalls over recent years
  • Some dogs may be allergic to fish

Recall History

The following list (if present) shows all dog food recalls related to Nutro since 2011. If no recalls are listed, no recall events have been reported.

Nutro - Dry Cat food (05/21/2009) -+
Date: 05/21/2009
Company Name: Mars Petcare US
Product Description: Dry Cat food
Recall Reason: Incorrect levels of zinc and potassium
Nutro - Nutro dry dog food (10/01/2009) -+
Date: 10/01/2009
Company Name: Mars Petcare US
Product Description: Nutro dry dog food
Recall Reason: Plastic found in production line
Nutro - Dog treats (12/13/2015) -+
Date: 12/13/2015
Company Name: Mars Petcare US
Product Description: Dog treats
Recall Reason: Potential for mold

Ingredient Review

Our review of Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food begins with a detailed look at the food’s ingredients.

The first ingredient is Chicken. Chicken is meat from the domesticated bird of the same name. In pet food, chicken is used as a primary protein source.

The second ingredient is Chicken Meal. In pet food, chicken meal is often listed as a source of protein. Chicken meal is produced by baking and grinding chicken meat and skin. As a dry form of animal protein, it is most often found in kibble and treats.

The third ingredient is Whole Grain Barley. Whole grain barley is a cereal grain that has been minimally processed, so all nutrients remain intact. In pet food, whole grain barley serves as a source of carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.

The fourth ingredient is Brewers Rice. Brewers rice is a byproduct of the beer industry. The brewers rice in pet food has been dried and ground for use as a carbohydrate source, often in gluten-free recipes.

The fifth ingredient is Whole Grain Brown Rice. Whole grain brown rice is rice that ha simply had its protective hull removed, but that has not been polished to remove the fibrous outer layer. The whole grain brown rice in pet food can be a source of carbohydrates and fiber. Brown rice also contains omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.

When we analyzed the ingredients in Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food, we found that most of the protein is derived from meat based sources.

Price Analysis

Price per lb

Product Price

$2.53

Market Price avg.

$3.37

% From the Avg

-25%

Price per 100 kcal

Product Price

$0.15

Market Price avg.

$0.20

% From the Avg

-26%

Price per day

Product Price

$0.09

Market Price avg.

$0.12

% From the Avg

-25%

Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food is priced below the average market price for dry puppy food.

Nutritional Analysis

A puppy needs plenty of calories to support their growth and development. In general, puppy foods are much higher in calories to help support all of the extra energy that goes into growth. Depending on your pup’s breed, they may need to continue eating puppy food for between 6 and 24 months. Small breeds tend to mature more quickly than large breeds. Make sure to ask your veterinarian how long your puppy should remain on a puppy formula.

With that in mind, we’ve compared Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food to the other 227 dry puppy food recipes in our database:

DM Protein

DM Protein

Product info

31.11%

All Products avg.

32.35%

% From the Avg

-4%

DM Fat

DM Fat

Product info

17.78%

All Products avg.

17.94%

% From the Avg

-1%

DM Fiber

DM Fiber

Product info

3.33%

All Products avg.

4.66%

% From the Avg

-29%

DM Carb

DM Carb

Product info

47.78%

All Products avg.

44.25%

% From the Avg

+8%

Analysis Overview

Overall, this is a meat based food that’s moderate in protein with moderate fat and moderate carbohydrate content relative to other dry puppy foods.

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