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

Nutro Natural Choice Senior Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food
Company info
Company HQ
Franklin, Tennessee
Parent company
Nutro Company, Inc
Product info
Age Range: Senior
Food Form Dry Senior Dog Food
Cost per day: $0.07
Primary proteins
  • Chicken
  • Chicken Meal Source Of Glucosamine
  • Dried Egg Product

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Meal (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Whole Grain Barley, Split Peas, Brewers Rice, Whole Grain Brown Rice, Whole Grain Sorghum, Natural Flavor, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Fish Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), 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, DL-Methionine, Salt, 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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61%

Ratings

? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 33%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 68%
? 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 90%
? 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: 24%

Fat: 12%

Fiber: 4%

Moisture: 10%

Ash: 0%

Carb: 50%

Dry Matter Analysis

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Protein: 26.67%

Fat: 13.33%

Fiber: 4.44%

Ash: 8%

Carb: 55.56%

Calorie Weighted Basis

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Protein: 23.27%

Fat: 28.25%

Carb: 48.48%

Our Review

Pros
  • Doesn’t contain fillers, by-products, or artificial additives
  • Affordable
  • A good source of omega-3 fatty acids
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 Senior 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 Source Of Glucosamine. When you see “chicken meal source of glucosamine” in pet products, it means that the dried, ground chicken contains cartilage and soluble proteins that contribute joint-supporting glucosamine to your companion’s meals.

The third ingredient is Chondroitin Sulfate. Chondroitin sulfate is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that is often combined with glucosamine. The chondroitin sulfate in pet food, treats, and supplements is often intended to support healthy joint function, particularly in aging companion animals.

The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is Split Peas. Beets are taproots from beet plants. When added to pet food, beets can be a good source of grain-free carbohydrates for energy, fiber to support digestion, and vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to enhance your companion’s overall wellbeing

When we analyzed the ingredients in Nutro Natural Choice Senior 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

$1.86

Market Price avg.

$3.29

% From the Avg

-43%

Price per 100 kcal

Product Price

$0.12

Market Price avg.

$0.27

% From the Avg

-58%

Price per day

Product Price

$0.07

Market Price avg.

$0.16

% From the Avg

-57%

Nutro Natural Choice Senior Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food is priced well below the average market price for dry senior dog food.

Nutritional Analysis

As opposed to formulas intended for growth (puppy) and maintenance (adult), there are no special label requirements or legal definitions for “senior” diets. Senior diets are actually only required to meet the same nutritional needs as for adult diets. This means that there can be a lot of variation and interpretation by different food companies on what makes up a senior diet. Senior diets can have varying amounts of protein, fat, carbs, phosphorus, sodium, and fiber.

The assumptions that all senior pets need low protein, low fat and carbs, low phosphorus and sodium, and high fiber across the board are incorrect. The need for higher or lower levels of these nutrients varies greatly from dog to dog. That’s why it’s very important for senior pets for their pet parents to work with their veterinarian to decide what type of diet is most appropriate. For many young senior pets, the adult diets they’ve been on may be just fine to continue.

With that in mind, we’ve compared Nutro Natural Choice Senior Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food to the other 109 dry senior dog food recipes in our database:

DM Protein

DM Protein

Product info

26.67%

All Products avg.

28.29%

% From the Avg

-6%

DM Fat

DM Fat

Product info

13.33%

All Products avg.

13.36%

% From the Avg

-0%

DM Fiber

DM Fiber

Product info

4.44%

All Products avg.

5.48%

% From the Avg

-19%

DM Carb

DM Carb

Product info

55.56%

All Products avg.

52.1%

% From the Avg

+7%

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 senior dog foods.

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