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Nutro Wholesome Essentials Healthy Weight Large Breed Adult Farm Raised Chicken

Nutro Wholesome Essentials Healthy Weight Large Breed Adult Farm Raised Chicken
Company info
Company HQ
Franklin, Tennessee
Parent company
Nutro Company, Inc
Product info
Age Range: Adult
Food Form Dry Dog Food
Cost per day: $0.08
Primary proteins
  • Chicken
  • Chicken Meal Source Of Glucosamine
  • Dried Egg Product

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Meal (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Whole Grain Sorghum, Rice Bran, Split Peas, Whole Grain Brown Rice, Powdered Cellulose, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Natural Flavor, Whole Flaxseed, Brewers Rice, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Potassium Chloride, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Salt, 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), Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, 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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59%

Ratings

? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 29%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 65%
? 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 77%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 91%
? 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: 22%

Fat: 10%

Fiber: 11%

Moisture: 10%

Ash: 0%

Carb: 47%

Dry Matter Analysis

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Protein: 24.44%

Fat: 11.11%

Fiber: 12.22%

Ash: 8%

Carb: 52.22%

Calorie Weighted Basis

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Protein: 23.58%

Fat: 26.03%

Carb: 50.38%

Our Review

Pros
  • Doesn’t contain fillers, by-products, or artificial additives
  • Affordable
  • Most customers have good experiences with this food
Cons
  • Low protein content
  • High in carbohydrates
  • Low in moisture
  • Contains plant-based proteins
  • The brand has had multiple recalls over recent years

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 Wholesome Essentials Healthy Weight Large Breed Adult Farm Raised Chicken 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 Sorghum. Whole grain sorghum is a gluten-free grain from the sorghum plant. In pet food, whole grain sorghum can serve as a source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, iron, zinc, and vitamins B1 and B2.

The fifth ingredient is Rice Bran. Rice bran is the nutritious outer layer of a kernel of rice, usually stripped away during the process of transforming brown rice to white rice. In pet food, rice bran is a source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, including vitamin E.

When we analyzed the ingredients in Nutro Wholesome Essentials Healthy Weight Large Breed Adult Farm Raised Chicken, we found that most of the protein is derived from meat based sources.

Price Analysis

Price per lb

Product Price

$1.8

Market Price avg.

$3.25

% From the Avg

-45%

Price per 100 kcal

Product Price

$0.13

Market Price avg.

$0.21

% From the Avg

-37%

Price per day

Product Price

$0.08

Market Price avg.

$0.12

% From the Avg

-35%

Nutro Wholesome Essentials Healthy Weight Large Breed Adult Farm Raised Chicken is priced well below the average market price for dry dog food.

Nutritional Analysis

Large breed dogs can certainly have a couple of nutritional needs unique to them. Orthopedic disease is chief among them. These can include hip and elbow dysplasia and earlier onset of arthritis. For this reason, somelarge dog breed foods may contain joint health ingredients like glucosamine and omega fatty acids. The risk of bloat is also much higher for large breed dogs, and this risk can be reduced with large kibble size and foods with a lower fat content.

With that in mind, we’ve compared Nutro Wholesome Essentials Healthy Weight Large Breed Adult Farm Raised Chicken to the other 1525 dry dog food recipes in our database:

DM Protein

DM Protein

Product info

24.44%

All Products avg.

30.04%

% From the Avg

-19%

DM Fat

DM Fat

Product info

11.11%

All Products avg.

16.01%

% From the Avg

-31%

DM Fiber

DM Fiber

Product info

12.22%

All Products avg.

5.36%

% From the Avg

+128%

DM Carb

DM Carb

Product info

52.22%

All Products avg.

47.71%

% From the Avg

+9%

Analysis Overview

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

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