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Nutro Natural Choice Grain-Free dry dog food

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Created June 24, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Have you guys seen this dog food? http://www.nutro.com/natural-dog-food/natural-choice-dog-food/grain-free-adult-venison-meal-potato.aspx I just saw it for the first time today in PetsMart. It seems pretty primal, right? I have been worried about our dog's food (but not to the degree that I am willing to go to raw food with her - my husband is bearing with me on the primal thing these days, esp. since he is losing weight, but he has his limits ;-). This seems like a good compromise and it is the same price as the (good, but not gluten-free) dry dog food she was already eating. For what it's worth, she is pretty far from a wolf, she is a very lazy 9 month old shih-tzu :~)...

Opinions?

xx Phoebe

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on June 27, 2011
at 06:38 PM

Think of it this way. She's 9 months old, but every time you feed her sh**ty bagged food made from dead, dying or diseased animals and industrial farming by-products, you are bringing your beloved shih-tzu 1 more day closer to cataracts, lost teeth, frozen joints, ADHD, and the ravages of cancer. It's your choice really.

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on June 27, 2011
at 06:35 PM

"I have been worried about our dog's food (but not to the degree that I am willing to go to raw..." Why not? You don't love your dog? I'm sorry, but I emptahize more with dogs and cats than I do humans. This is really sad...and it not only affects your pet, but millions of pets across the country. I've been begging my mother to start giving her dogs proper food. She's eating primal...so why not her pets? They're part of the family aren't they?

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on June 27, 2011
at 06:26 PM

We use the nutro natural lamb and rice; it is gluten-free.

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on June 25, 2011
at 01:44 AM

Anyone who is interested in Raw should ABSOLUTELY have a mentor. As someone who made a lot of mistakes along the way (I was a meat virgin.) there are many tricks to feeding raw and in keeping your costs down. Thumbs Up to your sister!

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on June 25, 2011
at 01:40 AM

My dog's health is what convinced me to go Paleo :) I've been a Prey Model raw feeder for 8 years. The best part of this journey has been *discussions with my vet which sound vaguely familiar to those nutritional discussions with MDs. My dog is 12 (at least) and is in spectacular health. And, yes, he doesn't stink any more either.

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on June 25, 2011
at 01:33 AM

Read the book, and check the site for, Raw Meaty Bones.

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on June 25, 2011
at 01:32 AM

I feed my dog the same since day one. But I wouldn't say that dogs are the same as wolves. The fact is that they are not. I'm not sayig we should cook their food but they are not biologically the same as wolves. And they have indeed been selectively bred by US for quite some time. Dogs can and do thrive on cooked food. Really the key I would put forth is that they should be kept very far from grains and most all carbohydrate. Their meat and bones raw is ideal but tons of healthy, long living dogs thrive on cooked, too.

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on June 25, 2011
at 01:22 AM

I completely agree. Raw meat diet is what I feet my 11 year old dog.

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on June 24, 2011
at 10:25 PM

I put my cat on the "Before Grains" brand. He seems a lot healthier now. Is 7 years old and is zipping around like a kitten lately. :-)

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on June 24, 2011
at 09:19 PM

They are own by Mars, Inc. They also own royal canine

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on June 24, 2011
at 09:13 PM

Nutro is owned by Purina. I wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole.

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on June 24, 2011
at 09:12 PM

Nutro is owned by Purina. That is enough reason for me.

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on June 24, 2011
at 08:04 PM

Let me help you out with this. " I would never touch Nutro because..." "Check out Fromme's brand, its really excellent because..."

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on June 24, 2011
at 08:04 PM

Oops - Taste of the Wild, not Call of the Wild...8)

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on June 24, 2011
at 07:56 PM

That's a great brand

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on June 24, 2011
at 07:26 PM

I've never tried this brand, but I do feed my dog grain-free food. The brand I get is Call of the Wild. They have several different types and I switch the type each time I buy a new bag. They have venison, salmon, fowl, and I think one or two more kinds. A 30 lb bag runs ~$35-45 depending on any sales/coupons available. I've only seen it at Tractor Supply.

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on June 24, 2011
at 07:57 PM

Chew on this. We are trying to feed ourselves a food that our primal ancestors ate. Don't we owe the same to our dogs and cats? Going grain-free is a start. But dogs guts are identical to wolves. Feed them what they eat. Raw prey. I fed my dog raw chicken (w/ bones) chicken and beef livers, hearts, pork neck bones, whole raw fish. Read up on prey model diet for your dog. I put my dog on this who was old, over weight, smelly and had to get cortizone shots every month. within one week, she started slimming down, had much more energy (she was 9 when I started her on this) never needed another cortizone shot and her nasty smell went way. Plus, this is cheaper.

Here is a good guide http://www.rawfed.com/myths/feedraw.html

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on June 25, 2011
at 01:22 AM

I completely agree. Raw meat diet is what I feet my 11 year old dog.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 25, 2011
at 01:32 AM

I feed my dog the same since day one. But I wouldn't say that dogs are the same as wolves. The fact is that they are not. I'm not sayig we should cook their food but they are not biologically the same as wolves. And they have indeed been selectively bred by US for quite some time. Dogs can and do thrive on cooked food. Really the key I would put forth is that they should be kept very far from grains and most all carbohydrate. Their meat and bones raw is ideal but tons of healthy, long living dogs thrive on cooked, too.

Medium avatar

(4878)

on June 25, 2011
at 01:40 AM

My dog's health is what convinced me to go Paleo :) I've been a Prey Model raw feeder for 8 years. The best part of this journey has been *discussions with my vet which sound vaguely familiar to those nutritional discussions with MDs. My dog is 12 (at least) and is in spectacular health. And, yes, he doesn't stink any more either.

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on June 24, 2011
at 09:34 PM

Catherine's right -- the raw diet is the way to go. My sister trains German shepherd rescue dogs, and she swears by it. Her dogs never touch any commercial dogfood -- pretty much live on raw chicken necks and backs, pumpkin and bananas. They are the most beautiful, healthiest dogs I've ever known. I'm sure she'd be happy to talk about it with anyone who's interested. Let me know, and I'll get you more info.

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(4878)

on June 25, 2011
at 01:44 AM

Anyone who is interested in Raw should ABSOLUTELY have a mentor. As someone who made a lot of mistakes along the way (I was a meat virgin.) there are many tricks to feeding raw and in keeping your costs down. Thumbs Up to your sister!

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on June 24, 2011
at 08:59 PM

I made an effort to make my dog more paleo by I putting her on Honest Kitchen's Embark. Its grain free and low carb. Her energy levels plummeted and she was listless and lethargic. I still have her in the Honest Kitchen family because its human grade and uses alot of organic product. But I also give her extra meat, yogurt, pumpkin, and rawhide treats. Get something higher quality than petco can offer - Check out the protein content, fat content, ingredients (would you eat this food?), where the ingredients are from, and the companies philosophy.

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on June 24, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I useto rep for Nutro. The food was decent ( better than most of the stuff at petsmart), and it's a reasonable price. I even worked for them during the big dog/cat food contamination that hit a bunch of brands. Nutro did at that time have canned food made in china and dog food ingredients from overseas. I can not confirm for sure but some good customers that use to buy from us lost pets and believed it to be from our contaminated food. That being said I prefer to feed my cats Solid Gold or Taste of The Wild - grain free. They love it, have nice coats, and the ingredients are top notch. If I had a dog they'd be on those brands too.

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on June 24, 2011
at 07:36 PM

I would never touch Nutro. If you want a grain free, check out Fromme's brand. Really excellent. You won't find it at Petsmart or Petco though. They may have a store locator on their website. Orijen is also a great brand and they too have a grain free option.

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

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on June 24, 2011
at 09:19 PM

They are own by Mars, Inc. They also own royal canine

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on June 24, 2011
at 09:12 PM

Nutro is owned by Purina. That is enough reason for me.

Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

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on June 24, 2011
at 08:04 PM

Let me help you out with this. " I would never touch Nutro because..." "Check out Fromme's brand, its really excellent because..."

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on June 27, 2011
at 06:24 PM

A grain-free kibble is better than a grain-based one. Nutro is not a brand with a good track record however. And a diet which is so processed and devoid of animal matter as to not need refrigeration is not 'paleo' for a dog or cat, in any sense of the word.

I don't feed my carnivorous pets a processed carbohydrate-based diet, but I understand that not everyone is so anal about their pet's nutrition.

A 9-month-old dog shouldn't be able to be described as 'lazy'. That does concern me. I have a breed with a similar background to your Shih (Tibetan Terrier), and processed food was really horrific for her health. The Asian long-haired breeds have very delicate digestive systems, skin, and most especially TEETH. I didn't start feeding my dog right nearly soon enough to save her teeth... but at least her dental problems haven't progressed much in the 5 years she's been raw-fed. These days she's in vastly better health than she was at 5 or 6 years old. She runs and plays like a puppy again. And I spend nothing at the vet on any of my 4 pets, even though my dogs are 11 and 14 and previously had health issues.

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on June 25, 2011
at 01:17 AM

I feed my dog and cats Before Grain or Taste of the Wild dry foods and Evo canned food. No grains in any of them. The cats are barn cats so they supplement their food with the occasional mouse or squirrel or rabbit (and kindly leave the heads on my doorstep). The dog is a 13 year old Bijon with no ailments. All get supplemented with raw and cooked scraps from grassfed beef and pastured pork or chicken and any leftover bones. The dog will also eat leftover vegetables from time to time. I've had several cats live to 20, the oldest was 22 and these cats never come inside (they do have a big barn and hayloft for shelter).

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on June 24, 2011
at 08:03 PM

YEAH FOR PALEO PETS!!!

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on June 24, 2011
at 07:49 PM

I'm interested in this, my dog is going on 9 this year and I want to keep her as healthy as possible. I may try this.

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on June 25, 2011
at 01:33 AM

Read the book, and check the site for, Raw Meaty Bones.

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on June 24, 2011
at 07:45 PM

My dogs vet suggested natural balance limited ingredients. He can't have yeast.

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on June 24, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I feed my dog the Blue grainfree chow. It helps the dog with the flea allergy be less reactive, but the biggest gain is for the other dog. I now have a Boston Terrier without noxious gas unless he sneaks a forbidden treat. This is the first time I have heard of a Boston without a stench attack, and he used to have the normal level of terrible noxious gas.

I don't know about nutrition, but I can't see ever giving the Boston grain containing food again as that seems to fuel his stench reserves.

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on June 24, 2011
at 07:25 PM

D'oh! I wish you had been interested in this like a month ago. They had $5 off coupons for this stuff all over the place.

On the whole, it's not horrible. In a perfect world, they'd have no sunflower oil and the starches would be a little lower on the ingredients list. But that's such a minor point. It would be something that I'd be willing to try out with my pups if I didn't make their food.

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