Introduction – Background
Thie brand is actually owned by Smuckers, yes, the place that makes jams and jellies. They also own brands like Kibbles n’ Bits and Gravy Train. These brands are not known to be that good, but let’s see what Rachael Ray Nutrish has to offer.
Ingredients for Rachael Ray Zero Grain Turkey and Potato
Turkey, turkey meal, chicken meal, dried peas, whole dried potatoes, pea starch, dried plain beet pulp, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), whole flaxseed, beef meal, natural flavor, fish meal, salt, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, biotin, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, sodium selenite, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement
There are a few things to consider on this ingredient list. First, dried peas, these are about 27% protein. Being the fourth ingredient on the label they are likely to account for quite a lot of the protein content of this food. Plant proteins are not as bioavailable to your dog as animal proteins. This is likely why the company decided to add vitamin B12 to the formula. Vitamin B12 is abundant in meat, not so much in plant proteins.
Next up, beet pulp. This is a by-product of the sugar beet industry. It isn’t a horrible ingredient but it is good to be aware of the by-products in your dog’s food.
Guaranteed Analysis for Rachael Ray Zero Grain Turkey and Potato
Crude Protein 26% (min)
Crude Fat 14% (min)
Crude Fiber 4% (max)
Moisture 10% (max)
Linoleic Acid 2.2% (min)
alpha-Linolenic Acid 0.2% (min)
Calcium 1.2% (min)
Phosphorus 1.0% (min)
Zinc 250 mg/kg (min)
Vitamin E 225 IU/kg (min)
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 55 mg/kg (min)
Glucosamine 400 mg/kg (min)
Chondroitin Sulfate 200 mg/kg (min)
This is a high-carb food with 42% of the calories coming from carbs. 33% of the calories are from fat leaving only 25% of the calories coming from protein… Dogs are carnivores they need protein, not carbs.
This food also contains glucosamine which is good for your dog’s joint, however, the tiny amount in this food is unlikely to help your dog at all. It is recommended that you give your dog 20mg of glucosamine per pound of body weight, not 400mg/kg of dog food.
The analysis also states the amount of linolic acid and alpha-linolic acid in the food. These are a type of omega fat which is great, in theory. However, omega fatty acids are very fragile and easily destroyed in heat. The omega fatty acids in this food are likely not useful to your dog anymore.
Nutrish can be purchased as dry or wet food.
Choose from puppy, large breed puppy, small breed, large breed, adult, and all life stages formulas.
You can also choose from human-grade ingredients, limited ingredients diet, weight management, grain-free/gluten-free, no wheat, no soy, no corn, and high-protein.
Small dog up to 12lbs $27/month
Medium dog 25-50lbs $70/month
Large dog over 100lbs $119/month
This is a very high-carb food that will not help your dog thrive. The brand does have several flavors options to choose from which might be helpful. Even their high-protein line is mostly carbs, which is pretty disturbing.