(Closed) Has anyone had a problem with Nutro Natrual Choice?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I used to feed that brand and never had any problems. Have you trained hamburger meet and plain white rice? Sometimes the dogs stomach can get very upset after surgery and while he may usually like eggse, his stomach may not be able to handle it.

I haven’t had a problem with it but I don’t believe it is the best quality. I had my first dog on that brand for 2 yrs. I used to fight with her to eat and was just told that she wasn’t food motivated and she weighed in fine so not to worry. Well then we adopted a sick puppy with a glueten allergy and I started researching dog foods and found that while Nutro is higher end in price it was rated a 2 out of 5 in nutrition. I put both dogs on Blue Buffalo Wilderness and my older dogs (border collie) started to really progress. Her second coat came in fully and had such a wonderful shine and she loved to eat.

Hope your dog feels better!

Post # 4
9482 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I was also going to suggest browned hamburget meat, peas, and rice.  I hope your dog feels better soon!

Post # 6
8604 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My guess would be his stomach is just upset from the surgery and the medications. What I personally would do is put him on a boiled chicken and rice diet for two days, and if he keeps that down then I would start adding his kibble back, slowly, a little bit more each meal.

Post # 7
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Nutro has been recalled several times in the last few years:  http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/newpetfoodrecalls/brand_list.cfm?Trade_Name=NUTRO%20NATURAL%20CHOICE&pet=Dog

There doesn’t seem to be any current recalls listed… but I remember the news coverage of all the pets dying from kidney failure a few years ago… it was awful, and I dont’ trust that company at all anymore.

I’d follow the advice of pp’s above re:  the chicken and rice diet, then I’d switch him to a better food like Taste Of The Wild or Blue Buffalo.




Post # 9
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Our boston terrier is on blue buffalo chicken and rice, and she gets the lamb wet food as well.  You’re right about the chicken being the most likely to cause allergies, and BTs are a fairly finicky breed, but her puppy food was a chicken formulation so we decided to keep her on that as her mail protien, and she’s done very well.

I constantly get compliments on her coat, muscle tone etc…  especially from other BT owners, who know how hard it is to get the diet right.

Blue Buffalo is almost a hybrid brand, in that it contains much healthier whole protiens, but is manufactured in larger numbers than a truly natural, boutique brand.  Some hard-core purists say not to buy any food that is commercially available at a pet store, only online directly from the small manufacturer.  We’ve had great success though, and the price is very reasonable too.

Post # 11
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My babies hated Nutro Naturals.  Now they are on Merrick’s.  I’ve tried TOTW, Natural Balance and Blue Buffalo as well.  TOTW has high protein content for my toy babies and Blue Buffalo gave gas.  Natural Balance was great but I had to supplement w/ broth to get them to eat.  My babies loved Merrick’s can, which looks like human food, so I’m trying the dry as well.  So far so good.

Post # 13
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

This is very interesting because we were feeding our Puppy Nutro Natural Choice (the kind for large breed puppies) and noticed that she almost refused to eat it. It was like, she would refuse until she was starving and only then would she force herself to eat it. Darling Husband and I got her a different brand last week and she eats it all the second it gets in the bowl now…

Post # 15
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We have a Golden Retriever with a terribly sensitive stomach.  Grain-free is the first step, which is sounds like you’re on the right track.  We feed her Natural Balance LTD foods (the Bison/sweet potato).  Limited Ingredient foods are easier for dogs with allergies or sensitivities because you can easily eliminate single proteins, etc.  We tried her on food with higher protein content (not Blue Buffalo but similar) and she just couldn’t handle it.  Also a big no to any chicken or turkey.

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