Pros: Inexpensive, shiny coats, dogs love it
Cons: Ingredients were changed to having turkey-by-product
Meet our furry AKC family: Tiffany, our 8 year old English Springer Spaniel; Lady, our 10 year old blind German Shepherd; and Sandy, our 10 year old Golden Retriever.
Having 3 loving dogs, we are really able to determine what dog food is not only nutritionally balanced, but how the dog food reacts to our dogs health and personalities.
Having tried a lot of the other named brand dog foods in the past and having our furry members turned their nose up at the bowl or eat a few bites and walk away was a bit of a frustration to say the least.
Our vet suggested trying a type of Lamb meal dog food. Coming across the Nutra Nuggets Lamb Meal and Rice, we saw that it claims to have a high quality of highly digestible lamb from New Zealand and that the chicken fat is one of the most digestible of pet food fat sources.
When we finally tried Nutra Nuggets Lamb Meal & Rice, we were surprised that all 3 dogs scarfed the food down and within a few weeks, we noticed that their coats were developing a sheen that we hadnt seen since they were puppies and they didnt release gaseous obnoxious odors any longer. There has not been a weight gain or a weight loss.
What Does the Food Look Like?
Nutra Nuggets Lamb Meal & Rice Dog Food are small flat triangles of a medium colored brown nugget that is easy for even growing puppies to chew. Our dogs do not seem to enjoy the large nuggets that that put in their mouth and crunch on one side to the next trying to break it and getting frustrated while doing so.
According to the Package
Nutra Nuggets Lamb Meal & Rice is formulated for dogs sensitive to corn or chicken or for dogs that prefer the taste of lamb. It is supplemented with glucosamine and chondroitin to enhance joint health and formulated with the correct Omega Fatty Acid ratios to promote overall health and a beautiful shiny coat.
Former Ingredients (for those who want to know)
Lamb meal, brewers rice, brown rice, rice flour, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), egg product, fish meal, beet pulp, flaxseed, natural flavor, brewers dried yeast, vitamins, minerals, supplements.
Updated New Ingredients
It was pointed out to me that the ingredients have changed in this product. I certainly did not know it as the packaging did not say except for just changing it under the ingredients content. I am disappointed that this product now has a by-product which may be why our dogs are once again having gas. The new ingredients are as follows:
Lamb meal, brewers rice, cracked pearled barley, wheat flour, turkey-by-product meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), brown rice, beet pulp, egg product, flaxseed, natural flavor, fish meal, potassium chloride, vitamins, minerals, supplements.
Crude Protein: Min. 25.0%
Crude Fat: Min. 15.0%
Crude Fiber: Max. 3.0
Moisture: Max. 10.0%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids: Min. 2.40%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Min. .40%
Glucosamine Hydrochloride not less than 300 mg/kg. Chonodroitin Sulfate not less than 100 mg/kg.
10 pounds or less: 1/2 - 1 cup per day
10-20 pounds: 1 1 1/2 cups per day
20-30 pounds: 1 1 1/2 - 2 cups per day
30-40 pounds: 2 2 1/2 cups per day
40-60 pounds: 2 1/2 - 3 1/4 cups per day
60-80 pounds: 3 1/4 - 4 cups per day
80 100 pounds: 4 4 2/3 cups per day
Our dogs eat once a day about 2 1/2 cups along with some canned dog food. (They are spoiled.)
Final Thoughts (updated)
This brand is better than alot of the other brands on the shelf since there are not any corn ingredients, however it does now have the turkey-by-product meal and the wheat flour which is quite disappointing not to even know that it was changed.
The price has gone up to $18.00 (in 2007) from $16.00 (in 2003). A 40 pound bag for 3 dogs last almost a month