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Old 11-15-2012, 09:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Nutro Ultra

Is this a pretty good dog food? I was told to feed this to my new GSD upon arrival along with EITHER boiled chicken tenders or lean beef (ground) 2x per week.

I was also told that fresh peeled carrots and organic plain yogurt was a good source to their diets at well (in moderation of course). Who would have known.
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My dogs got sick on Nutro food. Seems a lot of people have had issues.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't care for Nutro.
We do use Diamond products such as Diamond Naturals or Kirkland Signature from Costco.
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Please please please don't feed Nutro!!! They nearly killed my girl Zoey and even though other animals were getting sick and dying at the same time, the company refused to recall the food or take care of the damage they did. Nothing worse than having to carry your lethargic dog out to go potty and then back into the house because she could barely walk, having to clean up bloody diarrhea, bloody vomit...

1,259 Complaints and Reviews about Nutro Pet Foods

1,259 reviews and not even a full 1.5 stars. 74% giving 1 star ratings, 22% being 2 star ratings. (Leaving a whole 4% to give 3+ stars) Take the advice from those who've fed it and RUN! There is more to a "quality" food than a pretty ingredients list.

Where are you located and we could probably help you find a better food? Victor is a favorite of mine if you can find it. Victor Super Premium Dog Food Some other good choices would be Eagle Pack, Earthborn Holistic, Fromm (Gold or Classic would be good bang for your buck without losing quality), Dr. Tims, ect just to name a couple other good brands to check for.

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Old 11-15-2012, 11:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You can search the RAW threads...at least YOU will be in control of what your dog eats instead of spinning the roulette wheel of kibbles trying and hoping you end up w/a brand/batch that doesn't cause diarrhea or kidney failure.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i would not suggest RAW is better for the inexperienced, a good quality kibble is going to be better for a dog than someone who hasn't put the research and has the time and discipline for a balanced RAW diet, its a lot of hard work and extra expense to start with.

i think a poorly planned RAW diet is worse than an average kibble.
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i would not suggest RAW is better for the inexperienced, a good quality kibble is going to be better for a dog than someone who hasn't put the research and has the time and discipline for a balanced RAW diet, its a lot of hard work and extra expense to start with.

i think a poorly planned RAW diet is worse than an average kibble.
I totally agree, however a properly planned one is optimal.

Unfortunately premix sprayed on synthetic vitamins from China on GMO grains, corn, soy, or high carbs if grain free, with carcinongenic rendered fats that start to oxidize as soon as you expose to air (open the bag) to entice an animal to eat an extruded product of meat that did not make the cut for human consumption and is devoid of natural enzymes and amino acids (building blocks)

IMO, is worth investigating a properly prepared RAW diet...in my dogs case - a lot of work, but he was a kibble dog for 4 yrs. and it did a lot of damage (GI tract), but throwing down a simple ratio of meat, bone and organ and mixing it up is a lot less costly then then ending up on the veterinary hampster wheel.

Plus there are dehydrated foods like Honest Kitchen to get started for ease (work days and fear of not getting enough/right balance) and easily mixes with RAW when have time.
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I agree...raw is best, but must be researched! There are several good raw distributors thruout the US(and I assume Canada) where you can get mixes and organic or exotic meat fairly reasonable. I personally don't like to do the pre-mades but am ok with the grinds from certain distributors.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear about all the issues out there. My GSD has been on Nutro varieties (as suggested by the breeder) since he was a pup.

He'll be 11 in February (2012) and is still going strong. True, he's of good stock due to proper breeding, but it has never made him sick. He's never had any issues that were food related. In fact other than a slight hip tenderness, he's great.

He's moved up to one of Nutro's senior varieties for the past year or so. I guess your mileage may differ, but it's good to hear all sides and experiences of a brand.

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Please please please don't feed Nutro!!! They nearly killed my girl Zoey and even though other animals were getting sick and dying at the same time, the company refused to recall the food or take care of the damage they did. Nothing worse than having to carry your lethargic dog out to go potty and then back into the house because she could barely walk, having to clean up bloody diarrhea, bloody vomit...

1,259 Complaints and Reviews about Nutro Pet Foods

1,259 reviews and not even a full 1.5 stars. 74% giving 1 star ratings, 22% being 2 star ratings. (Leaving a whole 4% to give 3+ stars) Take the advice from those who've fed it and RUN! There is more to a "quality" food than a pretty ingredients list.

Where are you located and we could probably help you find a better food? Victor is a favorite of mine if you can find it. Victor Super Premium Dog Food Some other good choices would be Eagle Pack, Earthborn Holistic, Fromm (Gold or Classic would be good bang for your buck without losing quality), Dr. Tims, ect just to name a couple other good brands to check for.
Wise advice. Victor is a great food. Dr. Tim's is another, in fact Dr. Tim's is the only food on the market that discloses the maker of the vitamin/mineral supplement, DSM.
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