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Nutro vs Dr. Tim's

Nutro vs. Dr. Tim's

In this comparison article for Nutro vs Dr. Tim's, we'll highlight the key differences between these two pet food brands. To properly compare Nutro and Dr. Tim's, we'll use up-to-date nutritional and price information.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best pet food brand for your pet. Factors such as ingredient quality, guaranteed analysis, product safety, brand history, and cost are among the most important factors to consider.

Throughout this Dr. Tim's vs Nutro comparison, we've utilized average data to make general comparisons. If you'd like to see individual product reviews, visit our Nutro Review Page or Dr. Tim's Review Page.

Guaranteed Analysis: Dr. Tim's vs. Nutro

According to AAFCO, all pet food labels must provide a guaranteed analysis of nutrient content. The analysis must provide guaranteed minimum percentages of crude protein and crude fat, and maximum percentages of crude fiber and moisture.

All percentages used in this comparison are averages reported on a dry matter basis.

Nutro Dog Food vs. Dr. Tim's Dog Food

Dry Dog Food Nutro Dr. Tim's
Crude Protein 27.0% 34.9%
Crude Fat 15.0% 20.2%
Crude Fiber 4.7% 4.9%

Crude Protein Comparison For Dog Food

Dogs require twenty-two amino acids to sustain life. Twelve of these amino acids are synthesized naturally, the remaining ten are consumed. Protein is the nutrient which provides some or all of these ten essential amino acids.

There is a relatively large difference between the protein content of Dr. Tim's and Nutro. On average, Nutro dry dog food recipes contain 7.97% less protein than Dr. Tim's recipes.


Crude Fat Comparison For Dog Food

Fats are an absolutely vital component of a balanced canine diet. Not only do fats provide energy, but they also serve important roles in the normal development and function of your dog's body. For example, fats help dogs produce prostaglandins, which reduce inflammation among many other significant functions.

Nutro dry recipes contain 5.16% less fat than Dr. Tim's dry recipes. This difference in fat content is a notable difference between Dr. Tim's and Nutro.


There is a relatively insignificant difference between the crude fiber content of the two brands.

Nutro Cat Food vs. Dr. Tim's Cat Food

Dry Cat Food Nutro Dr. Tim's
Crude Protein 37.3% 41.1%
Crude Fat 17.1% 24.4%
Crude Fiber 6.1% 3.6%
Wet/Canned Cat Food Nutro Dr. Tim's
Crude Protein 54.6% 40.9%
Crude Fat 22.4% 22.7%
Crude Fiber 5.1% 4.5%

Crude Protein Comparison For Cat Food

Cats require twenty-two amino acids to sustain life. Eleven of these amino acids are synthesized naturally, the remaining eleven are consumed. Protein is the nutrient which provides some or all of these eleven essential amino acids.

There is a small difference between the protein content of Dr. Tim's and Nutro. We can see that Dr. Tim's guarantees about 3.78% more protein than Nutro. In addition, Nutro wet cat foods also provide more protein than Dr. Tim's wet foods.


Crude Fat Comparison For Cat Food

There are many ways in which dietary fat contributes to the overall health of our feline friends. Here is a short list of benefits provided by fats (not exhaustive):

  • Fats help with the digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins
  • Reduce inflammation associated with arthritis
  • Slow the growth of yeast infections
  • Prevent or reduce the likelihood of certain heart problems.
  • Aid in the development of the retina and visual cortex.

The table shows that Nutro provides far less fat than Dr. Tim's. The difference in fat content is roughly 7.33%. For wet cat foods, Dr. Tim's and Nutro provide roughly the same amount of fat.


According to our average data, Dr. Tim's typically provides less fiber than Nutro. However, this difference is relatively small and doesn't represent a significant difference between the two brands. For wet cat foods, Nutro and Dr. Tim's provide roughly the same amount of fiber.

Nutro Pet Food Ingredients vs. Dr. Tim's Pet Food Ingredients

Nutro and Dr. Tim's both use the following controversial ingredients in many of their products:

Powdered Cellulose

Here are some of the controversial ingredients used only by Nutro.

Iron Oxide
Pea Protein
Pork Plasma
Whole Wheat
Brewers Rice
Wheat Gluten
Caramel Color
Tomato Pomace
Vegetable Oil
Feeding Oatmeal
Corn Gluten Meal
Dried Corn Syrup
Ground Whole Wheat
Meat And Bone Meal
Dried Tomato Pomace
Pea Protein Isolate
Animal Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols)
Canola Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols)

We believe that certain pet food ingredients are linked to adverse health affects; these ingredients are classified as harmful.

Here are some of the harmful ingredients used only by Nutro.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex

Product Safety: Recall History of Nutro & Dr. Tim's?

Nutro has been recalled 4 times.

  • Sept. 30, 2009: small pieces of melted plastic
  • Dec. 13, 2015: Mold
  • May 21, 2009: incorrect levels of zinc and potassium
  • March 16, 2007: Melamine

According to our records, Dr. Tim's has never been recalled.

Price Comparison: Which Brand Is More Expensive?

Dry Dog Food Nutro Dr. Tim's
Per Pound $2.27 $2.52
Per Calorie $0.0014 $0.0015
Dry Cat Food Nutro Dr. Tim's
Per Pound $2.88 $3.64
Per Calorie $0.0017 $0.0019
Wet Cat Food Nutro Dr. Tim's
Per Pound $7.85 $6.05
Per Calorie $0.0162 $0.0121

The average cost-per-lb is heavily influenced by the varying amounts of moisture present in each brand's food products (wet vs. dry food, dry vs. freeze-dried food, etc). However, the average cost-per-kcal eliminates the influence of moisture. Therefore, the average cost-per-kcal is the better metric to consider.

If you'd like to calculate the average cost-per-day or cost-pet-year of feeding Nutro or Dr. Tim's, input your pet's weight into our cost analyzer widget.

Averages price data can identify whether or not there exists a significant price difference between two brands. However, the actual price that you'll pay for Nutro or Dr. Tim's will depend on your shopping habits.

Pet owners who use our price comparison feature typically save more than 25% off retail prices for Nutro and Dr. Tim's. In addition, we currently have some great coupons for our readers.


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Where To Buy Nutro Pet Foods

You can purchase Nutro pet foods from the following stores:


82 Recipes In-Stock Today

69 Recipes In-Stock Today

65 Recipes In-Stock Today

Where To Buy Dr. Tim's Pet Foods

You can purchase Dr. Tim's pet food products from these retailers:


12 Recipes In-Stock Today

17 Recipes In-Stock Today

Type Of Pet Foods Available

Product Nutro Dr. Tim's
Dry Dog Food 54 Recipes 11 Recipes
Wet Dog Food 45 Recipes
Dog Treats 12 Treats
Dry Cat Food 10 Recipes 1 Recipes
Wet Cat Food 39 Recipes 1 Recipes
Cat Treats

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