Nutro Dog Food Ingredients

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Nutro manufactures roughly 111 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Nutro ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Nutro uses roughly 190 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Nutro, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken meal
  3. whole brown rice
  4. brewers rice
  5. rice bran

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Nutro is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken meal, followed by whole brown rice, brewers rice, and rice bran.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Nutro does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 111 Nutro dog foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most dogs consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, Nutro does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including Nutro have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are animal-based ingredients which do not provide the source animal's name. These ingredients are controversial because they can come from almost any animal.

In addition, anonymous animal-based ingredients are very inexpensive and often the lowest quality meats that are still allowed to be used in pet food.

In general, we do not recommend feeding any products which contain anonymous meats. When in doubt, always contact the brand's customer service desk for further clarification.

Unfortunately, we've identified 1 anonymous meat ingredient used by Nutro.

fish
1 Recipes

Fish is typically an excellent protein and fat source. However, the specific type of fish is not mentioned and therefore we cannot discuss any specific qualities of this ingredient. In general, anonymous ingredients are low quality inclusions when compared to ingredients such as mackerel, cod, salmon, etc.

The following recipes contain fish:

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 9 controversial ingredients inside Nutro products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

feeding oatmeal
4 Recipes

According to AAFCO, feeding oatmeal "is obtained in the manufacture of rolled oat groats or rolled oats". It contains "broken oat groats, oat groat chips, and floury portions of the oat groats." In other words, feeding oatmeal is an inexpensive by-products of rolled oat processing.

The following recipes contain feeding oatmeal:

dried tomato pomace
17 Recipes

Dried tomato pomace is a by-product of tomato manufacturing. It's considered a controversial ingredient because many people believe it is an inexpensive low quality filler. However, tomato pomace provides a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, Lycopene, and vitamin A. Although it is a very inexpensive ingredient, it is not nutritionally empty.

The following recipes contain dried tomato pomace:

pork plasma
19 Recipes
powdered cellulose
4 Recipes
brewers rice
32 Recipes

Brewer's rice is the small fragments of rice kernel that are separated from the larger kernels of milled rice. The fragments do not contain the same nutrition profile of the whole kernel and therefore brewer's rice is a lower quality grain. Brewer's rice is typically regarded as an inexpensive and low quality filler.

The following recipes contain brewers rice:

wheat gluten
7 Recipes

Wheat gluten is the main protein of wheat. Although wheat gluten is mostly protein, wheat gluten is considered controversial because it significantly boosts the protein content of the product. This is undesirable because plant based protein does not provide the same amino acid profile as meat based protein.

The following recipes contain wheat gluten:

pea protein
23 Recipes

Pea protein is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.

The following recipes contain pea protein:

canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
6 Recipes

Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.

The following recipes contain canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols):

tomato pomace
27 Recipes

Tomato pomace is a by-product of tomato manufacturing. It's considered a controversial ingredient because many people believe it is an inexpensive low quality filler. However, tomato pomace provides a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, Lycopene, and vitamin A. Although it is a very inexpensive ingredient, it is not nutritionally empty.

The following recipes contain tomato pomace:

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the Nutro ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

Nutro Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Nutro Wholesome Essentials Small Bites Salmon, Brown Rice & Sweet Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Natural Choice Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe (Healthy Weight) For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Natural Choice Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe (Healthy Weight) For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Grain Free Chicken, Lentils & Sweet Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Grain Free Chicken, Lentils & Sweet Potato Recipe For Senior Dogs

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Nutro Grain Free Chicken, Lentils & Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Adult Dogs

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Nutro Grain Free Chicken, Lentils & Sweet Potato Recipe For Large Breed Adult Dogs

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Nutro Grain Free Chicken, Lentils & Sweet Potato Recipe For Puppies

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Nutro Grain Free Pasture-Fed Lamb, Lentils & Sweet Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Grain Free Lamb, Lentils & Sweet Potato Recipe For Large Breed Adult Dogs

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Nutro Grain Free Small Bites Lamb, Lentils & Sweet Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Wholesome Essentials Chicken, Brown Rice & Sweet Potato Recipe For Large Breed Adult Dogs

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Nutro Natural Choice Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Large Breed Puppies

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Nutro Natural Choice Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Large Breed Senior Dogs

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Nutro Natural Choice Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe (Healthy Weight) For Large Breed Adult Dogs

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Nutro Natural Choice Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Natural Choice Venison Meal & Brown Rice Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Duck & Lentils Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb & Sweet Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb & Sweet Potato Recipe For Large Breed Adult Dogs

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Nutro Natural Choice Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe For Large Breed Adult Dogs

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Nutro Natural Choice Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe For Large Breed Puppies

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Nutro Wholesome Essentials Lamb & Rice Recipe For Puppies

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Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Salmon & Lentils Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Natural Choice Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe For Senior Dogs

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Nutro Natural Choice Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe Small Bites For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb & Sweet Potato Recipe Small Bites For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Venison Meal & Sweet Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Natural Choice Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Natural Choice Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Puppies

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Nutro Natural Choice Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Senior Dogs

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Nutro Natural Choice Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Small Breed Adult Dogs

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Nutro Wholesome Essentials Healthy Weight Chicken, Brown Rice & Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Adult Dogs

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Nutro Wholesome Essentials Chicken, Brown Rice & Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Puppies

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Nutro Natural Choice Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Small Breed Senior Dogs

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Nutro Wholesome Essentials Chicken, Brown Rice & Sweet Potato Recipe For Toy Breed Adult Dogs

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Nutro Ultra Adult Dry Dog Food

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Nutro Ultra Dry Puppy Food

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Nutro Ultra Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

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Nutro Ultra Large Breed Dry Puppy Food

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Nutro Ultra Senior Dry Dog Food

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Nutro Ultra Small Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

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Nutro Ultra Small Breed Formula Dog Biscuits With Our Superfood Blend

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Nutro Ultra Small Breed Senior Dry Dog Food

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Nutro Ultra Small Breed Weight Management Dry Dog Food

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Nutro Ultra The Harvest Plate - Chicken, Split Pea, and Carrot Recipe

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Nutro Ultra The Mediterranean Plate - Lamb, Chickpea, and Tomato Recipe

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Nutro Ultra The Ranch Plate - Beef, Potato, and Spinach Recipe

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Nutro Ultra The Southland Plate - Duck, Lentil, and Pear Recipe

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Nutro Ultra Toy Breed Adult Dry Dog Food

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Nutro Ultra Weight Management Dry Dog Food

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Nutro Natural Choice Beef & Brown Rice Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Wholesome Essentials Salmon, Brown Rice & Sweet Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Natural Choice Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Small Bites For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Premium Loaf Savory Lamb, Carrot & Pea Recipe

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Nutro Cuts In Gravy Grain Free Simmered Beef & Potato Stew

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Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Grain Free Turkey & Potato Recipe Premium Loaf

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Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Grain Free Lamb & Potato Recipe Premium Loaf

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Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Grain Free Fish & Potato Recipe Premium Loaf

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Nutro Hearty Stews Chunky Beef, Tomato, Carrot & Pea Stew

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Nutro Hearty Stews Meaty Lamb, Green Bean & Carrot Stew

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Nutro Hearty Stews Roasted Turkey, Sweet Potato & Green Bean Stew

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Nutro Hearty Stews Tender Chicken, Carrot & Pea Stew

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Nutro Puppy Bites In Gravy Grain Free Tender Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Nutro Premium Loaf Slow Cooked Chicken, Potato, Carrot & Pea Recipe

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Nutro Pate Grain Free Juicy Turkey Recipe

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Nutro Pate Grain Free Slow Cooked Chicken Recipe

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Nutro Pate Grain Free Steamed Chicken & Turkey Recipe

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Nutro Pate Grain Free Tender Beef Recipe

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Nutro Premium Loaf Tender Beef, Sweet Potato & Carrot Recipe

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Nutro Puppy Premium Loaf Grain Free Tender Lamb & Potato Recipe

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Nutro Puppy Bites In Gravy Grain Free Tender Beef, Pea & Carrot Recipe

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Nutro Premium Loaf Healthy Turkey, Sweet Potato & Green Bean Recipe

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Nutro Cuts In Gravy Grain Free Roasted Turkey, Potato & Pea Stew

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Nutro Cuts In Gravy Grain Free Savory Lamb & Vegetables Stew

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Nutro Cuts In Gravy Grain Free Tender Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pea Stew

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Nutro Puppy Bites In Gravy Grain Free Tender Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pea Recipe

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Nutro Ultra Chicken & Whitefish Entrée Paté With Toppers

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Nutro Ultra Chicken Entrée Paté With Toppers

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Nutro Ultra Adult Canned Dog Food

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Nutro Ultra Puppy Canned Dog Food

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Nutro Ultra Deluxe Chicken Entree Filets In Gravy

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Nutro Ultra Pate Chicken, Lamb & Salmon Entree For Adult Dogs

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Nutro Ultra Farm-Raised Lamb & Green Bean Entree Filets In Gravy

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Nutro Ultra Juicy Duck & Potato Entree With Green Beans Filets In Gravy

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Nutro Ultra Large Breed Adult Canned Dog Food

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Nutro Ultra Large Breed Canned Puppy Food

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Nutro Ultra Turkey Entree Pate With Toppers

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Nutro Ultra Pate Chicken, Lamb & Salmon Entree For Puppies

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Nutro Ultra Roasted Turkey Entree Filets In Gravy

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Nutro Ultra Savory Chicken & Trout Entrée Filets In Gravy

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Nutro Ultra Senior Canned Dog Food

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Nutro Ultra Chicken, Lamb & Whitefish With Superfoods (Senior Pate)

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Nutro Ultra Chicken Entrée Paté With Toppers

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Nutro Ultra Signature Duck Entree Filets In Gravy

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Nutro Ultra Chicken, Lamb & Whitefish With Superfoods Paté

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Nutro Ultra Steamed Chicken & Salmon Entree Filets In Gravy

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Nutro Ultra Tender Beef Entree Filets In Gravy

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Nutro Ultra Adult Weight Management Canned Dog Food

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Nutro Crunchy Treats With Real Apple

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Nutro Crunchy Treats With Real Banana

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Nutro Crunchy Treats Chicken & Carrot Flavor

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Nutro Crunchy Treats With Real Mixed Berries

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Nutro Crunchy Treats With Real Peanut Butter

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Nutro Mini Bites Beef & Hickory Smoke Flavor

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Nutro Mini Bites Berry & Yogurt Flavor

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Nutro Mini Bites Peanut Flavor

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Nutro Mini Bites Roasted Chicken Flavor

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Nutro Ultra Antioxidant Blend Dog Biscuits With Wild Blueberry and Pomegranate

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Nutro Ultra Healthy Digestion Blend Dog Biscuits With Oatmeal & Pumpkin

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Nutro Ultra Healthy Skin and Coat Blend Dog Biscuits With Salmon Meal and Sunflower Oil

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