Nutro Ultra Review

Small Breed Senior Dry Dog Food

Nutro Ultra Small Breed Senior Dry Dog Food

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Review of Nutro Ultra
Small Breed Senior Dry Dog Food

This product is manufactured by Mars Petcare Inc..

According to our data, this Nutro recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Nutro Ultra Small Breed Senior Dry Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for the maintenance of adult dogs.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Nutro Ultra Small Breed Senior Dry Dog Food with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is chicken, which provides animal-based protein and important omega-6 fatty acids.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is produced by cooking chicken using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of chicken and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

The third ingredient is whole brown rice. Whole brown rice is naturally rich in fiber and various minerals including manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Relative to other grains, brown rice is easy to digest.

The fourth ingredient is brewers rice. 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 fifth ingredient is rice bran. Rice grains can be divided into three components: bran, germ, and endosperm. The bran is the outer layer of the grain. The bran is an excellent fiber source, it also provide all three macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbohydrates) and various vitamins and minerals.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Nutro Ultra Small Breed Senior Dry Dog Food are not as important as the first five ingredients.

However, collectively they still have a significant impact on the overall quality of the product. Therefore, we'll continue discussing the remaining ingredients in this Nutro recipe.

Next we have lamb meal. Lamb meal is produced by cooking lamb using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of lamb and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

The next ingredient is dried plain beet pulp. Dried plain beet pulp is the by-product which remains once sugar has been extracted from sugar beets. The keyword "plain" in this ingredient emphasizes that the beet pulp has not been sweetened, which is often done for palatability.The primary contribution of dried plain beet pulp is dietary fiber.

We'd also like to note that beet pulp is fairly controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that beet pulp can promote intestinal health and regulate blood sugar. However, opponents claim that beet pulp is an inexpensive filler.

Then we have salmon meal. Salmon meal is produced by a process called rendering. In short, the rendering process involves cooking salmon until the moisture level falls below 10%. By removing the moisture, we're left with a concentrated protein powder made with salmon (i.e. salmon meal).

Moving on, we have natural flavor, which enhances the flavor of the food.

Moving on with this review, we have chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), which is most likely used because of it's essential omega-6 fatty acid content.

The next ingredient in this review is whole grain oatmeal. Whole grain oatmeal is simply coarsely ground oats. As with regular oats, oatmeal is rich in dietary fiber, B vitamins, and various minerals.

Our next ingredient is pea protein. 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.

sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols) is the next ingredient in this recipe. Sunflower oil is an omega-6 fatty acid source. Unlike other oils (flax, canola, etc), sunflower oil does not provide omega-3 fatty acids; However, the balancing omega-3 fatty acids are most likely supplied by another oil or fat source.

Next on the list is whole flaxseed. Whole flaxseeds are an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. They also provide a notable amount of protein, B vitamins, and various minerals.

The next ingredient in this recipe is fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Fish oil is defined by AAFCO as "the oil from rendering whole fish or cannery waste." It is typically rich in omega-3 fatty acids and therefore a good fat source. However, the specific fish used to obtain the oil is not specified and therefore we cannot make any specific claims.

Next we have potassium chloride, which is a potassium supplement.

The next ingredient is choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).

The remaining ingredients in this Nutro Ultra recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives most of its protein from animal based sources. This is an excellent property because meat based protein contains all of the necessary amino acids required by dogs. In our option, this is one of the most important properties to judge when reviewing pet food, therefore we believe this is an exceptional product in this regard.

Final Thoughts

In summary, we recognize that this product does not contain any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or anonymous meat ingredients.

The official PawDiet rating for Nutro Ultra Small Breed Senior Dry Dog Food is 3.0 out of 5.