Nutro max dog food

September 27, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Nutro

Nutro Max Dog Food

Nutro Max Dog Food is made and Manufactured by, Nutro Products, Inc. Nutro Max Dog Food comes in both a canned version and dry version. Dry bags comes in 5lb,17.5lb and 35lb bags.

Nutro Max Dog Food Review

Nutro Max Dry Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Nutro Max Puppy Dog Food
  2. Nutro Max Adult Natural Dog Food
  3. Nutro Max Large Breed Puppy Dog Food
  4. Nutro Max Large Breed Adult Dog Food
  5. Nutro Max Adult Dog Food
  6. Nutro Max Senior Dog Food
  7. Nutro Max Adult Beef Meal & Rice Recipe Dog Food
  8. Nutro Max Weight Control Dog Food
  9. Nutro Max Adult Mini Chunk Dog Food
  10. Nutro Small Bites Lamb and Rice Adult Dog Food

Nutro Max Dog Food Consumer Rating

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56 Responses to “Nutro max dog food”
  1. Jess says:

    I just went to their website and yes Ultra is different and here is the ingredient list for Ultra Large Breed Adult Dry Kibble. I think what you don’t understand is, when you have 3 CHEAP rice products NOT NAMED BROWN OR WHOLE WHITE RICE you are getting cheap unusable rice with “”NO”” NUTRIENTS. The real bad thing they have THREE NAMED RICE PRODUCTS BEFORE the 1st fat. This ingredient list is VERY LOW grade……Just what is Dried Plain Beet Pulp??? I am well aware of WHAT beet pulp is, but dried PLAIN???

    Chicken Meal, Whole Brown Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Ground Rice, Rice Flour, Rice Bran, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Chicken, Lamb Meal, Salmon Meal, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Natural Flavors, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Flaxseed, Oatmeal, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Egg Product, Tomato Pomace, Dried Pomegranate, Dried Blueberry, Dried Avocado, Dried Cranberry, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Spinach, Dried Carrot, Choline Chloride, Salt, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Carnitine, Biotin, Copper Proteinate, Niacin Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Sodium Selenite, Beta Carotene, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

  2. Jess says:

    I think I need to point out when Ground Rice, Rice Flour, Rice Bran or many other rice products are named, it contains the stalk of the plant. Unbelievable how these 3 fillers with ZERO nutrients can fake out so many people as being a good ingredient. You need to be careful how you read what these greedy manufactures are saying in their lists. Are you aware that their are 3 ingredients listed to help control poo issues? Did you know Avocado are toxic to dogs? Did you know salt is also toxic to dogs and there are 2 types of it in this food?

  3. Carole says:

    Just in case anyone is interested in comments from others who have used Nutro products, here is a link:

    I am transitioning my cats from Nutro to Chicken Soup dry food, and I am transitioning my dog from Nutro to Taste of the Wild. I am still doing research to see if TOTW and Chicken Soup are good choices for my best little friends in the world. It breaks my heart to know that pet food manufacturers would be so callous and money hungry as to allow what goes into most pet foods. It disgusts me. Shame on all of them.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    My 15 month old American Bulldog has been on Nutro Ultra Holistic Large Breed dog food ever since he turned a year old and his coat is so shiny and he is in good health. My 15 year old Jack Russell was fed Pedigree when she was younger and then switched to Purina ONE Lamb and Rice and is now on Purina ONE Senior and she has still been so active like a puppy, up until the past few months she has gone downhill just because of her age because her joints are getting creaky and she can’t run like she used to. I don’t blame the food and I never will because I do believe what you feed your dog should only be based on your dog’s specific needs.

  5. Jen says:

    If rice is soooooo bad for dogs, then why is it that plain boiled chicken and white rice is what nearly all vets suggest when a dog vomits???

    This is the way I view this site, you have the far right side and left side people- just like you do in government, politics etc. This food isn’t the best food on the market, but it certainly isn’t going to harm your dog either. If it works for you, use it, if it doesn’t, don’t, and quit bashing it!

    Look at all the trends in foods people eat- one day eggs, milk, meat, corn, and sugar are good for you, and then next week new studies show they aren’t. Amazingly people have been eating these things for years and seem just fine, same goes for Nutro pet food. Do we know why some people get cancer over others??? Some people who get cancer have been ill longer then they know, others are healthy and then bam all the sudden have cancer. Did they get it from food? With that being stated, maybe your dog was healthy, and then a liver issue showed up or something, how can you blame just the food? Do doctors who diagnose cancer and other illness’s blame only food? Seriously, things happen, if a certain food was proven to lead to an illness it would be off the market just as fast as the food we eat.

    Feed what you choose and can afford. Just because you don’t feed your pet the most expensive, doesn’t mean you love them any less.

  6. Clark says:

    I have to laugh at a bunch of humans trying to analyze dog food. We have been feeding Nutro Max Large Breed Adult to our Newfoundlands for 10 years and have had healthy dogs with beautiful, shiny coats. Only reason I checked this website is the high expense of Nutro and to see if there is any equivalent food that is less expensive. So far, I cannot find one. We have tried other foods, many of which come highly recommended, and our dogs have had problems digesting the food, as well as dry coats and dry, itching skin. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Nutro makes a great product.

  7. Axel says:

    I have five dogs, two German Shepherds, one Border Collie, a 20 lb Boston Terrier and 120 lb Akbash. They all love Pedigree, but if they are fed it for any time their coats become very dull, shedding increases and the dog yard takes an hour to clean. On Iams, the Border Collie develops dermitis and the others’ coats are dull. Nutro Max Adult Natural gives them all gas, and loose, smelly stools, but Nutro Max Adult seems to work well.

    They are very different breeds which are reported to have different nutritional needs (Border Collies are supposed to do well with a high carbohydrate to protein ratio including potatoes–a common food in their country of origin–as a good carb source, whilst in their native Turkey, Akbash are fed a low protein diet based on milk wey and grains and are expected to catch supplemental protein in the form of rabbits and other small prey animals). But aside from the Border Collie’s skin sensitivities, they all seem to react similarly whenever I try a new food. I wonder if dogs living together in the same environment share intestinal flora and so have similar digestive reactions?

  8. Greg says:

    I have been a Nutro Lamb and rice user for close to 20 years. Now I’m changing foods.
    I truly believe that 20 years ago it was one of the best foods on the market. All my dogs were healthy happy and I was as well.
    When Nutro introduced the “Nutro rewards frequent buyer program” it took me to the next level of loyalty. 1 free bag for every 10 you buy was a great gesture from the company that I truly appreciated.
    Over the years I have gone from a dog lover to a breeder and currently own 6 dogs. Going through at least 2 bags of food a month. (not cheap) I would also tell any of my adoptive parent s that they should use nutro for their new puppy.
    Recently Nutro dropped their frequent buyer program and will only give out 1 $10 coupon a month per household. I sent an email asking for an explanation and got no response. I signed up for the coupon and never received one. I called and was told that even with my loyalty and that I was a breeder who purchased far more food than an average user I was out of luck in getting more than one coupon a month. I must say that to my surprise they were very rude about it as well.
    I made the decision to move to another food. In my research I now know that the formula used has not changed in 20 years. The knowledge of what a dogs nutritional needs has changed and I am embarrassed to say that I should have known this a long time ago. The big change is obvious, no grains and higher protein.
    I have decided to go with “Taste of The Wild” Prairie Formula as it has lamb and other meats that would make my transition easier and the price is very close to Nutro.
    Nutro has an old formula that no longer meets the nutritional needs of your dog. Bottom line!

  9. JC says:

    A few years ago, there were several dog food brands that were recalled because some dogs were getting mysteriously sick and dying. Apparently they were having kidney or liver failure if I remember right… When they figured out the problem, it turned out that these brands had purchased the gluten (or could be the rice as some of you had said) they were putting in their products from China and the ingredient had poison traces.
    Nutro was among the products recalled… ergo the bad reputation. I particularly find Nutro too expensive for their list of main ingredients. I am sure many dogs do very well as to justify the price tag.. However, I feel that some other brands are much healthier and a very use of the owner’s money.

  10. Jess says:

    Melissa D, I used to think just like you until my last dog got a tumor and I had to put him down. When the vet told me the tumor was caused by the food I fed him I totally lost it. I now look back and say ya he did throw up now and then and he had loose stools all the time.
    Lets take a look at what your feeding

    1. Beef meal is pretty good
    2. Ground Rice is a low grade of rice and includes the outer covering.
    3. Corn Gluten Meal is one of the worst possible ingredient in dog food today.
    4. Rice Bran is a super low grade of grain and grains are very hard for dogs to digest.
    5. Ground Whole Wheat is as bad as it gets and like corn it CAN NOT be digested by dogs.
    6. Wheat Flour is terrible for dogs.
    7. Poultry Fat is a any part of a pig or wild hog that is not used by humans, awful stuff.
    8. Soybean Oil is nothing more than machinery oil. It isn’t anything like what you get in the grocery store.
    9. Salt and Dried Kelp are both very low grade ingredients.
    10.Menadione Sodium Bisulfite is a poison to dogs and most manufactures have removed it from their dog food.
    11.Sodium Selenite is as low a grade of salt as you can get.

    Beef Meal, Ground Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Rice Bran, Ground Whole Wheat, Wheat Flour, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Natural Flavors, Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Dried Kelp, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Oxide, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Biotin, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Niacin, Garlic Flavor, Potassium Iodide, L-Carnitine, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin (source of Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

  11. Antonio says:


    What’s going on, been a while since I been on this forum I’ve been visiting a few other sites and learning some things here and there. Since out searching I’ve come across some interesting info on judging the quality of meats and stuff used in Pet Food, one of the best way is knowing if the facility is AHPIS EU certified or just use the simple AAFCO guidelines. I’ve found that the AHPIS EU certification is much more stringent than AAFCO and products produced in this facility must be USDA approved, meaning the facility and the meat/grain sources all must pass USDA inspections before being shipped into Europe. I only know of a small number of companies doing this.. Champion Pets, Midwestern Pet Products, and Ohio Pets are the few I know. Do you have a list of the companies doing this, I feel this would definately help how we rate & recommend brands for other customers. Also Jess, you might want to look into Earth Born made by Midwestern Pets, the Primitive Naturals does pretty well around my house, with over 700kcals a cup and it’s grain free I know you’ll appreciate that 😉

  12. Antonio says:

    I figured you might like it pretty well, I like the fact I can actually get away w/ feeding about 3 and half cups while working the dog and he maintains condition. And it’s priced at about $43 a bag here which isn’t too bad either. I know you do your homework, so look into the EU certification of pet foods and give me some feedback on it. I think it’s probably about the only real criteria we can use to measure ingredient superiority versus a company using alot of inferior ingredients and making them look pretty on the bag. Look into it a bit and give some general feedback on it for me.

  13. Jess says:

    I googled it and it only talks about importation and exportation of swines and pigs I’ll keep looking.;wap2=

  14. Jess says:

    I really don’t think many dog food manufactures would care about this unless they were to export their product to certain countries.


    For dogs, cats, and ferrets exported to Finland, Republic of Ireland, Malta, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, please refer to the link to the individual Member State for additional information.

    Rabies vaccination is not required for pet (non-commercial) dogs and cats under 3 months of age. However, authorization is required from the individual EU Member State. The exporter should contact the animal health authorities in the Member State for authorization, and documentation of authorization should be attached to the export certificate.

    Pet dogs, cats, and ferrets must be identified with either a clearly readable tattoo or a microchip. The microchip must comply with ISO standard 11784 or 11785 Annex A, or the appropriate microchip reader must be provided along with the pet. Annex A type microchips available in the United States include AKC/TROVAN, HOMEAGAIN and AVID EUROCHIP.

    * Pet Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets – Health Certificate (Non-commercial) – March 2005 (pdf 112kb)
    * Dogs, Cats, Ferrets – Health Certificate (Commercial Trade) – August 2004 (pdf 103kb)
    * Pet Birds – Health Certificate – effective through June 30, 2012 (pdf 102kb)

  15. USC932000 says:

    What brand of Dog Food thats NOT on the high price range end would you suggest? Just telling people to not feed a certain brand without recommending a compariable brand isnt doing readers justice. Im sure the people thats feeding their pets do love and care for their pets but forwhatever reason feed them a lesser quality dog food. That dont mean that they dont care or love their pets. For the record I feed my pup Orijen. 1) Because its readily available to me and 2) its a very good dog food. But If I ever had to feed him a lesser brand what would that brand be? No need to get irate, I’m simply asking a question that Im sure a lot of people would like to know. Thanks in advance.

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