Rachael Ray Nutrish Dry Dog Food, Chicken – Vegetable Recipe Review

//Rachael Ray Nutrish Dry Dog Food, Chicken – Vegetable Recipe Review

Rachael Ray Nutrish Dry Dog Food, Chicken – Vegetable Recipe Review

Rachael Ray Nutrish Dry Dog Food, Chicken – Vegetable Recipe

Rachael Ray Nutrish Dry Dog Food, Chicken Vegetable Recipe

Rachael Ray created a dog food made with natural ingredients the Rachael Ray Nutrish with Real Chicken and Veggies.

It includes chicken combined with grains and veggies for a food that tastes very good.

Chicken is the first ingredient, followed by chicken meal, a concentrated protein font. This recipe presents named meat proteins and avoid artificial sweeteners and preservatives, as well as by-products.

Olive oil is an excellent source of oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s also full of natural antioxidants and carotenoids.

A significant negative point in this formula is the inclusion of a synthetic form of vitamin K which should be avoided.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Soybean Meal, Corn Gluten Meal
  • Fat and Oil: Poultry Fat, Olive Oil
  • Carbohydrates: Ground Rice, Whole Grain Corn, Brown Rice
  • Fiber: Dried Plain Beet Pulp
  • Fruits and vegetables: Dehydrated Alfalfa, Dried Peas, Dried Carrots
  • Flavorings: Natural Chicken Flavor
  • Preservatives: Mixed Tocopherols
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: Iron Oxide
  • Supplements and minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Zinc Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (A Source of Vitamin K Activity), Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Folic Acid.

Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 26 % (min.) 29.5 %
Fat 14 % (min.) 16 %
Fiber 4 % (max.) 4.5 %
Moisture 12 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 45.5 % (EV)
Linoleic Acid  1.5 % (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?” and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Real Chicken and Veggies Recipe dog food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages of the dog.

You should consider the protein-boosting effect of the soy and corn gluten meals and dried peas on the protein percentage of this dog food label. Guaranteed levels of linoleic acid an omega 6 fatty acid are a very good feature.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken is used here both as fresh chicken and chicken meal. Chicken is the most current meat found in dog foods. It is tasty, inexpensive and provides an excellent source of protein with all the essential amino acids.

Soybean Meal has a high protein content and is frequently added to foods as an inexpensive meat substitute. Soya proteins are less bioavailable to dogs than normal meat proteins. In addition, soya has been linked to food intolerance and allergies in dogs.

Corn Gluten Meal can be used to elevate the protein levels of dog foods. Corn gluten protein is difficult for dogs digest and it can lead to some health issues.

Carbohydrates: Ground Rice provides carbohydrates that are digested more slowly. The majority of dogs deal well with rice and it gives dogs a feeling of fullness after eating.

Whole Grain Corn is commonly used in dry dog foods as an alternative or a complement to grains like rice, oats and barley. It is a controversial ingredient. Some argue that corn is a good quality, nutritious carbohydrate source. But critics claim that it is harder for dogs to digest and is consequently more likely to lead to food intolerance or allergies.

Brown Rice is easily digested by dogs. It contains B vitamins, iron, manganese, selenium, magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids. It is also a good source of fiber which is important in sustaining intestinal health.

Fat and oil: Poultry Fat definition still leave some obscurity as it could refer to any fat from any foul species including chickens, turkeys and ducks. This allows the manufacturer to change the recipe between lots depending on what fats are cheaper at the time.

Olive oil is a high quality ingredient with established benefits to the coat and heart. It contains abundant natural antioxidants and is a good source of vitamin E.

Fruits and vegetables: Dehydrated Alfalfa in small amounts, can be very valuable for dogs. It is a natural source of vitamins and minerals particularly iron, magnesium, manganese, vitamin A, C, E and B vitamins, as well as good quality fiber.

Dried Peas are a good source of protein, potassium and Vitamin A. Peas are rich in fiber to help manage cholesterol and blood sugar. It is also a good source of antioxidants. There is some debate about the dog’s ability to digest pea protein. Some dogs can have some difficulty in digesting peas and therefore present gastrointestinal problems.

Dried Carrots are excellent sources of vitamin A, numerous minerals, natural antioxidants and fiber. It supports a healthy vision.

Fiber: Dried Plain Beet Pulp is used in dog food as a dietary fiber supplement. Fiber helps to support general digestive health in dogs. Still, beet pulp continues to be a topic of discussion with many critics claiming that it is an un-natural food for dogs. However, there is little solid evidence about the negative effects of this ingredient in dogs.

Flavors: Natural Chicken Flavor is a named natural flavor and usually it refers to a combination of fresh meat and oils which is scattered on to the food in the last stages of manufacturing.

Dyes: Iron oxide is an artificial color additive used to convey a reddish color to food and paint. Coloring is used to make the product more attractive to humans not to dogs.

Supplements: Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex is a synthetic form of vitamin K. It is an inexpensive source of vitamin K. It is less costly than the natural sources of this vitamin like alfalfa and kelp.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfate can be highly toxic in high doses. Possible long term effects regarding the ingestion of menadione are carcinogenic effects and toxicity to kidneys, lungs, liver and mucous membranes. Thus, repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage.

This formula includes non-chelated minerals that are harder to absorb. If the minerals were attached to a directly absorbable substance, they would get into the bloodstream more readily.

This food does not contain sweeteners or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Rachael Ray Nutrish Dry Dog Food, Chicken – Vegetable Recipe we give a 3.65 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Rachael Ray Nutrish Dry Dog Food, Chicken – Vegetable Recipe seems to be a recommended dry dog food.

The ingredients included in this formula are good. It does not contain by-product meal, wheat or wheat gluten, and artificial preservatives. The ingredient list looks nutritious, but it does include some ingredients that you may not want to feed your dog on a systematic basis like the synthetic form of vitamin K. Without this controversial supplement and the use of plant-based protein boosters (corn and soybean meals), this brand could have a higher rating.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Dry Dog Food, Chicken – Vegetable Recipe main benefits:

  • Real chicken as the first ingredient
  • No artificial flavors
  • No artificial preservatives
  • Natural fiber sources
  • Wholesome grains and veggies
  • Great for all life stages

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Dry Dog Food, Chicken – Vegetable Recipe

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken, Chicken Meal
  • Olive Oil
  • Ground Rice, Brown Rice
  • Dehydrated Alfalfa, Dried Carrots
  • Mixed Tocopherols
  • No sweeteners

Negative Aspects

  • Soybean Meal, Corn Gluten Meal
  • Poultry Fat
  • Whole Grain Corn
  • Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Dried Peas
  • Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex
  • Iron oxide

Available in: 6 lb (2.72 Kg); 14 lb (6.35 Kg); 28 lb (12.7 Kg)


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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