Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 Limited Ingredient Dry Dog Food, Lamb & Rice Recipe Review

//Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 Limited Ingredient Dry Dog Food, Lamb & Rice Recipe Review

Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 Limited Ingredient Dry Dog Food, Lamb & Rice Recipe Review

Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 Limited Ingredient Dry Dog Food, Lamb & Rice Recipe

Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 Limited Ingredient Dry Dog Food

Rachael Ray Nutrish Lamb and Rice Dog Food is a high quality dog food.

It does not contain fillers or bulk elements such as corn, wheat, soy, by-products and fillers.

Lamb meal is used as the primary ingredient.

It is an excellent source of protein.

This gluten-free recipe is appropriate for dogs with sensitive digestions.

The Nutrish Just 6 dog food has a restricted nutrient recipe that diminishes the threat of unknown additives and allergens.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Lamb Meal
  • Fat and Oil: Poultry Fat
  • Carbohydrates: Ground Rice, Brown Rice
  • Fiber: Dried Beet Pulp
  • Fruits and vegetables: None
  • Flavorings: Natural Chicken Flavor
  • Preservatives: Mixed tocopherols
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Niacin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K activity), Vitamin B12 Supplement, 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 20 % (min.) 22.4 %
Fat 13 % (min.) 14.6 %
FIber 7 % (max.) 7.8 %
Moisture 11 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 50.5 % (EV)
Omega 6 1.5 % (min.) NA
Glucosamine 750 mg/Kg (min.) NA
Chondroitin Sulphate 500 mg/Kg (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Rachael Ray Nutrish just 6 Lamb Meal and Brown Rice Formula meets the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials).

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.

This formula presents guaranteed levels for omega 6, glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate.

Omega 6 fatty acids are essential for maintenance of a healthy coat and skin. Additionally, they have anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, content in these essential fatty acids are always a positive aspect.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate are very important for your dog’s cartilage nourishment and health.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Lamb meal is a meat concentrate and contains more protein than fresh lamb. It’s easily digestible and supply essential amino acids and B vitamins to maintain lean muscle and healthy organs.

Carbohydrates: Brown rice is a complex carbohydrate that can be fairly easy to digest. It is also a source for essential B vitamins and good fiber.

Ground rice is made from white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free alternative for wheat flour. It delivers highly digestible carbohydrates for quick energy.

Fiber: Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing. However, it presents excellent intestinal health and blood sugar benefits. So the inclusion of beet pulp in rational amounts in most dog foods is entirely adequate.

Fat and oil: Poultry fat is a rich source of natural omega 6 and 3 fatty acids, which help to keep skin healthy and coat shiny. However, poultry fat does still leave some uncertainty as it could refer to any fat from chickens, turkeys and ducks. We recommend looking for foods where the sources of the fats and oils are undoubtedly stated.

Flavors: Natural Chicken Flavor enhances the naturally tasty Just 6 kibble. The term “natural flavor” is used on dog food labels, although that term does not have an official definition. All flavor sources can, with exception of the “artificial flavors,” be classified as “natural.” It is an ambiguous ingredient.

Fruits and vegetables: absent

Supplements: The minerals do not appear to be chelated. Non-chelated minerals are difficult to absorb.

This formula contains menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K linked to liver toxicity, allergies and red blood cells destruction. It is considered a bad ingredient included in dog foods.

This food does not contain dyes or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 Limited Ingredient Dry Dog Food, Lamb & Rice Recipe we give a 3.8 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 Limited Ingredient Dry Dog Food, Lamb & Rice Recipe seems to be a recommended dry dog food.

Lamb meal is the first ingredient, followed by five other acceptable ingredients. This recipe has all the added vitamins and minerals your dog requires to keep him healthy and happy.
However, his formula contains menadione, which has been associated with some important health problems.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 Limited Ingredient Dry Dog Food, Lamb and Rice Recipe main benefits:

  • Includes only six simple ingredients plus vitamins and minerals
  • Does not contain corn, wheat or soy
  • Does not contain by-product meal or fillers
  • Does not include artificial flavors, dyes or artificial preservatives
  • It is a gluten-free choice for dog’s with sensitive stomachs

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 Just 6 Limited Ingredient Dry Dog Food, Lamb & Rice Recipe

Positive Aspects

  • Lamb Meal
  • Ground Rice, Brown Rice
  • Mixed tocopherols
  • Omega 6
  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate

Negative Aspects

  • Poultry Fat
  • Dried Beet Pulp
  • Natural Chicken Flavor
  • Menadione


Available in: 6 lb (2 Kg); 14 lb (6 Kg); 28 lb (12 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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