Why I don't feed Nutro dog food anymore
As most people who know me know,
previous to now I have fed Nutro Natural Choice Lamb & Rice for
about 5 years. I was stopped at shows and while walking my dogs
by people wanting to know what I fed my dogs because they looked
so glorious. I recommended this food to all my puppy buyers and
people all over the Internet. There must be hundreds of new customers
to this food due to my recommendations.
In March 2000, my black dogs
started to turn red and all of the dogs started blowing coat.
This seemed more than the normal spring "blow". The dogs were
nearly bald in spots which had never happened before. I was concerned
and ran the dogs in for blood profiles to see if anything was
going on inside of them that I needed to know. Hundreds of dollars
later, the profiles all came back normal.
Baffled, I started looking at
the food I was feeding. I really didn't think it was the food.
I called Nutro and asked if they had changed the formula recently.
I was told absolutely not. I took them at their word. What reason
would they have to lie?
Via the Internet I asked others
around the country who fed Nutro if they were by chance having
problems with their dogs coats. Just about everyone I asked, said
"hey now that you mention it, the coats are drying out and don't
look as good". I thought I was onto something. I figured that
since we were all in different parts of the country and if we
were all having some problems, it couldn't be the weather.
I called back Nutro with what
I found out and once again they denied any changes EXCEPT
for recently adding Glucosamine and Chrondritin to the foods.
Perplexed I rifled through some
of the old labels of dog food that I had kept. I'm a label keeper.
I keep them to compare ingredients for the various foods on the
market. I found an old Nutro Natural Choice L & R label. I went
out to where my latest bag of food was stored and tore off that
label. I went over each label and sat down in shock.
THEY HAD CHANGED THE FORMULA!!!
The changes seemed subtle,
but there were changes.
Here is the old Nutro Natural
Choice Lamb & Rice label.
Here is the label from the last
bag of Nutro Natural Choice Lamb & Rice I bought.
I have marked the changes in red. The ingredient they took out
of the new NNC is double outlined on the old label of NNC. The
changes don't seem like much, but the difference according to
my dogs was substantial. My dogs' didn't lie to me. This company
I made my discoveries known to
those I had talked with earlier and they were as outraged as I
was. In the meantime they too had called Nutro who denied making
any changes to their formula.
I immediately changed my dogs
to another dog food and donated any left over Nutro to the local
Humane Society. I will not support a company who lied to me.
Months later, I happened to start
talking to a Nutro rep on the Internet and told her what I had
discovered. She didn't believe me and contacted Nutro. She was
told that they hadn't changed their formula. She relayed this
information to me. I showed her my labels. To say she was angry
at her company for deceiving her was an understatement. She contacted
her immediate boss, told them what had happened and quit. She
would not represent a company that did this to their representatives.
I have contacted most of the
people I first referred to Nutro and told them of what I had found.
Most if not all have also changed dog foods, refusing to support
this company. Many of them were breeders who are now recommending
another food to their puppy people, as I do.
It is my understanding that Nutro
still denies they changed their formula.
Now let me state for the record......
this is MY experience and in no way am I telling anyone
not to feed Nutro or to dump Nutro if its working for your dog.
Hey, that's cool and I'm glad for you. My motto has always been
FEED WHAT WORKS! It didn't work for me after the change
and that's what this is all about.
I tried again in Summer of 2001
to feed the NNC Chicken & Rice. My dogs had horrible stools. Switched
to the Lamb & Rice and my dog's coats fell apart again and they
started to itch. So obviously there is something new in the food
that my dogs cannot tolerate.
I no longer give NNC puppy kits
to my puppy buyers either. The last time I contacted Nutro about
puppy kits, they arrived 2 weeks after the puppies went home,
despite my ordering them on the day they were born. The
puppy kits from Purina and Eukanuba, which were ordered at the
same time, arrived within 2 weeks. Plus, besides arriving
so late, Nutro had sent me KITTEN kits instead of the puppy kits
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