Have you ever watched the Rachael Ray cooking show on television and think, “Wow, this chick is so full of passion for what she does! She has to know a thing or two about good food!” If so, then you probably tried a few of her recipes. Maybe you’ve gone so far to purchase her brand of cookware, utensils, and the whole nine.
One thing you may not know a whole lot about is that she has her own line of dog food, too. With this dog food, you can provide your four-legged friends with the same delicious flavors and nutrition that you get when you follow her recipes, right?
In this article, we are going to shed some light on Rachael Ray’s Nutrish Natural Dry Dog Food and see how well it stacks up against other dog foods on the market. If you’re thinking to switch to “super-premium” dog food, keep reading and see how it holds up!
The Rachael Ray Nutrish Dog Food is manufactured by the Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Company, which has been around for 75 years. The Ainsworth company evolved from a small business that only operated regionally to a multi-tiered organization in North America. The Ainsworth company manufactures a wide variety of treats and food for your pets.
Rachael Ray’s brand creates a variety of dry and canned food, as well as dog treats. The company boasts that their food doesn’t contain any by-products (waste left over after the animal has been slaughtered), artificial flavors or preservatives. The company also states there is no corn, soy or fillers in any of their food.
If you are purchasing the food from Amazon, you’ll find that there are only 3 flavors available:
However, you do have several options when it comes to choosing the size bag:
For the purpose of this review, we are going to be looking at the Real Beef and Brown Rice flavor. When you look at the ingredient list for these dog foods, you’ll see that the first ingredient is beef. Though beef is a quality protein, it is worth noting that raw beef is made up of 80% water, so when it is cooked and most of the moisture is gone, it is only a small fraction of its original weight.
The second ingredient in this dog food is a chicken meal. Chicken meal is a concentrate that contains almost 300% more protein than the fresh meat. So needless to say your dog is getting an ample supply of protein, which is important for their health.
The third ingredient in the product is ground rice or rice flour. This ingredient is derived from white or brown rice, which is considered to be a good substitute for wheat flour, thus making the product a gluten-free dog food.
The fourth ingredient is soybean meal, which is the leftover product after soybean oil has been made. Soybean meal only contains 48% protein and thereby has a lower nutritional value than meals made from meat.
Although the brand claims not to have any corn in its recipe, this product does, in fact, have corn. For the fifth and sixth ingredients, you’ll find corn and corn gluten meal listed. Both of which are not highly valuable sources of nutrition in dog food.
By looking at the reviews on Amazon for this product, you’ll see that most of the customers who bought it (approximately 81%) left either 4 or 5-star reviews, which is pretty good! Of these glowing reviews, customers have said that their dogs absolutely love the food. One stated that her dog rips through the bag after devouring a bowl. Several of the customers are repeat buyers simply because their dogs won’t eat anything else.
Unfortunately, with the good, there is some bad. 19% of customers who purchased this food left 3 stars and below reviews. Of these less than stellar experiences, one of the main complaints is that their dogs won’t touch it. A few customers share that it made their dog ill and had to clean up a large “mess” shortly after consumption. Others say the dog made their dog’s itch, most likely due to some sort of allergy to one of the ingredients.
Of the dog foods available on the market, you’re going to find some people who stand by the product wholeheartedly, while others are less enthusiastic about it. With this dog food made by a celebrity chef who is an animal lover, you would expect that their pet food brand is going to live up the hype. Unfortunately, this food doesn’t.
We aren’t saying that Rachael Ray’s dog food line is horrible, because it isn’t. Our complaint is that the brand claims not to use specific products, but when you inspect the ingredient list, you see those very ingredients have been used.
With the slight deception aside, this dog food is a good option for dog owners. Their pets love the food, have shiny coats, and some even have said it gives their dog more energy. But, as mentioned, there have been some instances where the dogs had diarrhea and allergic reactions.
To that, we say before making the switch to this food, your best bet is to read the ingredient list. If there is something in the ingredients that give you pause, perhaps you may not want to purchase the product.
We feel that by purchasing this product, you are giving your pup a decent quality dog food. It isn’t the best, but it is far from the worst. For a mid-way product, this is a great choice.