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A few months after switching to Nutro Senior our dog starting to have diarrhea with bright red blood in it. We didn't make the link to the food and it went away after a day so we assumed he had a bacteria or virus that passed. A month later it started happening regularly - bright red blood explodes from his butt and he can barely control his bowls. All the tests have come back negative so far, so the vet thinks it's a food-related issue that has now destroyed his insides. Next step is exploratory surgery. Homemade food with antibiotics and probiotics for months has helped, but his stomach is still very sensitive. Would be an awfully large coincidence, seeing as he was on his previous food for years and nothing else significantly changed since then.
My dog has been on Nutro lamb and rice small bites for approximately a year. She recently started having watery, loose stools. Took her to the vet who tested her stool which came back negative. He then put her on medicine to help bind her. Helped a little but still not normal stools. She is now on a probiotic but is still having very soft stools. After reading the reviews on this particular brand it scares me to see how similar her symptoms are with other dogs. There obviously is something wrong with this food and should be removed from the market. I am throwing the rest of my food out and switching her to another brand of food. People beware.
I started my dogs on Nutro dog food. The first week questionable as I found some vomit and didn’t connect it to the food until a week later. Second week all four dogs were vomiting. I took the food out of their diet. Gave them pure chicken and brown rice (something I give on occasion). Has no vomiting on chicken and rice however 2 dogs still seemed to have a “sour” stomach. I reintroduced the Nutro and that same day/night all 4 dogs had lots of vomiting. I immediately took them off the food and back to chicken and rice and they are doing fine. I just returned all the Nutro food to my grocery store and filed a complaint with the manager.
Our 14 year old Golden Retriever has been eating Nutro Senior Lamb and Rice Formula and has done great. When they changed the formula and added chicken meal recently, we bought the chicken and sweet potato formula, thinking we didn't like the sound of the new Lamb and Rice Formula. After a couple of weeks on the new food, she started vomiting. Several times each time she ate, until she was vomiting bile and foam. We at first feared this was something serious that would be lead to the rainbow bridge. After 2 days of vomiting, and keeping nothing down, losing energy and acting generally pained to move about, I decided to check to see if there was a recall on the Nutro. I didn't find any recall, but found all of these other reports of similar illness. We tried to change her food, but she wasn't interested in eating much of anything we offered. (Special food for digestive support, goats milk etc.)
We took her to the vet and did blood work. She does have pancreatitis, and is on a prescription to help with her nausea, and allow her to heal. I cooked chicken and rice for her and she's been eating that. Because we did change her formula there is some thought that the change alone caused the problem, but it didn't happen right away, which makes me think it was something in the food that didn't agree with her and over time built up to cause the pancreatitis and digestive problems. The pet store where we had been buying it told us that Walmart would be carrying this food soon, and I fear that Nutro cheapened the formula to allow them to sell it to Walmart. It sure is a coincidence if all of these dogs are sick and it had nothing to do with the food!! Dogs that had eaten this food for years, until recent changes in formulas. Hmmm. I can't say for sure, but I know I'll never buy it again!
My dog's eat about half the food now that I switched them to Nutro because it is not loaded with fillers that make them hungry an hour later. I highly recommend this food to all my friends. Number one ingredient is chicken instead of corn or wheat and I like that there are lots of veggies in there too.
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Nutro Lamb and Rice Small Bites Dog Food - My 12 yr old Border Collie Lab mix has been on this food for the last 10 years as it used to be great for his sensitive stomach. However, since fall/early winter 2017, he has had recurrent watery to very loose stools, needing to go out more in middle of night and many accidents in the house during the day while we were away. We tried the plain pumpkin for few days and probiotic treatments as before when had mild issues but this was not helping as when went back to regular food the diarrhea recurred. During this time my 8yr old Husky Lab mix was doing good but some softer stools noticed than before, she has always been able to eat things the other could not. I was ready to bring BC Lab back to vet when thought about first trying to change food.
Picked up the Nutro Lamb and Sweet Potato Limited Ingredient food a few days ago and his stool instantly has firmed to what I would call normal and good and no whining to go out overnight. Yes, Nutro says the Lamb and Rice formula has not changed late in 2017, near time noticed packaging design changes, and now after reading these other reviews I am concerned something changed and not for the good. While he is doing okay now on the Nutro Lamb and Sweet Potato limited ingredient formula makes me wonder how long til this formula gets unknowingly changed... May be looking at another company brand... My husky has finishing off the last couple cups of the Lamb and Rice formula, maybe, as yesterday her softer stools were even getting liquidy.
I had been feeding my aging Pug/Chihuahua mix Nutro (Small Breed Chicken Brown Rice and Sweet Potato) for about 2 years. She seemed to like it fine. In February 2018, I ordered a bag for the first time from Chewy.com and noticed the packaging was different than what I had been getting at the store. When I fed my dog I also noticed that the kibble was more green in color. My dog ate the food but with less enthusiasm than she usually would. Often, she left food in her bowl for hours which she has never done. It seemed like she didn't like it. Over the next week or so I noticed that she smelled bad and she just seemed like she did not feel very good.
This past week, she vomited shortly after eating a quarter of what I put out for her, along with a large white ball of mucous. I knew then it must be the food making her sick. I switched her food three days ago and already notice improvement. I purchased her new food at my local pet store and I did see that Nutro had changed their packaging and that the store had moved the brand from the front display all the way to the back making it much harder to find. I do not have any old packaging to compare the ingredients but they had to have changed their formula somehow. I will not be buying Nutro ever again.
My mom gave us a bag of Nutro Dog Food when her older dog passed away. We started feeding it to our healthy 6-year old Lab and immediately noticed he would wake us in the middle of the night needing to go out. He usually always slept through the night. He would then either vomit outside or have diarrhea. We thought at first maybe it was something he had gotten into on a walk, but realized it only started when we switched up his food. We have since switched his food back to what he regularly ate and he seems to be doing much better. I will not be giving any of our pets Nutro food ever again - and I'm actually wondering now after reading reviews if it was harming my mom's dog all these years. Ugh! I think that pet food should be at least as regulated as human food - these are members of our family that the company is harming in the name of making money.
My 3.5 year old rescued lab mix has suffered with recurrent kidney issues due to severe Lyme disease. He also has allergies to fish and other things. It's been difficult to find a dog food that he can tolerate well, that's of high quality, that doesn't contain fish! I found Nutro Max Large Breed and decided to give it a try; it has selenium yeast which is supposed to be better for his kidneys which was a huge bonus for us! After a very slow transition, I'm happy to say he is almost finished with his first bag (1c am, 1c pm) and he's doing FANTASTIC! His energy is better than ever, yet his focus is great! His coat is gorgeous and soft...
One thing I never thought would happen was his decrease in shedding. I just gave him a bath, and for the first time, the tub didn't fill with hair! Incredible!!! He'd eat anything, so I can't say he's fussy... but he does seem to love this stuff! Maybe this doesn't work for every dog, but it's working for mine. We don't feed lots of treats, etc., due to his other issues, so this is pretty much all he gets. One biscuit at bed.
This would have been a 5 star rating until Nutro messed up the formulas. My dogs had both been on Nutro all their lives and had done well. My 4 yr old Rottweiler was on large breed adult and 11 yr old Chihuahua was on small breed senior. Suddenly these formulas weren't available. My little Chihuahua died of gall bladder complications a few months into eating this new same-for-all-ages formula. I keep changing foods for my Rottweiler. He doesn't like the Essentials or the Ultra. WHY did you mess up the perfect food?
My Pekingese loves this food and gets really excited when its time to eat. It seems that every branded dog food seems to get comments about how they have killed their dog on here, but, I can tell you that this food comes highly recommended by my dog! Think you have to take reviews about how a dog food has killed someone's dog with a touch of skepticism, ANY dog food that highly poisonous wouldn't be on the market period!
Purchased a 3 pack of Greenies pet chews from PetPeople Pet store on 1/27 in Concord, NC. I purchased them for her breath and teeth. By 1/31 she was acting very ill. She was an indoor dog and there had been no change to her diet other than adding the Greenies once a day. She was ill for 3 days very lethargic, diarrhea, and refusing to eat. Took her to the vet on the Friday 2/2 thinking she only had a stomach bug. By Saturday 2/3 she was dead. She was a healthy 7-year-old dog who was very vibrant and full of life. My family is devastated by this loss especially my child. How can you as a company continue to produce and market something supposedly for health purposes that could potentially cause the death of the pet? It's inhuman, and inhumane and you should be ashamed of what you're doing not only to these beloved pets but the families who are left to mourn their loss due to your terrible product!
I have a teacup chihuahua and a miniature poodle who are very picky eaters. It has taken me months of buying different kinds of dog foods to finally have found the dog food that these two picking little boys would eat. They absolutely love the lamb and sweet potato recipe and I most certainly would recommend this to my family and my friends. My boys just cannot wait for breakfast time and dinner time to come, they dance around so excited because they know they're going to be getting their favorite food.
After reading other reviews I am convinced that there is a problem with this dog food (Nutro Lamb and Rice dog food). My 5 year old golden retriever has been on this food for 6 months after a recommendation from the pet food store. All was fine until the last bag I bought. The night after I fed my dog food from that bag he became very ill. He cried in pain and would not move. This dog is usually high energy. We took him to the vet and they did X-rays and a pancreatitis test. All negative. After I started feeding him boiled chicken and rice he started to perk up. The vet also did a full blood panel and all was fine.
I am not sure what is different about the food but it was definitely the only thing that was new and he is mostly an indoor dog with a fenced yard. I agree with other reviews that the company needs to recall its product and reimburse all vet expenses. No one should have to worry about feeding a product that is supposed to be healthy. If these were children who were sick this company would be shut down.
Yesterday, I went to the pet store to pick up my monthly bag of the Nutro Wholesome Essentials Lamb & Rice. The clerk asked if I was aware the formula had changed as Nutro had been having problems sourcing the lamb so there was much more chicken by-products added to this formula. Aha! One of my dogs is allergic to high amounts of chicken and he had been scratching like crazy the last couple of months. We had even put him on ** daily which wasn't helping a whole lot.
Never did I suspect it was his dog food since this is what he had been eating for nearly 2 years. Also, all three of my dogs have thrown up- not often but more than usual and it is always bile they throw up- and it is all three, not just one. After reading the other reviews, I wonder if it isn't the food causing this? I just had not suspected the Nutro at all. We are now on Taste of the Wild Bison & Venison so hopefully the itching will go away and the vomiting will stop. This is terrible to have our furbabies go through this. Shame on Nutro.
My 9 year old Boxer has been on Nutro Dog Food since she was a puppy, moving from puppy to senior type. Last November 2017 we purchased the Lamb and Rice Senior, as usual, and noticed that she was not wanting to eat, and had stomach problems. While she has had episodes of diarrhea before this time she was having severe issues. At Thanksgiving she stopped eating and starting huffing, gagging. Took her to the vet and found her lymph nodes in her throat were swollen. She was treated and seemed better until the medicine ran out. Over Christmas she became severely ill, we thought we were going to lose her! Again, she refused to eat the Nutro food. Took her to the vet and they did a complete body x-ray and found all of her lymph nodes were swollen. She had Lymphadenopathy.
According to research I did this is a infection in the body which may be caused by bacteria or fungi. Since she couldn't eat very well we purchased some small moist food that was easier for her to chew and swallow and she has gotten better with medication. While I can't say it was the Nutro Lamb and Rice the timing is interesting, especially with the other reviews I have read here. She still refuses to eat the dry food, and I have continued to give her the moist burger type. We really liked the Nutro brand until this, but we will not be buying any more. Our baby is too precious to us to put her in a situation that may make her sick again.
Fed this Nutro Natural Lamb & Rice Dry food for 12 years! Suddenly, last December one of my dogs started vomiting immediately after eating and excessive thirst. No temperature, vet not finding anything wrong. He passed 12/26/17. One week later another of my dogs started vomiting and excessive thirst. Realizing the only thing new in that time frame was a bag of dry food, I picked up a different brand and switched the last two dogs to that immediately. The sick one pulled out of whatever caused the vomiting right away. Nutro contacted and all they will do is refund my money for the food. No recall. Sample of the food dropped off at my vet for forwarding to the FDA. Yeah - not happy.
Nutro lamb and rice - I have used this brand for both my dogs for at least 4 yrs and it has always been great until November 2017 when both dogs have become very ill at the same time. Both dogs have diarrhea and vomiting since then and as I'm reading other reviews on here it seems others are having the same experience with this brand which began occurring at the same time. After thousands of dollars spent at the vet we still have no idea what's causing them to be sick. I have stop using this on both of my dogs.
We have fed my dog exclusively Nutro brand dog food for 5 years since he was a puppy. In September 2017 our dog started vomiting multiple times a day. We immediately took our dog to the vet where they did x rays and couldn't identify the issue. Next, the vet took a stool sample and were still unable to identify the cause. After reading reviews on here we decided we are going to switch his dog food and see what happens. We have spent a lot of money and time trying to figure out the cause of our baby's sickness. We wanted to share our story to raise awareness that Nutro dog food could be the cause like many others have experienced.
Updated on 01/21/2018: My dog was extremely sick, vomiting multiple times a day, upset stomach and didn't look good. We took him to the vet and they couldn't figure out what was wrong. We went back to the vet to take a second look and still weren't successful. On January 3rd after reading the reviews on this website I stopped feeding my dog Nutro brand food. My dog stopped vomiting the same day I stopped feeding him Nutro. It is now Janurary 21, 2018 and my boy Goku hasn't thrown up since. I'm so thankful I stopped purchasing this Nutro food and feeding it to my dog, especially after reading a recent review of a dog dying on here. Poor family, good luck to the other folks experiencing the same problems.
I do not write reviews normally, but after what I read about all of the bad experiences here, I feel people need to know my story. We have a very healthy 14 yr old Lab. We have been using Nutro for many years, senior with Lamb. My lab has been very ill since we opened our last bag in November. He started vomiting about 4-6 hours after eating and vomiting would happen multiple times until it became bile. The food has always caused diarrhea, but it has been severe since November.
Several trips to the vet he has been diagnosed with pancreatitis 2 times in the past month and lost over 7lbs, almost had to be hospitalized over loss of fluids. Almost immediately after taking him off of it and feeding rice and chicken, less than 24 hours he was fine. It took almost a month to figure out that it was the food that we have used for years making him sick. I am convinced the formula has changed recently. I will be reporting this to the FDA, it could have killed our dog.
We have two Brussels griffons that have been on Nutro from puppies. They are 3 & 4 years old. They have done fine until several months ago they started eating a lot of grass, vomiting with digestive distress. Both dogs ended up with anal gland impactions. 1 required surgery. Cause was noted as a good allergy. Within the same two months my sister in law whose dog is on the same food also had to have the anal gland surgery. 3 dogs from late Oct to December on the same food with the same issue. I have changed their food and they are doing well. I’m concerned something has gone wrong with this brand. We spent thousands at the vet for surgeries, medication and treatment.
I have a two year old Siberian husky and within my family an almost 4 year old Alaskan malamute. I started feeding my dog Nutro natural and sometime after I noticed clay color looking stool. Not too long after that, my dog started having seizures, one every month. After a month, she then got pancreatitis. Once she was switched off the food, her health immediately improved and it’s been 7 months without a seizure. My dad was feeding his dog the same food at the time and just witnessed his dog having a seizure. At first, I didn’t think the direct correlation was the food and just thought my dog was finicky and needed to be on a vet prescribed diet. But this solidified it - this food was causing both of the dogs to have seizures.
I have a 4 month put golden retriever that was on this food when he came home to us at 8 weeks. Over the last 4 weeks I have spend hundreds of dollar, time off from work not to mention the physical and emotional exhaustion I’ve through from this horrible food! 4 weeks ago my puppy started suddenly have severe yellow liquid forcefully diarrhea and vomiting constantly, we have had multiple vet visit, X-rays, antibiotics, stool testing, rice diet and lab work sent to the GI Lab on the other side of the country and no answer. I finally decided to switch foods and things started to improve within a day! Then a friend reached out to me telling me about all these people having the same issues, how on earth is this food still available for sale! My poor pup and Family have been through the ringer over this and put us in debt over this! Nutro Max should be paying my vet bills and all the time off I’ve had to take over the crappy food!!!
I have a Pomeranian, with skin issues, she has been on Nutro Grain Free for two years, but, In November she ate the food and had extremely bloody stools and vomiting. I took her off the food, and started feeding her rice and chicken I made at home, she was doing well, so I thought I would start feeding her the Nutro again. She eats the canned and dry food version of this food. And today, the bloody stools and her vomiting started again, what is sad, is I still have half a case of the canned, a full new bag of the dry. I will continue to make her food with rice and chicken, and will decide what to do with the rest of the food. I think I will try and get my money back, Nutro should offer it back after this review, but, we will see.
I feel both my Labrador retrievers Nutro Wholesome Essentials Large Breed Adult Pasture Fed Lamb & Rice Recipe and they have been on it for at least 9 months, and have been loving it. I switched from Ideal Balance chicken brown rice formula (no corn, wheat, or soy) food because their poops weren't hard enough. On Nutro, their poops have great consistency and have been much more firm. I attributed this to the increased amount of protein. However, I'm concerned reading other dogs reactions to Nutro products... what type of Nutro were you all specifically feeding them? My dogs eat the non-GMO, lamb kind, and I don't believe it has corn or wheat. I also feed them Nutro sensitive stomach treats and those are some of the only treats that have not messed up their stool consistency. Two downsides are: I have to feel slightly more food than with the previous type of food. It has also caused their breath to be pretty bad!
Just had my dog at the vet with diarrhea, vomiting and dehydrated. Sub-q fluids, anti nausea & blood tests. This food made him really sick! And I have read of other dogs getting sick in November & December 2017 from this same batch of food! Bad food. Nutro made two of my cats sick also! I want my money back & the vet bills paid!!!
Quite simply, what I don't like about Nutro is this statement "Made With World Class Ingredients"! I didn't notice this until it arrived after buying online. What exactly does that mean? Answer: It could mean what you want it to. Is it made with ingredients from others countries? Nowhere could I find "Made in USA" which I believe a consumer like myself wants especially after paying a stiff premium for the dog food. I don't have time to call Mars up who is the manufacturer who also makes Pedigree and IAM's which is a brand they purchased from Procter & Gamble a few years back. But maybe the Mars company can explain what "Made With World Class Ingredients" actually means. For the price, I would hope the ingredients they use are indeed "world class"! But Mars, where are the Ingredients from?
Nutritious tasty canned food. My dog is a finicky eater and she likes this. She is eaten this brand, off and on, for about two years. She is now a senior so she eats the Senior Pate, Antioxidant Boost, made with Chicken, and Antioxidant Protein Boost made with Turkey.
I go through two 30 lb bags a month of Nutro Healthy Weight, Lamb and Rice formulation. My four dogs love this food. It's expensive but they are worth it.
Small sized, grain free nuggets of kibble having a higher nutrition value. I use the Adult Large size and Senior for my 2 dogs 3 yrs & 8 yrs. I use less kibble, 1 1/2 cups twice a day for each of mine which results in smaller sized poops to have to clean up. Nutro has all the stuff you want in their food and none of the stuff you don't want. Cost more than low end dog foods but in the long run because you feed a smaller portion size it probably ends up costing around the same.
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