triracialspirit: Nutro Ultra dog food has avocado in it, is it still good?
I have a German Shepherd puppy and I am switching her food to something that does not contain by-products. I am interested in Nutro Ultra but it contains avocado and I am aware that that is a dangerous food for dogs. I have read several reviews on Nutro Ultra and some people swear by it and others say it gave their dog looses poops and vomiting, which is a symptom of eating avocado. Any thoughts?
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Answer by cjrossi
Avocado is fine - in commercial dog food. There's a whole line of dog food called "Avoderm" that uses it. Any commercial dog food that uses avocado will use it sparingly - even in Avoderm it is minor ingredient.
Any ingredient listed behind the fat in a kibble's ingredient list is a minor ingredient.
I am surprised to hear Nutro Ultra is using it - I actually fed Nutro Ultra Puppy wet food for a little while (I liked the stew style) and never noticed any mention of avocado on the ingredient list
Congratulations on upgrading your dog food! Any dog food that uses by-products is taking shortcuts and delivering lower food quality - often at the same price as better food!
I suggest that if you're going to pay Nutro Ultra prices - then you can do even better than Nutro. I fed Nutro Ultra Puppy for a little while then quit Nutro b/c for the same price range there are better options. And by 'better' i mean - no wheat gluten in the wet forumula and more meat/less grain up front in the kibble.
If you were attracted to Nutro b/c you're shopping in PetSmart and it's the best food they offer - then you won't find these other options there.
If you were attracted to Nutro b/c of the wet food being 'stew' style instead of pate - I'd recommend Merrick's and Wellness. Merrick will be in the same price range as Nutro, Wellness will be more expensive. Both have great lines of stew-style wet food.
If you're simply looking for high-quality dog food, Canidae is (IMO) better than Nutro Ultra and often cheaper.
However, if you and your dogs like Nutro Ultra best - then it's fine to go with. It's a definite step up from any foods that use by-products.
As for the loose stools and vomiting: loose stools are typically caused by 1) switching foods too abruptly - you're supposed to wean them over to the new food over a weeks time, 2) too much wet food not enough dry, 3) allergic reaction to an ingredient in the food. It doesn't mean the food itself is neccesarily bad for all dogs.
Vomiting isn't typically caused by dog food unless it's maybe a severe allergic reaction to something.
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