Monday, October 14, 2013

Review: Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain Dog Food

I watch Mom review food and cooking products for her food blog all the time, so you can imagine how excited I was to review my own stuff!

I received two bags of Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain dog food bags and here's the first of two reviews.

When I first got the dog food, Mom cut the top open so I could have a little sniff.

Before ya know it, I had an overwhelming desire to inhale as much food as I could before Mom properly put the food on my plate.

These crunchy nuggets are good!  They're a bit bigger and more round than what I'm used to.  Mom says she likes the size because I have to take the time to chew it better and I don't "woof" it down so fast.  Whatever...I just like the taste!

Can ya tell?

Mom is big on reading the ingredients.  Are you?  She says that the first several ingredients have to be good for me or it's not going to find it's way to her pantry.  Luckily, the ingredients (below) passed her test!

Rachael Ray Nutrish®
Zero Grain
Turkey & Potato Recipe


Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Dried Peas, Tapioca Starch, Whole Dry Potatoes, Poultry Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Flax Seed, Natural Chicken Flavor, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Mom usually does a little research about the food she feeds me.  The following info made my Mom feel comfortable feeding me this food.  Hopefully, it will answer any questions you might have about it.

                          Why did Rachael Ray develop a grain-free recipe? 

Like you, Rachael Ray wants the best for furry family members like her Isaboo. That's why she worked with a team of pet nutrition experts to create Nutrish® Zero Grain™, a pet food made with simple, natural ingredients that doesn't contain any grains, glutens or fillers. U.S. farm-raised turkey is always the number one ingredient, as it's easily digestible and may help to avoid an allergic response to food allergies. Carefully selected ingredients like whole potatoes, peas and tapioca are the easily digestible vegetable carbohydrates in Zero Grain. It's a natural and wholesome grain-free food that may be more allergy-friendly for your dog. Plus, Zero Grain is available where you currently shop for your family's groceries, and proceeds benefit Rachael's Rescue™ — an organization that helps animals in need.

                          Why would I want to feed a grain-free food for my dog? 

Dogs' natural diets are low in grains. And while carbohydrates are an important part of their diet, they shouldn't be the staple of a healthy, balanced dog diet. That's why real meat is the number one ingredient in all Rachael Ray Nutrish® foods for dogs. Some dogs also have grain and gluten allergies that can cause skin irritations or other problems. These dogs can benefit from a natural, grain-free and gluten-free diet like Nutrish® Zero Grain™, which removes the grain and gluten allergens. Nutrish® Zero Grain Turkey & Potato Recipe is a natural food that doesn't contain any grains, glutens, by-products, fillers or artificial ingredients, so it may be a more easily digestible and allergy-friendly option for your dog.

                          How do I know Rachael Ray Nutrish® Zero Grain™ is safe? 

Rachael Ray Nutrish® foods are made by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition®. Like Rachael, we only want the best for our furry family members. That's why our commitment to safety surpasses anything in the marketplace today. In fact, we are the first pet food manufacturing company in the U.S. to receive a Facilities Food Safety audit rating of "Excellent" from the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Level II auditing standard in accordance with the Global Food Safety Initiative.

   Ainsworth Triple Check System:
         Because we are so committed to pet food safety, we have instituted The Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Triple Check System™. This system allows us to guarantee the safety of our products from the moment we purchase ingredients to the time we ship our products out the door. The Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Triple Check System is just one of the many fundamental things we do every day to ensure we meet our customers' expectations of quality and safety.
   Check One – Our Commitment to Ingredient Safety: Check One begins with our long-term relationships with our local and domestic suppliers. Our family's team of sourcing experts have carefully chosen each and every one of these suppliers because, like us, they take pride in ensuring their ingredients are not only of the highest quality, but also safe for your pet's overall health and well-being.
   Check Two – Ensuring Product Accuracy: Check Two works across our entire operational system to ensure accuracy. Our team of experienced and dedicated employees continuously monitors and verifies every step of the production process to ensure precise nutrient and ingredient levels. In addition, our internal laboratory scientists test, analyze and monitor the production process to ensure no harmful toxins or contaminates are introduced from unknown or unanticipated sources. They also verify our Guaranteed Analysis to ensure the same consistency, high quality and nutrition levels exists in each and every bag.
   Check Three – Our 48-Hour Hold Before Release: Check Three is the final step we take before allowing any food to leave our facilities. Every product is held in our warehouse for 48 hours until safety testing is complete. This step confirms that there is no salmonella present and that nutritional values are accurate in accordance to regulatory and formula standards.
                          How do I switch my dog from his regular food to Zero Grain™? 

It's easy to switch your pet to Nutrish® Zero Grain™! Slowly mix Zero Grain with his other food over a 5- to 10-day period until your dog is solely eating Nutrish Zero Grain. Once your dog is only eating Nutrish Zero Grain, keep in mind that feeding guidelines on the bag are a guide. Your dog's individual needs will vary based upon his size, his activity level and even his age. And overfeeding is a common source of digestive upset. Be sure to check your dog's weight and adjust feeding levels to maintain a healthy weight. And don't forget to see your vet regularly.

I have eaten 3/4 of one bag so far and I'm giving Rachael Ray's new dog food two thumbs paws up!  I'll share more about this dog food in November.   Have any of you tried the NEW Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain dog food yet?

Click HERE to  receive a $4.00 coupon for the NEW Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain dog food!

Disclosure:  I received a Rachael Ray Zero Grain Dog Food Kit to review on my blog.  The comments in this post are 100% my own.


  1. Shiner JUST finished her first bag of this food and I'm very pleased. I was looking around for an affordable grain-free diet, and I just don't think I can find a better one out there for the price. The other options I found just didn't seem as good to me. It's got a good rating on PetFoodAdvisor too. Great review Parker!

  2. Glad to hear this dog food is working for Shiner! :)

  3. I think my mom's dog Cammie would love this Nutrish 0 grain. I love the picture of Parker with his head in the bag. That's funny! :)

    1. I bet Cammie would love it! It's good stuff! :)

  4. nice, I will try, my dog is a "picky eater" :-)

  5. I have a pit mix who is just over a year old. He is my first dog. My boyfriend and i wanted a good quality Affordable meat base dog food. We first had him on name brand pupph chow then tried iams which he did not like at all. So i decided to try the rachael ray foods. He loves them! He likes the nutrish, grain free and this time i gof him just 6! He loves them all and i liks that i can pronounce everything that is in them and i can see that he is getting real meats fruits and vegetables. Which is way better the chemicals fillers and stuff i cant pronouce! Happy healthy dog = happy mama!

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