Nutrition - 7/10
Ingredients - 9/10
Nulo Freestyle Senior With Trout & Sweet Potatoes is a high-quality dry dog food. Its nutrient profile is significantly above average. In particular, its protein content is significantly above average in comparison to other senior dry dog foods. It contains a range of high-quality ingredients with a focus on poultry and fish such as Turkey and Trout. A range of Legumes, sweet potatoes, and other ingredients are present and they provide a high-quality source of carbohydrates. In addition to this, they provide fiber for healthy digestion. Nulo Freestyle Senior With Trout & Sweet Potatoes range of ingredients may make it unsuitable for those with dietary sensitivities and allergies. Nevertheless, this is one of the most nutritious and high-quality senior dog foods on the market.
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients Satisfactory Protein Proportion No Grains
Excessive Carbohydrates Low Level Of Omega Fatty Acids
A Full review of Freestyle Senior With Trout & Sweet Potatoes By Nulo
The ideal nutrition for a dog is entirely dependant on their unique circumstances. However, a high proportion of protein and fat combined with a lower proportion of carbohydrates is most appropriate nutrition profile for the vast majority of dogs. Dog’s are very capable of consuming a high proportion of carbohydrates, but a diet high in protein and fat is more appropriate and a better reflection of their natural ancestral diet.
Carbohydrate Content Analysis
Dogs use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Dogs do not require significant carbohydrates in their diet and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 41% of Nulo Freestyle Senior With Trout & Sweet Potatoes calories are derived from carbohydrates. Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower. This is average for a Senior Dog Food.
Peas, Sweet Potatoes, and Chickpeas are the core of the carbohydrate content of Freestyle Senior With Trout & Sweet Potatoes. While the number of sources might be higher than other recipes they are all considered high-quality carbohydrate sources. This is a satisfactory level of carbohydrates for a senior dog and while it could be lower, it is not very excessive.
Protein Content Analysis
Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 31% of Nulo Freestyle Senior With Trout & Sweet Potatoes calories are derived from protein. Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is significantly above average for a Senior Dog Food.
While not quite as high as some Nulo dog food recipes, this level of protein is high and satisfactory. This means that Nulo Freestyle Senior With Trout & Sweet Potatoes is suitable for seniordogs of all activity levels. Contrary to popular belief, senior dogs do not need a reduced protein diet and they may, in fact, need additional protein than younger dogs. Therefore this very high level of protein is very well suited for senior dogs. The protein content is sourced from a mix of poultry and fish. The Trout, Turkey, Salmon, and other ingredients are all high-quality protein sources.
Fat Content Analysis
Dogs use fat as a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 28% of Nulo Freestyle Senior With Trout & Sweet Potatoes calories are derived from Fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be a lot higher. This is average for a Senior Dog Food.
It will come as no surprise that animal and fish fats constitute the majority of Nulo Freestyle Senior With Trout & Sweet Potatoes fat content. Animals fats such as Chicken and Trout are the ideal energy source for senior dogs. You would imagine that the fish ingredients come with the added bonus of providing additional Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which are known for a range of health benefits. However, the level is surprisingly low.
Overall Nulo Freestyle Senior With Trout & Sweet Potatoes contains an average of 3,359 kcal/kg, 396 kcal/cup
Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most dog foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every dog food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.
Guaranteed Analysis – Nulo Freestyle Senior With Trout & Sweet Potatoes
Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.
- Crude Protein (Min) – 30.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 12.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 5.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 10.00%
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 1.30%
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 0.35%
The ingredients of pet food are disclosed on the packaging of the product as a list in descending order. Therefore the ingredients at the start of the list make up the bulk of the pet foods content. As a consequence, the quality of these primary ingredients is the most significant factor in determining the quality of pet food.
However, ingredients listed further down the ingredient list should not be ignored, especially if they could have adverse or harmful effects on a pet.
- Turkey Meal
- Salmon Meal
- Sweet Potatoes
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat and fish ingredients of dog food are without a doubt the most important. They are critical as they provide the majority of the protein and fat that dogs desperately need. Also, these ingredients would have made up the bulk of dogs ancestors diet. Therefore, the quality of a dog food formulas meat and fish ingredients is crucial. Nulo Freestyle Senior With Trout & Sweet Potatoes contains four sources of meat or fish.
The primary fish source present is Trout. Trout is considered a high-quality ingredient and source of protein. Trout has a range of benefits including very high levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Also, it is rich in Potassium, Vitamin B12 and Trout contains fewer contaminants such as Mercury than other fish. Unfortunately, just as with meat, Trout contains a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Trout. However given that Trout is the primary ingredient, its proportion will be relatively high after the cooking process.
The secondary meat source present is Turkey Meal. Turkey Meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Meat Meal is a concentrated form of meat that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Turkey Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Chicken but in higher concentrations. This includes the high levels of Niacin and Vitamin B6.
Another fish source present is Salmon Meal. Salmon Meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Fish Meal is a concentrated form of fish that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Salmon Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Whitefish but in higher concentrations. This includes Vitamin B12 and Selenium.
Another meat source present is Turkey. Turkey is considered a high-quality source of protein. Some of the beneficial nutrients contained in Turkey include Vitamin B6 and Niacin. Unfortunately, Turkey does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Turkey. However given that Turkey is not one of the primary ingredients, its proportion will be relatively low after the cooking process.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Nulo Freestyle Senior With Trout & Sweet Potatoes contains Peas, Lentils, and Chickpeas. These are members of the legume family of vegetables. Legumes are famous for having a relatively high amount of protein for a vegetable. Legumes also contain a high amount of fiber, which is essential for healthy digestion. Pet foods often use legumes as a replacement for grains in grain-free pet food. Protein from vegetables such as legumes should not be a replacement for protein from meat. Instead, it should act as an additional protein source.
Dried Chicory Root or Chicory Root Extract is an additive or supplement to dog food. It can provide a range of health benefits including soluble fiber to enable regular passage of stool, probiotics to aid and promote digestion, as well as potentially eliminate or prevent intestinal worms. While these benefits are not fully proven, there is strong evidence behind them. The proportion of Chicory Root used in most dog food recipes is tiny and does not contribute meaningful nutrition. Find out more in Dried Chicory Root In Dog Food.
Full Ingredient List – Nulo Freestyle Senior With Trout & Sweet Potatoes
Deboned Trout, Turkey Meal, Salmon Meal, Yellow Peas, Sweet Potato, Chickpeas, Deboned Turkey, Pea Fiber, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols & Citric Acid), Lentils, Natural Flavor, Yeast Culture, Dried Chicory Root, Dried Tomatoes, Dried Carrots, Dried Blueberries, Dried Apples, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, L-Carnitine, Choline Chloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Iron Proteinate, Niacin, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Sodium Selenite, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.