It is not clear where or when the Nutra Nuggets brand of pet food was created. We could find no credible source for who founded it and why.
Nutra-Nuggets splits its products into two buckets, one range for the United States and one for international consumers. It’s not clear why this is, but the recipes within each range are similar but not identical.
All Nutra-Nuggets products are produced in the United States by Diamond Pet Food. The facilities are in California, Missouri, South Carolina, and Arkansas.
This outsourcing is a trait that Nutra-Nuggets shares with many other small pet food brands, as Diamond is one of the largest producers.
Unlike most other large pet food brands, Nutra Nuggets is not available from the massive online pet food sellers such as Chewy and Petflow. However, it is available from physical pet food stores across the United States.
Nutra-Nuggets Product Range
Nutra-Nuggets has a moderately sized product range in the USA and internationally.
They only produce dry dog food, but there are some niche recipes such as those for puppies, large breed dogs, and recipes for dogs looking to achieve weight loss.
Nutra-Nuggets has a tiny cat food range, which is notably smaller than its dog food range. Given its much smaller size, there is less variety and no specialty recipes available, such as those for kittens or senior cats.
Despite its popularity, Nutra Nuggets does not produce any wet/canned cat food recipes.
The nutrition offered by Nutra-Nuggets dog food recipes varies significantly. Some recipes delivered below-average nutrition, while others provide above-average nutrition.
We recommend reading the Guaranteed Analysis of any Nutra-Nuggets recipe you are considering to ensure it one of those with above-average nutrition. This above-average nutrition would include a high proportion of protein and fat.
Below is an example of the nutrition offered by a Nutra-Nuggets recipe.
Given the much smaller product range, the nutrition varies less in Nutra-Nuggets cat food recipes. We would describe the nutrition offered by Nutra-Nuggets cat food as average.
This nutritional profile includes average proportions of protein and fat. Cats are obligate carnivores and would excel best on a diet high in animal protein and fat.
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
- Chicken Meal
- Lamb Meal
Nutra-Nuggets has a minimal number of high-quality meat ingredients, which are seen above. However, given that their product range is not extensive and the brand produces lower-cost recipes, this is not surprising.
Chicken Meal, in particular, is an extremely dense and cost-effective source of animal protein and fat, which is almost certainly why it sees extensive use.
Other Notable Ingredients
Nutra-Nuggets makes use of an extensive range of grain ingredients, including Maize, Barley, Rice Bran, Brewers Rice, Brown Rice, and Oat Flakes.
The quality of these ingredients varies significantly. Many would consider Brown Rice or Barley to be reasonably high-quality additions to dog food. However, ingredients like Rice Bran and Brewers Rice are considered by many to be low-quality.
Chicken Fat is a regular addition to many dog food recipes. It is a cost-effective way of increasing the overall proportion of animal fat and improves the flavor of the formula.
Read more about Chicken Fat in our article, Chicken Fat In Dog Food.
Beet Pulp is also another regular addition to dog food. However, it does not provide any significant nutrition outside of its fiber content. This fiber can be incredibly important to select dogs who struggle with regular digestion.
Learn more about the use of Beet Pulp in our article Dried Beet Pulp In Dog Food.
Nutra-Nuggets Animal Testing
At this time, we have no information on what type of animal testing, if any, that Nutra-Nuggets participates in.
We strongly believe that invasive or laboratory-style testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice and one which we hope will see a significant decline.
While this is an important trait and selling point of Nutra-Nuggets, we always encourage consumers to be careful of any future recalls of Nutra-Nuggets or any other pet food brands.
Nutra-Nuggets Featured Articles
At this time, Nutra-Nuggets has not been featured in any of our articles.
Best of Nutra-Nuggets
We chose the Professional recipe from Nutra Nuggets due to the excellent nutrition it can provide. It has a minimum protein proportion of 30% and a minimum fat proportion of 20%. This kind of nutrition is significantly above-average and would be suitable for most dogs, including those that are more active.
However, this nutrition is sourced from ingredients that some dog owners may disagree with. The primary meat ingredient is Chicken By-Product Meal, which is a processed ingredient consisting of less desirable parts of a Chicken.
The recipe then uses a mix of Corn and Wheat to provide carbohydrates. These ingredients are controversial, with many wishing they weren’t used in dog food. However, they give a modest proportion of carbohydrates and fiber.
The above Puppy recipe from Nutra Nuggets is similar to the Professional recipe we just discussed. The recipe could be seen as advantageous thanks to the excellent nutrition it provides, which is high in protein and fat.
The ingredients used in this recipe are also remarkably similar, with the primary ingredient being Chicken By-Product Meal. The large portion of this ingredient ensures that a significant proportion of this recipe is meat-based.
Wheat and Corn are present again and provide a small proportion of carbohydrates and fiber.
Usually, cat food recipes differ from dog food recipes quite considerably, but the recipe produced for adult cats by Nutra Nuggets is remarkably similar to their dog food products.
It once again uses Chicken By-Product Meal as its primary ingredient along with a smaller portion of Chicken Fat.
Wheat and Corn are a large component of the recipe, which is not ideal given that cats do not need significant plant-matter in their diet.
Nutra-Nuggets Full Product Range
Grain-Free Beef Meal & Pea
Lamb Meal & Rice
Large Breed Puppy
Lamb Meal & Rice
Large Breed Adult