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Review Summary

Rachel Ray Nutrish Chicken Paw Pie is a high-quality wet dog food. It has significantly above average protein and fat proportion and a significantly below average carbohydrate proportion. Its nutrient profile is very satisfactory and closely mimics a dog’s natural diet. It contains a range of high-quality ingredients including a variety of meat ingredients including Chicken and Eggs. It contains a large number of carbohydrate providing ingredients such as Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Tapioca, and Green Beans. Most of these are considered high-quality, however, the formula does contain Pea Protein which is a poor-quality ingredient. The smaller range of ingredients may make Rachel Ray Nutrish Chicken Paw Pie suitable for dogs with serious dietary sensitivities or allergies. However for those dogs without dietary issues, it is an extremely suitable wet dog food and will provide excellent nutrition from high-quality ingredients.

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Pros

High-Quality Chicken Ingredients Satisfactory Nutrition

Cons

Contains Pea Protein

A Full Review of Chicken Paw Pie by Rachel Ray Nutrish

Rachel Ray Nutrish Chicken Paw Pie Packaging

Nutritional Analysis

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.

Rachel Ray Nutrish Chicken Paw Pie Calorie Breakdown Chart

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 24% of Rachel Ray Nutrish Chicken Paw Pie 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 significantly below average for a Wet Dog Food.

This is a low proportion of carbohydrates and very accurately mimics a dog’s natural carbohydrate intake. There are a number of ingredients that contribute to this proportion including Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, and Tapioca. These ingredients vary in quality and nutrition and will be discussed later on. While this proportion could be lower, it would not provide significant benefit.

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 34% of Rachel Ray Nutrish Chicken Paw Pie 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 Wet Dog Food.

This is a very high proportion of protein and will be suitable for the vast majority of dogs including those who are more active. A mix of Chicken and Egg ingredients contributes to the vast majority of this protein. Meat such as Chicken considered high-quality sources and will provide your dog with the full range of amino acids. Eggs are also very nutritious and are very easily digested due to their high bioavailability. Unfortunatly, a small portion of this protein is from vegetable by-products like Pea Protein which are considered a low-quality ingredient.

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 42% of Rachel Ray Nutrish Chicken Paw Pie 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 significantly above average for a Wet Dog Food.

This proportion of fat is very satisfactory and can provide dogs of all activity levels with a highly concentrated source of energy. In addition, the vast majority of this fat content appears to be sourced from animal fats. Animal fats such as Chicken Fat are considered high-quality sources and are a natural part of a dog’s diet.

Calorie Density

Calorie Density is essential to understand as it determines the portion size of food your dog will require per day or meal. Calorie Density is commonly measured in calories per kg or per cup.
Dog food formulas with high-calorie densities can be more cost efficient to purchase while recipes with lower calorie density can be advantageous to dogs attempting weight loss or who are relatively inactive.

Overall Rachel Ray Nutrish Chicken Paw Pie contains an average of 1,054 kcal/kg or 239 kcal/8 oz. tub

Disclaimer

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 – Rachel Ray Nutrish Chicken Paw Pie

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) – 9.00%
  • Crude Fat (Min) – 5.00%
  • Crude Fiber (Max) – 2.00%
  • Moisture (Max) – 78.00%

Ingredient Analysis

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.

High-Quality Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Green Beans

Low-Quality Ingredients

  • Pea Protein

Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients

  • N/A

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. Rachel Ray Nutrish Chicken Paw Pie contains a single source of meat or fish.

The primary meat source present is Chicken. Chicken is considered a high-quality source of protein. In addition to being a fantastic protein source, chicken has high levels of Niacin and Vitamin B6.

In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review

Pea Protein is a by-product of Peas. Pea Protein is considered a low-quality ingredient. It is often used as a cheap way to increase the overall level of protein in a dog food without including additional meat or fish content. While the protein in Pea Protein is not harmful, plant-based proteins such as this are considered inferior to meat and fish-based proteins as they do not contain the full range of needed amino acids. Pea Protein is one of the most common ingredients used in a technique called Ingredient Splitting.

Sweet Potatoes are a starchy vegetable and a source of complex carbohydrates.  Sweet Potatoes are considered superior to traditional Potatoes as they contain more fiber and a more extensive range of vitamins and minerals. Some examples of vitamins and minerals that are abundant in Sweet Potatoes are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Calcium. The higher amount of fiber and the range of micronutrients in Sweet Potatoes mean that they are considered a high-quality ingredient despite containing mostly carbohydrates.

Full Ingredient List – Rachel Ray Nutrish Chicken Paw Pie

Chicken Broth, Chicken, Dried Egg Product, Egg White, Pea Protein, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Pineapple, Ground Tapioca, Dicalcium Phosphate, Natural Flavor, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Sulfate, Fish Oil, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Caramel (color), Celery Powder, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Riboflavin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of vitamin K activity).