Nutrition - 8/10
Ingredients - 8/10
Rachel Ray Nutrish Wetlands Recipe With Chicken + Duck In Gravy 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 Duck, Chicken, and Egg. It contains Tapioca which provides a minor source of carbohydrates and Pea Protein which is considered a low-quality ingredient. The smaller range of ingredients may make Rachel Ray Nutrish Wetlands Recipe With Chicken + Duck In Gravy suitable for dogs with serious dietary sensitivities or allergies. However for those dogs without dietary issues, it is a suitable wet dog food and will provide above-average nutrition from some high-quality ingredients.
High-Quality Poultry Ingredients No Grains
Contains Pea Protein
A Full Review of Wetlands Recipe With Chicken + Duck In Gravy by Rachel Ray Nutrish
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 16% of Rachel Ray Nutrish Wetlands Recipe With Chicken + Duck In Gravy 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 below average for a Wet Dog Food.
This is a low proportion of carbohydrates and very accurately mimics a dog’s natural carbohydrate intake. This small portion is from the Tapioca present in this formula. In addition, other minor ingredients such as gums or Pea by-products may contribute minor portions of carbohydrates. While satisfactory, the proportion of carbohydrates in this formula could be lower.
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 35% of Rachel Ray Nutrish Wetlands Recipe With Chicken + Duck In Gravy 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 high proportion of protein and satisfactory for most dogs. A mix of Chicken and Duck ingredients contributes to the vast majority of this protein. Meat such as Chicken is considered a high-quality source and will provide your dog with the full range of amino acids.
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 45% of Rachel Ray Nutrish Wetlands Recipe With Chicken + Duck In Gravy 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 Duck Fat or Chicken Fat are considered high-quality sources and are a natural part of a dog’s diet.
Overall Rachel Ray Nutrish Wetlands Recipe With Chicken + Duck In Gravy contains an average of 863 kcal/kg or 86 kcal/cup as fed
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 Wetlands Recipe With Chicken + Duck In Gravy
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) – 8.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 5.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 1.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 82.00%
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.
- Pea Protein
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. Rachel Ray Nutrish Wetlands Recipe With Chicken + Duck In Gravy contains two sources 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.
The secondary meat source present is Duck. Duck is considered a high-quality source of protein. It contains considerably higher levels of selenium and phosphorus than other meats.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Sunflower Oil is one of a number of oils commonly added to pet food. Sunflower Oil contains high amounts of Omega 6 Fatty Acids. However, it does not provide any of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are often considered the more beneficial of the two. For that reason, Sunflower Oil is considered by many to be a less desirable addition than other oils such as Salmon and Canola Oil.
Tapioca is a starchy vegetable and a source of complex carbohydrates. Tapioca, which is also known as Cassava Root, is a staple of South America and is rarely seen in the western world. This means it is often used as a novel ingredient for dogs with allergies or sensitivities to other ingredients such as Peas and Potatoes. Tapioca does not contribute substantial nutrition beyond its carbohydrate content but does contain the some B Vitamins such as Folate and the Vitamin B6.
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.
Salt, when added in moderation, is considered a beneficial ingredient. It enhances flavor, helps preserve the food and is important for maintaining healthy blood pressure and other bodily functions. However, some dogs, particularly those with cardiovascular problems may need to limit their consumption of Salt to avoid aggravating their health problems.
Full Ingredient List – Rachel Ray Nutrish Wetlands Recipe With Chicken + Duck In Gravy
Chicken Broth, Chicken, Duck, Dried Egg Product, Egg White, Sunflower Oil, Tapioca, Pea Protein, Dicalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Natural Flavor, Fish Oil, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Caramel (color), Choline Chloride, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Celery Powder, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin A Acetate, Copper Proteinate, 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).