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WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS® Puppy FoodChicken, Whole Brown Rice & Oatmeal Formula

Make sure your puppy gets off to a healthy start with a natural puppy food designed for growth and development. NATURAL CHOICE® WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS® Puppy Formula contains real, farm-raised chicken with amino acids necessary for building muscle and maintaining a healthy metabolism. We’ve also added oatmeal for sensitive stomachs, whole brown rice for better nutrient absorption and a precise balance of calcium and phosphorus to help build strong bones and teeth. Our premium puppy food provides the long-term benefits you want and real results you can actually see.

Package Sizes Available: 5 lbs., 15 lbs., 30 lbs.
 

Overview and Key Benefits

  • Real Chicken Is the #1 Ingredient
    Real Chicken Is the #1 Ingredient
    Our #1 ingredient is great-tasting, U.S.-farm-raised chicken, which delivers the amino acids necessary to build muscle and maintain a healthy metabolism.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Healthy Growth
    Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Healthy Growth
    Our SMART START® Formula provides omega-3 fatty acids — EPA and DHA — that are essential for early growth and development.
  • Whole Grains for Better Nutrient Absorption
    Whole Grains for Better Nutrient Absorption
    Whole grains, such as whole brown rice and oatmeal, improve nutrient absorption and digestion for puppies with sensitive stomachs.
  • Strong Bone Development
    Strong Bone Development
    We include a precise balance of calcium and phosphorus that builds strong bones for life.
  • Guaranteed to Improve Skin and Coat
    Guaranteed to Improve Skin and Coat**
    Patented levels of omega-6 fatty acid (linoleic acid), zinc and B vitamins promote healthy skin and a soft, shiny coat — guaranteed.
** Complete satisfaction or your money back
 
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Ingredients and Guaranteed Analysis

Nutro Food
See the back of this package in stores for the approximate kibble size.
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min.) 27.00%
Crude Fat (min.) 16.00%
Crude Fiber (max.) 3.00%
Moisture (max.) 10.00%
Linoleic Acid (min.) 3.50%
Calcium (min.) 1.00%
Phosphorus (min.) 0.90%
Zinc (min.) 250 mg/kg
Vitamin E (min.) 250 IU/kg
Niacin (min.) 250 mg/kg
Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C) (min.)* 50 mg/kg
Biotin (min.)* 2.5 mg/kg
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) (min.)* 0.10%
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) (min.)* 0.05%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (min.)* 0.15%
* Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles
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Feeding Guidelines

Transitioning to Our Products
If switching to this formula or feeding NATURAL CHOICE® Dog Food for the first time, we suggest you blend increasing amounts of the new formula with your old food for six days.
Read Our Transition Article
Feeding Guidelines
These are the recommended feeding ranges for puppies. These guidelines should be adjusted as needed to obtain optimum weight.

Puppies: From 3 to 5 weeks of age, moisten food and feed frequently. From 6 weeks of age, feed the suggested amount in three meals per day until 6 months of age, then twice daily until 12 months.

Pregnant Bitches: During pregnancy, offer 50% more than the amount shown for puppies 29 to 52 weeks of age.

Lactating Bitches: Offer at least two to three times the amount shown for puppies 29 to 52 weeks of age.

If feeding NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® Dog Food for the first time, we suggest you blend increasing amounts of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS® Puppy Chicken, Whole Brown Rice & Oatmeal Formula Dog Food with your old food for six days. Keep fresh drinking water available at all times, provide plenty of exercise and see your veterinarian regularly. Serve dry or lightly moistened. To help maintain freshness, we recommend sealing the bag tightly and storing it in a cool, dry location.
Puppy Age — Suggested Amounts to Feed Per Day (Cups)
Puppy
Weight
6 – 11
Weeks
12 – 16
Weeks
17 – 28
Weeks
29 – 52
Weeks
Up to 5 lbs. 1 – 1 1/8 3/4 – 1 3/4 – 1 1/2 – 3/4
10 lbs. 1 2/3 – 1 3/4 1 1/2 – 1 2/3 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 1 – 1 1/4
15 lbs. 2 1/4 – 2 1/3 2 – 2 1/4 1 2/3 – 2 1 1/3 – 1 2/3
25 lbs. 3 1/4 – 3 1/2 2 3/4 – 3 1/4 2 1/2 – 2 3/4 2 – 2 1/2
35 lbs. 3 2/3 – 4 3 1/4 – 3 2/3 2 1/2 – 3 1/4
45 lbs. 3 3/4 – 4 1/3 3 – 3 3/4
55 lbs. 3 1/2 – 4 1/2
† Use a standard 8-oz. measuring cup, which holds 3.64 oz. of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS® Puppy Chicken, Whole Brown Rice & Oatmeal Formula Dog Food. Moisten the food until the puppy no longer has sore gums and has sufficient teeth to chew the kibble.
NUTRO® Dog Food Body Chart
Underweight Dog Idealweight Dog Overweight Dog
Underweight Ideal Weight Overweight
Increase the feeding amount to achieve an ideal weight.
Maintain feeding at the current level.
Decrease the feeding amount to the lower range of target weight within the age category.
Calorie Content
Metabolizable energy 3729 kcal/kg, 384 kcal/cup (calculated)
Nutritional Adequacy Claim
NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS® Puppy Chicken, Whole Brown Rice & Oatmeal Formula Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growth, gestation and lactation.
 

Product Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 88reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by A great puppy food when I brought my puppy home she was eating cheap food and then I switched her to Nutro. I love it! She has lots of energy and has not had any upsets with her diet. I would definitely recommend this brand to others. July 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nutro Puppy Food for Sensitive Stomachs Our chocolate lab started having issues with the food the breeder told us to feed him so we went and got the Nutro Puppy food and within a couple days he was so much better. He LOVES it and eats it very well. He is 17 weeks now and we get so many complements on how great he looks and how shinny his coat is. I would highly recommend this food. He will stay on Nutro as an adult dog as well. May 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by amazing food!! I have a standard poodle who was very picky and would turn her nose up to anything. And she kept having ear infections. I decided to just try this food because i noticed it had no corn, wheat or soy. I am so glad I did!! not only does she eat it happily, cleans every bowl. Her ears are clearing up. I feed this to my pug puppy as well and he doesnt have one issue with it or the bite size. His coat is shiney, and both stools are great too!! worth the money!! May 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bingo loves It This is Bingo's favorite food...he sees the bag and the tail starts a waggin! February 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wholesome essentials puppy My English bulldog loves his nutro. His coat is smooth and gets many compliments. Provides him with nutrients and protein for an energetic growing puppy. March 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by English Bulldog puppy diarrhea I got my English pup at 8 weeks old and he had diarrhea up until 16 weeks. I took him to the vet. Doctor tested stool nothing was wrong with him, he just had to get uses to his food. I tried puppy food such as: Diamond w/ a little canned pumpkin & Blue Buffalo but nothing help. Plus his gas was horrible! I was adamant to have him try Natural Choice (recommended by doctor), it stop his gas and diarrhea within the 2nd day!! His gas have reduced significantly and does not make you want to leave the room anymore. Most important his stood is hardening day after day. He's coat is so shiny. I'm very happy with Natural Choice. It has made me and my puppy very happy. March 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Food Great food for my puppy Border Collie. She loves and it makes her coat look beautiful. It also makes her feces look hard and gold. I definitely recommend it! February 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Puppy Best dog food only feed my puppy Nutro nothing else January 16, 2013
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