For Dogs

WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS® Young Adult Dog FoodChicken, Whole Brown Rice & Oatmeal Formula

Dogs between the ages of 6 months and 2 years old are young adults. Young adult dogs might look full-grown, but they still need nutrients for development — without the extra calories that lead to early weight gain. The NATURAL CHOICE® Brand is the first pet food company to identify this nutritional need and offer natural young adult dog food formulas. NATURAL CHOICE® WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS® Young Adult Dog Food ensures dogs get the natural nutrition they need for proper development of the brain and nervous system and strong, healthy bones. It’s a real difference you can actually see.

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Package Sizes Available: 5 lbs., 15 lbs.
 

Overview and Key Benefits

  • SMART STEP™ Formula
    SMART STEP® Formula
    Our exclusive SMART STEP® Formula offers the balanced calorie and nutrient density needed by developing young adult dogs to deliver optimal nutrition — without added calories that might lead to early weight gain.
  • Healthy Brain Development
    Healthy Brain Development
    The natural DHA in fish oil is essential for healthy growth and development of the brain and nervous system of developing young dogs.
  • Guaranteed to Improve Skin and Coat
    Guaranteed to Improve Skin and Coat**
    We guarantee healthy skin and a soft, shiny coat with our patented levels of omega-6 fatty acid (linoleic acid), zinc and B vitamins.
  • Whole Grains for Better Nutrient Absorption
    Whole Grains
    Whole Grains are nutrient-dense foods that nourish a healthy digestive system for proper nutrient absorption.
  • Real Chicken
    Real Chicken
    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.
** Complete satisfaction or your money back
 
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Ingredients and Guaranteed Analysis

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See the back of this package in stores for the approximate kibble size.
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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.
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Feeding Guidelines
These are the recommended feeding amounts based on the ideal body condition for young dogs of various weights. Individual dogs’ energy requirements may differ. Adjust the amount fed to obtain or maintain your dog’s optimum weight. If feeding NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® Dog Food for the first time, we suggest you blend increasing amounts of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS® Young Adult 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.
Suggested Amounts to Feed Per Day (Cups)
Dog Weight Activity Level I
1 to 2 Hour(s)/Day
Playing Off Lead
Activity Level III
3 to 4 Hours/Day
Intense Training
Activity Level IV
4+ Hours/Day
Intense Training
15 lbs. 1 1/3 1 1/2 1 3/4
25 lbs. 2 2 1/3 2 2/3
35 lbs. 2 1/2 3 3 1/3
45 lbs. 3 3 1/2 4
55 lbs. 3 1/2 4 1/4 4 2/3
65 lbs. 4 4 2/3 5 1/3
† Use a standard 8-oz. measuring cup, which holds 2.89 oz. of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS® Young Adult Chicken, Whole Brown Rice & Oatmeal Formula Dog Food.
Note: If you neuter or spay your dog, decrease amount fed by one activity level listed above.
NUTRO® Dog Food Body Chart
Underweight Dog Idealweight Dog Overweight Dog
Underweight Ideal Weight Overweight
Increase the feeding amount by one activity level to achieve an ideal weight.
Maintain feeding at the current activity level..
Decrease feeding by one activity level or feed NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® Lite Dog Food to achieve an ideal weight.
Calorie Content
Metabolizable energy 3623 kcal/kg, 297 kcal/cup (calculated)
Nutritional Adequacy Claim
NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS® Young Adult 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 and maintenance.
 

Product Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by best dog food we have fed a lot of major brands of food but we found NUTRO young adult our dog loves and she is doing great on it. her hair and skin is shinny and she has increased muscle mass. I would put it up against ANY of those so called major brands any day. August 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great I have tried several foods for my dog and this is the first one he has actually liked. June 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by great food my dog loves the food. she was switched from a different brand she loves this better and this doesn't give her gas. agreat food and wonderful price. January 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by best dog food We started our older (7yr) chihuahua/cocker mix on the puppy food, not the small bites adult food. We have a new puppy (8 mo) that is loving this food! Healthy, active dogs, shiny coats, strong teeth. And with the treats, they smart & well trained dogs. I just wish coupons were available. I just spent $60 on food for the both of them!! Worth every penny but it would be nice to catch a break here or there!!! January 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by RPM My dog enjoys the taste and her coat is shinier and smoother. Her stool is solid and the smell does not singe your nose hairs. Wish it were sold in bags larger than 15lbs. December 13, 2012
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