Nutro Ultra Dog Food: Has Nutro Changed?

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Overall Rating



  • Quality ingredients used
  • Affordable
  • Convenient buying options
  • Positive reviews by pet owners


  • Too many pea ingredients
  • A few controversial ingredients

I’ll be honest with you: I am not very hopeful about Nutro Ultra dog food.

When I heard the creators of Nutro dog food were going to make a grain-free formula of their own to latch onto the grain-free pet food trend, I was hesitant to even give them a second thought. Nutro dog food is known to be made with some of the most horrible ingredients, so why would Nutro Ultra be the same.

However, what I found out was VERY surprising!

For this review, I will be focusing on The Harvest Plate Grain-Free Adult formula.


Nutro Ultra dog food

Nutro Ultra Dog Food Review


Name: Nutro Ultra

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Formulas Available: Puppy, Adult, Large Breed Puppy, Grain-Free, Weight Management, Large Breed Adult, Small Breed Adult, Toy Breed Adult, Small Breed Weight Management, Small Breed Senior, Senior

Flavors Available: The Ranch Plate, The Harvest Plate, The Southland Plate, The Mediterranean Plate, and The Superfood Plate

Sizes Available: 15 pounds and 30 pounds

Price: Varies

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Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (min.) 30.00%
Crude Fat (min.) 16.00%
Crude Fiber (max.) 4.00%
Moisture (max.) 10.00%
Calcium (min.): 1.50%
Phosphorus (min.): 1.00%
Zinc (min.): 250.00 mg/kg
Vitamin E (min.): 80.00 IU/kg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (min.)*: 0.50%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids (min.)*: 2.80%


Nutro Ultra Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Split Peas, Lamb Meal, Dried Potatoes, Lentils, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavors, Potato Starch, Carrots, Chickpeas, Pea Protein, Whole Flaxseed, Sunflower Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Basil, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid (preservatives), Parsley, Oregano, Thyme, Zinc Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Selenium Yeast, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.


Ingredient Breakdown


Chicken is a high-quality protein ingredient commonly used in most pet foods. During the cooking process, the amount of protein and meat that is left is reduced by as much as half.

Chicken Meal

This is a high-quality protein ingredient that can contain as much as 300% more protein than chicken.

Split Peas

This is an ingredient typically found in most holistic pet foods. It is a gluten-free protein source. The downside to this ingredient is the fact that it contains lectins and phytates, which don’t break down in the GI tract and can cause an upset stomach.

Lamb Meal

This is a high-quality source of protein which can contain up to 300% more protein than lamb.

Dried Potatoes

This ingredient is low in calories and is digestible for most dogs. It is a source of Vitamin C, Potassium and essential B vitamins.


This ingredient is a source of additional protein, digestible fiber, and essential micronutrients dogs can benefit from.

Chicken Fat

This is a quality fat source that can be a source of additional protein and omega 3 fatty acids which can help support a healthy coat and healthy skin.

Natural Flavors

This ingredient comes from a variety of meat, fruit and vegetable sources. It is only used to enhance the flavor of the food.

Potato Starch

This is a by-product of processed potatoes. It is usually used as a binding agent in dog food. It holds little nutritional value to the food aside from being a moderate source of carbohydrates.


This is a low-calorie ingredient and is a natural source of Vitamin A, Potassium and digestible fiber.


Chickpeas are one of the most common ingredients found in grain-free diets. It is low in fat, is a source of digestible fiber, is a source of additional protein and provides essential minerals dogs need. However, there has been a recent finding that found a link between diets including chickpeas and heart disease in canines.

Pea Protein

This ingredient is a protein of essential amino acids. It is also known to help provide essential vitamins, minerals, and digestible fibers dog’s needs.

Whole Flaxseed

This ingredient is loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids, which can help support healthy skin and a shiny coat. It is also a source of digestible fiber, additional protein, manganese and important lignans.

Sunflower Oil

This is a source of fat that contains both Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which have shown to support healthy skin and a shiny coat.


Formulas, Flavors, Sizes, and Price

Nutro Ultra Grain Free Adult Dog Food

This formula by Nutro Ultra uses real chicken as the first ingredient. It also pairs healthy vegetables, fruits and herbs to make the ultimate balanced meal for adult dogs.

Flavors: Beef, Chicken, Duck, and Lamb

Sizes Available: 4 pounds and 24 pounds


Nutro Ultra Small Breed Adult

Nutro Ultra dog food
This formula is specially formulated to feed hungry little mouths. It is made with the perfect trio of protein sources coming from chicken, lamb, and salmon to give small breed dogs the quality nutrition they need.

Sizes Available: 15 pounds


Nutro Ultra Large Breed Adult

Nutro Ultra dog food
This formula is made using 3 high-quality protein ingredients and a perfect blend of over 15 superfoods, to help maintain a healthy body for large breed dogs.

Sizes Available: 15 pounds and 30 pounds


Nutro Ultra Puppy

Nutro Ultra dog food
This is a formula specifically formulated to help young puppies grow into healthy and sturdy adult dogs. It is specially formulated with the perfect balance of protein and vegetables to promote healthy growth.

Sizes Available: 15 pounds and 30 pounds


Nutro Ultra Large Breed Puppy

Nutro Ultra dog food
This formula by Nutro Ultra contains the sensitive balance of proper protein and vegetables to ensure the safe growth of large breed puppies.

Sizes Available: 30 pounds


Nutro Ultra Weight Management

Nutro Ultra dog food
This is the perfect formula for any dog that needs to shed a few pounds. It is made with no by-product meals, corn or soy to ensure your dog gets the balanced nutrition they need for optimal weight loss.

Sizes Available: 15 pounds and 30 pounds


Nutro Ultra Senior

Nutro Ultra dog food
This formula by Nutro Ultra is ideal for aging dogs. It is carefully formulated with the right amount of protein to ensure senior dogs get the nutrition they need without the extra calories involved.

Sizes Available: 15 pounds and 30 pounds


Nutro Ultra Dog Food Reviews by Pet Owners

Just as surprising as the ingredients in this food are, the reviews by pet owners are even more surprising. Most pet owners rave about this food! Take a look below at what some pet parents have been saying about this brand.

I think we found the one brand our dog will eat. We have been feeding this food to our dog since 2018 and he really enjoys it. He is notoriously picky and will turn his nose up at any food, except this one. We are not switching anytime soon. -Darwin Dang

This is one of the best commercial dog food brands I have been able to find so far. It is so good in fact, my cat even likes it! My fur baby is happy with this food and has the most beautiful shiny coat I have ever seen. -CBL

A really good dog food. My dog suffers from pretty bad allergies and she even has a very sensitive stomach. But she is thriving on this food! No allergy flare-ups and her stomach has reacted well to this food. -J. Crooks

Great product from an even greater company! I order this food all of the time. The ingredients seem to speak for themselves. -Yvette Coomey

My dog loves this food! I have been feeding this brand to my dog for the past year and a half now. She won’t touch anything else! -Sierra

Grain-Free and absolutely delicious, well, according to my dog anyway. My dog loves the taste of this food and while it may be a bit more expensive than what I am used to pay, if she likes it, I have no problem spending the extra money on it. -Amazon customer


Nutro Ultra Dog Food: The Bottomline

I have to admit, Nutro Ultra dog food really surprised me. I thought I was going to come across a food similar to other Nutro brands, but no. What I found was a decent dog food with quality ingredients, a decent price and even great customer reviews from pet owners. It’s nice to see a formula from a brand synonymous with low quality pet foods. It is one of those brands I don’t have a problem recommending, especially to new pet owners.

Final Verdict:



Have you tried Nutro Ultra dog food with your own dog? If so, what did they think of it? Let me know in the comments below!


Digital marketing specialist and Internet enthusiast. When Vanessa isn't working on or other marketing ventures, she spends her time making homemade dog treats and reading up on the latest advances in the veterinarian field.

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