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    Nutro Wholesome Essentials Puppy Dry Dog Food Review

    Puppy Food Review:
     Quick Overview


    Value For Money

    Nutritional Value


    What We Like

    • Natural ingredients you can actually pronounce
    • Made with real meat, including lamb
    • Ingredients sourced from trusted farmers

    What We Don't Like

    • Can cause digestive issues
    • Some dogs don’t like the taste
    • Can cause diarrhea in some dogs

    Choosing the right food for your large breed puppy can be a bit overwhelming, especially because there are so many great foods for dogs on the market. One of the options that you have comes from Nutro, a dog food brand that has been around since the 1920s.

    This formula is specifically made for large breed dogs and is created with their special dietary needs in mind. Nutro products are available both online and in stores, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you certainly will soon! Is this Nutro product right for your large breed puppy? Keep reading to find out.


    NUTRO WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS Natural Puppy Large Breed Dry Dog Food Pasture-Fed Lamb & Rice Recipe, 30 lb. Bag

    This particular product from Nutro is formulated for large breed puppies. It is a lamb and rice formula, which is often ideal for the sensitive stomachs that many dogs have during their puppyhood.

    Nutro states on its website that the lamb used in this formula is pasture-raised, and the food also contains ingredients such as calcium, which helps to build strong bones, and DHA, a fatty acid. The food also contains both chondroitin and glucosamine, which lends to healthy and strong joint development. This is a premium dog food with no GMO ingredients nor artificial colors or flavors.

    Who is this Product for? 

    This Nutro puppy food is for anyone who has a large breed puppy that will be 50 pounds or more when fully grown into an adult dog. People who tend to buy dog food from the Nutro brand are those who are looking for complete canine nutrition for a growing pup. People who buy Nutro also tend to like that the food from this brand is made of non-GMO ingredients. Keep in mind, however, that all of this comes at a cost, and for some people, this puppy food simply will not be in their budget.

    What’s Included? 

    When you buy the Nutro Wholesome Essentials puppy food for large breed dogs, the only thing you get is the 30-pound bag of dog food. There are no frills here, and there are no accessories nor tools, such as a scoop or measuring cup. The bag, however, does contain a lot of information that puppy owners should know. This includes the story behind the company’s clean food philosophy and a handy chart, which allows dog owners to know how much to feed their dog as it grows.

    Overview of Features

    This puppy food does have some features that make it stand out from the rest of the large breed puppy food on the market. First, of course, is Nutro’s commitment to non-GMO ingredients. There are not many mainstream dog food brands that put this much effort into creating a dog food that does this.

    Additionally, this puppy food contains two protein sources, lamb and chicken, which is excellent for a large puppy that will grow into a large dog someday. Other healthy ingredients that are in this dog food include whole brown rice, whole grain oatmeal, chickpeas, and fish oil.

    How to Use

    The amount of food that you give your dog depends on a number of factors including their weight, age, and their activity level. Nutro has included a handy chart that can help you determine how much food to give your puppy. This chart is featured prominently on the back of every bag of this dog food, and it’s easy to understand based on the dogs age and weight.

    The company also suggests softening the kibble for young dogs, which makes it easier to eat. Additionally, Nutro suggests feeding the dog three times a day up until six months, and then two times a day up until 18 months. At this point, a large breed dog is ready for adult dog food.


    Though we love this dog food from Nutro, the bottom line here is that it is not affordable for everyone who has a large dog. With this food, you would likely be spending $50 to $70 a month just to feed your dog. One alternative we like that is a bit more affordable and still a good quality food is NUTRO MAX Large Breed Puppy Food. This option is not non-GMO, and it does contain grains, unlike the Wholesome Essentials, but it’s still an excellent choice that is a bit cheaper.


    We are big fans of this food for big puppies. Nutro’s Wholesome Essentials puppy food for large breeds is perfect for people who want to ensure their puppy is put on the path to excellence as they grow up into a large or giant breed dog.

    Though this is a more expensive food, the efforts that Nutro has made make it well worth the price. If it’s a bit too expensive for your budget, don’t fear; Nutro has several options that are more affordable and are still amazing choices for your pet.

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    About the AuthorAngela Miller

    Hello, my name is Angela Miller. Several years ago, I rescued a little seven-year-old Bichon Frise. I started looking into dog nutrition so I could keep my little love bug for as long as I possibly could. I love my dog too much to feed him unhealthy food. I hope some of the things I've learned along the way will help you and your dog.

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