Oh yeah, we’ve all heard about the health benefits of going gluten free… now why on earth would be treat our selves so much better than we’d treat our dogs? After all they are our Fur Babies aren’t they, and being a true member of our families like they are don’t they need consideration to, when it comes to their diets? Well, it seems to me that those clever people over at Rachael Ray Nutrish are keeping our Fur Babies in mind when they come up with the new recipes for the Dog food.
I have had the good fortune in the past to have had my dogs help me review Rachael Ray Nutrish Wet dog food, which BTW is one of only 2 types of wet dog food that my dogs can eat without getting their sensitive little tummies upset. Yay, nothing like “taking the risk” with a new food back when I posted that review, and being rewarded with finding a brand of dog food that I could trust for my dogs. No diarrhea and no throwing up, no need to wash the house of the dogs as a result of their participating in a review for my blog. 🙂
Fortune smiled upon me once again as I was invited to try the newest product by Rachael Ray Nutrish, the new Zero Grain Dry Dog Food! And just like the Nutrish Wet Dog food proceeds from every bag benefit Rachael’s Rescue, which is an Organization that helps animals in need, including rescue dogs like my dog “Tiny” (you will often hear me call him “Tiny Dog”, as that has sort of became my nickname for him).
For my review, I am concentrating on the fact that this food is gluten free, however, there are other great qualities in the Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain, the most obvious one is that it doesn’t contain grains. It also doesn’t contain, fillers, by-products, artificial preservatives, colors or artificial flavors. Nutrish Zero Grain is made up of all natural products, the flavor is “Turkey and Potato Recipe” with:
Real Turkey (The first ingredient in the recipe, the turkeys are U.S. Farm Raised), Turkey Meal (contains amino acids and B vitamins), Whole Potatoes, peas and Tapioca, Beet Pulp, Whole Flaxseed and poultry fat.
Our Experience With Nutrish Zero Grain
The Dogs Interest in the food:
I had started my dogs eating the dog food just the week before my husband’s heart surgery. I watched as my dogs sniffed the unopened bag and begged at the table when they saw the bag. To my opening the package… and pouring it into their enclosed dog food container and again watching the dogs showing more than their usual casual interest in the food as they danced around the food container. I set the, now empty, bag on the kitchen floor and went to work around the house and on the blog… suddenly I heard strange noises in the kitchen, as I walked into the kitchen I caught my oldest dog trying to insert his whole body into the bag as he was licking it out! “Wow,” I thought, “Rachael Ray Nutrish has done it again, I can’t wait to have my dogs try this dog food.”
Sure enough, I decided that, though it wasn’t their meal time, to open up their dog food container and give them each a few tastes from my hands of the dog food. Well they munched it up and asked for more, which I had to deny them… and as I mentioned this excitement to my husband, he explained that this is not something to truly get too excited about yet, as the dogs probably just loved the fact that this was being hand fed to them and that alone my be why they enjoyed it so much, especially my Tiny Dog who is such a picky eater.
Okay, dinner time came, and I got to see Tiny Dog Dance for his food for the first time in a long time and gobble up the food so fast that it was incredible. What a great reaction from the picky eater of mine! Well, still not the true test… we have to see if the excitement mellows with time after eating it meal after meal.
Weeks later and Tiny Dog is still not doing his usual walking away from the dish, staring at it from a distance (only to keep the older dog, Mr. Peanut) from eating his food (Mr Peanut, my long haired Dachshund is a piggy and will eat anything and everything) or taking a bite or two in his mouth and hauling it off to his dog bed and nibbling. Tiny Dog used to refuse to eat unless he was terribly hungry. Now Tiny Dog continues, weeks later, to dance for his meal and eat it in record time, no nibbling on the food, no hauling off only a bit or two at a time to his bed, but eating his whole bowl of dog food with no hesitation.
What We Noticed about Switching Foods:
With most products out there, my husband and I found that we had noticed switching their brand or flavor caused terrible tummy problems from throwing up to diarrhea. With Nutrish Zero Grain we were pleased to see that this problem didn’t exist at all.
The Doggie Deposits on the Lawn:
If your dogs are like mine, and do what we here at home call the “walk and squat” where they cannot/do not stay in one place to leave their deposits, it can be very difficult picking up the lawn. It was bad enough when we were living in an apartment needing to bring multiple bags with us, or deal with walking with an open bag that already had deposits in it. Now that we are in a home we get lazy about cleaning up the back yard and so the weekly clean up can be a pain, as we play hide and seek with the doggie deposits. I hate to admit it, I had cleaned up the deposits the week before my husband’s surgery, then tons of appointments have kept us running around a lot and now it’s been 2 weeks since his surgery, I finally cleaned up yesterday. I had to do less clean up with the old “pooper scooper,” as a result of this dog food… Yay!
Also I have noticed no tummy upsets with Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain, I am not dealing with a dog that is so intense that he will not let me sleep at night as he has a sick feeling tummy or diarrhea. And I have not noticed any of the gagging that came with their upset tummies… even if it didn’t result in the dogs throwing up, I was getting this achy old body up and running them to the linoleum floor out to the outside so they can throw up where I could easily clean up… now I get to sit and relax so much more! 🙂
My Thoughts on Gluten Free Dog Food (Gluten and My Dogs):
Reading up on Gluten Free Diets, and watching Dr. Oz (thanks Mom, now my DVR is full of his shows… I have notes to take on most shows, sheesh…) I understand that we, people, can be allergic to Gluten and looking up information online… I see that dogs too can be allergic to gluten. The side effects that I remember from my research are bloated tummies, upset tummies and more digestive problems (from constipation to diarrhea ect). I feel that both of my dogs must have a problem with Gluten and I am so pleased to have been introduced to this new product as it has helped to take care of so many of the problems that I’ve had with my dogs. And as a result of what we’ve experienced, here at home, we will be purchasing this product from now on.
In Conclusion, what do I think of Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain?
The lawn is easier to pick up now! I have already found nice sized bags of Zero Grain at Walmart (and it’s cheaper than Iams). And I have found that I can relax a little more as I don’t need to deal with my dogs having digestive problems as a result of their new food.
I can honestly recommend this to anyone wanting less clean up, less digestion problems with their dogs, better nutrition for their dogs and a product that can be found easily at the store. Additionally, I love the fact that proceeds from each bag of Nutrish go to Rachael’s Rescue, an organization that helps animals in need. Having a rescue dog, I greatly appreciate the fact that this organization is doing so much to help out animals. 🙂
You can find out more at The Nutrish Website and while you are there, click on the link on the right hand side (top of the page) entitled “Switch to Nutrish” and request a coupon for their dog food like I did… and I saved $4 off my Nutrish Zero Grain Dog food for my Gluten Free Dog Food.
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