Nutro Wholesome Essentials Large Breed Puppy Pasture Fed Lamb & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food

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Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Large Breed Puppy Food is designed to help provide healthy, balanced growth for large breed puppies. Made with premium Australian and New Zealand lamb and whole brown rice, Nutro's limited ingredient diet recipe is a careful blend of proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals that promotes proper skeletal development. Plus, its naturally sourced glucosamine and chondroitin help to develop strong and healthy joints, and it has a delicious taste your large breed puppy will enjoy again and again. 

Key Benefits

  • Great-tasting, real Australian and New Zealand lamb delivers the amino acids large breed puppies need to build muscles and maintain a healthy metabolism.
  • Naturally sourced glucosamine and chondroitin, the nutritional building blocks of healthy cartilage, which means healthy joints. The right fiber balance from whole ingredients, such as brown rice and oatmeal, promotes an ideal digestive environment to help absorb available nutrients
  • Precisely formulated with targeted levels of protein and fat to support the high energy levels of large breed puppies. Whole grains are nutrient-dense foods that nourish a healthy digestive system for proper nutrient absorption
  • Made with absolutely no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. This is a high quality product that is produced in the manufacturer's own facilities to ensure safety and quality.
  • Nutro's dedicated team of experts tailor their formulas to your pet's life stage and health condition. They only use natural ingredients that they directly buy and can trace back to their suppliers.

Special Note

This product has recently undergone a packaging and slight formulation change. Please refer to transition instructions when transitioning your pet to the new formula. Note: Customers may receive the old formulation during this transition.

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  • Item Number
  • Breed Size
    Giant, Large
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    Sensitive Digestion, Limited Ingredient Diet, No Corn No Wheat No Soy

Nutritional Info


  1. Old Formulation: Lamb, Lamb Meal (Source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Brewer's Rice, Pea Protein, Rice Bran, Whole Brown Rice, Whole Grain Oatmeal, Split Peas, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Chickpeas, Sunflower Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Soybean Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Fish Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Selenium Yeast, Biotin, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract, Decaffeinated Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.
  2. New Formulation: Deboned Lamb, Lamb Meal (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Brewers Rice, Pea Protein, Rice Bran, Whole Brown Rice, Whole Grain Oatmeal, Split Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Sunflower Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Soybean Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Chickpeas, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Salt, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid (preservatives), Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Selenium Yeast, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.

Caloric Content

  1. 3,760 kcal/kg, 353 kcal/cup
Crude Protein 26.0% min
Crude Fat 15.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Moisture 10.0% max
Linoleic Acid 3.5% min
Eicosapentaenoic Acid 0.05% min
Cosahexaenoic Acid 0.05% min
Calcium 1.2% min
Calcium 1.7% max
Phosphorus 1.0% min
Phosphorus 1.60% max
Zinc 250 mg/kg min
Niacin 250 mg/kg min
Biotin 2.5 mg/kg min
Chondroitin Sulfate 350 mg/kg min
Glucosamine 150 mg/kg min

Feeding Instructions

Weight 6-11 Weeks Old Daily Feeding (Cups) 3-5 Months Old Daily Feeding (Cups) 6-8 Months Old Daily Feeding (Cups) 9-12 Months Old Daily Feeding (Cups) 12+ Months Old Daily Feeding (Cups)
Up to 10 lbs 1 2/3 - 1 3/4 1 1/3 - 1 2/3
20 lbs 2 3/4 - 3 2 1/3 - 2 3/4 2 - 2 1/3
30 lbs 3 3/4 - 4 1/4 3 1/4 - 3 3/4 2 2/3 - 3 1/4 2 1/2 - 2 3/4
40 lbs 4 2/3 - 5 1/4 4 - 4 2/3 3 1/3 - 4 3 - 3 1/3
60 lbs 5 1/4 - 6 1/3 4 1/2 - 5 1/4 4 1/4 - 4 1/2 3 1/2
80 lbs 6 1/2 - 7 3/4 5 2/3 - 6 1/2 5 1/4 - 5 2/3 4 1/3
100 lbs 6 2/3 - 7 3/4 6 1/4 - 6 2/3 5 1/4
120 lbs 7 2/3 - 8 3/4 7 - 7 2/3 6
140 lbs 8 2/3 - 10 8 - 8 2/3 6 2/3
160 lbs 8 3/4 - 9 1/2 7 1/3
180 lbs 9 2/3 - 10 1/2 8
200 lbs 8 2/3

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.

Pregnant Bitches: During pregnancy, offer 50% more than the amount shown for puppies over 12 months of age.

Lactating Bitches: Offer at least two to three times the amount shown for puppies over 12 months of age.

Transition Instructions

If feeding Nutro Dog Food for the first time or changing formulas, we suggest you blend increasing amounts of the new formula with your old dog food for six days.

  • Days 1-2: 25% Nutro/75% Old Formula
  • Days 3-4: 50% Nutro/50% Old Formula
  • Days 5-6: 75% Nutro/25% Old Formula
  • Days 7+: 100% Nutro

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Nutro Wholesome Essentials Large Breed Puppy Pasture Fed Lamb & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 84.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for my picky 4 month old Golden pup! Although my golden pup doesn't have a chicken allergy, he refused any chicken-flavored food. The vet told me that he has to be eating a large breed formula, but most large breed puppy formulas are chicken! I finally found this brand, and my coworker said she used to feed her dogs nutro and they LOVED it! So I figured I'd give it a try & I am confident in this decision. Ever since my baby came home, he's always had soft stools, and often diarrhea & the vet said he was just fine but it still worried me. However, after I switched to this brand and flavor, he finally has firm stools! This is an amazing food if you have a picky pup. And the price is amazing compared to pet store prices! Thank you chewy!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product!!! I was feeding my Rottie the Kirkland brand puppy food (not because I'm cheap lol, the breeder had recommended it) and he would whine all day as if he was hungry. He was literally pooping all day and it was runny (I wasn't over feeding him either). I was hesitant about ordering from Chewy because I've never heard of them before but wow! I'm glad I did, the products I ordered arrived next day! I immediately switched to the Nutro without mixing in his old food. I thought he was going to have the runs but instantly his poops have become solid AND he hasn't been pooping all day! What a relief for the both of us! Plus, he's content, he is so excited to eat and the whining has stopped. I would definitely recommend Nutro dog food, it is an EXCELLENT product.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nitro for the Win I have been feeding my 5 month old lab nutro since I brought her home. As soon as she was completely switched from the breeders food to this, I noticed an amazing difference in her coat. She went from havin terrible dandruff, to none at all. Her coat is so shiny and black it almost looks like velvet. She gets compliments on it everywhere we go! I recently switched her from the chicken and rice recipe to the lamb and rice as I thought she had an allergy to chicken. She has done much better on the lamb recipie. I have never seen a dog so excited for her food. She will turn down human food if she had to make the choice between that and her Nutro. My puppy and I both love it!
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This food solved our concerns within a week! We have two golden doodle puppies, different litters, and they will be between 60-70 lbs each. They were both on a large breed puppy with chicken chunks. Perfect for one but the other had constant very loose stools despite trying Vet prescription food and following all Vet puppy protocols. Vet food also had chicken as primary protein source. On an instinct, I tried eliminating the chicken protein source and went to large breed puppy with lamb and rice. Within a week, Nemo was having firmer stools and fewer of them without the corn fillers. Both on this now and doing great!
Date published: 2016-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dog loves taste and it has healthy ingredients. I've done a lot of reading on large breed food & really feel that this is a high quality brand. There are not many large breed foods to choose from and my Rottweiler puppy really likes it. He's been eating it for a week and a half but I haven't seen his stools get any firmer. That is the one thing I'm a little disappointed about. He does seem to be pooping less and his coat is very soft and shiny.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Puppy love We have a large breed puppy and we started with the smaller breed Nutro brand for puppies, and changed it to large puppy brand and she loves it even more. Her coat is soft and shiny too.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the service ! I use this product all the time but it's often times not available at my local pet store, but with Chewy it was available so I'm happy .
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I love Nutro's pet foods. No unnecessary fillers and premium ingredients. Chewy is very convenient and the prices are unbeatable!
Date published: 2017-01-11
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