Nutro Dog Food Making Dogs Sick: Is Nutro Bad for Dogs?

Nutro dog food is a popular brand of dog food made by Mars Petcare. However, many of their customers are now complaining about their dogs throwing up every time they eat it, as well as experiencing diarrhea, hair loss, and an overall inability to maintain a healthy weight.

Nutro Dog Food Making Dogs Sick

Is Nutro making dogs sick?

If you own a dog and feed it Nutro brand food, you might want to pay attention to these recent reports of dogs getting sick after eating Nutro dog food. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy.

“I want to be clear, I’m a big fan of the Nutro brand dog food. However, I do not recommend it for your dog. Two weeks ago my usually healthy and active German Shepherd became listless and lethargic. After a visit to the vet, we discovered that he was experiencing heart problems.”

“I was browsing social channels when I saw a post asking if anyone else’s dog became extremely ill after a switch to Nutro dog food. You see, this person’s poor dog had been on the healthy food for a few days, and suddenly it started vomiting.”

“My dog used to love Nutro. But, I noticed his coat was starting to fall out and get extremely dry. When I started researching why this was happening, I discovered a number of blogs and sites where people were reporting the same problems I was having with Nutro dog food. It raised my suspicion that there might be something wrong with Nutro dog food, prompting me to contact Nutro for a response.”

Most of the responses we’ve received so far are from dog owners in California and Texas, but we’ve also heard from people in Michigan, Florida, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Canada.

The following evidence was found on the Consumer Affairs website:

“My dog started having loose stool and my vet said it was from the food. I will never trust Nutro again!”

“I noticed that when I feed my dog she is throwing up her food within a few minutes of eating. It’s very frustrating to think that I spent the extra money to buy what I thought was a better quality food…only to realize it’s not!”

“I have been feeding my dog Nutro Natural Choice for years and last month my 10-year-old dog started losing hair, getting bumps all over her body, itching like crazy, and losing weight. My vet couldn’t figure out why but seems to be convinced that it’s from the Nutro Natural Choice food.”

Does Nutro dog food cause heart problems?

The FDA has released a list of 16 dog food brands that are linked to hundreds of reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy, a type of heart disease. The FDA is investigating more than 500 reports that appear to link dog foods marketed as “grain-free” to canine dilated cardiomyopathy.

The agency has been warning about foods based on peas, lentils, or potatoes since July 2018.

I was particularly concerned because Nutro is listed as one of the brands being investigated by the FDA.


Is Nutro dog food made in China?

NUTRO dog food is not made in China. Although NUTRO products are not made in China, it is noted that some of the ingredients used to make NUTRO products may be sourced from China. The Mars company maintains a list of countries where their ingredients come from on their website.

According to the company’s website: “NUTRO dog food is made in the United States, and we’re proud to be part of this community. Our NUTRO brands are manufactured in our own U.S. facilities with ingredients from trusted farmers and suppliers. We source our ingredients globally, but everything is processed and packaged in our highly regulated U.S. facilities, closer to home where you can easily find us if you have any questions about our products or processes.”

Can Nutro dog food cause an upset stomach?

Dogs’ stomachs are very sensitive and it is common for them to get an upset stomach. This may be due to something they ate, being fed a new food. Dog food could also cause the stomach to feel upset.

There are many dog foods on the market but Nutro dog food is one of the top brands that pet owners buy for their dogs. There have been some Nutro dog food complaints in the past and one of these is that their products can cause an upset stomach and vomiting.

The reason why some dogs get an upset stomach after eating Nutro dog food is that they are sensitive to certain ingredients in the product and they may also be allergic to them. When a dog has an allergy to something, their body reacts by trying to reject it and this causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

If you feel that your dog is experiencing any of these issues, it’s important to get them checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Positive reviews

When taken as a whole, it’s clear that Nutro does produce some very good dog foods and nearly all of their products are above average when compared to other dog food brands.

“I have been feeding my dogs Nutro dog food for over 10 years. I had a vet tell me their coats are in the best shape he has ever seen. Their teeth are also great-looking. I have 3 dogs, a Yorkie mix, a bull terrier mix, and a lab mix. All three of them love this food.”

“The reviews I read of this product on Amazon are not favorable. I have been feeding this to my 2 large breed dogs for a couple of years now and they love it. I am always looking for more natural dog food that is not full of fillers like corn and soy, something that can cause them to be hungry more often and eat more, keeping the weight off. The ingredients in the Nutro brand are quality and you can see the difference in the stools, which is a good sign that it is digested well. They also love the taste which is very important as well.”

“I’m a professional dog trainer, and I’ve been using Nutro Adult Dry Dog Food for years. Just in case you’re wondering, I get no financial compensation from Nutro or any other dog food company. I use this food because it works, and since my dogs are my livelihood, I want them to have the best!”

“The main reason why I like Nutro is that it’s not full of fillers and artificial ingredients like most other commercial foods. It contains a lot of meat protein (it’s the first ingredient listed on the bag!), which our dogs need for good health. It also has very few carbohydrates and no corn or wheat products. The company claims that their foods don’t contain any artificial flavors or preservatives, but there may be some preservatives in their dry foods (I’ve spoken with several people at the company about this issue).”

“I feed Nutro to all of my dogs because they are very sensitive to certain foods and will develop skin irritations if they eat them (or even if they lick plastic bowls that have had those foods inside). Since my dogs eat only Nutro, they never have these kinds of problems.”

“My dog went crazy over this food. He was so excited that he was jumping up and down, barking. His tail was wagging and he just couldn’t wait to eat it. He loved it!”

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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

One Response

  1. Mine and my parent’s dogs both started Nutro Natural Choice Small Breed Chicken and Rice a month ago. Two weeks ago, my parent’s dog began vomiting like crazy, shaking, muscle tremors, he started scratching his head and face to the point he was getting bumps and swelling, and horrible diarrhea. They rushed him to the vet. We thought it was his usual food sensitivity but now my dog began having the same exact symptoms a few days ago. He is going to the vet tomorrow. My parent’s dog has gone almost back to normal since stopping the Nutro. Nothing else in their diet has changed other than this food. Don’t feed it! Spread the word! I am so worried for my sweet old boy. I wish I’d never have picked up that bag!

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