Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Salivating for Salmon with Nulo Freestyle

Barley and Rye love salmon, so when they found out we could try to the Nulo Freestyle Grain-Free Salmon and Turkey Recipe with Strawberries Freeze-Dried Raw Food from our friends at Chewy.com this month, they couldn't wait to dive in.


The first thing I liked about this product was the packaging. Not only did it match the colors of library, but it also had a nice window on the front of the bag to show what was inside. I always like to know what to expect when I'm trying out a new product for the girls. 


At the very top of the packaging, it says "fuel their inner-athlete," so my little athlete was more than ready to gobble some up.


When I opened the package, I was also happy to see that the package had the almost velcro-like seal for closing the bag. That's my favorite kind of packaging--ziplock-type packaging sometimes gets hard to close or pulls away from the side of the bag, but this type always makes me confident that things are sealed up airtight. When we opened the bag, there was a slight salmon smell, but it wasn't overwhelming, so for non-fish fan pet parents, this wouldn't smell too offensive!


I was also happy with the ingredients. We've recently switched away from grain-free food (but not treats since those are given in small amounts) after my aunt's dog ended up at the cardiologist with diet-related heart problems. My aunt shared the cardiologist's recommendations that dogs not be fed food with potatoes or legumes like peas, especially if they appear in the first 5 ingredients. After talking to my vet, she agreed with that advice. I spent many, many hours looking for a food that didn't have peas or pea protein or pea flour or sweet potatoes or regular potatoes--and all of the grain-free foods that were in our budget had many of those ingredients. Barley's previous food had peas, pea protein, pea flour, and sweet potatoes! Since we don't have any grain allergies, I made the decision to move away from grain-free food.  The Nulo Freestyle Salmon & Turkey recipe has green beans, which are still legumes, but they are the 8th ingredient and they are the only legume-type ingredient in the recipe (some of the other Nulo recipes do have peas or sweet potatoes as a main ingredient, but this one doesn't). I felt comfortable feeding this as a treat or a supplement with the ingredients in this bag. The fat content is 26%, so that's a little higher than Rye is supposed to have to keep her pancreatitis from returning, but as a small, special snack, they're ok. 


Most of the kibbles are bite-sized, but the larger ones could be broken into smaller pieces.


These do crumble really easily. Really easily. I tried tossing a handful in my treat pouch before a walk and just from reaching into the pouch for treats and batting Rye's inquiring nose away from the pouch, most of them had turned to dust. Rye didn't mind that too much since her new reward for great agility runs is to get to dive face first into our treat pouch, so she got to clean out all of the treat dust! When I needed a treat to distract the girls from a dog walking on the other side of the street, though, that dust didn't do me much good.

The package suggests using these as a full meal or as a topper for your dog's regular food, so we'll probably use the rest of the package as a meal topper just to spice things up a bit. They definitely don't work as training treats for us, but the girls thought they were delicious and do a little dance every time I open the bag, so I'd say there are plenty of reasons to love the Nulo Freestyle Turkey and Salmon recipe.

Disclaimer: We were given one 5-oz. bag of Nulo Freestyle Grain-Free Salmon and Turkey Recipe with Strawberries Freeze-Dried Raw Food in exchange for our honest review as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program. Always talk to your own vet before making changes to your dog's diet.

8 comments:

  1. They sound good. I love salmon if it is good salmon. Enjoy them as toppers. Most of those kind of things we find don't work well in a treat pouch because they crumble, but the dust is just as good on a meal or mixed with yogurt in a Kong.

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    1. We've found a few dehydrated toppers that have worked in the treat pouch even if they've been a little crumbly, but these basically disintegrate if you touch them, so they'll definitely just be used as a topper around here!

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  2. Beth, potatoes and sweet potatoes are very different nutritionally from each other. Botanically they're not closely related. Regular potatoes are in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, with a high glycemic index, while sweet potatoes are in the Convolvulaceae (morning glory) family, with a low glycemic index despite the "sweet" in their name. You might re-check with your vet whether it's fair to lump them as poor choices for canine diets. But good for you for looking into the grain-free vs grain-containing diets.

    Cheers,
    Chris from Boise


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    1. They were both included on the list from the cardiologist as well as my own vet--it's not about the glycemic index, but about the way these types of ingredients affect absorption of other necessary nutrients for heart health according to the information that was shared with me. It's something that's still being researched, but I figured if there was a food we liked without either of them, there was no reason not to make that switch.

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    2. Huh - that's really interesting! I'll need to do some more reading. Thanks for clarifying!

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    3. It is interesting. And weird. And frustrating! From what my vet told me, most dogs probably won't have any problems--and since Barley had been on her food for a long time without problems, it was probably fine for her--and there's still a ton of research to be done, so it will be interesting to see what more research reveals and how the food companies respond.

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  3. That whole grain-free diet thing makes me crazy! Just when you think you have things figured out, they throw something new at you and it's back to the food drawing board!
    Luke loves anything salmon or any kind of fish really. He'd love this I'm sure.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. It is frustrating! Especially since so many diets are grain-free and almost every recipe has at least one of the ingredients you're supposed to avoid! Everyone here loves fish, too--poor Soth gets so upset that he's not allowed to eat any with the girls!

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