Nood Dog Food Review
- Decent ingredients throughout
For our Nood dog food review we’ll take a look at the dry formula Cage-Free Chicken Recipe with Superfoods for Dogs. They also have a chicken formula for puppies, and a salmon formula for adult dogs, both being similar to the one we’ll look at today.
Only weeks after Nood was released, and shortly after we wrote a glowing review, the product discreetly changed. Manufacture switched from USA to Thailand, and the ingredients swayed from decent ingredients to not so decent ones like rice and tapioca. It’s a shame as the original was a very promising product readily available in supermarkets like Coles.
What the marketing says
On the Nood Australia website we find the following claims:
- Real Meat 1st Ingredient
- Transparent Recipes
- Formulated by Vets & Nutritionists
In addition to the above, they make the claim the food is “Premium”, made by pet lovers, for pet lovers.
This is all marketing spiel. “Premium” isn’t a regulated word and can be used for anything. “Real Meat” is a term I always laugh at, as if it wasn’t real meat it would be fake meat, and I don’t really know what that means. Quorn, perhaps?
What the labelling really says
The first two ingredients are both chicken (a combo of chicken + poultry meal). It’s a good start and ensures a decent amount of meat in the food, unlike other supermarket brands. The 2nd and 3rd ingredients are possibly in equal proportion, being a combination of rice and tapioca. This is a shame in respect to the previous formula which had legumes and sweet potato, but it’s pretty standard for a dog food to contain as much cheaper ingredients as possible. There are worse alternatives to rice and tapioca, and it’s good to see they haven’t opted for nasties like wheat or cereal/cereal by-products.
We expect the amount of chicken and poultry to equal the rice and tapioca, which is also suggested by the guaranteed analysis. The protein of 26% is respectable. 12% fat is moderate, and we estimate 44% carbs which is slightly better than average.
The 5th and 6th ingredients are similar – chicken fat and digested animal protein (which I assume is what used to be referred to as animal digest which has a bad name from being a little gruesome).
We find some nice inclusions such as salmon oil, some token mixed berries, green peas and other veggies, and decent selections of natural preservatives and antioxidant.
For a supermarket brand Nood dog food is pretty good, especially considering the affordability. Why not mix it up with some fresh meats, organs, and eggs from the adjoining aisles?
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Nood dog food review summary
Nood dog food still holds it’s own amongst supermarket brands, even with the slightly diminished Nood version 2. Compared to some of the rubbish we find on the supermarket shelves this makes Nood one of the best supermarket dog foods you can buy.
Consumer feedback has been pretty good with no major issues (read consumer comments below). If Coles is your regular haunt then Nood dog food is worth trying.
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The ingredients of Nood dog food (as of January 2021) are as follows:
Chicken, Poultry meal, Rice, Tapioca, Chicken fat, Digested animal protein (Poultry liver and Fish), Sweet potato, Salmon oil, Vitamins (Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Nicotinic acid, Pantothenic acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Folic acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12), Minerals (Zinc, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Iodine, Selenium), Salt, Dicalcium phosphate, Choline Chloride, Mixed berries (Blueberry, Cranberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Mulberry), Green pea, Potassium chloride, Taurine, Methionine, Pumpkin, Carrot, Probiotic (Bacillus subtilis), Spinach, Natural mixed tocopherols.
Nood Guaranteed Analysis
The guaranteed analysis of Nood dog food (as of January 2021) is as follows:
|Crude Fibre||(max) 4.6%|
|Carbohydrates *||Estimated 44%|
- Decent ingredients throughout