Reviews and label analysis suggest Nutro Max dog foods, such as Adult Beef and Rice, as a good mid-price canned dog food. We found no reviews that lab-test dog-food brands. Rather, reviewers evaluate the labels, looking for lots of meat, and Nutro Max has plenty. Dogs also need a diet that contains up to 50 percent carbohydrates, so reviewers are also looking for high-quality carbs from fruits, vegetables and better grains rather than low-value carbs like corn and wheat. Nutro Max has more grain than premium canned foods like Canidae Chicken, Lamb and Fish All Life Stages (*Est. $1.70 per 13 oz. can), but the ground rice and rice bran at least are of some benefit as opposed to corn or wheat.
Nutro Max dog foods are said to be "all natural" and do not use artificial preservatives or meat byproducts. We found some scattered anecdotal health complaints about Nutro dog and cat foods, but those could not be substantiated and an Internet rumor that the company was being investigated by the FDA proved to be unsubstantiated. The food meets Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) standards for nutrition.
All major dog-food review sources do essentially the same thing: read labels and rate the contents. DogFoodAdvisor.com does the most comprehensive job, accompanying its ratings with good discussion. GoodGuide.com does the same, but its analysis uses different criteria than many reviewers. DogFoodAnalysis.com covers lots of products, but canned foods get no discussion and the analysis has now grown old.
Nutro Max dog foods -- including Nutro Max Adult Beef and Rice -- mostly earn 4-star ratings here, though a couple varieties score lower. The meat content is average compared to other canned dog foods, and the ingredients overall are above average. That lead's Mike Sagman to say that the food is "highly recommended."
Review: Nutro Max (Canned), Mike Sagman, May 15, 2012
GoodGuide.com rates food on its nutritional appropriateness as well as a company's environmental and social policies. Undesirable ingredients are noted, but foods don't appear to be penalized for them resulting in some controversial ratings. Be that as it may, Nutro Max Adult Beef & Rice earns a "scientific rating" of 6.7, placing it number 91 out of 350 canned foods evaluated here.
Review: Nutro Max Dog Food Adult Beef & Rice Dinner, Editors of GoodGuide.com
Dog foods aren't tested but are evaluated according to contents listed on the label and rated from 1 to 6 stars. The 3-star rating that editors award Nutro Max Adult Beef & Rice is better than that of many foods in its price class. However, the evaluation is now over 6 years old and no discussion of the food is provided, nor are there any reader reviews.
Review: Nutro Max Beef and Rice Dinner for Dogs, Editors of DogFoodAnalysis.com