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Frequently Asked Questions

    • Rachael Ray Nutrish® offers a complete line of Super Premium foods and treats for Dogs and Cats made with simple, wholesome ingredients.

      The line of food for dogs meets a variety of different nutritional needs for pets and pet parents — from Super Premium natural nutrition (original Nutrish recipes), to limited ingredient nutrition (Nutrish Just 6), to grain-free recipes (Nutrish Zero Grain). We also offer six delicious flavors of natural Wet Foods for Dogs in our Nutrish Naturally Delish line. Finally, there's a full line of Nutrish Treats for Dogs including hearty Soup Bones, delicious Savory Bites, and also real U.S. Chicken Jerky in our Nutrish Savory Jerky line-up.

      For feline furry friends, our Super Premium line of Natural Foods for Cats includes our tasty dry kibble formulas, featuring Real Chicken or Real Salmon as the #1 ingredient. And the delicious line of Nutrish Wet Foods for Cats offers lip-smacking recipes like Chicken Purrcata, Ocean Fish-a-licious, and more! Click here to learn more about our line of Natural Cat Foods.
    • Rachael Ray Nutrish® is available almost everywhere you shop for your family's groceries. For a complete store listing, click here.
    • Like you, Rachael Ray wants the best for her furry family members. That's why she worked with experts in pet nutrition to create Rachael Ray Nutrish®. All Nutrish food and treats are made with simple, wholesome ingredients that pets will love. And here's something else to love, Rachael's proceeds from Nutrish go to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals.
    • Heartbroken by the millions of mistreated and abandoned animals who don't have someone who loves them as much as Rachael loves her Isaboo, Rachael created Rachael's Rescue®. Dedicated to helping animals in need, Rachael's Rescue has raised over $6 million since its inception. And all of Rachael's proceeds happily go to help these animals in need. To learn more, visit www.RachaelsRescue.org.
    • Rachael Ray partnered with a group of pet food experts at Ainsworth Pet Nutrition® to create recipes inspired by Rachael's own kitchen that contain simple, natural ingredients.
    • Rachael Ray Nutrish® products are made by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition®, our commitment to safety surpasses anything in the marketplace today. We go well beyond historic "feed plant" standards and continuously strive to make sure that we are leading the industry in providing the level of food quality that our beloved pets deserve.

      Because of our commitment to safety, we were the first pet food manufacturing company in the U.S. to receive a Facilities Food Safety audit rating of "Excellent" from the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Level II International auditing standard in accordance with the Global Food Safety Initiative.
    • We are so sure that your pet will love Nutrish® that if you or your pet are not fully satisfied, we'll gladly provide a refund. Just call 1.800.323.7738 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST.
    • Rachael Ray Nutrish® is manufactured by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition®, a family-owned and operated company that has been making quality pet foods for five generations. In fact, the only things that we make are pet foods and treats, and all of our dry foods and treats are made right here in the USA. Every day, we work hard to ensure pet parents continue to trust the foods we provide. It's how we've done business for the past 80 years and how we intend to do business for the next 80 years and beyond. To learn more, visit www.ainsworthpets.com.
    • Because of fluctuating ingredient and manufacturing costs, we can't give you an exact amount. What we can tell you is that Rachael's proceeds from every bag of Nutrish go to organizations that help animals in need through Rachael's Rescue. Click here to see how many millions of dollars have been raised to date. To learn more about Rachael's Rescue and the animal organizations that we support, visit: www.RachaelsRescue.org.
    • You can learn more about the pet-related charities we currently support at www.RachaelsRescue.org.
    • Food Safety has and always will be our first priority. At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, our quality and food safety programs are modeled after industry best practices from both the human and pet food industries, however, our pet food is not intended for human consumption. While we do not recommend human ingestion of our pet products, incidental consumption of our food in small amounts will not cause harm.
    • There is a lot of debate around corn, but nutrition is all about balance, and every ingredient has some pros and cons. Some people believe corn allergies are an issue. That may be so in some dogs or cats, but that's not the case for all of them. If your dog has a known corn allergy, you may want to try Nutrish® Just 6® Limited Ingredient Recipe, which is corn-, wheat-, and soy-free, or either of our Nutrish® Zero Grain recipes, which are grain-free formulas for dogs. These simple and natural kibble formulas may be less likely to aggravate food sensitivities in pets.

      Additionally for Dogs, our line of Nutrish® Naturally Delish Wet Foods is also corn-free.

      And for our feline friends, our line of Nutrish® Natural Wet Foods for Cats is grain-free.
    • We will keep you informed of new product developments on www.nutrishforpets.com, as well as on our Nutrish®Facebook page. Visit us often, and you'll be the first to know about new products that will be available at a store near you. Like us and sign-up to get our Nutrish e-newsletters to be the first to get new information!
    • We currently offer a 28-pound bag in select flavors at select retailers. Click here to find a retailer near you that carries this larger size bag.
    • It's no coincidence the product is called Nutrish®. Real meat, like chicken or beef, is always the number one ingredient. There are no poultry by-product meal, artificial flavors or artificial preservatives. It's just simple, natural good-for-your-dog food that tastes great. And like all Nutrish foods, it's 100% complete and balanced nutrition for dogs.
    • Most of our Rachael Ray Nutrish® varieties are formulated to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages, so the answer is yes, you can feed Nutrish® Chicken & Veggies and Beef & Brown Rice dry food varieties to your puppy, and all Nutrish® Naturally Delish wet varieties to your puppy. Check the detailed feeding instructions for when you should begin puppies on Nutrish® and how to adjust feeding levels as your puppy grows. And, don't forget to see your vet regularly.
    • Slowly mix Nutrish® with his other food over a five to ten day period until your dog is solely eating Rachael Ray Nutrish®. Once your dog is only eating Nutrish, keep in mind that feeding guidelines on the bag are a guide. Your dog's individual needs will vary based upon his size, his activity level and even his age. And overfeeding is a common source of digestive upset. Be sure to check your dog's weight and adjust feeding levels to maintain a healthy weight. And, don't forget to see your vet regularly.
    • Rachael Ray Nutrish® is formulated for overall health and nutrition. The first ingredient is real meat and Nutrish contains no artificial flavors or preservatives. So if your cat accidentally eats out of the wrong bowl, he'll be okay. Just don't let him make a habit of it.
    • Yes. Our new Rachael Ray Nutrish® Healthy Weight formula has 25% less fat and 10% fewer calories than Rachael Ray Nutrish® Chicken & Veggies Recipe. The number one ingredient is real turkey, which helps maintain lean muscle mass. It even has the nutrient L-Carnitine, which is known to help turn fat into energy to promote a healthy weight. Click here to learn more
    • Rachael Ray Nutrish® Zero Grain is conveniently available where you already shop for your family's groceries, so there's no need to make an extra trip to the pet store for the natural, grain-free nutrition you and your dog will love. For a complete store listing, click here.
    • Like you, Rachael Ray wants the best for all our furry family members. That's why she worked with a team of pet nutrition experts to create Nutrish® Zero Grain, a pet food made with simple, natural ingredients that doesn't contain any grains, glutens or fillers. Turkey or Salmon is always the number one ingredient, as they are ingredients not often used in pet food, which may make them less likely to aggravate food sensitivities. Carefully selected ingredients like whole potatoes, peas and tapioca are the easily digestible vegetable carbohydrates in Zero Grain. It's a natural and wholesome, easily digestible, grain-free food for your dog. Plus, Zero Grain is available where you currently shop for your family's groceries, and proceeds benefit Rachael's Rescue — an organization that helps animals in need.
    • Dogs' natural diets are low in grains and while carbohydrates are an important part of their diet, they shouldn't be the staple of a healthy, balanced dog diet. That's why real meat is the number one ingredient in all Rachael Ray Nutrish® Zero Grain foods for dogs. Some dogs also have grain and gluten allergies that can cause skin irritations or other problems. These dogs can benefit from a natural, grain-free and gluten-free diet like Nutrish® Zero Grain, which removes the grain and gluten allergens. Nutrish® Zero Grain Turkey & Potato Recipe is a natural food that doesn't contain any grains, glutens, zero poultry by-product meal, fillers or artificial ingredients, so it may be a more easily digestible option for your dog and may be less likely to aggravate food sensitivities in animals.
    • All Rachael Ray Nutrish® dry foods for dogs are super premium and made with simple, natural and wholesome ingredients. All Nutrish recipes deliver 100% complete and balanced nutrition for your dog.

      Nutrish offers a variety of natural foods to meet the personal, nutritional and lifestyle needs of a wide range of pets and pet parents: from original Nutrish Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe with U.S. farm-raised chicken as the 1st ingredient and no wheat, wheat gluten, poultry by-product meal, fillers or artificial ingredients; to Just 6® Limited Ingredient Recipe made with just six natural ingredients and no corn, wheat or soy; to Nutrish Zero Grain Turkey & Potato Recipe, which delivers natural, grain-free nutrition. All Nutrish foods for dogs are natural foods made with real meat — there is never any poultry by-product meal, artificial flavors or artificial preservatives And with wonderful Nutrish wet foods and treats to choose from, too, there are Nutrish products that are perfect for you and your pet.

    • Yes, of course! Rachael Ray worked with a team of pet nutrition experts to develop Nutrish® Zero Grain with 100% complete and balanced nutrition for dogs of all sizes and all life stages. Instead of grains, Nutrish Zero Grain contains other easily digestible alternative carbohydrates like whole potatoes, peas and tapioca, which have been carefully chosen because they're naturally gluten-free and easy on the digestive system.
    • Yes. Rachael Ray Nutrish® Zero Grain is formulated to meet the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) nutrient profiles for all life stages of a dog. Check the detailed feeding instructions on the Zero Grain bag for when you should begin puppies on Nutrish Zero Grain and how to adjust feeding levels as your puppy grows, and don't forget to see your vet regularly.
    • Rachael Ray Nutrish®products are made by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition®, our commitment to safety surpasses anything in the marketplace today. We go well beyond historic "feed plant" standards and continuously strive to make sure that we are leading the industry in providing the level of food quality that our beloved pets deserve.

      Because of our commitment to safety, we were the first pet food manufacturing company in the U.S. to receive a Facilities Food Safety audit rating of "Excellent" from the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Level II International auditing standard in accordance with the Global Food Safety Initiative.
    • It's easy to switch your pet to Nutrish® Zero Grain! Slowly mix Zero Grain with his other food over a 5- to 10-day period until your dog is solely eating Nutrish Zero Grain. Once your dog is only eating Nutrish Zero Grain, keep in mind that feeding guidelines on the bag are a guide. Your dog's individual needs will vary based upon his size, his activity level and even his age. And overfeeding is a common source of digestive upset. Be sure to check your dog's weight and adjust feeding levels to maintain a healthy weight. And don't forget to see your vet regularly.
    • No, Rachael Ray Nutrish® Zero Grain is not formulated as a weight control formula. If your dog should be on a weight control formula, please try Rachael Ray Nutrish Healthy Weight Real Turkey & Veggies Recipe, and don't forget to see your vet regularly.
    • We source wild caught and farm-raised Salmon from the US and farm-raised salmon from Chile. Like with all of our dry formulas for pets, we manufacture Nutrish® Zero Grain Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe in the USA.
    • Rachael Ray Nutrish® Super Premium dry food for cats is conveniently available where you already shop for your family's groceries, so there's no need to make an extra trip to the pet store for the natural nutrition you and your cat will love. For a complete store listing, click here.
    • Yes. Rachael Ray Nutrish® Super Premium food for cats is formulated to meet the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) nutrient profiles for all life stages of a cat. Check the detailed feeding instructions on the bag for when you should begin kittens on Nutrish food for cats & how to adjust feeding levels as your kitten grows, and don't forget to see your vet regularly.
    • Our tasty, crunchy, dry cat food kibble flavors include Nutrish Real Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe and a Nutrish Real Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe. These tasty recipes feature real meat like chicken or salmon as the 1st ingredient, which cats instinctively love.
    • We source wild caught salmon and farm-raised salmon from the US and farm-raised salmon from Chile. Like with all of our dry formulas for pets, we manufacture Nutrish Real Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe for Cats in the USA.
    • Our team of cat nutrition experts developed a new kibble piece with your cat's unique palate in mind. We start with carefully chosen ingredients in delectable flavors for the optimal crispy, crunchy texture your cat will love. We also make our smooth kibble an ideal small size, designed for easy chewing and swallowing.
    • Corn gluten meal is an excellent source of protein that's highly digestible by cats. It's the concentrated protein from corn, which is much lower in carbohydrates than whole corn and is also a good source of essential amino acids. Corn gluten meal is very different from ground corn, as it plays an essential role in the nutrition of the cat's food, versus being a 'filler'. There are no ground corn or filler ingredients in Rachael Ray Nutrish® Natural Foods for Cats.
    • Rachael Ray Nutrish® Super Premium wet food for cats is conveniently available where you already shop for your family's groceries, so there's no need to make an extra trip to the pet store for the natural nutrition you and your cat will love. For a complete store listing, click here.
    • Yes. Rachael Ray Nutrish® Super Premium food for cats is formulated to meet the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) nutrient profiles for all life stages of a cat. Check the detailed feeding instructions, and don't forget to see your vet regularly.
    • It is all natural with the exception of the added essential vitamins, minerals and taurine, which complete our natural recipes and deliver 100% balanced nutrition for your cat. Like most pet foods, these ingredients are not considered “natural” due to the nature in which they are produced. However, all ingredients, of course, exceed our high quality standards.
    • None of the ingredients in Nutrish wet food for cats are sourced from China. At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, we demand high-quality ingredients from our suppliers and require thorough testing for product safety.
    • It is made in Thailand because we wanted the freshest source of seafood in our Nutrish wet recipes for cats. The majority of the seafood is sourced from Asia. This allows us to get fresh seafood into our manufacturing facilities and put right into our recipes. Our facility in Thailand is a state-of-the-art modern pet food manufacturing facility. We use human grade ingredients in a sterile environment, and our facility exceeds all FDA regulations for pet food safety.
    • Vitamin K is a necessary nutrient for your cat's complete and balanced nutrition. As seafood does not naturally contain the necessary amount of vitamin K your cat needs, we add it separately.
    • The yellow color comes from palm oil -- a natural vegetable oil used for color and flavor. The yellow color is completely natural and safe. Because Nutrish® Wet Cat Foods are natural recipes with no artificial, filler, or junk ingredients, a natural separation of ingredients may occur. As a comparison example, think about how the oils separate in natural peanut butter spreads that you may enjoy. For the Nutrish® Cat Foods, simply shake the cup of food, watch the palm oil mix back into the savory sauce, watch your cat enjoy the tasty recipe, and rest assured that she's eating a high-quality, safe and natural food.
    • Cellulose is an all-natural dietary fiber source. It is used to increase the fiber levels in our wet cat food to help with hairball control and to help reduce litter box odor.
    • Cats crave moisture, and the moisture level in our wet cat food was designed to be the optimal level for your cats' enjoyment. We're sure that your cats will love our savory sauces and gravies that coat the real meaty shreds and seafood morsels in our recipes. Be sure to try all Nutrish® for Cats varieties to discover their favorites!
    • Rachael Ray Nutrish® Super Premium Savory Jerky Treats for Dogs are conveniently available where you already shop for your family's groceries, so there's no need to make an extra trip to the pet store for tasty USA-made Jerky. For a complete store listing, click here.
    • Our Chicken Jerky is manufactured in the United States. USA-made!
    • All of our chickens are sourced solely from the United States from USDA-inspected facilities that have passed health inspections. This is the same chicken source that you feed to your human family members (!). At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, we demand high-quality ingredients from our suppliers and require thorough testing for product safety.
    • Our real U.S. Chicken Jerky is made through a dehydrating process which removes the moisture from the ingredients. Dehydrating is a very slow, low temperature cooking process.
    • Glycerin is a preservativethat is naturally derived from vegetable oil and animal fat. Glycerin helps to keep the jerky strips fresh and safe.
    • Salt is a natural ingredient used in very small amounts for flavor, just like in human food.
    • Yes, all of our chicken jerky products are all-natural.
    • None of our ingredients used in our chicken jerky comes from China. At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, we demand high-quality ingredients from our suppliers and require thorough testing for product safety.
    • Yes. The FDA proposal was first published at the end of October 2013, but food safety has been a priority for us for many years, during which we implemented both GMPs (Good Manufacturing Procedures) and a HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Controls) program that aligns with the proposed regulations by FDA. In fact, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition® was the first US pet food manufacturer to achieve an SQF Level II certification (this is a 3rd party verification of a food safety HACCP program), and we're proud to say that we've held this certification for the past 5 years.
    • Rachael Ray Nutrish® products are available almost everywhere you shop for your family's groceries. For a complete store listing, click here.
    • Yes. Because the colors of Savory Bites are achieved through natural ingredients, you may see slight color variations. This is normal, and the Savory Bites treats are completely safe to feed to your dog.
    • Yes. However, we recommend that you watch your dog while he enjoys Savory Bites to ensure that he thoroughly chews the treat. Also be sure to provide plenty of clean, fresh water while he enjoys the treat. For small/toy breeds, you may need to break up the treat into small pieces appropriate for your dog's size and monitor them eating the treat.
    • Yes. Savory Bites are formulated for dogs of all ages.
    • As with any treat, we recommend that you watch your dog while he enjoys Savory Bites to ensure that he thoroughly chews the treat. Also be sure to provide plenty of clean, fresh water while he enjoys the treat.
    • Absolutely. However, Savory Bites are intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only and should not be considered as part of your dog's daily nutritional requirements.
    • Rachael Ray Nutrish® products are made by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition®, our commitment to safety surpasses anything in the marketplace today. We go well beyond historic "feed plant" standards and continuously strive to make sure that we are leading the industry in providing the level of food quality that our beloved pets deserve.

      Because of this commitment, we were the first pet food manufacturing company in the U.S. to receive a Facilities Food Safety audit rating of "Excellent" from the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Level II International auditing standard in accordance with the Global Food Safety Initiative.
    • Absolutely. Each Savory Bites treat has carrots and peas that you can see as well as spinach in the Chicken & Veggie flavor and broccoli in the Beef & Veggie flavor.
    • No, the color will not bleed onto your carpet/couch/upholstery. However, your dog may smear some Soup Bones while he happily chews away. If so, then simply clean up the spot.
    • Unfortunately, neither the Soup Bones or the Soup Bones Minis chews are recommended for dogs who weigh less than 10 lbs. Therefore, the chews may not be suitable for your toy breed.
    • Soup Bones chews are perfect for small, medium, or large dogs. Soup Bones are not recommended for dogs who weigh less than 10 lbs. Therefore, they may not be suitable for toy breeds.
    • Unfortunately, the current Soup Bones chews are not recommended for dogs younger than one year of age.
    • As with all edible chew treats, we recommend that you watch your dog while he enjoys Soup Bones to ensure that he thoroughly chews the treat. Also be sure to provide plenty of clean, fresh water while he enjoys the treat.
    • Bored by the bland long-lasting chew options that were on the market, Rachael Ray wanted to give her dog Isaboo a tasty treat that she could enjoy for a longer period of time. Soup Bones are available in delicious flavors like recipes you'd expect from Rachael's kitchen: hearty Beef & Barley; savory Chicken & Veggies; and wholesome Turkey & Rice.

      Also, all of the other long-lasting treat options on the market were full of junky ingredients and by-products. Like all Nutrish® super-premium foods and treats, Soup Bones are made with simple, wholesome ingredients like real chicken and garden vegetables, and never any meat by-products.
    • Absolutely – it just depends on the size of your dog. For very large dogs, you may be able to feed 7 chews per week. Just check the feeding guidelines to ensure that you're feeding the appropriate number of chews each week. Also, you may want to reduce the amount of food you're feeding, depending on your dog's activity level and overall fitness.
    • No, Soup Bones are safe, tasty alternatives to real bones. Soup Bones are highly digestible chews that won't splinter or make a mess like real bones do.
    • Rachael Ray Nutrish® products are available almost everywhere you shop for your family's groceries. For a complete store listing, click here.
    • Rachael Ray Nutrish® products are made by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition®, our commitment to safety surpasses anything in the marketplace today. We go well beyond historic "feed plant" standards and continuously strive to make sure that we are leading the industry in providing the level of food quality that our beloved pets deserve.

      Because of this commitment, we are were the first pet food manufacturing company in the U.S. to receive a Facilities Food Safety audit rating of "Excellent" from the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Level II International auditing standard in accordance with the Global Food Safety Initiative.