Natural Balance Puppy Food Reviews

Our Rating of Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Dog Food

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets lists both grain-inclusive and grain-free dry dog foods. Most recipes use at least a moerate amount of named meat meals as their dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Overall Take In our analysis of 121 expert reviews, the Natural Balance Premium Dry Dog Food

Helps minimize the number of ingredients dogs are exposed to Encourages large breed dogs to chew properly, eat slower Supports clean teeth & healthy gums for large breed dogs No artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives

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    My dog started eating Natural Balance this year. I definitely believe that something changed in the ingredients because out of nowhere my Yorkie developed severe allergies. She was eating the salmon and sweet potato flavor. We use to not have issues with this brand, so this is why I think there must’ve been something changed with the ingredients. I wanted to keep her on the same brand, so I got her the duck and potato flavor. BIG MISTAKE. My dog started throwing up for days. There would be a day when she would be okay, but then the next day, she would throw up the food.

    Same thing happened when she would eat the NB treats… She would throw up those snacks. It was very upsetting and hard to see my baby girl suffer like this. I had to take her to the vet to get an X-ray, bloodwork, and a pancreatitis test. She also had an iv done. Everything came back normal, but her vet now has her on the Royal Canine gastrointestinal food to help her get back on track. Never again will I purchase anything from Natural Balance.

    A co-worker brought dog treats into work that her dog didn’t like and threw up. So my dog is sometimes picky about what he eats so I took only 4 treats to try. My dog ate the 4 treats and then the next day had bad diarrhea and threw up a bit. After reading some reviews I was not happy to hear that I’m not the only one!!! Why is this still being sold? Our animals are family, they depend on us to feed them right! I now have told everyone I know to not give this to their dogs. I hope and pray my dog gets better and not worst. This company should be ashamed that they produce food that makes animals sick.

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    We used Natural Balance for years, and it was the only food that worked well for our Blue Pits skin and our Malamutes sensitive digestion. The company was sold and the new company changed the recipe. The Pit developed a severe skin outbreak, mast cell tumors, and vomiting and diarrhea while the Malamute has developed renal failure all within a year of eating the new formula. In addition, the new company added sodium nitrite which is a carcinogenic and outsourced numerous ingredients not naturally sourced. This is not the same product made by the previous company in any way other than using a quality product name to distribute a non-quality, unhealthy product.

    My dog loves the food, never have problem getting him to eat. He seems excited every time he sees me go to the dog food bin. He also jumps on top of me when its time to eat letting me know he wants his food.

    I used to feed my cats this cat food and usually my cats loved it. The last time I used it my cats had loose stool and vomiting. It was really disturbing when I found blood in their stool. I discontinued use of it and threw nearly an entire bag in the trash. It took a week for the barfing to stop and their stool to look normal. I also bought some probiotics for them. I give Chewy a great deal of credit as I was credited back my purchase. I will never buy this type of cat food again! There is no excuse for food this expensive to make pets sick! Your company should be ashamed! Too many pet guardians think of their pets as family. This is how I feel about mine!

    I was recommended this brand and to opt for a grain-free formula by my prior vet. My bull terrier was recently diagnosed with DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy) and my vet said it was due to the grain-free diet he had been on for several years. I am completely shocked how these grain-free products are being sold when so many dogs are being diagnosed with heart failure. Unfortunately, my pet will have to be on medications for the remaining time he has left. I was told he only had a few months to live and its devastating to hear the news. Specifically because all this time I thought I was feeding a nutritional food to my dog. I just spent five thousand dollars in the ER to try and save my dog. These companies need to be held liable for their actions.

    My dog went on this food because of her skin sensitivities 2 years ago. Recently I bought her a new bag. There are two dogs that live here, one living downstairs the other one up. They don’t share the same space at all. My dog was extremely sick. Throwing up and diarrhea (with blood). The vet got her mended, now she’s on prescription food. Since I changed her food I gave the food to the dog upstairs. He got terribly ill, same symptoms but waaaay worse. He was in emergency for 3 day and hook up to intravenous. The food is the only common denominator. No one should buy this food. The vet bills were close $5000. My dog will be on meds for the rest of her life. If I hadn’t gotten the dog upstairs to emergency he would have died.

    Trying to find a limited ingredient dog food after recently getting an allergy test for our dog. 10 minutes after eating this she threw up the entire thing, followed by her losing her balance and falling, shaking uncontrollably, pooped and peed on the floor (which she never does), small fever, and panting uncontrollably. It almost looked like she had a mini stroke or seizure. She got better over the next 30 minutes and eventually went back to normal. Needless to say, the dog food immediately got thrown out.

    In 2018 I adopted my sisters nine year old Shih Tzu-Yorkie cross dog (Miss Sara). She joined my 13+ year old miniature Schnauzer (Angus) that I had since he was 8 weeks old. Miss Sara had a lot of allergies that gave her skin problems. I put them both on Natural Balance Fish and Sweet Potato grain-free food. Although Miss Saras skin problems cleared up, the next time each of the dogs had blood work done, it showed problems with liver enzymes. A lot of tests were done. The normal problem that shows up is HEART but dont be fooled. LIVER problems can show up too. A lot of costly tests were done, they were put on RX medication and veterinary diet food.

    Last spring, a friend lost his dog to the same kind of problems Angus showed. When I asked what kind of food he was on, the answer was Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Fish & Sweet Potato Grain-Free Food. We lost Angus on Oct 29, 2020 and the only way to describe it was HEARTBREAKING. Sara is still with us but the liver problems dont magically disappear when you switch food. She still has those problems and will have a liver ultrasound done soon. This isnt Dick Van Pattens original formula. Out of love for the $$$, the company changed the food.

    Several years ago, my cat had severe issues with eating and was throwing up her food every day. I was told I needed to cook organic cat food for her. The Vet could not diagnose the issue. The organic recipe I made worked to fix the problem, but many hundreds of $$ later and after spending an hour or more weekly cooking for her, I was looking for another option. I found Natural Balance grain free pouches. Not only was my cat able to eat it without throwing up, she loved it! Also the health benefits have been amazing. She is older than 15 years and climbs the posts on our raised deck like a kitten! Great product!


    Do vets recommend Natural Balance?

    The grains and vegetables are marketed as high-quality, as well. Natural Balance Dog Food is one of the rare dog foods that is loved by both pet owners and by the veterinarian. Both the dry and canned foods are primarily meat-based, meaning that neither product has a great deal of “filler” material.

    Can puppies eat natural balance dog food?

    Puppies that become small/medium size dogs (up to 70 LB) can be transitioned to Natural Balance’s Adult Maintenance Dog Food Formulas at 9-12 months. Puppies that become larger size dogs (over 70 LB) can be transitioned to Natural Balance’s Adult Maintenance Dog Food Formulas at 12-18 months.

    Is Natural Balance dog food made in China?

    Updated: Smucker’s closes sale of Natural Balance for $50 million. ORRVILLE, OHIO — The J.M. Smucker Company announced Jan. 29 it had officially divested its Natural Balance business, selling the premium pet food brand to Nexus Capital Management for roughly $50 million.