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Description: Feeding guideline:
A 50lb dog should be fed 2.5 to 3 1/3 cups

Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Cracked Pearled Barley, Peas, Potato Protein, Canola Oil, Potatoes, Tomato Pomace, Vegetable Flavoring, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Natural Mixed Tocopherols, Spinach, Parsley Flakes, Cranberry, Lysine, L-Carnitine, Yucca Schidigera, Kelp, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin D-2 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B).

Crude Protein 18.0% minimum
Crude Fat 8.0% minimum
Crude Fiber 4.0% maximum
Moisture 10.0% maximum
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.3% minimum
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 2.0% minimum

Natural Balance® Vegetarian Formula For Dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the A.A.F.C.O. dog food nutrient profile for adult dogs.


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Sun February 3, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Cons: Vegetarian formula, limited nutritional value

This product is a vegetarian recipe, and as such is not a species-appropriate diet. Canines are not obligate carnivores, meaning that they can survive on substances other than meat. But survive is different to thrive and canines are still carnivores requiring a meat based diet to thrive. There are some individuals for whom allergy problems may make meat proteins problematic, thus this review takes into account only the quality of ingredients and ignores the absence of meat.

The main ingredients in the food are rice, oatmeal and barley, all of which are decent quality grains. Peas are a further carbohydrate source, as are potatoes heading the minor ingredients. The main protein content comes from potato protein which is not high quality protein compared to meat, but is one of the better options where meat is unsuitable. Canola oil is the main source of fat. Although a single source oil, it is not of the highest quality. Tomato pomace is filler, and there are other small vegetable inclusions in the food.

Overall (and absence of meat aside), this product appears to contain very minimal nutrition for the canine. Both protein and fat levels are extremely low, and we would hope it was not necessary as a long term option for users.

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