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Apr. 19, 2014

Natural Balance Dog Food Reviews

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Top 5 Ingredients*
  1. Chicken

  2. Chicken broth

  3. Sweet potatoes

  4. Potatoes

  5. Dehydrated potatoes

Artificial IngredientsNo
Contains By-productsNo
Price Range$$$
*Natural Balance® Chicken & Sweet Potato Canned Formula was selected as the recipe for this ingredient list

Our Analysis

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. This means a healthier meal for your dog, as well as a meal that the dog will enjoy. Unless the dog has a particularly finicky stomach, there are relatively few problems to look out for with this brand.

Natural Balance is fairly easy to find in most pet food stores, and the price is in line with most other mostly-meat brands. The food is healthy, tasty for dogs, and actually worth the price for those that are looking out for their pets’ health. As a rare dog food with no major downsides, it is actually a very special find. All in all, Natural Balance earns its place as one of the better ranked dog foods currently on the market.

Natural Balance received our highest rating not just for the high quality ingredients, but for the “Buy With Confidence Program” that allows the customer to see the laboratory test results that were conducted on the Natural Balance foods.

Even though Natural Balance is more expensive than supermarket brands, it is less expensive than the higher end foods that you may find in specialty stores. Dick Van Patten did a great job when he came up with this concept for dog food in 1989!

The Word on the Street...

Natural Balance Dog Food Customer Reviews Summary

Natural Balance Dog Food is generally well received by dog owners of all stripes. The food is of high quality, and the proteins used are actually on par with that for human consumption. Most dog fans like the food because of the high quality ingredients, while most dogs like it because it seems to be quite tasty. Dogs both large and small tend to enjoy the food, and pet owners seem to feel rather happy that they are able to give their dogs a decent shelf-brand dog food.

There are a few owners that note that their dogs do have stomach problems (mostly gas) after eating Natural Balance, but the problem is not terribly wide-spread. Other owners note that older dogs have a bit more energy after eating the brand, and almost all of the dogs simply seem content after feeding. All in all, it is a brand that can keep dogs and their owners happy.

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7.6 / 10 (87 votes cast)
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Natural Balance Reports, Recalls, Ratings & Specifications

Natural Balance Dog Food received our highest rating not just for the high quality ingredients, but for the “Buy With Confidence Program” that allows the customer to see the laboratory test results that were conducted on the Natural Balance foods.

Natural Balance Pet Foods are best known for being created and funded by Dick Van Patten. The brand’s dog food formulas are generally well-received by most consumers. The fact that the proteins used in Natural Balance dog food are “human grade” was a positive factor for many dog owners. Some dogs seemed to experience a higher energy level when fed Natural Balance dog food. However, some dogs seemed to develop gastrointestinal symptoms when fed Natural Balance dog food formulas.

Who Makes Natural Balance?

The company who makes Natural Balance dog food is called Natural Balance Pet Foods. Natural Balance Pet Foods was first founded in 1989 by TV personality Dick Van Patten and several of his partners. Though Natural Balance is best-known among consumers for producing dog and cat food, they also produce formulas such as tigers, polar bears, wolves and lions that are in captivity. Natural Balance’s company headquarters are located in Los Angeles, California.

Natural Balance Dog Food Recall

As of right now, Natural Balance dog food is listed on the FDA’s pet food recall list. Though several canned formulas were recalled in 2007, a Natural Balance dry dog food formula was recalled in 2010 – Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Chicken dry dog food, with best by date of June 17, 2011. In order to make sure that your dog’s food is safe, it’s always highly recommended that you check the FDA’s pet food recall website. This will help you to stay updated on the latest pet food recall information.

Update 5/5/12 Natural Balance is voluntarily recalling certain dog food formulas. Visit here for complete information.

Natural Balance Ingredients

The carbohydrates in Natural Balance dog food formulas mostly come from sources such as oatmeal, barley, rice and potatoes. Some formulas have a meat as their first ingredient, though meat meals are usually farther down the list. Some formulas, such as the reduced calorie formulas, often have a carbohydrate as their first ingredient.

Natural Balance Allergies

There are no significant ingredients in Natural Balance dog food that are known to commonly cause allergic reactions in dogs. However, Natural Balance dog food formulas are not grain-free, and may cause digestive upset in dogs that have a sensitivity to a high carbohydrate diet. When feeding your dog Natural Balance dog food, it’s always best if you thoroughly read the ingredients list, especially if your dog has special dietary requirements.

Have you fed your dog any of the Natural Balance dog food dry or canned formulas? Do you have feedback that could help other pet owners? Please share your review of Natural Balance dog food!

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What's good about this pet food
  • Excellent animal protein
  • Quality grains
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
What's not so good about this pet food
  • Nothing

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Older Comments

Aug 09
When we adopted our lab at 6 months old, she had a terrible rash and her fur seemed to be falling out. She was also itchy. Our vet recommended this food. I have never heard of Natural Balance. We got her the venison, and at first we did not notice any difference, but then we slowly noticed that she stopped itching and that the rash was going away. Even her hair stopped falling out. We had been feeding her Science Diet before, that is what they were feeding her at the foster home so we continued. I am so thankful that we have the vet that we do, because this could have been a long process trying to figure out what is wrong with the dog. Instead, it was really simple. I hope that people can easily find out that if their dog has allergies they should try this food first. It is really, really great.
Selena T. Says
Aug 05
Just a word about the NB rolls. I was reading the reviews here, and I thought that I would give the rolls a try since I have a dog who is not responding well to training. He will listen a few times, and then kind of go off and do his own thing. When we have bits of the roll though, he will do anything that we tell him to do. I know that it is not the healthiest treat, but man oh man does it work. We use it sparingly so that he does not ingest a large amount per day. I figure that he will be OK. It is nice to have a dog that listens now though.
Felicity Says
Aug 04
My dog loves the venison formula. He was not doing well on other foods, seems to have mild allergies, itching and such. We tried a bunch of different foods but nothing seemed to work to well, if the allergies went away, they would always return. Someone recommended Natural Balance to us, and it seemed to do the trick but my dog did not seem to like the taste of the food very much. He would not even finish his whole bowl but he was hungry. So we switched him to the venison and he loves it. He is always very happy to eat it and we have been feeding it to him for about 6 months now. No allergies either. This food has been a big help.
Billy Trull Says
Aug 04
I dont know why this food did not agree with my dog. She got terrible diarrhea every time she ate it. We just gave up, but I have to say that we still have not found the perfect food for her. Very troubling.
Cindy Says
Aug 02
Both of my dogs love Natural Balance Ultra formula. The beagle mix is even a picky eater -- I know, strange for a beagle. Anyway, now I have the problem that most beagle people have, making sure that their beagle does not gain weight because she chows down this food in 2 seconds flat. It is crazy. Great food.
Finn Says
Jul 28
My two rescue hound mixes love the lamb and rice formula kibble. I know that it is unusual to have hounds that are picky eaters but both of mine are and they love this. They also love to hunt and it never occurred to me try the rolls. I will have to see if this helps them stay close to me rather than chasing after every other animal that there is. HA!
Ben Says
Jul 17
Oh those rolls even smell good to me. No wonder the dogs go crazy over them. Probably if you are just using them sparingly as treats, no harm done.

Keep in mind though, that once the package is opened it gets hard pretty quickly and loses the smell that is so enticing. I have found the best thing to do is to cut it up, and package each section seperately and then freeze it. It will last a long time.
Sisi Says
Jul 14
Sue, that makes perfect sense. We all have to do what is right for our situation. I would probably do the same if I were you.
Maggie Says
Jul 13
Maggie is right that the rolls are not high quality ingredients, but in this instance I just do not care as much. Let me start off by saying that we feed our basset hound Natural Balance, and we are very happy with the food. We did look at the ingredients on the roll, and were hesitant to try it, but so many people people recommended it for Lucy (our dog) because she will not listen on a walk. She will chase after every single squirrel and rabbit. People said that she would listen if we carried around the NB rolls as treats if she listened. Since we were desperate, we gave it a try. It worked beautifully. She will do anything we say, just so long as she gets a tiny bit of the roll. So we had to say to ourselves that the small amount of this that she eats a day is probably not doing any irreparable damage, and she is actually able to go off leash. So, we love the rolls. Maybe it would not work for us if the ingredients were high quality. Who knows.
Sue Says
Jul 12
I am also a huge Natural Balance fan but I will not feed my dogs the rolls. If you look at the ingredient list, they are just filled with crap. It is a little disconcerting that the same company that makes such fantastic food, makes such lousy rolls. So I have not tried the rolls, nor will I until they are up to the same standard as the food.
Maggie T. Says
Jul 10
We also feed our dog the Venison and Sweet Potato food. We are in the process of training him and were thinking about trying out the NB rolls. Anybody have any experience with this? We are huge NB fans in general, but I was wondering about the rolls.
Paul Says
Jul 08
We found that the Venison and Sweet Potato formula really helped our dogs allergies. I do not know what we do without this food. A lifesaver.
Lisa Says
Jul 04
I was hesitant to try this food initially because of the cost but I needed to do something to help my dog. Nothing was working. He is a pit bull mix 5yo, who was getting ear infections, itching all of the time, and just generally unhappy. Finally, after a zillion vet visits and lots of medications and different foods, I gave this food a try. Wow, it made such a difference. I feel so guilty that I did not switch sooner. Coops is doing so well, and he is so happy. I also realize that I am actually saving money now, since we do not have to go to the vet continuously. The vet was shocked at the difference, and he is going to start recommending this food to other dog allergy sufferers.
Bob Says
Jun 28
I think that this is a fantastic company. The Limited Ingredient Diet is all that I feed my dog and he has never been healthier. He is a german shepherd, and his health is fantastic, and it was not always that way. He used to have stomach problems, he would get sick, loose bowels, after everything that he ate. We tried so many different foods. Once we started on the Limited Ingredient, he started to feel so much better. You can just tell that he is happier, but who wouldnt be if their stomach was feeling inf for the first time in their lives. I can not say enough good things about this food.
Bill Says
Jun 22
Fred, I bet that the gas did not really have anything to do with the food. I have been feeding this food to my dog for 8 years, since she was a pup, and we have never had any sort of digestive problem. This food is just fantastic.
Sally Says
Jun 18
Wow Lisa, that is fantastic. It is amazing what good, healthy food can do for all of us. I also really like the Ultra Balance. At first it gave my dog some bad gas, but then it went away. Who knows. It may not have hand anything to do with the food at all.
Fred S Says
Jun 17
Oh, I also meant to say that I have lost 30 pounds and my dog 3. Yea!!!
Lisa Says
Jun 17
Now that I have found this food I feel so guilty that I have been feeding my pooch friend Beneful for all of these years. Sometimes it takes a health crisis in yourself to realize that not only are you not treating yourself well, you are also not treating your dog well. It took me getting sick and having the doctor tell me that I needed to eat better and treat myself better that I realized that I also had to do that with my dog. So, I looked at the ingredients in Beneful and realized that this was not the food for her. Our neighborhood pet store recommended Natural Balance and I have been feeding her the Ultra Premium formula. Maybe it is my imagination, but her coat looks better and she just seems healthier. We both have also been taking really long walks and just getting in shape. It has helped both our health and it has made us have a tighter bond.
Lisa Says
Jun 13
This does seem to be a good brand of food. It is one of the celebrity endorsed foods that really are not celebrity endorsed. Does that make any sense? Dick Van Patten started this company to make a high quality food for all animals and he seems to have done it. I know that my dogs love it.
Sam Says
Jun 13
Sally, I have tried the NB Organics dry food for my terrier. She seems to like it and it seems to agree with her. We also feed her some wet food that is not organic sometimes. Natural Balance as well. We also would prefer to feed all organic all of the time, but we feel like this is a good food, so 50% organic agrees with us. I understand that it does not work that way for everyone. If you are going to feed your dog kibble all of the time, I think that this is a good food to go with.
PeterM. Says
Jun 12
Has anyone tried the NB Organics? I would like to feed my dog an organic food if possible. I try to buy only organic products. Natural Balance sounds like a good company, so I am thinking that I should give that food a try. I have a 3 year old coon hound, if that helps.
Sally Mum Says
Jun 10
Synergy works great for my 3 dogs, 2 pits and one terrier. All three of them had issues when I rescued them, stomach problems and skin problems. Since I have been feeding them this food, the problems have gone away. They are high energy and they love the food. Their coats look great. I can not recommend it enough.
Sandra Says
Jun 06
Like me and my dog. I am going to give this food a try. We have been through 10 different foods already and nothing is helping. Diarrea and loose stools all of the time. My dog -- and me --- needs help. I will let you know.
Carla Says
Jun 03
Good to hear, Pete. I think that the Synergy food is meant to deal with digestive issues, so it is nice to hear of instances where it actually worked. I think that it is good to get the word out, because there are so many dog people out there who are having issues with their dogs poop.
Tim Says
May 28
My boxer had real runny poop no matter what foods we tried. The vet wanted us on Science Diet, but that did not work, so our pet store recommended a few things and they did not work either. I met someone at the dog park who told me about Natural Balance Synergy. Said it worked for tightening up the poops with another dog that he knows. So we gave it a try, and after a couple of weeks my dogs poops were much better. We have been using it every since. I really recommend it.
Pete Schulz Says
May 28
Tim is right Sam. On the package is might say AAFCO nutritional profile for growth or all life stages. Any food that says that means that you are good to go with a puppy.

I feed my dogs the Natural Balance Ultra dry and wet food and we are very happy with the results. We have been feeding them this food since they were puppies as well.

Good luck with your new family member.
Bianca Says
May 26
Congratulation on the puppy, Sam. If you like the NB food, I think that you can feed any of the foods that say that they are for all life stages. That means that it is good for any stage of a dogs life, so you do not need to worry about switching the food as your puppy ages.
Tim Says
May 26
Hi there,

We are getting our first puppy ever (yea!) and we have been trying to figure out what we should feed her. She is a 3 month old beagle mix, and we are overwhelmed with the choices. The Natural Balance seems like a good choice of food, but we are not sure what line of the food to choose. I see that there is not a puppy line. Is that OK, or should we find a specific puppy food?

Thanks for your help.
Sam Says
May 23
Susie, that is great about your dog. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the canned food contains soy, so if anyone has a dog with a soy allergy they might want to stick with the dry food. Just a little FYI.
Leslie Says
May 21
I have a dog with terrible food allergies. We just could not feed her anything at all. Then a salesperson in our pet store told us to try Natural Balance Vegetarian. It was the first food the Chloe could tolerate. She used to get an upset stomach after she ate, and her skin was always itchy and dry. I am happy to say that after switching to this food, she is doing fantastic. Her stomach seems fine (most of the time) and she has stopped scratching her skin. We feed her both the dry and wet food.
Susie Says
May 20
I love Natural Balance food, or I should say both of my dogs do. I have 2 poodles, one with allergies, and both of them have been eating NB Sweet Potato and Venison with great gusto and without any problems. We are so happy with this food.
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