By Nature Dog Food

February 2, 2011  
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By Nature Dog Food Review

By Nature pet foods are formulated and manufactured by the Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. which is based in Muscatine, Iowa.  By Nature pet formulas evolved from a 140-year family tradition of producing quality pet foods tailored to meet the nutritional requirements of pets.

By Nature dog food formulas have two product lines—By Nature Natural Dog Food and Organic Dog Food.

Among the eight By Nature natural dog food (kibbles) product line, six have been formulated to meet AAFCO nutrient standards for all life stages while two are designed for adult nature dog food review

This formula is tailored to conform to AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The first two ingredients of By Nature dog food formulas are meat-based protein sources that include duck meal, turkey meal, organic chicken, and chicken meal.

Meat meals such as duck meal, turkey meal, and chicken are considered meat concentrates because meat meals contain 300% more protein compared to fresh meat sources. Although fresh meat sources are excellent sources of protein, about 80% of meat composition is made up of water which is lost during processing thus leaving only a fraction of the original weight and consequently a smaller quantity of meat-based protein source.

Although the organic dog food line uses organic chicken, it is still a potential source of allergen for dogs sensitive to chicken meat.

Fish meals is also an ingredient in the organic formula line but it is preferred that the source of the fish meal should be identified to ascertain the nutrient value of the ingredient. Fish meal is also considered a meat concentrate thus it is also a good source of meat-based protein.

By Nature’s first two meat-based ingredients are followed by cereals which are rich sources of carbohydrates.  Most of these cereals are complex carbohydrates which are ready sources of energy for your dog.

Ground barley is starch-rich carbohydrate that also enriches the dog’s diet with fiber that can help support the digestive functions. Compared to rice, barley is a better source of carbohydrates in the diet because of its low glycemic index that helps maintain stable blood sugar levels.

Oats are good sources of soluble fiber,zinc, iron, manganese, and B vitamins. Oats are generally identified as a carbohydrate component in the formula but it is also a good source of plant-based protein. It is also low in gluten, a common dog food allergen.

Brown rice is unpolished rice from which the kernels have been removed. It is also called “hulled rice”, “unmilled rice” or “partly-milled rice”.  It is more nutritious compared to white rice because the nutrient-rich outer covering of the grain of brown rice is still intact. Brown rice is a rich source of B-vitamins, iron, and magnesium.

It should be noted that although both By Nature product lines may have similar ingredients, the organic formulas are mainly comprised of organic ingredients including organic chicken, organic ground brown rice, organic ground oats, organic ground barley, organic peas, organic flaxseed meal, organic canola oil, organic dried potatoes and other a variety of organic vegetables.

Peas are rich sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals. It is also a viable source of plant-based protein. When compared to meat-based protein, plant-based proteins are more inferior in quality however, it can boost the overall protein content of the dog food formula.

Flaxseed meal is a good source of soluble and insoluble dietary fibers and protein. It is considered as one of the best sources of plant-based fatty acids including omega-3 fatty acid which is also called alpha linolenic acid (ALA).

Another rich source of healthy fatty acid is chicken fat. It is high in linoleic acid which is classified as an omega-6 fatty acid an important component in many physiological processes of the body.

By Nature dog food formulas also have their share of controversial ingredients—

Tomato pomace is a by-product when tomato is processed into juice, soup, or catsup. It is made up primarily of tomato skin that can increase the risk of exposure to pesticide residues. It is also considered by many as an inexpensive pet food filler. Tomato pomace is a good source of dietary fiber, lycopene, and B-vitamins.

Canola oil is high in omega-3 fatty acid that safeguards the integrity of the body cells. Controversies regarding Canola Oil stemmed from the fact that oil was made from the rapeseed plant which contains large amounts of erucic acid, a toxic substance.  However, Canola Oil which is available today is made from Canola plants that contain only negligible levels of erucic acid.

Dried yeast fermentation solubles are good sources of protein but many dog owners consider the ingredient as a potential allergen. Yeast has also been recognized as an important predisposing factor to bloat, a serious life-threatening condition.

There is no mention of probiotics or beneficial microorganisms which has been added, however chicory root contains inulin, which is considered a prebiotic.

Chelated minerals are present thus there is assurance for better and faster mineral absorption and utilization in the body.

Many dog owners like that fact that By Nature dog food formulas are free from corn and wheat, two of the most common culprits of food-based canine allergies.

Other positive feedbacks include lesser digestive problems including anal gland problems.

However there are also dogs with problems digesting some of the By Nature dog food formulas and had to switch to another dog food brand.

Overall, we believe that By Nature is a good but not outstanding dog food brand. They contain a moderate amount of meat and do not contain any glaringly dangerous ingredients.

Please visit the links listed below for By Nature dog food reviews by formula.

Have a comment or question about our By Nature dog food review? Want to share your experiences with others? We welcome your comments!

By Nature Dog Food Formulas:

Natural Dog Food Dry:

By Nature Puppy Formula Dog Food
Adult Dog Formula
Active Dog Formula
Pork & Sweet Potato Flavor
Salmon, Ocean Fish & Yogurt Flavor
By Nature Duck & Sweet Peas Flavor Dog Food
By Nature Large Breed Adult Dog Formula Dog Food

95% Meat, Grain-Free Dog Food : Canned

Beef Dinner
Beef, Chicken & Liver Dinner
Chicken Dinner
Turkey & Bacon Dinner

Organic Dog Food : Dry

Chicken Formula

Organic Dog Food : Canned

100% Organic Turkey
100% Organic Chicken
Organic Chicken, Carrots & Peas
Organic Turkey, Sweet Potato & Peas

By Nature Dog Food Consumer Ratings

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4 Responses to “By Nature Dog Food”
  1. Jess says:

    Hey Michelle, this is a great dog food. The canned is 95% meat and is the same price as Whole Earth. I am gonna start feeding the canned.

  2. Michelle says:

    Jess,that’s awesome if it’s the same price as WEF.I haven’t been buying any canned,just adding real meat,eggs,and a little fruit and veggies.Looks like a good food though.

  3. Jess says:

    I wonder what the issue was/is. I just took another look and I wonder if it was the salt or maybe the large amount of duck. Who knows. I feed 2 cups of the wetlands in the AM and 3 cups of Orijen in the PM, so in my case it would be hard to pin point a problem. Oh, I been feeding one of the PM cups the new 6 fish from Orijen and it is the 1st fish formula he has been able to handle.

  4. Brooke says:

    This food is a GODSEND. My dog has tested (blood panel) allergic to over 20 different ingredients. Several of the foods that he is NOT allergic to are actually foods that are common allergens for other dogs. He can eat: beef, liver, pork, corn, soy, oats, and potatoes – that’s it. Don’t ask me how, but he’s even allergic to kangaroo.

    It was VERY difficult for me to find a food that he could even eat – and then to find one that wouldn’t require me to take out a second mortgage just to feed the dog. I feed the 95% beef canned food. It is a very high quality food, my dog can actually eat it, and it is reasonably priced.

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