Natural Balance dog food

October 28, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Natural Balance

Natural Balance dog food review

Natural Balance dog food formulas are better-known for its celebrity creator Dick Van Patten. Natural balance dry dog food formulas are tailored to provide a complete and balanced nutrition for dogs. Its different recipes are well-rated and each formulation is guaranteed to have meet AAFCO nutrient profiles to satisfy the nutritional requirements of all life stages. There are various types of Natural Balance dry food formulas—the Ultra Premium Formulas are designed for all life stages, that is, from puppies through adulthood; the Grain-Free Formulas are formulated for puppies and dogs with a history of food allergies; the new Alpha Dog Formulas are for puppies and adults; and the Synergy Ultra Formula.

We believe that Natural Balance produces a good quality dog food and do recommend this brand.

The ingredients of the various Natural Balance dog food formulas are derived from excellent animal and plant sources. The carbohydrate component may include barley, potatoes, rice, and oatmeal. All of these provide complex carbohydrates with low glycemic indices that prevent fluctuation of blood sugar levels.

What is another positive feature of Natural Balance dog food formulas is the variety of meat sources that they incorporate in their ingredients. Each formula may contain raw meat and/or meat concentrate from venison, bison, duck, turkey, fish, rabbit, lamb, and chicken. These animal meat sources provide excellent meat proteins that can sufficiently provide the needed protein requirement of dogs.

Some dog owners may have commented on the different appearance or colors of various Natural Balance dog food formulas. This is attributed to the fact that aside from meat, there are also different kinds of nutrient-rich vegetables which are also incorporated in the dog food.

Some of the vegetables which may be present include garbanzo beans and peas which are good sources of plant-based proteins. The addition of vegetables also increases the overall nutritional content of any formula of Natural Balance dog food.

Tocopherols which are good sources of Vitamin E are used as preservative while Canola Oil and chicken fat provide essential omega-3 fatty acids.

The addition of Inulin, a soluble dietary fiber found in tubers and roots, reinforces not only the carbohydrate content but also acts as a prebiotic to boost the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the dog’s digestive tract.

The Natural Balance dog food formulas also incorporate chelated minerals which means that the essential minerals can easily be absorbed and used in the body.

Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient in Natural Balance dog food formulas because it is often used as inexpensive filler. However, there are others who believe in the benefits of beet pulp on the health of the digestive tract and on blood sugar levels.

Customer Reviews

Most dog owners report of positive experiences with Natural Balance dog food formulas—dogs are said to have thick and shiny hair coats and maintain healthy weights. Many love the fact that the meat protein sources are of “human” grade.

Some owners may have reacted negatively on Natural Balance formulas with Sweet Potato as the first major ingredient.   There are also a few dog owners who reported that their dogs experienced digestive problems and suffered flatulence and loose stools.

Overall, we believe Natural Balance produces good quality formulas and recommend this brand.

Please visit the links listed below for Natural Balance dog food reviews by formula.

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

Natural Balance dog food reviews

Natural Balance Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Original Ultra Ultra-Premium Dry Food
  2. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Original Ultra Reduced Calorie Formula Dog Food
  3. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance A.M.P. Ultra Active Dry Formula Dog Food
  4. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food
  5. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Venison Dry Dog Food
  6. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Potato & Duck Dry Dog Food
  7. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato and Fish Dry Dog Food
  8. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Vegetarian Formula For Dogs
  9. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Organic Formulas
  10. Natural Balance L.I.D. Potato & Kangaroo Dry Dog Food

Natural Balance Dog Food Consumer Ratings

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50 Responses to “Natural Balance dog food”
  1. Jan says:

    I switched to Natural Balance Limited because my dog has bad skin problems for several years now starting in late summer through fall with this fall being the worse case yet. The vet and I know that certain foods are better than the brands with by products/wheat/grain, etc, and considered a food allergy. However, we are linking my dog’s skin problems to the heartworm medicine. Every year she slowly gets worse toward fall and better in the three months she is off the heartworm meds (Jan/Feb/Mar). Did you know that it is poison we are giving our dogs. The meds do not prevent heart worm larva, but kill it in the blood stream. In other words our dogs and cats are walking around with poison in their systems. The heart worms also cause death, so what can you do? We are going to try Revolution on her this spring in hopes it will not cause this horrible skin and shedding problem.

  2. Shana Love says:

    I was feeding my very allergic to everything American Staffordshire Terrier Pit Bull the Natural Balance Sweet Potatoe and Venison for about 9 months and he was constantly getting GI upsets, i’m an RVT, I knew this food wasn’t the greatest but it was semi controlling his allergies. Finally I got sick of it when it landed him in my hospital for 3 days. My boss, the DVM that owns the practice, took a look at his food and pretty much said it’s crap in a bag. I switched him the Nature’s Domain, it’s amazing! I now HATE NB and tell everyone. And btw you should never take advice from the pet store employees, going through seminars on products doesn’t make them experts or anywhere close to it. Honestly they’re all idiots and their advice becomes the greatest jokes at the vets office. I love when clients come in and start with “the sales person at the pet store said” or “the breeder said” always ask your vet thats what they’re here for!

  3. Jörg says:

    Natasha says:
    October 21, 2010 at 1:25 pm
    My 6 year old dog just died. I’d been feeding her the Natural Balance chicken and sweet potato version dry dog food for a few years

    For a few years?

    I think the chicken formula is a new formula, first time made in 2009?

    Sorry, i dont believe what you wrote!

  4. Gail says:

    My boxer has food allergies. When I first adopted him they had him on Nutro, so that is what I fed him until the recall. Finally took him to a vet (an allergy specialist) who put him on Hill’s Prescription rabbit and potato. After 2 weeks, he was doing so much better. She told me to try Natural Balance Potato and Duck, Natures’ Recipe Vegetarian or Wellness because it was easier for me than having to try to get to the vet’s for the prescription food when they were open. I went to Petco and found 2 of the 3. I couldn’t find the Wellness formula for skin allergies. I started out on NB Potato and Duck. He was doing great except for some weight gain. Then all of a sudden he started getting sick a lot, vomiting and diarrhea at least a couple days a week. Went to the NB website and they said they had changed the formula and that sickness might occur for the first few days. He kept getting sick, so I switched him to the Sweet potato and fish formula of NB mixed with Nature’s Recipe vegetarian. He did better and gradually switched over strictly to Nature’s Recipe. So far so good but I think I’m going to look for some of these other brands that are recommended. We know he can’t have corn or chicken, he breaks out in hives or has an asthma attack with both of those. Not sure about beef or turkey or the other grains yet. We’re testing him by challenge with a different type food for 7-10 days at a time. So far, have only gotten through chicken, corn and rice. Is there any company out there that makes a good dog food and has not had a recall, preferably a natural formula for allergies?

  5. Jess says:

    These are all pretty darn good dog foods. But it is in your court to go to there website and see if they have anything that fits your dogs needs.
    The A list
    1. Orijen
    2. Acana, Harvest, pacifica & grassland Only.
    3. Horizon Legacy
    4. Taste of the Wild, wetlands & prairie, ONLY.
    5. GO, grain free /Endurance Only.
    6. Fromm, 4 star.
    7. Merrick
    8. Wellness Core
    9. Blue Wilderness
    10. Acana, the rest of Acana products.
    11. Artemis

    The B list
    1. GO, the rest of their products.
    2. Evangers
    3. Timberwolf
    4. Fromm, the rest of their products.
    5. Instinct
    6. Wellness super 5 mix
    7. Now, Grain free.
    8. Solid Gold
    9. Precise Holistic Complete, Only.
    10. Natures Logic
    11. Pinnacle
    12. First Mate
    13. Kirkland or Natural Domain, Costco!(mainly because of cost)
    14. Now, the rest of their products.

    The C list
    1. Nutrisource
    2. Evo
    3. Chicken soup for the dog lovers soul
    4. Exclusive
    5. Pure Vita
    6. Canidae, Grain Free ALS, Only.
    7. Wellness
    8. Earthborn
    9. Annamaet
    10. Organix
    11. Natural Balance, not all are good!
    12. Whole Earth farms, this well move up!
    13. Premium Edge
    14. Innova

  6. Angie M says:

    I switched my Pom to Natural Balance about a year ago after she kept having e.coli infections in her urinary track. The doc said most likely because she is so low to the ground and she can’t reach around to clean herself. So, baby wipes and water rinse after teetee! (She stays inside except for potty time.) Next vet trip was after a very bloody stool most likely because I feed her watermelon (Yes she liked it and I didn’t think a little would hurt). Changed food to only Natural Balance L.I.D. canned (all flavors) mixed with NB Dry Duck and Potato small bites. Have not been back to vet since.

    Problem is she has gained too much and I don’t feed her anywhere near the amount recommended on the label. She is 12 years old, has some arthritus, and is not fond of taking walks.

  7. Amy says:

    Natasha says:
    October 21, 2010 at 1:25 pm
    My 6 year old dog just died. I’d been feeding her the Natural Balance chicken and sweet potato version dry dog food for a few years

    You’re kidding with this post, right? I highly doubt there is any correlation between your dog’s death and the food. If that were true, dogs all over the country would be dropping like flies.

    Did you and your family members all happen to get your dogs from pet stores?

  8. K. Barker says:

    I was recommended to useNatural Balance “synergy” for my black lab.
    She had a lot of health issues, since I’ve adopted her as a pup from a negligent environment.
    she had to overcome Lyme disease and blostomycostis(fatal), so proper nutrition was of the utmost importance for her!
    Well, I just purchased the third bag, and I must say that it does cost more than I’m used to paying, but our dog looks and feels great now. Her coat is shiny & silky soft, she’s energetic and very happy. She normally doesn’t take to new foods either with her sensitive stomack ,but with this one, she had no problem digesting it either.It does contain digestive enzymes in it too. I would highly recommend it !

  9. K. Barker says:

    oops I meant to give that food 5 stars read above!

  10. Kelley King says:

    I used to use the old Natural Balance formulas and everyone did well. THen, they changed the formula to the sweet potato. My dogs’ stools were orange, and loose. We changed over gradually but this continued. I chose to stop the foods before they turned into The Great Pumpkin.

    I liked NB and it sounds like they have tight quality control. I am considering giving the LID a try for allergy reasons.

    The information you folks provide here is so helpful. Thank you everyone.

  11. k says:

    i switched my dogs to NB. after the third bag they started to have GI problems. well that ended that. i put them back on purina and as much as i hate to say it, they r doing fine. they r actually eating again and seem happy. i’m glad. sometimes i think the better dog food is causing more problems in our dogs. i been feeding them purina for years and all my dogs lived a long healthy life. thats just my opinion.

  12. GRoth says:

    I had my Boston Terrier on this food of two years with no problem but recently bought a fresh bag. Within a couple of days of feeding her the new bag she had terrible gas, vomiting and violent diarrhea with a few drops of blood at the end. I took her off the food for a couple of weeks with the advice from my vet and she was doing great! Then I feed her the food again and within 12 hours my dog had the same symptoms. Upon searching the internet I found a lot and I mean a lot of people with the same problems (go to Not sure if they changed the formula or something but I was not going to continue to risk my dogs health to find out. Now feeding her Taste of the Wild and she is doing amazing!

  13. Chris says:

    I started feeding my 14 yr old lab/collie mix NB (beef formula in the tube – combined with Benefil dry food – mixed together) about 6 months ago when she stopped eating the purina food that I had fed her her whole life. She was under weight and her coat was not full and shiny among other health issues. Within a few weeks, she was putting on weight, coat very shiny, and seems very happy. It’s a lot more expensive than the run of the mill stuff, but I would say it is definitely worth it.

  14. Rosalie says:

    Anyone feeding Natural Balance should READ THIS –

    One of our breed rescue members entire household of dogs and cats are in serious condition, and now she has over $5000 in vet bills.

  15. Kent says:

    This food is awesome. It’s great to keep things natural. Check out our antler dog chews at

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