Nature’s Recipe Dog Food

December 10, 2009  
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Nature’s Recipe (by Del Monte Foods)

logoNature’s Recipe began in the late 80’s, and is currently owned by the Del Monte Food Company.  Their line of what they call “specialty” dog foods have been developed “to address specific needs of dogs” such as:

  • Easy to Digest Recipes
  • Breed Specific Recipes
  • Lifestage Recipes
  • Healthy Skin Recipes.

The company claims that none of their formulas contain corn, or wheat (which is good).  Their line of dog food includes both wet and dry dog food.

From the Nature’s Recipe official website:

“For over 20 years, Nature’s Recipe® has been recommended by leading veterinarians and pet nutritionists. Our premium dog and cat recipes feature unique proteins like venison, lamb, salmon, and buffalo. Our choice ingredients—from human-food grade hand carved chicken to chicory root—are designed to help your pet live a healthy,active life.

All of Nature’s Recipe dog food formula’s are listed below.  Click on the link to read reviews on each specific formula.  If there is not link below, a review has not been posted about the product yet.

Nature’s Recipe Adult Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Nature’s Recipe® Adult Lamb Meal & Rice (dry)
  2. Nature’s Recipe® Canned Adult Lamb & Rice Recipe (wet)
  3. Nature’s Recipe® Adult Carved Chicken & Rice with Vegetables Recipe (wet)
  4. Nature’s Recipe® Adult Carved Turkey & Rice with Vegetables Recipe (wet)
  5. Nature’s Recipe® Adult Carved Lamb & Rice with Vegetables Recipe (wet)

Nature’s Recipe Puppy Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice (dry)
  2. Large Breed Puppy Recipe (dry)
  3. Puppy Canned Carved Lamb Meal & Rice with Vegetables (wet)
  4. Canned Puppy Lamb & Rice (wet)

Nature’s Recipe Senior Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Nature’s Recipe® Senior Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe (dry)
  2. Nature’s Recipe® Canned Senior Lamb & Rice Recipe (wet)
  3. Nature’s Recipe® Senior Carved Lamb & Rice with Vegetables Recipe (wet)
  4. Nature’s Recipe® Joint Health Fish Meal & Chicken Meal Recipe (dry)

Nature’s Recipe “Healthy Skin & Coat” Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Nature’s Recipe® Healthy Skin & Coat Venison Meal & Rice Recipe (dry)
  2. Nature’s Recipe® Healthy Skin & Coat Vegetarian Recipe (dry)
  3. Nature’s Recipe® Healthy Skin & Coat Vegetarian Canned Recipe (wet)
  4. Nature’s Recipe® Healthy Skin & Coat Rabbit & Rice Recipe (wet)
  5. Nature’s Recipe® Healthy Skin & Coat Venison & Rice Recipe (wet)

Nature’s Recipe “Easy To Digest” Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Nature’s Recipe® Easy-to-Digest Lamb, Rice & Barley Recipe (dry)
  2. Nature’s Recipe® Easy-to-Digest Fish Meal & Potato Recipe (dry)
  3. Nature’s Recipe® Easy-to-Digest Chicken Meal, Rice & Barley Recipe (dry)
  4. Nature’s Recipe® Canned Easy-to-Digest Lamb, Rice & Barley Recipe (wet)
  5. Nature’s Recipe® Canned Easy-to-Digest Chicken Meal, Rice & Barley Recipe (wet)

Nature’s Recipe “Breed Specific” Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Nature’s Recipe® Toy Breed Chicken Barley & Rice Recipe (dry)
  2. Nature’s Recipe® Terrier Breed Chicken Barley & Rice Recipe (dry)
  3. Nature’s Recipe® Large Breed Chicken & Oatmeal Recipe (dry)

Nature’s Recipe “Farm Stand Selects” Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Farm Stand Selects® Turkey Recipe (dry)
  2. Farm Stand Selects® Lamb Recipe in Sauce (wet)
  3. Farm Stand Selects® Chicken Recipe in Sauce (wet)
  4. Farm Stand Selects® Vegetarian Recipe in Sauce (wet)
  5. Farm Stand Selects® Salmon Recipe in Sauce (wet)

Have you ever purchased Nature’s Recipe dog food? Please share any of your experiences with us and make a post below!

Nature’s Recipe Consumer Ratings:

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106 Responses to “Nature’s Recipe Dog Food”
  1. POSIEPETAL says:

    I have been feeding my 2 dogs N.R. for 2 years with no problem and all of a sudden after buying a bag of lamb and rice they both got so very sick with diarrhea and throwing up. I switched to chicken and rice the got better a couple of days and started smelling like sulphur burping and passing gas. I feel this is the food and will not feed this to them any more… Something is wrong with this food, and its not being advertised, What are they waiting for dogs to die like the last time there was a food problem with the fillers from china? Beware..

  2. Janie Larson says:

    I have experienced the same problems! I am so glad I found this site… At least now I know it is the dog food! I never had this problem during the past two years my dogs have been eating this food. However, a few weeks ago I opened a new bag and within hours both dogs had exsplosive diarrhea and vomiting. I put them on a bland diet for several days and reintroduced a newly opened bag
    Within 20 minutes they were sick again! Obviously it is the food. My vet confirmed that she has had several complaints of this same nature regarding this food!

  3. Melanie Hightower says:

    just bought nature recipe grain free salmon, sweet potato and pumpkin recipe. Just a few days later my SCHNAUZER had bloody diarrea and is in the vet’s office on antibiotics and iv fluids for gastritis.

    I have a huge vet bill! DO NOT BUY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Kristen says:

    I have been feeding my Brussels Griffon Nature’s Recipe grain free small breed for a few months now and she has never been so healthy. So far so good!

  5. billie says:

    I recently(2-3 weeks ago) started feeding my 2 standard poodles the grain free salmon, sweet potato and pumpkin food and they love it!! I switched them from Iams large breed puppy food and in two weeks their ears are starting to clear up already!!! My female has a super sensitive stomach and had to eat prescription diet ID for the first year of her life till i could get her to eat the Iams. No problems switching the food and I absolutely love this food!!! Will never change! Highly recommend it!

  6. Erica says:

    My chihuahua is at the vet right now! The vet has confirmed dogfood related intestinal bacterial infection. As you could guess I’m very upset!!! I fed him Natures recipe vegetarian wet food as a treat on June 21st 2012. My treat is a sick and sad chihuahua with a vet bill. He has a fever and diarrhea. Poor little guy doesn’t understand what’s going on with himself. I’m very dissapointed when I go out of my way to feed higher quality food and this happens. Hello!!! Inspectors do your job!

  7. gary lindle says:

    Nature’s Recipe,chicken,rice,and barley.My 2 yorkies love it. I have been using it for 8 months,you have a great product My female had a bad skin problem,and your food changed that,she’s all ready gained 4 pounds. Keep up the good work!

    Gary Lindle

  8. Cindy says:

    We recently switched our dog to this food…he is on the Salmon n sweet potato one and it has been by far one of the best foods for him. I feel bad for the others who have said bad things, but if a dog is like mine it gets into things it’s not supposed to and eats those things and when mine does it has to come out somehow.. I reccomended this food and for mine who is very sensitive to the slightest amount of grain and or corn in his foods, this has helped him. He’s a 3yr old lab mix.

  9. Juicey says:

    Was in the pet shop an the owner gave us a huge bag of natures recipe for free to try it was salmon sweet potatoes and pumpkin spice just as I put it in her bowl I read the reviews and I picked it up and threw the whole bag out what a scum bag to do some shit like that

  10. linzzz says:

    My dog had be eating ol’ roy for the whole first year of his life. He had one health problem after another during that time. He had to be hospitalized for a severe stomach infection that almost killed him when he was 4 months old. He had a double eye infection. Too many ear infections to count. Then he had a weird skin infection that looked kind of like ringworm but wasn’t. He shedded excessively ALL the time. I started reading about food quality and realized I was feeding his otal crap. I found this brand in my search from corn/wheat free foods, and it was the cheapest high quality food available so I tried it. Every issue he had completely cleared up in 2 weeks! I was absolutely amazed. That was 4 months ago and he hasnt had an ear infection since. He has stopped shedding all the time. His skin is clear. He isnt itchy all the time now. His stools are firm. he loves the taste and actually eats less than he ate of the ol’roy food because his needs are being met now. I was a skeptic going into it, but he totally made me a believer! He eats the lamb and rice adult formula, and i mix in a little of the canned food with the dry. He gobbles it up, but stops when he is full. Even though the bag is more expensive, I am actually spending less on dog food than I was before. I am thoroughly impressed, and so is my baby boy!

  11. Kathleen says:

    I have been feeding my dogs the lamb and rice formula of this food for at least two years with absolutely no problems. My beagle is allergic to corn; he gets ear infections and skin rashes from it. So, we switched to Nutro, which is a great product, but it is expensive. Then, I found Nature’s Recipe. Same grain-free, high quality ingredients, but costs at least $10.00 a bag less. Since I switched to this product, we have had absolutely no problems at all, and the dogs love it!

  12. Ebabe says:

    After trying a few other natural brands like Wellness, Blue Buffalo, and Nutro I decided to stick with Nature’s Recipe because of quality, kibble size and price. They have many other flavors like lamb and fish or grain free which I can alternate in case my doggy gets bored. The other brands I tried had large, thick, kibble for adult dogs that were hard to chew and my dog sometimes would make choking noises. Unless I specifically got adult small breed which is more expensive or too small would be the only way he could chew without it getting stuck in his throat. Natures Recipe kibble is a goomy stomad size and not thick so its easy to chew and don’t need to buy small breed although they do sell now in this brand. Nutro Ultra irritated my dog’s stomach which caused him to have bloody stool after waeating it so I took him off right away. Wellness made my dogs stool soft and runny or would make him vomit sometimes. Blue Buffalo was ok but he didn’t like the brown bits and thick kibble. I have decided to keep him on Nature’s Recipe chicken, lamb, or easy to digest fish.

  13. Margaret says:

    We have schnauzers and really confused on what to feed them. We feel pedigree foods may be what we need to change. I would like to do my own cooking for them. Have been looking for a recipie book, but don’t know where to look. Can anyone help? Thank you

  14. Tom says:

    After trying a variety of other high end kibble/can dog food with various results, I have been feeding my 2 greyhounds Nature’s Recipe and couldn’t be happier. The female has a chicken allergy so she eats the catfish meal and I mix in some of the lamb cuts in gravy. The male had issues with what he fed him and almost everything gave him the squirts. The Salmon & Pumpkin formula has done him well. His output is just fine. He also gets some of the lamb wet food. Not much gas from either and their coats are soft and shine. Sorry to hear about everyone elses issues and i hope their puppers are now fine.

  15. Deanne says:

    Went back to natures recipe after trying to switch to ultra nutro which made all three of my poodles sick with vomiting and diarrhea. Have been pleased with natures recipe and will. Ever switch again.

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