Nature’s Recipe Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice

It is nice to see a dog food with an egg product so high on the ingredient list. This is a very grain heavy puppy food and ground rice is low grade rice, but puppies can digest it, fairly easy. We would really like to see them eliminate menadione sodium bisulfite complex. Lamb digest is a very low grade meat. Tomato Pomace is filler and is only in the dog food to stiffen their stools. It is good to see Oatmeal in a dog’s diet.

Nature’s Recipe Adult Lamb Formula Ingredient Analysis

  1. Lamb meal
  2. Ground rice
  3. Pearled barley
  4. Oatmeal
  5. Chicken fat

Lamb meal is a very good meat for dogs.

Ground rice is a lower quality grain.

Pearled parley helps a dog’s digestive system.

Oatmeal helps fight cancer and contains a lot of vitamins and minerals.

Chicken fat is a positive fat and all dogs need some fat in their diet.

Nature’s Recipe Adult Lamb Formula Ingredient List

Lamb meal, ground rice, pearled barley, oatmeal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried egg, lamb digest, tomato pomace, flax seed, potassium chloride, salt, taurine, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), inositol, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, beta-carotene, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), minerals (zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), choline chloride, yucca schidigera, rosemary extract.

Nature’s Recipe Adult Lamb Formula Guaranteed Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis describes the nutrient content required by AAFCO labeling standards to be identified on every product package. Since these are guarantees, pet food manufacturers work to formulate diets that meet or exceed the minimum requirements.

Crude Protein 25.0%
Crude Fat 15.0%
Crude Fiber 4.50%
Moisture 10.0%
Iron 200 mg/kg
Copper 10 mg/kg
Zinc 150 mg/kg
Selenium 0.5 mg/kg
Vitamin E 125 IU/kg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.25%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 2.0%
Beta Carotene* 6 mg/kg

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.


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7 Responses to “Nature’s Recipe Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice”
  1. Robert says:

    It is impossible to tell how much grain is in a food from the number of sources, nor does the fact that there is only one meat source indicate anything about the amount of meat in this food. The only thing that you can figure from the list is that there is more lamb (by weight) than rice, more rice than barley and more barley than oatmeal. Lamb digest is not a meat. It is a broth. Tomato pomace is not a filler. It is a fiber, and fiber is necessary for digestion. You are absolutely right, however, about the menadione. It has been banned from human supplements by the FDA.

  2. Jess says:

    You are 100% wrong. I well tell you right now, that this dog food contains at least 50% grain. Tomato pomace IS IN FACT A FILLER and contains ZERO nutrients, ZERO. The ONLY reason it is in dog food is to keep the dogs from getting diarrhea from such a low grade dog food.

    Lamb digest is as low as you can get and adds nothing but some phony taste for the dogs.

    May also appear as dried, or spray dried. Sometimes the type and part of animals used is specified, such as in “Chicken Digest”, “Lamb Digest” or “Poultry Liver Digest”

    AAFCO: Material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue. The animal tissues used shall be exclusive of hair, horns, teeth, hooves and feathers, except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice and shall be suitable for animal feed. .

    A cooked-down broth made from specified, or worse, unspecified parts of specified or unspecified animals (depending on the type of digest used). If the source is unspecified (e.g. “Animal” or “Poultry”, the animals used can be obtained from any source, so there is no control over quality or contamination. Any kind of animal can be included: “4-D animals” (dead, diseased, disabled, or dying prior to slaughter), goats, pigs, horses, rats, misc. roadkill, animals euthanized at shelters, restaurant and supermarket refuse and so on.

  3. Nancy says:

    The Ohio State University Dept. of Animal Sciences says this about Tomoto Pomace: “Tomato pomace contains moderate amounts of protein, and high concentrations of fat and fiber. After the juice is extracted, a residue primarily consisting of tomato seeds and peels is left (tomato pomace). In the past, this byproduct often has been discarded. Increased landfill costs and societal concerns about solid waste have generated interest in finding an economical outlet for this byproduct. As with many food byproducts, tomato pomace can be fed to livestock” (or added to dog food). I guess the question to ask really is what do you define as filler. Tomato pomace is a filler consisting of mostly undigestible fiber (non-soluble fiber on a human food label), which is an important component of any diet to regulate digestion and elimination.

  4. T says:

    I think the bottom line is this. Overall, I do not believe this is a “bad” dog food. Not top of the line either. I do know a thing or two about pet nutrition and what’s good and bad. For someone like myself who has 5 dogs (all rescues) this is affordable. Trust me, if I could afford it, my dogs would eat ultra premium dog food but do you have any idea how much food 2 Huskies, a Shepherd Mix, an American Eskimo mix and a Pit bull eat???? A LOT! This food is by far better than some Dog Chow. I started using this years ago when Petsmart first introduced it. At that time I only had 2 dogs and was feeding them Solid Gold. It was pretty expensive. I saw that there was no corn (corn is the #1 allergen in dogs) no wheat (also an allergen) or by-products. I thought “what the heck! I’ll try it out”. My dogs loved it and they have all lives long happy lives. I have an 11 year old Shepherd/Pit mix who looks like she’s 5! It’s hard to find a dog food that doesn’t have one bad thing in it! I’m sorry to say this but the one place I wouldn’t recommend getting pet nutrition info from is the VET. They are NOT taught nutrition in school. They promote foods like Science Diet in their offices. Why? Because they get paid to! These companies also pay for schooling. If you’re ever looking for good information about nutrition, talk with someone that specializes in it.

  5. Anna says:

    This food gave my dog diarrhea, but as your dog gets used to it his stool will be more solid. I wouldn’t reccomend Nature’s Recipe, but don’t take any chances.

  6. Doggy Owner says:

    I like this food. It makes my puppy full off such a mall amount, unlike other dog foods. She is very healthy. The vet said whatever we are doing, keep it up! I do recommend this dog food.

  7. Skyler says:

    I just started feeding my rescue dog this food and she loves it.. Feeding her the puppy one but a little confused if I am reading the feeding chart wrong on the bag.. She is 6 lbs and 12 weeks.. Am I reading it wrong or is this feeding chart recommend you subtract the amount of food as the dog gets older? Confused please help!

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