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Dick Van PattonsNatural Balance Dog Food Fat Dogs Recipe.
Is it really Low Cal?
Is it healthy?
Has Natural Balance had any recalls?
Last the Bottom line.
Here is the Product we will Review today!
Natural Balance Fat Dogs. Lowest Calorie Formula for overweight dogs.
This is a 28 Pound Bag of Dry kibble available Go HERE TO PETSMART!
Food Type: Dry Dog Food
Food Consistency: Kibble
Health Consideration: Weight Control
Life Stage: Adult
Primary Ingredient: Chicken Meal
Package Weight: 5 lbsFeeding Instructions:
Up to 10 lbs : Up to 1 cup
10 – 20 lbs : 1 – 1 ¾ cups
20-40 lbs : 1 ¾ – 2 ¾ cups
40 – 60 lbs : 2 ¾ – 3 ¾ cups
60 -80 lbs : 3 ¾ – 4 ¾ cups
80 – 100 lbs : 4 ¾ – 5 ½ cups
100 – 120 lbs : 5 ½ – 6 ½ cups
120 â 140 lbs: 6 ½ – 7 ¼ cupsIngredients:
Chicken Meal, Salmon Meal, Garbanzo Beans, Dried Peas, Pearled Barley, Oatmeal, Pea Fiber, Dried Beet Pulp, Alfalfa Meal, Oat Fiber, Tomato Pomace, Pea Protein, Natural Flavor, Brewers Dried Yeast, Vegetable Pomace (carrot, celery, beet, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach ), Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Dried Egg, Salmon Oil, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins (choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, niacin supplement, biotin, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid), Minerals (zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, sodium selenite, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, colbalt carbonate), Inulin, DL-Methionine, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Carnitine, Taurine, L-Lysine, Choline Chloride, Citric Acid and Mixed Tocopherols (preservatives), Dried Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary ExtractGuaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min) 26.0% Crude Fat (min) 7.5% Crude Fiber (max) 10.5% Moisture (max) 10.0% Omega-6 Fatty Acids (min) 1.5% Omega-3 Fatty Acids (min) 0.25%
So these are the ingredients on this product! It is great this is a Plant-based product. And the Calories are 250 per cup a little high but if your dog gets exercise and runs it can burn a lot of Calories!
Let’s get an outside opinion review on this product from Dog Food Advisor.com
DFA does a lot of reviews for pet foods and get into the details of the product breakdown. I use them alot when I go over the products.They also rate the product as well as cover any recalls issued. sSo here is what I found on there site!
The Natural Balance Fat Dogs product line includes one dry dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient guidelines for adult maintenance.
Ingredients: Chicken meal, salmon meal, garbanzo beans, dried peas, pearled barley, oatmeal, pea fiber, dried beet pulp, alfalfa meal, oat fiber, tomato pomace, pea protein, natural flavor, brewers dried yeast, vegetable pomace (carrot, celery, beet, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach), chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried egg, salmon oil, salt, potassium chloride, vitamins (choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, niacin supplement, biotin, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid), minerals (zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, sodium selenite, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate), inulin, dl-methionine, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), l-carnitine, taurine, l-lysine, choline chloride, citric acid and mixed tocopherols (preservatives), dried Yucca schidigera extract, rosemary extract
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 11.7%
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
The second ingredient is salmon meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1
The third ingredient includes garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (pulse) family of vegetables.
Garbanzos contain about 22% protein, something which must be considered when evaluating the total protein reported in this food.
The fourth ingredient includes dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.
However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The fifth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The sixth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.
The seventh ingredient is pea fiber, a mixture of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber derived from pea hulls. Aside from the usual benefits of fiber, this agricultural by-product provides no nutritional value to a dog.
The eighth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.
Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.
We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.
The ninth ingredient is alfalfa meal. Although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With five notable exceptions…
First, we find tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.
Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.
Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.
Next, this food includes pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.
Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.
And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
In addition, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.
Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.
Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.
In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.
In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.
What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
Next, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.
Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.
And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Natural Balance Fat Dogs Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Natural Balance Fat Dogs looks like an above-average dry product.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 29%.
Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the garbanzo beans, dried peas, alfalfa meal, pea protein and brewers dried yeast, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
Natural Balance Fat Dogs is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken and salmon meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.
Natural Balance Dog Food
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So to sum up this product! It gets a 3.5 Star rating! No Recalls since 5/5/2012
It is a healthy Ingredient list starting off with chicken meal not By products. and is consideralably a Lo Calorie plan for our chubby little pups! This Product comes in 3 size bags the one shown is 28 Pounds the others are 5 Pound and 15 Pund bags. So if you have a little chubby rascal that nees some help fedd them this Natural Balance Fat Dogs and also get thrm outside and play Ball to give he or she proper excerciise! As Always Thank you for reading our Article!!
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