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Natural Balance is one of the few good choices a pet owner can make when they walk into a store like Petsmart or Petco. It’s pretty widely carried, so if somebody doesn’t want to take the time to go to their local pet store, this is a good option. It’s also fairly cheap for what you’re getting, so that’s an additional bonus.
The food is of good quality, no question. There are 4 meal products here, plus some good grains, fruits and vegetables to balance it out. What’s more, they do use flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. for the Omega fatty acids as well.
I do have to quibble with the brewers yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis., though. They have almost all good ingredients, yet they use an alcohol production by-product? I just don’t understand the inclusion of that. It’s like going through college with a 4.0, and then tanking your last couple classes because you figure it’s “good enough”.
If you’re either on a budget or don’t want to venture outside major pet stores though, this is a great choice.
What’s good about this food….
Solid meat content (4 named meat meals), high quality grains, potatoes.
….and what’s not so good.
Brewers yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis. included.
Chicken Meal, Chicken, Brown Rice★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive. is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive., Duck Meal, Barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality., Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Potatoes, Carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., Lamb Meal, Salmon Meal, Canola Oil★★★★★ Excellent source of fat for energy and healthy coat contains 10% omega 3 fatty acids and half the saturated fat found in other vegetable oils commonly used in pet food., Natural Flavor, Dried Egg, Brewers Yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis., Whole Ground Flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber., Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Taurine★★★ Standard source, necessary for cats who are unable to manufacture taurine on their own, helps regulate nervous system, promotes thyroid and cardiovascular health. Some benefit to dogs., Spinach, Parsley Flakes, Cranberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract., L-Lysine★★ Source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), needed to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods., L-Carnitine★★ Supplements poor meat source diets, a B-vitamin factor naturally found in meat, important in regulating fat metabolism., Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Kelp, Zinc Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Manganese Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Copper Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, Zinc Sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Manganese Sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Copper Sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude. (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin A Supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Potassium Iodide★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. (Vitamin B-2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production. (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response. Supplement, Manganous Oxide★★★ Standard source, manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Sodium Selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response., Vitamin D-3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis..