Limited Ingredient Diets® Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dry Dog Formula ..

Shawna – thank you for the information. We tried going raw but Raven had non-stop diarrhea so while it works for some dogs, it’s just not right for us. I called Natural Balance and talked to them, and we discussed some of the ingredients you mentioned. The vet tech on the phone was really well-informed and answered all of my questions. The nutrition in this food is hard to beat- they explained to me how the brown rice has the bran portion intact for carbohydrates and vitamin B, and the organic barley provides fiber, antioxidants, B3 and thiamine, among other important minerals. The chicken is certified organic and GMO & pesticide free. I really like all the other healthy ingredients too like carrots, spinach, cranberries, etc. But for me the proof is in my healthy, beautiful, happy dogs! We’re thrilled with this dog food and will keep buying it.

Judging by its ingredients alone, Natural Balance Organic appears to be an above-average dog food.

I’m confused about review comments on potatoes. For the Natural Balance Ultra the review said this about potatoes:

The sixth item lists potato. Assuming they’re whole, potatoes are a good source of digestible carbohydrates and other healthy nutrients.

On the Natural Balance Organic review it states this about potatoes:
The ninth ingredient lists organic potatoes. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates.
Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

So does that mean potatos are a good carb…or only modest nutritional value to a dog?

I have a mini schnauzer puppy that I tried her on several high protein foods and she could not handle it. Had very mushy poops! She really likes the Natural Balance Organic and has good firm poops, finally!!
But, now I’m not sure….is this a good food for my puppy?
This is a great site for information…but can be confusing for a newbie!!

Limited Ingredient Diets® High Protein Lamb Formula Dry Dog Food.

The Natural Balance Organic product line lists one dry dog food claimed to meet  for all life stages. Natural Balance Organic Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a below average amount of chicken as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.

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On April 27, 2007, Natural Balance issued a second recall for three canned dog food and one canned cat food. Like the first recall, the contaminants were in rice protein concentrates. As with the venison based formulas, rice protein concentrate was not on the list of ingredients of the four products. This time, Natural Balance claimed that their canned food manufacturer American Nutrition, Inc (ANI) added the rice protein concentrate without their knowledge or consent, calling it a "manufacturing deviation". In response, ANI issued a press release denying any deliberate or intentionally wrongful conduct, claiming that "customers specifically required rice-based formulations". Along with Natural Balance, other pet food organizations such as Blue Buffalo and Menu Foods were affected by the contaminated products and issued recalls.

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