Natural Balance Alpha Lamb, Chicken Meal & Rabbit Dry Dog Formula

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  • Natural Balance Alpha Lamb, Chicken Meal & Rabbit Dry Dog Formula
  • Published on: January 29, 2015
  • Last modified: June 12, 2015
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Review Summary:

There isn’t much nutritional information listed on the label. At least it does share Omega fatty acid content, but it could disclose more. There is a good spread of vegetables and fruits further down the ingredient list. The minerals are chelated, which helps make absorption easier. Overall, this recipe is decent but not stellar; it is above average.

Pros

  • Provides Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids content
  • Chelated / Proteinate minerals
  • Contains multiple good straight meat sources
  • Good variety of wholesome vegetables and fruits
  • Cons

  • Not enough nutritional info on vitamins & minerals
  • No information on where it is manufactured
  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    26% (min) 11.5% (min) 4% (max) 10% (max) 40% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 375 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin C NA
    Vitamin E NA
    Calcium NA
    Phosphorus NA
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid  0.3%
    Omega-6 fatty acid  2%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Lamb
    2. Chicken Meal
    3. Potatoes
    4. Garbanzo Beans
    5. Peas

    Lamb is a good start, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content when added, which is roughly about 70% or more water

    Chicken meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Potatoes are a starchy food, thus it does contributes carbohydrates. Notably it offers a good source of fiber, vitamin C B6, and potassium.

    Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) offers protein (not balanced amino acid profile for dogs) and a variety of nutrients. They are also high in carbohydrates and this includes significant dietary fiber.

    Peas are a good source of fiber and protein, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Sweet potatoes contains an abundant amount of vitamin A and beta –carotene, which are important for the eyes / vision. It is also a good source of fiber and be aware that it does offer carbohydrates, since it is a starchy food type.

    Potato starch contains high amounts of calories and carbohydrate.

    All Ingredients

    Lamb, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Garbanzo Beans, Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Sweet Potatoes, Natural Flavor, Rabbit, Alfalfa Meal, Beet Pulp, Pea Protein, Potato Starch, Dried Egg, Salmon Oil, Vegetable Pomace (carrot, celery, beet, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach), Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Cranberries, Blueberries, Apples, Zucchini, Dried Kelp, Vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid), Taurine, Inulin, Minerals (zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous sulfate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), L-carnitine, Ascorbic Acid (source of vitamin C), Yucca Schidigera Extract, DL-methionine, L-lysine, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid (preservatives).

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Natural Balance (Owned by Del Monte)
    Location(s): Unknown

    Recalls

    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture from 2013.

    • None

    *Recall information from FDA website.

     


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