Natural Balance L.I.D. Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Formula

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  • Natural Balance L.I.D. Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Formula
  • Published on: January 29, 2015
  • Last modified: June 19, 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. The first ingredient is not meat, which isn’t a good start. In fact, this recipe appears stingy on meat sources. If you look at the estimated non-dietary carbs, it is significantly higher than most other dog recipes. If you dog’s weight is a concern then be cautious when considering this recipe. On a positive note, the minerals are proteinate. Overall, this recipe offerings are limited and thus it is slightly below average.

Pros

  • Provides Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids content
  • Chelated / Proteinate minerals
  • Cons

  • Sweet Potatoes is the first ingredient and not a meat
  • 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
    21% (min) 10% (min) 4.5% (max) 10% (max) 48% (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 1%
    Phosphorus 0.8%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid  0.4%
    Omega-6 fatty acid  2.3%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Sweet Potatoes
    2. Chicken Meal
    3. Chicken Fat
    4. Chicken
    5. Dicalcium Phosphate

    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.

    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.

    Chicken fat is a good for dogs in the right amount, whom can metabolize fat and used for various body system functions, including for energy.

    Chicken is a good grade meat protein. However, it is not higher on this list and also it factors in about 70% when accounted for in this list, which doesn’t help.

    Dicalcium Phosphate provides calcium supplement. Typical, such a supplement is  further down in the ingredient list, while other food sources are higher than it.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    None

    All Ingredients

    Sweet Potatoes, Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Chicken, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potato Fiber, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed, Salt, Salmon Oil (a source of DHA), Taurine, Choline Chloride, Natural Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

    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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