Pure Balance Dog Food Ingredients

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Pure Balance manufactures roughly 22 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Pure Balance ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Pure Balance uses roughly 162 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Pure Balance, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken meal
  3. potato
  4. turkey liver
  5. dried egg product

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Pure Balance is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken meal, followed by potato, turkey liver, and dried egg product.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Our records indicate that Pure Balance does use artificial food coloring dyes. More specifically, we've identified 1 artificial food dye used by Pure Balance.

Although these food dyes are classified as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA, we recommend avoiding them when possible.

According to the Center For Research In The Public Interest (CSPI), there are many potential health risks associated with the consumption of artificial food coloring dyes.

Given that most pets consume the same products for prolonged periods of time, these concerns should be taken seriously. In general, we recommend pet owners avoid feeding products which contain artificial food coloring dyes.

For more information regarding the CSPI's findings, read our artificial food coloring article.

added color
1 Recipes

The ingredient "added color" is ambiguous and may include various artificial dyes. Most artificial dyes have been linked to various chronic diseases.

The following recipes contain added color:

Animal By-Products

According to our records, Pure Balance does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including Pure Balance have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are animal-based ingredients which do not provide the source animal's name. These ingredients are controversial because they can come from almost any animal.

In addition, anonymous animal-based ingredients are very inexpensive and often the lowest quality meats that are still allowed to be used in pet food.

In general, we do not recommend feeding any products which contain anonymous meats. When in doubt, always contact the brand's customer service desk for further clarification.

Unfortunately, we've identified 2 anonymous meat ingredients used by Pure Balance.

fish meal
2 Recipes

Fish meal is defined by AAFCO as "the clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish or fish cutting, either or both, with or without the extraction of part of the oil." Since the specific type of fish is not mentioned, we cannot discuss any specific qualities of this ingredient. In general, anonymous ingredients are low quality inclusions when compared to ingredients such as tuna meal, salmon meal, catfish meal, etc.

The following recipes contain fish meal:

poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
6 Recipes

Poultry fat is a by-product of poultry tissue rendering. Poultry fat is a controversial ingredient because the specific protein is not specified. Such ingredients are typically low-quality in comparison to named poultry fats (e.g. chicken fat, turkey fat).

The following recipes contain poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols):

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 5 controversial ingredients inside Pure Balance products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

brewers rice
2 Recipes

Brewer's rice is the small fragments of rice kernel that are separated from the larger kernels of milled rice. The fragments do not contain the same nutrition profile of the whole kernel and therefore brewer's rice is a lower quality grain. Brewer's rice is typically regarded as an inexpensive and low quality filler.

The following recipes contain brewers rice:

garlic powder
1 Recipes

Garlic powder in very small quantities can be an acceptable addition, however, garlic can also be toxic. Therefore many pet owners choose to completely avoid garlic.

The following recipes contain garlic powder:

canola oil
1 Recipes

Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.

The following recipes contain canola oil:

poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
6 Recipes

Poultry fat is a by-product of poultry tissue rendering. Poultry fat is a controversial ingredient because the specific protein is not specified. Such ingredients are typically low-quality in comparison to named poultry fats (e.g. chicken fat, turkey fat).

The following recipes contain poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols):

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

There are certain situations where these ingredients may be necessary. We always recommend contacting Pure Balance for further clarification regarding any harmful or controversial ingredient.

We have identified 1 harmful ingredient used in certain Pure Balance recipes. To learn more, click on the ingredient's name.

added color
1 Recipes

The ingredient "added color" is ambiguous and may include various artificial dyes. Most artificial dyes have been linked to various chronic diseases.

The following recipes contain added color:

Pure Balance Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Pure Balance

Dry Dog Food
Grain Free Formula - Chicken & Pea Recipe
Pure Balance
Dry Dog Food Grain Free Formula - Chicken & Pea Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
dried ground pea
whole ground potato
poultry fat

Pure Balance

Small Breed
Grain Free Formula - Chicken & Garden Vegetables Recipe
Pure Balance
Small Breed Grain Free Formula - Chicken & Garden Vegetables Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
dried ground pea
tapioca
whole ground potato

Pure Balance

Wild & Free
Superfood Blend - Trout & Lentils Recipe For Dogs
Pure Balance
Wild & Free Superfood Blend - Trout & Lentils Recipe For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
trout
fish meal
lentil powder
pea protein
chicken fat

Pure Balance

Dry Dog Food
Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
Pure Balance
Dry Dog Food Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
brown rice
brewers rice
pea protein

Pure Balance

Dry Dog Food
Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe
Pure Balance
Dry Dog Food Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe
First Five Ingredients
lamb
lamb meal
brown rice
brewers rice
pea protein

Pure Balance

Wild & Free
Grain Free Formula - Bison, Pea & Venison Recipe
Pure Balance
Wild & Free Grain Free Formula - Bison, Pea & Venison Recipe
First Five Ingredients
bison
chicken meal
dried ground pea
tapioca
pea protein

Pure Balance

Wild & Free
Grain Free Formula - Salmon & Pea Recipe
Pure Balance
Wild & Free Grain Free Formula - Salmon & Pea Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon meal
dried ground pea
tapioca
pea protein

Pure Balance

Canned Dog Food
Beef, Vegetables & Brown Rice Stew For Adult Dogs
Pure Balance
Canned Dog Food Beef, Vegetables & Brown Rice Stew For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
beef broth
beef
beef liver
dried egg product
carrot

Pure Balance

Dog Food Rolls
Grain Free Formula - Savory Beef With Carrots & Spinach Recipe
Pure Balance
Dog Food Rolls Grain Free Formula - Savory Beef With Carrots & Spinach Recipe
First Five Ingredients
beef
pea flour
molasses
carrot
dried egg product

Pure Balance

Canned Dog Food
Beef & Chicken Recipe For Adult Dogs
Pure Balance
Canned Dog Food Beef & Chicken Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
beef
chicken
beef broth
guar gum
cassia gum

Pure Balance

Canned Dog Food
Chicken Recipe For Adult Dogs
Pure Balance
Canned Dog Food Chicken Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
guar gum
cassia gum

Pure Balance

Dog Food Rolls
Grain Free Formula - Savory Chicken With Carrots & Spinach Recipe
Pure Balance
Dog Food Rolls Grain Free Formula - Savory Chicken With Carrots & Spinach Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
molasses
pea flour
carrot
dried egg product

Pure Balance

Dog Food Rolls
Grain Free Formula - Smoked Salmon Recipe
Pure Balance
Dog Food Rolls Grain Free Formula - Smoked Salmon Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
whitefish
water
pea flour
molasses

Pure Balance

Canned Dog Food
Turkey & Chicken Recipe For Adult Dogs
Pure Balance
Canned Dog Food Turkey & Chicken Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
turkey
chicken
turkey broth
turkey liver
guar gum

Pure Balance

Grain Free Wet Dog Food
Beef Dinner In Gravy With Carrots & Sun Dried Tomatoes
Pure Balance
Grain Free Wet Dog Food Beef Dinner In Gravy With Carrots & Sun Dried Tomatoes
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef broth
water sufficient for processing
beef liver
dried egg product

Pure Balance

Grain Free Wet Dog Food
Chicken Dinner In Gravy With Peas & Sweet Potatoes For Dogs
Pure Balance
Grain Free Wet Dog Food Chicken Dinner In Gravy With Peas & Sweet Potatoes For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
water sufficient for processing
chicken liver
dried egg product

Pure Balance

Grain Free Wet Dog Food
Chicken Dinner (Pate)
Pure Balance
Grain Free Wet Dog Food Chicken Dinner (Pate)
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
dried pea
guar gum

Pure Balance

Grain Free Wet Dog Food
Lamb Dinner (Pate)
Pure Balance
Grain Free Wet Dog Food Lamb Dinner (Pate)
First Five Ingredients
lamb
lamb broth
lamb liver
dried pea
guar gum

Pure Balance

Limited Ingredient Grain Free
Salmon & Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs
Pure Balance
Limited Ingredient Grain Free Salmon & Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon broth
potato
whitefish
sweet potato

Pure Balance

Limited Ingredient Grain Free
Salmon & Sweet Potato Dinner For Dogs
Pure Balance
Limited Ingredient Grain Free Salmon & Sweet Potato Dinner For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon broth
potato
whitefish
sweet potato

Pure Balance

Limited Ingredient Grain Free
Turkey & Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs
Pure Balance
Limited Ingredient Grain Free Turkey & Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
potato
turkey liver
sweet potato

Pure Balance

Limited Ingredient Grain Free
Turkey & Sweet Potato Dinner For Dogs
Pure Balance
Limited Ingredient Grain Free Turkey & Sweet Potato Dinner For Dogs
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
potato
turkey liver
sweet potato