Natural Balance Original Ultra Review

Puppy - Chicken, Brown Rice, Duck Meal Formula

Natural Balance Original Ultra Puppy - Chicken, Brown Rice, Duck Meal Formula

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Review of Natural Balance Original Ultra
Puppy - Chicken, Brown Rice, Duck Meal Formula

This product is manufactured by Natural Balance Pet Foods. Natural Balance Pet Foods is a subsidiary of Big Heart Pet Brands. In addition to Natural Balance, Big Heart Pet Brands also owns Nature's Recipe, Milk Bone, Meaty Bone, Meow Mix, PupPeroni, Ally Cat, and several other brands.

According to our data, this Natural Balance recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for growing puppies, pregnant/nursing mothers, and adult dogs. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Natural Balance Original Ultra Puppy - Chicken, Brown Rice, Duck Meal Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growing puppies, pregnant/nursing mothers, and adult dogs.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Natural Balance Original Ultra Puppy - Chicken, Brown Rice, Duck Meal Formula with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is chicken, which is an excellent source of protein and fat.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is produced by cooking chicken using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of chicken and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

The third ingredient is brown rice. Brown rice is naturally rich in fiber and various minerals including manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Relative to other grains, brown rice is easy to digest.

The fourth ingredient is dried pea. Dried peas are an excellent carbohydrate source, naturally rich in dietary fiber and protein.

The fifth ingredient is oats. Oats provide a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, and various minerals. Whats more, non-contaminated oats are gluten free; however, oats are typically processed and grown near ingredients which contain gluten and therefore contamination is not unusual. Always check the packaging to ensure the product is gluten free if your pet is gluten intolerant.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Natural Balance Original Ultra Puppy - Chicken, Brown Rice, Duck Meal Formula are not as important as the first five ingredients.

However, collectively they still have a significant impact on the overall quality of the product. Therefore, we'll continue discussing the remaining ingredients in this Natural Balance recipe.

Next we have chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Fat is an important part of your dogs diet, chicken fat in particular is an outstanding source of omega-6 fatty acids.

The next ingredient is pea protein. Pea protein is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.

Then we have duck meal. Duck meal is produced by a process called rendering. In short, the rendering process involves cooking duck until the moisture level falls below 10%. By removing the moisture, we're left with a concentrated protein powder made with duck (i.e. duck meal).

The remaining ingredients in this Natural Balance Original Ultra recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives most of its protein from animal based sources. This is an excellent property because meat based protein contains all of the necessary amino acids required by dogs. In our option, this is one of the most important properties to judge when reviewing pet food, therefore we believe this is an exceptional product in this regard.

Final Thoughts

In summary, we recognize that this product does not contain any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or anonymous meat ingredients.

The official PawDiet rating for Natural Balance Original Ultra Puppy - Chicken, Brown Rice, Duck Meal Formula is 3.5 out of 5.