Natural Balance Wild Pursuit Review
Beef, Buffalo & Venison Formula
Review of Natural Balance Wild Pursuit
Beef, Buffalo & Venison 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 all life stages. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.
Natural Balance Wild Pursuit Beef, Buffalo & Venison Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.
We'll begin this review of Natural Balance Wild Pursuit Beef, Buffalo & Venison Formula with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is beef. Although beef is an excellent protein source, raw beef contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of beef is dramatically reduced. Therefore, it's important to ensure that other meat sources are included within the first few ingredients to ensure the product derives most of its protein from meat.
The second ingredient is beef broth. Beef broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, beef broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution.
The third ingredient is buffalo. Buffalo is another excellent protein source. As with other raw meats, buffalo contains a substantial amount of moisture and therefore the relative meat contribution of buffalo is dramatically reduced after cooking.
The fourth ingredient is beef liver. Beef liver is an excellent organ meat which provides high quality protein and fat. In addition, beef liver provides many essential vitamins and minerals.
The fifth ingredient is venison. Although venison is an excellent protein source, raw venison contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of venison is dramatically reduced. Therefore, it's important to ensure that other meat sources are included within the first few ingredients to ensure the product derives most of its protein from meat.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Natural Balance Wild Pursuit Beef, Buffalo & Venison 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 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.
The next ingredient is brewers yeast. Brewers yeast is a by-product of the brewing industry. Brewers yeast is rich in various minerals and contains a notable amount of protein.
Then we have venison meal. Venison meal is produced by cooking venison using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of venison and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.
Moving on, we have canola oil. Because canola oil is actually an improved rapeseed oil, many people are wary of its nutritional impacts.
Moving on with this review, we have tapioca starch. Tapioca starch is a gluten-free starch extracted from cassava roots. Starch is a necessary component in producing kibble and tapioca is an excellent choice in this regard.
The next ingredient in this review is dried garbanzo bean. Dried garbanzo beans (also known as dried chickpeas) are an excellent carbohydrate source, naturally rich in dietary fiber and protein.
Our next ingredient is choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).
l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate is the next ingredient in this recipe, which is a feed-grade vitamin C supplement.
Next on the list is vitamin E supplement. Vitamin E is an essential vitamin required by dogs.
The remaining ingredients in this Natural Balance Wild Pursuit 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.
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 Wild Pursuit Beef, Buffalo & Venison Formula is 4.5 out of 5.