Natural Balance Canned Dog Food, Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Venison and Sweet Potato Recipe Review

//Natural Balance Canned Dog Food, Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Venison and Sweet Potato Recipe Review

Natural Balance Canned Dog Food, Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Venison and Sweet Potato Recipe Review

Natural Balance Canned Dog Food, Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Venison and Sweet Potato Recipe

Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Venison & Sweet Potato Canned Dog Formula

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Venison & Sweet Potato is a formula appropriated for dogs with allergy problems, scratchy skin, and a sneezy respiratory system, based on a mix of a first-class protein (venison) and carbohydrates not usually found in dog foods. It not includes wheat, barley, rice or corn.

This recipe is rich in vitamins B6 and B12, which are important for healthy metabolism and gastrointestinal function during all stages of life.

This canned dog food also includes essential fatty acids in the form of salmon oil. Fatty acids support healthy skin and a shiny coat.

Its venison taste is attractive even to fussy eaters. You can give your dog this wet formula alone or mixed with dry food.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Venison, Venison Broth, Potato Protein
  • Fat and Oil: Salmon Oil, Canola Oil
  • Carbohydrates: Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Dehydrated Potatoes
  • Fiber: Fruits and vegetables, Guar Gum
  • Fruits and vegetables: Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Dehydrated Potatoes
  • Flavorings: Meat sources
  • Preservatives: The canning process is the preservation method used in the canned foods. No preservatives either natural or artificial are added.
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Carrageenan, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Selenite, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement.

Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis Drya Matter Basis
Protein 6 % (min.) 25 %
Fat 4 % (min.) 16.7 %
Fiber 1.5 % (max.) 6.25 %
Moisture 76 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 50 % (EV)

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?”  and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis.

In Canned foods ash value considered to the calculation of the estimated value of carbohydrates is 2 %.

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Venison and Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO dog food nutrient profiles for all life stages.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Venison provides an unusual and lower fat protein source for dogs. Original proteins like venison are helpful when dogs have a known allergic reaction to more frequently used proteins.

Venison is a lean meat and lower in calories, fat, and cholesterol. It is also a good source of B vitamins, especially Niacin and B-12 as well as the minerals zinc, phosphorous, and iron.

Venison Broth is added to dog food for both flavor and moisture. Broths are a common component in canned products.

Potato protein is a byproduct of potato processing and is used here as a protein source. Potato protein should be used as a substitute to meat in dog foods since the quality and digestibility of vegetable proteins tend to be lower than those found in meats.

Fruits and Vegetables/Carbohydrates: Sweet potatoes are nutritionally different from common potatoes. They contain more fiber; they are also a good source of vitamins and minerals. Up to date studies have shown that sweet potatoes might be beneficial for diabetics since they can help to stabilize blood sugar levels.

Potatoes are becoming more used in grain free dog food formulas. There is some discuss over the ability of dogs to efficiently digest starch contain in potatoes. Potatoes do contain some dietary fiber as well as vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium.

Dehydrated potatoes are dried potato products. Like potatoes, they are a source of energy and are rich in vitamins and minerals.

Fiber: Guar gum is used to condense sauces and gravy. In canned food, Guar Gum is primarily used as a thickener and stabilizer. It is known to be a highly soluble and highly digestible fiber with a low caloric content. It can reduce cholesterol levels.

Fat and oil: Salmon oil is full of omega 3 fatty acids, which supports skin and coat health, as well as cognitive development.

Canola Oil is obtained by extracting the oil from canola seeds. It provides calories for energy and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for a healthy coat. The controversy about this ingredient appears to be related to the use of genetically modified seeds.

Supplements: Carrageenan is a natural ingredient used as a thickener and stabilizer in canned food. It is a gelatin like agent extracted from seaweed that modifies texture of foods. It appears to be some latest controversy concerning its long term biological safety.

The minerals listed are not chelated. This fact makes minerals more difficult to absorb.

This food does not contain dyes or sweeteners. No chemicals or added preservatives are needed for the canning process. Canned foods don’t use preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Natural Balance Canned Dog Food, Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Venison and Sweet Potato Recipe we give a 4.35 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Natural Balance Canned Dog Food, Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Venison and Sweet Potato Recipe seems to be a highly recommended canned dog food.

Natural Balance includes limited ingredients containing only elements that support your dog’s health. High quality protein sources, like venison, offer your dog energy while also supporting muscle development and maintenance.

Sweet potatoes provide complex carbohydrate which are highly digestible and provide lots of energy. This dog food is a grain-free formula.

This recipe also includes important fatty acids in the form of salmon oil, as well as supplements for important vitamins.

Natural Balance Canned Dog Food, Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Venison and Sweet Potato Recipe main benefits:

  • Formulated by veterinarians to decrease allergies
  • Easily digested
  • First ingredient is venison
  • A blend of highly digestible proteins and carbohydrates
  • Does not contain wheat, barley, rice or corn
  • Content in omega fatty acids optimize skin and coat
  • Preservative free
  • Sweet Potatoes are rich in potassium and highly digestible energy source

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Natural Balance Canned Dog Food, Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Venison and Sweet Potato Recipe

Positive Aspects

  • Venison, Venison Broth
  • Salmon Oil
  • Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Dehydrated Potatoes
  • Guar Gum
  • Omega Fatty acids
  • Preservative free

Negative Aspects

  • Potato Protein
  • Carrageenan
  • Canola Oil

Available in: 6 oz (170.10 g) and 13 oz (368.54 g) cans


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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