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Natural Balance Pet Foods Reviews

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Reviewed May 11, 2023

I’ve mixed my puppies, Pedigree kibble with Natural Balance, wet food. It made my puppy very sick. She is three months old and could not walk, or stand or eat after I gave her this food and this was the first time she ate this brand. Please be careful with what you feed your dogs, because the natural bred food made my dog ill. She threw it up and it was vegetables and meat from the food so I know that’s what made her sick. I purchased the food at Petsmart and I threw the others away. I will never buy any more food from this brand company. If I could give them a zero stars I would.

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Reviewed July 7, 2022

My dog started eating Natural Balance this year. I definitely believe that something changed in the ingredients because out of nowhere my Yorkie developed severe allergies. She was eating the salmon and sweet potato flavor. We use to not have issues with this brand, so this is why I think there must’ve been something changed with the ingredients. I wanted to keep her on the same brand, so I got her the duck and potato flavor. BIG MISTAKE. My dog started throwing up for days. There would be a day when she would be okay, but then the next day, she would throw up the food.

Same thing happened when she would eat the NB treats… She would throw up those snacks. It was very upsetting and hard to see my baby girl suffer like this. I had to take her to the vet to get an X-ray, bloodwork, and a pancreatitis test. She also had an iv done. Everything came back normal, but her vet now has her on the Royal Canine gastrointestinal food to help her get back on track. Never again will I purchase anything from Natural Balance.

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    Reviewed March 23, 2022

    A co-worker brought dog treats into work that her dog didn’t like and threw up. So my dog is sometimes picky about what he eats so I took only 4 treats to try. My dog ate the 4 treats and then the next day had bad diarrhea and threw up a bit. After reading some reviews I was not happy to hear that I’m not the only one!!! Why is this still being sold? Our animals are family, they depend on us to feed them right! I now have told everyone I know to not give this to their dogs. I hope and pray my dog gets better and not worst. This company should be ashamed that they produce food that makes animals sick.

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    Reviewed Jan. 25, 2022

    We used Natural Balance for years, and it was the only food that worked well for our Blue Pit's skin and our Malamute's sensitive digestion. The company was sold and the new company changed the recipe. The Pit developed a severe skin outbreak, mast cell tumors, and vomiting and diarrhea while the Malamute has developed renal failure all within a year of eating the new formula. In addition, the new company added sodium nitrite which is a carcinogenic and outsourced numerous ingredients not naturally sourced. This is not the same product made by the previous company in any way other than using a quality product name to distribute a non-quality, unhealthy product.

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    Reviewed Jan. 23, 2022

    My dog loves the food, never have problem getting him to eat. He seems excited every time he sees me go to the dog food bin. He also jumps on top of me when it's time to eat letting me know he wants his food.

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    Reviewed Nov. 1, 2021

    I used to feed my cats this cat food and usually my cats loved it. The last time I used it my cats had loose stool and vomiting. It was really disturbing when I found blood in their stool. I discontinued use of it and threw nearly an entire bag in the trash. It took a week for the barfing to stop and their stool to look normal. I also bought some probiotics for them. I give Chewy a great deal of credit as I was credited back my purchase. I will never buy this type of cat food again! There is no excuse for food this expensive to make pets sick! Your company should be ashamed! Too many pet guardians think of their pets as family. This is how I feel about mine!

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    Reviewed Oct. 28, 2021

    I was recommended this brand and to opt for a grain-free formula by my prior vet. My bull terrier was recently diagnosed with DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy) and my vet said it was due to the grain-free diet he had been on for several years. I am completely shocked how these grain-free products are being sold when so many dogs are being diagnosed with heart failure. Unfortunately, my pet will have to be on medications for the remaining time he has left. I was told he only had a few months to live and it's devastating to hear the news. Specifically because all this time I thought I was feeding a nutritional food to my dog. I just spent five thousand dollars in the ER to try and save my dog. These companies need to be held liable for their actions.

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    Reviewed Sept. 12, 2021

    My dog went on this food because of her skin sensitivities 2 years ago. Recently I bought her a new bag. There are two dogs that live here, one living downstairs the other one up. They don’t share the same space at all. My dog was extremely sick. Throwing up and diarrhea (with blood). The vet got her mended, now she’s on prescription food. Since I changed her food I gave the food to the dog upstairs. He got terribly ill, same symptoms but waaaay worse. He was in emergency for 3 day and hook up to intravenous. The food is the only common denominator. No one should buy this food. The vet bills were close $5000. My dog will be on meds for the rest of her life. If I hadn’t gotten the dog upstairs to emergency he would have died.

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    Reviewed March 28, 2021

    Trying to find a limited ingredient dog food after recently getting an allergy test for our dog. 10 minutes after eating this she threw up the entire thing, followed by her losing her balance and falling, shaking uncontrollably, pooped and peed on the floor (which she never does), small fever, and panting uncontrollably. It almost looked like she had a mini stroke or seizure. She got better over the next 30 minutes and eventually went back to normal. Needless to say, the dog food immediately got thrown out.

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    Reviewed March 15, 2021

    In 2018 I adopted my sister's nine year old Shih Tzu-Yorkie cross dog (Miss Sara). She joined my 13+ year old miniature Schnauzer (Angus) that I had since he was 8 weeks old. Miss Sara had a lot of allergies that gave her skin problems. I put them both on Natural Balance Fish and Sweet Potato grain-free food. Although Miss Sara's skin problems cleared up, the next time each of the dogs had blood work done, it showed problems with liver enzymes. A lot of tests were done. The normal problem that shows up is HEART but don't be fooled. LIVER problems can show up too. A lot of costly tests were done, they were put on RX medication and veterinary diet food.

    Last spring, a friend lost his dog to the same kind of problems Angus showed. When I asked what kind of food he was on, the answer was Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Fish & Sweet Potato Grain-Free Food. We lost Angus on Oct 29, 2020 and the only way to describe it was HEARTBREAKING. Sara is still with us but the liver problems don't magically disappear when you switch food. She still has those problems and will have a liver ultrasound done soon. This isn't Dick Van Patten's original formula. Out of love for the $$$, the company changed the food.

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    Natural Balance Pet Foods author review by Dr. Ken Tudor

    Natural Balance is endorsed by actor Dick Van Patten and has been using nutritional science to formulate dog food since 1989. This food is often used by dog trainers.

    • Company owned by dog owners: Most of the owners and employees own dogs; their goal is to create food that maximizes canine health for their own animals as well as the dogs that belong to Natural Balance's customers.

    • Offers choices for dogs on limited diets: Dogs who need a low protein, low carbohydrate or grain-free diet can get the nutrients they need.

    • Extensive testing before release: Natural Balance food is always tested for nine contaminants before being released for sale.

    • Real-time lab results: Users who want to know exactly what is in their dog food can input the bar code online and get access to lab results.

    • Dog Rolls offer dogs a nutritious treat: Dog Rolls can be used as a treat or as a main meal; this product helps keep skin healthy and is often used by trainers to help reinforce good behavior.

    by Dr. Ken Tudor Pet Food Advisor

    A recognized expert and leader in pet nutrition, Dr. Ken Tudor has written over 200 articles on the subject. He also has a featured weekly blog on petMD, is published in major veterinary journals and is a frequent internet media guest expert. He is the founder of Hearthstone Homemade, a recipe and supplement program for pet parents wishing to feed nutritious homemade dog food.

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