Natural Planet Organics (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Natural Planet Organics Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Natural Planet Organics product line includes two dry dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Natural Planet Organics Chicken Formula
  • Natural Planet Organics Grain Free Turkey Formula

Natural Planet Organics Chicken Formula was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Natural Planet Organics Chicken Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 26% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 51%

Ingredients: Organic chicken, chicken meal, organic oats, organic brown rice, organic barley, natural turkey and chicken flavor, organic flaxseed, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), calcium carbonate, organic sunflower oil, potassium chloride, tomato pomace, dried brewers yeast, salt, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, cobalt proteinate, manganese proteinate, selenium yeast), blueberries, choline chloride, organic peas, organic alfalfa, organic sunflower seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, organic carrots, broccoli, vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), chicory extract, lecithin, taurine, sage, ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), Yucca schidigera extract, garlic, calcium iodate, rosemary extract, yeast culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis23%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis26%16%51%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%33%45%
Protein = 22% | Fat = 33% | Carbs = 45%

The first ingredient in this dog food is organic chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient includes chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient is organic oats. Oats are rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fourth ingredient includes organic brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient includes organic barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

After the turkey and chicken flavor, we find organic flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The eighth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With nine notable exceptions

First, sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

Next, tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

In addition, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, this recipe contains peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

We also note that this food includes chicory root. Chicory is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

Next, we find alfalfa, a flowering member of the pea family. Although alfalfa is high in protein (18%) and fiber, it’s uncommon to see it used in a dog food. This hay-family ingredient is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

This food also includes garlic, which can be a controversial item. Although most experts favor the ingredient for its numerous health benefits, garlic (in rare cases) has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.1

However, the limited professional literature we surveyed provided no definitive warnings regarding the use of garlic — especially when used in small amounts (as it likely is here).

In addition, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

And lastly, this recipe includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

Natural Planet Organics Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.

That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.

With that in mind…

Judging by its ingredients alone, Natural Planet Organics Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 26%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 51%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 49% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 60%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, brewers dried yeast, peas and alfalfa, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Natural Planet Organics is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken and chicken meal as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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Notes and Updates

09/19/2014 Last Update

  1. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)
  • aimee

    Hi Tapestry10,

    My dogs eat commercial food as their main source of nutrients. I do use fresh food nearly every day and generally keep the calories coming from that as less than 10% so as not to unbalance the diet.

    I think it quite difficult to balance a diet using only whole food sources. It an be done but you should have whatever recipe you elect to use checked by a vet nutritionist.

  • el doctor

    Hi tapestry10

    I want to thank you again for feeding your dog a home prepared whole food diet!!!

    Though I’m not an expert in the science of nutrition I was able to see the calcium deficiency immediately.

    What would be helpful for you is to think of what a dogs ancestors ate in their natural environment. They ate the whole prey animal, muscle meat, organs, bones, skin, hair, etc.

    So right away you can see that your diet is missing the nutrients from the bones and the organs. This is a simple comparison and doesn’t include all the differences which is beyond my expertise.

    The book will show you how to formulate a complete and balanced diet with or without added supplements. It will be up to you how much time and effort you can put into formulating your dog’s diet. I myself use supplements.

    Good Luck!!!

  • Dori

    Glad you didn’t misinterpret my suggestion.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi tapestry 10,

    The others have given some good suggestions. The Whole Dog Journal is another source to help you formulate a balanced diet.

  • tapestry10

    I edited the post, deleting mention of you, and advised readers that the menu higher up was lacking in calcium, Vit D,E, choline and zinc.

  • tapestry10

    Dori, that’s a very good point and I thank you for it. I’ll delete the post you’re referring to because it certainly can be read to mean supermarket dog food. Thanks for noticing and flagging it.

  • tapestry10

    Thank you, Aimee. I will certainly be reformulating the food. What foods do you add to your dogs’ diets that provide the calcium, Vit D, E, choline and zinc?

  • tapestry10

    I wish you’d just said that in the first place. I ordered the book. Do you give your dog(s) dairy products for calcium? What other nutrients do you think are lacking?

  • DogFoodie

    Just because you read something into my first post to you seeking additional information before I randomly threw out suggestions to you, is your issue, not mine. Like Aimee, I’m concerned that your dog is not receiving a proper level of Calcium, in additional to other nutrients.

    It’s sad the way people use the anonymity of the internet to be so rude and disrespectful to others, the way that you are.

    I’ll respond no further to you. You’re of no concern to me.

  • aimee

    Hi Tapestry10,

    The first thing that caught my eye was was that I didn’t see an appropriate calcium source. Next I was concerned about other major nutrients like Vit D and E, choline, Zinc and I wonder about micronutrients as well.

  • tapestry10

    Thank you for your explanation, Dori. DogFoodie, of whom I was unaware, lectured me in a chiding, offensive way. Rather than contribute anything helpful, she slammed me for “doing the dogs a disservice” with an “unbalanced” diet. If she has anything useful to contribute, she should have said it.

  • tapestry10

    I just ordered the book you recommended. Thank you for recommending it. Wondering though: if you’re feeding the dog a proper diet, why would supplements be needed?

  • Dori

    I have been a member of Dog Food Advisor for many years and, to my knowledge, I do not recall DogFoodie ever pushing processed dog foods in general. She, as most of us, will advise people as to what has worked for our dogs and our experiences. She, as most of us, will also advise people that not all foods, be they dry, raw, canned or dehydrated works for all dogs. There are instances where one must always do what works for the individual dog. Just to let you know, I’m a raw feeder. I don’t feed dry or canned. No processed treats. Fruits and veggies for treats. Raw freeze dried also as treats. Rarely, dehydrated. That does not mean that my way is the only way to feed dogs nor would I suggest that my way will work for every dog.

  • DogFoodie

    Glad you found the link I shared useful.

    Hardly insulting. It was you who began insulting me without reason; however, it appears that’s your typical pattern of Discus posting.

    Good luck to you.

  • tapestry10

    I will get hold to the recommended books. What gaps struck you?

  • tapestry10

    because you lead with insults instead of saying anything positive or helpful as other posters do. If you think things should be added, say so. If you think things are lacking, say that. Unbelievable how deaf you are to the attacking tone you lead with.

  • aimee

    Hi Tapestry10,

    It looks like you got some good advice from el doctor. Feeding whole unprocessed foods is awesome but it does need to be balanced. I saw some major gaps in the diet as listed which is why I asked what supplements you were using.

  • tapestry10

    Thank you for your advice. I’ll get hold of the book and check the other links you kindly provided. Best to you.

  • DogFoodie

    What’s your problem?

    Please show me exactly where I “pushed processed dog food.”

    If you’re going to quote me, get it right.

  • DogFoodie

    What’s my problem?

    You’re doing your dogs a disservice by feeding them an improperly balanced diet, which is exactly what I stated above. I’m not sure why you are so defensive. I said nothing about rescuing, vacations, therapy dogs, crating, etc.

    Do you know how much Calcium your dogs are getting and how much they need? What about about other minerals?

    Take a look at this article. Maybe it’ll open your eyes a bit.

    Good luck.

  • el doctor

    Hi tapestry10

    Welcome to DFA!

    You should be praised for taking the time and making the effort to feed your dogs a homemade diet 😉 There is no better diet for your pups than the one you prepare yourself.

    It’s not rocket science, but their diet does need to be balanced over the long term. If you have the time and inclination I would recommend you read the book “Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats”

    In it you will learn some of the “technical” aspects of feeding dogs a home prepared diet. There are recipes for making a supplement mix using only whole foods. This requires a bit more effort and if you need a little “help”, then I would recommend you take a look at this supplement from

    So please keep up the good work and please take a little time to learn how to insure that your pups are getting all the nutrients they need!

  • tapestry10

    Try normal food that’s sold in the supermarket. What we feed our dogs is posted about eight posts above this one. Someone who calls him/herself “DogFoodie” is pushing processed dog food on this same site.

  • tapestry10

    In what way, may I ask? And what’s not balanced about it? And what kind of “disservice” are you on about? We rescued one of our dogs at 4 and she lived to be 16 and had a robust life until the final weeks of her life. We don’t use cages–ever- we take our dogs on every vacation and one is a therapy dog for sick children. What’s your problem?

  • DogFoodie

    Yikes. It’s far from perfect. It’s not at all a properly balanced diet. You are actually doing your dogs a disservice by feeding them the first that you do.

  • tapestry10

    Eggs three times a week. Cheese occasionally. No other supplements. I’m not saying this is a perfect diet, but I try to avoid processed food for humans and for animals.

  • aimee

    Hi Tapestry 10,

    What supplements do you use to balance the diet?

  • tapestry10

    We cook for our dogs and do it cheaper than it costs to buy dog food. We get the family-size boneless chicken breast at the supermarket, which costs about $3/lb. We put it in an aluminum tin, cover it with water and bake it. The liquid keeps the meat from shrinking. Half the meal is chicken. The other half is made with organic sweet potatoes, organic carrots, organic broccoli or frozen string beans. The vegetables cost $1-$2lb. If the price gets too high, we don’t do organic until the price comes down. The dogs are unbelievably shiny, energetic and so healthy that the vet says “whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.” For a treat, we give them peanut butter that I grind myself at the supermarket.

  • Dog Mom Lori

    Try Ziwi Peak or a raw diet. My Maltese had the same problems now he is fine. One meal is raw and one meal is Ziwi Peak.

  • Ziegenfuss K Lazarus

    you get what you pay for. you cant find good food for cheap, not for humans or animals. the cheapest way is if you were a hunter and procured and froze and ground youre own meat. maybe you know someone who hunts but cant eat the whole thing? remember, dogs need to eat all of the prey, not just the muscle. research The BARF diet to learn more

  • Lentulus Vatia Batiatus

    Can someone help me out, i need some healthy food for my dogs (2 pitbulls) , however i can not afford this organic food. I absolutely do not want anything with fillers, digest, wheat, corn, soy or anything that can harm my dogs. If anyone knows anything healthy and affordable please write back to me a.s.a.p

  • sandy

    Grandma Lucy’s has some novel protein foods as well. They have two product lines: Artisan and Pureformance. But I think these end up being more expensive than frozen raw. Have you tried feeding raw tripe? Check out Also are you a member of a raw-feeding group in your area? They might have some resources for cheaper raw food sources. I buy raw tripe for $2/lb or less.

  • Kim D

    Thx Sandy. I had to stop feeding the food unfortunately due to my 1 dog apparently also/now having a fish sensitivity :(
    I was hoping to be able to use it in my rotation since the rabbit isnt a common protein source in the choices of food available in my area :(
    I stayed w the same company & I am currently trying pure vita.

  • sandy

    Whole Earth Farms and Castor & Pollux both have a poultry free kibble. And Avoderm Revolving Menu Trout is poultry free. And some fish-based foods won’t have chicken fat.

  • sandy

    This is done! Just saying in case you don’t get email updates from this site.

  • dchassett

    Hi Patty, Is your poodle with the allergies not allergic to brewers yeast? My Maltipoo with allergies to so very many things can’t have anything with brewers yeast and lately realized she’s having a problem with tomato pomace. It is truly exhausting finding foods for her that I can rotate into her diet.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Patty,

    The Natural Planet foods aren’t organic. You’re thinking of The Natural Planet Organics, which comes in either chicken or turkey. You can find them at They’re both made by the same company, but are different product lines.

    Edit: Oh, and regarding that itching. You might be dealing with an intolerance and should find another food to transition your dog to as soon as possible.

  • Patty

    I just started with the rabbit and salmon. My 3 small dogs are doing fine. My one poodle is allergic to everything. Only found 2 dog food that are good. this is one so far but just a week into it but her belly in NOT on fire. But I thought this was organic.

  • Chfvg

    Paattyy is a scam with her ham

  • Vanessa Murray

    Natural Planet has 2 Grain Free varieties: one in Rabbit and Salmon and another in Duck. They are not part of their “Organics” line, however use some organic ingredients and claim no GMO’s. I see other users are inquiring about these as well, particularly the Rabbit and Salmon, which is what I want to try with my sensitive girl.
    Dog Food Advisor: “Any estimate on when you might have a rating on these?”

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey Dr. Mike, just wondering why the dashboard for this food reads all zeros?

  • Sokoldalu

    My Vizslas did great on this formula when I rotated to it for a new protein. They were on it for 2-3 months with no problem. I did try the duck though and immediately they got dry skin so I will not be going on that again. I would consider this rabbit formula again when it is time for the new rotation.

  • issyco

    Try giving them distilled water instead of water from your sink. Also try Newman’s Own Organic Vegetarian Dog food. Start by mixing it with what you use now using 1 part newman’s to 3 parts yours and every week or two drop it down to 2 parts to 3, then 3 parts to 3 and gradually work it so you are just feeding Newman’s. No chicken! btw, treats of any kind are absolutely the worst thing you can give your dog other than people food! Brush their teeth with a soft toothbrush, no toothpaste please, every day to keep their breath smelling good and their teeth healthy!

  • Kim D

    Thank you HealthyDogs….so far all of my dogs have been eating it great, not that I usually have a problem w my dogs eating!!! Hahaha But my 1 rescue dog that has the most sensitive stomach out of all 5 of my dogs hasn’t even had diarrhea.
    Since I have some Merrick on order, I am thinking of switching between this, Merrick & PureVita….hopefully PureVita wont have any issues w my dogs either!!??
    I have not heard of Zignature? Who makes that or where can I find it? Is it online only?


  • HealthyDogs

    Hey Kim,
    I carry this in my store, and have had a very positive response from the folks feeding this food. While I have some issues with it (especially the large amount of Pea, and the company food developer talking to me like I was brain dead) it has its place. Feeds well also. You might also look at the Zignature Trout to add to your rotation if fish is okay with your gang. I’ve had outstanding luck with yeasty/allergy dogs with this food. They should be a comparable price point.

  • Kim D

    I am curious if anyone has yet tried the Natural Planet Rabbit & Salmon grain free food?
    I was feeding NB LID food for a while & started having issues with my dogs when I fed certain “flavors” & therefore was only feeding the other 2 that weren’t giving my dogs a problem. I then found out by reading posts on this site, that NB merged with Del Monte. I prefer to rotate the protein sources of my dog’s food, usually staying within the same brand, but now I am debating on rotating through different brands as well as protein sources??
    I have 5 large/giant breed dogs & therefore can not afford to feed a sole diet of raw, but I do also rotate through with raw, when I can.

    I can NOT use any food that contains chicken, in ANY form, chicken fat, chicken meal, etc, since 3 of my dogs have skin reactions whenever they eat anything (including treats) that contain any form of chicken. (I know they should not react to anything other than chicken meat, since it is the protein that usually causes the allergic reaction, but I have tested it with different things, & they have the same reaction).
    Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated, Thanks!! :)

  • Julie Roach

    I am using the grain free organics in rabbit and salmon flavor. I have a cockapoo and a mini yorkie pup. As you know it’s formulated for all stages of life. My dogs love it. They gobble it rig up. I believe maybe because of the smell. Lol. It stinks and we all know dogs love stuff that stinks. Give it a try, you will be pleased. 100% guarantee or your $ back!

  • Bethany

    Dog Food Adviser: Have the 2 new grain free formula’s been graded? The same? Better?

  • Vicki Barnett

    We have three dogs (2 Rotties and 1 Dobie) and they have been on this food for over a year and have been doing great. They had been on Innova for years, but there was a change in ownership and formula and they started vomiting undigested food on a regular basis and so did a number of my friends dogs who were on Innova. We switched to Natural Planet Organics after extensive research and we have been very pleased. All digestive issues stopped and they are all thriving on it. I may try the new grain free version next.

  • Kayla

    I was feeding my puppy (Chocolate lab/Golden retriever mix) organix puppy food, recently switched to this since the only store that carried organix was closed and puppy was out of food. He seems to be switching just fine. last night his stools were a little soft, and he did have a bit of gas for a couple days, but I was told a little pumpkin puree should help alleviate that. so far I think we are satisfied. will re-post in a couple months to leave a more credible review. 

  • DarcyTheDog

    I recently began feeding Natural Planet Organics brand to both my cat and dog after pretty much exhausting other brands to try. Neither of them were eating much due to stress the first day after a recent cross country move, so when I saw this at the local supermarket, I decided to try it.  My 15 year old border collie x austrailian sheperd x lab mix who is fed homemade and wet foods, as well as having kibble always available, has been eating this so well, I haven’t had to go through all of the other meal preparations. Her coat is shiny, her stools are solid, she has no gas, and she is relishing munching something solid again!

  • Dnystrand

    I have an English Bulldog, by the way, with a unique set of food allergies. Hence these 2 as my final choices…..

  • Dnystrand

    Does anyone have any actual experience or opinion about this particular dog food? I’m trying to choose between this and Annamaet Encore, but there aren’t very many actual comments pertaining to this particular brand.

  • Cheryl & Pepper

    I was given a bag of this food by my vet to look at. I usually post on the BB Grain free small breed canned area.
    Is anyone using this particular food now and if so what are your impressions about it? My 8 1/2 y.o. mini schnauzer is currently on Fromm’s Gold Senior,but is experiencing extreme thirst. Spoke to Fromm’s and they haven’t had any customers (or so they say) calling in with this problem.
    Ingredients look o.k., although the yeast scares me.
    Thanks for the help.

    Cheryl & Pepper

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Bonnie,

    This food contains 26% protein. The average protein content for all the kibbles in the DFA database is about 28%.

    And the minimum required by AAFCO to meet the adult maintenance nutrient profile is only 18% dry matter.

    So, considering these stats alone, your dog should be fine. Hope this helps.

  • Toxed2loss

    Hi Bonnie,
    It’s interesting that you think he wasn’t eating because of the fish oil… Did you try serving is regular food without fish oil?

    Grains are going to cause more problems than the gluten free carbs, with the exception of potatoes. His itchy skin can be a symptom of more than just yeast, or allergies. That’s not to say those aren’t a possibility. It’s just that many people over look the obvious environmental factors. We all get rid of toxins through our skin, and it does itch when we sweat them out. So consider what kinds of toxins that may be in his diet and environment that he could be expressing through his skin.
    What brand of food were you feeding?
    Worming Meds are poisons, have you used worm Meds?
    Typical Flea and tick treatments are pesticides. Pesticides are poisons. Have you used pesticides?
    Fragrances contain pesticides and other toxic substances. Do you use fragranced products?

    Many people are unaware that all of us, our pets included, are poisoned by 3 different methods: ingestion, inhalation, or absorption through the skin. So anything that we eat, or drink, or inhale, or put on, or get on our skin, that is toxic, accumulates in the body, and the body is effected by it. The body also tries to get rid of it. One of those ways is through the skin. It will cause itching.

    Here are some More toxins that are common that pet owners don’t think about: MSG – this food had several sources, natural flavor, citric acid, yeast. MSG is an excitatory neuro-toxin. It’s addictive, which is why your pup will eat it.

    Fluoride in water, and the chemicals they use to “treat” water at city plants. Both are neurotoxins.

    Cleaning chemicals, newsprint, laundry products, fertilizers, and yard chemicals, fragrance emitters, hand lotion & anti-bacterial soap (what ever we use our pets lick off us and ingest.)

    Just some food for thought. There are more. I wouldn’t feed this food. But then, I’m really picky. If nothing else, I’d switch from fish oil to astaxanthin. Less smell. Hope that helps!

  • Bonnie

    Dog Food Advisor:  My dog A.J. (border collie/springer spaniel was recently put on this food for troubles eating.. he wouldn’t eat.   Rep at the pet sgtore recommended this food after she heard his history. He came from Arizona and is being treated for Valley Fever.  I had tried grain free because he was itching a lot but she indicated he may have yeast skin issues and the potato, pea, etc. carbpohydates would not be good for him.  She said this food has high quality grains that she did not think would present any problems.

    My question is – is he getting enough protein with this food? 

    BTW I think the reason he was not eating was that he did not like the smell of gthe omega oil I was putting on his food – Fish Oil!

  • sandy


    Not sure how old this list is, but here it is.

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Wally,

    All life stages implies the product is OK for all dogs of any age.

    However, large breeds are unique in their predisposition to skeletal deformities.

    The biggest causative factors for skeletal dysplasias (as they are known) is commonly overfeeding, genetics and calcium-phosphorus imbalances.

    For this reason, you may want to search for dog food that have been specifically designed for large breed puppies (like Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy).

    Once your large breed stops growing and becomes an adult, you should be able to safely switch to a regular 4 or 5-star product.

    Hope this helps.

  • wally

    It says all life stages what about large breed puppy?