Natural Planet Organics (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

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

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

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 when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis23%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis26%16%51%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%33%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 is 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 item is 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 seven notable exceptions

First, organic 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.

Second, garlic 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).

Third, 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.

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

In addition, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

And lastly, this food also 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.

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%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 61%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed and brewers dried yeast, 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.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

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Notes and Updates

03/20/2010 Original review
10/20/2010 Review updated
07/18/2012 Review updated
11/18/2013 Review updated
11/18/2013 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)
  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ 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 greentripe.com. 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.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ 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.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ 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 Chewy.com. They’re both made by the same company, but are different product lines.

    http://www.nutrisourcedogfood.com/

    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?

    Thanks

  • 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

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ 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!

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    wally,

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

    http://bigdogshugepaws.com/nutrition

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ 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?