Nature’s Logic (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Nature’s Logic Dog Food earns the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Nature’s Logic Dog Food product line lists seven dry recipes, 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.

  • Nature’s Logic Canine Beef Meal Feast
  • Nature’s Logic Canine Lamb Meal Feast
  • Nature’s Logic Canine Rabbit Meal Feast
  • Nature’s Logic Canine Sardine Meal Feast
  • Nature’s Logic Canine Venison Meal Feast
  • Nature’s Logic Canine Chicken Meal Feast
  • Nature’s Logic Canine Duck and Salmon Meal Feast

Nature’s Logic Canine Rabbit Meal Feast was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Nature's Logic Canine Rabbit Meal Feast

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 38% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 36%

Ingredients: Rabbit meal, turkey meal, millet, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pumpkin seed, yeast culture, spray dried pork liver, dried egg product, alfalfa nutrient concentrate, montmorillonite clay, dried kelp, spray dried lamb plasma, dried tomato, almonds, dried chicory root, dried carrot, dried apple, menhaden fish meal, dried pumpkin, dried apricot, dried blueberry, dried spinach, dried broccoli, dried cranberry, parsley, dried artichoke, rosemary, dried mushroom, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium bifidium fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product, dried pineapple extract, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis38%18%NA
Dry Matter Basis38%18%36%
Calorie Weighted Basis32%37%31%

The first ingredient in this dog food is rabbit meal. Rabbit meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh rabbit.

The second ingredient is turkey meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The third ingredient is millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.

The fourth 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.

The fifth ingredient is pumpkin seed. Pumpkin seeds are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and, more importantly, linoleic acid — an essential omega-6 fat.

The sixth ingredient is yeast culture. Although yeast culture is high in B-vitamins and protein, it can also be used as a probiotic to aid in digestion.

The seventh ingredient is dried pork liver, a dehydrated product made from whole pork liver. Because it contains about 62% protein and 20% fat, this item makes a favorable addition to this dog food.

The eighth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The ninth ingredient is alfalfa nutrient concentrate, a vitamin and mineral-rich extract made from alfalfa.

Even though it contains over 50% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

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 three notable exceptions

First, montmorillonite clay is a naturally occurring compound rich in many trace minerals. Montmorillonite has been approved for use in USDA Organic Certified products.

Reported benefits include the binding of certain mold-based toxins and even controlling diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Next, chicory root 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.

And lastly, although we find no mention of added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list, we’re reassured to find a detailed list of naturally present nutrients on the company’s website.

Nature’s Logic Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Nature’s Logic 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 38%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 36%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 37% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 38% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 45%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the alfalfa nutrient concentrate, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Nature’s Logic Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a significant amount of various named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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

04/07/2015 Last Update

  • Judy

    Hello I am slowly switching to Nature’s Logic Venison Dry. I have a Shihtzu that gets nasty dark scaly ears, red stained feet and mouth and also stains on the insides of her elbows. I am not sure what problem my girl has but I THINK its yeast. I had her tested but the vet said no yeast in her ears. She said the stains were from saliva. There is yeast in the Venison dry. Which brings me to my question.

    Is that an OK kinda yeast or is all yeast the same? Vet said she probably has a food allergy. I am going to be allergy testing her soon. Thanks in advance! Judy

  • Pitlove

    ya, I have no idea what causes that. I believe my vet mentioned something about that and food allergies, but I can’t remember.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Just watch carefully and if it keeps up, you may have to switch to the last food you think worked.

  • Pitlove

    Yeah we are going to keep him on Fromm. He’s been licking his butt a lot today though. More than usual

  • Crazy4dogs

    Yeah, the photo is marketing. Just see what happens with Fromm, get an accurate diagnosis & go from there. :)

  • Pitlove

    Ya Shawna you are right. I’m just jealous of people who don’t have problem dogs I guess lol

    Bentley’s fur does go back when you rub it the wrong way, but some parts of the middle of his back feel more rough than others. He’s always had shine to his coat. That hasn’t changed.

  • Shawna

    You could be feeding raw but if there’s an ingredient in that raw food that Bentley is reacting to you are going to see the same problems.

    As you know I feed raw – if I feed lamb to my Papillon mix she develops reverse sneezing. If I feed goat or any grains to my Shih Tzu mix her coat get HORRIBLE as well as develops other issues. If I feed any poultry to my Pom Gizmo she gets goopy eyes and her coat becomes more coarse. If I fed my mix Audrey barley she would get a rash across her shoulder blades that would be severely red and hot to the touch as well as other issues.

    PS – any food with adequate omega fatty acids will give a nice sheen like that (IF there isn’t a food intolerance issue). My criteria for how well a dog is doing is the coarseness and pliability of the coat. Can you rub the fur the wrong direction. I’ve had Boston Terriers to short haired Chihuahua to my current puppy sitting dogs (a Dachshund and a Min Pin mix – both short coated). When I rub their fur against the growth it was prickly and extra stiff. After only four days of having high quality toppers (still feeding their normal food) both have coats that are significantly more pliable then when they got to my house last Sunday. The foods they are eating are not horrible either. The puppy is eating Nutro Natural Choice and the 13 year old Dachshund is eating Newman’s Own Organic canned food. Both four star foods. I’ve been adding a small amount of commercial raw complete and balanced and Answer’s Goat Milk.

  • Pitlove

    The first review on this food with the picture of that beautiful GSD makes me mad about how much money I’ve spent on higher quality foods that Bentley doesn’t seem to get better from.

    Someone shoot me if Aimee has been right about Purina ProPlan this whole time…

    http://www.chewy.com/dog/purina-pro-plan-focus-puppy-large/dp/52425

  • Pitlove

    ya i think we are going to bring him to another vet who will actually listen to me and do a skin scrape

  • Pitlove

    I think for him that might be the best idea right now.

  • Shawna

    Once you identify what the problem ingredient is you can continue with rotation, if you wish. But until then, I agree with Crazy4dogs that sticking with one food can help rule some things out — a sort of elimination diet.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Seborrhea has a flaky/greasy consistency. IMHO, I would pick a different vet and have a skin scrape done to rule anything out or get a firm diagnosis. I thought a foster had ringworm, it looked just like ringworm. It was demodex. Skin scrapes are lifesavers.

  • Pitlove

    I think thats what my problem was. I never fed one food long enough to actually be 100% sure he was doing well on it. My boyfriend and I decided we are going to feed the Fromm Prairie Gold (beef and pork based) for probably 3 months or so and see if anything changes. My bf doesn’t want to keep changing foods every few weeks. He wants him to be on one food long enough to see the effects and I feel that for my dog thats probably the best thing to do. Maybe a completely healthy dog can do a full on rotational diet, but I don’t think he can.

  • Crazy4dogs

    You’ll get it figured out, it just takes some time and a good vet to help diagnose. You could go to a dermatologist, if you can’t control it, but finding the right vet is the key.

    Changing his food often doesn’t always cause problems, but if you don’t have a good idea of what he’s reacting to or what the condition is, I probably would stay with one food long enough to figure it out, and slowly go back into a rotation.

    Just out of curiousity, is his skin oily/greasy or smell? Looking @ photos of seborrhea, it could be that, but again, I could be wrong.

  • Pitlove

    I think we just need to go to a dermatologist or something. I don’t know. I’m honestly thinking about only feeding him one food now because I feel like changing his food so often is what left me in the place I am because he is not a normal dog and is not 100% healthy.

    I’ve got this bag of Fromm and I’m only one meal in, so I’ll finish this bag and if I don’t see an improvement I might just go back to Orijen or EVO. Maybe only feed those 2 for now.

  • Crazy4dogs

    This link has some info that I’ve used before and found somewhat helpful. It almost looks like seborrhea, but you might be able to tell more easily. And I have guessed wrong in the past, which is why if it doesn’t clear in a few days, it’s off to the vet for me.

    I am with the others, if my vet didn’t at least look and comment, I would definitely find another vet!

    Here’s the link:

    http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/ss/slideshow-skin-problems-in-dogs