Pet Botanics Dog Food (Rolled)

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Pet Botanics rolled dog food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2 stars.

The Pet Botanics product line includes four rolled dog foods.

However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.

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

  • Pet Botanics Grain Free Lamb Recipe
  • Pet Botanics Grain Free Chicken Recipe
  • Pet Botanics Grain Free Turkey with Duck Recipe
  • Pet Botanics Whole Grain Beef with Bacon (1.5 stars)

Pet Botanics Grain Free Lamb Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Pet Botanics Grain Free Lamb Recipe

Rolled Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 24% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 51%

Ingredients: Lamb, pea flour, lamb liver, pea protein, sweet potato, pea fiber, molasses, glycerin, sugar, flaxseed oil, calcium sulfate, peas, carrots, natural hickory smoke flavor, lactic acid (as a preservative), salmon oil, sea salt, sodium lactate, potassium chloride, calcium proprionate, zinc proprionate, celery powder, choline chloride, carrageenan, natural mixed tocopherols, ascorbic acid, zinc proteinate, botanifits botanical blend (cranberries, peppermint, chamomile, rosemary extract, dandelion extract, blueberries, Yucca schidigera, green tea), vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, taurine, glucosamine HCL, l-carnitine, dextrose, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A acetate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, folic acid, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.6%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis14%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%17%51%
Calorie Weighted Basis21%36%44%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Lamb is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” lamb and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Lamb is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is pea flour, a powder made from roasted yellow peas. Pea flour contains as much as 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The third ingredient is lamb liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly 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.

The fifth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The sixth ingredient is pea fiber, a mixture of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber derived from pea hulls. Aside from the usual benefits of fiber, this agricultural by-product provides no other nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient is molasses. Although molasses can be rich in minerals, it’s also a less refined form of sugar with a glycemic index in humans similar to maple syrup.

Like table sugar (and in excessive amounts), molasses has the potential to raise a dog’s blood sugar.

The eighth ingredient includes glycerin. Glycerin is used in the food industry as a natural sweetener and as a humectant to help preserve the moisture content of a product.

The ninth ingredient includes sugar. Sugar is always an unwelcome addition to any dog food. Because of its high glycemic index, it can unfavorably impact the blood glucose level of any animal soon after it is eaten.

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 five notable exceptions

First, flaxseed oil is one of the best non-fish sources of omega-3 fatty acids — essential to a dog’s health.

Next, 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.

In addition, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

Next, dextrose is a crystallized form of glucose — with a flavor significantly sweeter than common table sugar. It is typically used in pet food as a sweetener and as an agent to help develop browning.

Without knowing a healthy reason for its inclusion here, dextrose (like most sugars) can be considered a nutritionally unnecessary addition to this recipe.

And lastly, 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.

Pet Botanics Rolled Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Pet Botanics rolled dog food looks like a below-average 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 24%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 51%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 23% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 54% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 66%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea flour, pea protein and peas, this looks like the profile of a rolled product containing only a limited amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Pet Botanics is a plant-based rolled dog food using a limited amount of lamb, poultry or beef as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2 stars.

Not 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

06/23/2014 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for beef published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  • Shawna

    Yeah, I’d tweak it too. :) You can use the vet created diet on Darwins as an example.. You can’t use the beef but you could substitute a meat with similar values.

    Standard Process is made from food but it is in therapeutic doses and the company is really big on quality control so they do only sell through certain individuals. I have several sources that I get mine from. Check with the vets to see if they will ship it to you. Also check with chiropractors, naturopaths etc. My M.D. carries SP and would special order the Renal Support for me if I needed her to. I was able to get Renafood when I was in a pinch from another local M.D. before I found mine. Standard Process also has a “near you” link on their site — https://www.standardprocess.com/HCP-Search

    I live in the midwest too. Grew up in Colorado. Lived in Nebraska for the last 24 years.

    Liver and cod liver oil have high amounts of vitamin A and D. If not used with discretion it could be problematic. Some practitioners feel that natural vitamins can not be overdosed (at least as easily) as synthetic but best to err on the side of caution. In small amounts when not feeding foods with higher levels I think the benefits of the fermented product are worth it. In a kd diet it can replace some of the A & D without adding any phosphorus.

    The Green Pasture blend has vitamin k2 which I think has been very beneficial for me and my pups. That said, this can get really really expensive. Start with the coconut oil and if you are in a position to try the Green Pasture then go for it. I was able to get it when on a good sale. I’d hate it if you spent the money on it and then she didn’t like it or something.. Ughh

    Don’t worry about long posts.. I don’t think I know how to keep things short.. :)

    I don’t recall how I came up with dosages I use but Audrey is 9 pounds and I give her 1/2 Primal Defense and 1/8 tsp of the Sprinkle Fiber on an as needed basis. BUT I also feed my pups fermented veggies that I make as well as let them eat off the ground outside and give them other sources of probiotics. When starting for first time I would go with maybe 1/4 of a probiotic and build up.

    When a protein is eaten the digestive tract breaks it down into amino acids. The body then uses those amino acids to build new cells, make enzymes etc. As an example — glutathione is the “master antioxidant” of the body. The body uses the amino acids cysteine, glycine and glutamic acid.

    The better the “quality” of the protien the more the body can utilize the digested amino acids. The amino acids that can not be used become blood urea nitrogen (BUN). Some amino acids are damaged by heat, like lysine, and by processing, like taurine. That’s why raw foods are going to have better quality of protein than that same food when cooked. That doesn’t mean that cooked foods can’t be fed but the lower the heat and processing the better. That is why kibble is problematic because of the high and longer heat times.

    How well the body uses the digested and absorbed amino acids is referred to as bioavailability. Eggs were thought to have the best bioavailability until they discovered that whey is better. But of proteins suitable for dogs, egg is the best followed by meat proteins like beef and chicken.

    A lot of foods are high in phosphorus but generally those foods highest in protein are higher in phos as well. Egg whites are low in phos but the yolk is high. Most kidney diets that also attempt to be “species appropriate” tend to have higher amounts of fat as this helps keep the calories up (weight loss can be an issue) while adding no phos.

    I’ve been right where you are and I still to this day remember how overwhelming it all was.. Luckily I was in a position where I had lots of time to research and some wonderful resources to tap into. Ask as many questions as you need!! That’s why we’re here. :)

  • jayjay

    I agree with you about the kidney beans. I noticed some people suggested green beans instead. I like the idea of the meatloaf, but I’d tweak the recipe a bit.
    I’ve looked for the standard process supplements you mentioned and the website says they only sell thru medical pros, amazon doesn’t have the canine renal support :( do you buy it from a vet? Looks like the closest vet that sells it is 3 hrs drive. (Last summer I moved to midwest to care for my aging mother)
    The infused coconut oil has cod liver oil it. I thought that was bad. I get so confused. Is it ok in small amounts? Is that oil better than just CO? I have 3 cats and 2 dogs, but the other 4 are all healthy so I won’t be giving hem the CO daily. That would get expensive!
    Ahh my posts get so long with questions. One more: the pre and probiotics you mentioned are for people? How do you adjust the dosage?
    Ok ONE more :) page SP linked me to mentioned high quality protein with low nitrogen byproduct. (I think. My brain is on info overload) so there are protein sources that are lower in phosphorus, are those same sources lower in nitrogen waste.
    I really appreciate all the time you (and the others on this thread) have spent walking me thru this

  • SP
  • SP
  • SP

    You’re welcome.
    Wishing your bichon well.
    Sending her healing vibes.

  • Shawna

    Oops, I forgot water. My family drank distilled for years and then some negative information came out about distilled being able to pull minerals from the body. We switched to reverse osmosis after that.

    I do give distilled for “detoxing” purposes once in a while. I also keep bottles of Evian water on hand. As Audrey’s disease progresses I may splurge for the Evian for her. Mary mentions on her site that studies were done on higher calcium mineral waters showing good results (I forget the details now). Evian is high in a very usable form of calcium and lower in sodium.

  • Shawna

    I visited the FB page too (and left a few comments). :) I saw the meatloaf recipe – at least the one with kidney beans. I’m REALLY concerned about using kidney beans in a kd diet. Yes, they are a bit lower in phosphorus but the bioavailability of the protein in them is REALLY bad from the source/s I found. I left a post with my concerns. Waiting to see what others think.

    Dr. Karen Becker DVM gives dosing recommendations in the below linked video — a teaspoon for every 10 to 20 pounds of body weight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND8doiVSLDw I have eight dogs and giving that much would be too cost prohibitive. I think smaller amounts are still very beneficial. I do give larger amounts as needed. My grand kids (ages 4 and 3) take coconut oil if they get a cough or a boo boo or any other reason they can think of. :)

    Hound Dog Mom mentioned a product end of last year that I’ve been using since late November, early December which contains coconut oil. It is more expensive but the dogs go bonkers over it and I think it’s helped even more than coconut oil. It is Green Pasture’s Infused Coconut Oil (unflavored kind). http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Products/InfusedCoconutOil/index.cfm Initially I gave it once a day for about two weeks at a small tsp per day. Now I give it a few times per week in the same amount. They get happy feet when the smell it.

  • jayjay

    That’s a great point about environmental toxins. I’ll need to break out my air filter. I’ve switched to distilled water because that was on one of the websites I found a few months ago, but I drink purified myself(the kind you refill at the grocery store that goes thru several filtration processes) Do you have an opinion on which is better for her? I liked the idea of the meatloaf recipe on the Facebook page SP linked to. Now I just have to find ground lamb. I’ve just recently had her try coconut oil. I use it myself and she always tries to lick it off my hands. So I scooped out a bit and let her try it. She LOVED it. So did my other dog and cat. Are you thinking a tsp/ day or so? I only gave her a little at first because I was afraid too much would give her the runs. Lol

  • jayjay

    Thanks for those links SP, I had looked on dogaware before and found so much information. But I hadn’t seen that fb page before. I really find it useful to learn from everyone’s experiences.

  • Shawna

    The most important thing (whether feeding higher or lower protien) is to feed the highest quality protein possible. You’ll see that a lot as you research and read.

    A way to keep the calories up while lowering the phosphorus is to increase the fats. Organic extra virgin coconut oil is a good option as it is usually liked, doesn’t cause the same types of weight gain as other fats and is easier on the pancreas as it is primarily digested in the stomach.

    I think I already mentioned this but I HIGHLY recommend a product made by Standard Process called Canine Renal Support. It helps prevent inflammation in the kidneys.

    Anything you can do to alleviate toxins in the environment will help as well. We often don’t consider the house hold products etc that could be hard on the kidneys. Things inhaled and picked up on the pads of the feet can be problematic.

    We’re all here for you if you have any questions etc!!

    Oh, when Audrey was diagnosed KD still used ethoxyquin as an antioxidant. Ethoxyquin is known to cause damage to the kidneys.. Yep, makes sense then to use it in the food designed for dogs experiencing kidney failure…. Not to mention that dry diets are counter indicated in kd and not one of Audrey’s vets or many I’ve spoke with read data from discuss this as a potential issue with KD kibble…. UGHHHHHH

  • jayjay

    Yikes! That scares me about the fish. I’ve only given her a little nibble here and there of my fish, but she has eaten a few cans of the fish potato stew by Simply Nourish. I’m glad to find out these risks before I fed her more.
    I did read the info you linked me to about not restricting protein too soon. Thank you. I was surprised at how many studies there are disproving the myth that you should reduce protein, yet Hill ‘s continues to make their k/d with low protein. In fact, that’s where I got the idea that I needed to reduce it. My vet just wanted to put her on that k/d food and maybe give her something for nausea. She didn’t really have any info on alternatives.
    I’m really glad I’ve been trying to figure it out myself. I’m still learning, but I think she’s better off on anything I give her instead of Hills.
    Abby’s BUN was 52 and CRE was 2.2 a few months ago when she was first diagnosed. She seems to have more energy and is feeling better most days, but, like I said before, I think I’ll get her tested again next week to see if there has been a change.
    I’m glad to have all this new info you guys have shared. Maybe i can make more improvements. I know since she’s old her prognosis isn’t great, but I want her to be as healthy as possible.

  • SP
  • theBCnut

    It’s pretty sick. Freeze dried is slightly better smelling, but still pretty bad.

  • Shawna

    YES!!!!!!! Raw tripe, in my opinion, is OFFENSIVE.. But, the dogs REALLY LOVE IT!! :) My Audrey eats a raw diet and has since weaning by the way. If you are not opposed to raw, Darwins has a raw diet formulated by a vet for dogs with kidney disease. Might be worth checking out… Oh wait, never mind. It has beef in it. DARN

  • Shawna

    As with protein, don’t go too low in phosphorus until it is needed. Although the rule of thumb is to restrict phosphorus early on, my Audrey has not eaten a phosphorus or protein restricted diet ever. She’s had kidney disease since her birth 7 years and 11 months ago. Edit — her vets didn’t expect her to live past age two.

  • Shawna

    Earlier this week I was reading some data on Dr. Jean Hofve’s website about kidney disease. It brings up some strong concerns about feeding fish.

    “Another recently revealed risk factor is fish and other seafood in the diet. Recent research (2013) revealed that a substance called domoic acid, a very stable, heat resistant toxin produced by certain species of algae that accumulates in mussels, clams, scallops, and fish, can cause serious kidney damage at levels 100 times lower than what the FDA allows in seafood.”

    Dr. Hofve also discusses the low protein myth (she is referring to cats of course but the data holds true for dogs to as you can see if you read Mary Straus’ site I linked to. Dr. Hofve states (bolded emphasis is Dr. Hofve’s)
    “However, some studies have suggested that excessive restriction of protein may actually cause further damage to the kidneys and other organs, because there is not enough protein for normal body maintenance and repair. Experts say that these diets are not appropriate until the BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) is at least double what it should be normally (about 60-80 mg/dl). http://www.littlebigcat.com/health/kidney-disease-in-older-cats/

    DON’T feed too low of protein until it is truly necessary.

  • jayjay

    Thanks BCnut. Is raw tripe as stinky as I’m imagining? I’ve seen some freeze dried green tripe that may be less offensive :)

  • jayjay

    That’s a good point, maybe it could be used with some other low phosphorus foods to make up for it.

  • jayjay

    Thanks Aimee, those are some great resources. I’m sure she’ll eat home made as long as I can make it taste delicious to her. She’s just gotten so picky lately. She won’t eat her food it I put fish oil on it, but she loves if I share my trout or salmon with her.

  • aimee

    If it is complete and balanced the phos. will be higher than desired for a renal patient.

  • LabsRawesome

    Yeah, I don’t think it’s from us. Sometimes I have trouble loading pages on this site. :)

  • Cyndi

    LMAO!!!!!! All I did was make a joke! I guess disqus didn’t like it because I can’t even get into that thread anymore!

  • LabsRawesome

    It wasn’t me. Cyndi did it!! Lol,

  • Shawna

    Okay, what happened?? Did you guys break Disqus? I take a lunch break and come back to nothing working.. What’d you do?

  • Shawna

    Awesome, thanks HDM. The “dried egg product” may add enough phosphorus to make it a problem for some stages..?? I didn’t see a detailed analysis.

    Under the generic analysis/reviews page is a pic of “Roxy”. Roxy looks JUST like Audrey’s momma except Mocha is darker in coloring (mocha). :) Exact same face and coat length etc. Mocha is 1/2 long haired Chihuahua and 1/2 Boston Terrier.

  • Cyndi

    I still can’t get into that other thread. How weird. I want to delete those other posts of mine. I think disqus knew I was being mean, lol! I gotta quit doing that. Ha ha! Nah!

  • Cyndi

    LMAO!!!!

  • LabsRawesome

    I said Do you think I’m ugly? PLZ be honest.

  • Cyndi

    Labs, for some reason, Discus (or whatever it’s called) won’t load anything except this thread. I can’t go and edit my last couple posts in the other thread, like I wanted to. I totally missed your last post before you edited it. :( oh well, had a good laugh though! ;)

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Merrick has a complete and balaned 96% canned tripe – not sure what the c&p levels are on it though: http://www.merrickpetcare.com/consumer/products/product.jsp?id=29&page=2&view=list&sort=category_3&order=asc&name=Grain_Free_96%_Real_Tripe&categories=Dog-Grain%20Free-Wet&age=Adult_Dog_All_Breeds

    It’s the only balanced canned tripe product I’m aware of.

  • theBCnut

    My Pet Carnivore has different kinds of tripe, if you are looking for raw foods.

  • Shawna

    Often allergies are very specific. Example one of my dogs is allergic to beef bone and beef tripe but she is absolutely fine with beef liver, beef heart and beef muscle meat. Another reacts to any poultry muscle meat (including pheasant, ostrich and quail) but is perfectly fine with eggs and chicken liver.

    But if beef tripe is an issue,Tripett makes a buffalo and lamb tripe. They are not balanced diets though.

    Veterinary nutritionist Dr. Meg Smart has a recipe on her blog. I prefer to feed Audrey higher protein (she’s had kidney disease for eight years) but may be what you are looking for? Or something to add other foods to, like the buffalo tripe. The diet does include beef liver but liver may be okay even if beef muscle meat isn’t? http://petnutritionbysmart.blogspot.com/2013/02/home-made-diets-and-renal-disese-in.html

    I highly recommend looking in to a product made by Standard Process called Canine Renal Support. It is the one supplement that I absolutely won’t go without for Audrey. I also us a high quality probiotic (Garden of Live’s Primal Defnese) and a prebiotic (Fiber35′s Sprinkle Fiber) to help control her BUN though “nitrogen trapping”. Works really well.

    My brain shut down hours ago but I’ll post more if I think about it tomorrow.. :)

  • aimee

    Would she eat home cooked? http://www.Balanceit.com has semi custom recipe and if they don’t have a recipe that fits your need they can create one.

  • jayjay

    Shauna, thanks so much for taking the time to reply. I’ll look for some tripe. Since she has beef allergies, I’m wondering if tripe would cause issues. Seems like, I’ve only seen beef tripe.
    I’m surprised at how little some vets know about these issues. I’ve gathered a lot of info online, but there are so many conflicting opinions. My dog seems to be doing well. She has more energy than she did a few months ago. I’ll have her blood drawn again next week. The end of Jan the vet said she only had about %25 kidney function left. I may have to forego dog food altogether and do completely home made.
    Thanks again!

  • Shawna

    Hi Jayjay,

    In the early stages of kidney disease it is not usually necessary to limit protein BUT it can often be necessary to limit phosphorus. Protein does not actually damage the kidneys but excess phosphorus build up in the blood can.

    Mary Straus has some really good information on her website including when it is appropriate to lower protein as well as foods that are lower in phosphorus but not necessarily low in protein.

    She also has great info on supplements, meds and other kidney beneficial products/things. http://www.dogaware.com/health/kidney.html

    The problem with using a canned food and adding veggies and rice is that you are lowering protein but you may not be lowering phosphorus at all. A food that dogs tend to LOVE that his higher in protein and lower in phosphorus is canned tripe. Not all canned tripes (if any?) are complete and balanced though. If feeding exclusively you’d want to find one that is. FYI – There is one called PetKind that has added quinoa seed. Quinoa is high in phos so not a good option.

  • jayjay

    I could use some suggestions. My 15 yr old bichon is in kidney failure. She is allergic to chicken, beef, and pork (that I know of) So she can’t be on the prescription diet recommend by the vet. I have been experimenting with different canned foods and adding my own vegetables and rice to bring the percentage of protein down. The problem is, she’s really picky. Probably due to nausea. I tried the pb grain free lamb roll and she loves it. I didn’t realize until now that it’s probably because of the sugar. Anyway, if anyone has any advice, I’d love to hear it. She will also eat the fish stew by simply nourish, but not consistently. She doesn’t like Wellness or Natural Choice canned foods. Help…

  • Kat

    This product is sourced from the us. Only ingredients that aren’t are the lamb, it comes from New Zealand. And some vitamins and minerals that are not available in the us. Now I did see the healthy omega treats are made in China, but everythingbelse is not.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Still looks horrible. Maybe it’d get bumped up to 3 stars for replacing the wheat with peas but even that would be a stretch. I wouldn’t even consider using this stuff for a treat let alone feeding it as actual food.

  • Kat

    The formula on these foods changed awhile ago, I would love to see an updated review

  • Fred

    I have been buying Botonics for my dog for several years and my dog just loved it.The company changed their product and my dog got sick from it. I thought maybe it was a bad roll,stupid me brought another and again she got sick again.

  • CIM

    You misunderstood my message, which said “some or possibly all of their products are made in China”. I know for a fact some of their treats are made in China. I don’t know about any of their dog foods and do not need to because I would never feed my dogs anything from a company that manufactures anything in China. Do a Google search on “are any of Pet Botanics dog food or treats manufactured in China” A lot came up, but didn’t have time to read it all.

  • Sammy

    Hi Cim – It states that this product is made in the U.S. Where did you get it was made in China? Thanks

  • JoAnn

    Thank you so much.

  • CIM

    Hi JoAnn. This company should NOT BE TRUSTED!!! Bottom line, either find another manufacturer whose products (all of them) are made and sourced in the USA or be extremely cautious because I know for sure that some, and possibly all, of their products are MADE IN CHINA, which is TERRIBLE! I don’t give my dogs ANYTHING Made In China. this includes toys, bowls, leashes or anything. PETCO had a recall a while back for stainless steel bowls Made In Chins because the bowls contained excessive amounts of radiation! They do things that can make our pets sick and even die. Nature’s Recipe,makes a rolled food, but again be very careful because they were recently sold, so who knows what the new company is doing. These days we have to be SO CAREFUL and take extra care to protect our pets. Good luck JoAnn!

  • JoAnn

    where can I buy pet botonics in fresno ca

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Catahoula and Ridgeback – that’s got to be a gorgeous dog. I think Ridgebacks are just stunning and I love the coloring of Catahoulas.

  • Fortlady

    My catahoola cur with ridgeback has had really bad allergies. He is allergic to grass, cedar and mesquite. Food allergies is soy, flaxseed, barley, peanut butter and a few other. I have even had stem cell on him and it has helped him. He is a picky eater and the rolled chicken and beef with rice is about the only thing he eats unless we cook it for him. He was licking his paws until he was tenderfooted and had bald spots on his rear but chewing. He is so much better now.

  • sheal34

    Would like a review for the Pet Botanics Omega Gourmet dry food please! Thinking about this food for my dog. She’s on Wellness Simple and still licks her feet alot and once in awhile has stomach sensitvities.

  • Cherylafischer

     Hi Bill my yorkies are fussy and I bought a bag of dry Pet Botanics and they love it. I give them the treats Salmon/sweet potato/chicken there skin and coats are so shinny..Hope you had a chance to try it. would not change..

  • Facebook User

    i have a hananese … talk about a pain to feed and fussy!  she actually broke into the petsmart bag, stole this food and ATE it on her own!  

    i’ve been letting her have natural balance rolled food and she gained 6 lbs (she was underweight from refusing to eat) .. 
    may not be the ‘best of the best’ but she loves it! and eating beats not eating for days at a time…

    it’s the first time she’s on food with grains since she was a puppy and had ear infection problems and so far so good!

    this will be a buy again.. she NEVER stole food before not even from an open bad of chips on the couch when left home all day (and she loves lays!)

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HDEBUM7H6YFWRTDTEBAKZOMOZU Kathy

    I am trying to get information on Pet Botanics dry dog food that they sell in Petsmart. Do you have any info?

  • Guest

    Anxiously awaiting the review for Pet Botanics Healthy Omega Gourmet Dog Food (dry)… Any luck with this yet?

  • Dog Food Ninja

    MsPhyl, are you talking about the new Pet Botanics dry kibble called healthy omega? If so, that is not the food that was reveiwed above. This is a review of their rolled food. Now, if you are talking about the above food, you mentioned that you need a grainfree food. The second ingredient in this food is wheat. So, not so much grain free as it is grain heavy. lol

  • MsPhyl

    I agree Jill. I have a Lhasa, that is the pickiest thing ever. I was familiar with Pet Botanics but chose it since I need a grain free food and the ingredients looked okay. Like your dog, mine gobbled up the food. I was just please to have her eat and enjoy it. I’ll use this food again.

  • Jonathan

    Oh no hurry here, Mike! I know you’re busy. :-) I was just trying to help Bill out with his question.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    HI Jonathan… Hope to get to Pet Botanics kibble soon. Still busy with so many projects. The directory. New dashboard features (under development). And a forum. Not to mention at least 100 more foods to review. So, it could be a while longer. Thanks for the tip.

  • Jonathan

    I think their new dry food looks like a solid 4-star product. It’s a little pea-heavy, but it has a decent amount of protein and it’s grain and potato free.

  • Bill

    Has anyone tried Pet Botanics Healthy Omega Gourmet Dog Food (dry) ? I am trying it for my dog now based on what I read on the package, but would love to know more about it ie is is 3 star, 4 star 5 star ? Thanks!

  • David

    Here is the official website of the company that manufactures Pet Botanics products, including their new line of grain-free kibble:

    http://cardinalpet.com/pet_botanics.html

    This food looks reasonably good, excepting the final few ingredients, which are ‘product.’ It’s not a secret that the majority of foods sold by PetSmart are lower grade. This one, however, may be an exception.

  • Kay

    I have purchase the Pet Botanics rolls as a treat for training. I would never feed it as anything other than a training treat. I dice it up. My favorite meat roll is Happy Howies. However, it is not as readily available at Pet Botanics or Natural Balance. I have a dog with some food allergies. I try to avoid both poultry and fish oil. I do not think the rolls has either of these two ingredients.

  • Christine
  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Dawn… I’ve been unable to locate a Pet Botanics company website that provides complete information on this product line. If you find one, please post a link to it and I’ll be sure to add the line to my To Do list for future review. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Dawn

    Hi Mike!

    I’m always on the look-out for new grain-free dry dog foods to add into the rotation I feed my pugs. I noticed that Petsmart just started carrying the Pet Botanics grain-free dog food in 3 varieties of Lamb, Chicken, and Salmon and I had never heard of PB before. I was not impressed in reading the review above with their ingredients in the dog food rolls. Since I never buy anything until I know where it stands in your ratings, can you add this to your list to review? I’m curious if this might be at least a 3 or 4 rating.

    BTW – I refer to your site all the time. I’ve only been a pet owner for 3 years but have learned so much about nutrition from the ratings and comments posted here. Keep up the good work!

  • Jonathan

    YES. even worse for dogs, foods with a high glycemic index can lead to diabetes much quicker than in humans.

  • erin c.

    Well, at least this dog food pretty much tells what’s in it. Ya gotta give ‘em that. (Except some people may not know what sucrose is.)

    WOW! Molasses and sugar are pretty high on the list.

    Do dogs get hooked on sugared foods just like humans?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Jonathan and Meagan… I’m as perplexed by these comments as you guys. Unfortunately, this looks like spam so I’ve removed all 3 notes from this post.

  • Meagan

    I agree jonathan

  • Jonathan

    What is going on here?

  • Jill

    I have a German Shepherd that is the pickiest dog I have ever seen. I have tried every dog food out except the groecery brand dog foods and he would not eat them. He lost sooo much wieght but the vet said there was nothing wrong with him. So I seen that the pet botanics had come out with a dry so I tried the dry and rolled and he just went CRAZY for it which he has never done over any dog food before! So I do recommend it for very picky dogs… it may not be the best but he loves it and I know its better than most.

  • Kathleen

    Pet botanics just came out with a dry dog food…doesn’t look to bad, but I haven’t looked too closely yet…just spotted it on the shelf at my Petsmart

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Jonathan… I’ve been looking for a good reason to re-consider my original rating of this product. Your point is well-argued regarding the below-average nature of this food. It’s more a 2 plus than a 3 minus. So, Pet Botanics will now be downgraded to a rating more reflective of its actual content.

  • Jonathan

    Yeah… It’s not that much better than NB rolls, but I get your point. Still, I’d call NB rolls 2 stars, and PB rolls 2 1/2 stars… they both have below average protein and large amounts of sugar and wheat.

  • Nathan

    This has been informative. Thank you for the follow up Mike.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Jonathan… I struggled with this review. Pet Botanics is really a very low three star product. To see a similar (yet still worse) rolled dog food to compare PB with, look no further than Natural Balance Dog Food Rolls. Here’s another good argument for that half star system you suggested.

  • Jonathan

    Oh GROSS! this food has a TON of sugar in it! Not to mention all that wheat and sodium nitrite and below average protein… Are you sure about the third star? :P