Pure Balance Dog Food (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Pure Balance canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Pure Balance product line includes three canned dog foods, two claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance and one recipe for growth (Puppy formula).

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

  • Pure Balance Adult Beef, Vegetables and Brown Rice Stew
  • Pure Balance Adult Chicken, Vegetables and Brown Rice Stew
  • Pure Balance Puppy Chicken, Vegetables and Brown Rice Stew

Pure Balance Adult Beef, Vegetables and Brown Rice Stew was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Pure Balance Adult Beef, Vegetables and Brown Rice Stew

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 44% | Fat = 22% | Carbs = 25%

Ingredients: Beef broth, beef, beef liver, brown rice, dried egg whites, salmon, potato starch, dried egg product, peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), guar gum, calcium carbonate, oats, red peppers, spinach, tomatoes, flaxseed, sodium phosphate, potassium chloride, cottage cheese, salt, tricalcium phosphate, garlic, zinc amino acid chelate, dried kelp, iron amino acid chelate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), vitamin E supplement, olive oil, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, parsley, rosemary, choline chloride, selenium yeast, magnesium oxide, l-carnitine, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, thiamine mononitrate, cobalt amino acid chelate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, potassium iodide, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.3%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis44%22%25%
Calorie Weighted Basis36%44%21%

The first ingredient in this dog food lists beef broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The second ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

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

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

The fourth ingredient is 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 is dried egg whites. Eggs are highly digestible and an excellent source of usable protein.

The sixth ingredient includes salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.

The seventh ingredient includes potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

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 includes 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.

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, 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, flaxseed is 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.

In addition, 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.2

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).

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

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.

Pure Balance Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Pure Balance canned dog food looks like an above average wet 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 44%, a fat level of 22% and estimated carbohydrates of about 25%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 46% and a mean fat level of 24%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 22% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 52%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Pure Balance canned dog food is a meat-based product using a significant amount of beef or chicken 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.

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Notes and Updates

08/04/2013 Original review
08/04/2013 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. 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)
  • Alyssa

    Anyone know the number of calories in one can of this food? I see that someone else asked this lower down — any updates?

  • Dori

    All that sounds good. I feed them all but don’t feed too many carrots. Carrots are high in carbs and sugars. Plain greek yogurt I am assuming?

  • Bobby dog

    Doesn’t look like it has; I am sure it is on the list of things to do. The PB tubs were just reviewed, so hopefully it will be reviewed soon!

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/pure-balance-tubs/

  • Vivian Maggard Baker

    Great idea I have 2 pits need to go get those kongs

  • Vivian Maggard Baker

    Cans are also a much better value but it is nice to have the different flavors for a choice

  • Vivian Maggard Baker

    This is very convenient for small dogs who are on Little Cesar and a much better choice.

  • Vivian Maggard Baker

    no but they love green beans and raw carrots and broccoli…and go crazy for yogurt and blueberries

  • Vivian Maggard Baker

    Yes and has the 95% meat been rated yet?

  • Jackie B

    Agreed. When I got the response from Dave’s, they said it was likely because it was from the beginning of a batch, which tends to be less homogeneous than middle or late batch cans. I doubt it would be dangerous.

  • losul

    Things that don’t get mixed in properly is not a good thing. What if it were something important that didn’t get mixed in properly?

  • Jackie B

    I had this exact sort of thing one time in a can of Dave’s, and the manufacturer told me it was guar gum that didn’t get mixed in properly. That is an ingredient in this food as well. So I assume it is the same thing. Yucky looking but harmless.

  • USA Dog Treats

    I hope it’s not from air that leaked into the can. Without knowing FOR SURE what it is I wouldn’t feed it to my dog!

  • Crazy4cats

    Some of the cheaper brands of cat food that I occasionally feed, have a spot like this. It has never hurt my cats. But if you are worried, don’t feed it.

  • Akari_32

    Is the food bad? Like, mold of something? Doesn’t smell bad, and the texture isn’t any different in the dark spot.

  • Shar24

    very disgusting

  • Betsy Greer

    It’s a disgusting glob of gelatinous goo.

  • Akari_32
  • Bobby dog

    Hi:
    Costco is replacing KC & G with Nature’s Domain Turkey & Pea Stew:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/natures-domain-grain-free-canned/#comment-1435691915
    PB 95% has “No Grain, corn, wheat or soy” on the front of the label.

  • Avram Cohen

    Costco just stopped selling there 5 star can food, 18.99$ a case of 24 and just bought this PB non-grain can and it is so much more expensive at $1.25 a can???? I wish they sold it in the case! and I wonder why the PB that is more and without rice does not say “non-grain’ ?

  • Avram Cohen

    I’m very sure it wasn’t the this dog food..

  • Penny Markowitz

    I am wondering what the rating on the 95% canned is and also the amount of fiber??

  • Akari_32

    Awesome, thank you! I wonder why they don’t have the ingredients anywhere online, or their own website, or something? Lol

  • Betsy Greer

    The Adult Turkey & Chicken 95% reads basically the same. Ingredients are Turkey, Chicken, Turkey Broth, Turkey Liver, Guar Gum, etc. GA is the same as the Beef that C4C mentioned. This can says feed 3/4 to 1-1/4 cans per 15 lbs. of body weight per day.

    Beef, Vegetable & Brown Rice Stew ingredients are Beef Broth, Beef, Beef Liver, Brown Rice, Dried Egg Whites, Salmon, Potato Starch, Dried Egg Product, Peas, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Guar Gum, Calcium Carbonate, Oats, Red Peppers, Spinach, Tomato, Flaxseed, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Cottage Cheese, Salt, Tricalcium Phosphate, Garlic, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Dried Kelp…

    GA is 8.0% protein, 4.0 fat min., fiber 1.5 max.

    I’ve gotta run, but will edit this later to finish the ingredients.

  • Akari_32

    I don’t think he’ll have any issues with the fat content of the 95%. He’s an active little maniac (him and cat run around the house all day), so he can probably use it lol

  • Crazy4cats

    I noticed that. Weird?

  • Crazy4cats

    Akari-
    I also feed the Pure Balance beef, vegetables and brown rice. A little bit of rice doesn’t bother me. I really don’t think there is much of it in the can at all. It says to feed an adult dog weighing 10 lbs. 1 1/4 cans. The GA on this is Protein 8%, Fat 4%, Fiber 1.5% and Moisture 82%. I mentioned because it has less fat in case you were concerned about the other variety being high. I think the description for this food is on the Walmart site. Hope you find something!

  • Akari_32

    Wow, that’s actually pretty good! Thank you :) For some reason, you can’t find them online anywhere lol

  • Crazy4cats

    Sure:
    Beef, chicken, beef broth, beef liver, guar gum, cassia gum, carrageenan, tricalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, minerals, choline chloride, inulin, vitamins, salt. Protein 9%, Fat 9%, Fiber 1.5%, Moisture 78%. Sorry, I didn’t list all the minerals and vitamins individually. I’m on my iPad. Tougher for me to type.

  • Akari_32

    That does help! Thank you :) Going off this, Bentley would eat like a 1/2 can a day, so that’d be about $20 a month. Do you have an ingredient list you wouldn’t mind sharing? A picture of the can would work just fine :)

  • Crazy4cats

    Akari-
    I have a Pure Balance beef & chicken 95%. It says to feed an adult 3/4 to 1 1/4 cans per 15 pounds of body weight per day. There is no calories listed on the can. Hope this helps.

  • Akari_32

    Can anyone who uses this tell me the feeding guide lines on the label of the 95%?

  • LabsRawesome

    Yes. PB makes 95% meat cans. They are $1.25 The grain inclusive cans are $1.

  • JV777

    I found a new Beef and Chicken formula. It claims to be 95% meat. Has anyone else found this PB at Walmart?

  • Bobby dog

    Simmons

  • Pat Phillips

    Does anyone know who the manufacturer of the canned PB food is and where it’s manufactured? I know Ainsworth makes the dry food, so I emailed them to ask. They don’t make the canned. I can’t find any indication anywhere on the can. I started switching my dogs over from Newman’s because it’s less expensive and received 5 stars. But I’m concerned about it’s origin. Thanks!

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi-
    I’m very sorry about your dog. Was it the canned food you were feeding? Do you know what was in it to cause this reaction? I’ve been feeding this food for a while now with no issues. I’ll have to keep an eye on things. Good luck with your dog.

  • LabsRawesome
  • LabsRawesome

    Haha.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hee hee!

  • LabsRawesome

    You feed your dog pizza?

  • baileylives

    Warning……my dog became deathly ill after one serving of Pure Balance adult Beef and Veggies. She vomited profusely, lost alot of blood in her stool, had to be hospitalized. Affected her kidneys and platlettes dropped severly. Fortunately…she came through. It’s back to Little Caesars for her.

  • theBCnut

    Labels on dog food are regulated. The definitions are AAFCO/FDA defined and if the food is found to not be what is on the label, they can get in trouble.

  • Slyk Willy

    The second ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

    Is this your definition or the manufaturers definition, If yours then how can we be sure the manufacturers definition does not include beef by- products and the chemicals used to “clean” the by-products

  • CB

    Added picture for the other 2 recipes – Lamb Pate’ and Chicken Pate’

  • Cyndi

    Ha ha!!! I’m not the only one!!! I use the little containers with the foil lid for stuffing my Bailey’s kong & you are SO very right, those damn lids are a pain to get off. I used my teeth, just once, and won’t do it again, lol!! The foil lids are a good idea though, but what do they seal them on with, super glue? Lol!

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/RockyMTNsteeze Miltapher

    Oh my those foil lids are very difficult to peel off. I had to use my leatherman to get them off without using my teeth. Using teeth is not recommended, I got some of the dog food in my mouth.

    My Walmart sells them in a box and individually. The box is a very good deal. I bought it and fed my dog one a day. He was pleased.

    My dog likes them, but he also likes the canned food. The cans are so much easier to open.

  • CB

    Pure Balance single serving cups/trays. 68cents each. 3.5oz each. (4 recipes – the 2 pictured and there are 2 others “recipes” – I believe they were Chicken Pate’ and Lamb Pate’)

  • Carynn

    Does anyone know if they changed their recipes? I’ve gone to a couple of Walmart’s and I can only find beef & chicken and a chicken recipe. I was so excited to find a 5 star food, for around a dollar, with no chicken. Now I can’t find it. Even online it says beef, but I’m still not finding it in the store. Thanks!

  • theBCnut

    That may mean “They don’t make the regular Ol’ Roy.”

  • Crazy4cats

    Why should we be aware of Ainsworth?

  • Sean

    Please be aware that Ainsworth Pet Nutrition makes the Pure Balance dry food only.

  • JV777

    My sister bought some yesterday, they’re 65 cents in the So-Cal area. They had Lamb with vegetables, chicken and vegetables, along with the one Jolene shared.

  • Darci1990

    I just went to walmart today and discovered the new pure balance single serve meals.. I’m very excited! I’m sure Rosey will be too!

  • Jolene Bramer

    A quick update on this, stopped in a different wal-mart and found these single serve meals in Lamb! Very happy about this!

  • Jolene Bramer

    Yes Betsy…just like the caesar brand…they had singles for around ¢60 and a 12 pack for around $7

  • Betsy Greer

    Shoot! I was at Wal-Mart today and didn’t venture down the dog food aisle. Darn, wish now I had.

    Jolene, is that food in some sort of a plastic container with a foil lid that peels off?

  • Jolene Bramer

    Just found the pure balance single serves at walmart today, beef stew with gravy, carrots and sun dried tomatoes and chicken with carrots sweet potatoes…wondering if it scores as high because it looks and smells great and my dog LOVES it.

  • Crazy4cats

    That’s a great vet! Catinfo dot org is my favorite cat nutrition site as well.

  • InkedMarie

    No problem!

  • InkedMarie

    Thanks, I’ll look!

  • Bobby dog

    I have to agree after reading about some of the experiences people have had with Vets on this site. I have been with her since she started her practice. Her approach to medicine has changed and grown through the years to meet the needs of her clients. I have to write, I do feel lucky she is our Vet.

  • Pam c

    I’m sorry Marie. When I was looking at the beef & veggie stew label I believe it said flaxseed. For some reason I thought that was a grain. Apparently not.

  • Betsy Greer

    That’s so awesome! Your vet sounds like a real keeper! She obviously has a very different view of nutrition than many vets do.

  • Bobby dog

    I thought I archived it, but apparently I didn’t. She basically stated vet prescribed, supermarket, and many heavily marketed pet foods are full of questionable/hazardous ingredients and fillers, dyes, sugars/carbs, and chemical preservatives that negatively impact our pets health. She invited her clients to make an appointment to discuss nutrition for their pets or at the very least to pick up a brief list of food recommendations. I picked up her list for cats and was dissappointed with my food choices. Then I Googled cat nutrition and found catinfo.org and educated myself with that site and various others. I then looked into my dog’s nutrition and found this site. Through this site and the sites referenced here I have greatly improved my dog’s health and nutriton as well.

  • Betsy Greer

    I sure would love to hear what that letter from your vet said!

  • Bobby dog

    There’s always that chance you could have seen it somewhere else. I am not the best person to ask I just started looking into my dog and cats food in September after my vet sent an e-mail to all her clients about the many illnesses/symptoms she has been treating recently that could have been avoided with good nutrition. The manufacturer is Global One and they have answered and forwarded information to me that I have requested from them very promptly. My dog enjoys their product.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi InkedMarie:
    You may have already checked it out, but TSC does have each flavor listed on their website along with the salmon and turkey flavors that aren’t listed on DFA. Sometimes it takes a little time for TSC to update their website. I know you mentioned Gemma has certain diet requirements that need to be met and I think the info you need to know will be there for you.

  • InkedMarie

    Oh ok then! I will pick up a couple next time I’m near TS. I’m on the hunt for another for Gemma. So far, it’s only two Canidae Pure that she’s doing great with

  • LabsRawesome

    Okay, Pam answered. But she was incorrect. 4health canned Stews are grain free.

  • InkedMarie

    4 Health and Pam answered, thanks.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Marie, Are you asking about 4health canned or Pure Balance? Sorry for the confusion, but both foods are being discussed on this page. 4health’s Stews are grain free, Chicken, Beef, or Turkey. And Pure Balance’s 95% meat cans, are grain free as well.

  • InkedMarie

    Figures. Thanks, Pam!

  • gmcbogger38

    I do feed dry and am currently trying out Victor. I can get a 40lb bag for $32, but I am definitely willing to try other foods for rotation. And buying 24 cans would be ok because I have 3 dogs, so buying in bulk is better for me, anyways. Thanks again for the information!

  • Pam c

    No.

  • InkedMarie

    Do they make a canned grainfree?

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi-
    We don’t have BJs or Tractor Supply in the NW, but I feel like I’ve seen the brand Earth Pride somewhere else? Thanks.

  • Bobby dog

    I wish I kept my membership to Costco because I would love to try out their canned dog food. I now have a membership to BJ’s. I use their Earth Pride in my rotation and my dog does well on it. You can actually just buy a six pack of it and it is about $1.50/can.

  • Bobby dog

    4Health canned is made by Simmons as well. Just another option to check out if interested and you feed dry, I also use the grain free 4Health kibble in my rotation with a topper. My dog loves it, does well on it, and it is budget friendly. I haven’t tried the new pork or duck flavors yet. The grain free variety is made by Ainsworth.

  • Crazy4cats

    Yes, most of the stores carry two varieties. I like the cuts in gravy and it is rated 5 stars also. The other pâté style isn’t quite as good. You do, however, in Costco fashion, have to buy a case of 24. They are the bigger 13 oz cans produced by Simmons. They are packed full of meat, not just gravy like some of the “stew” type. I also find that the whole earth farms canned is pretty affordable as well. Good luck!

  • gmcbogger38

    Thanks! I do have a tractor supply nearby. I never realized the Kirkland canned food was that affordable, either. Definitely great options to checkout.

  • Crazy4cats

    Yes, it is great. I am using the beef flavor and I think it looks and smells terrific! I also use the Kirkland Cuts in Gravy. It is only about 75 cents a can at Costco. And they are actually bigger cans. We don’t have the 4health canned in our area. Good luck!

  • Bobby dog

    If you have a Tractor Supply Store nearby check out the 4Health canned food for dogs (and cats if you have them); they are DFA rated 4.5 and only a $1 as well.

  • gmcbogger38

    I had heard about Pure Balance before, but never gave it much thought since Ol’ Roy makes it. When I saw the can food is only $1 at my local Walmart I decided to look this product up. I can’t believe I found a 5 star canned food for only $1! As a somewhat poor college student this is great news for my dogs!

  • LabsRawesome

    Probably fat. I use this food, and I use the gelatin as well. Fat will not harm your dog. Dogs actually need fat in their diet. This food has above average protein, and average fat, so the ratio isn’t off or anything. I would not throw it out. It could even be the potato starch that they use as a thickener. Whatever it is, I don’t think it’s anything harmful.

  • Kim X

    What is the gel around the can in the pure balance ground (not stew) food? It looks like fat or gelatin. I try to throw as much away as possible but knowing my luck it is where all the vitamins are. Any ideas?

  • Pam c

    I saw Chicken, Turkey & Chicken. That’s it for the 95% cans.

    9% fat, 9% fat, 1.5% fiber for both types.

  • Brenda Graziano

    Try warming the food slightly, for ten or twelve seconds to start, in the microwave. You want it just lukewarm. Be sure to stir it up to eliminate hot spots before serving.

  • Jan M

    InkedMarie-The Pure Balance ground turkey & chicken, and ground chicken flavors are grain free. Most of the Walmarts in my area still carry it.

    My 60lb mixed breed is a picky eater. I mix the Pure Balance ground canned food with Purina One True Instinct. Other canned foods seem to make him itch.

  • fadfua

    ghe put me in hspam because he is a hscamhkj

  • InkedMarie

    Yikes! Too much fat but thanks for the info.

  • InkedMarie

    Thanks! Guess I’ll just keep looking when I pass bynWalmart.

  • Bobby dog

    95% Beef & Chicken:
    Protein min 9%
    Crude Fat min 9%
    Crude Fiber max 1.5%
    Moisture max 78%
    I don’t see the calories on the label.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi InkedMarie:
    You more than likely didn’t miss it. Last time I looked at Wal-Marts website the 95% wasn’t listed. There is only one store out of the three in my area that carries the 95% and most of the time they only have one variety in stock.

  • InkedMarie

    Maybe it wasn’t lamb, I just know it had rice so wasn’t gf

  • InkedMarie

    Il keep looking in person. I just wanted to know if any had the right specs for Gemma:

    9-12 protein
    4-6 Fat
    2 max fiber
    330-425 calories

  • Hound Dog Mom

    They have a canned lamb and rice? That must be new. Last time I was there there was puppy chicken & rice, adult chicken & rice and beef & rice for the grain-inclusive. Then I think two 95% varieties (I think beef and chicken too).

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I never saw it on their website. I do know it takes them awhile to put new stuff on there. I haven’t been to Walmart in a couple months but last time I was there they had it at my Walmart.

  • InkedMarie

    All I can find are chicken/turkey/ lamb and rice, not grainfree. I thought maybe they discontinued it.

  • Pattyvaughn

    There are a couple flavors I believe, and you kind of have to look at the cans closely to tell which ones you want.

  • InkedMarie

    Hmmm….looked at two Walmarts, couldn’t find it. Can’t find it online but maybe immissed it. I’ll look again.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    There is a Pure Balance canned that’s grain-free it’s a 95% meat formula.

  • InkedMarie

    Too many post to scroll through so I’ll just ask: did there used to be a Pure Balance grainfree canned?

  • Ashley Bolton

    Just recently got a 8 week old, 2 pound yorkie-poo. The breeder said he was a great eater and loved the Purina Puppy Chow. However the first 4 days with us he wouldn’t touch it. We have tried warm water to soak it, warm milk to soak it and he drinks the water and milk and leaves the food. We tried some Pedigree wet food (before I read the reviews) and he loved it. But it upset his little tummy. So after some research I went and got him some Pure Balance for Puppy, he ate everything but the chunks of meat and I even chopped it up real fine. I am at my whit’s end, He also won’t eat Iams hard food when soaked. I don’t know what to try or do.
    Any suggestions would be amazing!

  • Dr J

    Somebody gave us one of the baked GI bones and our boys simply crunched them…..

  • Cyndi

    Just had to throw that out there. You never know what some people will give their dogs…. ;-)

  • Dr J

    I don’t cook the meat unless it is chicken and I am serving it with a mix of legumes, veggies etc., so I certainly am not cooking their bones ;)…

  • Cyndi

    As long as they aren’t cooked bones, RMB’s (Raw Meaty Bones) are great for cleaning teeth! & yeah, some dogs have to learn the hard way that you can’t chew up a rock, lol!

  • Dr J

    We have two 12.5 year old malamute retriever mixes, both of them had marrow bones all their lives and both of them had never had their teeth cleaned. They still have a full set of clean and healthy teeth. One of them has a slight chip on one of his canines, but I guess he learned hat rocks are not bones….The young ones are great bone chewers as well. Never thought about giving them chicken bones, but it kind of makes sense….

  • Piper

    Me too!

  • Cyndi

    I should have put a warning on my post, lol! Sorry Shawna! Lol! That picture totally made my day! :-)

  • Shawna

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!! I laughed SO HARD at the “Dog smile” picture at the bottom of the article that I sent myself into a coughing attack and made my side hurt!!!
    Good article :)

  • Cyndi

    I agree Betsy! I don’t even give my Bailey chicken necks and she weighs 50lbs., but it really is a great article. It’s pretty much a no-brainer, when you think about it…

  • beaglemom

    Excellent article!! Reading stuff like this makes me so happy, lol. I was a little surprised by the recommendation of starting even big dogs with pieces of chicken necks (which are pretty small, from those that I’ve seen) but other than that, great info!!

  • Cyndi
  • Pattyvaughn

    Dogs on dry food still need to get their teeth cleaned, so the dry food must not do that great a job of it. Brushing teeth and giving bones definitely work better.

  • Dfwgolden

    I was thinking about giving this to my border collie puppy (16 weeks)
    He’s currently on Diamond Naturals Large Breed Lamb and Rice.
    It’s no wheat no corn no soy

    It just has a low rating and Pure Balance is cheaper than Diamond (Imagin that!)

    My dad said that Dry dog food cleans the teeth and wet food will make him get all tarter… But I keep reading that dry food really dosen’t do much for him… IDK I am so CONFUSED
    He gets a lot of bones and his teeth a very clean… My two other dogs have horrible teeth. But he doesn’t and I want it to stay that way

  • Pattyvaughn

    But you said “and also the dry…” It doesn’t matter except that 3 months from now someone will read this and not go check, so I just thought that info needed to be in there.

  • Sherry Painter

    the dry ones aren’t 95% meat…. 95% meat is can

  • Pattyvaughn

    Except for the dry ones that have brown rice, chicken and lamb.

  • Sherry Painter

    The 95% meat Pure Balance IS grain free..it is $1.25 a can and also the dry……….

  • Sherry Painter

    You are right…It is grain free…

  • Karma_Grant

    On the label you almost miss the Ol Roy part. It simply says in small print – Premium Dog Food made by Ol Roy. The larger and easy to see letters say Pure Balance.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Ol’ Roy is the brand name, Pure Balance is the product name. They used to only make the nasty plain Ol’ Roy, but now they have added the better quality Pure Balance to their lineup.

  • NancyKB

    I guess another question I have regarding the Ol’ Roy Pure Balance is which review do I look at for the canned food? Ol’ Roy (which is terrible) or Pure Balance (which is awesome)??? Thanks!!

  • NancyKB

    Hi! I’ve been lurking this website gleaming invaluable info on dog food!! Thank God this site exists cuz I was getting so lost with all the different foods out there!
    Ok, so my question is regarding Pure Balance and Ol’ Roy. I see in the comments below it was only mentioned twice and there was something said about a discontinuation of ol’ roy. When I search on Walmarts website, they list Pure Balance dry food and then Ol’ Roy Pure Balance Canned food. I am wanting to buy the canned food, but do not understand why it says “Ol’ Roy” before Pure Balance. Does this matter? Should I be concerned?
    Thanks so much for your comments!!!

  • 4paws

    after feeding this to my dog (75lbs hound) he always wakes up and wants to eat grass. He does not throw up but it does come out in his stool.. It seems to make is tummy a little upset. OVerall it seems to be a good food…

  • Vivian Maggard Baker

    Pure balance has a new 95% meat can food…beef or chicken and i don’t see any grains on the label
    …1.25 per can…

  • Brigette

    Kayota, how is your dog doing on the grain free dry food? I was thinking of trying it on my two Pekes. BUT they don’t care for the smell of Salmon. Does the Salmon and Pea have that fish smell?

  • LabLover

    Got to admit, I was very surprised how good this food looks! Its not full of water and broth. Its full of meat and veggies and my labs love it on their kibble or out of the can. How can you beat the price and quality.

  • finnsmom

    Hi – I live in rural PA and am seeking the 95% grain free pure balance canned. Im guessing since I cant find it on walmart.com its not available everywhere….

  • Crazy4cats

    I agree. But, it surprises me that they won’t eat the beef because when I look at the ingredients, they look almost identical. I don’t think there is much beef in the beef flavor! Must be just enough to turn them off. Luckily my dogs eat anything. Actually, not so lucky at times because they will eat some nasty stuff off the road when we are walking them. Also when they were young pups, socks were pretty tasty too! They worry me all the time! Darn labs! Lol!

  • Betsy Greer

    I always wished Costco would sell Cuts in Gravy by the case of either chicken or beef. Mine like the chicken, but I gave the beef away because they wouldn’t eat it.

  • finnsmom

    Thanks for the info – yeah the gal we got her from just stressed grain free – I have no clue lol! I really wish there was a costco near me…

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi fins mom-
    No, you are not bothering me. Grain free just means that it does not have any grains in it. Grains such as rice, corn, wheat, oats and so on. This canned food is not grain free. There is a little brown rice in it. Apparently some dogs do not tolerate grains very well. Also they can be used as cheap fillers in food. I don’t mind the little amount of rice in this food. It still has a high protein percentage and a fairly low carb count. I guess there is also a grain free version for 25 cents more, but our Walmart didn’t have it. This food has a lot of chunks of beef and does not have any chicken in it. It smells great and mixes really well with the kibble. Costco has a very similar food that is grain free, comes in a larger can and is cheaper. Although you have to buy a full case (24 cans) at one time. It is manufactured by the same company. It includes 12 cans of each beef and chicken.

  • finnsmom

    I just wish so bad i had a costco near me!!! Thank you for the info!

  • Pattyvaughn

    The regular Pure Balance is not grain free, it has rice in it. Grain free means no rice, no oats, no barley, no corn, no grain of any kind in it.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Pure Balance has a line of 95% meat grain-free canned foods and a fish-based grain-free kibble.

  • neezerfan

    Pure Balance is not grain free. It has rice in it. You can check out Kirkland’s Cuts in Gravy from Costco. That is 5 stars and grain free. That runs about 75 cents a can when you buy a case of 24 (I think). Also check out Whole Earth Farms canned. Decent price but don’t know how the price compares to NB.

  • finnsmom

    Im trying to find something cheaper than Natural Balance canned. Was looking at Pure Balance but dont laugh – is it grain free? It doesnt say it on the can and the gal we got her from says Grain Free is good. No clue what it even means…

  • finnsmom

    Hi – i hope you dont mind me bothering you but i never had a dog and rescued one recently – she adores Natural Balance canned but i cant afford it. It Pure Balance canned grain free? What does grain free mean? I need help…

  • Crazy4cats

    I finally got to Walmart and picked up a few cans of the pure balance beef canned food. It looks and smells great. The cans are a little smaller than the Kirkland cuts in gravy and they do not list the calories on the can. Although, I really like the fact the beef flavor does not contain chicken. They did not have any of the 95% beef that has been mentioned in other posts. Looking forward to trying it as well. Anyway, so far so good and at a great price!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Usually a can replaces about 1 cup of dry food. Obviously this is a generalization because not all canned foods have the same calorie content and not all dry foods do either. But it is a good starting point. Calorie info is sometimes on the cans and sometimes on company websites.

  • gforee

    What’s the can to body weight recommendation for pure balance? How about for the 4health canned?

  • Kayota

    i use the 95% grain free in her kong :)

  • Kayota

    it has salmon. my dog has done very well on it, her poop firmed up in days and she’s not passing undigested food any more.

  • mward1993

    I know, how can they make one food so terrible, while one is…well…pretty great.

  • KarenC

    I think 3dudes is like the rest of us..”Ol’ Roy makes a good food?!?! There is no way that can be right!”.

  • KarenC

    I like the food. Well, my DOGS like the food. Lol! I noticed the peppers the first time and decided they were just there for looks since there wasn’t very much in there.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Yeah, I have an idea that feeding them raw might be like feeding raw potato, detrimental.

  • losul

    Turbo might be fine with them cooked, don’t know. Both times I gave them to him were completely raw, by themselves, and on an empty stomach.

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  • Pattyvaughn

    They should be.

  • 3dudes

    I would like to read a review of the 95% chicken and beef and chicken 95% canned dog food. In looking for grain free food for my diabetic pom. I found pure balance next to Natural life 95% at half the price. My picky poms love it, their heads don’t come out of the dish til its gone. Are the ingredients listed really accurate?

  • JaketheMutt

    Thanks for the info:)

  • JaketheMutt

    Thanks for the reply:)Ive never seen red peppers in dog food before and wasn’t sure what the purpose would be for them.Learn something new everyday :)

  • Vivian Maggard Baker

    What meats are in the grain free??? I have not seen this on the shelves in my Walmart yet…I am using the 95% canned and my dogs like it..

  • Pattyvaughn

    Mine can eat them if they are thoroughly cooked, which negates most of the benefits. Micah can’t handle them if they are only blanched, which is what I usually do to veggies for dogs.

  • losul

    Peppers are the only thing I’ve found that doesn’t agree with my dog very well. Causes him some indigestion.

  • Pattyvaughn

    They are full of things that are good for dogs, like vitamins, antioxidants, and capsaicin. The drawback is that they are a nightshade plant, so dogs that are sensitive to nightshades shouldn’t eat this.

  • KarenC

    I imagine they think there is some sort of vitamin in the peppers that are good for dogs. However, I think it’s just to make it look pretty without artificial coloring. There is barely a teaspoon of them in a whole can so it’s not enough to worry about.

  • JaketheMutt

    Why in the world is there red peppers in this food?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    The 4Health cans are larger than the Pure Balance cans – 4Health comes in 13.2 and 22 oz. cans (Pure Balance comes in 12.5 oz. cans). How long does it take your dog to finish a can? Canned foods are good for up to three days if kept refrigerated.

    Based on the protein content, I’d assume the Pure Balance canned food contains very little rice and thus it shouldn’t be a huge concern. However, they do have out a new 95% meat line that is grain-free, it costs $1.25 per can. You could rotate the grain-inclusive and grain-free varieties if you wanted to be on the safe side.

  • Vance Tullier

    Wow. I figured it’d be high in the 4-4.5 star range but 5 stars? Yet shockingly I can hear the naysayers already and they’ve not even started yet. My only issue with them is the size of the cans is a bit much for me to go through quick enough without overfeeding. Was considering checking out the the 4health mentioned below (anyone know the can size?) because of the size of these cans and may still do so to keep carbs as low as possible but it does certainly throw an interesting twist in the decision.

    How serious is the Arsenic thing per the warning above? If anything goes wrong here I’d bet on it being that as the arsenic is normally in the brown part.

  • InkedMarie

    Are you Kayota from DF?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Kayota –

    This is indeed a great food for a great price. I’m sure Dr. Mike will get around to reviewing the grain-free dry food however he has a long list of products that need to be reviewed so it may not be for awhile. I would also recommend checking out their new 95% meat grain-free canned foods which are only $1.25 per can. Their grain-inclusive canned foods rated 5 stars so I’m sure these formulas will rate similarly. They would make a great topper to the grain-free dry to boost the protein content.

  • Kayota

    Yeah this is a great brand :) Will you be reviewing the grain free dry food? It looks awesome from the ingredients on the bag. My dog has been having issues with grain-inclusive foods so I bought it to try it out with her.

  • LabsRawesome

    If you have Tractor Supply, their 4health canned is .99 cents and some are grain free. Also, Costco’s Kirkland cuts in gravy is grain free and $18.99 for a case of 24 cans.

  • Keisha’s Daddy

    My dog will only keep down canned dog foods. Kibble, she throws up, no matter what brand. Been buying a variety of natural Dog foods, it’s grand to see Walmart beginning to merchandise their own version of natural dog food. By looking at the ingredients, they seem to be the same as “Natural Life” dog food which I also only find at Walmart, and my dog loves as well. Now, if only Target would begin selling natural brand foods.

  • LabsRawesome

    I agree HDM. Pure Balance 95% Chicken cans are a great addition to their line, I’m sure they’ll be a 5 star product as well. And with the $1.25 price it should fit into everyone’s budget. Now all Walmart needs to do is discontinue Ol’roy dry foods.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Glad to see such a good rating for this product – at $1 per can this would be a great way for those on a tight budget to boost the species-appropriateness of their kibble!