Pure Balance Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★½☆

Pure Balance Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Pure Balance product line includes three dry 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.

  • Pure Balance Chicken and Brown Rice
  • Pure Balance Lamb and Brown Rice (3 stars)
  • Pure Balance Small Breed Chicken and Brown Rice

Pure Balance Chicken and Brown Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Pure Balance Chicken and Brown Rice

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 30% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 45%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, brewers rice, pea protein, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), rice bran, dried plain beet pulp, dried egg product, natural flavor, oatmeal, sunflower oil, dried peas, dried carrots, whole flaxseed, dried cranberry, potassium chloride, salt, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), choline chloride, manganese proteinate, l-carnitine, copper proteinate, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, sodium selenite, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis27%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis30%17%45%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%35%39%
Protein = 26% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 39%

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

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

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

The third ingredient is 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 fourth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth 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 actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is poultry fat. Poultry fat is obtained from rendering, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Poultry fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life.

However, poultry fat is a relatively generic ingredient and can be considered lower in quality than a similar item from a named source animal (like chicken fat).

The seventh ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

The eighth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

The ninth 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.

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 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.

Next, 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.

In addition, we note the inclusion of dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

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 Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Pure Balance looks like an average dry dog food.

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 30%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 45%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.

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

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

Bottom line?

Pure Balance is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken or lamb meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.


However, it’s unfortunate the company chose to include brewers rice in its recipe. Without this controversial ingredient, we may have been compelled to award this line a higher rating.

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.

Pure Balance Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

10/01/2015 Last Update

  • Steffanie Bate

    My dog has been on this dog food for a few months. We switched due to allergies and thought this might be better for her. She started with light diarrhea which we blamed on her body adjusting to a new food. But lately she’s started to act more sluggish with the diarrhea getting so extreme she’s having accidents in the house. Now to make it worse this morning her poo is drenched in blood! I’m freaking out and switching her back to her previous dog food today!

  • Sue

    This is not good dog food my rescue dog pooped huge cow patties.

  • Sherri Beaulieu Guerrette

    I have fed my spaniel, who is three years old, PB for the past year. She did fine at first but started vomiting a lot either in the middle of the night or shortly after eating. She was also experiencing bloody stools with a lot of mucus. The vet diagnosed her with a sensitive stomach and gave me pills for the vomiting and another type for her stools. In the meantime a friend gave us a bag of Blue Buffalo which they had left over because her sister had moved and forgot to take the bag of dog good. I tried her on that and she gradually got better. I have since tried on two occasions to mix some of the PB with the Blue Buffalo just to use it up and on both occasions she had vomited within an hour of eating it. I guess I have to conclude that the BP is what has been making her sick and will have to stick to only the Blue Buffalo even though it is so expensive! It is cheaper than visits to the vet and pills!

  • Deborah Smith

    Are there reviews on the pure balance rolls they sell now?

  • Michelle Venticinque Holderbau

    I was feeding my 2 mini Doxies Beneful (sp) when I heard it could cause death. I looked on Snopes and they said it was a myth. While I was away on vacation in Feb. 2015, my hubby heard the Beneful story, panicked and switched their food ASAP! When I came home he explained to me he wasn’t having MY dogs die on HIS watch so he changed their food to something an employee at a pet store suggested. I decided to look into a few dry dog foods and settled on Pure Balance Small Breed Chicken, Sweet Potato and Brown Rice. Within a couple weeks, I couldn’t believe the difference in my then 5 y/o Doxie! His coat was silky soft again, he had so much more energy and a definite pep in his step!! He was like a puppy again, acting much like his lil “sister” who was 8 months old at the time!! And still today they run, play, wrestle and play fight!
    After seeing my older Doxies health start to decline, it was magical to see his transformation back into the frisky guy he was known to be!! I wholeheartedly recommend Pure Balance to anyone looking to change their fur babies diet!

  • Kristie

    Incase anyone is wondering, the size of the small breed kibble is about half the size of the 4Health Small Breed. They are not the same size, but about 5 hairs smaller. I didn’t take a photo because they fairly close in size yet enough of a size difference to notice that they are indeed smaller.

  • Emp 9

    My bulldog loves the chicken and brown rice but often gets red and itchy I give her salmon and pea now she does well.

  • Emp 9

    I suspect they weight it diwn with oils now. Seems greasy now. Iv experienced less portions also.

  • Emp 9

    I’ve noticed a change also in smell of the salmon flavor. My dog refuses to eat it unless mixed with rice now.

  • Emp 9

    I have always used the salmon and pea flavor. Sometimes the batch smells very oily and my dog wont eat it unless mixed with rice. I also noticed less servings with same weight of bag. What i suspect is they use sunflower oil or some oil to weigh the food down. It does not smell like a salmon oil at all. Shame cause this brand was so good for the price before.

  • Kimberely Comstock

    The salmon and pea formula made my dog severely ill. Excessive thirst and urinating every few minutes. My vet said it WAS the dog food and even referred to it as split pea soup with a smirk. Within 48 hours of switching her to Purina, she was fine. Can’t recommend this brand.

  • theBCnut

    Actually bloat is a symptom of something else, commonly gastric torsion, which I did mention.

  • Cannoli

    I have a breeder dog. But the good thing is that my breed is not recognized by the AKC. The AKC is not a big fan of designer breeds. Or in others words anything that might help that breed by injecting a little bit of different DNA.

    A perfect example of this is the English Bulldog. Destroyed by human intervention into a couch potato. There is a large movement among bulldog breeders to bring this breed back to 1800s. Minus the aggressive tendencies when they were used as fighting dogs to take on bulls in the ring.

    Are some breeders successful in creating a healthier English Bulldog. You bet, David Leavitt did it back in the 1970s and created the Olde English Bulldog. So not all “breeder” dogs are unhealthy.

    Unfortunately AKC does not recognize the Olde English Bulldog. Which is sad because then breeding standards can be created for this new breed. Instead we are proliferated with backyard breeders mating English bulldogs with pitbulls, bullsmastiff, American bulldogs, etc and passing them off as Olde English Bulldog.

    I do agree with what you say but I don’t 100% agree with your statement about gradually and slowly adding new food to your dog. I think this statement pertains to dog owners who never rotate their dog’s food and constantly feed the same food day in and day out.

    I believe that if dogs are conditioned as pups along with good genetics, they can easily handle rotation of food without this slow gradual transition. After all if dogs can handle bacteria in raw why shouldn’t they be able to handle something as simple as cooked processed food from different brands.

  • Crazy4cats

    I believe bloat is basically the same thing as gastric torsion. Scary stuff.

  • Stacey

    bloat. You forgot bloat.

  • Stacey

    People like to jump to the conclusion that any sickness their dog(s) might encounter can only be blamed on food. They actually tell you to gradually add a new food to their diet so that they don’t have a bad reaction to it. But a lot of the complaining I see about another brand tries to link all kinds of legitimate dog diseases to the use of that brand’s food. Dogs get sick. Someone could be poisoning them, they could be having a reaction to a suddenly different food, they could be ill apart from the food they eat, they could be getting chemicals from the grass or plants around them, all kinds of things. A dog food wouldn’t make any dog pee every 5 minutes. You fail to say what the vet actually tells you the problem is. I’m sure you don’t listen when “he” tells you it has nothing to do with the food they’re eating. Because it’s very unlikely that the food is to blame. Swollen stomach isn’t a food thing, it’s called bloat and it’s dangerous. Of course, if you people are the kind that have breeder dogs, then you have sickly, overly inbred dogs and only yourselves to blame. Your arrogance makes weak, sick animals.

  • Mitzi Wood

    Im going through the same thing I just got a bag today to try but I cant find there website

  • Lynnzy

    My dog has allergies to what we don’t know yet. I have been trying grain free dog foods here lately. My dogs did not like Rachel Ray’s sweet potato and turkey, they would take a few bites and walk away. Yesterday I bought Pure Balance expecting the same thing but my dogs liked it and almost seem to enjoy it. If his allergies go away after a bag of this I will be back with an update.

  • Sgt. York

    I would like to buy some pure balance vp cups wet LAMB in larger quantiles than a trey of twelve. I have emailed wal mart but they have gotten so snob nosed they won’t answer. I have a Red Boston Terrior female with seven new pups she craves just LAMB and Wally World only puts small amounts out every other day,so I would like a much bigger quantity. Does anyone know of a better place that I can purchase PB in Alabama. If so pls email me at [email protected]. Thanks bmene and Jeni and kids

  • theBCnut

    Just so you know, gas x is constipating.

  • Debra Pike

    I was feeding mine the canned. I figure the older they get the dry wears their teeth down.

  • Debra Pike

    I am trying Gas X and have thought about giving him some of my natural fiber. I am so afraid it’s something bad. We lost our 15 year old daschund last week, and these two were very good friends. I see grief and then the swollen tummy.

  • theBCnut

    My old dog does that, but is much better if I add a fiber supplement. She’s not bloated though, she just holds her ab muscles really tight. You might want to get some canned plain pumpkin or Metamucil powder to add to your dogs food. And you might want to look into getting a food with a higher fiber content.

  • Debra Pike

    Like I said, yes, the vet saw him twice this week. I am suspecting gas. Last night he had a bowel movement in the house after bedtime. I got up and his abdomen was flexible, normal like. This morning it is back tight. HIs labs was fine on pancreas, bun was up over normal a little. The vet thinks he is constipated, but yet he passes feces that look normal.

  • theBCnut

    Has your vet seen him since the stomach started swelling? This sounds like an emergency situation. Has the vet done bloodwork? Basically, you have 4 reasons the stomach area swells like this, gastric torsion, kidney disease, liver disease, and cancer. You may need to go to a different vet.

  • Debra Pike

    My Schnauzer’s stomach is swollen tight, and this is all I have fed him the past month. I have a vet bill over $300 and still no clear answer. He is miserably swollen.

  • Brian J Henry

    They have added more to their lineup – “Grain-Free Salmon and Pea”, “Grain-Free Trout and Lentils”, “Limited-Ingredient Turkey and Potato”, and “Wild & Free Bison and Pea”. All of these say they are formulated to meet the AAFCO requirements for all life stages.

  • Fanfan

    I put my dog on Pure Balance about 9 months ago. Although they loved the food as soon as they were done eating they dove over to the water. I mean they are were climbing on top of each other for a drink of water. This food causes excessive thirst. I didn’t want to believe it was the food so I continued to feed them Pure Balance. Well, one of my dogs came down with pancreatitis. I don’t feed them anything except for Pure Balance. No treats, no table scraps. Nothing else. I decided to switch them over to 4 health grain Free Small Breed, Tractor Supply brand dog food. No more excessive thirst. Coincidence? I think not. Anyway, they are happy with their new food and their coats are shiny. They are happy so that makes me happy. Sorry, but I loved the ingredients of Pure Balance but they have something in their food that makes dogs super thirsty.

  • CaliWildflowers

    I mix Pure Balance w/ The Honest Kitchen grain-free base mix. It’s the healthiest food out there. Never recalled. 5 stars. Use a small amt mixed w/ water and freshly cooked meat (ground turkey or ground beef). I also put some fresh steamed veggies and some cooked rice for variety. I make a batch and feed 2x a day (keep unused portion in the fridge). You can alternate it w/ whatever kibble your dog likes for 2nd feeding of the day (mix them up to make it last or if you only feed once daily).

  • CaliWildflowers

    I bought The Honest Kitchen grain-free base mix. It’s the healthiest food out there. Never recalled. 5 stars. Use a small amt mixed w/ water and freshly cooked meat (ground turkey or ground beef). I also put some fresh steamed veggies and some cooked rice for variety. I make a batch and feed 1x a day (keep unused portion in the fridge). Alternate it w/ whatever kibble your dog likes for 2nd feeding of the day (mix them up to make it last or if you only feed once daily).

  • Azul

    Yeah, the op said they talked their mom into switching from beneful to pure balance bison and pea.

  • circe801

    beneful is not a quality product. lots of corn, wheat, meat by-products and artificial color and flavor. not good.

  • circe801

    sorry to inform you that alpo chop house has artificial coloring in it–also it is VERY (over 50%) high in fat, contains meat by-products and soy flour–things we feed pure balance in order to avoid.

  • circe801

    only thing i noticed was this, and it’s odd, considering there is no ingredient change–the 15lb bag used to fill my storage container plus at least three more meal portions (the paper bag), and now it merely fills up the container with nothing additional left over (the new, plastic bag). bag still weighs 15lbs. called walmart CS and told them–of course, they never got back to me.

  • shakti75

    The Lamb and Brown Rice formula has the lowest protein out of them, at 23%.

  • shakti75

    Oh, I also feed my cats the Pure Balance cat food, and they all love it. I’ve also noticed much less smell from the litter boxes after they go to the bathroom.

  • shakti75

    I switched my dogs over to this about 4 months ago, after feeding Taste of the Wild from the time they were puppies. They do much better on Pure Balance. We feed predominantly Lamb and Brown Rice, but I regularly buy and mix in the Salmon, Bison and now they’ve added a new variety, Trout and Lentil. They do well on all of it. When we were feeding TotW, my boxer pooped way more often and much larger, mushy piles. Since switching over, she goes less often, smaller amounts and it is more normal. They both have shiny coats and they have liked all of the different varieties (though I haven’t given them the chicken), with no problems switching it up from time to time.

  • Paul Hertz

    read the side label, it tells you the protein level. I saw it yesterday but don’t remember which one has which protein level since there are 3 or 4 kinds. I have fed the salmon one and my dog liked it but the stools were stinkier!

  • Isabel Nieves

    great dog food my 5 month German Shepherd was not eating and was loosing weight i decided to change her food to see if that was the problem and i was looking for something healthy and no corn and wheat this product is working amazing! she loves to eat it and is gaining weight! i am so happy i found this dog food my option was blue buffalo but gave this product a chance and it was worth it not only is it good but the price is also great, i truly recommend this dog food.

  • Fla Resident

    So is there one for Senior dogs … or one that has low protein for dogs with renal/kidney/urinary problems? What is the Crude Protein in these Pure Balance dog foods… wet and dry for dogs?

  • Amateria

    Although not helpful in anyway at all soz!
    But I’ve read that happening all over Amazon and all over here as well, with like most of every company, no idea what’s going on, but it’s spreading like crazy.


    does anyone know if they changed their dry food formula along with their packaging? My three GSDs loved this food until a few weeks ago; now, none of them will eat it. In consultation with the vet, after they refused to eat for two days on the third day, I started them on another brand. I’d change them back to PB if I thought they might start eating it again.

  • riley hootman

    That’s weird my dog does great on this stuff. that bag must’ve been contaminated or something.

  • Niki Tastet Beckemeyer

    I was feeding my boxer Purina One and switched her to Blue wilderness, same problem, horrible diarrhea. I spoke to my vet about the issue and he stated that some dogs cannot handle the amount of protein in grain free foods. Iams does contain grain. I had to switch my boxer back to Purina even though she had a corn allergy. We just had to treat with benedryl. She passed away last year (old age, no dog food) and I have been in search of a good food for my lab and boxer puppy. I cannot afford to buy Blue or the $60+ foods at Petsmart, therefore I’m thinking of switching to Pure Balance. I have introduced my dogs to the can food by mixing with their daily diet and they seem to love it. I am not concerned with the water intake, my lab drinks a ton of water already. He does not have kidney issues, just likes water. I am also hoping that switching my puppy to grain free young will help her digestive system. My lab takes Salmon/fish oil supplements for itchy skin already so I need a food with the same ingredients. I know you would not suggest this food to anyone, but your dog my not be able to handle the protein content.

  • circe801

    when i first started feeding pure balance, i am pretty sure it had a four-star rating. what happened, i wonder.? also, when they changed the bag from paper to plastic, the weight remained the same, but somehow the volume changed. i know this as i store the food in a repurposed lidded cat litter pail. the difference is quite large–i used to get 4 meals from what was left in the bag after the pail filled up–now, the bag merely fills the pail with no leftovers. i did, indeed, weigh the bag, and the weight was corrects, so what gives? i did contact walmart and apprise them of my findings. they seemed unconcerned. but, unlike breakfast cereal and the like, there is no statement on the bag about “sold by weight, not volume’, though i’m sure it is somehow implied… anyone else notice this? and, wouldn’t this imply some type of change in ingredient or manufacture??

  • Angie L Preston

    What did your vet say might have caused you dog to drink more ams ironmaster more if just started my Yorkies on it and I’ve noticed they drink allot more

  • Ray

    You are not the only one…I noticed it too…I ran out of the chick and got the Lamb kibble and I noticed the size is a lilttle bigger too. Wierd..

  • A gantt

    My dog has quit itching since we changed to this brand. But she isn’t acting quite right

  • COGirl

    The manufacturer called me back. 336 calories in each serving

  • COGirl

    Has anyone been able to locate the calorie content in each 8 oz cup? I’m feeding my dog the Chicken & Brown Rice formula right now. He’s overweight, so I need to watch his calorie intake everyday to get him down to where he should be. I did call the number on the dog food and Walmart said they would call the manufacturer to find out and call me back but I haven’t heard yet. Anyone?

  • Victoria Johnting

    I don’t even know where to begin. I bought this food for my dogs thinking I was making a better choice for them well I was very wrong. SICK is not the word for what they were. Throwing up, diarrhea, peeing every 5-10 mins. I just don’t understand this. I switched them over to this food not knowing this is what it would do to them. I’m very disappointed. Not only do I have a huge vet bill now not for one dog but THREE dogs, My cat even got into it to one day and i immediately grab him up and put the dog food up somewhere, where a cat couldn’t reach it. I was worried it would do the same thing to him and it did. It was terrible I could not even pick him up without him just pooping everywhere. So FOUR VET BILLS. I know that this isn’t for cats so I’m not even going to stress that issue any further. But I would not recommend this dog food to anyone.

  • Nadine M Thielman Gammell

    I switched my diabetic sheltie to this a week ago and we love the stuff! He has only 3 insulin shots in total instead of 2 a day. He’s been eating the blue label one, bison and peas…

  • LabsRawesome

    I realize this comment is 2 yrs old, but just answering in case someone else wants to know. 🙂
    Pure balance is made by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition.

  • indyrae16

    He seems fine otherwise, and he’s not even 2. But yeah, we had just come back from a walk where he peed a bunch, so something is up. I called vet and am waiting for a response back. I think it must be a bladder infection.

  • LabsRawesome

    Too much of a good thing can be very bad.
    That’s weird tho, it should have given him diarrhea. The correct amount is very good for your dog, just don’t forget to keep the jar out of his reach. lol 🙂

  • LabsRawesome

    I would definitely get the dog checked out by a vet.
    A well trained dog that suddenly has accidents, even tho it’s being given regular potty breaks, probably has a medical issue.

  • indyrae16

    Did anyone else have a problem with their dog having pee accidents after switching to this? It’s possible he has a bladder infection or something, but it is weird that it started right when he started this food. I am going to try to get him to the vet tomorrow, hopefully it’s nothing.

  • indyrae16

    I used to give my dog coconut oil too. He LOVES it. One day he got into the jar though. It acts as a diuretic in dogs. He peed about 10 times in an hour…..it was a nightmare. I’m too scared to give him any now! lol.

  • mdfield1

    Buddie looks just like my grandparent’s dog, Rocky, that they got when I was around 3 or 4. He just LOVED to run and play. And he was VERY smart. He would know what to fetch (newspaper, papa’s shoes, his tug rope, etc.) when you told him to go get something. They trained him to shake, sit, lay down, crawl to you, roll over, play dead, with his legs would be straight up in the air, either on command or when you pointed your finger like a gun and said “bang”. His best trick was you could put a treat on his nose and he would just balance it there. When you said ok he would flip it in the air catch it and eat it. He was something special. Rocky lived to be 19.

  • Nebraska Farmer

    I have been feeding the grain free pure balance for almost 2 years now, to our 5 dogs ages ranging from 3 years to 16 years. I have noticed a significant change in all of them. It had help trim down body weight, especially for the 16 year old, we hardly ever have to use arthritis mediation for her now! I see other key points that have made the dogs healthier, like skin and coat, ability to endure longer periods of exercise.

  • Lynnie

    The fact that you say all the other pups were fine, and this was the runt of the litter, suggests that the puppy did not develop properly, not that there is a problem with the food. Runts are runts for a reason – theres is something wrong with them. I suggest seeing a holistic vet who can get you started on the right care so this dog can lead a normal and happy life, because if there are kidney issues from birth, keeping him on conventional, processed food will be a death sentence. Please research how to take care of this dog.

  • Andee Auburn

    I’ve been buying Pure Balance for a while now. My dog had been experiencing upset stomachs and even seizures when I was buying Ol Roy, Kibbles n Bits, etc. Found out that he was allergic to the grain. I had been having to buy grain free dog food at Pet Smart that was costing me $50 for the bigger bag. Found Pure Balance Grain Free dog food at Walmart for $17 and for 3 years my dog has had zero problems with upset stomachs and seizrues and he loves it!

  • Ivan Valentin

    I have been feeding my dog Blue and he was happy with it. Not long enough when my doctor removed me from work for a heart condition that I have, I went to walmart and saw pure balance, So I decided to feed him the salmon and pea one and he has been eating it with out any problems. Just yesterday I decided to feed him the chicken one after the salmon runs out. Glad to purchase this food at an affordable price. Great job guys my dog is happy with it and so am I

  • JV777

    I have been feeding my dog Pure Balance dog food since she was a puppy, (I started with the salmon one, and then switched to the chicken one.). Nonetheless, I went to Walmart and bought the usual 16$ 15 pound bag of chicken dog food and I notice that the kible was allot smaller. I thought I had bought the small breed one, but I did not. Has anyone else notice this?

  • AtlantaGuy

    there is absolutely nothing wrong with this food. my lab has real allergy problems and after many years of the same $60 bag of feed, she suddenly started itching from it. i was hesitant to try pure balance because it was sold at walmart, but after reading the label it was exactly like the $60 bag I had been buying. after a couple weeks she showed improvement, so i kept her on it. Salmon and pea.

  • Bobby dog

    My childhood dog was a stray Lab mix. He was black with the same white spot on his chest and tips of his paws. Sounds like she has a best friend in you too!

  • Jacqz

    She is, as best I can tell, Border Collie/Lab mix. I got her as a puppy from a place I later learned was not nearly as nice as it seemed. So glad I did. She is my best friend, has been for seven years now. Binky, my kitten, loves her and she takes having her head licked by him, ears chewed on, with so much patience. She is the most gentle dog I have ever had.

  • Bobby dog

    They are absolutely adorable. Your dog looks just like the dog I had when I was a kid.

  • Jacqz
  • Crazy4cats

    I’m right there with ya. However, we are having a fairly large outbreak of E Coli in human food in our state right now. There are many big chain stores and restaurants involved. If it’s not one thing, it’s another! 🙂

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Jacqz:
    Doing the best you can within your means is wonderful IMO. I regularly feed the Pure Balance stews and some tub recipes to my dog. I feed Pure Balance cat kibble, have never fed the dog kibble. I hope your pup continues to do well on Pure Balance!

  • Jacqz

    I truly get tired of worrying about dog food. I love my dog, and I want her to be healthy. But I also have a limited income, which means not myself, but her and my two cats need to eat within our means. Pure Balance is more affordable, and I like that it doesn’t seem to have all the dyes and colors in it. My dog seems to digest it well. She also gets half a can of Alpo Chop House on top. I look on these sites hoping to see more encouragement than I usually see. Then the worry begins again.

  • Harley Oldman

    I have a 4 y.o. Staffordshire Bull Terrier. She is a rescue. All the shelter’s Vet. Records whereup to date. I still took her to a vet for a double check. She recommended Pure Balance Bison & Pea. She loves it no problems switching her over from shelter food. I run her about 7-9 hundred yards a day and she still has energy to spare.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Glad to hear your pup is doing well! 🙂 I know they can be pricey, but the vet bills and medications cost a ton more! Good luck!

  • Dori

    If a dog has an issue with grains in their diet, oatmeal shampoos should also be avoided. That recommendation comes from Dr. Karen Becker Integrative Vet and a consultant to Mercola.com

  • aimee

    Oatmeal in and of itself it wouldn’t be expected to aggravate a yeast condition.

  • bunny munro

    If your dog will eat very well cooked collards that have been steamed and then sautéed in olive oil, that can be another ingredient & they are cheap too.
    You can also make in bulk for next to nothing.

  • bunny munro

    This is great advice.
    I’ve had mine on Signature for a few months & he has gotten tons better.
    Wish the foods with less ingredients cost less money!

  • bunny munro

    There is, believe me.
    When I first started trying things I too did the oatmeal on a yeasty allergic dog & it was a disaster

  • bunny munro

    I know you are being a good person by suggesting the oatmeal shampoo, but something with charcoal is better for itchy dogs because yeast/allergy issues will be worsened by the oatmeal.
    That is more for just dryness, itchiness will get worse if a dog has allergies or yeast & sadly its hard to find out which is issue without spending hundreds of dollars trying different foods or allergy testing.

    Oh wow, I see someone has already mentioned this below, so yes, please no oatmeal!

  • park

    we have a bossie/pibble mix, a pibble/bmc mix, and an amstaff. they love the bison pure balance and have been eating it for months with no problems. wal-mart was out of the bison the other day, so i tried them on the salmon and it was a hit, as well. i was so glad to find this less expensive alternative that still seems to offer a pretty healthy diet for our babes.

  • Cindie Madore

    One of my Jack Russell Terriers gave me fits with his lick spots. He was about to go on steroids, which I didn’t want. I tried him on AvoDerm. He loved it and his lick spots cleared up within weeks. Bean looked so good that even neighbors noticed. I switched all my dogs over to it.They loved it.

  • Nancy Santos

    Thank You! ☺️

  • Rak

    My mother’s dog (lab mix) had puppies in March, she started feeding them the Pure Balance wet puppy food. At that time, she noted that the runt began drinking a lot. I ended up keeping the runt and the biggest puppy. Over the next 6 months, I would occasionally give them this food. They always seemed to drink a lot. About a week ago, the store had a lot of Salmon flavor in stock. I like to give them Salmon, so I bought several cans, they were eating it all week. At the end of that week, they had an appointment at the vet to get neutered. That morning, the little guy started drinking pee that was on the floor after they had an accident. I asked the vet to check this out, and after some blood work he tells me their kidneys are failing. He started dialysis on them and the big guy was able to come home in a couple of days. I will need to bring him back for a follow up check. The little guy is still struggling to get his creatinine levels down, and is still at the vets getting dialysis. I don’t know if he will make it. It was a very slow and insidious process. The dogs look very healthy and you would not know there was a problem without the blood test. I don’t know if it was the food, but I am giving you the information I have. I checked with the parents of the other puppies, they do not seem to see any problems with their dogs. I hope Wallmart will run some tests on their food.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’m glad to help and and to hear he’s doing better! 🙂 I didn’t see Whole Paws listed in DFA, so I’m not sure how it’s rated, but the ingredient list looks decent. Susan Thixton has some information on this food on her website.


    Good luck with your pup! There’s always someone on this forum if you need any additional help!

  • Nancy Santos

    Thanks for the advice…

  • Nancy Santos

    I bought him whole paws (chicken and brown rice) he seems to be getting better since I started slowly transitioning him back to dog food. I’ve been giving him 1/12c in the AM and the other half in the PM. Hey, thank you so much for your kindness and help. I truly appreciate it.

  • Storm’s Mom

    As C4d indicated ..and contrary to your original post.. it likely wasn’t a problem with the food. Try switching gradually and adding probiotics and digestive enzymes. You’ll likely find that your dog will be able to eat this food, along with a whole host of other foods. It drives me nuts when people say they won’t recommend a food when it’s actually their own “human error” that caused the problem (“sensitive stomach”) that they blame on the food.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Lack of a proper transition was the likely cause. You should transition him to whatever new food you picked out or you’ll probably have the same problem. What food did you buy from Whole Foods?

  • Nancy Santos

    Sadly, just switched over. I stopped and fed him white steamed rice and boiled chicken breast. He’s doing better and now I’m reintroducing him back to dog food. I threw the other dog food away thinking that that was the problem…probably my poor judgment was the cause of his diarrhea. I bought him dog food from whole foods. I figured that their ingredients are minimal compared to other dog foods. Hopefully this will do him good.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’m not sure which Iams salmon you were feeding as there are several kinds with varying ingredients and there are several varieties of Pure Balance. Depending on how long you were feeding Iams and how quickly you switched to Pure Balance could definitely cause diarrhea. Did you do a transition to Pure Balance or just switch over?

  • Nancy Santos

    I was feeding him iams salmon. It was ok.

  • Crazy4dogs

    What were you feeding before? Did you transition your dog?

  • Nancy Santos

    I started feeding my bulldog pure balance dog food and within the week he had bad diarrhea. I don’t recommend this food for dogs with sensitive stomachs.

  • Robyn Elaine

    This is my chihuahua/jack Russell mix:)

  • Robyn Elaine

    She could be allergic to it .. Mine loves it 🙂 and they are very picky…

  • Crazy4dogs

    Glad to see you found the correct info on Pure Balance!

    I was looking for the link I posted earlier this year that was published in a Pet Food Industry magazine. Ainsworth has a good reputation, from what I understand.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Allyson,

    Here are some links regarding yeast in dogs. Generally they should be treated with an antifungal shampoo rather than oatmeal. Oatmeal shampoos can be soothing for other skin conditions. Vinegar rinses have been found to be effective at controlling yeast as are probiotics given in food. tHere are some links to read:





  • aimee

    You are welcome

  • allyson

    Thanks, Aimee.

  • aimee

    Some people believe that the oatmeal in an oatmeal shampoo provides a nutrient source for yeast on the skin and will contribute to yeast overgrowth. That belief may be the source of the statement.

    I don’t find that there is any basis for such a belief.

  • allyson

    What does oatmeal have to do with yeast???

  • allyson

    Beneful is crap. I’ve been feeding my 6-month-old labrabull puppy Pure Balance since we rescued her a month ago, but since it’s a WalMart product, I’m concerned that it’s made in China, mostly because they have been very careful NOT to supply that info anywhere on the bag. We’ll see if they answer their emails…

  • Crazy4dogs

    That’s wonderful!

  • Crazy4cats

    Good job!

  • Deborah Smith

    I talked my mom into switching from beniful to bison and pea her Poms love it and have done great with it. They are absolutely beautiful.

  • Jennifrt

    I’ve been feeding my PekaPoo mix Pure Balance chicken and brown rice for about 2 years (she’ll be 3 in December). She has always been picky about her food, so I mix a teaspoon of organic coconut oil in with her food and she devours it! The coconut oil is a healthy addition to her diet and I also rub some coconut oil on her skin a few times a week and it keeps her skin healthy and helps repel fleas!

  • Michelle Liss

    I experienced this issue with many dog foods.I finally did testing and found out my dog is allergic to green peas, white potatoes, and chicken eggs. Peas and potatoes are in almost every good on the market. There is one kibble on the market I am aware of that doesn’t have any of these things. It’s called Great Life. But even then we have to switch him to instinct raw and finally he is doing awesome but we are in the poor house. Hope you have found something by now.

  • Mike Edwards

    it’s 336 calories per cup

  • Jackiel

    I have the same issue with my dog. Have him checked for mites. Heartgard and Nexgard helped with that. He now has allergies (environmental and food they think). I was feeding him wet food and fish oil. Took him off of everything except dry food at the advice of my vet. I’m currently using PB lamb and rice. She said to switch him to the chicken and rice. I can’t even give him a milk bone right now. No red meat or wheat. He is also on an anti-fungal and an antibiotic to heal the sores. She had no issue at all with the PB. He is a 1 year old large breed.

  • Laura Lee

    Hi Sharon. Thanks for the suggestion. Checked with vet, she suggested a change back of food. Did an immediate change and haven’t had any vomiting since, even with the sudden change of food. Guess everyone’s tummies are different

  • sharon

    Have her checked for a UTI….mine had the same issue of throwing up w/in an hour of eating. We tried giving her the food on a flat plate so slow her down when eating. When t hat didn’t work, we had her tested for UTI. PLING….she had UTI, put her on antibiotics for a week and she was good to go and stopped throwing up.

  • Crazy4dogs

    LOL Labs!

  • LabsRawesome

    Walmart owns the brands Ol’roy and Pure Balance. So Walmart’s site can answer questions on both brands. Actually Walmart can answer questions about ANY product that they sell. Walmart DOES NOT own a dog food manufacturing plant. Ol’roy kibble is manufactured by Mars Pet Care, and Pure Balance kibble is manufactured by Ainsworth. Pure Balance canned is manufactured at Simmons cannery. News flash Walmart DOES NOT manufacture ANY products. Walmart is a store, not a manufacturing plant.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Freda- Very sorry to hear about Sampson and your bad experience with Pure Balance. I’ve fed it before (just one 5lb bag) with no issue thankfully!

    Also I’m not sure if Labs tends to recommend this food, but I know Dori doesn’t. Think there might have been some confusion there.

  • Dori

    Explain please Freda. I don’t feed nor have I ever fed Ol Roy, Pure Balance or any other food purchased at Walmart or the large pet food stores. I have been feeding commercial raw frozen foods to my three dogs for the past 4 years. I never have nor will I recommend either Ol Roy or Pure Balance regardless of who makes it so I would never have knowingly recommended the foods. I only jumped into the conversation a while back when there was a rather heated discussion as to who made the foods. Having gotten tired of having it pop up on the comments side I decided to call them and find out who made the foods and if indeed both were made by the same company. I was merely attempting to put an end to that particular part of the heated debate. That was my contribution to the Pure Balance/Ol Roy issue. I have read a few posts on DFA through the years from people who recommend Pure Balance but I’m not one of them. I don’t feed kibble or canned foods to my dogs. Nothing against them but I have one that is highly allergic to a lot of ingredients in processed foods and found that the easiest way to make her comfortable and avoid the most amount of ingredients that she cannot tolerate was to make the switch to raw.

  • Freda M. Allen

    I know what food I purchased it’s sold exclusively by Walmart im not mistaken I only wish I had video it so people could stop suggesting I’m lying, as if I have nothing better to do.

  • Freda M. Allen

    You’re not the only one with this experience, I’ve switched my dogs food before and not once had I had the experience of weight, thirst, and servere diarrhea I had with this food and unfortunately I gave this food for over a month because I didn’t know the signs and was listening to so call experts that this was so great. it isn’t great for all dogs! !

  • Freda M. Allen

    I don’t know who you are but I see you get a lot of bashing from buddies Dori and LabsRawsome who have never fed this food to their own but seem to be top recommenders of purebalance . Some kind of pet specialist i guess. I fed this to my Sampson almost a year ago, and it almost killed him not saying it’s bad for all dogs, some seem to do great but some of us have been unfortunate with this brand i could’ve lost my baby and people need to know bad as well as good so they know what to look for i kept feeding him the food because it was soo highly. Recommended if I’d knew what to look out for I’d have stopped before it came to bloody diarrhea. when your pet has been hurt by something you tend to become very passionate, i notice you have been accused of being a liar and so have I on another site, so I understand that being said so long as you know what was told to you when you called you have as much right as anyone elose to state what is your personal truth how do we know the next person isn’t lying i thiss a site to talk about your experience and if this is your experience you have the same right to talk about it rather people who think they know everything like it or not. I detest bullies. This food has some kind of connection to ol Roy it’s right on the label on the can and even customer service reps for ol Roy are calling it “our pure baLance “so even if the info is incorrect to say you just made it up is nasty, you got it from what you deemed a creditable source http://answers.walmart.com/answers/1336/product/21108353/questions.htm
    Continue to spread what you feel is true to your dog and situation it’s your right. I never want another dog to suffer like my baby did. Any one that want to dispute who I am im freda allen of Riverdale, Ga you can check my Facebook and I have two dogs a jackchi, Chip and a border collie/pit mix, Sampson. Nothing fake here! ! And I won’t be bullied! ! So don’t waste your time

  • Freda M. Allen

    Since you seem to be the top authority on this site about all things pure balance maybe you can explain why ol Roy reps are answering questions on Walmart site for pure balance food questions also the food I bought for my Sampson over a year ago use to have ol Roy on it in small writing here is the link http://answers.walmart.com/answers/1336/product/21108353/questions.htm
    I’m genuinely asking not trying to be nasty but you seem to be the head/lead commenter so I’d be interested in your in put thanks

  • Freda M. Allen

    Poor baby, my dog almost died when we switched him over to pure Balance vomiting thirst severe diarrhea, severe weight loss it’s sad that just because something works for others they can’t accept it may sicken another person’s dog I’m sorry for your loss

  • Laura Lee

    I switched my shih tzu, one is 10 the other 1 years old. Did a gradual switch and now that I’m serving straight pure balance, my youngest is vomiting every time she eats it within an hour (a new problem for her). My old fella eats only a few kibble and walks away.?????

  • 2FLDogs

    Have had both of my dogs (Jack Russell and Terrier Mix?) on Pure Balance for about a year now. Started using this for the terrier mix, as she was very picky about her food. She loved the small breed chicken & rice food from Pure Balance and ate it with gusto. My Jack eats the Lamb and Rice, and seems to enjoy it, but she’s never been picky about her food. Within the past week, my terrier mix is refusing to eat her food. Will sniff it, and look at me like I have given her something horrible, and either pick at it or walk away from it. I then offered her the lamb and rice food, and she will eat that instead (but never with the same gusto she did when she first tried this brand). Waited a day or so and re-fed the chicken with the same reaction- did not eat it.
    Easy solution is to just feed the lamb, but she doesn’t seem to love it. I loved the small kibble of the small breed formula, as she has small teeth, but if she’s refusing to eat it. I need to think of a plan B.

  • Raven Sabin Burkart

    My jack russell/chihuahua mix just turned 2 she would not eat hard food by itself. It had to be mixed with soft as well or she would not eat at all. I put her on PB and now she will eat plain hard food. My moms dog who is weenie/papillion mix is 18 and was on soft food only due to age and some missing teeth. Well all of a sudden she started eating my dogs food. She won’t eat anything else. I wish I would have came across this sooner but its ok my dogs are happy and I’m happy to know they are on something that’s good for them. Great review!!!! Thank you for all that info. I didn’t know a lot about what each ingredient is for. Thank you for the education so I can better my dogs lives. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tiffany Fitzkee

    It’s may not be his food. My mother in law dog has very dry skin, and is allergic to fleas the vet said, she use to get and she was itching and having alot of problems to, that pure puppy has to go get a shot every month to keep her from getting itchy like that. So maybe it’s not your dog food but a serious issue with your dog that requires medical attention.
    My mother in law also uses Avon skin so soft on the puppy after baths to help with the dry skin.

  • Tiffany Fitzkee

    We just started feeding our dog and cat this pure balance brand, and both animals love it. Neither are having any problems . We were using Rachel rays but they didn’t seem to be eating as much as we thought they should , now with this pure balance they eat very well. I am very happy with his product and to see that it got a 4 star rating on nutrition is just makes it better. My pets will stay on this food until they no longer make it . Customer for life.

  • My dog used to have stomach problems and throw up a lot until I finally realized that corn was the ingredient in the food that was making her sick. You could try to eliminate that from your dog’s diet or it could possibly be some other type of grain or other ingredient that your dog may have an intolerance to. I’ve read that many dogs do have problems eating corn.

  • Nauntieann56

    Both My dogs loves the Small Breed PB. They are real picky about dry food.my Little Mini Pin would only eat the little packages of Ceasars Filet Mignon. Now he eats this and loves it and so does my 9 year old Chiwinnie .They both are very picky. But the both love the PB.Id recommemend it.

  • babydangy

    Okay so I have possibly pickiest dog you will ever see. She has been horrible and my family and I have wasted hundreds of dollars on her to try and get her to eat. We have bought Instinct with the freeze dried raw meat in it, she ate it for about a month till we moved then she stopped and her sister actually stopped eating it as well. I then switched them to
    Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural. I would boil her some chicken and rice and mix a little of the dog food with it, but she just threw it up each time. It wasn’t the dog food either as my other dog at it and never had a problem with it. I have since tried 2 other brands and both with the same result. It has been very frustrating. I have been feeding her straight wet food now, but I would like to give her dry. Are there any suggestions cause I am out of ideas.

  • Lets Wreak Havok

    It could just be an allergic reaction. My dog is on the same food, and there is no reaction like that. In fact, my dog is doing much better since he was put on Pure Balance.

  • Mary Campbell

    I have a mixed breed jack Russell and he started having that problem while on the same food he was always on. we ended up getting allergy testing done and he is allergic to almost everything! he is now on immunotherapy shots, but am having a heck of a big problem with food! he was on blue buffalo basics but it had stuff he was allergic to so switched him to holistic verus and he kept getting gassy and bloated, so thought it might be the lamb in the food and put him on verus chicken and brown rice and now he wont eat. I am currently going crazy trying to find a dog food that doesn’t have anything he is allergic to and that he will eat! but anyway your problem sounds just like how he started with the itchiness, scabs and bald spots.

  • steamrollers61

    I’ve read that there might be a similar reaction when you switch your dog from one food to another, so I’ve been careful not to introduce new things all at once .. just in a small, gradual change over. And, secondly, I’ve recently read that salmon might not be all that good because of the way salmon is being farmed. All sorts of chemicals and drugs mixed with the salmon’s food so that the industry can make more money! You might want to try something other than salmon. I’ve got my English bulldog on the chicken and brown rice and she’s doing good, but I mix Pure Balance 95% turkey/chicken canned food with the Pure Balance Chicken and Brown Rice kibble.

  • Laura L

    i just went and bought the 15 lb bag chciken and brown rice and checked every single piece as i measured how many cups there areto the bag. there are 68 8oz cups level hope soomeone finds this useful i hope my dog oes better on this

  • Crazy4dogs

    You shouldn’t use an oatmeal shampoo is the dog has a yeast issue.

  • Misty Martin

    I would dry a oatmeal shampoo before jumping to foods are the problem. Our pets get dry skin just like we do for m any different reasons, heat, cold, both really short hair and really long hair has this issue. I’d try a moisture shampoo weekly first and see if that h elos. Never ever use a human shampoo except selum blue which sounds like would work great and I’d would start with that. Hope info helps

  • Jennifer

    This food has been great for out english bulldog. He had super bad gas on royal canin, and all the really expensive brands. His gas is much less on the chicken and brown rice!

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’ve never used pure balance, but you should be able to return or exchange it for a different formula. I know almost all pet stores & dog food companies will accept returns/exchanges. Not sure, but walmart should & I would definitely try.

  • [email protected]

    we plan on taking him to the vet next week. I think it might be a fish issues, I was giving him fish oil and it seemed to make it worse, I have been putting flax in his food for a few days now and am hoping to see some improvement soon, I just can’t wait until pay day so I can pick him up a different brand of food

  • Crazy4dogs

    I would have him checked by your vet to rule out any medical problem first and then I would switch to a limited ingredient diet with a protein he hasn’t had yet. Nature’s Variety, Zignature & Natural Balance (not my favorite, but it has limited ingredients) all have limited ingredients that might work for you. You could supplement with some fish oil which would help the dry skin. If he has a fish allergy (I have a foster that does) you could use flaxseed oil.

  • [email protected]

    him and my 2 cats are all on advantage and inside pet, aside from his daily walks and occasional trips to the park he really isn’t out side much, and I haven’t seen any fleas on him. I am not sure if it is seasonal allergies or something in the food that doesn’t agree with him. But his skin is really bad now. he always had a little dandruff but nothing like this my poor baby is covered with little scabs

  • Crazy4dogs

    I know this might sound silly, but has he been checked for fleas or mites?

  • beagles4eva

    I’ve also called Walmart with the number provided on the back of the bag. The representative said that they could NOT guarantee who the manufacturer was unless they had the serial number…I applaud you for sticking up for yourself on this post and advising others to the issues you’ve had. I am sorry to hear about your dog. Hope she is doing better!

  • [email protected]

    about a month ago I switched my 8 month old large breed mutt from iams puppy to the grain free salmon and pea pure balance dry food, and I have noticed he is a lot itchier, has scabs and bald spots forming all over his back, he has always been itchy which is why I switched him to a grain free formula, but now it is the worst it has ever been! He has not had any digestive issues but I am very disappointed I had such high hopes for this food but now my baby is a lot itchier and more uncomfortable then before, I plan on switching him back to the Iams. I am just curious if anyone else has gad a similar experience with this food?

  • Crazy4dogs

    You need to read the WHOLE discussion before you comment.

  • beagles4eva

    Seems like you owe “guest” an apology for assuming they didn’t call and trying to be combative

  • beagles4eva

    Seems like you owe “guest” an apology

  • Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Thank you for this advice. I don’t believe raw food would be best for my dog, she has an extraordinarily sensitive stomach, but I’ll definitely be incorporating many of these tips into her diet. 🙂

  • Unfortunately, a lot of the diseases dogs get are due to a lack of genetic diversity. 🙁 There is also the fact that dogs are given more of a fighting chance now than years back, when a sick pet would be put down rather than taken to a vet with the miracle of modern science.

    Thank you very much for the reply. I want to keep the dry food in my dog’s diet but have been supplementing it with different fruits, vegetables, and the occasional meats. As a vegetarian, any meat I do buy would be for her sake, so buying gizzards and necks and such wouldn’t be an issue. I also wasn’t sure what to get her that would be best given this specific food’s formula.

  • Bobby dog

    It is so frustrating when they don’t want to eat another food. I lucked out and my dog pretty much eats anything, the kitties are a total different story.

    Have you by chance tried Freshpet? They sell it at Wal-Mart too. Just suggesting it because it is a different consistency than dry or canned. If you haven’t, maybe try a small roll and feed it as a treat to see if it appeals to her. If it does then maybe it is a food that could help with the transition to other foods by adding small amounts to what she is eating now.

    Freshpet is a cooked food that comes in rolls, pouches (shaped like kibble), and tubs. They also have a raw line but I don’t think Wal-Mart carries it and their new kibble line is only available at Target at this time.

  • I did, using several different brands as well as different animal broths. I suppose for now it will have to be garbage food and bad skin, but she’s only won the battle; the war is mine 😉 Even if it takes a year haha.

    For some reason I assumed that there would have to be a specific meat to feed my dog in addition to this particular food, like organ meats for iron or what have you, but it’s good to know that isn’t the case.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Annie:
    Have you tried adding canned foods to her current food to help with the transition to another kibble?

    There is nothing wrong with feeding healthy human foods, I believe it’s a great way to incorporate different foods into your dog’s diet. What you want to be aware of is keeping the diet balanced. Keeping unbalanced foods to 10% of her daily caloric intake will help keep her diet balanced.

    Did you look into the download I suggested in my original reply? It provides a menu for adding fresh raw and/or cooked foods into a kibble diet; fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, eggs and amounts according to kibble and size of dog. Here’s the link:

    Here’s a site that has info on balanced home cooked and raw diets:

    Here’s a list of books with info and recipes on home cooked and raw diets:

  • Dori

    Annie, I agree completely with Shawna. Just to let you know, I have three toy breeds ranging from 5 lbs. to 7 lbs. they are all solely on raw diets. I don’t feed them anything processed and haven’t for the past 3 1/2 years or so. When I made the switch I was able to transition cold turkey but that is only because they had been on high quality grain free foods for about two years before the switch so they had pretty much gone through the detox phase and had healthy guts by then. I rotate their foods with pretty much every single meal and, I believe, they are healthier and happier for it. One of my girls is over 15 years old with multiple cancers (diagnosed one year ago) yet still remains puppy like and remains asymptomatic to both cancers. Due to her age we chose not to do chemo or radiation and decided that whatever time she had left it would be quality time not quantity. Boy am I ever glad we made that decision. Her doctors are all amazed. I attribute her good attitude and life to her diet, quality supplements and all the love in the world.

  • Shawna

    When adding unbalanced foods (toppers) to balanced foods you want to keep the topper to about 20% or less of the overall diet.

    In my area, chicken hearts and gizzards are priced right and are small enough that you don’t have to portion them out as much – one whole heart per meal. Raw is the best way to feed but if you find she has problems with raw you could steam the meats. Steaming retains the most nutrients out of all the ways of cooking.

    For variety you could add an egg instead of meat in a few times per week. You can feed the whites raw or lightly cooked but you want to feed the yolk raw as cooking it damages the omega fats within. Organic and farm raised are the best and still affordable when feeding so infrequently. The only problem would be potential waste as a whole egg might be too much for one meal when feeding a toy breed dog (assuming she’s little).

    You could also, depending on how much time you want to commit, buy several different types of meats and organs and spend a weekend morning mixing them all together (probably using a blender / food processor). Add some veggies and fruits to the mix and then freeze the mixture in ice cube trays. Place in bags or containers once frozen and take a few out each day for the following days meals.

    If you feel more comfortable cooking the food, by all means do so. But if you want to try raw, I would highly recommend doing so. I have had six toy breed dogs (weighing 3 to 9 pounds) and 3 small breed dogs (12 to 14 pounds) as well as MANY foster dogs (puppies to seniors) and ALL of them did wonderfully on raw. Must be noted though — when first implementing raw, or even cooked, into the diet you may have some minor symptoms such as mild diarrhea (usually with some mucous). This is common and happens to almost every foster dog I transition. Giving a good quality probiotic and a little canned pumpkin during the initial week or two of introducing raw / home cooked will help. If the symptoms are pretty severe or last more than a few weeks, it may be that your fur kid has a sensitivity to one of the ingredients.

  • Thank you for the reply. We’ve tried slowly switching with all of her foods but she still isn’t having it, unfortunately. She just refuses to eat anything but human food (my dad has dementia and we can’t really stop him from giving her the occasional bite; the best we’ve done is limit him to dog-safe foods) and the junky Purina stuff. Meanwhile, I’m opening those little bags and get assaulted by the odor of Worcestershire sauce. How dogs love that stuff is beyond me.

    My own dog gets canine-friendly fruits and veg in addition to this dry food, but the site’s evaluation of Pure Balance makes me want to contemplate finding a butcher’s shop to buy organ meats or whatever. As a vegetarian, I can’t really share my ground chuck or chicken with her. :/

    Would anyone happen to know what affordable meats would be best for my pup given that she’s on this food, and how to serve it? Raw food doesn’t seem right for a Havanese/Shih-Tzu who poos at the drop of a hat.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Annie:
    Since they are shopping at Wal-Mart I would suggest they try mixing some of the Pure Balance stew ($1/can) or tubs in with the kibble. Both varieties are well rated on DFA. Be sure to remove some of the kibble to avoid over feeding. I do not recommend the Pure Balance 95% due to it’s high fat content. These are some other brands of canned/wet foods with decent DFA ratings sold at Wal-Mart: Variety, Fresh Pet, Rachael Ray Nutrish tubs, and Ol’ Roy tubs.

    Here is a thread on the forum side with recommendations on other foods at Wal-Mart:

    My dog does really well eating a rotational diet. I believe it is important to feed variety for several reasons. If there is ever a recall, you can’t find the one food you feed, or if there is a recipe change and your dog does not like the change are a few. Here’s more info:

    I also believe fresh foods are important for our pets. Here is a simple and easy to follow download with a menu for adding fresh foods to any kibble. They are foods that you can easily find at your grocery store for little cost. You can make a meal of the fresh foods or feed them as I do, use them as toppers for a few meals per week. Good luck with the transition!

  • I finally got my elderly parents to switch from Moist ‘n Meaty to Pure Balance, which is what my dog eats and what helped her skin allergies considerably, but their dog went days without eating rather than eat it.

    She has the typical toy breed teeth issues but not enough to stop her from eating kibble, seeing as though she doesn’t have any problems nomming biscuits or playing with her chew toys, and there is no loss of appetite. She is a very stubborn dog who got used to eating trash and doesn’t want to give up the junk food.

    Is there anything I could do to the food to get her to eat it? They can’t afford the more expensive higher rated brands and this is a problem which has been occurring with literally everything but the Moist ‘n Meaty cheeseburger packets.

    They give her bits of dog-safe fruits and veg for variety but obviously that isn’t enough, and it wasn’t enough to slowly mix less and less of her food with the new varieties.

    While on the topic, as I said, this is what I feed my dog and she’s doing quite well with it. I’m worried about the meat content and lack of variety, though. What can I mix with this food to make it fun for her?

    I say “fun”, but you know what I mean haha. I don’t buy that animals don’t care about eating the same thing everyday, anyone who’s spent time in nature knows that even deer in the fields will seek out a variety of foliage.

  • Unfortunately, many dogs in shelters don’t make it more than a few days, and those who have diarrhea or skin conditions are deemed unadoptable and they don’t have the resources to take care of them.

    Most dogs will not have problems with the cheap stuff the way that most people can eat quicky inexpensive food like mac and cheese or fish sticks everyday and not have major issues aside from obesity and malnutrition.

    My cousin is a huge animal lover and works at a shelter in a major metropolitan area, she has the sad responsibility of making those decisions. While the dogs in the shelter eat Hill’s, her own eat a mix of homemade food that she eats herself and shares with them (very clean eating, a lot of what people are making in their crockpot for their dog anyway before anyone bites my head off) and more expensive bagged food.

    There are also factors like chromosomal issues which can be magnified in purebred dogs, who have less genetic variety than muttly dogs, who tend to be more hardy. This makes them more prone to problems that mixed breeds would be able to just shake off.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Amy, there are other decent dog foods available at Walmart. Rachael Ray Zero Grain, Evolve, and Newman’s own organic.

  • hunneysue

    I have 5 dogs all of which eat PB… Rat terrier, maltese, lab, american staffordshire and a chihuahua mix… everyone has healthy coats and normal poo. I get comments especially on my rat terrier’s coat because all of them are so glossy and super soft ( and no I don’t bathe my dogs very frequently.. only when it is a must). Before switching to PB I had a boxer mix and a Sheltie who ate nothing but Purina One lamb and rice ( the sheltie had an extremely sensitive stomach and that is one of the few feeds he could seem to keep down and do well with)

    Now, that being said… the boxer had all the signs of corn allergies so I did my research to find a corn free food for her. Once she started eating the the PB she did great. He coat improved, the itchiness decreased and the battles with yeast infections simmered down. Sadly she is no longer with us as she lost her fight to cancer… but the 5 dogs we do have ( all in different life stages) are doing quite well with this food.

  • Harley Oldman

    I never have headaches….I thing it`s my small brain …. : D

  • Shawna

    I think that might be my problem…….it hurts my head.. 🙂

  • Harley Oldman

    Dori, there is a difference between stupid and ignorance. Stupid will stay stupid….Ignorance just means they don`t know any better……but, can learn……. : )

  • Harley Oldman

    Guest…maybe you are educated beyoun your intelligence…..just saying.

  • Helen

    We have tried our english bulldog on every possible food( including the expensive brands)! Did some more research and found Pure Balance Chicken And Brown Rice and I am so happy to say our bully is loving it! I could see a huge difference in her coat the very first week. Her eyes aren’t watery anymore and she’s even acting more energetic! Thank you Pure Balance! We also have a Pom and a terrier mix and they are also doing extremely well on it! We don’t have to buy 3 different foods for all three now! INCREDIBLE!

  • Amy

    This is the ONLY I mean ONLY Dog-food I will buy at Walmart!!!!!

  • Amy

    WOW OKAY, I found my answer HERE! I was freaking out b/c I couldn’t see the rating for the Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe.

  • Dori

    Thank you Melanie. I honestly don’t understand why this topic keeps coming up other than to cause disharmony. I don’t nor have I ever fed Pure Balance or Ol Roy, originally I just got annoyed that clearly some people knew exactly who made the food and the other person or persons refused to believe it for some reason. Anyway, I’m going to try to ignore any comments on this thread and keep my comments and/or posts to foods that I do feed where there usually isn’t the drama. Thanks again Melanie for welcoming me back.

  • Melanie

    Welcome back Dori. I’m not even going to get involved in this discussion. I don’t have a problem admitting that I don’t know one thing about either of these dogfoods you guys are talking about.

  • Dog_Obsessed


  • theBCnut

    Yes. It can also happen if Dr. Mike bans someone but doesn’t want to delete all of their posts.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Why does that keep happening? Does it mean the person deleted their profile?

  • LabsRawesome

    LMAO Dori!!

  • Crazy4dogs

    Isn’t this just the craziest thing ever? The first answer I got was no, the second call to Dad’s was no until I asked about the article, then I got transferred back to Ainsworth and told yes, but a small percentage was not. I guess that’s why there was so much argument on the topic. I actually had to persue to get the correct answer. Geez…

  • Dori

    I too have called Ainsworth when this entire stupid conversation started. I was told by customer service that, yes indeed, the did make Pure Balance for Walmart but that it was a Walmart food but that , no, Walmart did not make the food and that, no, Ainsworth does not make Ol Roy. They also told me that there has been a lot of confusion on this discussion. She reiterated that Ainsworth makes Pure Balance but that they do not make Ol Roy. If there are customer service people, or anyone at Ainsworth, giving out erroneous information then they are either One…new employees, or Two….just plain stupid. If the word stupid offends someone….guess what….I could care less. Some people are just plain stupid. Stupidity is not an illness nor is it a disease. It is ignorance. Also not an illness or a disease., Just incredibly lazy individual people who do not research or know what they are talking about.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I know, really weird. After looking @ the posts and finding the magazine confirming, I decided to check it out for myself. I think perhaps because Walmart has such a big distribution that they might use another manufacturer for Canada or Mexico? Who knows. It was a weird experience though. They said if you called and gave them the code by the best buy date they could tell you if they manufactured it.

  • LabsRawesome

    There are 2 crazy people working for Ainsworth. lol I’ve called them 2 different times (about a year apart) and both times I was told that Ainsworth makes PB, RR, 4health. No mention of any other company. I wonder what the heck that’s all about. I think their customer service dept. needs to get it together. They are causing confusion by telling people that they do not manufacturer, and then someone else says yes, but not all? CRAZY.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Just a side note to this whole crazy argument. After posting the article, I called Ainsworth. The 1st customer service person said no they did not make Pure Balance. Then I called the Dad’s phone #. They also said no. When I persued it a bit more with that rep. They sent me back to Ainsworth & a product specialist confirmed that they did make Pure Balance. However, I was told that although the great majority of it was made by Ainsworth, Walmart does get a very small amount made by another company but they had no idea what company was being used. Hmmmm……The plot thickens.

  • theBCnut

    You must have dialed a wrong number, or not dialed at all. Too many people have contacted them and confirmed that they make PB.

  • LabsRawesome

    I hope so, but it’s doubtful. It’s probably the same person posting under different identities. lol. If you look at Belinda’s profile she has only one comment. LMAO.

  • Dori

    Bless you Crazy4dogs. Some people are just too thick to believe what they hear. Maybe now that they see it in print they may believe it.

  • Crazy4dogs

    This is just silly. Here is an ACTUAL PET INDUSTRY MAGAZINE stating that Ainsworth is the manufacturer.


  • Crazy4dogs

    OMG, right?!! LOL!!!

  • aquariangt

    Lol, I don’t believe that that’s true, sorry. Even if they weren’t to do it exclusively (even though all records show they do) it’s well known that they do manufacture for Pure Balance. Maybe ACTUALLY call them?

  • LabsRawesome

    I don’t understand why people can’t get it through their heads that Walmart just sells products. They do not actually make products. I can’t figure out why that’s so hard for people to understand. I swear some people actually think that there are people in the back of the store making the products that are on the shelves. LOL. Like Santa’s little Elves!! LMAO.

  • LabsRawesome

    That is hilarious!! One of the owners/CEO’s of Ainsworth commented on this very site. Read the post by Tony DePaul Sr. It’s about 15 posts up from this one.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I just found the whole discussion by you and everyone else on the fact that Ol’ Roy was not made by the same manufacturer as Pure Balance kind of funny. Do people think Walmart makes it’s own food, clothes, etc? LOL!

  • LabsRawesome

    Not sure which comment you’re even talking about, but no, I wasn’t offended by any comments that you made. I don’t get offended easily. I’ve noticed some people that post on here do get offended extremely easily though. And some people only get offended “selectively”, like two people can use the same exact word, and they only get offended by one person using it. LOL!!! 🙂

  • Belinda

    I called Ainsworth and the have no record of ever manufacturing Pure Balance Dog Food.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Labs, I hope you didn’t find my earlier comment offensive. I saw how hard everyone was trying to explain that Walmart doesn’t make the food and that they didn’t seem to be understanding the point. I edited it.

  • Crazy4dogs

    LOL, Labs! I read through this thread awhile ago. Are you still trying to help them with manufacturer vs distributor? 🙂

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Meagan, I called Ainsworth, and they confirmed that they manufacture Pure Balance foods for Walmart. Also read the post by Tony DePaul Sr. (It’s under this post) He either works for or partly owns Ainsworth, and he commented on the Pure Balance thread. So that should confirm it for you as well.

  • meagan

    Where did you find the information that Ainsworth makes pure balance? All my bag says is distributed by WalMart. And give the address to the Arkansas facility and a 877 number.

  • DogFoodie

    I was at Wal-Mart this afternoon and snapped a picture of the new Pure Balance Limited Ingredient Turkey & Potato dry food for everyone here. Sorry the picture is on its side! I can’t seem to rotate it on my device.

    I looked and looked, but couldn’t find the kcals on the bag anywhere.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Just to throw another private company into the mix, Midwestern Pet Foods seems to have a good track record as well. It’s too bad NaturaPet is gone.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Right? LOL!

  • theBCnut

    And we wish the companies that use Diamond as a manufacturer of their dog food all used Ainsworth! You have a solid reputation. They have a sordid reputation. And Mars should have stuck to candy bars. What is wrong with these people?

  • Tony DePaul Sr.

    Unlike many pet food companies, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition® has a solid foundation on which to build — a foundation that starts with family. In fact, we’re America’s oldest privately owned pet food company.

  • Laura L

    I have had many expirences with dog food between myself and family members and friends. My bf feed his dog pedigree a couple yrs ago and the dog had yellow diareah all of a sudden i have never used any dog food personally without researching it reading reviews and so on since then. i am going to the store today to buy pb chicken and brown rice for my senior hound mix and we have used it before. our dog is one who likes a variety he gets bored easy with any food lol but he has never had any issues with this or 4 health brand.every dog is different and in my personal opinon any brand could have issues or recalls even the big price name brands so its all about staying aware sign up for recall notifacations and lovin your pet. sorry off topic but i am really wondering how all these dogs in shelters and shows like pit bulls and parolees dont have major health issues when they eat so many different brands and majorly from what i have seen pedigree andthere dogs are plump and alive any thoughts ? thanks and love to u all

  • tasha

    what is your website for this dog food?

  • theaints

    My mother was having issues with one of her dogs having uncontrollable bloody stool. She was feeding all her dogs another brand food and only this one older dog was having problems. She had accepted that she was old and her time was coming to an end. Then she tried the food that I feed my dogs, Pure Balance. She cannot stop thanking me. The bloody stools have completely stopped and her dog has put weight back on. This food saved her dogs life! All of her dogs eat it and never had an issue, they love it.

  • LabsRawesome

    You say your dog was diagnosed with HGE. Here is some info on HGE. HGE in dogs can occur very rapidly. HGE is not contagious and can occur without a change in the dog’s diet, environment, or routine. http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2090&aid=3606

  • LabsRawesome

    Ali, Try calling Ainsworth. Because that is the manufacturer of Pure Balance. I would never call Walmart because Walmart does not manufacture dog food, they just sell it

  • ali

    Someone who has to stoop so far as to call people names has no brains.

  • ali

    Actually I have a bachelor’s degree and I called Wal-Mart. The number on the back of the bag. Before you try to tell me I have no brains please get your information from Wal-Mart. That’s who I called.

  • LabsRawesome

    I agree. Some people have zero reading comprehension skills. And zero brains.

  • Dori

    Labs, at some point you have to let go and hope that anyone looking at these reviews will follow the thread and, hopefully, do a little research on their own and make their own choices. Yes, some are indeed hellbent on posting whatever the mood strikes them right or wrong or indifferent. They get something in their brains and you just can’t shake it loose. Life’s too short, give it up.

  • Dori

    Oh good grief! Ainsworth makes Pure Balance for Walmart. Ol Roy which was made by Doanne (sp?) and subsequently purchased by Mars does not make Pure Balance. They are two entirely different foods. No one that feeds their dogs Pure Balance or even a half way decent food from any other company would feed their dogs Ol Roy by any stretch of the imagination. Regardless of all this controversy, what ever works for someones dog and they and their dogs are happy, healthy and go lucky, then leave them alone and let them feel what they want and what they can afford. I don’t feed my dogs any dry or canned foods but I do understand and acknowledge that in this country, thank the good Lord, we can feed our companion animals whatever works for them, so long as their vets deem them healthy, regardless of what anyone else thinks. I’m a commercial raw feeder to my three dogs but if push came to shove and I was forced at gun point to feed Pure Balance or Ol Roy, I assure you I would be feeding Pure Balance in rotation. Not Ol Roy which is not made by Ainsworth where Pure Balance is. Everyone have a nice evening. Hi Labs,

  • LabsRawesome

    These are NOT minute details. Where and by who a food is made matters. I don’t know who you supposedly called, but you are wrong. I know exactly what the label says. Like I said Pure Balance is manufactured by Ainsworth. And Ol’roy is manufactured by Doane Pet Food, a division of Mars Pet Foods. The foods are made at two totally different plants, by two totally different manufacturers. Both foods brand names are owned by Walmart. Please follow this link. It is a dog food review for Ol’roy. The review includes the manufacturer’s name. You have to scroll down a bit to get to the review. http://www.dogfoodinsider.com/ol-roy-dog-food-review/

  • Carrie

    I use the dry and canned Pure Balance on occasion. My dogs do great on it. As stated previously Ol’ Roy is different food all together. If the food did not work for your dogs quit using it, but to say its terrible food because of who owns the brand is a little over reaching in my opinion.

  • LabsRawesome

    Thank you Sandy! She keeps posting totally wrong info. Some people that don’t know any better might believe her. It really gets on my nerves when people do that. You explain to them that they are wrong, but they won’t believe you. It’s like their hellbent on posting wrong info or something.

  • ali

    So what you’re telling me is that you would give your dog the same food that is also manufactured by Ol’ Roy? as far as the quality and standards that comes from an ol’ Roy product I would expect the same from Pure Balance since it is manufactured by the same company.

  • “From the makers of Ol Roy” doesn’t mean it’s made by Ol Roy since Ol Roy doesn’t actually manufacture any food. Ol Roy and Pure Balance are just Brand Names owned by a company. The Company contracts out the manufacturing of the dog food to various pet food manufacturers. Kind of like Honda and Acura are owned by a parent company but the cars are made at different plants. I wouldn’t consider that “small logistics”.

  • ali

    Pure balance IS made by the same manufacturing plant that is Ol’roy. Im a concerned consumer whos pet got deathly ill after switching. I’m not going to argue over small lologistics to someone who seems to just want to argue. It’s labeled “from the makers of ol roy” lok. I’m trying to help other consumers whos pets could have gotten ill also. Not trying to argue over minute details.

  • LabsRawesome

    Please get your facts straight before you post nonsense. Pure Balance is made by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Meadville, PA. Ol’roy is a brand of dog food sold at Walmart. Ol’roy is not a manufacturing company. Ol’ Roy is a private label brand manufactured for Walmart by Doane Pet Food, a division of Mars pet foods.

  • Nancy A. Littleton

    Feed your puppy a top brand, doesn’t have to be the most expensive, i.e., Kirkland grain free is very good, do your research.

  • Nancy A. Littleton

    You got that absolutely right

  • Nancy A. Littleton

    Purina is one of the worst foods you could feed, do some research.

  • ali

    I posted 9 days ago about how great my beagle mix was doing on PB but please do not give your dog this. My dog started to dirrahea blood and vomit blood and is now at the ER and was diagnosed with HGE. Now that I see the reviews from others I am saddened bc I was only trying to help my dog and I almost killed her. Will only be making my dogs food from now on.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Marilyn-
    It’s tough to switch foods when you have been feeding something for a long time. I have found that using a supplement during the transition is very helpful. I have used the following with success: Perfect Form made by The Honest Kitchen, Fruitables digestive supplement (canned pumpkin with other soothing goodies), and Purina’s Forti Flora probiotic. Most of these can be found at smaller pet boutiques or feed stores. I usually just order from Amazon or Healthypets.com. Hope this helps!

  • Crazy4dogs

    Did you do a cold turkey switch? If your dogs are eating kibble and bits their bodies will take some time to adjust to a new food.

  • LabsRawesome

    If your dogs have been eating Beneful for years any food you switch to will most likely cause this same reaction. It will take some time for their digestive system to adjust to any new food. Think of it this way,
    their digestive system is getting rid of all the toxins from the Beneful.

  • GSDsForever

    Totally agreed. 🙂

  • Crazy4dogs

    LabsRawsome is right. If your dogs have been eating beneful forever, it will take their digestive tracks some time to adjust. Brown rice or any type of rice is generally the solution for diarrhea or loose stools. If you ever look @ a bag of almost any dog food that says for sensitive stomachs, it’s mostly rice and rice of any type is either the first or second ingredient, depending on the brand. I don’t personally use Pure Balance, but it could be that you got a bad bag. Did you do a slow transition?

  • LabsRawesome

    Agreed. The Ol’roy name is not a good selling point to anyone that knows anything about dog food. But I guess Walmart wants to have 2 dog foods at different price points. I’m glad that they came out with Pure Balance at Walmart, for people that can’t or won’t shop anywhere else. At least people can pick up something decent at Wally world now. 🙂

  • GSDsForever

    Hmm . . . strange. Thanks for clearing that up. I would think they would realize that for many prospective buyers of PB, that on the label would not be a selling point! LOL.

    I guess buyers of Ol Roy might feel more comfy. . . .

  • GSDsForever

    shared 🙁 on that!

  • LabsRawesome

    True. Especially if the dog has been fed Beneful for years, which is what most people do. They pick a brand and stick with it for the entire life of the dog. 🙁

  • LabsRawesome

    I believe it says “from the makers of Ol’roy” on the packaging, because Walmart owns the Ol’roy and Pure Balance names/trademark. But Ainsworth manufactures Pure Balance for them. I have no idea who makes Ol’roy kibble. I really wish Walmart would do the right thing and discontinue Ol’roy.

  • GSDsForever

    Any idea why there are suggestions out there that it is made by Ol Roy, that it actually said that on the bags (a couple years ago)? Just curious. Could Ol Roy own it & have it made at Ainsworth?


    I’m thinking most people would prefer it not have any connection to Ol Roy! LOL.

  • GSDsForever

    Based on OP’s original post, I *think* her dogs seem most likely to have suffered digestive upset from to quick a switch, as can happen when feeding ANY new brand/formula.

  • LabsRawesome

    If your dogs have been eating Beneful for years any food you switch to will most likely cause this same reaction. It will take some time for their digestive system to adjust to any new food. Think of it this way, their digestive system is getting rid of all the toxins from the Beneful.

  • LabsRawesome

    I think Pure Balance is a reputable brand. Pure Balance is made by Ainsworth. I use their grain free formulas in my rotation. My dogs do great on them.

  • GSDsForever

    Many, if not most, co packers/manufacturing plants for other brands not their own will not disclose which brands they make.

    It’s really up to the brand that OWNS the food to determine what information it wishes to release. A company that simply *makes* a food FOR another company has a contract and business relationship with that other company, not its customers.

  • GSDsForever

    The most cautious approach and the one least likely to cause digestive upset is gradually transitioning dogs over to the new food by mixing the old and new (in decreasing and increasing amounts) over days.

    I can’t speak to the Pure Balance brand and manufactured formula specifically. But if you do the above and still have problems, I would just choose a more reputable brand so that you don’t have to worry about possible contamination/spoilage causing this problem or a recall.

    I would recommend Fromm, based on 100+ years quality foods without a single recall or issue and the price point you’re seeking. The Classic is cheapest (as low as ~$1/lb online or at feed store) followed by the step up to Gold & Puppy Gold, before the 4 Star Nutritionals line. All are quality foods. Very trustworthy company.

    No, brown rice is unlike to have cause those symptoms, but a sudden change between brands can definitely cause diarrhea & digestive upset.

  • Marilyn Panico

    So we use the Beneful and I thought I would do the wise thing and try
    to switch to a better dog food, I bought some Pure Balance the chicken
    and brown rice one which has 4 stars and I slowly started putting it
    into their beneful so I could make the switch safer for my dogs and
    after 1 day I have 1 dog vomiting and diarrhea and another one with
    diarrhea so am I doing something wrong or is the brown rice the issue or
    is it the dog food? I am seriously frustrated and angry with Purina for putting it’s loyal customers and pets through this frustration.

  • Vince Foulk

    I will not be feeding this brand to my dogs ever again!! For the second time, I tried another small bag a couple weeks ago trying to get my dogs to eat a “healthier” dog food as oppose to gravy train, alpo, etc. My dogs ended up getting sick and having nothing but diarrhea and passing blood, sometimes nothing but blood. This is the second time this has happened. I thought it was a coincidence the first time, but this just confirmed it. Switched dog food back to a “normal” brand (kibbles and bits) and they seem to be A LOT better and happier. I don’t care whats in it, I will be telling all dog owners i know to stay away from it.

  • Shawna

    It’s not a bad food — there’s definitely better and definitely worse. That said, despite what many say, the best thing we can do for our fur baby is to feed a variety of diet — different proteins and carbs as well as different brands.

    It’s also very healthful to use species appropriate and healthy whole food toppers and treats. Toppers can be anything from left over meats, eggs, berries and veggies etc.

  • Meli

    Bringing home a maltipoo puppy next month and trying to figure out if PB would be good for her or not. Please, any info would be greatly appreciated!!!!

  • Dori

    I believe that Pure Balance is made by Ainsworth, which is a fairly reputable company from what I’ve read on posts on DFA, but you won’t find any info on the Ainsworth web site. Very strange if you ask me. If asked, they will say that the food is specifically made for Walmart and any questions must be asked of Walmart. I don’t feed the food so I’m not judging the food itself one way or the other. I do have issues with a company that makes a food but will only direct you to the store that the food is made for if you have any questions about the food and doesn’t even have said food on their own web site when they are the manufacturer.

  • Liz

    My Queensland Heeler has environmental allergies twice a year. The vet said to put her on SD sensitive skin formula year round and benadryl during her itchy seasons. Benadryl just made her goofy and the SD didn’t help at all during her itchy times.. I decided to give the Pure Balance Lamb and Rice food a try. It has been a year and hooray, no more itchy dog. She eats the food with gusto, looks good, normal poop and has plenty of energy.
    Hope this works for others.

  • You can find the ingredients here. Click on the recipe you are using. http://wwwndc.walmart.com/cp/Pure-Balance-Natural-Dog-Food/1097490

  • Shauna

    Awesome I will be switching my puppy over slowly Thank you again Peggy for the advice and
    help 🙂

  • You’re absolutely right, they do not. The two friends I mentioned above have been feeding this to their puppies for around 6-7 months. The pups love it, have never been sick, and are growing like weeds. 🙂

  • Shauna

    Okay Thank you Maegan ! I will switch her over slowly shes on Iams right now bc that was the most decent “puppy labeled” food i could find in my area but this seems like much better food for her. 🙂

  • Shauna

    Okay Great thank you Peggy! I noticed it said that but wanted to be sure it have the extra nutrition that a growing puppy needs . I know some “all life stages don’t” 🙁

  • It does say on the bag that it is formulated for all life stages.

  • Maegan

    Absolutely. I started my puppy on this when he was little, maybe 16 weeks. Try it out first for a few days and see how he adjusts to it. He might have a little loose bowels for the first 2 times but will adjust fine. When your give a puppy a higher grade dog food, it doesn’t have to say “puppy” on it. My vet told me that.. Good luck! And congrats on your new puppy. Oh and be sure for feed small amounts, over feeding a puppy is very easy.

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