Pure Balance Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Pure Balance Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Pure Balance product line includes three dry dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

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

  • Pure Balance Lamb and Brown Rice (3.5 stars)
  • Pure Balance Chicken and Brown Rice (4 stars)
  • Pure Balance Small Breed Chicken and Brown Rice (4 stars)

Pure Balance Chicken and Brown Rice was selected to represent all 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 when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis27%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis30%17%45%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%35%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.

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 also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Pure Balance Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Pure Balance appears to be 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 below-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 a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Pure Balance is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of chicken or lamb meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Special Alert

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

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However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.

For a better understanding of how we analyze each product, please read our article, "The Problem with Dog Food Reviews".

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Notes and Updates

08/24/2012 Original review
04/03/2014 Last Update

  • LabsRawesome

    Pure Balance is made by Ainsworth. In Meadville Pa. http://www.ainsworthpets.com/media/downloads/walmart_award.pdf

  • Cyndi

    If I’m not mistaken Ainsworth manufactures Pure Balance dry food

  • sha44ss

    No one has answered WHERE IS IS MADE?

  • Betsy Greer

    It looks as though the Iams recall was issued 08/14/2013: http://www.iams.com/en_us/data_root/_pdf/8-14-13%20Iams%20Recall%20Information.pdf

  • HellCat

    I just had a scare this morning when I saw on Facebook that Iams was having a recall on their Naturals for Salmonella. I usually switch between Pure Balance and Iams Naturals for my Pharaoh hound mix to give him some diversity, but still keeping it healthy. Are there any recalls I should know about with Pure Balance? :/

  • JCoop06

    There is a variety of it that is for small dogs. It’s what I feed my Chihuahua. He doesn’t like to eat anything with large pieces in it, so it’s a good fit. I’m no vet, but smaller dogs probably should eat food that comes in smaller pieces. I think bigger pieces can break their teeth or hurt their jaws. Bigger dogs can generally eat any variety of dog food. Large dogs will most likely need more food than normal if it’s designed for smaller dogs.

  • Cyndi

    Well, I guess that’s better than what most people do. Sometime though, you should think about looking for another brand that they do well on and rotate. It really is better for them, in the long run. If you read the link I posted, you’ll see why…

  • jt4ya

    I got the Lamb one last time. I’m sticking with the “brand” but I rotate in another flavor every 3 months. It’s only been 4 months so they have had 3 months of chicken and 1 month of lamb

  • Cyndi

    Dogs actually benefit from a rotational diet. It wouldn’t be good for them to stay on one dog food forever. You should find a few other budget friendly 4 or 5 star foods and start rotating.

  • jt4ya

    Chicken Brown Rice

    My dogs: 3 Pitbull’s

    My dogs absolutely love this food!!! I changed to this 4 months ago and I don’t think I will ever change their food again. $32 for a 30lb bag is way cheaper than the “5-star brands”

  • Joanie C

    Bichons…for the itching: In a small cup:
    Two parts water and one part white vinegar.
    Dab this on the affected areas with a cotton ball.
    You may see the difference in one day.

  • Cyndi

    I doubt she was allergic to the other brands. It must have been a common ingredient in the other brands you tried that your dog is allergic to. The Pure Balance must not have that specific ingredient. It’s awesome that you found a food that works for your dog.

  • Errica

    Like people, everydog is different. My pittbull was allergic to all the foods that my Chiweenie was fine with. It’s not the food, it ‘s the dog. So you have to find a brand thats right for the dog. And I tried Natural Blue and Call of the Wild. My poor baby couldnt eat any of those. Still have a bag full at home LO

  • Errica

    Like people, everydog is different. My pittbull was allergic to all the foods that my Chiweenie was fine with. It’s not the food, it ‘s the dog. So you have to find a brand thats right for the dog. And I tried Natural Blue and Call of the Wild. My poor baby couldnt eat any of those. Still have a bag full at home LOL

  • Errica

    My Pittbull LOVES this stuff. I got her the Lamb and Brown Rice because she is allergic to other brands. She was itching, shedding, had spots on her fur red ears, vomiting and diarrhea. As soon as I feed her Pure Balance the itching, redness, vomiting and diarrhea stopped. WIthin 2-3 weeks her coat and skin were beautiful again, I HIGHLY recommend trying this product. And if it doesnt work for your dog, then try something else. IDK. I like this product and so does my pitbull Trouble :)

  • Errica

    I have a 60+ pound Pitbull and she LOVES this stuff. It helped to clear up her skin because she was allergic to all other brands. Different products work differently in all pets. All you can do is try to see what works best for your pet.

  • Errica

    My Pitbull was having problems with her coat and skin, a trip to the vet ruled out and mange of skin mites. I was told she was allergic to a ingredient in the foods I was buying her. I didnt have the money to have the allergy test so, I tried different kinds of expensive “natural” dry dog food and none seamed to work. I went to Wal-mart and tried different and after a few months of trying a brand or two and no luck, I found Pure Balance. Within a few weeks my dogs coat was clearing up and she was itch free. Now her coat is beautiful and she LOVES this stuff. So I say thank you to Pure Balance for making this brand. My pitbull Trouble is happy and healthy again.

  • Theresa Westfall

    Oh wow. Well that’s is good to know my lathe baby is not 120 he’s just 85 pounds l. I’m going tonight and get them some yummy food. Thank you everyone

  • Shawna

    I have eight toy and small breed dogs (ranging in size from 4 to 12 pounds). My girlfriend has a Newfie (she must be close to 120 pounds). They eat the same foods.

  • Cyndi

    You’re welcome. :) Most people with little dogs just look for a smaller size kibble because it’s easier for them to eat. I would think if you found something that is kind of medium sized that would be fine for all 3.

  • Theresa Westfall

    thank you, I was thinking the same thing. I have small,med and large I like a dog food that is healthy that all three can eat.

  • Cyndi

    I doubt it. Any dog food is good for any size breed of dog. The dog foods that market just for certain breeds is just a marketing ploy, I believe…

  • Theresa Westfall

    I was wondering if anyone knew if this Dog food was just for small bread?
    please advise. thank you

  • Jenn Dunbar

    I feed my dog the lamb and brown rice it gives her more solid stools then the chicken. Becareful of Pumpkin as Heidi states it is good for intestinal problems but its usually what you give them if they are constipated and/or diarrhea. In moderation would be good. I had a basset with a sensitive stomach and I had to fed her Science diet sensitive stomach. Good luck!

  • Heidi Tuynman

    Natural Blue is great. I like Call of the Wild even better!

  • Heidi Tuynman

    Pumpkin (you can buy cans or buy food with pumpkin in the ingredients)is the best thing to add to the diet for a dog with intestinal problems! It worked so well with the Boston Terrier we had. Also, try a food for sensitive stomachs. And make sure you use a food that has no corn or wheat in it. My Shepherd benefits from this A LOT!

  • Eva Hickman

    I love Pure Balance. I rotate amongst the different flavors. And I also use the small breed variety too. I also feed Life’s Abundance to my dogs, but like to give them different kinds of dog food.

  • Eva Hickman

    My dogs LOVE the Bison and Pea the best out of all the Pure Balance kinds.

  • Michelle Bailey

    hello i am thinking about putting my dogs on pure balance dog food the lamb and brown rice for there upset stomache i was wondering would that be good for my dogs to put them on i have been feeding them white rice to help the belly thing but that seems not to help i need help with this and i don’t have the money to take them to the vet so can someone let me know about the dog food would it be good to put them on this or no ????

  • Mary

    I started 3 of my little dogs on this food and one came up itching for about a day and then it stopped.

  • Sabrina Hogan

    OMG Afterall this time, I have now also realized that 2 of my three bichons are allergic to this PURE BALANCE food. They are itching like crazy and I can’t find a flea on them and they are scratching their skin raw. I like the price but it’s back to Petsmart for a more expensive brand of food that won’t cause their itching. I feel awful for their suffering

  • jamie

    My two dogs a Brussels griffon and chihuahua both took allergic reactions to this dog food both there eyes blood shot and they wouldn’t stop itching and biting I switched to Natural Blue small breed yes I know more expensive but I’d rather give the price difference then to see them in messes. There fine now. Sorry I know this food is cheap but I don’t like it you get what you pay for. Other comments mention allergic reactions as well. Weird

  • LabsRawesome
  • Esme Buell

    first thing I looked for was production site

  • Esme Buell

    I would like to as Simmons about a small pate cup I just bought…it’s different in consistancy than what I have recently purchased

  • Esme Buell

    I have a question about the can-container dinner, would love to ask some one at manufacturer about this

  • Esme Buell

    I started feeding my Maltese this food both dry Salmon and canned-wet Lamb Dinner. I found her to be skin-wised allergic to both chicken and beef. She has more energy than before, she was eating ID dry-which has a lot of pork in it, along with turkey.
    I like the little containers of lamb, enough to feed her small meals 4 times.
    But this last little container was different than what I have been buying, it is kinda gray with peas and carrot in a pate. I wish I could contact the
    manufacturer and ask about the product-if is just an older style meal because it is different in texture than what I have purchased recently. I did not know this is tied in with Old Roy, and a Walmart product.
    She likes this new food and her skin condition is completely improved and her hair is growing back in spot where it was thin. I think is some ways this is a better product than a lot of brands. And finding a product on any shelf without chicken, turkey, beef, corn, wheat, etc at a reasonable price and not in a 30 lb bag or 16 oz can is great!

  • Sean

    My boston terrier pup really enjoys the pure balance grain free bison & pea dog food.

  • proudmom25girls

    Thanks!

  • JV777

    Yes, all of Pure Balance foods are for all life stages, meaning that it’s good for puppies, adults, and seniors. I been feeding my german shepherd puppy this food and she loves it and is growing well. I would also recommend the Salmon formula for small breed dogs. The kibbles are not as big as the regular chicken formula. Goodluck.

  • proudmom25girls

    I just got a Boston Terrier puppy and we will be moving soon to an area where the nearest pet store is too far away to be considered, so I need to find a decent food that will be easily found. Is the small breed formula a good option for a Boston pup?

  • KarmasMom

    I agree about the size of the kibble. I was surprised at how small it was. It does make it feasible to be sold for puppies & seniors by making it that way, but would be easier for fast eaters if it were a bit larger. If you want to spend $10-$15 you can get one of the bowls that look like a maze. It definitely slows down the eating process. Or, a lot of people say to put a ball in the dish. Not sure how that would work as most dogs would either take the ball or just shove it out of their way. It could be worth a try. Many years back I was taught that you could slow a dogs eating by putting the food in a muffin tin. That worked great for my previous dog as a pup. It slowed him down AND allowed me to work on his initial food aggression issue…but I don’t know how much it would slow down a full grown dog! I do think the maze-style dishes (there are several types) could work wonders – unless like me you have a raised feeder that only certain bowls will fit in. If they ever make a larger kibble, I too will start to buy that as my pup gets older. This is smaller than what she was on, but I admit, she loves the flavor! :-)

  • KarmasMom

    Sounds like it COULD be a food allergy, but pink eye (conjunctivitis) isn’t a common allergy symptom. I hope you had your dog’s eye/s treated & the rash (which could certainly be a Sx of food allergy in people or dogs) cleared up. I’ve had a VERY allergenic dog (even seasonal outdoor allergies on top of being allergic to nearly every starch & protein). He could only eat bison or venison & neither thrilled him. Granted several years ago, there weren’t all the choices we have now. My nearly 6 mo only pup loves the flavor of the grain free salmon & pea formula. We took her off the expensive “Exclusive Large Breed Puppy Formula” over a long period of time b/c she didn’t care for the $50 bag we bought b/c it is what she was eating when we adopted her. We gradually switched to something she liked ok, but caused her to scratch & lick incessantly. Having seen that allergy symptom in my previous dog, and in many other people’s dogs, I knew I couldn’t keep her on that brand as they didn’t have another formula for puppies. I’m hoping this rids her of the allergies to that other food. I’m also hopeful that her stomach will tolerate this well. I have to be very careful of any treats we might try because she seems to have a slightly sensitive stomach & easily gets loose stools. Since she’s pure white – with pink that shows through her ears & pink around the chin & eyes – all natural by birth, we’d notice any ‘rash’ immediately. Oddly enough I learned when I adopted her that whenever a white dog w/some pink gets excited (good or bad), they get even pinker. To be honest, when she’s excited to play, or happy that someone just got home from work, she looks like the Easter Bunny when she lays on her back – although some say she has the “joker” smile because her lips and chin get bright pink too. Hope your dog is doing better and you found out what the issue was. Best of luck!!

  • KarmasMom

    Grain Free Salmon & Pea: Calcium is listed as 1.5% Customer service reps for most companies only have the information in front of them to go on. Adult (non-reproducing) dogs only require 0.5 – 0.9% calcium. She may have been inadvertently reading the percentage incorrectly. There also wouldn’t be any “phosphorus” LISTED as “an ingredient”. That said, not every person really understands where the phosphorus in pet food comes from. Most foods don’t seem to list the phosphorus content & this site doesn’t calculate it either. However, this site refers to Pure Balance as a PLANT based kibble which indicates it’s likely to have less phosphorus than a more meat-based kibble. This article on PetEducation dot com may give you a lot of insight that you may find helpful in answering your questions: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1659&aid=652 – BTW, I’m feeding my American Bulldog-Pitbull mix the Salmon & Pea formula. The protein, fat & calcium were all within a good range for a pup that the vet said needs “large breed puppy food”. Since she’s loving this food, and it’s grain free which should minimize the licking & scratching from her food allergy to the previous expensive food, my husband I are thrilled to have her on a healthy, yet affordable food that she’s excited to eat!

  • LabsRawesome

    Yeah, that makes no sense. Obviously the rep has no idea what she’s talking about.

  • Nathan Morey

    For the pure balance rep or anyone else that knows. i have a growing great dane puppy so calcium and phosphorus percentages are of the utmost importance, what is the min and max (or even just the average) for both of these nuttients for the chicken recipe, and also the grain free salmon and bison recipes? By the way, called the number for pure balance and they said .09% for calcium and said there is no phosphorus for the chicken recipe. I advised her that this would be impossible phosphorus is in all dog foods and calcium level way too low, I asked if she meant .9 % and she said no

  • Colleen

    I tried this dog food for 2 months.. My 4 dogs did not care for it, They started itching all over about 2 weeks after starting it, Took me awhile by eliminating things one by one only to learn that it was the dog food. I Will not buy it again!

  • JV777

    No, it does not.

  • Avram Cohen

    I agree big time,, I switch healthy brands all the time for my two Chihuahuas and no transitioning and they do just fine!

  • Avram Cohen

    Iams is the worst thing you can feed your friend!

  • MJfromGA

    Has anybody tried the Bison and Pea? If so, how did your dog like it? It just got to my Wal-Mart. We have tried the Lamb and rice as already stated. I didn’t get the Salmon and Pea because the bags at my Wal – Mart are too flippin’ small for my 82 lb Nigredo and though he loves Salmon, he dislikes other types of fish.

    We do rotate with foods when we can, and though the Bison and Pea is more costly, he eats like a fat pig (though he is not fat) and I am on a restricted income… I think if I could mix it with the Chicken and Rice and give him a flavor/nutrition boost it would be okay from time to time.

  • Doxie7

    sorry about the dog…but you are wrong on saying its just Ol’Roy……its not and I have 7 on it since it came out 2yrs ago….What did you feed them before cause Rachael Ray..is known for liver damage and many death…I know it cost up almost a 1,000 in vet do to kidney stone and live on a 2 yr old

  • Doxie7

    My & Doxies has been on it since it came out almost 2 yrs ago and they are doing fine..good weight and all

  • Doxie7

    NOt China….USA

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Nick,

    Pure Balance canned is made by Simmons and Pure Balance kibble is made by Ainsworth. Both are reputable manufacturers.

    I feel comfortable using Pure Balance canned for my dogs.

  • Nick Berio

    I just checked a can of Pure Balance dog food and it says it’s a premium product of Ol Roy dog food comp. and sold by Walmart.
    DA has PB with a decent higher rating. So what gives? Is Pure Balance still a good buy even tho the Ol Roy brand is in the tank?

  • MJfromGA

    This is what my Nigredo has done the best on. We get the chicken and rice. He is 100% healthy and his weight is good, too. He eats many different types of foods, but this one is the best value and he does the best on. The price is good and the food suits my Nigredo perfectly.

    He liked the Lamb flavor a LOT (too much)… and was “wolfing” too much and flinging it back up. I split his meals into several smaller meals, but he would still eat too fast and half the time fling it back up. He would re-eat the vomit BTW.

    He also gained some weight as the Lamb flavor must have more fat or something in it, I had to reduce his food intake and he was all whiny and hungry constantly looking at his bowl and being “beggy”. It also costs quite a bit more (and not rated as high?), so no go.

  • Cheryl Armstrobng

    Does anyone know if this food comes in a weight management formula?

  • Bobby dog

    Ainsworth manufactures Pure Balance kibbles.
    http://www.ainsworthpets.com/media/

  • Alex Frizzell

    I know this dog food is distributed by Wal-mart but does anyone know where it is made?…….China??

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    This review (ingredients list) came directly from a Pure Balance rep.

  • Not happy

    Bought this my staffordshire now has a rash under her chin and lips and her mouth is red and has conjunctivitis… I am discontinuing

  • Diane Purcell

    My 4 yr old Airedale Terrier is doing well so far on Pure Balance. I just wish they would make both large kibble and small kibble sizes. I had to slow her down when I switched from Iams Large Breed kibble because other kibble is smaller. Grr. Big dog, big teeth.

  • LabsRawesome

    The document that Germansheppups provided very clearly states that Ainsworth manufactures Pure Balance. And I believe that Simmons makes the canned Pure Balance.

  • Shirley Scarle Boyda

    Actually Mars makes it for Walmatr and it is very close to Nutro Natural Choice.

  • Annie

    I seen that too just didn’t think to post it at the time. I wish my dogs would do good on pure balance but they don’t which is a bummer.

  • Sean

    There’s also a new small breed formula.

  • KathyK

    Thank you so much, Bobby Dog and BCNut!

  • Bobby dog

    Hi KathyK:
    I had the same question when I saw K3 listed on Wal-Mart’s website a few months ago. I asked customer service twice to determine if K3 was listed in error on the website or if it is now included in the recipe. My second question was recently answered regarding K3 as an ingredient on their website. They wrote K3 is listed on the website in error, it is not in the dog food, and they are working to correct the ingredient lists on their website. My question and their answer can be viewed on Wal-Mart’s website under the Pure Balance dog food Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe 5 lbs page, towards the bottom under the Customer Q & A Exchange.

  • theBCnut

    Dr Mike gets ingredient lists off of the internet and often companies don’t update their website info in a timely manner.

  • KathyK

    I just bought a small bag of this food, same recipe that they analyzed, and menadione is NOT listed in the ingredients on the bag. My first thought was that the review may be old and maybe PB stopped using menadione. But I see the review was last updated this month. Any thoughts from anyone? I’d really like to give this food a shot, as the price is reasonable. But not if menadione is hiding in it.

  • theBCnut

    Yikes!! Keep the ingredient lists on foods he does not do well on in the future as well as the ones he does do well on, so you can try to work out what he is reacting to. His food issues can be from any ingredient that has protein in it, even the vegetable sources.
    Rotating foods is always a good idea. It keeps the different varieties of probiotics in the gut healthier.

  • Aimee H

    So I gave my dog the chicken and rice one pretty sure he loved it. Thought we would switch it up though and decided to give him lamb and rice I think it was? He wasn’t a big fan.. we were going to go back to the chicken but they were all out so we decided to get him bison and pea… BIG MISTAKE. He got food allergies poor baby was up all night scratching and licking. Not sure if I should even get him food from this brand again .. please help.

  • theBCnut

    Even the most unwolflike dogs are genetically extremely close to wild wolves and they still thrive on the exact same diet.

  • Tiffani Hallan

    I can assure you, you wouldn’t find any of my “breeds” in the wild LOL.

  • neezerfan

    awesome!

  • Annie

    I just seen a new flavor of pure balance at my local wal mart today. It’s Bison and pea. $19.98 for 16lbs.

  • Jenn’s Doxie Herd

    I bought this for my Dorkie who developed gastrointestinal issued from feeding her blue buffalo…which by the way…made 3 out of 4 of my dogs vomit and poop blood. The other 2 recuperated as soon as I switched them to a dachshund specific good…but poor Lola has had lingering struggles that blue buffalo will do nothing about…not even recall it when there’s multiple complaints on consumer reports. Sorry…long story short…it’s been 2 weeks and this is the first non prescription food since blue buffalo that she hasn’t reacted negatively to. I’m all for this brand if this keeps up and she’s able to go back to regular food. Thumbs up so far

  • Karla Sue

    Just a note on the raw food….What do dog’s eat naturally in the wild? Raw food. :)

  • Germansheppups

    I came across this when I was trying to figure out where Pure Balance is actually made. Apparently Ainsworth makes it. Surprised me! http://www.ainsworthpets.com/media/downloads/walmart_award.pdf

  • Shirley Kingzchild Bowman

    We have Miniature Schnauzers and lately they’re throwing up! I give them a little people food but not much and am thinking that might be the problem but we bought Pure Balance lamb & rice for the first time. Never had a problem with salmon or chicken but wondering if this just isn’t working with them? I’ve always given them a “little” people food throughout the week, careful not to give them anything that could harm them per the list, and never had any problems until now. Anyone know what could be causing them to throw up? Anyone else had any problem with the lamb/rice combination?

  • Steve Jones

    People make way to big a deal about switching dog food. I often switch my dogs food. Some dogs might be sensitive to change but my dogs welcome the change to something different. Like humans who would get bored eating chicken every day and be happy to find a pork chop. A little dog gas never killed anyone.

  • Dogmamm

    Did you know that there are two different places making the Ol’Roy foods for Walmart? Pure Balance is the same recipe of a major name brand, before they changed it. So rest assured that we are getting more then our moneys worth.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi ja, Ol’roy is slammed because of this (horrible) ingredient list -Ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, poultry by-product meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), corn gluten meal, natural flavor, brewers rice, salt, potassium chloride, color added (titanium dioxide, yellow #5, yellow #6, red #40, blue #2)

    Pure balance uses halfway decent ingredients, thats the only reason it rates 3 1/2 stars. Dr. Mike rates foods based on ingredient lists, not which manufacturer makes them.

  • ja

    Pure Balance received 31/2 stars then I see it is make buy O’Roy..which is slammed everywhere for being so inferior…any thoughts??

  • petluvr

    I blame the rating…. thinking about buying but I dont know what to buy now.

  • Betsy Greer

    Great! Thank you so much, it looks like I stumbled onto a great product then!

    I started using Perfect Form when Sam was having his little anal gland issue recently, but it seemed to work well then. I may have to wait for some of the snow to melt to see how the end product looks.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Perfect Form has some good stuff in it. Papya helps with digestion, plantain is anti inflammatory, slippery elm soothes irritation, pumpkin seed has some good minerals in it that are in a form that is readily absorbed plus some of the normal pumpkin benefits, pectin is supposed to help the stool retain the correct amount of water, papain helps with digestion, and fennel is a natural gas remedy, it’s supposed to help reduce the amount of gas produced as well as help with odor, I can’t vouch for the odor benefit, but it works quickly on decreasing volume. It works even faster if you make it into tea and drink it.

  • Betsy Greer

    Why fennel Patty?

    I bought a tin of THK’s Perfect Form and it contains fennel so I was surprised when you mentioned that a couple of weeks ago and wondered what it is about fennel that seems to help.

    Just FYI, here are the ingredients in Perfect Form:

    Papaya leaf, plantain, slippery elm, organic pumpkin seed, pectin, papain and fennel.

    Any thoughts on this product?

  • Beth Knuth

    Lisa, you did not have to add the DUH, that was rude and not helpful. We are all learning here. You can think the DUH, but don’t write it.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Introducing any new food can be disruptive to a dog’s digestive system.

    Most experts recommend transitioning to a new food gradually — starting with about 20-25% “new” and slowly increasing that amount to a full 100% over a 7 to 10 day period.

    Be patient and don’t rush the transitioning process. Take your time to minimize the chance of GI upset.

    While switching to a new dog food, my pet developed gas, soft stools or diarrhea. What should I do?

    If you’ve transitioned slowly (and with patience) and your dog still develops gas, soft stools or diarrhea, she may be allergic or intolerant to one of the ingredients in the new recipe.

    In that case, you may need to cut back on the percentage of new food or stop feeding it altogether. If symptoms continue, it may be necessary to contact your vet.

    Hope this helps.

  • Lisa

    You do know that when you switch an animals food it tends to take a few days for their bodies to accept the change…DUH !

  • Brigette

    Becky i hope you are doing okay. Have you heard anything on the company’s investigation?

  • Betsy Greer

    You’ve been visiting this website for six or seven years? Hmm…

  • earthshoes

    I’ve come here every time I’ve gone dog food shopping for probably six or seven years, though I have other sources that I turn to first However I typically stay out of the comments section and this is why.

    I suppose we’ll have to agree to disagree. Best of luck to you. .

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’m guessing that you haven’t read here enough. We don’t consider them to have stellar reputations if they are made at a questionable plant. Oh, some people do.
    BTW, Wellness is no longer made at Diamond. They pulled out as fast as they could after the Spring 2012 recalls and they now make their own foods.
    Saying generalities are silly is a generality, and much of the time I would agree with you, but some generalities serve well enough. And when it comes to whose dog food I would trust to have decent ingredients, generalities work great.Sorry, but dog food isn’t better than it’s ingredients, even if it doesn’t kill the dog outright.

  • earthshoes

    And, as I stated, not all foods made by the same companies are what they appear to be. Foods with stellar reputations are often milled at the same factories that mill the cheap “disreputable” ones. Further more, often the only difference between the pricey foods and the cheap ones is the name on the bag. (Remember when everybody learned–sometimes tragically–where their dog food was being made and where the ingredients were coming from back in 2007? Remember when the so-called super premium Cadillac foods wound up on the same list? This hasn’t changed)

    People who specialize in canine nutrition, vets (who aren’t just interested in selling you whatever brand of food they’re currently getting kickbacks from), and dog trainers will generally tell you to feed foods that work for your dog and ignore the hype.

    As a dog owner with a fair amount of experience with reading labels (probably like you), I can say very comfortably–Pure Balance is a good food on the whole. I’ve been using it for four months–feeding it to a variety of dogs, all of whom tolerate it well. This doesn’t mean that everybody’s dogs will tolerate it well. (I used to have two dogs that needed a specialized diet and wouldn’t have).

    That’s why generalities are silly.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I am completely aware that Walmart does not make dog food. They do however choose who makes the food for them and therefore, the quality of the ingredients.

  • earthshoes

    The food isn’t made by Walmart. It’s made by Mars Pet Care which also makes (among many others–including Ol’ Roy) ROYAL CANIN, Banfield Therapeutic Dog foods (medicated foods used by Banfield Pet Hospital), and Nutro.

    To put this in perspective–Diamond (a company that has more dog food recalls than any other pet food company) makes–several premium well-rated dog foods including Taste of the Wild, Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, and Kirkland.

    Meanwhile, Purina (also carried by Walmart) has had next to no recalls and many of their foods still feature corn and grains as primary ingredients.

    Generalities are silly.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Or whatever else might be in a food by Walmart.

  • earthshoes

    Some dogs don’t handle a high protein diet well.

  • earthshoes

    Sometimes it’s simply the change in food that does this. Sometimes it’s a particular ingredient that disagrees with them. I’m feeding this without any problems.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Poor dog! My dog gets horrendous gas when a food doesn’t agree with him. If you have any fennel in the spice cabinet, try to get some of that in to him. I keep digestive enzymes on hand for him all the time now. They cut out the gas 95%.

  • aromatherapy

    OMG! I am writing this within a cloud of stink. I just bought and fed my 2 dogs this food (grain free) and the gas (2 hours later) it has created is powerful and, I believe, memorable. Put the dog outside.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Naunieann:
    I am glad menadione is not listed on the Grain Free bag you have. As I wrote above, they did not have the ingredients posted for their grain free recipe so I was not sure if that recipe might have changed as well. I like to suggest to people to look into Pure Balance if they buy their dog food from Wal-Mart. Hopefully they will not add menadione to their grain free in the future.

  • InkedMarie

    I can’t find a better way to word this but you are very naive.

  • Naunieann

    At least I don’t see it on the Salmon and Pea brand.

  • Naunieann

    I do not see this ingredient listed on my bag of food.i just read where one guys dog was real sick on one of these top brand goods ,he put it on Pure Balance Grain free and it’s doing a lot better now. Not all ole Roy foods are bad.

  • Naunieann

    Well dogs was getting Diarreah from a lot of these brands and some was changing companies. My dogs have never had Diarreah or upset stomach from their foods. When they get table scraps they do. Why do you feed a dog raw food that sounds gross .dont think I could feed mine raw food.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Did you read my other reply to you? There is a big difference between a couple dogs getting gas or diarrhea versus every other post being a complaint about the food. Can you seriously not see that?

  • Naunieann

    Just read some bad reviews on these Brands also.

  • Naunieann

    Just read some bad reviews on these brand also.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Brother’s Complete, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Earthborn Holistic, Canidae Pure, Nature’s Logic, and an assortment of raw foods.

  • Naunieann

    What do you feed your dog ?

  • Naunieann

    My vet is very impressed with my dogs look and size. My Mini pin is ideal weight. He is shiny ,flake free, and his stools are normal. My Chiwinnie was overweight when I got her at 2 years old. She was eating out of trash cans ,and had been abused. I’m not gonna let them starve. When my older dog gets table scraps she gets sick. But she gets her regular food back she stays well. I have read bad reviews on all of these dog foods . Including the 5 star ones. Will you eat something you don’t like . I know I want. Most of my vets employees feed their dogs Purina.. Some people will do anything to sell a product.you don’t really know what might actually be hidden in your dog food that’s not listed.