Pure Balance Grain Free (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

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

  • Pure Balance Wild and Free Bison and Pea Recipe (4.5 stars)
  • Pure Balance Grain Free Salmon and Pea Recipe (3.5 stars)

The Pure Balance Grain Free product line includes one dry dog food, claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

Pure Balance Grain Free Salmon and Pea Recipe

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 49%

Ingredients: Salmon, salmon meal, dried ground peas, tapioca, pea protein, fish meal, dried plain beet pulp, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried carrots, sunflower oil, natural flavor, whole potato, calcium carbonate, salt, flaxseed, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, choline chloride, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, l-carnitine, biotin, sodium selenite, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis24%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%17%49%
Calorie Weighted Basis23%35%42%

The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Although it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, raw salmon 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 salmon meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

We are pleased to note that, unlike many fish meals, this particular item appears2 to be ethoxyquin-free.

The third ingredient is 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.

The fourth ingredient is tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

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 meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.

The seventh 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 eighth 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 ninth ingredient is dried carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

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 four notable exceptions

First, sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

Next, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

In addition, 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 Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Pure Balance Grain Free Dog Food looks like an above average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 27%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 49%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 30% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 51%.

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

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

Bottom line?

Pure Balance Grain Free is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of salmon and salmon meal 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.

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Notes and Updates

10/29/2013 Original review

04/03/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Per Pure Balance Rep via DFA comment, 10/25/2013
  • http://www.yanafreeman.com Yana Freeman

    I personally give Pure Balance No Grain Dog Food the highest rating there is!! I have been feeding 3 adult Senior dogs (Lab, Shepard/Sheltie Mix, another mixed breed and my Mom’s 13 year old ChiPom she gave to me) the Pure Balance No Grain Dog Food for over 2 years. Love it!! Our Lab was in such poor health when he was fed Purina and had sores all over and his ears had the worst discharge and stink you can ever imagine! Now his ears stay clean and healthy and no more sores! His coat is shiny and he is a happy healthy dog. The others never had any problems, but they enjoy the dogs food.

    Two weeks ago someone dumped off 3 puppies on our road and of course I had to bring them home. I feed them the same dog food as the rest of the crew and they love it too! Its got to be better than the crap and grains in all the other dog foods and they are gaining weight and thriving on Pure Balance Salmon & Pea. We could not be more pleased with this dog food. I just wish they would consider larger bags for multiple dog owners. A 50 lb bag would be fantastic! :)

  • 3dogs

    I just bought a 24lb bag of the Salmon and pea for $32.88

  • 3dogs

    I have all 3 of my dogs (rat terrier, min pin, and beagle) eating the salmon and pea food. All seem to be doing fine and enjoying the food. I have noticed that all their coats are very soft. My only complaint is the dog food itself has a strong odor.

  • Polo And Cody

    Small question, how much does it cost? Walmart’s website is acting up I currently can’t check myself.

  • Polo And Cody

    You know I’m just utterly impressed on how a WALMART branded DOG FOOD is so much cheaper has less ingredients, having the same rating and just in all healthy. Wow!

  • Jullie Wong

    When it says “ideal for puppies and seniors”, does that mean that the food can be used for puppies?
    It doesn’t really specify.

  • Chance

    We feed pure balance bison and pea as well. However, I am only able to find it in a 24lb bag, I’m curious as to where your finding in in a 40lb bag?
    Thanks :)

  • CobraRacer

    When I went back to Walmart I noticed that the Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition Dog Food tag listed Simmons Pet Foods. The Rachael Ray Nutrish tags listed Ainsworth on them. I did not see these tags at two Walmart Supercenters (only the name of the product and price) in my area, only the small Walmart near my house.

  • Allison Taylor

    We’ve been using the Bison and Pea for over a year now and have never had any problems at all with it. We switch from Blue Buffalo mainly because of the price and I’m very happy with Pure Balance.

  • Angela P

    Mine also does not have fleas or ticks or mites. The bison did the same thing to him. I don’t think the food is bad, because our other dog LOVES it and it’s done wonders for her sensitive stomach. I’m betting it’s one of the ingredients.

  • Angela P

    Oh my gosh. My dogs are on the bison and pea and this JUST happened to one of them! I’m taking him to the vet tomorrow because I’ve been searching for an answer. The one dog loves it and it’s the only food that hasn’t upset her stomach, but for my hound mix, who always had drier, itchier skin to begin with, has now scratched raw spots on his back that are terrible. One is the size of a baseball. I bet it’s an allergy to one of the ingredients. I’m not glad that your dog is experiencing this too, but I am glad that I have a little more to go on now!

  • Nova

    I’ve been feeding my pregnant pug the salmon and pea recipe one and she’s doing awesome on it! Her coat is so soft and shiny, she’s pooping less, and her breath doesn’t stink! I love the food so much that I think I’m going to be putting the rest of my pugs and my rotties on the Bison one. I show and breed my dogs and this food is right within my price range.. When you have to feed 9 dogs, you always try to find the best brand of food you can… It really is an excellent food for the price you pay for a 40lb bag. 😉

  • CobraRacer

    When I was in the local Walmart I noticed that on the pricing labels it also has the manufacturer information. I only looked at the dry dog food and I noticed that all of the Pure Balance had Ainsworth listed on the tag. The Ol’Roy tags said Mars with the only exceptions being the Kibbles Ol’Roy bags had Ainsworth listed on the tag (along with “new”).
    It appears to me that Ol’Roy is a Walmart brand with them choosing different companies to manufacturer it. It looks like Mars makes most it and recently (the bags all said “new”) Ainsworth makes the Kibbles versions. This is just what I saw as of 5/14/2015, I will only be purchasing the Pure Balance as long as Walmart continues to list the manufacturer.

  • Judy Gillikin

    I was feeding my 3 the Bison, but this last time I bought the Salmon, my smallest dog has been breaking out since. I am going back to the Bison.

  • cleverdog

    it can take up to 4 months too see results whem switching foods. if not fleas or mites is he being exposed to an irritating chemical ie outside , grass, cleaning products, detergents??

  • LabsRawesome

    You’re Welcome, Terrance. :)

  • Terrance

    Thanks I just did it. The only down fall is the website does not post ingredients, I have taken a picture of the ingredient list, but the form does not let me attach photos. I’ll wait for a response from Dr Mike and go from there, thanks again

  • LabsRawesome

    Use this form to suggest a dog food for review. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/contact-us/suggest-dog-food-review/

  • Terrance

    I’m new to this site Just wanted to comment, I’ve been looking for new dog for for my pooch and came across this brand through browsing and have not made the switch yet. Currently he is on Actr1um holistic food exclusive to walmart. Just wanted to post the screen shot I found via comments on walmart USA site. It looks like Ol’Roy and PB are now made by the same manufacturer Ainsworth. The person signed as Ol’Roy CS. Maybe Ol’Roy switched manufacturers. I’ll put a link to this screen shot, other comments made by this rep said PB was made by Ol’Roy… either way, this food appears to be well made compared to Ol’Roy..every dog is different just like people… I may not work for every dog .. http://answers.walmart.com/answers/1336/product/21108355/questions.htm?expandquestion=898961 I’ve always wanted the dog food advisor to rate Actr1um but I don’t know how to recommend it be reviewed… if anyone can tell me how, that would be awesome… but I am really considering to switch my Shih Tzu to PB

  • Liz Morgan

    My pit bull mix has been eating PB food for quite a while now and she seems to love it! I’ve never had any digestive issues with her. I like having a reliable, low cost grain free kibble for her. I’d really like to try out the turkey and potato formula, maybe once there’s a bit more info on it.

  • Robin Kizer- Teddy

    I switched my pups to the Bison and pea formula and it has been GREAT for them. I have had no problems at all with this product.

  • LabsRawesome

    Yes there are some foods that are at the same price point as Pure Balance. Rachael Ray Zero Grain, Evolve Grain Free (Walmart) 4health GF (Tractor Supply)

  • [email protected]

    he is on advantage and doesn’t have any fleas that I have seen. I was excited about PB because the ingredients looked good and it was in my price range for a grain free food, maybe the salmon doesn’t agree with him. I might try the bison and see if it helps. Not sure if there are any other brands of grain free that are comparable to PB price wise?

  • DogFoodie

    The food is fine. It’s just not right for your dog.

    You mention she was already itchy and now she’s “itchier.” I would suspect she’s been exposed to something to which she is reacting and now the exposure has increased. Read your ingredient panels and see if you see any common ingredients. Read all the way to the bottom, intolerances can be to many different ingredients.

    Like Labs already said, check for fleas, too.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Crystal, have you checked her for fleas? I would do that first, just to make sure. If fleas aren’t the problem then you may be dealing with an intolerance or allergy to one or more of the ingredients in her food. I would stick with Pure Balance over Iams. Try their limited ingredient, it’s Turkey & Chicken based, or Wild & Free. Stick to grain free foods for her.

  • [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?

  • Lucy Hennessey

    ok i just switched to pure balance and was curious who made it. i called the 800 number on the bag and it was walmart. she asked me for the bar code number and other numbers around the bar code and she told me it was made by Ainsworth, BUT if you go to Ainsworth web site there is no mention of pure balance and that they make it. Has me worried and hoping its not made by ole roy as other’s claim. I just called on Friday. So after reading these comments I am now suspicious of Pure Balance. I plan on calling Ainsworth directly. My other question is why isn’t it stated on the bag anywhere as to who makes it?

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    jay I have talked to a rep at Ainsworth a couple of times.

    PB dry kibble is manufactured by Ainsworth.

    The PB can and tub is manufactured by Simmons.

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    I DID call the manufacturer of Pure Balance which is Ainsworth.

    I then called the number on a bag of Ol’ Roy – and got Doane Pet foods. :)

    My dogs, and many of my friends dogs, have been on Pure Balance for quite a while now. NO adverse affects at all.

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    Sorry, but PB is not made by Ol’Roy. Ol’ Roy is a Walmart brand dog food that is made by a manufacturer.

    PB dry food is manufactured by Ainsworth, right here in the USA, with ingredients sourced right here in the USA. Two completely different dog foods, both sold at Walmart.

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    Aisworth manufactures the dry food. Another company manufactures the can and tub foods.

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    The ingredients are on the bad. I read them before I bought it. No KCal though.

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    I was at my Walmart the very first day they put it out.

    When I saw “Limited Ingredients” and read the ingredients list, I bought it.

    Lo’ & Behold, both my dogs LOVE it. It is the ONLY kibble, of any brand, including PB, that they will eat by itself, with no toppers of can food.

  • Diane Purcell

    I was just looking for calories on the bag too!

  • Crazy4cats

    Thank you, DF! Looks interesting.

  • DogFoodie

    I was at Wal-Mart the other day 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.

  • Guest

    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.

  • Jessica

    I have a miniature schnauzer and a schnoodle and I just switched them to this brand and they are doing wonderful with it. My schnoodle had random episodes of vomiting, diarrhea, and his stool was never formed it was always on the loose side. the vet said to put him on a food for sensitive stomachs and I seen this brand at walmart and looked it up in here and it seemed decent. I tried the salmon one first and they liked it but it made them have a fishy oder, so I switched the free and wild bison and they love it and my schnoodle hasn’t had any episodes since being on this food. I’ve also noticed they are not as lethargic since switching to this brand. I’m very happy with it and so is my wallet!

  • Heather Rankin

    she eats 4health, yes i transitioned. it could of just been a fluke that it happened when i switched her. but i am now afraid to give her anymore. the reason i wanted to try it was that she has allergies really bad that she has to get steriod shots for and someone told me that their dog itched really badly, so they tried this food and the itching stopped. i think i will just stick with 4health for now. thank u though for your responces.

  • DogFoodie

    Possibly, Heather.

    What was your dog eating before and for how long was s/he eating it? Did you transition slowly, over a period of time, to the Pure Balance? And, have you checked the kcals and calculated a proper portion for your dog?

  • Heather Rankin

    I was wondering if the switch that I made also had anything to do with my dog getting very sick too. She started to not eat and after about 1 week she would not eat at all, only treats. So we stopped giving her everything and then she threw up blood and had blood in her stools, when she was able to go it was very little and she strained to go. Took her to the vet and he thought maybe she just had a virus that some dogs were getting but after seeing this is am calling him to let him know that others have experienced the same thing when switching to Pure Balance.

  • DogFoodie

    Sure enough, Sean! I looked on the Wal-Mart website and, of course, they don’t list the ingredients or the guaranteed analysis. Grrr… I asked them to share that information. I hope they respond.

    Here’s the item page: http://www.walmart.com/msharbor/ip/Pure-Balance-Limited-Ingredient-Turkey-and-Potato-Recipe-Dry-Dog-Food-24-lbs/43972456

  • Sean

    I saw a new limited ingredient turkey and potato recipe the other day.

  • aquariangt

    If I had a nickel for every time someone asked if Dani was a miniature collie… :)

  • Crazy4dogs

    Well at least a Sheltie looks like a mini rough collie! :-)

  • aquariangt

    I had goldens and rough collies, now I have. Sheltie and a mini schnauzer. Go figure

  • Dori

    Then you’d get a good laugh at my 6′ 220 lb husband walking any one of our dogs. He loves his little baby girls. Carry’s them around, talks to them. Worries about them. It’s adorable. He used to have GSD’s before he met me.

  • theBCnut

    Back when I used to work GSDs, I used to hear all the time, “How often do you have to walk your husband’s dog?” or “Why don’t you make your husband walk his own dog?” And I can’t even begin to tell you how many people I had afraid of me because I could manhandle a big working GSD and wasn’t afraid to wade right into the middle of it with them. Once, one of my husbands coworkers took my obedience class and one of my dogs was acting up badly and I picked up all 85# of him and tossed him in the car. I didn’t weigh more than 98# myself back then. The next work day, my husband had coworkers pulling him aside, talking in hushed voices, about how mean his little wife was.

  • LabsRawesome

    I never heard that before. I think all dogs are for all people. It is kind of funny when I see a big strong man walking a teeny tiny dog tho. :)

  • Dori

    Good point BC.

  • theBCnut

    Stereotypes. Labs are men’s dogs. That’s all I can figure.

  • LabsRawesome

    IKR? I’m not sure why people assume that.

  • Dori

    Hey labs, I’d love to know why everyone that doesn’t know you always think you’re a guy. I’ve even gone back through a lot of your posts recently trying to figure that out. Nothing you’ve ever posted would lead me to that conclusion yet it happens over and over again. You have noticed that right? Weird.

  • Buddykin

    Pure balance grain free is not available at some of the smaller stores. I have an older store within a half mile of my home which simply does not have the shelf space to carry the same variety that I can find at a “Super WalMart”. Fortunately I have two Super WalMarts within four miles of my Home. They not only carry the Grain Free Varieties but also the Freshpet Select beef “wet” that I rotate and/or mix into the bowl to keep my BT happy. Also just today I found a new Pure Balance Limited ingredient Formula at a WalMart Market place store.

  • Buddykin

    I can’t find “from the makers of ‘Ol Roy” anywhere on the three different varieties of PB kibble I have on the shelf right now, nor have I ever seen such language…If your Vet believes it is from the food then he, or she, should contact the proper authorities. That way all responsible dog owners can get the information based on facts, not as a second hand anonymous rumor.

  • Buddykin

    Well, good to see you’re not biased…. My dogs have been on Pure Balance for several years now and have never had a problem. LabsRawesome is 100% accurate in his information. You on the other hand have made some very serious, suspicious, and unsubstantiated claims backed by obvious bias against WalMart. Saying that they only care about the bottom line and that all they sell is low quality dog food could be the result of an actual bad experience. However, the fact that you sign in only as a guest and have nothing to collaborate your accusations along with your tone I can only conclude that you simply hate WalMart and that you probably don’t even own a dog.

  • LabsRawesome

    Okay. Ali, I’ll play your little game, If Ainsworth told you that they don’t always manufacture Pure Balance then who else does?

  • LabsRawesome

    Whatever dude. I am done arguing with you. I called Ainsworth too. And they told me that they manufacture Pure Balance exclusively. Give it up, Ali.

  • Jay

    SAME Brand dog food is manufactured at different places. I did call Ainsworth and they told me first hand that they do not ALWAYS manufacture Pure Balance. You are posting wrong information.

  • Jay

    LabsRawesome knows nothing because Same Brand Dog food is manufactured at different places. So NO you can not say for sure that it is always manufactured by Ainsworth. I called Ainsworth and they told me first hand. Please quit acting like you know everything because you don’t!!!!!!

  • LabsRawesome

    You are the only person posting Non reputable information on this site, Ali. In fact, you are posting totally wrong information every time you post.

  • LabsRawesome

    NO, it’s not. That statement simply is not true. If you want to talk to the manufacturer of Pure Balance call Ainsworth, because that is who makes it.

  • LabsRawesome

    People are saying that because it’s true, Jay. Pure Balance is made by Ainsworth everyday. Not just sometimes. ALWAYS. Your post makes ZERO sense.

  • LabsRawesome

    I’m fine Dori. See I’m still smiling!

  • LabsRawesome

    It seems to me Ali, that you finally realize your mistake. And you now know that Ainsworth manufactures Pure Balance, and Doane Pet Care Manufactures Ol’roy. Because your name has mysteriously changed from Ali to guest. Why don’t you just admit your mistake, and delete all your previous posts that contain all of that wrong information you were posting?

  • ali

    That is exactly what a Wal-Mart representative advised me when I contacted the number on the bag.

  • Dori

    No freaking out for you. Start doing some deep breathing. Remember…..you are the smiley happy family. Cannot have you, the leader of the smiley happy family freaking out.

  • DogFoodie


    I think the situation is frustrating for those who know the facts and are trying to share their knowledge with you because you’re refusing to listen. We’re very familiar with the Pure Balance products and know that Ainsworth is the physical manufacturer (co-packer) of the product, the name of which is owned by Wal-Mart, the “manufacturer.” Wal-Mart does not have a dog food manufacturing facility for either kibble or canned food. Incidentally, their canned Pure Balance products are canned by Simmons.

    If I decided today that I wanted to create a dog food, but didn’t have the ability to manufacture it myself, I’d contact a private label manufacturer to make the food for me, but I would still call myself the manufacturer of my product.

    If you don’t want to believe what the others are trying to tell you, contact Ainsworth and ask them yourself; here’s their contact information: http://www.ainsworthpets.com/contact

  • Carrie

    I am sorry that you had trouble with this dog food, but to say that feeding this dog food is the same as feeding Ol’ Roy is simply not true.

  • ali

    What it seems like to me is that you are all forum posters that are internet buddies who like to troll on actual consumers that are having issues with their dog food because you have nothing better to do.

  • Carrie

    You are lecturing Labs about dog food, when you were feeding Beneful a couple days ago.

  • Carrie

    I will be freaking out with you! :)

  • LabsRawesome

    You have no ides what you are talking about. Please get off this site. Stop posting wrong info. THE FOODS ARE MADE AT TWO DIFFERENT PLANTS. END OF STORY!!!!!!!

  • ali

    If you would like reputable information please call the manufacturer instead of going to non-reputable websites for your product information. Speak to a customer care representative from Ol’Roy/Pure Balance. When you call the number on the back of your Pure Balance bag you will get a customer service representative that introduces themselves as “Ol’ Roy.” The fact of the matter is that this food is causing illness in dogs that have never had any. The article you sent advises “private label brands usually provide less information about the product than name brands. It can be hard to find out who makes the product, what the ingredients are, or other important information.” Please do not tell me you would think Wal-Mart cares about the quality of this dog food. What a Wal-Mart brand dog food cares about is the bottom line. I do not care where it is manufactured. The only thing I care about is the health and safety of other dogs who would be at harm from eating low quality food that was manufactured with gross negligence and consumers get duped because of the low price. I hope you would agree :)

  • LabsRawesome

    Thank you, Dori! Like you said we all know I’m right, but the problem is, if someone else comes to this site looking for info, and they read ali’s posts, they are getting totally wrong info. And some people might actually believe her. I think the confusion comes from the bag saying “from the makers of Ol’roy” on it. People don’t understand the Ol’roy is just a brand name owned by Walmart. Walmart does not manufacture any dog food. Walmart does not own a dog food manufacturing plant. And if she posts the same stupid wrong info again that she’s been posting, I’m going to freak out.

  • Dori

    OMG!!! It’s enough to drive you insane. Where a food is made makes a HUGE difference to all of us that keep track of not only ingredients, but recalls, shady and shoddy companies and who makes and co-packs the foods we feed to our companions animals. If I were you Labs, I’d give up on this subject with these posters. You know you’re correct, we know you’re correct, we know it’s an Ainsworth product and, at this point, you’re just gonna stress yourself out. Some folks just want to believe what they believe. The confusion, in my opinion, continues, and will continue due to Walmart’s incredibly poor web site. They continue to link both foods together on their sites. I don’t know what or why they continue to do this since they have to be aware by all the phone calls and inquiries as to who makes Pure Balance.

  • LabsRawesome

    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.

  • Jay

    I called Ainsworth. I just would like to get to the bottom because I don’t know what to believe.

  • Norita Fallert Dean

    I have been using PB Salmon and Pea recipe for over a year now with my dog with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency or EPI. She has been doing wonderfully on it and its the only grain free food with a price point that I can afford. Keep up the great work PB!!!!

  • ali

    Pure balance IS made by the same manufacturing plant that Ol’roy is manufactured in. I’ve called to verify this. Im a concerned consumer whos pet got deathly ill after switching. I’m not going to argue over small logistics to someone who seems to just want to argue. It’s labeled “from the makers of ol roy” lol. 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. Ol’roy is a brand of dog food sold at Walmart. Ol’roy is not a manufacturing company, IT IS A BRAND OF DOG FOOD Not a manufacturer. Ol’ Roy is a private label brand manufactured for Walmart by Doane Pet Food, a division of Mars pet foods.

  • LabsRawesome

    Who did you call? Did you call someone at Walmart? Call Ainsworth. They will tell you that they make Pure Balance kibble. Ainsworth manufactures Pure Balance kibble, no one else does. Here is Ainsworths contact info. http://www.ainsworthpets.com/contact

  • Jay

    When I called they said it can be manufactured by Ainsworth but not all the time??? How can you say for sure that it is manufactured by Ainsworth?

  • Jay

    People are saying this food is manufactured by Ainsworth? I called and they said it can sometimes be manufactured by Ainsworth but not always. How are these people saying that it is???

  • ali

    I had purchased PB because of the issues with Purina/Beneful recently in the news. I was trying my best to make sure my beagle mix had good food. 10 days after slowly switching her from Purina One she had very bad diarrhea on the 7th day of feeding PB (never has experienced diarrhea) and the symptoms worsened with time. In 4 days her stools were pure blood and vomiting over 7 times in one day. I rushed her to the vet and they ran multiple test and kept her overnight. The vet had advised me that it could possibly be salmonella but it is very hard to diagnose and advised to stop feeding PB and gave a diagnosis of HGE . Please do not feed your dogs this food. You do not know where it is manufactured and I have a sinking suspicion that the walmart brand PB is manufactured overseas since there is no “Made in the USA” anywhere on the bag. Please be aware of this brand made my Ol’Roy (which is a poor brand of dog food). It could have cost me my dogs life.

  • Johnny

    Walmart wouldn’t be the one responsible for the recall, right? It would be the manufacturer, Ainsworth, who has never had a recall.

  • Shawna

    Hi again Kathleen — hope you don’t mind me butting in on this conversation.

    You mention chicken as being a problem food for many. I think that the arsenic and grains may be a part of the reason but another factor is a protein in chicken (and many other foods) that is called a lectin. Lectins are sticky and for some, that are sensitive to a particular lectin, they can be very damaging to that person/animal. The damage can be in the gut, such as IBD, colitis, inflammation etc. Lectins can also cause more serious damage such as autoimmune diseases.

    I react to the lectins in dairy products. My symptoms are anything from joint pain to itchy scalp to sinus headaches and many more. My grandson reacts to the lectins in wheat, barley, rye and spelt (otherwise known as gluten). His symptoms are severe diarrhea, behavioral issues, cold extremities and more. My husband reacts to pinto beans by becoming violently ill – major vomiting and diarrhea. My Pomeranian gets ulcerative colitis from the lectins in chicken.

    Here’s a really good, in my opinion, and easy to read article on lectins and their damaging affects. The title of the article is “Lectins — A Little Known Trouble Maker” http://www.institutefornaturalhealing.com/2009/07/lectins-a-little-known-trouble-maker/

  • Shawna

    Hi Kathleen,

    Thanks for the very nice comment above!! :)

    The quality of the eggs plays a huge role in whether salmonella would be a big concern or not. Eggs that have been raised naturally (versus factory farms) have been safely eaten raw by man and beast for centuries. In fact in many other parts of the world, eggs are of such better quality that they aren’t even stored in the fridge. Organic, free range fed chickens produce much healthier eggs than factory farmed eggs. The price isn’t much higher and the quality definitely justifies the increased price.

    In my comment I mentioned raw eggs and “raw goat” milk in helping the liver. These two foods have protein precursors to making an antioxidant in the body called glutathione. Glutathione is the “master antioxidant” of the body and helps the liver keep the body clean. ANY processing (such as whipping/cooking the eggs or pasteurizing the milk) damages that protein structure. Goat’s milk also has smaller fat molecules making it much easier and healthier to digest. The proteins in goat milk are also usually less allergenic then cow’s milk.

    For what it’s worth, you are much better going with full fat foods as long as the fats are quality sources. Science is finally coming to the conclusion that quality fats have been demonized and are not the problem they were once thought to be. LOTS of nutritionists, doctors and medical writers are discussing this myth of fat being bad for us. The same goes for our dogs.

    One of my current favorite sources of info on the fat myth is human Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter. He has articles discussing the current low fat craze as a contributing factor to diseases such as alzheimer’s later in life. Our brains, and our dogs’ brains, NEED good amounts of quality fat. http://www.drperlmutter.com/about/grain-brain-by-david-perlmutter/

    Coconut oil doesn’t feed yeast at all. It actually destroys yeast. Yeast infections can be caused by two different kinds of yeast – candida is the one that is in the mucous membranes and colon. Two of the three types of fatty acids in coconut oil are lauric acid and capric acid. The below research showed a positive affect from these two fatty acids, lauric and capric, against candida yeast. “In summary, the results show that both capric and lauric acids are active in killing C. albicans
    and may therefore be useful for treatment of infections caused by that
    pathogen or others that infect the skin and mucosa, possibly in
    conjunction with antibiotic therapy over a longer period of time.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC90807/

    Here’s another paper that discusses the whole oil (coconut) “Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species.” http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/jmf.2006.1209 You most certainly SHOULD be using organic extra virgin coconut oil to fight yeast infections. :)

    Sorry this was so long.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    No, I haven’t checked the store. I’ll keep it in mind next time I’m there. Thanks!

  • LabsRawesome

    That is really weird, I can’t imagine why Walmarts in your area wouldn’t stock Pure Balance. Have you ever looked in the store for it? Sometimes websites lie. lol. :)

  • LabsRawesome

    No, Pure Balance has never been recalled. It is made by Ainsworth.

  • DogFoodie

    Removing chicken only helps if your dog is intolerant of chicken. I have a dog with a relatively lengthy list of foods intolerances, but the only animal protein in that list is fish. He’s eating chicken with no problem currently.

  • Kathleen Lee

    Has this food ever been recalled? I wonder if Walmart would do the right thing and recall it if there was a problem? I just do not trust them anymore……

  • Kathleen Lee

    I’ve just recently finally found a good dog food with no potatoes or chicken and is grain free. Outsource from Canada and New Zealand only. Zignature.im in the process of switching from Merrick to Zignature now. Hoping for good results…

  • Kathleen Lee

    I disagree with your vet. I think you are correct. The body converts starch to glucose which feeds yeast which causes massive itching. My poor Yorkies have been suffering for years…..chronic ear infections yeast etc. I worked with a Doctor who was a vet went back to school to become MD. He told me that vets are taught little to NOTHING about nutrition in school. I’ve learned a lot from him…..but not nutrition. I’ve actually taught him in this area!

  • Kathleen Lee

    I was just gonna suggest this. I’m in the process of switching mine from Merrick to Zignature. I’ve discovered in my research of the past year that chicken can also cause skin or allergy issues with dogs…..chickens eat grain and are also fed arsenic. So far my dogs are eating the 2 mixed. I got the lamb…..I chose it cause it is chicken and potato free.

  • Kathleen Lee

    Raw eggs are safe? I fear samanella. …I scramble eggs for my 5 occasionally. Try to give them Salmon once a week. No fat plain yogart several times a week and all kinds of veggies. Was using coconut oil but read that feeds yeast which 3 of mine have chronic problems with….I’ve never given any of mine milk cottage cheese once in a while now as they love it.

  • Kathleen Lee

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge! I just learned so much from your post….love learning!!

  • Kathleen Lee

    My sister has 2 of these a male and female….yes she breeds them but they are well cared for loved and live in her house sleep in her bed. No puppy mill. She calls them party Yorkies? They are beautiful dogs……yours is stunning…

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Lol. I’m not a fan of how they treat their employees, which is why I don’t shop their much. However, I think it is a good option for people that are on limited budgets, for dog food or anything else.

  • GSDsForever

    My (very limited recollection) is that you can. But I could be wrong.

    Sorry I am not more helpful.

    I like to say that I am allergic to Walmart. (That’s what I told my little nephew on why we couldn’t go there. LOL.) But this is how it works at Target.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Yeah, there’s a Walmart. I’m not really a huge Walmart fan either, but I will go there once and a while. I know you can order online for pickup, but I’m not sure if you can do it if the store doesn’t normally carry the item.

  • GSDsForever

    I am really not a Walmart shopper, but isn’t there a way to order this from Walmart online for in store pick up near you?

    I’m assuming of course that you have a Walmart somewhere near you (one that just doesn’t have it) . . .

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I would totally feed this, but when I search on the Walmart website it tells me that it isn’t available within 50 miles of me. :( BTW, your pups are adorable! :)

  • LabsRawesome

    I rotate foods. Pure Balance Grain Free is one of the kibbles I use. All 3 of mine eat this with gusto, and always have small firm stools.

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    My 2 babies seem to be experiencing more thirst since switching to PB.

    It didn’t register that it could be the food because it’s winter and the furnace is going non-stop so I figured it was the dry air in the house. But I was on another website with PB reviews, and a lady mentioned excessive thirst in her comments as well, so the old bell in my head went DING DING DING!

    Reading the ingredients above, I noticed the Sodium. Is there an excessive amount?

    Has anyone else’s dogs been experiencing this thirst since they started on PB?

  • Crazy4cats

    Super cute! Have fun with your new addition!

  • Shawna

    Audrey got 1/8 tsp of SP Canine Renal Support five days per week with one meal since diagnosis. It is the one supplement I made sure I always had on hand. I gave her SP Canine Hepatic Support off and on when I felt her liver was stressed (like when we were dealing with her food allergy). I also liked raw eggs and raw goats milk for liver support.

  • http://theuglypugglyboutique.com/ sandy

    Which Standard Process formulas were you using and how much?

  • http://theuglypugglyboutique.com/ sandy

    My oldest one right now is 15 yrs and 9 mos. April is his rescue month so that’s what we’re using as his birthdate. He could already be 16, who knows.

  • http://theuglypugglyboutique.com/ sandy

    Check out the article “How We Rate Dog Food” in the Library link at the top of the page or just type it in the search box or use the link in the “A Final Word” section in each review. The link actually just says “our ratings”.

  • Shawna

    Oh My Goodness!!! How ADORABLE!!

    Smaller and older dogs needing lower protein is actually a myth. In fact, they now know that older dogs actually need more protein as they are less efficient at digesting their meals. There is TONS of reliable information on this all over the net but here’s a few sources.

    From Purdue University PowerPoint presentation titled “Geriatric Nutrition of Companion Animals”. The below is taken from page 4.
    “Senior canine research – 40 years
    –Age-related reduction in protein turnover
    –Older dogs need more protein than young adults (50% more!)” http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/swineclass/PDF/Companion%20Animal%20Nutrition_2.pdf

    Older dogs need as much as “50%” more protein then their younger adult counterparts.

    In article written by “By T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM” on PetMD website it states “”But too much protein is bad, right?” you ask. Do your own research and poll half a dozen nutrition specialists (not the guy who runs the local pet shop) and here is what you will find: There is no general agreement among expert nutritionists regarding what constitutes “too much” protein in the dog’s diet. Research shows that dogs have a high capacity for digesting and utilizing diets containing more than thirty percent protein on a dry weight basis. (Dry weight basis means the food with no moisture present. Dry dog food in a bag usually has 10 percent moisture and canned food has about 74 percent moisture.) If left to catch and consume prey to survive, as wild canines do every day, dogs’ diets would be even higher in protein than what is generally available commercially……

    So what does that mean for the older dog? It means that you should not restrict feeding high quality protein to older dogs just because they are older. There is even some valid research that indicates older dogs may need a higher percentage of protein in their diets than they required during middle age. This shouldn’t be a surprise to us because dogs evolved through the ages as meat eaters. The grain-based diets for dogs did not even exist until seventy years ago when we humans demanded the convenience, simplicity and economy of dog food in a bag.” These two quotes were taken from page two of the linked article. http://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/evr_dg_focusing_on_protein_in_the_diet

    I currently have seven toy breed dogs. I just lost my heart dog two weeks ago tomorrow to kidney disease. She had the disease from birth and was officially diagnosed at one year of age (her vet gave her a year to live). She lived eight and a half years eating a HIGH protein raw diet — protein amounts ranged from 45 to 54%. They have known for 20 years that protein does not damage the kidneys and only needs to be limited when symptoms, like vomiting, start to appear. The remainder of my seven dogs are between the ages of 19 years and 8 years and eat the same 45 to 54% protein diet. The 19 year old is a 4 pound Chihuahua. Toy breed dogs have the same digestive tract and organs as larger dogs. They perform the same way. The only difference is they are smaller — to compensate for their smaller size they simply eat less food but their nutrient requirements are no different.

  • 89′ Alumni

    I have a biewer terrier, a very rare breed from Germany, from which the AKC has just accepted the breed in April of 2014. First of all, with older dogs, as well as the smaller breeds, you have to watch protein content. Anything over 28% is considered to much and can cause liver & general health issues. My dog is on another brand of food which is “not” grain-free but a lamb & rice formula and has done ok. On the other hand, I am expecting to add a new addition to the family soon. Another biewer that is a retired stud from down south. Being on a grain-free diet, I am considering switching them both.
    Only thing is that I am torn. The Bison & Pea has 30% protein but is rated 4.5 stars whereas the Salmon & Pea has protein in the mid 20% but is only rated 3.5 stars. Howcome such a difference in ratings?

  • Debbie

    Started my two dogs on Pure Balance Grain Free Salmon and Pea Recipe, as Walmart was out of any other flavor. Both loved it at first then my Bluetick Coonhound refused to eat it. However still used it for my Border Collie mix. Not only did she love it, I can use it for treats and she finally gained some weight :) In my area Walmart sold this for $32.88 for 24lbs and has higher calories than the Chicken & Brown Rice.

  • Susan

    He could be allergic to the protein in the Bison, well that’s what vet from Hills told me when I said my dog starts to scratch & have diarrhea when he eats potatoes, I thought it was the starch in the potatoes, he said it would be the protein in the potatoes, maybe he’s right, I don’t know, I just stop feeding the potatoes… he said all living things have proteins…..

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    My dogs like the Salmon/Pea much better than the Bison formula.

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    I mix the Bison with a bit of warm water. Makes it easier for small dogs to eat.

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    You find Pure Balance to be expensive? True it is a bit higher than say Purina dog chow or Pedigree, but it’s also better for them. As it’s sold only at Walmart, watch their sales papers for roll backs. Or do as I do and order from their website. Sometimes the price is a little less online.

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    My dogs are the same way, but with the Salmon & Pea formula. They also like the lamb pate’ in the tub.

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    I contacted Ainsworth. They told me that PB is a private label,
    manufactured by them for Walmart, therefor they do not list it on their

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    I contacted them about this, and they told me that PB is a private label manufactured by them for Walmart, therefor they do not list it on their website.

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    My dogs LOVE the Salmon & Pea, especially when the kibble is mixed with a bit of warm water. They’re iffy with the Bison recipe.

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    My dogs also have an allergy to grains, and love this Salmon & Pea recipe. However one of my dogs vomits when fed the Bison recipe. So we’re staying with the Salmon & Peas for now.

  • http://peggygurney.com/ Peggy Gurney

    The Bison is also grain free.

  • Teresa Gipson

    My dog has an allergy to grains. He is ok with the Salmon.. although he doesn’t care for the taste. But when we fed him the Bison, which he loves, he doesn’t stop itching. I have been trying to find out what the different ingredients are between the 2.

  • India

    Thank you so much!

  • Debbie

    356 kcal/cup

  • Debbie

    The PetsMart near me has Authority for $23.99 for 15lbs but got Pure Balance Salmon and Pea for $33/ 24lbs OR the Chicken & Rice $32/ 30lbs…so seems WalMart wins here in WA state.

  • Debbie

    356 kcal/cup

  • India

    How many calories does the salmon and pea have??

  • Lisa

    Thanks Sandy

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Both the recipes listed in this review are grain free.

  • Marian Murdoch

    Our dog did the same with the salmon and pea. Fine at first, then stopped eating it altogether.

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  • Jenn66

    Make sure you make extra copies of the 4$ Rachel ray coupons because you can only print twice from the same computer 😉 luckily the library helps with having more computers… Oh and this is is my first bag of the Pure Balance. We have a new Bugg puppy (half Boston half pug) and a rescue female breeder Boston we got a few months ago and is 5. We have been giving them pedigree while researching better dog foods so this is the 1st one we are trying and will be gradually mixing this in which their existing food. With our previous Boston which we lost over the summer, he was fed Blue Buffalo but was way too eexpensive!

  • Bobby dog

    You would have to contact Wal-Mart customer service or Ainsworth for an answer.

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  • Teri

    My Jack Russell was having MAJOR skin irritaions so after several rounds of sterioids i deciede to try grain free, It was GREAT, dog likes the salmon and bison, hubby picked up the lamb and rice formula by mistake and dog ate it for the first 3 days , now refuses it al all, even with toppers. so will be going to store today for more bison one. Can i buy bigger bag and freeze it?