Natural Balance Fat Dogs (Dry)


Rating: ★★★½☆

Natural Balance Fat Dogs receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Natural Balance Fat Dogs product line includes one dry dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient guidelines for adult maintenance.

Natural Balance Fat Dogs

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 8% | Carbs = 55%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, salmon meal, garbanzo beans, dried peas, pearled barley, oatmeal, pea fiber, dried beet pulp, alfalfa meal, oat fiber, tomato pomace, pea protein, natural flavor, brewers dried yeast, vegetable pomace (carrot, celery, beet, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach), chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried egg, salmon oil, salt, potassium chloride, vitamins (choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, niacin supplement, biotin, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid), minerals (zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, sodium selenite, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate), inulin, dl-methionine, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), l-carnitine, taurine, l-lysine, choline chloride, citric acid and mixed tocopherols (preservatives), dried Yucca schidigera extract, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 11.7%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis26%8%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%8%55%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%19%53%
Protein = 28% | Fat = 19% | Carbs = 53%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The second ingredient is salmon meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

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

The third ingredient includes garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (pulse) family of vegetables.

Garbanzos contain about 22% protein, something which must be considered when evaluating the total protein reported in this food.

The fourth ingredient includes 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 fifth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

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

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 alfalfa meal. Although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

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, we find tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

Next, this food includes 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.

In addition, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

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

Natural Balance Fat Dogs Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Natural Balance Fat Dogs 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 29%, a fat level of 8% and estimated carbohydrates of about 55%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 29%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the garbanzo beans, dried peas, alfalfa meal, pea protein and brewers dried yeast, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Natural Balance Fat Dogs is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken and salmon meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.


Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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08/14/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • veggienut

    My dog has been on this food for quite awhile, and now he’s have soft to diarrhea stool from it. Maybe it is a bad batch~? I know dogs have frequent stools with this, but this stuff isn’t normal. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated.

    Edit:::the Vet has had him on different meds but nothing really has helped.

  • Pam Dalton

    We have two Pugs (really 3 but one is diabetic and has a history of crystals so it’s only W/D for him). Back to the other two. They are both ten. One is a recent rescue/stray who was a mess when we first got her in January. Hairless, smelly, fungus, etc. The vet had spayed her, dewormed and de-parasited her, dental, etc but she was missing half her hair and smelled bad. Our other Pug is a big guy. He has a thyroid issue and is on meds for that. None of our dogs get table scraps out of sensitivity and parity to the diabetic one (and controlling Pug middle age spread!). The big guy is a solid 32 pounds and literally, his paws, chest, head, build in general is much bigger and more muscular than the others. He has been on Fat Dogs for three years, and gets a few supplements, including a fish oil daily (they all get that) which has kept their fur shiny and skin healthy, and they all get a couple tablespoons of canned food and a probiotic on top of their dry, twice a day. For his weight, you’d think he would get several cups daily. Not so. He gets 3/4 cup Fat Dogs in the am and pm, the SAME amount of everything his new ‘sister’ gets as well as the same amount of exercise. She is beautifully healed and grown in (fun) and looks like a million bucks. At slightly under 18 pounds. How can this be? I can only say metabolism. This food seems to fill them all up. Pugs are food machines. Cutting back his portions with other formulas had him knocking over the garbage to get into anything else he could. He was still starving! I think what works for one dog and even one breed vs. another can sure vary but for our Pugs, Fat Dogs is the ticket.

  • William Eastman

    Lazaro, I do that,too. Except I mix it half and half with his regular food to control his weight loss, and then adjusted it more to try to balance his target weight.

  • William Eastman

    She should have some kind of waist and a slope underneath from chest to hind legs. If she’s long haired, that might not be so obvious. I’m not an expert, so take what I say with a grain of salt. My vet also told me to add rice to his diet with his food. He also mentioned carrots,cheese and berries as snacks.

  • William Eastman

    Mine was down to 9 1/2 pounds, too, and could feel his backbone, so I increased his weight. 10 pounds is just about right. My little guy is 13 years old,and needed his weight to be better.

  • sharron

    also i had her weighed at the clinic and she is nearly 12 lbs, i was quite surprised because to me she doesn’t look any different than she did when was at 10.5 lbs – i have had her at 9.5 lbs and she looked ill, that was few years ago – she’s 7 now, and not the most active

  • sharron

    thanks – she is on the bigger size of a yorkie and chihuahua – it’s hard to tell with her – i’ve always been told a dog should go in at the waist – well with lexee, she’s never really has had that, she goes in a bit but she’s never had a definite waistline

  • William Eastman

    Does she look overweight? Like Chihuahuas, they come in all different sizes. Most people think they should be 6-7 pounds, but they can be as small as 2 pounds ( teacup Chihuahuas are just the runt of the litter, while mine is the bigger of the litter. If her body shape is accurate, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. If you can easily feel her backbone, then she is too thin. Good luck with her, I’m sure she’ll be just fine.

  • sharron

    i have a yorkie/chihuahua that is about 1-1 1/2 lbs overweight , might not sound like much but it’s a big deal to me. I have her on RC Satiety can food – won’t eat dry at the best of times and absolutely won’t eat weight loss dry food – don;t know where the extra weight came from, i don’t over feed her and she only gets 1 small treat at night plus she gets 3 walks a day

  • William Eastman

    Hi msams! I have a chihuahua who maxed out at sixteen pounds. Found out my dog dog sitters was spoiling him. At that point, I decided to restrict his diet to two 1/8cups of fat dog/ eukanuba for chihuahuas and two treats a day. He was losing 1 pound a month and he has really showed improvement. He is down to 10 pounds and is healthy as can be. I would first recommend talking to your vet for advise, but this is my suggestion. Also, he goes out for walks once or twice a day. Hopes this helps!

  • Bobsk8

    My dog has been on it since it was released, and does very well. Her weight is under control, and her coat looks great, and she is eleven years old.

  • veggienut

    My dog is on this. This was the only food I could find that is low in fat and high in fiber of which the Vet advised me for him to be on. He’s pooping a lot, but I was expecting it since it is high in fiber.

  • Jamie Schwartz

    This food is also very high in carbohydrates, which does not help in weight loss. What makes weight loss even possible with this food is L-Carnitine, which is like an energy burner, I believe. The best you can do for a dog who needs to lose weight is put them on a species appropriate raw diet. No filler in those diets, everything is able to be utilized by the body – and MUCH smaller poops. Fat Dogs food has so much filler in it (and fiber, as Crazy4Dogs mentions) that a lot of it is just being passed through, while keeping the dog feeling “full”.

  • Crazy4dogs

    This is a gimmicky food. They’re pooping so much because it’s 10% fiber. Most dog foods are between 3-5%. It’s very low calorie. You’d be better off feeding less of a better food. Dogs don’t need large portions, neither do humans.

  • Larisa E. Scharikin

    I just put my dogs on this food and they are all pooping a who;e bunch! Like a number of times a day.Why is this? Does this mean the food is not very good?

  • Ben

    You should really try to switch to feeding twice a day work with vet that is what she recommends all the time

  • Lazaro Borges

    Try feeding her natural balance fat dogs. It’s high in fiber and fiber keeps things moving internally. This brand of dog food is 250 kcal per cup and has about 7 grams of fat in it. I feed my dog this brand because he became overweight also. He has lost the weight and is doing fine. Give it a try and see how Dory does on it.

  • GaryNY

    If it is coming out solid, then is in there long enough to absorb the nutrients and the water. Fiber “keeps thing moving” and increases the bulk of the poop. Same things happens when people eat a high fiber diet.

  • theBCnut

    We do have a blast!

  • LabsRawesome

    Oh wow, my son’s last day was June 5. He goes back at the end of August. That’s so awesome, your whole family gets involved with VBS. It must be a lot of fun. πŸ™‚

  • theBCnut

    Public school here gets out mid May and our VBS is always the first one of the summer, then we give our decorations to another church that does the same VBS in mid summer, and after their’s is over, they give the decor to another church that does the same VBS in late summer. My artwork is widely traveled. I’m in charge of our puppet team(which is mostly my family) and we are all artsy so we actually help decorate the whole church, not just our stage. This year the theme was Weird Animals and boy did we have fun!!! We start back to school in early August, so no VBSs then.

  • Cyndi

    I’m with Labs, glad you’re just busy and everything is ok with you. We’ve missed you! πŸ˜‰

  • Shawna

    I miss her wit. I wish I could have even 1/4 of her wit!!!

  • LabsRawesome

    Wow you guys have VBS super early!! We don’t have it here until August. My Church is awesome!! The kids get new backpacks and School supplies every year. Glad everything is okay with you, and you’re just busy. πŸ™‚

  • theBCnut

    Hi everyone! Thanks for the kind thoughts. I really appreciate it. Things are a bit crazy for me right now. I homeschool my kids and we’re trying to wrap up the school year. My family and I are our church’s puppet team, so we have a big part in Vacation Bible School. And my aunt, who has no family but us, has dementia and other health issues that are needing a lot of attention. VBS is finally over as of last night, so I’m hoping that frees up some of my time. I’ve really missed DFA and all my doggie friends!!

  • Betsy Greer

    VBS stands for Vacation Bible School. : )

  • Oops. I meant to reply to you, Betsy. What’s VBS?

  • We all miss her. What’s VBS mean?

  • sue66b

    Yes, I haven’t seen Paddy reply much lately & I wondered if she was Ok….

  • Cyndi

    Thanks Betsy, I’d appreciate that. I’m a worrier by nature, and when I realized I hadn’t seen her on here in a while, I started to get a bit worried about her. Thanks so much for filling us in. I do wish her, her family and especially her aunt, well.

  • SandyandMila

    Wow that’s a lot to deal with! We just miss her on here, and wish her well. (:

  • Crazy4cats

    Me too!

  • Crazy4cats

    I know my days are just not complete without that nut!

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Cyndi,

    Patty’ s had a lot commitments recently with wrapping up school, VBS and she’s taking care of her aunt who’s having health problems. I’ll tell her you asked about her!

  • Cyndi

    I know this is an old comment, but I just saw it while I was reading other comments and realized you haven’t been on here in a while. I hope everything is ok with you. πŸ™‚

  • kat

    My girl beagle is finally losing weight after 6 years! She has started running again. So great to see. But be ready for the poop bags! This food sure does increase their output….wow.. Long ago I heard when that happens, the food is going right through them including the nutrients? Is that true? I hope not because this is working great for her. The only advice my vet would give was… feed her less. My other beagle eats the same normal portion and he is thin. This food allows pups to eat! SO nice you don’t have to starve them to lose weight… something I was never willing to do.

  • Karen Gavini

    I am so happy to read all these positive comments. My Shih Tzu is a rescued 11 year old who weighs 21#. He has arthritis in his shoulders and a sore back. I want to get some weight off of him. He was eating Science Diet Weight Management but the ingredients did not sit well with me. I just started mixing NB in with this food and he loves it. I will continue to give him this food and hopefully, he will lose some weight. Thanks everyone!

  • Alexa

    My vet has recommended no-salt-added canned green beans to help with weight loss- replacing one of their servings of dog food a day with just green beans. They get their fill of food, without adding a load of crap to their diet. I’d also recommend running the stairs with your pup. I know that sounds dumb, but if one person just stands at the top, and one stands at the bottom, and you have a cookie (like a green bean) on both sides, you can get them running in no time, up and down, up and down.

  • Alexa

    Nothing Beneful produces should ever be given to dogs. It’s like eating cardboard.

  • losul

    It sounds like they are doing a good job already getting her weight down. 8 lbs in 2 months is quite a bit. Slow and easy, she should get there], IMO.

  • What is her feeding amount? Does she get about 1/3 cup twice a day?

  • InkedMarie

    Bless your parents! We adopted a senior sheltie who was obese. We chose Wellness Core’s reduced fat food and she went from 43.7 pounds to 26. It worked very well for her.

  • Msams0975

    Hi, a little help please..
    My parents adopted a senior pug from the local shelter a couple of months ago. She is 8 years old and spayed. She ended up at the shelter after her elderly owner passed away and no one in the family wanted her or the rest of her dogs.
    Dory CLEARLY was never on a restricted diet. She should likely weigh 15-18lbs total, and when she was brought into the shelter she weighed a whopping 34lbs. The horrible part is that she carries the fat around her face, neck and chest.
    She runs out of breath just by basic walking and fat hangs over top of her ears, causing constant ear issues.
    They changed her diet from Science Diet to Acana Grasslands (plus green beans) and upped her exercise. Luckily, she is down to 26lbs now. However, she still has loads and loads of weight around her neck and chest and I am very worried about her health.
    They play with her regularly and try to walk her daily (in good weather, she is walked twice daily but we live in the North and right now, our temps are staying below 10 degrees). She absolutely HATES walking and will put the breaks on every couple of steps but we try our best.
    Does anyone have any advice on food, exercise or supplements that can help kick start her weight loss? I am horribly afraid that her life will be shortened due to this awful weight.

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  • Tim

    Buyer beware it is not fair

  • Fiki

    All they do is delete and cheat

  • Fik

    Shawnas 47% protein diet is proven wrong I could sing a song

  • Shawnana

    I don’t want the attention just the truth to be mentioned

  • Hounddog

    Mike is a scam who put me in spam

  • Jimzy

    My two fat chihuahuas hate it; only my skinny chihuahua (who has a hard time gaining weight) likes it. An NB rep recommended that I try giving them a Limited Ingredient flavor like Sweet Potato & Bison which they seem to like. It’s probably closer to the Duck & Potato flavor which is their norm.

  • InkedMarie

    Hi Anny! I;ll email right now!

  • Anny Olwin

    @inkedMarie, I have a 3 year old PBGV with a bad weight problem and my 5 year old Basset is a peanut. They eat identical food and amounts. I’m having a tough time following this thread for advice. Any chance you would email me your direct contact? I’m at [email protected] and would like to brain storm with a fellow PBGV mommy.

  • Annamaet Lean is another one I’ve seen recommended, along with the Wellness Core Reduced Fat that Pattyvaughn recommended.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Try Wellness Core Reduced Fat. It is a high quality reduced fat food, so your old girl should get the most out of it.

  • Winston

    Although expensive, our litlle old lady dog was by her vet to eat Purina OM (overweight management) dry dog food. She lost weight and is more like a younger dog again. However, the “sold by vet only” means the cost of Purina OM is pretty expensive. Our dog is a Cocker/Terrier mix and is now almost 15 years old.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Since your dog is a pup and his weight is good, why don’t you use one of Natural Balance’s other foods….Ultra, for instance? I believe this food is designed for dogs to lose weight. Your pup may need more fat than this food has in his diet.

  • Veronica BrownShuga Fullove-Mi

    I love this dog food already! We have a 5 month old Shitzu mixed w/bichon (Teddy Bear). His weight is pretty good he’s 5 pounds, however I wasn’t pleased with his eating. He wasn’t been eating all his food in each setting every and he’s been in our family for 2 1/2 months. We feed him 3x a day due to him being a pup and all. I switched him from Science diet to NB 3 days ago. Let me tell you, he cleans the bowl, now i’m pleased that my pup actually eats 3x a day not wasting food and he’s happy with his food. 3 days ago was the last straw, he ate his full serving of the of Science Diet food for breakfast and wouldn’t east again until the next morning and didn’t eat all of that, that’s when I really got concerned. Now i’m weaning him off by mixing the NB hard and soft food with the hard Science diet food and he is happy and so am I. So far I love the NB and it smells good, you can also see some of the veggies in the soft food. NO MORE SCIENCE DIET FOR OUR PUP!

  • Carolyn

    My 30lb dog (should be more like 22-23lbs) has so far lost 3 lbs in 3 months on this food. I give her 1/3 of a cup, 3 times a day (total of one cup per day). Since she is so food-motivated I often bulk it up with some warm water for “gravy” just to make her feel more full. I give her carrot slices only for treats and it’s good to see her get down in weight with less effort than I thought; her hips already seem to have stopped bothering her. Glad to see this food is recommended. Thank you!

  • BearandBetsey

    I am retired and on a pretty tight budget. My dogs are getting older now and tend to gain weight just looking at food. I mix Natural Balance Fat Dog with Purina One Step Beyond, which is a decent food. Both of these foods are of a reasonable cost. Making it simple, I mix half and half for a k/cal content of approx. 350 per cup. My dogs love either food, so no problems there. After feeding this combo, my dogs both have a tummy tuck again and have lost the unnecessary weight. Exercise is also very important for an overweight dog. Never go by what to feed that is on the bag, for sure you will have an overweight dog.

  • Crazy4cats

    I agree with Patty, I really think you should have her thyroid levels checked. Something just doesn’t seem right. That is not very much food for all that activity. My sister’s dog is on thyroid meds and it has made a world of difference in his activity level and weight. I wish the best for you.

  • InkedMarie

    We adopted a sheltie, 14″ tall, should have weighed around 25 pounds. She weighed 43.7. We found out she had hypothyroidism, bilateral hip dysplasia, arthritis, bladder stones, a few other things. We couldn’t exercise her for a few months, she could barely move.

  • LabsRawesome

    From what I can see, she does look a little thick. Did your vet give you an ideal weight?

  • mward1993

    Oh great, sorry. It kept saying the upload failed. Obviously it didn’t. And the side view is upside down πŸ˜›

  • mward1993

    Personally, I am not convinced that she is that overweight if at all. It’s the vet who says she may be overweight. And since she has had one acl tear and had surgery, that’s why it is so concerning. But pit bull type dogs are not super lean by nature. And Natalia is short and looks more stagy like. She is 18 inches at the shoulder ( just measured) and 53 lbs. she doesn’t have a pot belly or anything, in fact she still has a slight tuck to her stomach. I am trying to post a top view and side view of her.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Hypothyroidism is the first that comes to mind.

  • mward1993

    I have wondered about this too. But is there any metabolic issue that could be occuring without any other symptoms? Well… I take that back. Back when I first rescued Natalia she was an unwanted breeder dog who had been bred once that I know of ( maybe more) by a back yard breeder. He didn’t want her any more, and he was threatening to take her to the shelter. She was very thin and had been nursing her puppies while being underweight herself and she had a staph infection/ demodectic mange in her skin. Her first year or so with me she was fairly energetic. About the time she started gaining weight was when she started acting tired on walks. Lagging behind, pulling for the house, wanting to lay down. She is still playful though. Is there a metabolic disorder that only results in weight gain and possibly fatigue?

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  • aimee

    That fine as long as you realize that Dr.S. reports all fiber as carbohydrate, which it is.

    But when people think of carb they usually think of sugars and starches and not fiber.

    As mward 1993 pointed out below, carbs in the form of fiber are not really available to the dog as an energy source.

    I called each manufacturer and asked for NFE, an analysis used to measure “available” carb for lack of a better term. That value for the 2 diets (Fat Dog and Core Reduced fat) is nearly the same.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I agree. My girls get around 2 hours of activity per day and they eat about 2,500 – 2,700 kcal. per day (and they are very lean). Granted, they’re probably a bit bigger than a pit but still pits are fairly decent sized dogs. 500 kcal. per day even seems low for a pit that’s a couch potato…

  • Storm’s Mom

    hmm, I have to wonder if there’s not some metabolism issue going on then.. has this been explored by a vet, etc? For a dog of that size that’s that active, even 500 calories a day seem very very low to even be maintaining weight on?! It seems bizarre to me that a dog would be gaining weight on that sort of exercise regimen unless they are being incredibly overfed with kibble and/or treats..or there’s an underlying metabolic issue.

  • mward1993

    I take her for two walks per day, each are a MINIMUM of 30 mins per walk. We have a fenced in back yard that I play with her in, and she plays indoors. She probably gets 2 hrs of total activity most days. Once it cools off, our walks will increase to 45 mins or an hour per walk. Right now however, in NC it would be dangerous to walk her that far in one walk. I also take her to nearby parks and trails like the Eno River, especially in winter. She enjoys going to the river in the summer as well. So she gets a lot of exercise.

  • mward1993

    It is counted as a carb but it does not provide any energy or sugars like carbs do.

  • InkedMarie

    I go by what Mike has in the review: 55% carbs ot this food & 44% for Core reduced fat.

  • InkedMarie

    I said that I think thisFat dogs may be better than grocery store diet foods. I also said tht IMO, the carb is too high.

  • losul

    I agree with this too. Which means grain free. And then if he still needs to bulk it up, he could add some cooked green beans to it-low carbs, low calories, a cup of green beans only has about 35 calories and very few carbs.


  • Storm’s Mom

    You may have answered this somewhere already, but why not just exercise the dog more and feed her like a normal dog???

  • LabsRawesome

    I still think a higher protein low carb canned food would work better. But if this is the food you want to go with, that’s your choice. Let us know how it goes. πŸ™‚

  • Pattyvaughn

    A lot of people don’t realize that fiber is counted as a carb, even though it isn’t utilized as a carb.

  • mward1993

    It is low, that’s why I got the fat dogs formula. Because its 250 calories per cup I can give her 2 cups for only 500 calories. And the protein is way better than the average weight loss food. And the fat is low.

  • mward1993

    Yep, and my dog doesn’t do we’ll on wellness.

  • mward1993

    I wasn’t referring to grocery store foods. I was referring to the weight loss foods from nutri source, blue buffalo, wellness ( excluding CORE), chicken soup, solid gold, ect, ect. I wouldn’t even waste my time looking at food in food lion, Walmart, ect. The foods I have looked at are all 20% protein or even less. Except this one.

  • LabsRawesome

    1 cup for a Pit bull seems really low. My 10lb Dachshund eats 1 cup per day. Maybe you could try a lower calorie food that would allow her to eat more volume and still lose weight? Personally, I would go with higher protein and lower carbs. Maybe canned food?

  • aimee

    Since crude fiber under estimates total dietary fiber the calculated carb content can be off in diets with higher fiber content as I’d suspect here.

    Natural Balance reports carb as about 36% as fed for Fat Dog

    Wellness reports carb at 34% as fed for Core Reduced Fat.

    The diets are nearly equivalent in carb content.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I agree. Wellness CORE Reduced Fat would be a faaar better option.

  • InkedMarie

    I disagree that it’s better. Well, maybe it’s better than whatever diet foods found at grocery stores but I wouldn’t recommend those olds anyway. Dogs do best with higher protein, lower carb & lower fat for weight loss.
    It’s fine if you like it; I don’t. 55% carbs is too high, IMO.

  • mward1993

    Oh this is good to know. My pit bull is about to try fat dogs and switch from TOTW. I have been giving her one cup per day with no changes except a misereable hungry dog. So I hope this works while allowing her to eat more.

  • mward1993

    Better than most diet foods. And no potatoes or rice. All legumes, oats, and barley. I love that they focus on keeping the protein up and only using healthy carb and fiber sources. And the fat is from chicken fat and salmon oil so dogs can still get their omega fatty acids from a reduced fat content. NB has done well with this one.

  • Gmauch

    Love this stuff. Many of my customers have had really good results. And the nutrition panel looks so much better than most diet foods. I recomend this a lot. Lots of weight loss stories. πŸ™‚

  • InkedMarie

    Tyra different dry food…look at Wellness Cores reduced fat

  • Pattyvaughn

    Get rid of the Beneful.

  • scott

    Have been using this with Beneful wet food for about 2 months. Beagle mix at 26 pounds hasn’t lost much that we can tell…Chihuahua mix on same diet has lost about 2 pounds and has a nice trim little waist now..

    Can’t figure out why Beagle has lost no weight that is discernible. Beagle eats in morning Chihuahua eats in evening. Any help?

  • InkedMarie

    A “diet food” with 55% carbs?

  • Kate

    I have been using this product for 6 weeks and my overweight golden retriever has lost 3lb. I am very pleased with this and my girl likes the food – I will continue until she reaches her goal of weight 70 lb and will then review… I have tried other foods, Acana Light and TOTW and they didn’t work. Thank you.

  • mward1993

    I like that they kept the protein moderate instead of knocking it down to 20% or less.

  • Cobalt_Basement_Development

    Great tips, my dog needs to start eating healthier and this will help!


  • kelly

    I have a senior overweight Chihuahua who is now on Natural Balance Fat Dogs. I have tried Blue Buffalo healthy weight and he wasn’t crazy about it. I also didn’t notice any changes. He tried Wellness healthy weight, and also the same results as BB. So. I tried NB fat dogs. He has more energy, has a slimmer waist, and lost 1.5 lbs.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    At 8% fat, 26% protein and 250 kcal. per cup, while it wouldn’t be my first choice to feed an overweight dog, it’s comparable to prescription weight loss formulas and could be a healthier alternative. Science Diet R/D Canine Weight Loss-Low Calorie formula has 35% protein, 8% fat and 242 kcal. per cup (corn as the first two ingredients and soy as the fourth and sixth ingredients) and Science Diet Metabolic Advance Weight Solution has 30% protein, 12% fat and 255 kcal. per cup (corn as the third and fourth ingredients and soy as the sixth and seventh ingredients).