Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets (Canned)


Rating: ★★★☆☆

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets canned dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.

The Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets product line includes seven canned dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Natural Balance LID with Sweet Potato and Fish [A]
  • Natural Balance LID with Duck and Potato (1.5 stars) [A]
  • Natural Balance LID with Lamb and Brown Rice (3.5 stars) [A]
  • Natural Balance LID with Buffalo and Sweet Potato (2.5 stars) [A]
  • Natural Balance LID with Wild Boar and Brown Rice (3.5 stars) [A]
  • Natural Balance LID with Chicken and Sweet Potato (2.5 stars) [A]
  • Natural Balance LID with Venison and Sweet Potato (2.5 stars) [A]

Natural Balance LID with Sweet Potato and Fish was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Natural Balance L.I.D. with Sweet Potato and Fish

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 32% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 42%

Ingredients: Sweet potatoes, potatoes, fish broth, salmon, potato protein, salmon meal, ocean fish, canola oil, salmon oil, guar gum, calcium carbonate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, carrageenan, Yucca schidigera extract, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, niacin supplement, manganese sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, ascorbic acid, sodium selenite, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis7%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis32%18%42%
Calorie Weighted Basis27%38%36%
Protein = 27% | Fat = 38% | Carbs = 36%

The first ingredient in this dog food is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The second ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third ingredient is fish broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common addition component in many canned products.

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

The fifth ingredient is potato protein, the dry residue remaining after removing the starchy part of a potato.

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 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

The seventh ingredient is ocean fish. This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.2

Unfortunately, the phrase “ocean fish” is vague and does little to adequately describe this ingredient. Since some fish are higher in omega-3 fats than others, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this item.

In any case, fish meat is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The eighth ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

The ninth ingredient is salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

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 two notable exceptions

First, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets looks like an above-average canned 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 32%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 42%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 21%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 42% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 71%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the potato protein, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing just a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets is a plant-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.


However, due to their higher fat-to-protein ratios, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.

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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Notes and Updates

08/15/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Robertstack

    Are any of the ingredients in this food sourced from China? I am reading mixed things and it seems a bit shady that the company doesn’t provide this information on the bags or their website.

  • Anne Sheehan Smith

    Stacy, do you give your dog any commercial dog treats? I have 2 chihuahua’s and one has food allergies. I stopped all commercial treats;
    I only give them carrots, sweet potato fries, apples , etc and that has helped. Also he was on Venison from the vet for about 2 years ( expensive!) and lately he had a reaction to that. I switched to Natural Balance Buffalo and that seems to be working well.

  • Krista

    It’s too bad this product gets such low ratings. My dog actually cannot tolerate high protein foods so this has been a great option for her. I will continue to feed her both the canned and dry as she has done very well on both of them. In my opinion both the dry and wet lines should receive a 4 star rating. I find this to be an excellent brand. I don’t even have to give my dog Benadryl because her itching has stopped.

  • Sharron

    Lexee is even fussy about canned food – it has to be pate, doesn’t like anything chunky, lumpy, stewy or shredded. Have tried raw more than once, doesn’t like it either. Tried freeze dried, that was ok for a little while. Canned food is the only food that she will eat consistently.
    Been told by more than one vet and a couple of breeders that Yorkies, and Chihuahuas can be picky eaters.

  • Elizabeth Lang

    Hi Sharron – yes that’s my dog’s problem as well. He had a very hard time with dry food. I would add water and heat up his food, but he eventually stopped eating that food, and at that point (last year) he was eating a grain free dry food called Call of the Wild. For about 6 months I was making his 2 meals a day myself. Then I found Natural Balance and he took a real liking to the duck and potatoes, after trying the other rice free flavors.

  • Sharron

    Hi Elizabeth – i have a 7 yr old yorkie/chihuahua, like your dog, she is very picky too. I also have spent hundreds of dollars on food over the years I have tried just about every dog food made. She really dislikes dry food so i am feeding her Royal Canin canned.

  • Elizabeth Lang

    I have a 6 year old Chihuahua who has always been a very picky eater. I am really bummed to see that the one dog food we have finally found that he actually likes to eat is only given 1.5 stars. He eats the canned NB LID duck and potatoes. We’ve wasted a fortune on high end dog foods that he wouldn’t touch. At this point I’m not switching. His digestive system agrees with the food and his stools are not runny OR bloody. He’s satisfied and happy. For those of you who also have severely picky dogs, you know what I’m dealing with in the dog food department!!

  • theBCnut

    Many people feed their dogs meat only diets. You need to make sure the bone content is appropriate and also feed the organs in small amounts each day. Veggies are added for the micronutrients and antioxidants. Commercially raised meats may have some negative that require improving the diet, but your naturally raised game would have a lot less of those issues. Also, some add veggies because their dogs get constipated on a prey model diet. Rice and other bulk carb foods are usually avoided or severely limited. You might want to ask your vet what precisely your dog should be getting out of rice.

  • Tara LaNae Harlow

    Maybe you should start hunting and kill your own venison. Luckily I’ve got venison leftover in the freezer from last year and that was my cheapest option to start my dog with suspected food allergies which is a lot cheaper than buying dog food of any type. I’m going to mix it with rice and other ingredients my doctor insists my dog needs for a balanced meal. However I’m not sure why he can’t live off meet as a carnivore because I surely can as an omnivore 🙂

  • Rianna Riego

    I rescued my 6 year old lab when he was 2 and he had digestion problems so I fed him Natural Balance synergy. A few months ago, the vet suggested I switch out his food because of his severe otitis so I went with Limited Ingredient Diet – venison. He seems to have improved allerf wise but I started catching him eating his own feces. I googled and it said that whatever I am feeding him is probably lacking in some of the nutrients that he needs. I think I’ll look for a supplement or another dog food that I can mix into his food.

  • Maukwa

    Thank you vommarlowe…I am sorry about your loss of Marlowe. I hope that his passing was not caused by the diet problems 🙁 My Sparkie had colitis so bad that he was passing pools of blood, but is doing fine now on the Natural Balance Venison Potato. I would be afraid to try any other proteins for him…I don’t want to rock the boat. Thank you for the info…I will look for the Ziwi Peak air dried venison.

  • vommarlowe

    I have fed several unique protein foods to my (now passed) shepherd, Marlowe. He could not have the common proteins either.
    Here are some brands that worked for us: Ziwi Peak air-dried venison (I combined it with oatmeal or rice, as it’s all meat). Really handy for traveling. Merrick’s canned. Evanger’s canned. Acana Duck and Bartlett pear kibble. I can get buffalo locally, so sometimes I would make buffalo and oatmeal for him.

  • Maukwa

    My dog, Sparkie,( above post) did the same thing…it is allergy…try venison and potato for her….this helped my boy, and he was miserable, and I spent a fortune on vets , even went to the University of very wise vet solved the problem. Como Animal Hospital, in St. Paul Minnesota…

  • Maukwa

    My dog is so allergic to proteins that the vet prescribed a venison and potato product, but it was so expensive, that it bordered on the ridiculous…so we went with the Natural Balance Venison and Potato product…so far so good…at least he is not passing puddles of blood like he was before going on it. This is Sparkie, doing well on Natural Balance, and if anyone knows of a better Venison product please let me know. No chicken, no lamb, no turkey, no beef, no pork, etc.

  • Pat C.

    For the paw chewing, try “Vet Solutions Universal Medicated Shampoo”. I’m so thankful that I found it for my dog after much itching and money wasted on other things that didn’t work.

  • fourdogs

    Itchy paws can also be environmental allergies. My bichon has grass allergies, washing her feet when she comes inside from going potty helps, but I also made her a pea gravel potty area so her feet don’t have to touch grass at all. That was a huge help for the paw licking. Good luck with your sweetie, I know it’s hard watching them be miserable.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Stacy:
    You’re welcome, hope you have a good Vet visit. If your dog is experiencing food sensitivity choosing a recipe that is potato and grain free might help, or is at least a good place to start. This helped clear my dog’s skin; it took about 8 mos. I now feed him a rotational diet of GF and grain inclusive foods with no further issues. I have read some owners find they need to continue to feed potato and grain free. You might also check out balanced 95% canned foods for other options; however some can be high in fat. Here is some info about yeast allergies and yeasty skin:

    Here’s my short list of LID canned foods. There are others out there these are just readily available to me.

    Canned LID Potato & GF:
    Grandma Mae’s

    Nature’s Variety Instinct

    Zignature – no guar gum or carrageenan

    Canned LID’s:
    Nature’s Recipe Pure Essentials –
    not sure if all recipes contain potato
    Nutro Natural Choice
    Simply Nourish LID (Petsmart house brand)
    Wellness Simple

  • Stacy Simpson

    Thank-you very much Bobby dog, I will definitely try it, also i’m bringing my dog to the vet again today so maybe they will be able to think of something i can feed my dog. The vet was going to charge me so much around 1000 to 3000 for an allergy test so glad i didnt get one for her. I am going to try the rinse hopefully it will help her. Thanks again I really appreciate it.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Stacy:
    Other than parasites I don’t have any other reason your dog is scooting or in discomfort. Maybe someone else will have a suggestion for you.

    I do not have any experience with allergy tests, but from what I researched on the Internet from several universities that conduct them they are not reliable. A proper elimination diet over an allergy test was recommended as a more accurate way to identify possible food allergens. You can provide the food for it or your Vet may suggest a food. Discuss this with your Vet if you are interested in trying one. Here’s an article discussing allergy tests and elimination diets for dogs:

    The reason I found DFA is due to my dog’s skin issues. Here are a few links that you might find helpful. I found this video after my dog was all healed up; I would have definitely used this rinse for him. I have used this product for years with my horses when they had skin diseases or other infections. Never thought about using it for my dog, but will if necessary in the future. If you decide to try this rinse the povidone iodine solution does make the skin sensitive to the sun. If your dog goes outside allot, leave the solution on for about 20 minutes then rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly.

    You live in Canada and I know that some of our foods are not available to you. I have a small list of limited ingredient canned and maybe some dehydrated/freeze dried raw foods if you are interested.

  • Stacy Simpson

    Yes I tried everything brought her to like 5 different vets and only one could give me some form of answer that it was allergies. They all thot it was anal glands and did them and then remarked how there was barley anything coming out of them if any. And she would still scoot. But I have yet to see anything better than natural balance with regards to allergies and being canned. Some of the natural balance flavours she wont eat any more and shes becoming a very fussy eater.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Stacy:

    Have you had her anal glands checked? When they are infected or even just need help with emptying them it is painful and “scooting” or crying are some of the signs. Those were the signs my JRT used to give me.

  • Stacy Simpson

    My Pomeranian has been chewing her paws only and rubbing her butt on the ground often making cry like sounds for over 4 years now she is six. It cost so much to do allergy tests for dogs here in Ottawa, Canada. I tried this dog food and it didn’t seem to work she didnt seem to rub her butt on the ground as much but still chewed her paws.

  • theBCnut

    There are a few other LID foods out there that actually are really good, but they cost more than Natural Balance. When it comes to food allergies, you just have to go with what works.

  • Eliza

    Our springer developed outward signs of food allergies around the age of one. She was itchy, had licked the fur off all of her paws, and her ears were awful. She was put on lamb and rice for two years and then the symptoms reappeared. After this we put her on Natural Balance duck and potato. She had to be on a completely different protein and grain source than she had in the past. Natural Balance is the only company I can find that is true to the limited ingredient diet. Others state they are, but when you actually look at the ingredients on the food label, you will see they are not. I would suggest going to a single protein and single grain source food that your dog has not tried. Also, remember treats and biscuits have to be limited ingredient also. I love Natural Balance and their variety of foods and treats. My spaniel no longer itches, ears are pretty good, and she is furry feet again! Good luck!

  • tsippi

    I had similar problems with my dog the first six months I had her. I’ve learned skin problems require a variety of approaches. Food matters, at least with my dog; keeping her indoors during the worst of the pollen season also helps. The most important thing, though, is using a 3% salicylic acid shampoo. I bathe her daily in the summer, 3x per week in the winter. If I use conditioner, I use a salicylic acid conditioner. I’m sure to rub the shampoo into the areas that get the itchiest or are prone to yeast. I use a Denorex shampoo with salicylic acid, but there are other brands. Keep it out of your dogs (and your) eyes, and be sure to rinse the dog thoroughly. Good luck, and don’t give up. My dog was on Benadryl and steroids a year ago; this year, she needs absolutely nothing, has no yeast, and does not chew her leg. You’ll find a system that works!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Your dog is reacting to the food you are feeding. Just because it is an LID food does not guarantee that one of the ingredients is not an ingredient that your dog reacts to. Try another food that is very different from the one you are feeding now. Maybe Nature’s Variety Instinct LID

  • Liz

    I am so stuck. We have been feeding our 14 y/o Bichon this LID food for about a year now, and we have had to keep a cone on him since July (it is now 12/30). He has no fleas and gets oatmeal baths when his skin gets really bad. We give him Benedryl on our vet’s advice and use a tea tree/aloe spray on occasion when the cone is off. The cone was off today and he chewed two spots completely raw within 5 minutes. He has bald spots from other areas he has chewed in remarkably short times. I have no idea what else to do. It seems unrelated to season, environment (we have moved in the last year) or stress. If he had no cone on him, he would do it for 99.5% of his time, day and night, even while in our laps. Please, can anyone provide any suggestions?

  • Liz

    I am so stuck. We have been feeding our 14 y/o Bichon this LID food for
    about a year now, and we have had to keep a cone on him since July (it
    is now 12/30). He has no fleas and gets oatmeal baths when his skin gets
    really bad. We give him Benedryl on our vet’s advice and use a tea
    tree/aloe spray on occasion when the cone is off. The cone was off today
    and he chewed two spots completely raw within 5 minutes. He has bald
    spots from other areas he has chewed in remarkably short times. I have
    no idea what else to do. It seems unrelated to season, environment (we
    have moved in the last year) or stress. If he had no cone on him, he
    would do it for 99.5% of his time, day and night, even while in our
    laps. Please, can anyone provide any suggestions?

  • Sasha

    I know you posted this a long time ago, but if you are still looking for options I have found that Merrick Whole Earth Farms adult doesn’t have any peas and it’s a food I would use for my dogs.

  • The venison formula has “protein” from potato protein. The chicken formula does not. It’s protein comes from chicken, chicken meal and chicken liver for the most part.

  • mward1993

    ummmm…why does the chicken formula with 25% dry matter protein get a 3 star rating but the venison formula which also has 25% dry matter protein and the same amount of fat get 2 stars?? Since we seemed to be focused solely on protein here. That makes no sense.

  • mward1993

    And I don’t know this for a fact but I keep hearing that all of NB has moved away from Diamond. The last formulas to move were some of the LIDs.

  • mward1993

    Canned is from CJ Foods in Kansas

  • mward1993

    Pretty sure its made by CJ Foods in Kansas.

  • joyce

    where do the products for natural balance canned food come from?

  • LolaBlue

    I have a 4 year
    old lab/greyhound mix and had been using Innova for several years because they
    were one of the few to not use BHT and BHA preservatives (which are common
    triggers for seizures in dogs). However, with the two back to back recalls on
    Innova due to Salmonella, I had to switch my dog to new food. I had her on
    Replenish (a new dog food created by the owner of my local pet store) but she
    began having an intense allergic reaction (hives, itching, scratching her face
    on everything). Then I switched her to Nutrisca and her allergies became much
    worse. She sounded like a pig because her nose was so full of mucus and
    pot-nasal drip and then she hand attacks of reverse sneezing that scared her to
    death (and me to be honest). I took her to the Vet and she received injections
    and oral medication to stop the intense itching/scratching and a histamine
    blocker. The main ingredient that both Replenish and Nutrisca had in common and
    at high levels was PEAS. Has anyone else ever encountered an issue with peas
    for their dogs? Any advice on a brand I can try that has few ingredients for my
    allergic dog? Thank you!!

  • DIxiesMom

    How do I find out where venison & sweet potato is from? I just bought this after my girl stopped eating 4Health. I am trying to buy the best for her and my budget.

  • Pattyvaughn

    From everything I’ve read, Thailand has stricter food laws than ours. It’s not China.

  • I Have been using natural balance gourmet stew in gravy for my diabetic dog.just found out it is from THAILAND!
    had my vet check with their buyer: definitely asIan product! Many of their foods do not disclose country of origin! Buyer beware!

  • sandy

    That recipe was for weight gain snack.  Couldn’t edit.  I haven’t used it myself as I usually have to put dogs on a diet.

  • sandy

    This was posted by others on another site: 

    Mid day snack of: heaping tablespoon of nut butter (or almond butter here), half a banana, 1/2 – 1 t. coconut oil, and some water for one serving. I mash it all together though that may not be necessary. If you don’t want the nut-based butters, then sunflower butter might be an alternative.

  • M Ward1993

    Kirkland is good 🙂

  • Snoopy

    Provide your German Shepherd a long and healthy life. Follow this German Shepherd Nutrition Diet rules and your dog will be happier than ever!

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Debra, My 2 love Kirkland Cuts in Gravy. It is all life stages, grain free, 5 star canned food. It’s a Costco exclusive. It’s like $18.69 for a case of 24 cans.

  • M Ward1993

    just give him enough to gain weight and you should be fine 🙂 the canned food has 25% dry protein, which is good.

  • Debramarieo

    Can you tell me the most effective canned food for a puppy that needs to gain weight???
    I have a puppy-(approx 1 1/2 years) who has megaesophogus.  He can only eat canned food because of the consistency.  I have been giving him the Natural Balance Sweet potato and venision-limited ingredient.  He loves this but wondering if I should be feeding him a different canned food which has more protein and carbs.   (however, do not want to produce too much acid in the stomach).

    Any suggestions is appreciated.  I will give them a try.  Thanks, Debra

  • Yes.  Canned foods are better than kibble in the way that they are not as processed and they are high in moisture.  But you still need to investigate which canned foods to feed since they range from poor quality ingredients to good quality ingredients just like kibbles.  Check the can for an AAFCO statement for growth or maintenance/adult or all life stages, not just for supplemental feeding.  This is the same statement found on bags of kibble.

  • M Ward1993

    is it ok to feed a pitbull only canned food because thats all mine will eat.

  • Barbarasmith7165

    Yes, I do know about the vitamins thanks!  Right now I want to limit my exposure to China’s ingredients and not source any more than I have to from there.  At least I can get the food sourced in the USA even if the vits are not all from here. Thank you!

  • slinep

    It is from Canada…but I did not ask re ingredients. THat is a good question. Dogs do great on it…and I know alot of people do not like Science Diet but my one little girl with irritable bowel does great with SD venison potato and also the Royal Canin. I just become suspicious when a company does not proudly tell you where their food is made! Sent with Verizon Mobile Email

  • Addie

    Just a heads up, a lot of companies that don’t use food ingredients from China do receive their vitamins from there. I don’t know if that’s also a concern of yours, but thought I would just give you a warning in case you didn’t know. I’ve heard people say Wellness does use Chinese vitamins, but can’t verify it for fact because I’ve never personally researched it. 

  • Barbarasmith7165

    The NB food is all made in the USA, but they do not reveal where their source of ingredients is thus I deduce it is an undesirable place like china.  They will not tell you if the food is china free or not so it’s prob not.

  • Barbarasmith7165

    Does Royal Canin tell you that they don’t source from China?  Thank you for your information on this food!

  • slinep

    Thank you. I quit buying when I could not truly get an answer as to where…then my dog had real loose stool…and finally I found what looked like aluminum foil in one can…I just threw it all away and pay more but feed him Royal Canin venison potato now Sent with Verizon Mobile Email

  • Barbarasmith7165

    Just because there is no law against it, they could still reveal that there food is China free if they chose.  Wellness, and Addiction have both told me that they don’t use food sourced in China, thus I will be changing foods.

  • Hi Barbarasmith7165,

    There is no law requiring pet or human food manufacturers to state from where they get their ingredients. They’re only required to state where the product was actually made.

    These days, most pet food companies get at least some of their ingredients from outside the US.

    You may wish to read my article, “Think Your Dog’s Food Is 100% China Free? Don’t Count On It“.

    Hope this helps.

  • Barbarasmith7165

    The company does not tell you where is sources it’s main ingredients from, which leads me to believe they come from China.  Otherwise why would they not say they are NOT sourced in China?  This is a MAJOR concern to me, even though they test their food.  They couldn’t possibly test for everything, and I don’t want food with sweet potatoes from CHINA!!!!!!!!!

  • Barbarasmith7165

    But, do you know where the ingredients come from?  They will not say it’s NOT china, so it probably is from China.

  • Barbarasmith7165

    Yeah and they won’t tell you that their foods is NOT sourced in China either, which leads me to believe it is!

  • Barbarasmith7165

    Aren’t you concerned about where the food comes from too?  They will not say it is not sourced from China which leads me to believe it is.

  • Barbarasmith7165

    It is made in the USA but they will not say that ther foods are NOT sourced in China, leading me to believer that the ingredients ARE from CHINA.  I am switching foods due to this problem.  China is unsafe to me.  I don’t care if they test or not.  They can’t test for everything.

  • Barbarasmith7165

    Yes, and we don’t know where Natural Balance sources their ingredients and we don’t know that they don’t come from CHINA.  If they would just say their foods were not sourced in China, I would be happy but they won’t, thus I guess their ingredients ARE  probably sourced from China.

  • Barbarasmith7165

    Did you know that Natural Balance will NOT tell you that they do NOT source from China?  This leads me to believe that they probably do source from China.  This is disturbing to me.

  • CatahoulaShep

    There was some talk about the making of the NB products. I found an interesting video by NB talking about the extensive testing that they do which I believe is far more than many pet food companies take the time for. With recent call-back of contaminated pet foods this should be a concern to all loving pet owners. Some may not know that usually a lab like NB makes or obtains the components, then they do rigorous testing for pathogens, do some pre-compounding, then ship components to a mfg facility for mixture and cooking or other preparation.  I dont know where their mfg plant is, but it would not make logistic sense to ship these components to China only to be shipped back here.

  • Taytay54

    We just tried the new wild boar & rice L.I.D. cans on our dog who can’t digest potatoes and chicken (among other things) and he did great on it.  No allergic reaction and he cleaned his bowl, so we’re going to add this to his diet.  Natural Balance is our favorite brand and we’ve been using their various products for our dogs and cats for years.  I wasn’t sure if he’d like the wild boar taste but apparently it tastes great to him!

  • maxmabi

    I am in the process of finding something “just right” for my kids. I am coming to the conclusion that it is going to have to be a can food, as my two Cockers have stopped eating anything dry! I am OK with that, except one of them is needing more fiber, and there doesn’t seem to be much fiber in canned food. We had the LID Wild Boar & Brown Rice yesterday, and they liked it. However, I think they will like most anything from a can or from my plate. 🙂

    Any suggestions for additional fiber?
    M&M’s Mom!

  • Marie

    Dog Food Advisor only rates foods by the ingredient quality and by protein, fat, and carbohydrate content, not where it is made.

  • slinep

    Great great yes yes yes…but where the heck is it MADE??  All I see is ingredients and MADE FOR:  nothing about WHERE it is manufactured…I assume a nice facility who follows all the standards some place in China? I would like to buy it but why do you not say where you make it and be really proud…IF you make it someplace in the USA?? Anyone know??

  • RacerDawg33

    Fastwhippets, I saw those new L.I.D. cans on the Natural Balance website too.   Have you tried them yet?  My dog eats the Lamb & Brown Rice cans because he can’t have any potatoes so I’m excited to try these out and give my little guy some variety.  

  • Shawna

    Hi fastwhippets ~~ hope all is well with you!!

    We had a really interesting conversation on Sunday afternoon on the Taste of the Wild thread.  We were discussing the lectins in potatoes (and grains like rice) that can cause leaky gut, kidney damage, arthritis, and autoimmune diseases.. 

    I wouldn’t have recommended grains before because of the phytates and enzyme inhibitors but especially not after that discussion (and a few prior discussions)…

  • sandy

    I didn’t see it on their site yet?  Do you know where the rabbit comes from?

  • fastwhippets

    Natural Balance Pet Foods has introduced two canned dog food formulas to its L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets line. The cans will be available in both Rabbit & Brown Rice Formula and Wild Boar & Brown Rice. The formulas are high in protein and are extremely palatable. Brown rice is a grain carbohydrate with the nutrient-rich bran portion intact. The formulas are available in 13-oz. cans.

  • ann

    Thanks for pointing out the higher protein content in the LID Bison. Can you tell me what the carb content is? (BTW, this website has been a huge help as I’ve been adjusting my dog’s diet to high-protein, low-carb after his recent cancer diagnosis. The challenge is getting him to go low-carb. I’ve been able to entice him to eat Blue Buffalo Wilderness by topping it off with some of his old favorite, Natural Balance Bison.) Thanks for your help!

  • Guest

    Benji is on the Duck & Potato after trying many different brands because of his allergies – he can’t do chicken.  Since he is 12 and missing some teeth we mix the canned with the L.I.D. dry and this makes it easy for him to get the meals he needs.  This food helped his skin so much – rashes are gone and he doesn’t lick his paws now – and he seems to really like the taste.  Digestion also seems good – we can’t complain. 

  • Anonymous

    Benji is on the Duck & Potato after trying many different brands because of his allergies – he can’t do chicken.  Since he is 12 and missing some teeth we mix the canned with the L.I.D. dry and this makes it easy for him to get the meals he needs.  This food helped his skin so much – rashes are gone and he doesn’t lick his paws now – and he seems to really like the taste.  Digestion also seems good – we can’t complain. 

  • meridith

    Thank you I will check that section. I know you cant make a choice for me, but you can say you strongly suggest I look at the other brand vs. the one I am on? No names mentioned!

    Can you tell me what happend to your cute little white dog in the picture? He is so sweet. Can you tell me?

  • Hi Meridith… Merrick makes an excellent dog food certified as low glycemic (ideal for a diabetic dog) by the Glycemic Research Institute of Washington, DC.

    Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian and due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, it would be inappropriate for me to provide specific health advice or product recommendations.

    In any case, you may wish to visit my FAQ page and look for the topic, “Diabetic Dog Food”. Hope this helps.

  • meridith

    My 13 year ols Silky terrier is a diabetic. We have been feeding Natural Balance Limited Ingredients wet. Fish, venison, duck. And Dry venison. He also has alllergies. I am concerned beacuse his diabetes is not under control and are glucose levels are all ocer the place (curves). I am strongly thinking it can be the food! (The vet wants him on Science diet W/D or R/D, for fiber) Those foods are crap. But the R/D does firlm his stools and aids in digestion (he has colitis too!)
    So, We were thinking of switching him to Merrick Before grain.
    What do you think? Is home cooking (chicken breast, brocloi, brown rice) mixed with dry better? Vet is useless when it comes to nutrition. Thanks! We need help.

  • Korie Avery

    BTW: Pet owners may want to contact their canned food manufacturers and ask whether the cans they use for the dog or cat food are BPA-free! I subscribe to another website that has investigated this issue with many pet food manufacturers and Natural Balance uses cans for their dog food (13 oz cans) that DO contain BPA in the lining of the can. NB says they are looking into transitioning to BPA-free cans.

  • JudyD

    About to finish the second 28# bags of Natural Balance LID Fish & Sweet Potato. But my Yorkies have hardened tears, not gunky but dried out and hard. One has some redness on paws…NEVER had that before. I thought this was THE FOOD! Starting over again!

  • Hi Sharon… Due to the continually changing product formulas, I don’t track caloric data. Please visit the Natural Balance website for that information. Or call the company’s customer service department. Wish I could be more help.

  • Sharon Pierce

    Could you please tell me the calories per can in
    Natural Balance LID Fish & Sweet Potato and also
    Natural Balance LID Chick & Sweet Potato.
    Thank you.

  • melanie

    I have two small yorkies who kept putting on weight with the other foods we’d try and their hair was tangling and matting. After switching to NB LID sweet potato and fish, the weight started coming off, allergy problems went away, and their hair is incredible. No matting and their groomer asked if I was using mink oil on their hair, and that was only after three weeks with the new food. I’ve used the dry, free feed and now I use a small teaspoon daily for each. They love it!

  • Shihtzu lover

    The NB fish & sweet potato formula is working great for my little guy. I had him on the wellness brand formula of venison/sweet potato but after figuring out that hes allergic to beef, chicken, turkey, corn, soy, seems he cant eat deer meat either. I think fish is the way to go for all you guys who have dogs that are suffering from allergies. So far so good! 🙂

  • joanne

    has anyone had a problem with the natural smoke flavor added to the canned potato and duck.

  • erin c.


    Maybe your dogs can’t eat Venison.
    Have you tried a different protein/meat?

  • Jonathan

    Jan, you could try the NB Lamb and Rice and see if the smell goes away. Or the Potato and Duck which also contains no Sweet potato. Just regular potatoes.

    Good luck, and let us know the results from what ever you end up doing!

  • jan gillespie

    I started my Westie on Natural Balance chicken and sweet potato about a month ago. Her skin seems better and she eats it well. The REAL problem is a nasty odor she has had since beginning the food. I was determined to live with it if her skin issues got better. I bathe her 1 to 2 times a week. The smell comes back within about 12 hours. The smell is just too much to handle. Does anyone know if it is from the sweet potato? I will have to change foods and don’t know what to buy.

  • Jamie

    Regarding Natural Balance – Limited Ingredients/Diet – Chicken and Sweet Potato. I saw that they recalled the dry formula – but they also need to recall the canned as well. We’ve brought back several cans to our pet store due to slightly swollen tops of the cans and upon opening, the escape of air and bubbles. The store looked at the run these were from (all numbered 9:50+ printed on the bottom of their cans), and removed them ALL from their shelves. I contacted Natural Balance, and they were not concerned other than to try and replace our cans. I’d rather they looked into this and find out what’s happening – but they’ve not responded to that request. Just thought I’d give everyone a “heads up”.

  • Charlene

    Started using Natural Balance venison. Seems to be too strong a protein for my yorkie (who has environmental & food allergies). She started scratching a lot again. Today we are gradually introducing NB Chicken & Sweet Potato (canned) to see if that works better. I am switching her from EVO turkey & chicken becaue of the Proctor & Gamble buy out. What to do, what to do.

  • Hi 3Dogs… I’m so sorry to hear about your dogs’ problems. Unfortunately, you have asked a question I don’t feel qualified to answer. Like with us humans, each dog responds to a particular food (or an ingredient) in its own unique way. And many times, the signs and symptoms you see are not even related to the food in the first place. So, it would be impossible for me (or anyone) to assure you feeding a specific product would eliminate your dogs’ allergies or provide the results you’re looking for.

    Salmonella is a completely different issue. I am not aware of any recalls regarding the foods you mention being infected with Salmonella bacteria. Only certain bathes of BB Wilderness have been recalled due to excessive vitamin D. Hope this helps.

  • 3Dogs

    Trying Limited Ingredient Natural Balance Venison & Sweet Potatoe… with 3 yo male (neutered)Yorkie, 5 yo male (neutered) Havanese and ‘mutt’… Both the Yorkie and Havanese are showing signs of allergies… Yorkie has sores on tummy and back and Havanese has pulled lots of hair out of his tail and is scratching a lot. I cannot believe this! The foods that worked well for them (Blue Wilderness and Eukenuba Venison) were pulled from the market! The Vet’s $5.00 per pound version of Limited Ingredient Venison (Royal Cairn) also gave these two dogs problems. What are they putting in the dog food? Is this related to salmonella also?
    I am really at my wit’s end!

  • Wendy

    Natural Balance Duck and Potato canned is one of the few mainstream foods I have used with success, mostly in picky pregnant/nursing dogs. When they turn down everything else, they ALWAYS eat this, even if it has to be hand-fed. They keep wonderful weight on, produce lots of milk and become very shiny. This probably speaks of the quality of the ingredients. It is also the one food that can cure seizures in Boston Terriers when seizures are food related (and many are). I have recommended it to many Boston terrier owners and their dog’s seizures stopped after feeding this – and ONLY this as their sole diet. Some have used the duck and potato dry with similarly good results, but i tell them to use canned if possible.