Nature’s Select Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

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

The Nature’s Select product line includes 6 dry 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.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • Nature’s Select Cold Water Recipe [A]
  • Nature’s Select Multi-Protein Recipe [A]
  • Nature’s Select New Zealand Recipe [A]
  • Nature’s Select Plus Recipe (3.5 stars) [M]
  • Nature’s Select Classic Nutrition Recipe [A]
  • Nature’s Select High Protein Recipe (5 stars) [A]

Nature’s Select New Zealand Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Nature's Select New Zealand Recipe

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 13% | Carbs = 51%

Ingredients: Lamb meal, brown rice, pearled millet, feeding oatmeal, peas, pork meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dehydrated alfalfa meal, flaxseed (a source of omega 3 fatty acid), dried egg product, potassium chloride, dried kelp, yeast culture, carrot pomace, tomato pomace, celery pomace, beet pomace, parsley pomace, lettuce pomace, watercress pomace, spinach pomace, cranberry, blueberry, choline chloride, hydrolyzed yeast, dried chicory root, taurine, zinc amino acid complex, vitamin E supplement, iron amino acid complex, manganese amino acid complex, selenium yeast, l-carnitine, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D supplement, copper amino acid complex, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, magnesium amino acid chelate, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, lecithin, fructooligosaccharide, folic acid, yeast extract, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, Yucca schidigera extract, citric acid, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis25%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%13%51%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%29%46%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 29% | Carbs = 46%

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

The second ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third ingredient is millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.

The fourth ingredient is feeding oat meal. Feeding oatmeal is a by-product of rolled oats “and consists of broken oat groats, oat groat chips, and floury portions of the oat groats, with only such quantity of finely ground oat hulls as is unavoidable in the usual process of commercial milling”.1

This inexpensive cereal grain by-product is only rarely used to make pet food and is more typically found in cattle and hog feeds.

The fifth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

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

The seventh ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The eighth 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.

The ninth ingredient lists flaxseed, 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.

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, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

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.

Next, we note the inclusion of yeast extract, the common name for a broad group of products made by removing the cell wall from the yeast organism.

A significant number of these ingredients are added as specialized nutritional supplements while others are used as flavor enhancers.

However, the glutamic acid (and its chemical cousin, monosodium glutamate, or MSG) found in a minority of yeast extracts can be controversial.

That’s because even though the Food and Drug Administration designated these food additives to be safe decades ago2, the agency continues to receive reports of adverse effects.

So, detractors still object to the use of yeast extract and other glutamic acid derivatives and blame them for everything from Alzheimer’s (in humans) to obesity.

In any case, since the label reveals little about the the actual type of yeast extract included in any recipe, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this ingredient.

In addition, this recipe contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

The formula also contains several types of vegetable pomace, the solid by-product of vegetables after pressing for juice or oil. This item contains the skins, pulp, seeds, and stems of the fruit.

And lastly, this food also includes 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.

Nature’s Select Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Nature’s Select 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 28%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 51%.

Excluding the Grain Free Formula, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 51% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

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 peas, alfalfa meal and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Nature’s Select is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats 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 and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Nature’s Select Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

08/30/2017 Last Update

  1. As defined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2012 Official Publication, p. 420
  2. L-Glutamic Acid, FDA Select Committee on GRAS Substances
  • Tammy

    Had my dog on the Cold Water for about a year. He got diarrhea and wouldn’t eat it any more. Antibiotics from the vet, and different brand food for us, as my other dog on different food has no issues.

  • Terra

    My dog has eaten this food since I rescued her 4 years ago. She used to be excited about meals and eat without issue. Then with our most recent order she started leaving food in her bowl and begging me more than usual for people food (so she was clearly still hungry). I foster animals and they eat Taste of the Wild so I tried some of their food and my dog was once again the excited eater. I’m switching brands…I know its anecdotal evidence, but I feel like something has changed with the brand or the brand quality.

  • Louise Dean

    My dogs absolutely love this food! They have thrived on it and we have had no problems with any of the 3 blends they have been on. The fact that this company puts better ingredients in their food than most others is great. Plus the free home delivery is AMAZING.

  • Jill A

    This is the only food I have fed my dogs for two years and it has changed their lives. I have 9 dogs (4 personal and 4 foster dogs). Their coats are thick and shiny and any skin problems have cleared up. Love it!

  • Mommat

    We have 4 dogs that have eaten this food for a while. With the last couple bags 3 out of 4 started vomiting. Once we got their tummies calmed down, one would pick out and leave the darkest pieces. They will eat everything else, but vomit if they eat the food.

  • Lana

    I’ve been feeding my Basset/Lab the Classic version for several years and he did great on it. Then this last time I switched to their Multi Protein, he’s been going down hill ever since. He started losing hair by the hand fulls, tiny pimple like bumps all over his body and hasn’t had a solid poop since. I think he’s allergic to something in it. Would like to know if anyone else has had this problem ? I’m going back to the Classic version and see if he get’s better, if he’s not better, then I’ll have to change brands.

  • Angela Rossop

    Help!!! I started feeding my puppy the Nature’s Select Cold Water Salmon Recipe 2 months ago. 3 weeks ago he started vomiting…HOURS after he would eat. Took him to the vet twice, nothing is wrong with him. X-Rays, blood work, everything was normal except for this food sitting in his stomach forever. The only thing the vet had to say was to change where his protein came from, but online it says the Salmon is the easiest to digest, so I am at a loss here on what to do for my puppy?

  • Crazy4cats

    Sorry to hear about your pup. How is she doing today? I agree with designby. You should probably feed the Rx food at least until you get her stabilized. It is formulated with less minerals, controls pH and promotes thirst to increase water intake. Hope she is on the road to recovery!

  • designby

    Scotty, so sorry to hear about your girl. We actually had a bladder surgery today for the same thing at the clinic. All I can say is she will need to be on a urinary food for the rest of her life. It just isn’t worth the risk. I can’t really tell y much more than you already know now. Let me know if you have any specific questions. Good luck!

  • Scotty J

    Jumping in here. I just got back from the Vet after my 12yo mix pup was diagnosed with massive bladder stones and a urinary obstruction. She is in emergency surgery, right this second. We have been using Natures Select for 1.5 years now due to allergies. Within the past year she started to get subcutaneous lumps and now a large quantity of bladder stones. Before this, she has been super fit minus the allergies. I just couldn’t help but to think think these lumps and now bladder stones started appearing as soon as we switched to Nature’s Select. So I googled NS and bladder stones to see what I came up with and stumbled across this post as well some other good info. DESIGNBY: Do you have any other information you could point me toward regarding over-mineralization of dog food. I am thoroughly convinced that this is the root cause of Ashes’ stones and lumps. Thanks!

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Rebecca Butler,

    This is one food that I never include in my rotation. It’s generally overpriced with mediocre ingredients. Which one did you pick?

  • Rebecca Butler

    Bought some ideal balance! Will keep you posted. Looks really good by ingredients. Thanks

  • Storm’s Mom

    An article explaining how a dog food’s ash level is an indicator of the amount of bone in a meat meal:

  • designby

    You can argue semantics, I’m telling you what I’ve witnessed, along with the vets I work for who have over 60 years combined experiences. But, don’t take my word for it. Dogs on high meal diets are coming in by the droves with struvite crystals and stones.

  • designby

    It has nothing to do with the ash content, but rather the minerals that are unbalanced. Most small, boutique food companies throw in a lot of great ingredients, but don’t have the $$ for a comprehensive R&D department. Again, I only have my experience to go by. We’ve narrowed it down to meal & mineral content.

    I’ve yet to see a dog (or human for that fact) that has a true protein deficiency who isn’t being starved or has a serious metabolic disorder.

  • designby

    Yes, Ideal Balance has been around for a couple of years; however Hill’s has been around for decades and I’ve seen no incidence of bladder stones or crystals from any Hill’s product during my tenure.

  • Crazy4dogs

    You’re correct DF. The FB page launch was June 5, 2013. Here’s an industry link:

  • Storm’s Mom

    Yes, my understanding is that it can contain bone, too.. the OP said “Meal means BONE~ not meat.” so I was clarifying that that’s not actually true.

  • aimee

    Hi Storms Mom,

    I’ve always understood it to be that meat meals can contain bone, but bone can’t be added independent of other attached tissue. Whereas in meat and bone meal bone “extra” bone can be added.
    What is missing from your definition are the words “any added” Meat meals do contain hair etc.

    “Meat Meal is the rendered product from mammal tissues, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents…”

  • DogFoodie

    I thought Hill’s Ideal Balance had only been on the market since February of 2013.

  • Storm’s Mom

    How would you suggest a dog get appropriate levels of protein from meat ingredients (rather than plant ingredients) if not from multiple meat meals in a kibble? The only way I’d feed a single meat meal product is with a canned meat-based topper or added raw meats/fish. Like Hater & Molly’s Mom, I feed multiple meat meal kibbles all the time without issue.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Hi Rebecca, just to clarify, she gets 1/2 her daily intake at one time and then the other 1/2 an hour later? Does she get any other food throughout the day? I think C4d was suggesting you feed her 1/2 her daily intake in the morning, 1/2 at night.. or even 3 times per day, if necessary.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Rebecca,

    Wow, the list is pretty long. I rotate between several brands of kibble, canned, raw and premixes. I feed grain free as my dogs have had reactions to grains, so it’s easier to feed grain free to all. I use family companies that have little, if any recall history. When feeding raw, there have been some recall issues, but that has been with almost every raw company so I choose the best rated. I also tend to stay with single or limited protein sources so that if I see a reaction, I can deal with it more quickly.

  • Rebecca Butler

    Thanks… curious what do you feed your dog(s)?

  • Crazy4dogs

    If she vomits bile in the early hours, she might need a bedtime snack. That’s what many vets (including mine) recommend. 😉

  • Rebecca Butler

    Thank you but I do that. She has a divider bowl and gets 1/2 then the other1/2 in an hour. She only “regurgitated” once coincidentally after we switched to the Ultra premium. For 2 years though she had episodes of “vomiting” bile in the early hours. Thanks anyway.

  • Rebecca Butler

    Good to know. Many thanks!

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Rebecca,

    I just want to let you know that vomitting undigested food immediately after eating means that the food was eaten too fast and was not vomitted but regurgitated. If you tried feeding smaller portions in several feedings you might find the problem resolved.

  • designby

    I can only speak to to the food we carry ,which is Ideal Balance (a Hill’s product). It has no wheat or corn and in 8 years, I’ve yet to have anyone return it for any reason. Like I mentioned, read the label well, and avoid multiple “meal” ingredients. Good luck!

  • Rebecca Butler

    can you please tell me what Dog food you recommend.Lola was on Nature Select for a couple years. I liked because she had very little “waste’ but occasionally she would Vomit. Vet felt she had reflux and told me to give her an antacid which seemed to help. Didn’t want her to take antacid for life so decided to switch proteins and occasional vomiting got a bit more pronounced. Upgraded to their highest quality and she was fine for a week or so, then vomited undigested food she had just finished . I cancelled my future orders and switched food. Its been a couple months and No antacid and no vomiting! There is more “waste” to clean up, not too bad though. I would trade my putting forth a bit more work than her throwing up.

  • Pitlove

    Thank you. I sent you an email if you want to delete this post.

  • aimee

    You can email me at siriushp52 at yahoo. I don’t use this address often but will check for a message from you

  • Pitlove

    Hi Aimee- This has nothing to do with this post, but I haven’t seen you on in a while. I have a question…is there any way I can email you? I have some questions I’d like to ask you in private.

  • aimee

    Hi el doctor,

    I interpreted your comment

    “Maybe the “dry food” had abrasives or something else to enhance oral hygiene.Maybe the “soft food” was just rice or potatoes or some other ingredients…”

    as an attempt to “explain away” the differences found between the groups. I thought this emanated from a predetermined conclusion on your part. I apologize for misinterpretig the comment

  • Nancy Kriege

    I contacted you months ago and exchanged emails with you

  • el doctor

    Hi aimee

    Sorry for this late reply, but I just noticed it.

    I wrote;

    “Conclusions on which type of diet is best for your dog or cat’s oral health are impossible to come by (in this study)” because…

    You replied;

    “However, it appears that you are starting with a predetermined
    “conclusion” ( there will be no difference in plaque/ calculus scores
    etc in dogs/cats eating a dry kibble vs a soft diet) and then trying to
    explain why these publications do not support that belief.”

    Your reply doesn’t make sense to me. What did I say that led you to believe I started with a predetermined conclusion that,

    “there will be no difference in plaque/ calculus scores etc in dogs/cats eating a dry kibble vs a soft diet”

    and that I was was,

    “trying to explain why these publications do not support that belief.”

    I don’t get it.

  • Hi Faye, we just wanted to let you know that we have not changed any of our recipes or formulas. All of our product information is available on our website we wish you and your dog the very best!

  • Arlene, our pet food is made 100% in the United States 🙂

  • Monica, we do not participate in any animal testing. Please contact us directly at (855) 834-3218 if you wish to discuss this further. Thank you for your question and we appreciate your concern.

  • Nancy, we welcome you to reach out to us directly at (855) 834-3218 so that we can assist you with this issue.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Faye- That is very possible that they did! You don’t have to have an old bag to compare to do you? Did you notice them change the appreance of their bags at all? Sometimes that also can mean a change in ingredients and they won’t tell people.

    Best of luck to you and your pup! Hopefully the previous brand you fed works better.

  • Faye Nauss-Hebb

    I am feeding lamb to my weim an I think they changed something as his coat is not as shiny as it was.I am going to go back to my old brand

  • Nancy Kriege

    The lamb variety made 2 of our dogs sick. After the bags were opened and used for a week, smelled rancid. Both dogs lost a lot of weight. Contacted the company, but they offered no reimbursement.

  • Monica Boxley

    Can someone here please tell us if Nature’s Select and their parent company is cruelty free?

  • aimee

    Hi el doctor,

    As i said “I don’t think a dry diet can be considered a comprehensive dental health program by any means”

    Nor do I think clean crowns are an indication of the absence of the presence of periodontal disease

    I linked to the only publications I have come across in which dry diet was compared to soft diet.

    No study is perfect and certainly these have their flaws as well.

    However, it appears that you are starting with a predetermined “conclusion” ( there will be no difference in plaque/ calculus scores etc in dogs/cats eating a dry kibble vs a soft diet) and then trying to explain why these publications do not support that belief.

    If that is your conclusion,on what publications are you basing that conclusion on? Please link to them.

  • aimee

    Hopefully this one will work for you

  • Crazy4dogs

    The 2nd link doesn’t work for me.

  • el doctor

    Hi aimee

    I wish you would have presented data that reflects an unbiased assessment of ALL the facts pertaining to canine oral health and diet. Instead I’m afraid you just used “tunnel vision” to ferret out a piece or two of data that clouds things up a bit instead of clarifying them.

    Regarding your links –

    “Gender and breed of the patients and extent of home oral hygiene were also assessed, but the results of these parameters are not reported here.”

    Interesting that this data which could have been significant was not reported.

    “Assessment of dietary management was limited to whether the food was dry, mixed (dry and soft), or soft. Other parameters such as the size and texture of kibbles and frequency of feedings were not evaluated.”

    Maybe the “dry food” had abrasives or something else to enhance oral hygiene.

    Maybe the “soft food” was just rice or potatoes or some other ingredients that are even worse for oral health than the “dry food”. We don’t know because the data was withheld

    “The pet owners’ low awareness of consequences of malnutrition on general health and economic aspects may play a role in the continued popularity of home-made foods.”

    The fact that “economic aspects may play a role in the continued popularity of home-made foods”, means that the cost of the “soft food” that these people were feeding their dogs was even less than the cost of the commercial “dry food”. This might indicate that the “soft food” was of such a low quality or inappropriateness for dogs that their oral health suffered even more than on the “dry food”

    Conclusions on which type of diet is best for your dog or cat’s oral health are impossible to come by because the “Study”

    – Failed to report or take into consideration the data it collected pertaining to the gender, breed and extent of home oral hygiene of the study group.

    – Has absolutely no information as to what the ingredients were in any of the food groups.

    – Iams representatives were one of the two groups who carried out the study.

  • aimee

    I don’t think a dry diet can be considered a comprehensive dental health program by any means but there are several publications that concluded dogs on dry foods had better dental health as opposed to those eating a soft diet.. /20094590?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

  • Crazy4dogs

    The problem is it kind of negates all the information, when they are propagating an old myth.

  • broken1

    I’m not a vet. Ask the vet that wrote the article.

  • Crazy4dogs

    My vet is a dental specialist and years before he had that title he also said it was a myth that kibble cleaned teeth.

  • Denise Fitzgerald

    Interesting that the vet advisor for Halo says her preference is to feed meat in her open letter which is signed Donna J. Spector, BS, DVM, DACVIM-Internal Medicine
    Veterinary Advisor; Halo, Purely for Pets

  • Denise Fitzgerald

    Going back to the 70’s, I’ve had a Springer Spaniel, a shepherd malamute mix, and a Chocolate Lab. All lived to 14 1/2 years eaing a high quality kibble. I think there are a lot of factors involved in the length of a dogs life. Congratulations on taking good care of your 18 yo!

  • Denise Fitzgerald

    Curious why the article states “dry kibble is generally better for dental health” I once heard a vet say thinking kibble is better for teeth is comparable to thinking a human can chew on a handful of pretzels for dental care. I have read that there is proof that an enzyme that is present when feeding raw does help with dental.

  • Denise Fitzgerald

    Arlene, it is made in the US using proteins grown in the US. You can find out more on their website. I’ve been supplementing with ths over a year now. My dogs have Darwin’s Raw Organic for breakfat, and Nature’s Select salmon as free feed to nibble on throughout the day.

  • Arlene Quesnelle

    where is this product made

  • designby

    This has nothing to do with allergens. This has to do with the over-mineralization of food which produces crystals and stones in the bladder, We used to see this only in older dogs and cats. Now we are seeing it in young animals. We just did a surgery last week taking out two HUGE stones from a 3 year old dog who ate this food. This is not the first case regarding this food either. Meal means BONE~ not meat. It is okay if there is one Meal source and chicken has the last amount of minerals (specifically magnesium). Once a dog is diagnosed with crystals or stones, we put them on prescription food for life. The sad thing is that it is completely preventable.

  • broken1

    Thanks for your reply Sonny. Wow, that’s wonderful. I have been a vegan since August 20, 2012. And I am so much happier with myself, as is my wife. I did not know enough about veganism back in 2006, when I became a vegetarian, mostly due to medical conditions. But now I know it is so much more. And it’s nice to be part of a movement that really shows compassion for the life of Humans, non-humans and the planet. I wish everyone would just look into what veganism is really about. It’s not a cult, nor a diet fad, it is so much more. It’s compassion and love. As for the food, it’s not just salad, as most people think. Their are so much non-meat product that mimic the comfort foods most of us grew up with. But, so much more healthier. My last full blood test was a surprise that even my doctor was floored. He even said that he hadn’t seen such good results like mine with any other of his patients in my age category, I’m 59. I will be 60 in February. And I am looking forward to getting my next checkup then. I know there are not any guaranties that I couldn’t get some sort of cancer or rare disease, but, it seems, according to my doctor, that I have increased my chances, significantly, and that’s something I can live with. But again, as you surely know, it’s not a diet. It is an awareness that humans have been taken to think that just because we can reason more than animals, that this gives us reason to abuse, kill and use the flesh and bones of a another sentient being in our diets, textiles and for entertainment. And I find it really odd that we love our cats and dogs to the point of doing everything possible to ensure their well being, but we think nothing of killing another animal that has just as much reason for living, breathing and just being loved. I was so amazed to find that farm animals are really very social creatures. Sure I am not about to go out and hug a wild animal, but I would walk into a biker bar and kiss and hug a badasx biker either, lol. Neither would be good for my health. Anyway, thank you for leading the way, setting the path, that I am so glad I am now, and forever, walking.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    By the way i have a senior dog who will be 18 in February! She is not on a vegan diet.Just because you are on a vegan diet does not mean your dogs should be. She does not have any health problems that are major. She still runs around and goes for walks.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I did read your article. I don’t feed my girls any byproducts at all. I feed them a high quality kibble topped with a high quality canned and sometimes some freeze dried. I do not believe dogs should be fed a vegan diet. Looks like we will just have to agree to disagree on this one.

  • broken1

    @Hater and Molly’s Mom, I read your link did you read mine? Did you read the reply from Sonny? I can respect Dr Becker’s POV, but I have tried her way, but after taking my dogs off dog food with , God knows what kind of by products, not wanting to trust corporation that care more about there bottom line than the health of animals, I choose to try a new product. V-DOG has Been on the market since 2005. And they are doing quite well just on word of mouth alone. And my dogs have been doing much better since. By the way the oldest dog was on a vegan diet. Read my article.

  • Sonny

    Thank you for the link. I’ve been a vegan since 1960. My dogs thrive on a vegan diet. They don’t have any allergies or diseases. My two goldens are 17 and my chow is 12.

    They eat organic and I prepare their meals myself. My friends dogs don’t live as long as mine and they always have health problems.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I would never feed my girls a vegan diet. Dogs need meat! So with that said i don’t have an open mind about the subject. Here’s what Dr. Karen Becker has to say about dogs and vegan diets.

  • broken1
  • broken1

    I use V-Dog.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    So are you saying dogs should be fed a single source protein?

  • designby

    Nature’s select has to be the biggest cause of bladder crystals & stones in our vet clinic than any other food we’ve seen. Any food with meals, especially *mulitple* meals is a recipe for disaster. Buyer beware.

  • Regina

    My vet put my GSD puppy on Hills prescription ID kibbles for sensitive stomach and he is doing ok on it not great just ok but I supplement with ground beef. I am trying my hardest to get him off of that crap food. Its sooooooooo terrible for a dog I cannot even describe to you. It should never be given to a dog long term. NEVER! I am working on putting him on Honest Kitchen and/or Artisan diet with raw food. My other 3 dogs get Nature’s Select Lamb and Rice. I am hoping to switch the other 3 onto grain free Nature Select. They are shipping me the samples to try before I do that.

  • Regina

    Nature’s Select has grain free version that I am going to try my dogs on. They have been on Lamb and rice version of Nature Select for many years and they love it. Our dogs are healthy, have good coats, and they love their food. Recently I have been doing a lot of research about grain free products and nutrition due to my GSD puppy who has very sensitive tummy. I cannot put him on kibbles he is getting raw diet and Honest Kitchen and/or Artisan Grandma Lucy food. However my other 3 dogs most likely will be switched from Lamb and rice to grain free Nature Select kibbles. I will say though they are not cheap at all the food is pretty expensive. I think a bag of grain free dog food is $75. But I refuse to feed them that crappy Pets Mart food.

  • Ampz

    I have a 5 year old English Bulldog with a sensitive stomach and over weight. .. What is the best dog food I can get him. Thank you in advance.

  • kimbear

    I am one of your customers up in Crestview and I’ve been very pleased with the product and the service! We are feeding 10 dogs right now ( we foster ) and so far everyone is doing well.

  • Dave’s Hounds

    I would recommend Natures Variety Instinct

  • Jane

    Actually Monsanto GMO contains Round-Up, a toxic herbicide. The seeds are also called “Terminator” or “Suicide” seeds.

  • What are your dogs eating now? I’ve used Nature’s Select Grain Free and the Hi-Pro/Active Dog/Puppy. These are actually the only two formulas of Nature’s Select that I would feed since the other ones are too low in protein for my liking. The Puppy one would be too small a kibble for your guys and the Grain Free kibble is very small. BTW, Nature’s Select and Victor are made by the same manufacturing plant. I’ve heard good things about Victor from other posters as well.

  • royal flush todd

    Thanks for the advise. Any suggestions on which of the three I listed are best suited for my dogs?

  • Pattyvaughn

    The level of asenic found in rice is very small and dogs supposedly can eliminate that amount easily. That being said, I am not comfortable feeding a food with rice in it to my dog every day. So my suggestion would be to pick some foods that have rice and some that don’t, and rotate. Feeding a rotational diet is healthier in several ways anyway. It supports a wider variety of gut flora. It helps to minimize problems that can arise from foods that have too high or too low a level of some nutrients. And it limits problems stemming from less than favorable ingredients.

  • Royal flush Todd

    So im confused and not an educated dog food guru. I am trying to decide on which dog food would be best in your opinion. All three are available to me but im hearing arsenic in rice and pancreatitis, alot of protein is good and then im hearing it depends then im hearing its bad….what the heck. how about some help. I have a 70 lb 4yo female German shepherd and a 11 yo 100 lb shepherd with arthritis but i do give him supplements for his legs. They are moderately active. Im considering Victor hi pro plus, Berkley and Jensen chicken and brown rice, or natures select(any kind). I hear arsenic is in the food but isnt there arsenic in the heart worm meds? How much arsenic is bad and how much is good or is it a different kind or arsenic? This site is great with a wealth of knowledge but hard to understand.

  • Schaumburg Dog

    Good quality dog food since they have re-worked their formula to become holistic and remove some “controversial” ingredients. Very friendly company to deal with here in the Chicago area. My issue is that this company needs to get its pricing figured out. In 2010, a *50lb* bag of Chicken/Rice/Lamb cost me $56.66 with tax, or $1.13 per pound of dog food. In 2013, I now can only order a *30lb* bag of Chicken/Rice/Lamb, which now costs me $53.49 or $1.78/lb. That means if I could still buy the same 50lb bag, it would now cost $89!!! That’s an increase of 57% in 3 years! The company says the new smaller size is to help maintain freshness and to make the bags easier to handle but to be honest, it seems more like an attempt to hide this huge price increase. They’ve also done away with the ability to track your previous orders (and what you paid) on the website. It’s a shame – NS used to be one of the best deals out there for price & quality.

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  • Hound Dog Mom

    Processed corn, like corn gluten meal and other corn products in typically found in dog food, is actually highly digestible – more digestible than fresh meat. The issue is that it has a low biologic value and isn’t species appropriate.

  • Ceilyp

    David no dog needs corn as they just cannot digest it.  Ever eat corn yourself????Are you able to digest it?  Bet not.  Did you know that there is no real “PRESCRIPTION” diet dog food?????Hill’s copyrighted that term.  THere is no governing body that says you need a prescription to obtain that food.  Doesn’t it make you question what they are doing and why your vet says you need it?  All my opinion but my statements about “PRESCRIPTION” are based in fact.

  • sandy

    Canine Caviar is GMO free

  • losul

    yes, some of them were engineered to produce their own bacterial pesticides, lessening the need for chemical pesticides.

  • Jens

    Actually the are engineered to be sprayed less heavily and many of the modern herbicides and pesticides are a lot safer to use. One should not forget that even organic veggies are sprayed and often with stuff that is a lot more aggressive, but organic. The problem with the GMO’s regarding this issue is that it binds farmers to use the herbicide produced by the company that makes the seeds…..that is the catch.

  • Maybe… Nature’s Logic or Castor & Pollux?

  • A+ Answers, BIO ethics, fresh fetch, K9 Natural, My Perfect Pet, People Fud and Raw Health, are all genetically modified ingredient free.  Not all are dry foods, some are raw, and not all foods are widely available either.  

    Rudy Green’s is not GMO certified free, however the company effort is geared to eliminate GMO’s as much as possible.  

  • Pattyvaughn

    The problem I have with GMO is that they were bred to be pesticide and herbicide resistant so they could be sprayed heavily with these things, so pesticides and herbicides are in the plant therefore in the seed.

  • sandy

    The  Salmon and Sweet Potato has never been grain free.  It had brown rice in the old formulation.  The only grain free offering from Nature’s Select is “Nature’s Select Grain Free”.

  • Jens

    GMO’s will be pretty much in any food that uses corn and soya and their products. I have in principle no issues with GMO’s since the genes expresse by these species are naturally occuring anyway. My issue with GMO’s is that they become so widespread that non-GMO varieties are pushed to margins and I like to have a selction of food.

  • Sue

    GMOs. You have seen my name here recently because my dog was seriously ill a little over a week ago.  I suspected the dog food, but I didn’t know what the ingredient could be that caused her intestinal tract to become so inflammed.  I read an article about GMOs and was shocked to see that they can cause the symptoms my dog experienced.  She vomited, had diarrhea and had to be rehydrated.  I’m asking all of you out there for help in finding a food that doesn’t contain GMOs.  There are lists here on no potatoes and
    grain-free foods, etc.  How about no GMOs?  Thank you so much.     

  • Paulabarker01

    Hi, I’ve been feeding my pup the Salmon & Sweet potato formula.  He seems to do well on it.  Looks like they just reformulated their products.  Contains millet, not considered grain free.  Wonder if this is why…

  • GRUB

    I have been feeding Natures select hi-pro puppy to my dog’s. it is a good quality food. they have reformulated their ingredients to improve upon it. Bravo. Any company who takes the time to make their food better for your dog’s should get recognition for it. 

  • InkedMarie

    I would skip the Hills food and go with a grainfree food, without potato. If you head over to our forum, in the dog food ingredients one, you will see a stickie with a list of grain & potato free foods. I would feed your dog the amount of food for what she *should* weigh. I’d use salmon or fish oil and do whatever exercise your dog can do. Do you have her on any anti inflamatory?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Feed her less of a good quality food and give her a joint supplement too.  Get out for a walk more often, joints definitely fit into the move it or lose it category.  Replace part of her food with a raw turkey neck a couple times a week.  They have a lot of cartilage in them, which is good for joints, and they are good for teeth too.

  • I don’t like several ingredients in the food.  I’d rather put my dog on a grain free food with alot more protein and less carbohydrates and give a joint supplement(s).  I’ve used Glycoflex III before for a senior foster that really helped her.  She even started jumping through the doggie door.  I’m also a member of a BARF group and several of them with large breeds highly reccomend Acti-Flex.  Some other things to research are fish oil, tumeric, bromelain, emu oil.  You might want to go to the forums and post your question for a more in-depth conversation on joint supplements, anti-inflammatory foods/diet, etc…

    For me, I currently feed a lower carb/grain free kibble and also feed raw as a more anti-inflammatory diet and give a couple of joint supplements.

  • David

    I have a 13 year old obese golden retriever with arthritis in her hips.  Two weeks ago I had to take her to the vet because she was no longer able to get up on her own.  The vet put her on an antiinflammatory med and changed her food to Hills Prescription Diet j/d Canine Mobility. He told us about how it’s scientifically formulated, etc. help her lose weight and improve her joints, etc.  It’s $3 per pound but the first ingredient is whole grain corn.  Thoughts?  

  • Both your dogs can eat the same food.  Go through the 4 and 5 star lists and try to find one that is at least 30% in protein, with few red colored ingredients, at least 2 meats in the first 5 ingredients, grain or grain free is up to you.  Pick a couple from the list, go to their websites and look up each recipe as they might have varying Guaranteed Anyalsis for each recipe.  You could even rotate through a couple foods like using both Merrick Classic and Merrick Grain Free.  A lower carb food (which means more protein and fat) will help your beagle lose weight as well as reducing her feeding portion.  I’ve found that when feeding a higher protein food, the dogs actually eat less. I feed pugs and a bulldog.  They eat the same things. 

  • K~T

    My 9 year old beagle Daisy is overweight and has a bladder problem. I have been researching different dog food brands in order to take control of her weight, but we also have a 2 year old golden named Bailey. I’m afraid with such different dogs feeding them will become a hassel and I’m getting dizzy reading all the pros and cons. Can somebody please help me?

  • Shani Duncan

    Hi Shawna,
    Yes, I Agree.  And we’ll probably see more foods like that on the market soon!  (But higher protein doesn’t work for all dogs either.)  And, it is still the reason the Ultra Lite food has a lower rating.. for now.

  • Shani Duncan

    Hi Melissa,
    I did state that I own a Nature’s Select in my reply.  My apologies if that was not clear.  I totally agree different dogs need different foods.

  • Shawna

    I’m a bit confused Shani..  Newer research proves that diets “higher” in protein are better for weight loss (err, I should say “fat” loss) then low protein diets.

  • Melissaandcrew


    Just because Nature’s select works for your dog(while another food did not) does not mean it will work for every one’s dog. The situation for Jill is no different than your experience. I notice in your posting you state “WE would very much” etcc etc. It implies that you are an employee or rep from this company, which is fine, but don’t you think you should disclose that to people so they know?

  • doggonefedup

    Did your vet say pork or ham?  Wolves would totally flourish on wild hogs. They are however kinda on the lean side as far as pigs go. Lard which is pig fat is very high in long chain omege3’s very healthy part a a canine’s diet. 

  • Doc1621

    meant to say feed sorry need to put my glasses back on

  • Doc1621

    When I worked at a vet many years ago the vet told me not to find my dog pork due Pancreatitis. That was many moons ago so perhaps thing have changed but wanted to pass that on to you.

  • Roger Brannen

    Nature’s Select is extremely sorry to hear that your pets are having these medical issues.  We take great pride in ensuring that our products are toxin free, produced in a safe environment, and meets or exceeds all the nutritional and safety standards as set forth by AAFCO.  We sincerely invite you and your vet to contact the corporate office in California at 888-814-7387 to discuss your concerns.  Paul Cavanaugh, President

  • Karen

    I use Nature’s select for my Lab, he is 104 American Lab and the 50 pound bag lasts him 6-7 weeks. He likes it and it sticks to the ribs, less poo. We are very happy with this dog food, 53 bucks and they deliver.

  • Shani – NS Nashville

    Hi, it is 1.4% calcium and 0.95% phosphorous: 1.5 to 1 ratio, I hope this helps.

  • Shani – NS Nashville

     Yes, it is 1.4% calcium and 0.95% phosphorous: 1.5 to 1 ratio

  • Shani – NS Nashville

    the Ultra Lite food is a diet food and thus has a low protein.  But all ultra lite foods have low protein.  The rest of the product line is approved by the AAFCO for All Stages of life, and has a great level of protein/fat, which is why it has 4 stars.

    I hope this helps!

  • Guest

    I don’t see it posted anywhere either. I wonder if there’s something to hide? They have stores/dealers all over so someone must have the information.

  • Guest

    Does anyone know what the calcium and phosphorus content is for their Salmon and Sweet Potato food?  I’ve sent a few emails asking for the nutrient content and haven’t received any response.

  • Most kibbles also only list the minimum amount of fat.  That means it could be higher.  Only a few brands like Orijen and other low fat kibbles will list a minimum and a maximum.

  • melissa


    this food according to the review, shows a mean fat level of 12%, which is very low for most dry kibbles.

  • nicole

    my puppy has been eating the high protein dog food from nature’s select, but he has really REALLY bad breath. it started after eating this food. does anyone else have the same issue?

  • Katie n Tuck

    Can someone explain how this is so highly rated with such a low protein rating? Isn’t protein vital to a dog’s health?

  • Last September we were introduced to Natures Select salmon and sweet potato food for our two dogs, a pomeranian and a yorkie.  We were told it was superior to other foods on the market and that it would help with allergies and dry coat.  The dogs liked the food.  In February the dogs went in for their annual teeth cleaning, the had to fast since it is an anesthesia procedure.  The vet took blood that morning and said it appeared they had eaten something fatty.  We assured the vet they had only had their Natures Select food and nothing after 6pm the night before.  Not thinking anything of this we continued feeding them this food.  In June of this year 2012 the dogs got very ill with vomiting and diarrhea.  Both of the dogs had bloodwork at the vet showing their pancreatic enzymes severely elevated.  They both were diagnosed with pancreatitis.  The vet blames this food, saying it was slowly killing them over the past year.  Our dogs have been on antibiotics now for weeks and a special prescription only food from the vet.  The yorkie had to be hospitalized for a week.  They still are not well and we don’t even know if they will recover.  I am saddened that something I thought was good for my dogs has made them so ill.  Please check with your vet before using this product. 

  • Eric N.

    My wife & I have started feeding Natures Select Chicken, Rice & Lamb about a month ago.  Our 1 1/2 year old rescue Pit/Jack Russell Mix was having issues with California Natural and other foods we had tried.  We took him off California Natural and started cooking Chicken & Rice & every now & than pumpkin. It cleared up his diarrhea and he fell in love with food again.  We knew we had to get him back onto a dry food (time & money mainly) and we went to a dog exhibit and ran into Natures Select (Atlanta).  We read the ingredients and they looked great, the price point was great & free convienent delivery was even better.  We have switched and so far so good.  His stool has been great & the he likes the food.  The Customer Service has been excellent so we are very happy.  We are about to change our Lab mix over soon as well.  We feed her Nutro Grain Free which she loves but 24 pound bag is $55.00 and the ingredients are so/so and for $50 I can get a 50 pound bag of Natures Select with a lot better ingredients.  No brainer.  Just wanted to share my story. 
    Thanks for a great website that has taught me a lot the past few months of searching for a good dog food for my kids!!!
    keep up the great work!!!

  • hounddogmom12

    The part about the unusual low protein/fat/meat content is referring to the lite formula only, all the other formulas are 4 starts. As you can see at the top of the review where the 7 different formulas are named the lite formulas has 2 stars next to it in bold red.

  • Janice Hyder

    Ok, I’m confused.  Under ‘the bottom line’ you say, 
    The unusually low protein, fat and (thus) meat content of the Ultra Lite formula compels us to downgrade this product to just 2 stars.  
    But then at the end of that section you give it 4 stars and say it is highly recommended.  Which is it?

  • Snowmass1958

    Hi – my name is Carol and I work for the local Tampa Bay Nature’s Select distributor.  After reading all of these reviews, I feel truly happy that I was able to find such a great company, great boss and great co-workers to work with!  Nature’s Select is a an excellent product and all of us believe in the product and each other to provide a great experience when selecting our dog food, from ordering to delivery.  Thank you and pass the word!

  • Jrainey9876

    The rating above is for Chicken Rice and Lamb Not the Salmon & Sweet Potato. Also if you look at the ingredients now for the Salmon & Sweet Potato It has lots of vegetable and fruits. The Dog food analysis site is 5 years old and not accurate. Go to and read the list.

  • This particular rating (dogfoodanalysis) is specifically for the Salmon &  Sweet Potato, not the whole line as a group average and it’s old.  I found it odd that it says “this food has no fruits or vegs” but it has sweet potato, pumpkin, blueberries and cranberries.

  • colddonkey

    Jan3car, if you’ll notice the rating from is from 2007. I’ve noticed there have been numerous occasions when has given lower ratings then other more up to date. I use to relay on and the ratings there but it seems they haven’t done to much rating the last 2 years.

  • Jan3car

    i google alot of pet food. you gave this food a high recommendation but another site gave it a low rating.
    see for yourself.

  • sandy

    My fosters get this Brand in Grain Free and Hi Protein and some raw chicken wings.  They do well on it and don’t have any problems with transitioning since they are coming in from the vet’s office/animal control/other rescue organization.  I’m feeding 4-8 fosters at any given time.

  • I have to ask.. how many dogs are you feeding to use 250lbs every 2 weeks? 🙂
    We’re using just under 50lbs in 2 weeks and are feeding 6-7 dogs on it (We have dogs over for dinner sometimes). I’m just curious, and picturing a house with 30 large dogs running around. Or hordes of small dogs. 🙂

  • Just to add in.. we started using Nature’s Select just over a year ago after learning about them at a local dog rescue event. It has been great. We’ve got a couple of dogs that are picky or have known food allergies, and they all love this food and have beautiful coats. We buy the Chicken Meal and Rice w/ Glucosamine.
      I know there are other foods out there that could be considered higher quality, but not without a huge increase in price. If these reviews included some sort of “price per star” ranking, I suspect this food would end up at the top. Even other foods of roughly equal quality cost nearly twice as much.
    To top it off, they have the free delivery, and the customer service has been wonderful.
    All in all, I can’t recommend this food enough 🙂

  • I would like to add my comments and praise for the Nature’s Select dog food. I buy five, 50 lb bags every 2 weeks and the quality of the food is always very good. My dogs love the kibble and eat it without hesitation. (They usually grow tired of one brand after a week or so but they have eaten this brand for over a year now and still enjoy it.) The best part is that they don’t get gas!
    The food is very well priced, especially when I buy in bulk, good quality, and the home delivery is great! I have had times when I sent comments to my distributor and I would hear from the owner of the company! Now, THAT’S service!
    I will say that my dogs would not eat the kind with glucosamine but they love the Chicken, Lamb and Rice. We also buy the High Protein Puppy food and my pups do very well on it.
    I highly recommend this product.

  • Gene Gonzales

    Just want to say that we love Nature’s Select dry dog food, we have 3 pets, 1 german shepard puppy we had her on Kirkland dog food and she really wasn’t happy, now she is on nature’s Select chicken, rice and lamb high protein puppy formula and she just loves it, our other pets are chihuahua’s seniors and they are on the ultra lite senior formula, much better than what we were feeding them before, had to switch their food due to one of our pets haveing a kidney issue in september, she is doing great now and we are very happy with the pet food, my wife did alot of research on various pet foods and this is the one we chose, prices are good, customer service is great and they are very knowledgeable, I have recommended to all my friends and family.

  • Dee Ivins

    I was wondering what the phosphorus ratio is in the Ultra-Lite and Chicken and Glucosamine lines. Could you help? Thanks!

  • Margaret

    I’m very pleased with the Nature’s Select Salmon and Sweet Potato formula. I have four Shih-Tzu fosters as well as a Chow mix and a Chihuahua mix of my own. All the dogs love this food and even the Chihuahua, who is old and vey picky, will eat it dry. I had been feeding Organix but with six dogs I just wasn’t able to afford it, and judging by coat and general appearance my dogs seem to be doing just as well on this as on Organix.

  • Lee Ann

    I switched to Nature’s Select after realizing Blue added caramel to their formulas. It’s a high quality product, price per pound is considerably lower and they have amazing customer service with free home delivery. I love the larger 50 pound bag size. I also like that they carry Zuke’s treats that can be delivered with my food. Remarkable!

  • Kat

    Mike, Thanks!! I found the info I was needing on another reviewed for dehydrated raw about the : you wrote:

    Mike Sagman January 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm
    Hi Paula… High protein can be the subject of controversy. Protein issues tend to focus on two questions (mostly based upon a dog’s life stage):

    (1) Does high protein cause kidney problems in older dogs? And (2) does high protein cause hip dysplasia in larger breed puppies?

    First, to those who worry over kidney problems in senior dogs, recent studies find high protein not to be a contributing factor. That is, unless a dog is already suffering from advanced stages of renal failure. As a matter of fact, it has now been shown that a low protein diet is actually not healthy for most older pets. For a more detailed explanation, be sure to read my article about “Low Protein Dog Foods“.

    And lastly, although there are many who still believe high protein can be a health problem for puppies, more recent studies have confirmed the rapid growth which causes skeletal disorders in large breed dogs is now more specifically linked to the practice of overfeeding. In other words, feeding too many calories (rather than too much protein) is the leading cause of hip dysplasia. You can read more (including references and footnotes) about this timely topic in my recently updated article, “Best Puppy Foods“.

  • Kat

    Hi Mike, my beloved sweedish vallhund “Odie” (who passed away in September of 2010) had a kidney issue and I started feeding him a diet that included Solid Gold holistic blendz (low protien) for that reason. My vet had told me that a high protien diet was not good for his kidney…and he said for that matter that most senior dogs should be on a low-protien diet. Do you agree with that? I originally thought that the Ultra-Lite may be a good alternative for a change of pace for my two dogs who are 13 and one 8 year old (who are very active take 1.5 hour walks/play time at least 5 times a week, no health issues at this time) I add a portion of kibble to a mixture of slow cooked meat (various fresh), Prefrence (no meat) and a fresh vegetable (various). I am also looking to sub-out Preference because 2 of the boys won’t eat it anymore. thanks

  • We have three cats (1 senior & 2 – 3 yr olds) and 2 -7 yr old cocker spanials. All five have been on Nature’s Select food for almost a year now. I have no complaints. We use the chicken, lamb and rice, 25 lb. bag, for the dogs, which lasts them 1 month and they self feed. (Unlike the 40 lb Costco brand that we used prior to switching) Our male is a nibbler and our female, who is blind, generally feeds am and pm with no nibbling in between. Because of her inactivity from going blind 2 1/2 yrs ago she had picked up extra weight. I am happy to report that she has “trimmed down” (not to her former 27 lbs) but is currently about 35 lbs – down from 45 lbs. While she will never run around like her sighted brother, the difference in energy level was remarkable! She kind of “trotts” around the yard now 🙂

    The cats are on the feline formula and self feed, as well. All maintain healthy weight levels and never have turned their nose up at this formula. I purchase the 20 lb bag which lasts the three cats 2 months.

    I find the service EXCEPTIONAL and the price very fair. I am now introducing this brand to my daughter’s new puppy and have no reservations recomending it to others.

  • sandy


    They also have cat food. I just received my 50 lb bag of their hi-protein dog food and the 20 lb bag of cat food. Very reasonably priced.

  • sandy


    Their “Puppy/High Protein” is for all life stages and the kibble is very small. Protein is only 27% and fat 15%. The grain-free kibble is also very small. My rep dropped off samples.

  • Hi Vickie… I don’t see anything by Nature’s Select specifically designed for smaller adults. One trick I’ve found that can sometimes help is to gently squeeze the bag and try to feel the size of the kibble inside. And (of course), there’s always customer service. Wish I could be more help.

  • Vickie

    Close friend feeds her dogs Nature’s Select. She has one picky eater that eats the Nature’s with joy. I also have a picky eater: Sadie. She likes small bites.She is 3 1/2 years old. (Also 1 of 4 of my resued family member). Does Nature’s Select have “Small Bites for adult dogs? I am ery interested in becoming another customer for all 4 of my 4 legged members
    (2 cats 1 puppy (7 months) & Sadie.

  • Jonathan

    A quick Google search returned nothing… if this was a “bad” food for animal testing, PETA would be screaming at the top of their lungs all over the internet.

    The ingredients look fair, so if the price is right, do your pups and your wallet a favor and feed away!

  • Christine

    Does anyone know if this company does animal testing? I talked to a rep at a home show recently & got a sample; the dogs like it & it’s actually cheaper than Blue Buffalo (which I had been feeding them). I just don’t want to make the same mistake I made w/ Iams a few years ago.

  • Jonathan

    Cecily, the amount of glucosamine in dog food is almost always such a tiny amount it’s not recognised as a therapeutic level. Read the label… they usually list it in parts per million or milligrams per kilogram.

    most have 300 milligrams per kilogram, which is not much at all… and probably close to what chicken meal already contains anyways.

    Even 1000 mg/kg still doesn’t reach “therapeutic levels”. For most dogs, 300 mg per dose per every 40 pounds of body weight would be considered therapeutic. Not 300mg per kilogram of food they consume.

    So keep up with the supplement. What’s in the food will SLIGHTLY add to it, but the supplement itself is still necessary and much more important.

  • Hi Cecily… I rate the foods by picking a representative example form each product line. You can find this dog food in the Nature’s Select review. Some of the answer to your question can be found on our FAQ page regarding the topic, “How We Rate Dog Food”.

  • Cecily

    Have you rated Nature’s Select Chicken Meal and Rice with Glucosamine? I have 2 Cane Corso’s, one which had OCS in his shoulder as a pup. Right now we feed Eagle Pack w/Duck and give Glucosamine supplements. I recently spoke with a vendor from Nature Select and he suggest this food. And the fact that they carry 50lb bags is really nice!

  • just to add… the reason the body requires a small amount of Natural Vitamin K is because it helps to thin the blood just a little to prevent blood clotting, etc… and also, I recently learned through the researching of Vitamin K (natural sources) that it is also helps arthritis.

  • Hello, I’m the Founder of a local “Pit Bull” Rescue group serving the Tampa Bay area… I have been feeding all of my own dogs and the Rescue dogs Nature’s Select Dog Food brand for sometime now… I started out feeding them the Chicken, Lamb and Rice formula except for my senior dog who I feed the Alaskan Salmon and Sweet Potato formula.

    I now, am feeding some of the more active ones the Chicken and Rice – High Protein formula (which I wish was a bit higher in protein, like upwards of 30%…) and for most of the other dogs I have been mixing two formulas 50/50, the Lamb and Rice forumula and the Chicken and Rice – High Protein formula. By mixing the two formulas 50/50 IMO, makes it a better rated food although I admit I’m not an expert in dog food but I am very well informed… I’m a dog food ingredient junkie per say Lol…

    Anyhow, I do highly recommend Nature’s Select to anybody and everybody but to keep in mind every individual dog is different and unique. I’ve never had any issues feeding Nature’s Select brand dog food and the Customer Service has ALWAYS been excellent!! Very friendly, down to earth and my local guys have been very Rescue Friendly and kind!!

    I didn’t see this mentioned so I thought I would add that in regards to the Alaskan Salmon formula they do NOT use ethoxyquin in preserving their Alaskan Salmon formula. They use they use Naturox which is an all natural free flowing antioxidant for use in the preservations of oils, fats, fat soluble vitamins, flavors, aromas, carotenoids and other oxygen-sensitive material.

    I would also like to bring up info about the Vitamin K Sources… it’s a NATURAL Source of Vitamin K (ingredients: Alfalfa Meal, Kelp) which the body requires a small amount… I bring this up because it has been questioned about on my website as Nature Select brands having “synthetic vitamin K” which is BAD… however Nature’s Select does NOT use any synthetic vitamin K whatsoever… NONE 😉

    Another dog food rating site gave the Alaskan Salmon formula a lower rating because they questioned the preservative and also it was an old review too (2007) and all of my several emails went unanswered requesting them to update the info as there has been a lot of change to it… I’m so glad I found this site. Seems to be more up-to-date and more friendly and fair 🙂

    Highly Recommended and the Customer Service has ALWAYS gone above and beyond… at least my local distributor serving the Tampa Bay area.

  • Hi Sydney… Many red flag ingredients are only controversial. They aren’t necessarily bad. We don’t grade these foods just by the number of red flag items but by a host of other details. Please be sure to read my article, “The Problem with Dog Food Reviews” to get a better idea of how we rate the products here. Hope this helps.

  • Sydney

    Just wondering why this dog food gets a 3 star rating while other foods that has more red (indicating ingredients that one should look out for) markings get 4 stars. I recently moved my pups to this food from other well known dog food and found that they love it.

    I love the ingredients, home delivery and price…..

  • Jonathan

    I go a step further with rotation. My pup is eating 3 different foods at once, changing one food out at a time as they each run out. I have no idea if this is appropriate for many dogs or not, but Sadie loves it. One at a time like Mike is saying is probably easier on the dog. My girl is a food monster. The only thing she’s ever thrown up was a half can of Wellness core ocean that I had mixed into her kibble. But I think that was due to the larger than normal amount of wet food that I gave her that meal, plus the fact that I hadn’t given her any other fish based food before. Oh and then there was that time she swallowed a chunk of brick and it had to be surgically removed to the tune of 1300 bucks. Don’t feed your dog rocks I guess is the message there.

  • Hi Debra… Rotation feeding plans represent a unique way of feeding in which a dog’s food is changed or “rotated” regularly. A number of manufacturers (and reviewers) recommend this type of feeding method. For a good understanding of a rotation diet, you may wish to read about the Nature’s Variety Rotation Diet Plan. We plan on writing an article about this beneficial feeding method in the near future. Hope this helps.

  • debra

    clarification please – what do you mean when you say “rotate” food each time we start a new bag?
    thanks much!!

  • Hi Debra… If you simply avoid the low-meat Ultra Lite formula, the others are matter of taste and choice. We like to rotate Bailey’s food each time we start a new bag. That way, it’s less likely your dog will tire of a particular recipe. Hope this helps.

  • debra

    you are awesome. thank you

  • Jonathan

    lol that was suppose to be “dog” not “god”.

  • Jonathan

    Debra, most pet food stores will allow you to return a food your god won’t eat, because most food vendors “guarantee” their food to both the customer and the store. So when some one returns a bag of Blue buffalo that they claim their dog doesn’t like, I don’t sweat it, because I know Blue will give my store credit. Different story with Purina. they don’t give credit. Not for returns. not for out of date. Then again, there is no reason to try any of their products. So just buy a small bag of something and try it out. And make sure it’s appropriate for puppies. I hear people with Danes in the store all the time saying that you HAVE to feed Great Danes adult food because of the “high protein” in puppy food. And they get this info from the breeder! Mike, you care to copy and paste your nice speech you always give about overfeeding v/s protein? There are important nutrients puppies need in puppy food, so at the very lest, be sure the food is for “all life stages”.

  • debra

    i have a new 4 month old Gray Great Dane.. when we picked him up from the breeder they fed him Eagle Dog Food. He does not eat it. he nibbles on/off all day. but only eats what amounts to one bowl a day. i have heard good things about natures select. how do you go about picking which line of natures select to buy?

  • Hi Robert… As you’d expect, every dog food varies in its design (sometimes a lot and others only subtly). What’s more, each dog responds to a particular food (or ingredient) in its own unique way. So, it would be impossible for me (or anyone) to compare two or more dog foods and know which one would be the better choice for your dog.

    Since the products you mention here have been awarded favorable ratings, I don’t see how you could go wrong with either one. Unfortunately, selecting the right dog food still involves at least some trial and error. Sorry I can’t be more help.

  • Robert Cornelius

    When you compare the chicken, rice and lamb formula to a Blue buffalo chicken and brown rice formula which is better for a 1 year old active dog.

  • Hi Eleanor… Thanks for taking the time to collect and share this excellent explanation from the company. Since this review was originally posted (4/16/2010), we are planning to update it very soon. Thanks again for the tip.

  • Eleanor Moore

    Dear Mike,

    After reading your review of the Nature’s Select foods I was curious about the flax seed and contacted the owners of the company who referred me to the plant manager Scott G.

    I asked him if the flax seed was a meal or whole and he replied with this answer:
    “Our flax is batched in the formula as “Whole Grain” and immediately before extrusion the entire mix is processed through a Hammer Mill with a fine grind screen. This assures that we have the freshest ingredient possible as Flax is very stable until the oilseed is broken, then it can oxidize at a fast rate. Once extruded, the ground “full fat flax” is encapsulated inside a nugget that is protected with natural antioxidants which helps keep it stable.”

    He went on to say that their were several ways they could describe the flax seed ingredient. With their goal of whole grains in mind, they wanted the consumer to know that it was NOT a by-product of flax oil extrusion and that the good omega 3 fatty acids were in the food.

    Thanks for your great website!!!

    Eleanor Moore
    Master of Science, Animal Science
    Texas A&M University

  • roger brannen

    Hi Andrew. The ultra lite Nature’s Select is a product we generally don’t recommend unless a dog is obese. The protein, fat, and fiber levels are designed for weight reduction. In most cases of light or moderately needed weight loss, we will recommend less consumption of one of our normal adult formulas but with a more preferable protein and fat range. As a company that deals intensely with the end consumer, the range of issues that confront pets are numerous. It is our intent to put together a plan of action that we feel will most benefit the pet for whatever situation needs to be addressed. sales manager, nature’s select

  • Hi Andrew… We lowered the star rating on the Lite formula due to its apparently lower meat content. Because of a dog’s natural carnivorous bias, it’s no secret we’re not fans of low meat products. Hope this helps.

  • Andrew

    Mr. Sagman, what is it about the Ultra Lite formula that give it a two star rating?
    Very informative site. Thank you!

  • Hi Kim… Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve added it to my To Do list. Always enjoy reviewing a grain-free product.

  • Kim Lacey

    Nature’s Select just came out with a grain free product. Would like to see a review on it when you get the time.. Thanks!

  • Rev. Col. K.D. Frazier

    I had tried SEVERAL regular grocery store brands like Kibbles and Bits, Gravey Train, Purina varities etc .. and my dog would only eat it IF I put something over it like a spoon of chili or beef stew etc …

    I saw Nature’s Select at the farmer’s market and took a sample bag home … and my dog ate every piece ..
    I ordered a 20 pound bag of the Salmon etc and he loves it … he usually waits until around 9-10 PM before he goes in and eats it ; BUT he does snack on it during the day ….

    This has been the ONLY food that he will actually eat on his own …