Nature’s Select Grain Free (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★★

Nature’s Select Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Nature’s Select Grain Free product line includes 3 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 Grain Free Farm Fresh [A]
  • Nature’s Select Grain Free Range Hearty [A]
  • Nature’s Select Grain Free Coastline Catch [A]

Nature’s Select Grain Free Farm Fresh Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Nature's Select Grain Free Farm Fresh Recipe

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 38%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, peas, canola oil, garbanzo beans, sweet potato, lentils, dehydrated alfalfa meal, dried egg product, flax seed (source of omega 3 fatty acid), yeast culture, potassium chloride, dried kelp, montmorillonite, 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, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, 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) = 3.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis33%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%18%38%
Calorie Weighted Basis31%37%33%
Protein = 31% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 33%

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

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

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

The fifth ingredient 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 sixth ingredient includes lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

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

The seventh 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 eighth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The ninth ingredient is 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, we find montmorillonite clay, a naturally occurring compound rich in many trace minerals. Montmorillonite has been approved for use in USDA Organic Certified products.

Reported benefits include the binding of certain mold-based toxins and even controlling diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Next, this recipe includes yeast extract, which is 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 ago1, 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, we find selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

Next, 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.

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

Nature’s Select Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Nature’s Select Grain Free Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

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

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 36%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 38%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 36% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 38% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the legumes, alfalfa meal and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Nature’s Select Grain Free is a plant-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the recipe 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Those looking for a conventional grain-containing kibble may wish to visit our review of Nature’s Select dry dog food.

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

06/09/2017 Last Update

  1. L-Glutamic Acid, FDA Select Committee on GRAS Substances
  • Debbie Canada

    I purchase Natures Select from Amazon but had to buy a 4 pound bag at our local Walmart since I was running out. It was the first time I had seen it at WM. Amazon’s prices are cheaper.

  • Lana

    I have a 13 yr. old Bassador and a 6 yr. old Chiweenie. The Bassador has been eating this for about 8 years and he has never had a problem. The Chiweenie came into my home a year ago underweight and very picky about what she ate. She now weighs a healthy 8 lbs. and has no issues with her food. It cost me $45 for a 30 lb. bag with free delivery to my front door. I was thinking to save money and try a different brand, but seeing all the recalls on all the brands (Nature’s Select has never had a recall) I’ve decided to stick with this brand. It’s so easy to reorder to, just call or pop on-line and hit “reorder” and it’s at my door in a few days.

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  • last one

    Target for sure not Walmart

  • OkieDokie22

    this dog food is NOT sold at Walmart!

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  • Debbie Lillian O’Connor

    Walmart just saw it there but wanted to review and research first

  • T.

    Not at all helpful when you’ve included no facts

  • Kali Cook

    You can only order it on line (or by calling), not sold in stores, that way they can guarantee freshness. Delivered to your door for free within 4 days.
    I have a Labrador and a Cavapoo both doing well on it.

  • Angie Lochard Franey

    I would love love LOVE any advice you could offer! my head is spinning trying to pick a food for our Australian Labradoodle! We’ve been on Life’s Abundance but our dog gets lose stools quite often and is very gassy! We are looking for a grain free and he is a medium so shouldn’t get too big. He is 36 pounds and is 7 months old.

  • John Maag

    Which brand do you recommend for my new goldendoodle puppy coming in 6 weeks

  • collie77

    I’ve never ever seen or have knowledge of this being sold in stores either. By distributor only. It’s Nature select holistic grain free

  • collie77

    Christine, I have had my dogs nature select for about 5 years. I would love to switch them. This dog food is not sold in stores. Do you or anyone else have any suggestions for something better you might share.
    Thank you, Colleen

  • Costco doesn’t make any high quality foods, just sayin’.

  • This product is expensive for the poor quality ingredients they are putting in it! I am a Pet Nutrition Advocate and I find this food over priced and misleading to the consumer. People, y’all can get much better foods for your pets than this!

  • May EllisIsland

    Are you still feeding your dogs this brand? Curious as I have two dogs that I switched to Nature’s Select Premium Select Plus with Glucosamine and so far it seems like they are having trouble going to the bathroom… Was considering switching them to the Cold River Salmon. So, wondering if you still think it is a good choice?

  • May EllisIsland

    I found canola oil in the listed ingredients on Natures Select Ultra Premium Grain Free… However, the Natures Select called Select Plus which has Glucosamine does not have canola. Hope that helps…

  • collie77

    Back in AZ again. Just an update while in ND we found a distributor in Montana that shipped the nature select to us. It worked out great.

  • Julie Larkin

    Most dog foods add canola oil which many dogs have an allergic reaction to in varying degrees. Natures Select does not use canola oil. Also canola oil goes rancid quick so if you use a Tupperware or plastic container to store dog food consider washing it after every bag as the oils build up and can cause the fresh food to go rancid

  • Julie Larkin

    Which petsmart? I have been to five in my area and they do not have it. There is a brand with a similar name but it is not Natures Select

  • Julie Larkin

    I have never seen this at pet smart

  • Julie Larkin

    Completely in the USA and bagged in the USA

  • Julie Larkin

    Not sure which formula you are referring. I have both my dogs on the Natures Select premium with glucosamine and it is very high in protein and has the glucosamine HCI. My dogs had skin rashes from the other dog food I thought was high quality from Costco, but I have since learned that the cannola oil used in dog food is an allergen for many dogs. I have been using Natures select premium for 5 months now and both dogs are doing great!

  • mary

    pet smart

  • Sara

    Why is this food given 5 stars? It only has one meat source (protein) yet it is 33% protein by all vegetables/plant source. To me that is garbage, but I guess to each your own. Most of the vegetable sources are garbage as well tomato pomace, beet pomace, parsley pomace, celery pomace. Most of those have absolutely no nutritional value. If going to feed a processed food and grain free, you want to find one that actually has protein (meat), especially for such a high protein level. If not many meat sources you should look for one with a lower protein content, as dogs bodies do not break down vegetable proteins as well. Also too much sweet potato can be dangerous as well for dogs with oxalate stone issues, due to the high amount of oxalate. I would look for a kibble with less protein or a higher meat content.

  • Janet Braden O’Connor

    Is this made completely in the US or partly in a foreign country and bagged in the US?

  • Jan

    My local petsmart is carrying this brand. I was also told my local Petsmart is going to be doing taste tests for the brands of dog food at the beginning of October in the store. I bought a sample bag for $4.99 and found a coupon on the back for $5 off. It’s worth a try and seems to have quality ingredients. I also found that the food is made here in the U.S.

  • cindyromero49

    Thank you

  • cindyromero49

    Thank you so kindly, I’ll check into that

  • Their website should direct you to a local distributor if there is one for your area. You might have to fill out some general info. I have a local distributor that delivers weekly.

  • Pitlove

    I looked at their website and it looks as though u can only get the food online (possibly only through their website). I see no store locator or anything else to indicate they have any retailers.

  • cindyromero49

    Where can you purchase this product other than online, doors anyone know? Thanks in advanced

  • Julie Hain

    Where do you get your food at that discount?

  • Crazy4cats

    Thank you for posting the results of your inquiries! Good to know.

  • Storm’s Mom

    It’s unlikely someone here would be able to tell you that. Contact the company and ask?

  • Monica Boxley

    Can someone here please tell us if Nature’s Select and Mid America Pet Food is cruelty free?

  • foss77

    Just curious to know how your dog’s stools were after the switch? I also fed my dog SD for years and am trying to switch him to a higher quality diet. My first attempt with several Merrick brand formulas did not work, he ended up with digestive issues and stool that could be very loose (just shy of diarrhea), occasionally bloody and mucosy. I suspect that Merrick was just too rich for him and have temporarily switched him back to his old food to clear up his problems. I am now on the search for another food. Nature’s Select looks like a good food but I’m just worried that it still may be too high in fat/protein (it is slightly less than Merrick in both regards) . Thoughts?

  • foss77

    Just curious to know what issues you were having that subsided on this food? I tried my male cattle dog on several Merrick formulas that did not work for him. They caused digestive issues and he is now getting back to normal on his old food (mid-range quality). I believe that Merrick is a good, high quality food but that it was just too rich for him. I have scoured this website trying to find a food to try him on next but am a little gun shy after my last attempt at switching (and yes, I took between 3-4 weeks to transition him). It is overwhelming and frustrating, especially when you can never be 100% certain what didn’t work with the other food. I have been thinking of either Earthborn or Whole Earth Farms and am leaning towards Whole Earth Farms (because it is less rich) but it is made by Merrick so I am leery that it will cause issues for him if the richness of regular Merrick was not the problem! Nature’s Select might be an option too but it’s protein and fat levels are closer to Merrick’s than to my dog’s current food or Whole Earth Farms. Ugh, I don’t know what to do!

  • Nature’s Select is made in TX by Mid America Pet Food.

  • Arlene Quesnelle

    Where is this made

  • collie77

    My little dogs are on nature select and are doing well however,I am in ND and no distributors any where. I bought two bags before I left AZ thinking I would be back by now. I am still here and will have to put them on something else. Does anyone have any suggestions.

  • Cassey Phelps

    I wanted to share our families success with Natures select. However it seems I’m not alone in the relief it provided our cattle dog. I have to give a shout out to The Bark website a Vet’s article on dog allergies recommend the brand along with a specific probiotics and flax supplement from VitaHound. I used both with great success. So glad others are affirming our results.

  • wines plus

    Dr Tim’s Pursuit is $65 for 44lbs. 5 star.

  • KSmith

    I have 3 dogs all ranging from 40-60 lbs and 8-4 y/o. I feed all of them Natures Select Cold River recipe w/Salmon. This food has changed our lives. I used Science Diet for a very long time and will never go back. I order 4 bags at a time, and it cost about $9 more per bag than Science diet was costing me. One of my dog had contact allergies, skin problems (always scratching) and really bad gas. He had multiple trips to the vet $$$$ w/o a long term solution. A friend told me about this company so we tried it. What a difference it has made! Allergies are under control, less itching, and the gas is almost non existent. 2 of my dogs were slightly over weight, but a few months on this food and their weight was back to normal. I can’t say enough good things about this product. With delivery and 100% guarentee what is there not to like?!

  • Ch

    Shawnas 47% protein diet is proven wrong I could sing a song.
    They mock around the clock and block.

  • Vicki

    We you Nature’s Select the Salmon and Sweet Potato one. I get 3-30lb bags at a time and the discount makes it $114 and some change. well worth it. Because the absorb most of the nutrients cleaning up the poop is much easier and no more gas! And they deliver it!!

  • PoodleOwner

    I have a poodle mix and after a year of changing his diet and cortisone shots, my vet recommended having an allergy test sent off to a lab. The test came back with food allergies and airborne allergies. Mainly soy, grass, trees, house mites and dust! He is on immunotherapy and is doing much better! I also bought him little socks to wear on his feet to keep him from chewing! Hope this helps!

  • mw

    Your diarrhea is everywhere!!!!! You constantly bring people down and are incredibly insulting. I believe every comment from you is inflammatory. I am not even able to browse comments about food without seeing some crap from you. this site is going down hill from folks such as yourself!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I would say $65 for a 30 lb. bag of a 4.5 star food is about standard. I wouldn’t consider it to be “budget friendly” but not outrageous either.

  • InkedMarie

    Expensive is up to the buyer. I’d only pay what you quoted above if I find food on sale, online.

  • The price will vary according to your distributor. Mine charges $64 ($2.13/lb) which is a good price compared to another kibble I buy which is $3/lb. They also have a discount when you buy more than one bag so ask and see what kinds of discount your distributor has. I also use Nutrisource grain free which runs about $50 for the large bag. Another reasonably priced brand is Victor. It has grain free also and is actually made at the same plant as Nature’s Select.

  • Jane

    I don’t understand your comment “for the price.” I looked this food up at the local distributor here, and the grain free is $65.95 for 30 lbs. That seems really expensive to me, even for a high quality dogfood. How much do you pay for the grain-free?

  • Jane

    This food is only delivered, yes? I am in AZ, and the grain free chicken dry food is listed as $65.95 for a 30 lb bag?? Am I looking at the right place?

  • Donna

    I have a cocker that has problems with licking and chewing his paws constantly, He has ear infections, yeast problems, mites, alot. The vet thinks it is due to allergies. He has been on grain free Canidae for at least a year. We recently added Dinovite to his diet, it helped the licking, but it seemed to make his ears worse. But now that he is off of Dinovite he is back to licking a lot. Do you think he should be taking a probiotic?

  • denise0331

    I read a book that I got from the library about dog foods. Purina and Hills DO whine and dine the vets! They are awful foods!

  • jodi

    When I got my Am Eskimo, he had really thin coat. I started him on NuVet and it has done wonders! His coat is getting thicker like his true bread should and he looks amazing after 30 days on these. I can’t wait to see how he’ll look in another month!

  • Woof1

    My vet said both companies, but especially Hills, does a fantastic job of wining and dining the vets to convince them to use their products. Put on a great conference in a big city, free goodies, all that stuff. He prefers Royal Canin over Hill’s but still….

  • I have been using natures select for 2 years now, I used the chicken rice and lamb until recently and now I have switched to the salmon sweet potato because I thought my dog could use the extra omega 3. Its a great dog food and a very high quality dog food and brand especially for the price. I found a local distributor and they deliver it right to my home. I highly recommend it. You just cant beat the quality for the price.

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  • Hound Dog Mom

    Agreed. Nothing like dog chow quality with an orijen price tag.

  • BryanV21

    Sorry, you’re right. I forgot that you could get this food at other places with a “prescription” from a vet. My thought was that it was only sold by vets, so needing a prescription for it was unnecessary.

    I still think it’s overpriced junk, though. LOL

  • Hound Dog Mom

    The crazy thing is you do need a prescription to get veterinary formulas. I suppose the reasoning is vets don’t want people self diagnosing their animals. All the sites I’ve seen the food on require a prescription verification to order. However if someone were to look hard enough I’m sure there are some sites that ship from out of country to get around the prescription thing, like with heartworm meds.

  • BryanV21

    There’s one thing that Hill’s and Royal Canin do very well… marketing. I’m not sure if vets get true kick backs, but like anybody else that sells pet food, they do make money off of them. The mark-up on them is pretty ridiculous though.

    However, I don’t think vets sell “poor” food intentionally, as the little education most get actually comes from Hill’s and Royal Canin.

    As a matter of fact, I do believe that some dogs need to go on these “prescription” foods temporarily to get over a sickness. But I don’t believe they should be on those foods long-term.

    Oh, and I put the word “prescription” in quotes because you don’t need a prescription to legally buy these foods. They’re simply only sold by vets.

  • Wapellochiro

    why is it almost all Vet offices you go to SELL one of the worst rated DOG FOOD( HILLS)
    We trust them after all our dogs are part of our family

    maybe a kick back?


  • michele

    Hi i have been recommend to change my dog food to your brand ..can you plzz tell me if it will help with her hair loss she is a collie/husky/wolf cross and has a 3 layed coat and shedding is crazy special since she is in house with me alot as i am disabled…

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  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Kshep167,

    If you can’t find the kcal on the bag or the product’s website you can roughly estimate it using the following formula:

    Nitrogen Free Extract = 100 – (Crude Protein + Crude Fat + Crude Fiber + Moisture + Ash)

    Metabolizable Energy = [(3.5 X Crude Protein) + (8.5 X Crude Fat) + (3.5 X Nitrogen Free Extract)] X 10

    This will give you the kcal per kg. To calculate kcal per cup from this value, divide kcal per kg by 1,000 to get kcal per g. Multiply kcal per g by 120 (an average a cup of kibble weighs 120 g.) and voila – you have approximate kcal per cup.

    Also, if the percent ash isn’t given use 8 percent for calculations.

  • Kshep167

    Anyone know the kcal/cup for this food?

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  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Stephanie, ethoxyquin is added to fish meal during processing. The dog food manufacturers buy this product, so the manufacturer doesn’t legally have to list it in the ingredients, since they did not add the ethoxyquin. Manufacturers that use naturally preserved fish meal will have this fact posted on their site, or product packaging.                                Here’s how Dr. Mike explains it in the above review-
    The fifth ingredient includes fish meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.
    Unfortunately, the controversial chemical ethoxyquin is frequently used as a preservative in fish meals.
    But because it’s usually added to the raw fish before processing, the chemical does not have to be reported to consumers.
    We find no public assurances from the company this product is ethoxyquin-free.
    Without knowing more, and based upon this fish meal’s location on the list of ingredients, we would expect to find only a trace of ethoxyquin in this product.

  • Stephanie

    I don’t see ethoxyquin in the list of ingredients. Please show us where you found that it’s included in this food. Thank you.

  • Antonio

    It’s amazing how many people have the same complaints against Diamond Dog Food, loose stools, inconsistent stools, and foul smell (which I’m not sure any stools doesn’t smell bad). But the complaints from honest customers seem to have a inherently similar patterns.

  • Valerie

    My pits (Blue, and Red nose breed), have had major digestive problems and reocurring ear infections for several years. Diamond was the suggestive diet for them. However after the recall I selected different foods that were not successful. Natures select grain free has made an immediate change in the digestion and we’re at a wait n c mode for the ear infections. So far so good. Bowel consistency is solid, less frequent and smells less offensive. I’m very pleased at this point.

  • Richard J breard

    Mike … Out of curiosity to see what kind of an answer I would get I asked Natures Select Grain free If there Was any ethoxyquin in this product. Roger Brannen,sales mgr, was very honest.As you have said, he told me that it added by law,at sea by the fishermen to avoid explosions but is spite of a extrusion process to eliminate it there still might a trace amount there. They are looking for another way to eliminate ethoxyquin. If not, they will not use fish in thier food.

  • Hi Richard J Beard… I know this can seem perplexing. After all, there’s no mention of ethoxyquin on the label.

    However, whenever one finds fish meal in a dog food product (and due to US Coast Guard regulations), you should automatically assume the ingredient contains ethoxyquin at the time it’s purchased by the manufacturer. However, when a company publicly states (or if I’m able to determine via email) the fish meal was preserved with a natural preservative (like Naturox), then I share my “ethoxyquin-free” findings in the text of my reviews. Hope this helps.

  • Richard J breard

    Mike.. I’m a rookie at this. How did you determine there was ethoxyquin in this product?

  • sandy

    Oh…I meant white potato free…

  • Gordon

    sandy – This food looks good on paper, but it’s not potato free? Look at the ingredients list again:-

    Deboned chicken, “sweet potato meal” (Made from dehydrated potatoes which is more suspect in some views), chicken meal………….

    Anyway, it’s great that your dogs are doing great on this food. I would definitely stick with it, then.

  • sandy

    All the dogs are doing great on this food (and it’s potato free which is a plus). Their outputs are good and small and no one has had trouble transitioning and the kibble is very small.

  • sandy

    This formula is a small kibble and so far all the foster pugs are eating it just fine. No bowel issues and no one turned their nose up to it when I mixed it into their other food. They ate it right away.

  • sandy

    I’ll be getting my first bag of NS Grain Free tomorrow. I’ll be mixing it in with the Nature’s Select Salmon & Sweet Potato formula, which all my fosters are doing great on currently, but wanted to give them more protein. I’ll let yall know how it goes…