Only Natural Pet Canine PowerFood (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★★

Only Natural Pet Canine PowerFood earns the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Only Natural Pet Canine PowerFood product line includes three dry recipes.

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.

  • Canine PowerFood Poultry Feast [A]
  • Canine PowerFood Red Meat Feast [A]
  • Canine PowerFood Just Fish Feast Limited Ingredient Diet [A]

Only Natural Pet Canine PowerFood Red Meat Feast was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Only Natural Pet Canine PowerFood Red Meat Feast

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 39% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 33%

Ingredients: Deboned lamb, lamb meal, pork meal, peas, garbanzo beans, sunflower oil, lentils, herring oil, natural flavor, dehydrated alfalfa leaf, flaxseed meal, chicory root extract, apples, cranberries, carrots, dried kelp, tomatoes, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, dried green lipped mussels, dried sea cucumber, dried pumpkin, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, vitamins - (vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid), minerals - (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, potassium chloride, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate), sodium selenate, calcium iodate, probiotic & enzyme blend - (yeast extract, brewers dried yeast, hydrolyzed yeast, yeast culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Yucca schidigera plant extract, selenium yeast, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract and dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis35%18%NA
Dry Matter Basis39%20%33%
Calorie Weighted Basis32%40%28%
Protein = 32% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 28%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Although it is a quality item, raw lamb contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.

The third ingredient includes pork meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate. Yet it can also be high in ash — about 25-30%.

However, the ash content of the final product is typically adjusted in the recipe to allow its mineral profile to meet AAFCO guidelines.

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

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

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

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

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

After the natural flavor, we find dried alfalfa. Although alfalfa is high in protein (18%) and fiber, it’s uncommon to see it used in a dog food. This hay-family ingredient is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With six notable exceptions

First, flaxseed meal is one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly 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.

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.

In addition, 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.

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

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

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

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

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

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

Next, yeast extract 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.

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

Only Natural Pet Canine PowerFood Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Only Natural Pet Canine PowerFood looks like an above-average dry dog food.

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

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 39%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 33%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 33% for the overall product line.

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

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

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

Bottom line?

Only Natural Pet Canine PowerFood is a grain-free meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of lamb, pork, chicken or fish meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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.

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Notes and Updates

09/15/2016 Last Update

  1. L-Glutamic Acid, FDA Select Committee on GRAS Substances
  • Priscilla Escobar

    While I think this is a good brand, the ingredient list does not match what’s on their website and they also list these as Adult food, not All Life Stages. Ingredients from their site are below, as you can see Tomato Pomace is not listed in the review but it’s on this list and it would be a concern for some.

    Red Meat Feast
    INGREDIENTS: Deboned Lamb, Lamb Meal, Pork Meal, Pea Protein, Field Peas, Garbanzo Beans, Lentils, Sunflower Oil, Sun Cured Alfalfa, Flax Seed, Herring Oil, Natural Flavor, Chicory Root, Dried Apples, Dried Cranberries, Dried Carrots, Tomato Pomace, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid], Choline Chloride, Minerals [Zinc Proteinate, Calcium Carbonate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Selenium Yeast, Calcium Iodate], Pumpkin, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Product (source of amylase, lipase and protease), Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Extract, Pineapple Stems (source of bromelain), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Turmeric, New Zealand Green Mussels, Rosemary Extract, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative)

  • AnneW

    I was looking at ONP today at Petsmart. I have a Lab/Aussie Shepard/who knows whatelse, and she thrived on Acana prior to the reformulation and new USA version. Her coat was soft and shiny, and never had a flake. Tried NutriSource and she got flaky so she’s back on Acana Heritage Meats, but she does not look like she used to! Her coast is not as soft and she’s still got flaky skin. After reading your comment I’m going to buy this tomorrow!

  • deb

    I also have an Australia cattle dog on ONP. We have been feeding him the kibble with their canned foods as a treat for 6 mos now. His coat is super shiny, weight is perfect and he has no more tchy allergies! I love everything about this line & highly recommend it!

  • Robbert Brown

    I have read many blogs but your blog are always very nice and now here I got some detail about the Dog food it’s good work keep it up.

  • Akex

    Thanks. How do you think ONP compares with Pure Vita dry? I was just wondering because I had been giving it to my girl to supplement the royal canin veterinary because it was advertised as having probiotics and single protein and good for allergies.

  • Akex

    Thanks for the information.

  • Karen

    They do make their own food in Boulder, CO and also have a retail store here. I have used their foods and treats for many years now and my pets love it. It is a high quality product made in the USA.

  • Kira’s Bouncer

    Only Natural Pet signed an exclusive contract with PetSmart, so only they sell the food. That said, ONP is owned by ONP and is produced in bolder, Colorado by their own small wind powered plant. In fact they own a physical store there, where they sell their own food (which takes a lot of confidence in your product). Personally, I’m a huge fan of their kibble (Powerfood), their MaxMeat formulas, and their Wholesome Homemade dehydrated stew. 🙂

  • Akex

    Thanks. I never saw it before until petsmart got it recently. It’s not really available anywhere except petsmart and their own ONP website so I am a little concerned. What formula should I try and do you think the canned would be better than dry or mix wet and dry or just use one?

  • Kira’s Bouncer

    ONP is a fantastic brand for dogs with sensitivities and allergies. Just be sure to do a very slow transition for your pup. My collie has a very sensitive tummy and he thrives on their food. Not only that, but their ‘gut health’ food additive has really helped him. Try looking into Only Natural Pet’s Digestive Health powder.

  • Akex

    I’m trying to get my dog off of veterinary Royal Canin low fat GI cans. My 7 yr old husky had a bout of on and off diarrhea for few months, she was cleared of any serious illnesses including ibd. Dr just said probably got into something or has sensitive tummy. Dr recommended limited ingredient but only knows the royal canin and hills brands so can’t comment on other brands. Does anyone think this would be a good food to try transitioning? She has no known protein allergies. I know the royal canin rx is supposed to be the best but theingrediants suck and it costs about $70 a week.

  • Beth Miller Mull

    I’ve been feeding my Irish Setter this food for about 2 years now and she loves it. She has allergies and gets weekly shots and being able to feed her such a quality food that doesn’t contain anything she is allergic to has been great. I always recommend this food to people when asked what I feed her. I buy the majority of her treats from them as well and everything has always been very high quality.

  • Travis Sturzl

    They are in fact based out of Boulder Colorado. I shop at their flagship store. The food is also made in Colorado, and you are correct they are 100% wind powered. Colorado is also known for having very ethical cattle ranches, where the cattle spend most of their time(year round) grazing and eating a natural diet on public grazing land and open space parks which surround Boulder. It is to my knowledge that they source as much of the protein as they can from local sources, except for fish being that Colorado is land locked. Its worth noting if you go into their store they are selling frozen bison and cattle neck bones from local ranches.

  • Victoria Antonyuk

    I got a bag of this for my yeasty foster dog since its grain/potato free. She likes it and it seems to be helping her skin, but holy cow, she poops like 4 times a day! gotta be all those legumes. I think next time we’ll try something little more meat based.

  • Kate Thompson

    They have their own wind powered plant and produce their own food in Colorado according to a video I saw on them. Wish I could source it for you but it was an in store display.

  • Treeish

    Does anyone know who makes Only Naturals? Curious where their food is made, and by what company. I don’t believe they have their own plant, as most smaller companies (and this company started as a retailer) do not.

  • Sucker4Rescues

    One lb sample bags ship for free at Our 3 dogs loved the food and I was able to switch them cold turkey from Dr Tims. I’ll be adding all three flavors to the rotation. I’ve also ordered their canned food to try as a topper.

  • Karen Mitchell

    Feeding kibble to pets is the result of skin problems, liver problems, bowl problems… the list goes on. Did you know that the natural diet of dogs and cats is up to 70 percent water?

  • DAWN

    that was a rude post!!

  • Karen Mitchell

    And yet I’m utterly surprised you haven’t gone with an all natural raw diet. Amazing.

  • Karen Mitchell

    But you haven’t tried the obvious, or the best.

    I’m not a vet, however I have been researching pet nutrition for almost 6 years now. The best food you can give pets is an all natural balanced raw diet.
    The benefits speak for themselves.
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  • Esmedoodles

    My Lab has had allergy/yeast issues (“itchies & scratchies) and I’ve tried every food option (single protein kibbles to home cooked) plus dozens of supplements and nothing seemed to have any effect. I tried the poultry formula as I prefer to feed grain-free (and rice/potato free) high protein kibbles with home cooked meat and low-carb veg mixed in. She’s been on this for several months and she does seem so much less itchy but I’m still going to see what happens during the summer when she tends to be most itchy. Only Natural has a lot of healthy products for dogs/cats and great customer service so just another plus to buying this product.

  • Samson

    Thank You Very Much !! This food has been ABSOLUTELY AMAZING for my Aussie Cattle Dog and I heartily recommend it! My story is basically, as short as a long story can be, I started my babypup on Innova as I was told it was premium, not only organic but holistic nutrition and the best for him. Soon enough I moved from puppy to adult and soon after I found out Proctor & Gamble bought them…despite their claims the formula wouldn’t change, it sure did and my dog soon had bad food allergies and very bad coat dandruff, digestive issues, and refusing to eat until he was famished. I tried two different varieties of Blue Wilderness grain free which has a premium price but not premium quality… and tried Merrick grain free which was decent and fairly priced at TSC but not quite the results i was hoping for. I decided to try the supposed best and most expensive and went with Acana Regionals, which truly is superior nutrition.. he LOVED it! Soon enough he was on a rotation of all the varieties with amazing health benefits… but he nearly doubled in weight in a few months! It was so hard because I loved how great the food seemed to be and he loved it but h3 was very heavy suddenly and I tried 2 solid years to get it off him while keeping the 4-variety rotation of all Acana Regionals. However, early this year when I evaluated his feed options for my yearly supply purchase, I realized that Acana has become so expensive and yet hard to find, while still causing my blue heeler weight issues…I had to make a change! He is my son and there is nothing I wouldn’t do for him, but the stuff was too much and his weight still wasn’t dropping enough. I did a ton of research and considered a lot of options while evaluating many reviews… and just when I thought I would be best off spending the cash on 4 bags of Acana again, I came across the Only Natural Pet website and their detailed Comparison of their Canine Power Food VS. Acana Regionals… it was both intriguing and impressive !! ONP really sought a superpremium, grain-free feed with Superior nutrition, high content of high quality protein, fruits & vegetables & botanicals & other highly desirable ingredients that was better than Acana AND better in price! I tried a 4.5lb bay of all 3 types and the results were astonishing! my Aussie loved the new chow and had very little trouble Switching over … He had more energy and great health but then he was dropping Some weight while getting Some more to eat each meal -., it was a total win! I was so thoroughly impressed by all three varieties of Only Natural Pet Canine Power Food I bought large bags of all of them . I am very very pleased to see it reviewed favorably here on this site- I think when this food gets a bit more popularity it will become very well Known. that again:!

  • neezerfan

    One of my dogs can eat only venison, lamb and pork, this is going on my list!