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Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Puppy Formula Chicken is hot extruded (which means it's processed under extreme heat and pressure) and made with feed grade ingredients, which are unfit for human consumption. It contains 24 synthetic additives (so it is not all-natural), it has 3 anti-nutrients including Dried Peas, Potatoes, and Pea Fiber (which may interfere with the absorption of essential nutrients), and it has 4 other sketchy ingredients, including Guar Gum and Natural Smoke Flavor. Many consider this food to be inconvenient, because it requires clean-up.

Warning In June 2019, the FDA implicated Natural Balance's dog food in at least 10 cases of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (or DCM), a potentially fatal heart condition.

Read our article about Grain Free Foods And Heart Failure
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Natural Balance
  • Air-Dried
  • Human Grade
  • All-Natural
  • No Anti-Nutrients
  • No Sketchy Ingredients
  • No Prep
  • No Clean-up
  • Canned Wet
  • Feed Grade
  • 24 Synthetics
  • 3 Anti-Nutrients
  • 4 Sketchy Ingredients
  • Prep required
  • Clean-up required

Detailed Comparison

Sundays Air-Dried Food for Dogs Human Grade Beef Recipe Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Puppy Formula Chicken
Family-owned Owned by J.M. Smucker
Human Grade Feed Grade
Air-Dried Canned Under Extreme Heat And Pressure
No Anti-Nutrients
3 Anti-Nutrients:
Dried peas, Potatoes, Pea fiber
All-Natural
24 Synthetics:
Vitamins (l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin c), Vitamin e supplement, Thiamine mononitrate, D-calcium pantothenate, Vitamin a supplement, Riboflavin supplement, Vitamin d3 supplement, Vitamin b12 supplement, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Folic acid), Minerals (zinc proteinate, Zinc sulfate, Ferrous sulfate, Iron proteinate, Copper sulfate, Copper proteinate, Manganese sulfate, Manganese proteinate, Calcium iodate, Sodium selenite), Potassium chloride, Dl-methionine, Choline chloride, L-lysine monohydrochloride
Nothing sketchy
4 Other Sketchy Ingredients:
Canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Dried tomato pomace, Guar gum, Natural smoke flavor
No Prep Required Prep Required
No Clean-up Required Clean-up Required
Ingredients:
USDA Beef, Beef Liver, Beef Bone, Pumpkin, Millet, Wild Salmon Oil, Sunflower Oil, Kale, Flaxseed, Zucchini, Sea Salt, Parsely, Kelp, Chicory Root, Turmeric, Mixed Tocopherols, Ginger, Selenium Yeast, Blueberries, Carrots, Apples, Tomatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms, Broccoli, Oranges, Cranberries, Spinach, Beets, Tart Cherries, Strawberries
Ingredients:
Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Duck, Salmon, Brown Rice, Dried Peas, Carrots, Potatoes, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Egg, Chicken Meal, Menhaden Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Oat Hulls, Pea Fiber, Dried Tomato Pomace, Vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid), Guar Gum, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Natural Smoke Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Dl-Methionine, Carrageenan, L-Tryptophan, Choline Chloride, Dried Spinach, Dried Kelp, Cranberries, Blueberries, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract.