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Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Reduced Calorie 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 2 anti-nutrients including Potatoes and Pea Fiber (which may interfere with the absorption of essential nutrients), and it has 5 other sketchy ingredients, including Dried Tomato Pomace 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
  • 2 Anti-Nutrients
  • 5 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 Reduced Calorie Chicken
Family-owned Owned by J.M. Smucker
Human Grade Feed Grade
Air-Dried Canned Under Extreme Heat And Pressure
No Anti-Nutrients
2 Anti-Nutrients:
Potatoes, Pea fiber
All-Natural
24 Synthetics:
Vitamins (l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin c), Vitamin e supplement, Thiamine mononitrate, D-calcium panthothenate, Vitamin a supplement, Riboflavin 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, Calcium carbonate, Dl-methionine, Taurine, L-lysine monohydrochloride
Nothing sketchy
5 Other Sketchy Ingredients:
Brewers dried yeast, Canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Guar gum, Dried tomato pomace, 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, Salmon, Brown Rice, Brewers Dried Yeast, Carrots, Duck, Potatoes, Chicken Meal, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Oat Hulls, Pea Fiber, Menhaden Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin, D-Calcium Panthothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid), Guar Gum, Dried Tomato Pomace, 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, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Dl-Methionine, Carrageenan, L-Tryptophan, Taurine, Cranberries, Blueberries, Spinach, Dried Kelp, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract.