Overall, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken, Duck & Brown Rice Puppy Formula Canned is a significantly above average dog food, earning 8 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.
When evaluating a dog food, the first five ingredients can tell you a lot about the quality of a product as they make up the bulk of the product. Ideally, you're looking for quality protein sources with a minimum of cheap starches, fillers or by-products. Continuing down the ingredient list, look for ingredients that resemble real food with a minimal number of unpronounceable chemicals - the same as you would for human food.
Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken, Duck & Brown Rice Puppy Formula Canned includes the following:
Note - a bolded ingredient in the above tables indicates it is one of the first five ingredients listed by the product manufacturer.Although not the first product listed (which is the most plentiful), Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken, Duck & Brown Rice Puppy Formula Canned does contain with its top ingredients chicken, chicken liver, duck and salmon which are considered quality protein sources.
Additionally, it's worth noting that this product does not list either by-products nor bulk-adding fillers within its top ingredients. By-products are considered inferior, lesser quality ingredients. Common fillers typically used to add bulk to the product are not required in your dog's diet. Together, their combined absence may be indicative of a higher quality product.
Please also be aware that this product contains guar gum and carrageenan, which are additives that some experts claim may be possible contributors to certain medical conditions in dogs.
Allergen alert: This product contains salmon and dried egg which may be problematic for dogs who suffer from seafood or eggs food allergies.
Compared to the other 1160 dog foods in our database, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken, Duck & Brown Rice Puppy Formula Canned has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken, Duck & Brown Rice Puppy Formula Canned has approximately 109 calories per 100g (31 calories/ounce), which is compared to the average of the other wet dog foods in the DogFoodDB.
All the product information on this page is based on data collected from the manufacturer's product website as retrieved on May 3, 2017.
Ingredients as published by the dog food manufacturer:
Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Duck, Salmon, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Dried Peas, Carrots, Potatoes, Canola Oil, Dried Egg, Menhaden Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Oat Fiber, Pea Fiber, Tomato Pomace, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin, 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 Hickory Smoke Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Salt, DL-Methionine, Carrageenan, L-Tryptophan, Colostrum, Cranberries, Blueberries, Spinach, Dried Kelp, L-Lysine, Yucca Schidigera Extract
Nutritional information as published by the dog food manufacturer.*
The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.
*Note that some nutritional percentages reported are only estimated values, and are indicated as such as (est). Each dog food manufacturer is required by law to publish a Guaranteed Analysis, which defines each product's maximum values of fiber, moisture and ash in addition to the minimum values of protein and fat contained within. Exact nutritional percentages are not available and hence all calculated values (including carbohydrate percentages and calorie amounts) are determined using these minimum and maximum published values and therefore may differ from actual values.