Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance
Natural Balance dog food
As a Siberian
Husky owner, one thing I have learned over the years is they are picky
eaters. In comparison my Australian Sheppard would eat pebbles if it looked like dog food. On the other hand my
huskies have to go through the entire food test process.
First is does it look good. If they think it looks good then they sniff it to see
if it smells good. If is smells good they will take one to two pieces and taste it. If it tastes good they might
eat it. Now also realize that a Siberian husky has a very sensitive stomach. When choosing a dog food it can be
better to pick one that has limited ingredients and a single protein source.
After many years of testing I have found one of a few brands of dog food I would
recommend for fellow husky owners. This would be Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance. Another benefit to their dog
food is that much of it is designed for puppy to adult. No more having to buy a 20lb bag of puppy food for the
Willow monster, and a 40lb bag of adult dog food for the rest of the pack. My wallet really appreciated
Limited Ingredient and Grain
A major factor that I would recommend Natural
Balance is it's formula. First of all, they have what is called a "limited ingredient formula". Like my huskies,
some dogs have very sensitive stomaches and commonly used proteins, carbohydrates and food additives found in many
dog foods can upset their digestive system. This can lead to things like upset stomach, irritable bowel and a whole
slew of skin problems.
Natural balance has an entire line dog food which is grain free for dogs that have
allergies to certain grains. Their limited ingredient diets are designed for dogs like mine with sensitive
stomaches. When you limit the number of ingredients, you are able to give them a unique alternative to the standard
store bought dog food. Their food contains high quality nutrition and help maintain skin and coat something
necessary when owning a northern breed dog.
Is your dog a
Vegan dog food
It is doubtful your dog has attended many Peta demonstrations, but it is very
possible that they have a sensitivity to meat based diets. This does not mean you are now forced to feed Fido a
Boca burger and salad every night. Natural Balance has a vegetarian formula designed specifically for dogs with
this type of sensitivity.
Their vegan formula contains no dairy products or products that are derived from trace amounts of meat or dairy
sources.Instead they use ingredients such as brown whole grain rice which is a great source of carbs. Oatmeal which
not only is a source of carbohydrates but also vitamin E. Carrots are also used which is a good source of vitamin
A. As well as green peas which provide a source for vitamin A, B and C
Is your dog a food critic?
Another issue I have with my huskies is boredom. My male husky in particular will quickly get bored of a certain
flavor of dog food. Typically after the second 40lb bag. As many of you know you can't just go switching a dogs
food willy nilly. Abrupt changes in a dogs diet will cause all sorts of bad things to their digestive system most
notably lose bowls. Typically if you are switching dog foods, you must slowly mix in the new food over a period of
a week, or more depending on how sensitive the dog's stomach is.
One good thing about the Limited Ingredient formula Natural Balance has, is that you can interchange the various
flavors and not cause much if any disturbance to the dogs digestive system. This means you can switch off and
alternate flavors of dog food to keep your fur baby happy and eating well.
So in the eyes of a northern breed dog with a sensitive stomach, picky eating habits, and desire to be
politically correct and joining the vegan community, I give Natural Balance 5 out of 5 stars.