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Natural Balance Gentle Balance Chicken

Natural Balance Gentle Balance Chicken
Company info
Company HQ
San Francisco, California
Parent company
J.M. Smucker Company
Product info
Age Range: Adult
Food Form Dry Dog Food
Cost per day: $0.10
Primary proteins
  • Chicken
  • Chicken Meal
  • Dried Eggs
  • Salmon Meal

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols),Cassava Flour, Barley, Dried Eggs, Brewer's Yeast,Salmon Meal, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Oat Groats, Flaxseed, Natural Flavor, Oat Fiber, Salmon Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols),Dried Carrots, Salt, Inulin, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, dl-Methionine, Vitamins (Vitamin E Suppliment, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement),Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate),Psyllium Seed Husks, Choline Chloride, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative),L-Carnitine, Kelp Meal, Cranberries, Parsley Flakes, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Spinach, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

Breed sizes

size-1 Toy
size-2 Small
size-3 Medium
size-4 Large
size-5 Giant

Overall Score

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62%

Ratings

? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 42%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 70%
? We scan the FDA’s database and rate each brand by the number of recalls in its history. Brands with fewer recalls receive higher ratings. Recall History 29%
? By comparing the prices of foods in our database, we determine if a food is above or below market average price. Lower-priced foods receive higher ratings. Price 65%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 89%
? Our rating system evaluates each food’s manufacturing method, assigning higher ratings to manufacturing processes that promote higher nutritional value. Manufacturing Method 40%
? Based on the variety of sizes available. Size Variety 100%

Estimated Nutrient Content

To understand the nutrient content of pet food, we visualize its macronutrient composition in three ways. In the charts below, you’ll see a guaranteed analysis on an as-fed basis, a dry matter analysis, and a breakdown of the food’s macronutrients on a calorie-weighted basis.

Remember that all of these values are estimates based on the guaranteed analysis published by the company, and the food’s actual nutrient values may be slightly different.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Protein: 28%

Fat: 16%

Fiber: 5%

Moisture: 10%

Ash: 0%

Carb: 41%

Dry Matter Analysis

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Protein: 31.11%

Fat: 17.78%

Fiber: 5.56%

Ash: 8%

Carb: 45.56%

Calorie Weighted Basis

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Protein: 25.96%

Fat: 36.03%

Carb: 38.01%

Our Review

Pros
  • Supplemented with chelated minerals for optimal nutrient absorption
  • Made with fiber-rich flaxseed
  • Contains kelp as a natural source of essential nutrients
  • Doesn’t contain fillers, by-products, or artificial additives
  • Rich in species-appropriate animal protein
  • A good source of omega-3 fatty acids
Cons
  • Low protein content
  • High in carbohydrates
  • Low in moisture
  • Contains a small amount of plant-based proteins
  • The brand has had multiple recalls over recent years
  • Some dogs may be allergic to fish

Recall History

The following list (if present) shows all dog food recalls related to Natural Balance since 2011. If no recalls are listed, no recall events have been reported.

Natural Balance - Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food (06/18/2010) -+
Date: 06/18/2010
Company Name: Natural Balance Pet Foods
Product Description: Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food
Recall Reason: Salmonella
Natural Balance - Dog Food (05/04/2012) -+
Date: 05/04/2012
Company Name: Natural Balance Pet Foods
Product Description: Dog Food
Recall Reason: Salmonella
Natural Balance - Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula (07/03/2020) -+
Date: 07/03/2020
Company Name: Natural Balance Pet Foods
Product Description: Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula
Recall Reason: Due to elevated levels of choline chloride
Natural Balance - L.I.D. Green Pea & Chicken Dry Cat Formula (05/20/2021) -+
Date: 05/20/2021
Company Name: Natural Balance Pet Foods
Product Description: L.I.D. Green Pea & Chicken Dry Cat Formula
Recall Reason: Potential Salmonella Contamination

Ingredient Review

Our review of Natural Balance Gentle Balance Chicken begins with a detailed look at the food’s ingredients.

The first ingredient is Chicken. Chicken is meat from the domesticated bird of the same name. In pet food, chicken is used as a primary protein source.

The second ingredient is Chicken Meal. In pet food, chicken meal is often listed as a source of protein. Chicken meal is produced by baking and grinding chicken meat and skin. As a dry form of animal protein, it is most often found in kibble and treats.

The third ingredient is Brown Rice. Brown rice is a name for whole-grain rice with its outer hull removed. The brown rice in pet food can be a source of carbohydrates and fiber. Brown rice also contains omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals

The fourth ingredient is Chicken Fat. Chicken fat is a good source of omega-6 fatty acids including linoleic acid. In pet food, chicken fat also adds flavor, improves consistency, and serves as a source of the animal fat pets need for overall wellbeing.

The fifth ingredient is Mixed Tocopherols. Mixed tocopherols are a form of vitamin E. These antioxidants are used as a natural preservative. In pet food, mixed tocopherols help to prevent spoilage and oxidization.

When we analyzed the ingredients in Natural Balance Gentle Balance Chicken, we found that most of the protein is derived from meat based sources.

Price Analysis

Price per lb

Product Price

$2.78

Market Price avg.

$3.25

% From the Avg

-14%

Price per 100 kcal

Product Price

$0.17

Market Price avg.

$0.21

% From the Avg

-20%

Price per day

Product Price

$0.10

Market Price avg.

$0.12

% From the Avg

-17%

Natural Balance Gentle Balance Chicken is priced below the average market price for dry dog food.

Nutritional Analysis

Your adult dog needs a balance of macro and micronutrients to thrive. A food formulated for adult maintenance or all life stages is made to meet these needs. While there can be a lot of variation in actual calorie density, adult dog foods are generally intended to provide for basic calorie needs of the average active dog. In addition to satisfying their energy needs, these foods provide the protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, and other nutrients your adult dog needs to survive. Again, not all adult foods are the same, so you may have to search around for the right fit for your dog.

With that in mind, we’ve compared Natural Balance Gentle Balance Chicken to the other 1525 dry dog food recipes in our database:

DM Protein

DM Protein

Product info

31.11%

All Products avg.

30.04%

% From the Avg

+4%

DM Fat

DM Fat

Product info

17.78%

All Products avg.

16.01%

% From the Avg

+11%

DM Fiber

DM Fiber

Product info

5.56%

All Products avg.

5.36%

% From the Avg

+4%

DM Carb

DM Carb

Product info

45.56%

All Products avg.

47.71%

% From the Avg

-5%

Analysis Overview

Overall, this is a meat based food that’s moderate in protein with high fat and moderate carbohydrate content relative to other dry dog foods.

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