Petsumer Report Review of the Month
March 2011 Petsumer Report reviews 4 new cat foods, 15 new dog foods from Merrick Pet food; 8 new cat foods, 13 new dog foods, 10 new dog treats from Natural Balance Pet Food; 1 new dog food from Natural Life Pet Food. A total of 51 new reviews added this month.
Petsumer Report Online provides reviews, grade of ingredients, country of origin information, warning of risk ingredients, FDA recall information (and more) for 778 cat foods, 120 cat treats, 1128 dog foods, and 309 dog treats; a total of 2335 pet product reviews.
Natural Balance Pet Food
Natural Balance dry foods are manufactured at Diamond Pet Foods, canned foods are made at American Nutrition. Dog Rolls and frozen products are manufactured at Natural Balance. Meat meats (example chicken meal) contains muscle meat only. Per Natural Balance, all fish meal, ocean fish meal, and salmon meal ingredients are preserved with Naturox. For more information on Natural Balance Pet Foods visit http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/
Chicken & Liver Paté Formula Cat Food Canned
Ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Carrots, Ground Brown Rice, Eggs, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Guar Gum, Taurine, Dried Cranberries, Carrageenan, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin, Vitamin A Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement.
Red Flag Ingredients: Carrageenan
US Only Ingredients: Yes
Natural Preservatives: Canned N/A
Shelf Life: up to 3 years
Crude Protein: 9% Crude Fat: 6% Crude Fiber: 1.5% Moisture: 78%
Plus: The Natural Balance Representative told me ingredients are human grade/quality. The lining of the pet food can does not contain BPA (a controversial element in plastic linked to cancer and other illnesses).
Minus: The mineral listings do not read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption). Contains carrageenan; controversial gum linked to serious illness.
To explain the rating – only the first five ingredients – the majority of the food – are rated and listed in bold type. Grey Font ingredients imply ingredients providing pets little to no nutrition, and Red Font ingredients are Red Flag ingredients that are potentially dangerous to pets. Quality ingredients are listed in bold black font. Five quality ingredients gives the pet food a five Paw Print rating. Four quality ingredients gives the pet food a four Paw Print rating, and so forth. Four Paw Prints is the highest rating possible for a canned pet food. Do not rely on the paw print rating alone; read the Plus/Minus information and manufacturer information at the top of each page.
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