I decided to review Pure Balance™ Lamb & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food, because I remembered being told to feed my new puppy an Ol’ Roy food 9 years ago by the breeder. She gave me a bag of Ol’ Roy Puppy Food for him. Back in 2003, I didn’t know anything about that brand, but I knew enough to doubt that this was a quality choice for a growing pup. Now Walmart, owner of the Ol’ Roy brand, has released Pure Balance, supposedly an “ultra-premium” dog food. Knowing what I know now about what ingredients are actually included in Ol’ Roy, I was curious to see if this new food actually would be as wonderful as the stories are saying
When I read about the new product, I had high hopes for a higher-quality pet food at cheaper prices for our fur-kids. Jim brought home a small bag to try, only glancing quickly at the ingredients label on the package.
The Pure Balance® website states that the food contains no corn, wheat or soy, and that’s good news!
The first four ingredients listed on a label are the most important, because they hold the most weight. Lamb and lamb meal are the first two listed. So far, so good. Next came brown rice – a decent choice but I would have preferred it to be further down the list. The fourth ingredient disappointed me. Brewer’s Rice has no nutritional value. It won’t hurt a dog, but it is a useless filler in the food. Had it been further down the list, I could have ignored it; but at fourth place, that means there is too much junk in the food.
The next four ingredients are healthy vegetables. Then we see rice bran – not so special. Manufacturers that use rice bran in their pet food products say that it lowers cholesterol and is a healthy additive to an animal’s diet. It’s actually a useless filler.
The Omega-6 and 3 fatty acids from flaxseed are healthy additions, but I take exception to poultry fat being used as a fat source. Poultry fat comes from rendered material and who knows what parts of poultry may actually create that fat – or where those animals originated. A named meat fat, such as chicken fat, is a much better choice.
The remaining ingredients on the list were healthy vitamins, minerals and supplements, natural flavorings colorings and preservatives.. The label also says this Lamb & Rice Recipe is for sensitive stomachs and sensitive skin. This is not a bad food, but I wouldn’t consider it “ultra-premium.” I won’t be feeding it to Gator and Maggie. If you would like to learn more about choosing healthy dog food, check out my e-book, “Feeding Fido: How to Choose Healthy Dog Food,” available here.