Review of Pure Balance™ Lamb & Rice Recipe

August 16, 2012


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.

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