Choosing A Dog Food #WeBelieveInNB

This post is sponsored by Natural Balance® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for sharing my thoughts about why we believe in Natural Balance is a quality food for our dog.  However, Daily Dog Tag only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Natural Balance is not responsible for the content of this article.

We adopted Theo about 3 1/2 years ago, and while I can’t articulate exactly what he means to me, he makes my life better.    In the time we’ve had him, he has changed from an overweight, hilarious, goofball to a healthier version who owns our hearts.  All photos by Alice G Patterson Photography.

brown mixed breed playing tug, Syracuse modern dog photography

We’re not sure how old he is, the rescue estimated he was four or five when we adopted him.  As his face becomes grayer, I want time to stand still.  As much as I love senior dogs, I’ll never be ready for Theo’s time with us to end.  Hopefully, he has plenty of years ahead of him!

cute Puggle mix, aging dog, lifestyle dog photography

He makes us laugh, and is always in the mood to snuggle.  Because we want him with us as long as possible, we keep him from being a complete couch potato, and I feed him a healthy diet.

Choosing a dog food can be confusing, and we trust Natural Balance® for many reasons. First,  I always talk to my vet before giving my dog a new brand of dog food.  She is a big fan of  Natural Balance Pet Food and heartily recommends it.   She calls herself a nerd and loves to analyze dog food.  After listening to her compare two brands for almost 20 minutes, I realized that she is very serious about pet nutrition.  (Luckily, she charges for the visit, not by the hour.)

She likes the high-quality ingredients and the percentages of protein, fat, and a lot of other things that truthfully, went right over my head.  Natural Balance is on my short list of trusted brands.

happy dog lying next to big bag Natural Balance, high-quality dog food

More importantly, Theo loves the taste!  

Small mixed breed dog, bag of dog food, kibble in heart shaped dish

Finally, I  really appreciate the Natural Balance Buy With Confidence Promise.  It is based on the following four pillars.


Premium Quality Ingredients

From Natural Balance:  “We want the absolute best for your pets, so we dedicate ourselves to making sure your pet gets the very best nutrition. We craft each of our formulas with quality ingredients like sweet potatoes, legumes and brown rice, and premium animal proteins such as chicken, lamb, salmon, and venison.” 

Just as importantly, there are things that other brands may use, but Natural Balance will never include in their pet food.  These include artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, soy, wheat, corn, by-product meals or refined grains.  The older I get, the more I realize the importance of keeping the junk out!  Somehow, it is a lot easier to make sure that my dogs eat healthy food then it is for me.


Safety Testing

Natural Balance puts every batch of its food through nine safety tests.  If you are curious to see how the batch you have measured up, you can check it online.  With so many pet food recalls, it gives me peace of mind to know that my dog’s food has been rigorously tested. 


Pet Nutrition Experts

Natural Balance has a lot of different formulas of dog food.  My dogs tried Wild Pursuit last year and loved it.  However, there is a lot of protein in Wild Pursuit, and our lifestyle is not super active.  

Natural Balance dog food

The L.I.D (Limited Ingredient Diet) is great for my pack.  With just one protein and limited ingredients, it even works for my allergy prone dog, Nelly.  The pet nutrition experts at Natural Balance can help you determine which formula is right for your dog (or cat.)   


100% Satisfaction

Natural Balance offers a Buy With Confidence Guarantee.  If you aren’t satisfied with your purchase, they’ll give you a full refund.  

brown dog waiting to eat, Natural Balance high-quality ingredients

My dogs are also big fans of their treats!  And so am I, they inspired me to make a cute DIY treat bag for our walks.

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About Alice G Patterson Photography:  Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice is a lifestyle photographer dedicated to helping women succeed in their small business dreams.  She also specializes in dog photography.  Alice is taking her pet and commercial photography on the road this year, so be sure to sign up for her email list or send her an inquiry about your business and pet portrait needs.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Natural Balance. The opinions and text are all mine.


Debbie says:

Our pups love Natural Balance treats! Sounds like you have a great vet too. Ours is an older guy and he’s the same way. Super helpful and informative and LONG WINDED! lol. Great read

We have always been big fans of Natural Balance, particularly the limited ingredient foods. They really do want what’s best for pets. Glad Theo likes it!

I just had to laugh at that face! “Me, a couch potato”? Love Natural Balance, they are lovely people.

We are big fans of Natural Balance. I love the big selection they have for all size dogs and their specific diets. Right now the Goldens are loving Sweet Potato and Bison!

Sonja says:

we don’t do dog food … but glad Theo likes it!!

Theo is such a cutie pie. I love his ears especially. We are fans of Natural Balance, too, especially the limited ingredient blends. Also, our cats LOVE the salmon treats.

Thanks for the thorough review! I love that photo with his ear sticking out sideways. what a cutie!

I know what you mean about never being ready for Theo’s time w/ you to end. I feel the same! I wish they could stay forever but they can’t. With fabulous Pet food like Natural Balance, we can give them great nutrition and hopefully extend the time we have together, or at least help them live the healthiest life. It’s great to hear that your Vet believes in Natural Balance too! Theo is so adorable, I love these photos of him!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

We hope Theo is with you a long time. Glad to hear you’ve found a food that works for him.

We have fed the boys Natural Balance and they enjoy it. They are also big fans for their treats!

Carleen says:

Great photos! Theo is adorable!

That dog is too adorable!! Thanks for sharing what works for you. Pet nutrition is such a minefield, so much conflicting information it can be hard to know what to believe. Hearing testimonials from real users certainly helps.

    Beth says:

    Thanks, Hindy! Natural Balance has been in my pet food rotation for a while and my pets (and vet) love it.

Great article and beautiful photos. Our 14-year old cat Tucker had some serious constipation issues and we now feed him food with sweet potato as well as including sweet potato in his food. Your article was a good reminder that pet parents need to adapt their fur kids’s food as they age.

Jana Rade says:

There is nothing better than feeling truly good in your heart about the food you’re feeding.

Nichole says:

Theo is so handsome!!! Love that pic with his ball!

I love Theo’s “Okay. I posed with my stuffie, now give me the treats” look! He is adorable. All three of my dogs love the sweet potato and fish from Natural Balance.

We love Natural Balance. Especially the L.I.D. dry food. Mommy knows we’re eating good stuff!

Overweigh, hilarious goofball. LOL I know not healthy, but that term is pretty funny. I’m glad Theo is doing so well and looking so good.

Robin says:

Natural Balance is a great company. I love that they give their customers a way to see the quality control that has been done on the actual bag/can of food they have purchased. Not many companies do that!

    Beth says:

    It does help provide some peace of mind!

Sonja says:

Glad your pet likes it. On our end – we are fresh food only.

Natural Balance is definitely a great food! 🙂

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