A quote I often use is “The best diet for a dog is a well formulated raw diet, but the worst diet for a dog is a poorly formulated raw diet”. Feeding raw takes research and consideration, which is why foods like Balanced Life offer an excellent solution. It’s a raw diet conveniently dried for you to reconstitute at home with water before feeding. Or in other words, it’s a raw diet with the convenience of kibble – fantastic!
There are four formulas for dogs, and two for cats. Each formula uses a single meat protein source which makes this an excellent choice for dogs who suffer allergies to specific meats (although most allergies are from grains like wheat, and there’s no grains either!)
All recipes conform to the same formula of 80% meat/bones/offal, and 20% fruit/veg/vitamins/minerals/oils.
The ratio of 80% to 20% is excellent. With many commercial brand kibbles you can be looking at 80% filler and perhaps 10% meat, so in that respect Balanced Life is significantly better. Don’t be put off by bones and offal either, these are fundamental to a canine diet and are rich in essential nutrients.
The remaining 20% is a well-considered mix of wonderful ingredients, with super-foods alfalfa, flaxseed, a mix of lentils, as well as peas, coconut, carrot, and more. Many of the minerals are chelated which means they’re much easier to absorb, and it’s a telltale sign of a quality product.
With the food being air-dried it will retain a much higher nutrient content than kibbles which are cooked at high temps.
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Chicken Meat, Chicken Organs (tripe, liver, heart, kidney, lung)*, Ground Chicken Bone, Alfalfa, Flax Seed, Green Peas, Coconut, Carrot, Green Lentils, Red Lentils, Sunflower Oil, Potato Starch, Chicory (Prebiotic), Cranberries, Parsley, Beetroot, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Barley Grass, Lecithin, Vegetable Extract Guar, Vegetable Glycerine, Vitamin C, Psyllium Husk, Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Natural Antioxidants (Rosemary Extract), Fish Oil, Sea Salt, Zinc Chelate, Vitamin E, Iron Chelate, Copper Chelate, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12.
*Organ Option may vary.
- Well formulated raw diet with the convenience of being dried and easy to feed.
- Nothing at all. You could argue the price, but you get what you pay for.