ProBalance is essentially a home brand (or phantom brand) of Petbarn (also available at City Farmers). The packaging looks very professional in a style you wouldn’t look out of place on the shelves of a veterinary clinic, but what do the ingredients and guaranteed analysis really tell us?
Let’s dive in…
The food is a moderate 25% protein, 14% fat, and we can guestimate around 40% carbohydrates. If we assume Beef Tallow as the 5th ingredient is the 14% fat content, and everything beneath it is a very small percentage (i.e. Salt will be approx. 1%), then that means the top four ingredients amount to around 80%, possibly more.
Pet food ingredients are listed in order of percentage, which in this case is poultry meal, sorghum, rice, and field peas. With pet foods we can often assume they’ve formulated the product in such a way to make it look as great as possible on the label, which is why the meat ingredient is top of the list. In reality it’s possible for all four of these ingredients to be in equal amounts, which could mean sorghum (20%), rice (20%), and field peas (20%) amount to the bulk of the product. If the ingredients were listed as Sorghum, Rice, Field Peas, Poultry Meal, Beef Tallow, then you wouldn’t have the same impression. Marketing!!
The label does say 68% of protein from meat, which means the rest of the protein comes from the other ingredients. This would suggest a bias towards meat rather than peas, but we can still deduce the approx. 40% carbs comes mostly from the sorghum and rice.
To add a positive point there are no glaring nasties in the food and it’s preserved naturally. There aren’t any artificial colours, flavours, or artificial preservatives. That’s a good thing and goes a long way, as cheaper foods with those inclusions are very likely damaging over the long term.
All in all it’s a moderate “safe” food. You need to be mindful with ProBalance you’ll be feeding your dog a lot of sorghum, rice, and peas, but you could counteract this by adding fresh foods or rotating with another brand.
Where to buy
You can buy ProBalance directly from Petbarn (or click and collect).
Poultry meal, Sorghum, Rice, Field Peas, Beef Tallow, Beet Pulp, Sunflower Oil, Salt, Vitamins & Minerals (Vitamins A, D3, E, K, C, B1, B2, Niacin, B5, B6, Folic Acid, Biotin, B12, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc, Iron, Maganese, Copper, Iodine, Selenium), Fish Oil, DHA, Yeast Extract, L-Threonine, Lucerne Meal, Vegetable & Fruits (Tomato, Spinach, Pumpkin, Blueberry, Cranberry), Taurine, Yucca, Natural Antioxidant, Beta-Carotene, L-Carnitine, Kelp, Rosemary.
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- No nasty ingredients.
- Naturally preserved.
- Bias towards sorghum, rice, and peas rather than meat.