Regular readers probably already know about Daisy’s favorite food and how happy we are with feeding her Natural Balance, but I sometimes receive questions from new followers, our friends and even family asking about what dog food Daisy eats, and how we decided on a brand and formula.
Over the first year and a half after adopting Daisy, we struggled with getting her healthy. She was a scrawny, sick little puppy who didn’t like to eat and had trouble when she did. In addition to the tummy troubles, she also had terrible skin rashes that constantly got infected, and after seeing our first few vet bills, we began to suspect that all this was why she was abandoned at the shelter in the first place!
The veterinarian suggested that before we start running more invasive and expensive tests, or put her on prescription food, that we try experimenting with a few premium wheat-free brands to see if we could find one that suited her. We tried a few, allowing enough time for her system to adjust and even though her tummy troubles diminished, we didn’t really see an improvement in her appetite or skin until trying Natural Balance’s ALPHA. It’s a grain-free formula and comes in 3 varieties: Chicken, Turkey Meal & Duck; Lamb, Chicken Meal & Rabbit; and Trout, Salmon Meal & Whitefish.
Daisy eats the Trout variety and has been since March of 2012 when we first discovered Natural Balance. You can read the original post about how Daisy started eating Natural Balance for more info. Since that time, Daisy’s appetite and weight have become much more healthy and we’ve seen great improvements in her skin allergies as well.
Besides finding the right combination of ingredients for her sensitive system, she really loves the taste. And that’s super important when you have a dog who struggles with lack of appetite! We used to have to take Daisy in for monthly weight-checks just to make sure she wasn’t wasting away (seriously)…now we measure her meal portions and limit her treats so she doesn’t overdo it with her enthusiasm!
Choosing a dog food that’s right for your fur kid can be frustrating and take some trial and error, especially if they have tummy troubles and food sensitivities like Daisy does! Even if your dog has the kind of iron stomach that can tolerate anything, as a pet parent you still want to make sure you are feeding them the best quality ingredients and balanced nutrition for their size, age and lifestyle.
That’s one of the things we think is great about Natural Balance…they have so many varieties including vegetarian, grain-free, organic, senior pet, dry, canned, treats & more, that you are sure to find one that is right for your pet.
When you visit the Natural Balance Website, you’ll be able to view all of the different formulas, find coupons and check out their Buy with Confidence Program which lets you track and view actual laboratory test results for each batch of food they product. With so many concerns about pet food safety, I love that feature! You can also use the locator to find a store near you that sells Natural Balance.
If you aren’t sure which formula to try, Natural Balance has a great Customer Care Team you can call or email with questions about pet nutrition and help choosing a formula for your dog or cat. And remember to always talk with your veterinarian about any concerns you have with your pet’s nutrition, health, and appetite.
Because we have had such a positive experience with feeding Daisy Natural Balance food and treats, we agreed to join their brand ambassador program, NB Insiders. We receive products and other forms of sponsorship in exchange for sharing our honest opinions and experiences with other pet parents.