$3 OFF Natural Balance Printable Pet Food Coupon {For Facebook Fans}

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Natural Balance Printable Coupon

Natural Balance recently reached 50,000 LIKES on Facebook! To thank all their loyal fans, they are offering this $3 OFF Natural Balance Printable Coupon valid thru 10/31/12. Limit one per customer per purchase.

If you haven’t already done so, visit Natural Balance’s Facebook Page here and give them a LIKE! Daisy is a HUGE fan and we LOVE the Natural Balance ALPHA Grain-Free dog food!!!

Giveaway: Win up to 50 Pounds of Natural Balance ALPHA Grain-Free Pet Food!

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Natural Balance ALPHA Pet Food Giveaway Daisy and I recently had the opportunity to sample Natural Balance ALPHA, a premium grain-free dog food. Well, Daisy did the sampling and I did the typing…you can read all about it in our Natural Balance ALPHA Product Review post here!

Natural Balance has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway and one lucky reader will win 2 Bags of ALPHA Grain-Free Dog or Cat Food! The prize is in the form of 2 vouchers, each good for a FREE 10 lb. bag or larger of any Natural Balance ALPHA Premium Dog or Cat Food. This equals 20 pounds of premium cat food or up to 50 pounds of dog food!

This giveaway runs thru March 14, 2012, is open to US residents age 18+ and uses the Rafflecopter Widget for FAST and EASY ENTRY! There are multiple entry methods to give you additional chances to win, but just choose the ones you want. Email addresses and other info are only used to verify and contact the winner. Rest assured that your information will never be sold or shared with anyone.

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Note: We received samples to use for our product review. We did NOT receive any compensation for writing the review or for hosting this giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own (and Daisy’s, too)!

Product Review: Natural Balance ALPHA Grain-Free Dog Food

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Natural Balance ALPHA formula

The folks over at Natural Balance were kind enough to ask us if we’d like to sample and tell you about ALPHA, their line of premium, grain-free dog food. They’re also sponsoring an upcoming giveaway for a chance to win a GENEROUS supply of this dog or cat food so stay tuned for that, too!

Because of Daisy’s sensitive tummy her vet recommends allowing at least 4 weeks to gradually transition from one dog food to another and as I’ve mentioned before, Daisy is a very picky eater so we don’t go switching her food around very often.  I’d heard lots of positive feedback about Natural Balance and Grain-Free diets from other pet parents and trainers, so I was interested in the opportunity to  let her try it. We sometimes use different flavors of premium and holistic kibble as training treats and snacks just to give her some variety, so that’s what I decided to do with the ALPHA samples from Natural Balance.

I did some research to find out a little more about ALPHA and here are a few key facts that impressed me:
    • contains Prebiotics to help support healthy digestion
    • completely grain-free, meaning no cheap fillers and easier on dogs with sensitivities or allergies
    • contains a moderate protein level (our vet warned us not to overdo it on the protein levels but ask yours for advice on how much your dog needs)
    • uses garbanzo beans as a high quality source of protein
We received samples in all 3 varieties:

Chicken, Turkey & Duck
Trout, Salmon Meal & Whitefish
Lamb, Chicken Meal & Rabbit

Seek a treat puzzle

Daisy has let us know in the past that her personal preference is for fish so we started with the trout variety.  Rather than mixing it with her current food, I decided to use it in her Seek A Treat Dog Puzzle. She was apparently VERY excited about this and almost flipped the whole thing over trying to find which compartments I had hidden the kibble in! Here she is after she finally calmed down a little bit and could focus on the puzzle:

Daisy and looking for ALPHA

Since picky Daisy seemed to REALLY like the Natural Balance ALPHA and her sensitive tummy seemed to be doing fine after a few days of very small amounts, we decided to let her have more, and starting using it in her KONG Wobbler . I often fill this toy with kibble to keep her occupied so she doesn’t get stressed out when there is a noisy storm, or to keep her busy when she is stuck inside and getting bored. Here, we are trying out the Chicken, Turkey & Duck formula:
KONG Wobbler with Natural Balance ALPH
She tried to “wobble” all the kibble out of her Wobbler so fast that it’s all a blur!

Daisy with Wobbler and ALPHA kibble

Since things seem to be going so well, and Daisy really does enjoy the variety of flavors, I’m planning to continue using Natural Balance ALPHA this way, gradually increasing the amount and continuing to see how she does before making a decision about switching her mealtime kibble completely. I feel really good about the reputation of Natural Balance, the quality of their ingredients and the idea of a  grain-free diet for Daisy.

I also discovered that Natural Balance is so concerned about health and safety that they test each and every batch of pet food before it reaches store shelves. You can check any batch, view laboratory test results and learn more here.

Before switching pet food, there are a few things to keep in mind:
  • Speak with your dog or cat’s veterinarian for advice and recommendations, especially if your pet has special dietary, nutritional or health concerns
  • Take time to transition gradually. Never completely change your pet’s brand suddenly unless your vet prescribes it
  • Be patient and observant. Even with premium brands, some pets have personal preferences, skin allergies or are picky eaters and react differently to different ingredients or formulas. It sometimes takes a bit of trial-and-error to find just the right one for your fur baby!

Visit Natural Balance for more information and nutritional analysis of ALPHA Grain-Free dog and cat food. To connect with other pet parents using Natural Balance, view photos of their cats and dogs, and get access to coupons and promotions, visit Natural Balance on Facebook.

Stay tuned for a new giveaway starting soon! One lucky pet parent will win a generous supply of Natural Balance ALPHA Premium Cat or Dog Food!

We received the samples pictured above. I did not receive any form of compensation for this product review and all opinions are 100% my own. Remember to always seek the advice of a veterinarian or other trained professional for information and recommendations regarding pet food, nutrition, diet and pet health conditions.