Nature’s Recipe Dog Food
Nature’s Recipe is one of the most common brands of dog food on the market. It has been around for 30 years. According to Nature’s Recipe’s website, the brand was created because there was a shortage of high-quality pet food on the market. “Being natural wasn’t about being trendy,” Nature’s Recipe wrote on the website. “It was about doing the right thing. We did it for ourselves and for those around us because we believe food is an essential part of a good, long life with our best friends.”
Today, Nature’s Recipe dog food recipes are marketed as having the perfect balance of nutrition with premium protein sources and no corn or wheat. They even have a product line that’s focused solely on limited pure ingredients.
At first sight, Nature’s Recipe looks like a truly premium dog food brand. However, Iams’ deceptive marketing tactics taught us that you should never take a pet food company’s claims at face value. That’s why we’re providing a deeper insight into this brand, so you can make an educated decision when it comes to putting your dog on Nature’s Recipe’s formulas.
Who manufactures Nature’s Recipe?
Nature’s Recipe is owned, manufactured, and marketed by Del Monte Foods, one of the largest food producers in the United States.
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Nature’s Recipe Recalls 2017
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Latest Recalls List (From newest to oldest):
- In October 2012, Nature’s Recipe announced a recall for their Oven Baked Biscuits With Real Chicken with the best-by dates of between 10/11/13 and 10/12/13 due to a possible contamination of Salmonella.
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Nature’s Recipe Coupons 2017
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Nature’s Recipe Reviews
If your dog has a sensitive digestive system, you might want to be careful when feeding your dog Nature’s Recipe dog food. Many dog owners have observed changes in their dogs’ digestive health after putting them on the Nature’s Recipe diet. The dogs would have runny diarrhea and excessive gas. This could be attributed to the fact that grain (a source of gluten) is added to most Nature’s Recipe formulas.
We find the brand to be decent. Meat or meat meal is usually the first and/or second ingredient in most Nature’s Recipe dog food formulas. Also, you can find dried egg (another source of protein), flaxseed (a good source of fiber), and middle-of-the-road sources of carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes, and oatmeal in most formulas.
Nature’s Recipe has many different formulas, and you can probably find one perfectly suited to your dog’s size, age, and special needs. There are better dog food brands on the market, but we believe that your dog would be okay living on Nature’s Recipe dog food.
How would you rate Nature’s Recipe?
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Our Pure Essentials Grain Free Large Breed Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe review:
Nature’s Recipe seems to be especially proud of their Pure Essentials product line. The Pure Essentials recipes are marketed as having limited ingredients, premium nutrition, and fresh-picked fruits and garden-quality vegetables. You know what we like to say: the ingredient list never lies. So let’s take a look at what’s in Pure Essentials Grain Free Large Breed Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe.
This grain-free kibble has real USA-raised chicken as the first ingredient, and is completely free of corn, artificial preservatives, and by-products. This formula is designed to help reduce sensitivities, acquire healthy skin & coat, and promote healthy muscle development, so this would be an ideal formula to feed large breed puppies and high-energy large breed adult dogs.
Since raw meat loses 80% of its water content and nutrients after being cooked, we’re a little weary of the fact that chicken is the first ingredient. However, chicken meal is the next ingredient. Any type of meat meal contains 300% more protein than raw meat does, so we’re confident that the chicken meal provides enough protein in this formula. The crude protein content is 28%, which is the right amount for a healthy dog.
The following three ingredients, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and potato protein, offer enough carbohydrates for a high-energy dog to burn off during a romp at the dog park.
This formula contains one controversial ingredient: menadione sodium bisulfite complex. It’s a man-made version of vitamin K. A lot of dog owners dislike the fact that this ingredient is synthetic chemical rather than the natural version of vitamin K (which is naturally found in green leafy vegetables).
All in all, we find this formula a good one to feed your large dog.
Where can you buy Nature’s Recipe?
Nature’s Recipe dog food is available at a bunch of dog food websites (such as Wag.com or PetFoodDirect.com), big pet stores (such as PetCo or PetSmart), and independent pet food retailers all over the U.S. You can find the nearest retailer with their store locator.
I switched my dog to Nature’s Choice and have seen a huge improvement in him. He’s much more active, he’s now at a healthy weight and not all skin and bones. His fur us more shiny and he doesn’t stink like he used to. Nature’s Choice is much more expensive than what I was paying for Pedigree, but it’s well worth the extra money! I now have a happy, healthy shi tzu. Thank you!!
It’s only been a few days, how can you notice that much of a change if you don’t mind me asking? I was told you had to gradually wean them off your food you’ve had them on. I bought the lamb with rice dry for my eleven yr old chihuahua. Hope I get the same response from our dog.
You keep talking about Nature’s Choice. Do you mean Nature’s Recipe or Natural Choice? Thanks!
Would you happen to know how many calories per cup Nature’s Recipes Pure Essentials has? The feeding guidelines aren’t on the package isn’t helping us at all. I want to use a food calculator so I know for sure I’m not under feeding her.
I just bought this food for my dog today. Gave him a small cup and added a little warm water to it and holy cow he chowed! Lol. I will update after the bag is gone and give a review on any changes 🙂 but so far from what I can see, he LOVES it! He wanted more right after, he has never done that before with his old food. I had him on Purina Pro Plan because that was what the vet recommended and then I found out Purina has been accused of killing many pets with their chemical laden food. It wasn’t until I found that out that I started looking at ingredients on the food. My Gunner is on the Pure Essentials chicken and sweet potato for puppies. I plan to keep him on this food if all goes well and switch between this and maybe the salmon or duck 🙂
I am trying to research the protein source in Nature’s Recipe Pure Essentials Natural Dental Mini Chews. I want to be sure that the turkey is not from China. Can anyone help me?
I recently switched to Natures Recipe from Pedigree. I have a doberman and a labrador. After i spent a little over a week for the switching process i kept them on Natures Recipe without mixing with older food. I noticed that both my dogs have been extremely gasy and their stool is very soft. The doberman loves the food but the labrador refused to eat it after second week, he wont even touch it
I love this dog food but why can you never find a coupon every once in a while.
Certain brands of food build coupons into their advertising budget. With some, like Nature’s Recipe, their marketing dollars are spent elsewhere. It’s easier to find deals through online retailers who are discounting the dog food themselves instead of relying on the manufacturer. Try Chewy.com as they offer 20% off your first order with Auto-Ship and carry the full line.
I have fed my 10 year old dog Nature’s Recipe his entire life with no problems. However, in the last six months, his digestive system has been a wreck and I had to switch him to a different food with the help of my vet. After reading a bit more about NR, I learned that it is own by Del Monte foods and made in Thailand. So….yeah. That threw me for a loop.
Also I saw your note about gluten in this article. It is important for dog owners to understand that low-grain, premium dog foods are often too rich for older dogs and can lead to digestive upset. Instead of researching dog foods online, responsible pet owners should talk to their vets or a canine nutritionist. Every dog is different, and following fads isn’t necessarily the right course for your pet.
I also wanted to know where Nature’s Recipe is made and here’s what I found:
Where is Nature’s Recipe dog food made?
“All of our Nature’s Recipe dry dog food, dry cat food and dog treats are produced at facilities in the United States. Additionally, most of our wet dog food is produced here in the US. Our Farm Stand Selects and Grain Free wet dog food varieties and wet cat food products are produced in Thailand.”
As far as I know, my 3 dogs have had no problems with any of the dry flavors of Nature’s Recipe that I’ve fed them. My dogs range in age from one year to twelve years old. Since I cook homemade food for my dogs, I don’t know how they’d do on the canned food as I’ve never used it. All my homemade dog food is made from human grade ingredients which probabaly means it’s higher quality than most, if not all, commercially made canned food.
We need guidance suggestions and help, we feed our 2 yr old bichon natures recipe salmon sweet potato pumpkin…..he loved it but now the food has changed in color it is not dark brown it is medium brown it appears to have not as much fish oil in it…his poop color has changed and he doesn’t eat it until he gets very hungary….he lethargic and a lot more mellow….we have 3 24 lb bags all have what appears to be a new less healthy mix …can anyone tell me what’s going on or what is a better quality grain free food for bichons..what should we do….
I am having the same issue. About 3 weeks ago my dog started having very runny and bloody stools took her to the vet and they found a bacterial infection in her intestinal tract. Put her on medication and she was fine after two or three days along with a diet of white rice and chicken broth. We then spent two weeks on a sensitive stomach food diet with Blue Buffalo This past week we started migrating back to Nature’s Recipe and after three days all the same issues came back. I am convinced there is something with this food that is making her ill.
My boy, a 20 month old Chocolate Lab is having issues as well. We put him on Natures Recipe Chicken and Rice with no corn or wheat to see if this food would stop him from eating grass like a cow…. Well, he still eats grass after a month and half and has developed diarrhea. Took him to the vet, no worms, bugs or infections. Had him on boiled chicken and rice with some anti-diarrhea medication and he got better. Gave him 1 cup of the Natures Recipe with the boiled chicken and rice to migrate him back to full dog food and now he has diarrhea again. UGH…. I will be changing his food to something else.
My 13 Year old Senior chocolate lab was getting Diarrhea from his other dog food so i put him on Natures recipe Lamb & Rice senior dog food he loves it and so far his stools have been Solid
So far I’m happy with Natures recipe! Greg,MN
I switched my dog to this exact food and within days she had very very runny poop that had blood all in it. I have her on a chicken and rice diet now until i find a new food to put her on.
Summer, I have been dealing with this too. Thought my boys contracted something awful. Had blood tests done etc. Having to heal their intestines. This food used to be awesome years ago ,but has since changed .Don’t use anymore of it .Not sure if tests can be done . I have all my digital receipts and wrote a consumer affairs complaint. They are owned bi Big Heart Brands now. They also make Milkbone and Canine Carryouts . Google the comments on those as well.Ohio Pet mom
Wow, Just read teh other reviews of recent problems. My doxies started having issues and the one who is a senior got it worse. Spent money at the vet and they had blood and diahrrea. I just realized its this food that they have been on for years . I wrote a consumer affairs report today . I have my Petsmart receipts and vet receipts to show . They both had been eating the same bag of food. We got the bigger bag of the Small bites chicken and rice for cost savings over the smaller bag. DO NOT feed your pet this or the canned food. Once I started cooking for my senior did I realize its this damn food.I am in Ohio also.
I have purchased both the salmon and sweet potato and also the chicken grain free and my dog will not eat. Sniff it takes bites and spits it out. Mixed with other food as recommended and this is going on day 4 he is not eating. Took him to the vet and didn’t find any physical thing wrong with him. I purchased the two bags at Pet Smart in Shawnee, Oklahoma 74804. I am unable to return them since they have been opened. It was an expensive to learn. Paid $25 for the two. Thank you Julia Fairbanks
1922 Aspen Place
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74804
I am a picky dogfood buyer. Have always wanted the best for my dogs. But…..my Smooth Collie, Henry, had a different idea of what was good for him. Tried Wysong, Wellness, Blue Buffallo, Natural Balance…all upset his tummy. Awful gas. Decided to try Nature’s recipe, grain Free Salmon & Sweet Potato. First food ever to agree with him. He loves it. He is now 5 and gas free. Healthy weight, beautiful coat.
THIS REPLY IS TOTAL BS SALMON N PUMPKIN MADE MY LAB VERY ILL SICK NATURES RECIPE WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE EOM
After losing a beloved family member to bad mass produced food, I have been watching for recalls like a hawk for 10 years now. Alfatoxin killed my boy. Many other things to worry about. One thing I noticed here in the comment section that stood out like a sore thumb was the first comment from Linda Jones. It is a few years old but I noticed that she comments on the wrong product and that she has noticed changes in her pet nearly instantly. A sell tactic for the weak minded masses. I suspect this is a fake comment put up by the seller/owner of the product. I will try it but watch carefully for any alerts. Keep an eye out for bad food Puppy lovers. Money is the heart of all evil.
I really do not appreciate you just up and discontinuing a specific food that my 15 year old dog eats. That is the ONLY one that he would eat, tried substitutes when they were out of his brand and he would not eat them, had to return it and get HIS brand. He has not eaten for several days now and my husband and I are getting very concerned for him and are trying to find a replacement that he will eat. That is not a very good way to run business.
NATURES RECIPE IS A DISASTER TOTAL POISON MY DOG A LAB IS SICK AND DIARRHEA AND ONLY ATE HALF OF IT SHE HATED IT SHES A PICKY DOG BUT WILL EAT MOST ANYTHING SHES 75 LBS LAB FULL GROWN I MIXED TUNA WITH IT NO SALT TUNA TO GET HER TO EAT IT THIS IS GARBAGE NO WAY I TOOK IT BACK TO WALMART FOR A REFUND THIS IS THE SALMON N PUMPKIN, I FEED HER BEYOND SHE LOVES IT I TRIED TO SWITCH UP GIVE HER A NEW TREAT NO SALE BENEDRYL HAS HER GETTING BACK TO HERSELF BUT THIS IS A TOTAL NIGHTMARE NATURES RECIPE EMPLOYEES BELONG IN JAIL. PACKAGING LOOKS SLICK HAS A LOT OF FAKE STARS OBVIOUSLY ONLINE BY NATURES RECIPE EMPLOYEES UNDER NO GOOD CONSCIENCE GOOD I EVER GIVE ANY DOG THIS. I FEEL I LET HER DOWN AND GUILT FOR GIVING THIS TO HER N MAKING HER EAT IT NO WONDER SHE WOULDNT EAT IT IT GAVE HER DIGESTION STOMACH ACHES N DIARRHEA I FEEL AWFUL FOR GIVING THIS TO HER. BUT I MADE UP FOR IT GOT HER A NEW LAMBCHOP TOY AND HER FAVORITE DINGO BONES AND GOT THE LAMB N RICE BEYOND EXCHANGED ON THE REFUND GIFT CARD SHE WAS HAPPY ATE EVERY BIT OF IT I DIDNT HAVE TO ASK HER TO EAT IT SHE LOVED IT. PURINA IS TRUSTED AND LONG HISTORY OF TRUST N PROVEN PRODUCTS. SHES ONLY BEEN ON PEDIGREE AS A PUPPY AND BEYOND NO GRAIN THE BEYOND FLAVORS SEEM TO NOT MATTER TUNA, CHICKEN, LAMB SHE LOVES THEM NO ISSUES. NATURES RECIPE EXECUTIVES BELONG IN JAIL AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED FOR ADVERTISING FRAUD STICK WITH PURINA BEYOND ALL THESE SLICK PACKAGES N ADVERTISING ARE GARBAGE EOM
My dog had excessive diarrhea and gas. He was very sick and the only dog food he ate was nature’s recipe. After seeing an emergency vet and putting him on a special diet with probiotics and antibiotics did he start getting better. PLEASE DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG THIS NATURE’S RECIPE!!