Nutrition - 8/10
Ingredients - 9/10
Pure Balance Lamb Dinner is a high-quality wet dog food. It has significantly above average proportion of fat and a significantly below average carbohydrate proportion. The formula could contain a higher proportion of protein but it is satisfactory for dogs who do not require high quantities of protein. The formula contains a range of high-quality ingredients including a small selection of lamb ingredients like Lamb and Lamb Liver. It also contains a small portion of Peas which provide carbohydrates and dietary fiber. The smaller range of ingredients may make Pure Balance Lamb Dinner suitable for dogs with serious dietary sensitivities or allergies. However, given the formulas very high-fat proportion this may not be suitable for those who are sedentary or easily gain weight.
Low Carbohydrate Proportion High-Quality Lamb Ingredients No Grains or By-products
Unremarkable Protein Proportion Very High Fat Proportion Could Cause Obesity
A Full Review of Lamb Dinner by Pure Balance
The ideal nutrition for a dog is entirely dependant on their unique circumstances. However, a high proportion of protein and fat combined with a lower proportion of carbohydrates is most appropriate nutrition profile for the vast majority of dogs. Dog’s are very capable of consuming a high proportion of carbohydrates, but a diet high in protein and fat is more appropriate and a better reflection of their natural ancestral diet.
Carbohydrate Content Analysis
Dogs use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Dogs do not require significant carbohydrates in their diet and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 12% of Pure Balance Lamb Dinner calories are derived from carbohydrates. Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower. This is significantly below average for a Wet Dog Food.
This is a very low proportion of carbohydrates and very accurately mimics a dog’s natural carbohydrate intake. This proportion appears to be from a small portion of Peas present which are high-quality carbohydrate providing ingredient.
Protein Content Analysis
Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 26% of Pure Balance Lamb Dinner calories are derived from protein. Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is average for a Wet Dog Food.
This is a surprisingly low proportion of protein for a wet dog food recipe. Despite this, it is still reasonable for the average dog but may not be adequate for those who are very active. A small selection of Lamb ingredients contributes to the vast majority of this protein. Meat such as Lamb are considered high-quality sources and will provide your dog with the full range of amino acids.
Fat Content Analysis
Dogs use fat as a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 62% of Pure Balance Lamb Dinner calories are derived from Fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be a lot higher. This is significantly above average for a Wet Dog Food.
This proportion of fat is very high and can provide dogs of all activity levels with a highly concentrated source of energy. While there is nothing wrong with such a high proportion, it does mean dog owners may need to carefully ration or portion this recipe to avoid obesity or weight gain.
In addition, the vast majority of this fat content appears to be sourced from animal fats. Animal fats such as Lamb fat are considered high-quality sources and are a natural part of a dog’s diet.
Overall Pure Balance Lamb Dinner contains an average of 1340 kcal/kg
Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most dog foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every dog food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.
Guaranteed Analysis – Pure Balance Lamb Dinner
Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.
- Crude Protein (Min) – 8.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 8.50%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 1.50%
- Moisture (Max) – 78.00%
The ingredients of pet food are disclosed on the packaging of the product as a list in descending order. Therefore the ingredients at the start of the list make up the bulk of the pet foods content. As a consequence, the quality of these primary ingredients is the most significant factor in determining the quality of pet food.
However, ingredients listed further down the ingredient list should not be ignored, especially if they could have adverse or harmful effects on a pet.
- Lamb Liver
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat and fish ingredients of dog food are without a doubt the most important. They are critical as they provide the majority of the protein and fat that dogs desperately need. Also, these ingredients would have made up the bulk of dogs ancestors diet. Therefore, the quality of a dog food formulas meat and fish ingredients is crucial. Pure Balance Lamb Dinner contains two sources of meat or fish.
The primary meat source present is Lamb. Lamb is considered a high-quality source of protein. Just like Beef, lamb is rich in iron. In addition to this, it has higher levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acid than other red meats and high levels of Vitamin B12.
Chicken Liver is considered a high-quality source of meat. Liver contains a much higher concentration of some nutrients than traditional meat cuts. Some of the nutrients present in Liver are Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Iron. In addition to these nutrients Liver also contains a high amount of protein.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Peas are a member of the legume family of vegetables. Legumes are famous for having a relatively high amount of protein for a vegetable. Legumes also contain a high amount of fiber, which is important for healthy digestion. Pet foods often use legumes as a replacement for grains in grain-free pet food. Protein from vegetables such as legumes should not be a replacement for protein from meat. Instead, it should act as an additional protein source.
Flaxseed is a beneficial ingredient that is commonplace in higher quality dog food. Flaxseed contains high levels of the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids which provide a range of health benefits such as healthier skin and fur and improved cognitive function. Also, Flaxseed contains high levels of protein for a plant-based ingredient. Finally, Flaxseed provides Lignans which can help reduce inflammation and cholesterol.
Salt, when added in moderation, is considered a beneficial ingredient. It enhances flavor, helps preserve the food and is important for maintaining healthy blood pressure and other bodily functions. However, some dogs, particularly those with cardiovascular problems may need to limit their consumption of Salt to avoid aggravating their health problems.
Full Ingredient List – Pure Balance Lamb Dinner
Lamb,Lamb Broth,Lamb Liver,Dried Peas ,Guar Gum,Dried Egg Product,Carrots,Carrageenan,Flaxseed,Cassia Gum,Potassium Chloride,Salt,Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide) ,Magnesium Oxide,Choline Chloride,Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid)