Pros: A decent kibble with no corn, no wheat, no beef, and no animal by products.
Cons: Not a fantastic dry food. Price is iffy.
A $5 coupon instigated our switching of dog food. We were pleased with the Castor & Pollux Natural Ultramix Puppy Formula but we weren’t thrilled with the $14 regular sticker price for six pounds of kibble. So when we spotted the ten pound bag of Nature’s Recipe Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe formula for $9.99 we figured it was worth trying.
Though cost was a major factor, good nutrition remained our chief concern. The Nature’s Recipe did fairly well in this area. There is no beef, corn, wheat, or animal by-products. The front of the bag states “All Natural with added vitamins & nutrients”. Ingredients are:
Lamb meal, ground rice, pearled barley, oatmeal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried egg, lamb digest, tomato pomace, flax seed, potassium chloride, salt, taurine, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), inositol, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, beta-carotene, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), minerals (zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), choline chloride, yucca schidigera, rosemary extract, citric acid (used as a preservative).
Ok, I don’t know if thiamine mononitrate or manganous oxide is all-natural or even what they or the other hard to pronounce ingredients are but overall the ingredients look okay to me. The absence of corn and wheat was the key issue for us. That and being a more protein based dry dog food with quality grains. We were also impressed that Nature’s Recipe Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe would cost us only $5 thanks to our coupon.
Initially, we decided to give Bogey (our pup) a few pieces in his Kong ball to sample. He eagerly rolled that ball all over to dislodge the small, brown, spherical kibbles then gobbled them up! Satisfied that he liked the taste of this new dry food, we slowly added some to his regular crunchies during feeding times. We noticed that the Nature’s Recipe is darker and slightly larger than the Castor & Pollux kibbles. It doesn’t contain any bits of dried fruit either.
Happily, Bogey had no digestive issues with the Nature’s Recipe Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe. His skin and coat showed no changes either. However, in all fairness, I can’t claim that he was ever solely on this particular dry food. We mixed it with his Castor & Pollux, and eventually the ratio was more Nature’s Recipe but it was never completely so.
And then we made another switch of dry dog food. We weren’t displeased with the Nature’s Recipe Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe but when our groomer suggested the new Merrick Whole Earth Farms line, we opted to give that a chance. We felt it was important to support this small, local business and we knew Merrick is a good brand.
Would I try Nature’s Recipe again? Yes. In fact, I have another $5 coupon that is sorely tempting me. I’m thinking of buying an adult version just to keep on hand or to use for treats in his Kong ball. Do I recommend the Nature’s Recipe Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe? Yes, but understand that this is a middle of the road dog food. There are better and there are lesser (much worse) brands available.
Nature’s Recipe Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe can be found at brick & mortar locations such as Petsmart and Tractor Supply as well as online at Petco, Petfooddirect, and Petsmart. Nature’s Recipe is distributed by Del Monte Foods. More information may be found at naturesrecipe.com or by calling their toll-free number 1-800-237-3856.
Oh! My second $5 coupon came from a Nature’s Recipe representative that was handing them out with informational pamphlets at Petsmart. I hate braving the Saturday crowd there but it was worth it. Stop in some time and maybe you’ll catch a coupon too.