Big Heart Pet Brands is an American pet food producer, distributor and marketer based in San Francisco, California with several brands to their name.
Nature’s Recipe promotes functional and nutritional recipes. Healthy benefits include shiny coat and healthy skin, food that is easy to digest and food that assists with bone density and flexibility.
Nature’s Recipe Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice contains the following main ingredients:
- lamb meal,
- ground rice,
- poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols),
- dried egg product,
- potato protein,
- natural flavour,
- tomato pomace,
Lamb meal is rendered so it is supposed to contain more meat-protein rather than moisture content. Due to the rendering process, however, we do not know for sure what else has been added during the manufacturing process, which is why a more natural protein source is more reliable and trusted.
The organic acid taurine contained in lamb meal can, supposedly, prolong an ill dog’s life.
According to a study ‘Taurine deficiency in dogs with dilated cardiomyopathy: 12 cases (1997-2001) published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association: twelve dogs were fed a commercial dry diet containing lamb meal and rice as primary ingredients.
Cardiac function and plasma taurine concentration improved with treatment and taurine supplementation. Seven of the 12 dogs that were still alive at the time of the study were receiving no cardiac medications except taurine’.
At number two on the ingredient list is ground rice. Rice that is refined loses its nutrient potency, unfortunately. This is filler.
Barley is a higher quality cereal grain and offers plenty of fibre.
Poultry fat brings the fatty acids that promote the shiny coat and healthy skin.
Dried egg product is contentious. The AAFCO classification of this ingredient says that a minute percentage could contain ash. This is not the freshest way of adding egg to a recipe and there is a lot of uncertainty regarding its actual composition in the Natural Recipe puppy food.
Oatmeal is more filler and potato protein seems to be added to the list to give the impression that there are protein supplements.
Flaxseed is a high quality source for its oil.
Overall, the ingredient list is an odd mix of high quality and low quality ingredients. Other competitive brands offer better and more potent nutritional combinations however the price of the product might be its saving grace.
Some Amazon users have noticed that their dogs did not respond well to Nature’s Recipe Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice.
Keri Armour slowly introduced ‘[four-month-old pittie, Opie,] to this, mixing with his Purina. He ended up getting horrible diarrhea & gas. Thought hs stomach just had to get used to eat, but it got worse…’.
Other puppies have devoured Nature’s Recipe pet foods. Samuel Maximus says: ‘We have tried several puppy food brands. Samuel Maximus absolutely loves this brand. When we brought this product home Sam smelled it and immediately began to eat it. It did not take him long to finish his bowl with no crumbs remaining’.