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As many of you know, Sully and I have been on a fitness journey since March. At that time, he was tipping the scales at ~100lbs. Through a lot of exercise and a more structured diet plan, we have been able to achieve a goal weight of 70lbs!
This is Sully at 91lbs back in May:
and this is my boy at a lean 67lbs today:
Although our exercise regimen has evolved from “taking it slow” to “intense” status over the last 9 months, we’ve decided that it is time to switch gears, yet again, and start to focus on helping him to fill out his musculature(he is a very lean, long dog).
Fortunately, as fate would have it, we were approached by Natural Balance to give an honest review of their food line. I’m familiar with Natural Balance because it is often donated to our rescue, so I already knew that I approved of their ingredient choices, they use named animal protein sources, no refined grains, no unnecessary fillers etc. So, I was already well aware of the fact that Natural Balance lines have all the attributes that I look for before even considering a food for our crew.
After some more reading, I decided to take this opportunity and run with it. What really swayed me is Natural Balance’s “Buy With Confidence Promise” and the associated web page. The promise has two huge benefits that really stood out.
1. Each batch of food that is produced undergoes rigorous safety checks, 9 different tests to be exact. On top of those tests, the customer(me in this case) can actually input their UPC codes from the food they bought into the website and check to see exactly what the results of those tests showed. (More on this in our next post)
2. The “Buy With Confidence Promise” web page provides a live chat option. The people on the other end all have degrees in the veterinary field and their function is to help folks like me decide exactly what food is going to be best(read: most healthy) for their pup.(This is the first step and, as such, will be the focus of this post)
Making an Informed Decision
I’m a tiny bit…..”picky”(yea, that’s a nice way to say psychotic, right?) about what I feed our dogs. I want to make sure that whatever we choose to feed them is going to be:
1. healthy and packed with the right ingredients(animal proteins, no refined grains, no fillers, etc)
2. In line with our goals for a healthy body composition.
Admittedly, I had a lot of questions regarding a switch to a food for Sully. Since our new goals were to help him to gain “healthy” weight while keeping his body fat percentage at, or below, 15%, I wasn’t sure which food and food characteristics I should be looking for.
So, rather than have the conversation on my own and relate it back to you, I decided to record the live interaction with the rep from Natural Balance and share it with you! In order to keep the integrity of the interaction real, I didn’t let Cynthia know that I was recording.
The video is very long(I had a lot of questions) so I’ll summarize some of the takeaways that I thought were important, in case you don’t have half of an hour to watch 🙂
1.Cynthia expressed concern for Sully’s health before even talking about anything related to me choosing a Natural Balance product. I didn’t mention the timeframe in which he lost his weight, so she was concerned that it happened too fast
-This stood out to me more than anything else. It is very rare to have a company representative forego “selling” in order to ensure a dog, who they don’t even know, is safe and healthy.
2. I decided to have this conversation at 7pm on a Friday night. I did not expect for anyone to actually be there, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that wasn’t the case.
3. Cynthia made sure she understood our goals before recommending a line and formula.
-It is really easy for a rep to push whatever the “flavor of the month” is for the company. I didn’t get this impression at all from Cynthia, she made sure she understood our fitness and health goals before getting into what the best choice for us would be.
Overall, I’m very excited about our switch. I am heading to our local Petsmart today to pick up the Salmon and Trout formula! Stay tuned for more info on our food switch and Sully’s “get fit” journey!
The Verdict(so far)
I’m very impressed with Natural Balance so far. But I also know that, no matter what I read, I would want to do research on my own to make sure that a food would be the best fit for my dog. So that’s what I’m recommending!
Visit Natural Balances “Buy with Confidence Promise” page and speak with one of their reps, ask a ton of questions and see if Natural Balance is going to be a good choice for you! Not sure what to ask? Here are a few to get you started:
-Why are named animal proteins so important, What’s the difference?
-Why is Grain-Free better than foods with Grains?
-What are refined grains?
-What are the benefits of a Limited Ingredient diet?
-What are the benefits of a high protein food?
Also, check out Natural Balance on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Get a feel for the company(I think you will be impressed)
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Natural Balance. The opinions and text are all mine.