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Starting Your Dog on a High Protein Diet #NaturalBalance

Dog jumping for Wild Pursuit


True or False: All people should eat the same food, be on the same eating plan, and not have a variety with choices of food. Of course, this is totally false. Since we, as human beings, are not one size/taste/preference in food fits all, the same holds true for dogs. In an effort to bring our readers a wide range of choices and options, Fidose of Reality will be shining the spotlight on various types of dog food options.

Have you ever considered starting your dog on a high protein diet? Read on.

Natural Balance logoDog Food and Treat Spotlight: Natural Balance® Wild Pursuit™

This new line of grain free food and treats for both dogs and cats is a premium brand, is high in protein, and designed to feed a pet’s ancestral cravings.

Who This Food Is Designed For: Dogs who have parents that consider nutrition high on the list of feeding goals, do not want artificial ingredients, desire premium quality proteins, and want to buy with confidence with a brand they can trust.

Why is High Protein Important?

Protein is a building block essential to all dogs at all stages of life. Knowing how much to protein to feed according to a dog’s age is crucial information for all dog parents to know. Animal-based proteins are best for dogs. Protein is a calorie dense nutrient, so if you have an active, thriving, dog who loves to do things outdoors and perform, this is the type of formula to feed.

According to Natural Balance, Wild Pursuit is formulated to be ideal for daily feeding for all breeds and life stages.

Here is the actual nutritional content label on the back of the Lamb, Chicken Meal, and Guinea Fowl dry formula:

Guaranteed WIld Pursuit analysis

What we love is that it includes freeze-dried raw pieces to resemble what a dog’s diet would have been in the wild, see?

Wild Pursuit dog food

It is available in both canned and kibble varieties.

Sampling the Food

Our dog’s bestest friend is a Natural Balance eater. As such, we talked to Zola’s mom and told her about the Wild Pursuit line. Zola is nearly 12 years young and a very active girl: She goes for long walks, hikes with her mom, and is more than active for her age. This is a great formula to channel her inner puppy. Since her mom feeds Zola a Natural Balance diet consisting of both canned and kibble, she is considering adding Wild Pursuit as part of Zola’s rotational feeding.

Mixed in with the kibble are freeze-dried raw pieces rich in high-quality protein. Since it has garbanzo beans and peas, excellent grain-free sources of energy, fiber, and protein, Zola will continue to thrive on the nutritional content in this formula. The Omega-6 and Omega-3 ratios support healthy skin and a luxurious coat, which Zola maintains. For this sweet girl, 12 is the new 6: Doesn’t she look great?

Natural Balance Wild Pursuit dog


Complimentary Treats

Our dog, Dexter, tried the Natural Balance Mini Rewards in lamb flavor. Each treat is only 5 calories, so this dog mom loves the low cal part of this goodie.

I am opposed to artificial colors and flavorings in any food or treat I give my active 7 years young Cocker Spaniel, so these Mini Rewards fit the bill, see?

Age is Just a Number

Both Zola and Dexter are taking part in the feeding of the Natural Balance Wild Pursuit line, one with the kibble and the other with the treats. As dedicated dog moms, we know feel comfortable with the Buy with Confidence guarantee.

A good diet will help a dog maintain longevity;  healthy good, strong muscle mass;  and good internal digestion and function. Coupled with regular mental and physical stimulation, Wild Pursuit is the type of diet for dogs with an appetite for adventure, like these two:

Natural Balance Wild Pursuit dogs

My dog, Dexter,  loves to dress up but he also loves to get down and dirty:

Muddy dog
Okay, so I’m muddy, but I’m healthy, too!

Similarly, Zola is a couch potato but gets frequent walks and outdoor climbing sessions and even frolics in the ocean with her bestie:

Active healthy dogs in ocean

Always talk to your dog’s veterinarian and/or nutritionist about switching foods, and when you do add or switch, do so slowly in order to ensure proper digestion.

Natural Balance wild pursuit food

Learn more about Wild Pursuit dog food here.

Check out the line of Natural Balance dog treats here.

Stay tuned for a fun project incorporating this food and treats in the coming weeks as the holidays are just around the corner. In the meantime, in what ways is your dog adventurous?

A dog lover of the highest order is how Gayle King introduced Carol Bryant, when she appeared with her Cocker Spaniel on Oprah Radio’s Gayle King show to dish dogs. Carol created and owns the trademark, My Heart Beats Dog® and lives that mantra. A 30-year veteran of the dog world, she is President of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and the 2020 DWAA winner for Best Dog Blog.


  1. Laura says

    Those are the most PRECIOUS pups I’ve ever seen! I don’t have a dog (being a cat lady…) but my in laws have one naughty pooch who loves to chase anything and everything at the moment!

    • Carol Bryant says

      Dex loves variety with his treats and he thinks Natural Balance is a high value reward, so I am happy as well 😉

  2. Jen V. says

    Your dogs are adorable! We don’t have any pets, but I will have to let me brother know about this brand of dog food. He has a black lab and an English Bulldog.

  3. Tamara says

    So interesting and of course you raise a great question – no, not all dogs should be eating the same foods! They all have different needs. I personally love a high protein diet so why wouldn’t my dog?

    • Carol Bryant says

      I appreciate you saying that, Tamara. We are excited to start exploring a variety of foods. Like people, every dog is different.

  4. Joely Smith says

    My dog LOVES the flavor of this too! She can’t get enough but of course she is only given what she should have each day.

  5. Bri says

    I am just realizing how truly important a high protein diet is for pets. I like how there is raw pieces mixed throughout the food.

  6. Rosey says

    Aw I like the picture of them in the water together. I do believe protein is essential in their diet at every age.

  7. Lorane says

    Zola is proof that a High Protein Diet for Dogs works. The Natural Balance is a great brand if we want our “bestest companions to live a long and active life

  8. Tonya C says

    My hubby just switched our Cane Corso to a new dog food with more protein in it too. I wonder if it’s the same one. I’ll have to look. Thanks for all the info.

  9. lisa says

    I’ll have to look into this Natural Balance food for my dogs. They are on a special lamb and rice food and they love it. No problems with my dogs on their current food.

  10. Melissa says

    What adorable pups!!! I have a soft spot for dogs with floppy ears!!! I’ll have to check out this brand, we have new dogs and don’t know what’s best to feed them!

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