California Natural Grain Free Venison Meal Formula Adult Dry Dog Food

Editor's Review: 4 / 5.0
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This grain-free dry dog food is provided as one of several varieties within the brand that can be used in a rotation diet. This is a kind of diet that is promoted as being able to lessen or prevent food sensitivities. The venison meal product has a notably limited ingredient list whose only difference from some of their others is only in the source of the animal protein. This similarity makes rotation easier and better accepted by your pet. The kibble is highly digestible and dense in nutrients for your dog’s complete health.

Quick Look

Nutritional Content Information

  • Protein 25.1%
  • Fat 16.1%
  • Fiber 3.91%
  • Moisture 10%

Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup

This dry dog food for adult dogs supplies 3840 Kcal per kilogram, and there are 463 Kcal in every cup of dry kibble.


Three sizes are available. The 5 lb. package costs on average $14.99, the 15 lb. package $37.99 and the 30 lb. bag $64.99.

January 17, 2013
California Natural Grain Free Venison Meal Formula Adult Dry Dog Food


Main Ingredients

  • Venison meal — a concentrated meat product that is much higher in protein than fresh meat
  • Peas — provide protein as well as high quality digestible carbohydrates
  • Potatoes — provide carbohydrates that are easily digestible and other nutrients
  • Sunflower oil (preserved naturally with mixed Tocopherols) — This oil is abundant in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid
  • Pea fiber — provides soluble and insoluble fiber as well as protein

Other Ingredients List

  • Natural flavors
  • Potassium chloride
  • Minerals: zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate
  • Vitamins: Vitamin E supplement, Betaine hydrochloride, Niacin supplement, Thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, riboflavin supplement, beta carotene, Vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid
  • Taurine

AAFCO Statement

California Natural Grain Free Venison Meal Formula Adult Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO dog food nutrient profiles for maintenance.

Product Overview

The venison meal used in this dry dog food is a good source of fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals as well as being very high in protein, up to 300% more protein than fresh meat. The company website states the difficulty of using high-moisture fresh meats in the creation of dry kibble as the reason for the use exclusive use of meat meals in some of their products. Other kinds of proteins and carbohydrates are provided from vegetables without the use of grains. Chelated minerals are an indication of a higher quality food because they aid in mineral absorption. This food does not contain probiotics. A statement on the website states that they are not included because some dogs are sensitive or even allergic to these ingredients. No wheat, corn, or soy products are used in the manufacture of this food.

Rotational feeding is an emphasis of this company. This feeding philosophy involves feeding your pet different protein sources periodically to give him the benefit of the nutrient variation between different sources of animal protein. Accordingly, they have several products that are very similar except for the animal protein source so that switching foods won’t cause intestinal problems for your pet. In addition, they say that changing the food regularly doesn’t give your dog enough time to become sensitized to any particular ingredient. Those dogs whose eating is rather picky may also benefit from the taste variation.

One aspect of keeping your dog healthy is feeding him the right number of calories per day to match his size, age, and level of activity. How much you feed him should be adjusted if he appears to be gaining or losing too much weight.

Natura Pet Products is the parent company that manufactures California Natural dog foods and has been part of the Proctor & Gamble Company since 2010. The Natura plant in Fremont, Nebraska makes all of their dry kibble formulas. The company states that they were the first grain-free dry dog food producers and appear to be committed to making high quality foods for the discriminating market.


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