Dr Marty Pets is a small, boutique brand dog food company, founded by celebrity integrative veterinarian Dr Martin Goldstein. The company makes one freeze dried raw dog food called Nature’s Blend. The company also makes freeze dried cat food and some supplements.
Nature’s Blend is manufactured in the company’s own facility in Woodland Hills, California.
For our Dr Marty dog food review we’ll look at the food ingredient quality and safety. Our dog food review is based on these criteria.
Dr Marty Nature’s Blend Dog Food
Package ingredients for Nature’s Blend Essential Wellness Dog Food Recipe: Turkey, beef, salmon, duck, beef liver, turkey liver, turkey heart, flaxseed, sweet potato, egg, pea flour, apple, blueberry, carrot, cranberry, pumpkin seed, spinach, dried kelp, ginger, salt, sunflower seed, broccoli, kale, mixed tocopherols (natural preservative)
Using our evaluation criteria, Dr Marty Nature’s Blend Essential Wellness is considered a low risk dog food. Here are our concerns:
There’s one concern about ingredient quality for this dog food …
Moderately High In Carbohydrate
The carbohydrate for this food is calculated at 19% (dry matter). This is quite high for a freeze-dried food. The carbohydrates come from starchy ingredients like sweet potato and pea flour. High carbohydrate diets have been linked to gut imbalance. High carbohydrate diets also mean lower protein diets. The protein content for this recipe is 37%, which we’d like to see higher for a food in this category.
Many pet food ingredients are grown using unsafe chemicals. This is a concern with some ingredients in Dr Marty Nature’s Blend dog food.
High Pesticide/Herbicide Foods
This recipe contains ingredients that are known to carry a large pesticide/herbicide residue. Apples, spinach, peas and kale (unless organic) are crops known for having higher pesticide/herbicide residues. These ingredients are penalized as these chemicals pose a significant health risk
The concerns listed below don’t affect the score for Dr Marty Nature’s Blend dog food, but they’re worth mentioning.
These are healthy sounding ingredients (in this case, sunflower seed, broccoli and kale) but they appear below the salt in the ingredient list. This means they’re present in a very small amount that’s unlikely to provide nutritional value to your dog.
Does Not Specify Farmed Vs Wild Caught Fish
Dr Marty doesn’t specify whether the fish is farmed or wild caught. Farmed fish is less nutritious than wild caught fish and does not contain the same healthy fatty acid balance.
Does Not Provide Omega-6:Omega-3 Ratio
It’s also worth noting that Dr Marty does not state the omega6:omega-3 ratio in this dog food. While this is the case with most dog foods, AAFCO allows a very inflammatory limit of 30:1. Diets rich in omega-6 fats can cause chronic inflammation and disease.
Here are some benefits of Dr Marty dog food:
Freeze dried raw foods don’t have heat applied during their minimal processing, so the nutrients in the raw ingredients are preserved.
No Added Vitamins And Minerals
Dr Marty doesn’t contain any added vitamins or minerals, which indicates higher ingredient quality.
No GMO Ingredients
This isn’t a non-GMO verified dog food, however, there aren’t any ingredients that are typically GMO crops, which is good to see.
Dr Marty dog food is manufactured in the company’s own facility.
Is Dr Marty A Good Dog Food?
Dr Marty dog food score of 9/10 means it’s considered a low risk dog food. It’s a freeze-dried food with light processing that doesn’t diminish nutrients or require added vitamins, minerals or amino acids. However, there are several starchy foods that provide a carbohydrate level of 19%, which is a little high for a freeze-dried food. This is a food made with whole food ingredients and several animal proteins as well as organ meats. However, the food does contain some ingredients that are known to have high pesticide residues.
Dr Marty Pets Recalls
Dr Marty has had no product recalls to date.
We evaluate and score dog foods based on two criteria.
Are The Ingredients High Quality?
Here are some common low quality ingredients or markers we look for:
- Is there excessive carbohydrate content, which can cause gut imbalances?
- Does the food contain unnamed proteins, which are low quality?
- Does the food use cellulose (wood pulp) as a source of fiber instead of real food?
- Are there excessive vitamins and minerals added in place of real food nutrition?
- Are there excessive added amino acids or plant proteins instead of expensive meat protein?
- Does the food contain inflammatory processed seed oils?
How Safe Are the Ingredients?
Many ingredients come from unhealthy, inflammatory sources or are full of pesticides so we look for:
- How processed is the food?
- Does the food contain known genetically modified foods?
- Does the food contain ingredients known to be high in pesticides?
- Does the food contain natural flavor, which are often MSG or animal digest?
- Does the food contain rice, which is high in arsenic?
Each food is objectively evaluated by these criteria and a score is assigned using the average of ingredient quality and safety.
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