Review: Natural Balance Jerky Bark

Before Rainer left to go on trial with his new family, I gave him the opportunity to try a new product: Natural Balance’s Jerky Bark, advertised as a “limited ingredient treat.” We were asked to review this product by, and the dogs are, of course, always willing test subjects.

Natural Balance Jerky Bark

Point 1: Chewy offers really fast shipping! I was actually surprised by this. I think two days after I got the e-mail about these treats, they arrived on our doorstep. We were impressed by the speedy service.

Point 2: We got to try the lamb and brown rice treats, which are on sale right now for $7.99 for a 6-ounce bag. The ingredients are:

Lamb, Lamb Liver, Brown Rice, Cane Molasses, Natural Flavor, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (preservative), Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Rosemary Extract, Zinc Propionate

Not as limited a list as the Orijen treats we previously reviewed, but still, quite good compared with the average dog treat on the market today. I am a little curious what “natural flavor” is. And I was interested to read that zinc propionate is actually recommended, according to this research paper, as an additive for dogs and cats. Mixed tocopherols are a vitamin E derivative used for preservation. So, in general, I’m not concerned about the ingredients list for this product.

Natural Balance Jerky BarkPoint 3: The treats come in a variety of broken-up pieces. They almost feel freeze-dried, and they are a little hard to break up with your fingers, but the dogs, of course, didn’t mind that at all!

Natural Balance Jerky Bark

Rainer, as you can see, was VERY interested in this jerky bark. We also took a few pieces with us to share with his adopter, so he could have something tasty to immediately win Rainer over.

Overall: Recommended! Seems like a great product. I do wish it was a little easier to break it up into smaller bits for training purposes, but that’s probably not the intended use for this treat. Check out for these treats and many more.


Disclaimer: I was provided with these treats in exchange for this review, but all opinions are expressly mine.


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