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Nature’s Logic was founded in Lincoln Nebraska in 2006. The company started small and used several different co-manufacturers for their kibble, canned and raw lines. In 2017, Nature’s Logic owner Scott Freeman partnered with the investment firm, VisioCap. In 2021, the company was acquired by Mid America Pet Food, which manufactures Victor, Wayne Feeds and Eagle Mountain. MAPF manufactures their product in Mt. Pleasant, Texas and it’s assumed Nature’s Logic is currently manufactured in that plant.
Nature’s Logic offers several different lines and foods, including kibble, canned, raw and cooked. The kibble is available in both original and grain-free recipes. The brand is unique in a few key ways.
First, Nature’s Logic promises their ingredients are non GMO. They also avoid natural flavor, which is pretty prevalent, even in higher end foods. Also of note, Nature’s Logic does not use added vitamins and minerals, even in its dry dog food lines. This is unusual and only a handful of dog foods are made without vitamin premixes, excluding some raw foods. However, Nature’s Logic uses feeding trials in lieu of adhering to AAFCO nutrient requirements.
Nature’s Logic’s Lightly Cooked Frozen line offers their highest safety score, followed by the Raw Frozen, then Canned. All of these foods are considered low risk. This is mainly because there is less processing, less starch and fewer high pesticide ingredients than in the dry foods.
The dry dog food lines include Original, Original Grain-Free, Distinction and Distinction Grain-Free. The main difference between the Original and Distinction line is that Distinction uses whole meat as the first ingredient, not meat meals. Like other Nature’s Logic foods, these are all made without any added vitamin or mineral premix. This is not common, even among our highest rated dry dog foods and it’s worth noting since foods are often recalled for vitamin premix issues, such as excess vitamin D. Vitamin premixes can also cause foods to be dangerously high in copper.
Overall, all four dry dog food lines rank higher for ingredient quality and safety than nearly all other kibbles. Other top dry food contenders are Carna4 (which also doesn’t use a vitamin/mineral premix), ACANA and Orijen. Overall, Nature’s Logic ranks higher than most among all of its foods, although with new ownership this may or may not change.
The average score of each Nature’s Logic food line is listed below. Click on any line below to view the individual foods and scores.
With an average score of 6.6, Nature’s Logic’s original dry dog food line is considered low to moderate risk. On average, the foods average just under 36% protein and 22% carbohydrate, as calculated. Overall, these foods score fairly high for ingredient safety since they are relatively low in carbohydrate and aren’t fortified with any vitamins and minerals, which can indicate higher quality raw ingredients. There are no GMO ingredients or natural flavors, but the food does lose some ingredient safety points for millet in the top 5 ingredients. Millet is a known high pesticide/herbicide food that is commonly sprayed with Roundup before harvesting. Like many other higher end brands, Nature’s Logic dry dog foods contain added probiotics and the live CFU is guaranteed. However, the omega6:omega-3 ratio isn’t provided in these foods, which would be a definite bonus for a premium food.
With an average score of 7.3, Nature’s Logic’s original dry dog food line is considered low to moderate risk. On average, the foods average just under 34% protein and 29% carbohydrate, as calculated. This makes the food higher in carbohydrate than the Original dry food with grains. This food also has whole meat as the first ingredient, not meal meat (although the second ingredient is meat meal, so the food still contains a fair bit). The primary carbohydrate source is tapioca root, not legumes or potatoes which are found in most grain-free foods. This increases the ingredient safety score since legumes are crops that are typically very high in pesticides/herbicides. This food also has added probiotics but does not provide the omega-6:omega-3 ratio.
The Nature’s Logic canned line is considered a low risk food. This line averages about 40% protein and 14% carbohydrate (as calculated, on a dry matter basis). The carbohydrate content is a bit high for a premium canned, but is soured mainly from brewers yeast, alfalfa and fruits/vegetables. The ingredient safety score is reduced due to the apple, spinach and tomato, which are high pesticide ingredients making a frequent appearance lower down the ingredient list. Unlike the Nature’s Logic dry foods, the canned foods do not contain added probiotics. Because canned foods are heated and processed, this would have been a nice addition.
The Nature’s Logic canned line is considered a moderate risk food with an average score of 6.9. This food scores lower overall compared to the Original foods, although both score high for a kibble. The Distinction line is calculated to average about 32% protein and 30% carbohydrate as calculated. This is a fairly high carbohydrate for a food of this caliber and it’s notably higher than the 22% average for the Original dry dog food line. Distinction features whole meat as the first ingredient and, like the Original dry food, uses millet as the primary carbohydrate source. This costs the food some ingredient safety points since millet is a known high pesticide/herbicide crop and appears in the top 5 ingredients. Like all Nature’s Logic dry foods, the Distinction line features added probiotics with a guaranteed CFU but does not provide the omega-6:omega-3 ratio.
With an average score of 7.3, the Nature’s Logic Distinction Grain-Free line is considered a moderate risk dog food. It averages about 32% protein and 29% carbohydrate. This is a higher carbohydrate content than the Original Freeze-dried line, although the first ingredient in the Distinction line is whole meat, not meat meal. This is still a fairly high carbohydrate content compared to some competitor products for our top scoring dry dog foods. The carbohydrate source is tapioca root, which is preferable to the legumes and/or potatoes found in most grain-free foods, which are all known high pesticide/herbicide crops. The food does lose some safety points for high pesticide ingredients further down the ingredient list. Like all dry Nature’s Logic foods, it also features added probiotics with a guaranteed CFU.
To date, Nature’s Logic has not been recalled, nor has the parent company Mid America Pet Food.