Dr Marty Nature's Blend Review: Legit or Hype?

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Jan 15, 2019

Dr. Marty Nature’s Blend is a new dog food whose only ingredients are a variety of freeze-dried meat, poultry, and fish as well as fruits and vegetables.

What makes the food unique is that it uses natural, “raw” ingredients and does not contain any filler grains that you’d find with cheaper dog food. The freeze-dried element is a rare trait, too, as most food is cooked in factories first or is wet food out of a can.

Dr. Marty is a brand named after veterinarian Dr. Martin Goldstein. According to the company’s website, Goldstein is lauded as “one of the world’s leading veterinarians” for more than 40 years. Goldstein is a graduate of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and authored a book titled, “The Nature of Animal Healing: The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat”.

In a time when organic, non-GMO food is a big deal for human consumers, dog food that contains freeze-dried whole foods is certainly an appealing option for dog owners. In this review, we’ll analyze Nature’s Blend, talk about what its ingredients do, what it costs, and how it compares to other similar dog foods.

At the end of our review, we’ll include an opinion-based section that covers our thoughts about the general strengths and weaknesses of this product.

Nature’s Blend Feeding Plan

The food’s website has a very specific daily feeding schedule depending on the weight of your dog:

  • 5 lbs: ½ cup
  • 10 lbs.: ¾ cup
  • 20 lbs.: 1 ¼ cup
  • 25 lbs.: 1 ½ cup
  • 30 lbs.: 1 ¾ cups
  • 40 lbs.: 2 cups
  • 50 lbs.: 2 ½ cups
  • 60 lbs.: 2 ¾ cups
  • 70 lbs.: 3 ¼ cups
  • 80 lbs.: 3 ½ cups
  • 90 lbs.: 3 ¾ cups

Dr. Marty Nature’s Blend Ingredients: What They Are and Their Benefits

The defining characteristics of this dog food are its ingredients. As the food’s website says, “Nature’s Blend … is a nutrition-packed formula designed to give your dog a healthier, happier life. We blend a variety of (ingredients) for the balanced, complete nutrition your dog needs.”

Here’s the list of the ingredients contained in the dog food:

  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Salmon
  • Duck
  • Flax
  • Beef liver
  • Turkey hearts
  • Turkey liver
  • Sweet potato
  • Eggs
  • Pea flour
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Spinach
  • Ginger
  • Salt
  • Mixed tocopherols

As you can see, this is a hefty list of natural ingredients devoid of the common fillers you see like cornmeal.

Now, ingredients play a big role in your dog’s nutrition, but so do the food’s balance of proteins, moisture, and other ingredients. There needs to be a certain balance in order to provide your dog with a beneficial meal.

Here’s a breakdown of these factors:

  • Crude protein: 39%
  • Crude fat: 23%
  • Crude fiber: 2.5%
  • Moisture: 5%
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: 5%

We turned to PetMD’s page on balanced dog foods to get an idea of where these percentages fall in terms of the recommended allowances.

PetMD says that protein amounts should be between 18% and 25% and that the fat content of dog food should be between 10% and 15%.

And, according to pet food company IAMS, the fiber content of your dog food should be between 1.4% and 3.5%.

Also, dog website This Dog’s Life notes that moisture content should be between 6% and 10%.

Based on these numbers, we think that Dr. Marty Nature’s Blend is on the high side for protein and fat, right on the mark for fiber and a little below the normal range for moisture, which is understandable because the food is freeze-dried.

The high fat is a bit of a concern because it can have negative effects on your dog’s health only if you aren’t giving your dog daily exercise.

“The problem comes in when animals are allowed to eat excessive amounts of calories (including table scraps and treats) without proportionate exercise,” the site notes.

Now, on the positive side, proteins contain amino acids that are the building blocks for your dog’s muscles and, since they only produce half what they need on their own, they need to get a good amount from their food.

Fats, PetMD points out, “provide energy, as well as taste or flavor, to foods, and encourage the absorption of certain vitamins.”

Their article goes on to say that fat can help dogs “maintain healthy skin and a shiny, healthy, coat.”

As a quick side note, This Dog’s Life notes that mixed tocopherols are a vitamin E supplement and are far healthier than the alternative, a preservative called “BHA”.

Dr. Marty Nature’s Blend Cost and Return Policy

With so many natural ingredients packed into a bag of Dr. Marty Nature’s Blend, it can, no doubt, be considered a premium dog food. As such, it demands premium prices compared to other dog food that we’ll talk about after we discuss pricing and returns.

Dr. Marty bags contain 16 ounces of food and, at the time of publishing, were available via the following pricing tiers:

  • 1 bag: $29.95
  • 3 bags: $83.95
  • 6 bags: $161.70

According to a 2012 article from the Washinton Post, one pound of dog food has about four cups of food in it, which means one bag can last a 20 lb. dog for three days. Basically, the bigger the dog you have, the fewer the days your food will last, with 90-pound dogs consuming nearly an entire bag in one day.

With this in mind, we think that Nature’s Blend pricing is considerably high, as a 20-pound dog will need about 9.5 bags of food to make it through a 30-day month or around $275 a month for 10 bags.

Open Farm is another company who provides free-dried raw dog food. Their 13.5 oz. bags are $29.99, which ends up being more expensive than Nature’s Blend because each Open Farm bag contains 2.5 fewer ounces of dog food.

As for non-freeze-dried food, Blue Wilderness, a well-known healthy dog food, costs $31.99 for an 11 lb. bag from Petco. While Blue Wilderness can’t match the meats-and-vegetables-only mix of Dr. Marty Nature’s blend, it does avoid grains and features a long list of fruits and vegetables along with deboned chicken as its first ingredient as opposed to fillers.

Now that we’ve given you a comparison of this food’s pricing, we want to do a quick overview of its return policy. You have 90 days to return your food if you don’t feel it’s a good fit. The product’s website goes as far as to say they’ll refund 100% of your purchase price “if you don't’ see noticeable improvements in your dog’s health and happiness.”

The food ships to you for free but you’ll have to pay return shipping.

The Final Word: Our Overall Thoughts About Dr. Marty Nature’s Blend

This pet food is a very interesting option if, for no other reason than the fact that you’re getting straight-up meats and vegetables along with a vitamin E supplement.

If you’re a dog owner who has a desire to give your dog raw food, then Dr. Marty Nature’s Blend is a good match for you. The second part of this, though, is whether or not you have the financial means to pay for the food. The cost of Nature’s Blend may be prohibitive, as monthly supplies of the food would be:

  • $275 for a 20-lb. dog
  • $407 for a 30-lb. dog
  • $407 for a 40-lb. dog
  • $515 for a 50-lb dog

The bigger the dog, the more expensive the endeavor when it comes to this food. However, if you’re willing to pay for Nature’s Blend, then your desire to provide your dog with raw, healthy food will most likely be fulfilled.

Keep in mind, though, that the fat content in this food is above the recommended amount, which means you’ll need to be diligent with providing your dog consistent exercise every day to ensure he or she doesn’t gain weight.

Also, keep in mind that you need to transition your dog slowly from his or her current food to this food if you choose to buy it. Dogs’ digestive system can be sensitive and a sudden change from one food to a new one may cause some digestive issues.

» Recommended Reading: Dog Supplements 101: A Detailed Beginner’s Guide


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  • Wow, our Yorkie loves his food now

    • Queen Creek, AZ,
    • Oct 21, 2019
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    What a surprise, Jacey ate all his meals when we put them down for him. He looks for more when he is done. Jacey gets all excited when we put the dog food in the bowl and add the water. He is all excited while the three minutes pass.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Crying for joy

    I am feeding my dog half dry kibble and half Nature's Blend. He becomes so excited when I start to prepare his meals. He has an assigned "sitting place" where he sits while his meal is prepared. Now he runs and sits there without being told and proceeds to whimper and cry in expectation.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • I was scared to try

    • Florida,
    • Oct 21, 2019
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    I was scared to try this food, my Bullpei is allergic to everything and my Chuchaua hates dog food, but I took a chance, and the minute I put the food into the hot water both dogs were at full attention. I MIX it with the big dog's food (American Journey) and he cannot seem to get enough. The Chuchaua eats it plain, I got a pup and he seems to cry for it. It is pricey, don't know how I am going to afford this. But I must.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Loves the food

    • Chester, VA,
    • Oct 21, 2019
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    Samson is our 12-year-old blind pitbull that was raised on Pedigree dog food. Not sure how he would like the change to a different food I ordered only 3 bags to start with. He absolutely loved it, to the point that when I ran out and my reorder didn’t arrive for 3 days afterward, he refused to eat his old food and went the 3 days without eating.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • My dogs love the food

    • Jefferson City, MO,
    • Oct 21, 2019
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    I fed my chihuahua rat terrier mix who has a heart problem the food and she is coughing much less and breathing easier. She's more active and energetic. My papillon mix dog really likes the food also. I'm disabled and on a limited income so the cost is really expensive to me. I am thrilled that my chirat is doing much better.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Snuggles, 12 years old, acting like a puppy again

    • Washington,
    • Oct 19, 2019
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    Snuggles, my Lhasa/Maltese 12 year old "puppy" was so lethargic that all she did every day was get up, go outside to potty, then come back in and head for one of her beds to go back to sleep. She chewed herself raw all over and where she couldn't chew, she scratched. She chewed all the fur off all four legs.

    Her sides were so raw from scratching that I finally put baby "onsies" on her to protect her raw skin from getting infected. She had yeast infection and stunk to high heaven. She went to the Vet often, which was very expensive.

    We thought we were going to have to "put her down" because she was so miserable. Then I saw the information on line for Dr. Marty's Nature's Blend dog food and its promise of restoring dogs to better health.

    Even though it seemed fairly expensive, I thought I need to try this for Snuggles. Maybe it will really work and I can get my sweet, fun doggie back.

    From the first time Snuggles ate her Nature's Blend dog food, she loved it and gobbled it down. She slowly began to improve, no longer slept all day, wanted to play with her little 4 year old sister, Snowie, again. She quit scratching herself and chewing on herself. Her fur has grown back and her legs and side are no longer raw.

    She comes and bugs me around 5:00 pm, gently scratching me to say its her dinner time. She wants her food. She has dry food with sweet potatos and salmon and a good portion of Nature's Blend on top. Boy, does she ever love it.

    I can not believe the difference in Snuggles after about 2 months on Nature's Blend. She is almost like a new dog again. I am no longer even thinking about the day she will need to go to Doggie Heaven. She is and always has been a reall sweetheart.

    Thanks Dr. Marty for your many years of research and the excellent dog food you came up with. Snuggles thanks you too. I'd love to send you a picture of her, but don't know how to attach it to this memo.

    P.S. I'm 81 years old and love the companionship Snuggles provides me.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Slow but steady

    • Florida,
    • Oct 19, 2019
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    I originally purchased the Dr. Marty food as a "topper" to use on our dogs' food. I was just going to use it as a booster to enrich their feedings. However, the dogs really loved it and the reaction was slow but steadily positive. Now, our 11-year-old dog dances, spins, and jumps in the air (!) when I rattle the bag of food. She cannot wait to dive into the bowl of food. Her energy level and anxiety have slowly, but steadily improved. THANK YOU!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    More energy

    • San Diego, CA,
    • Oct 19, 2019
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    When our sixteen-month puppy started on Dr. Marty we noticed more enthusiasm and energy in our puppy. He seemed happier and more playful too.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    This stuff is great

    • Anchorage, AK,
    • Oct 19, 2019
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    Wow! This formulation is excellent. We use it as a supplement to our homemade dog food and our 3 dachshunds are super frisky, and playing like puppies again. Thanks, Dr. Marty! This is obviously a great addition to our pets' feeding regimen.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    My dog loves this food

    My dog thinks his food is a treat. With his old dog food, it would take him 2 days to eat 1 cup of food he just wasn't interested in eating. Now he eats the whole serving in 5 minutes and licks the bowl clean.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    My dog loved it.

    • Payson, AZ,
    • Oct 19, 2019
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    The minute I put Nature's Blend in my dog's dish, Wendy scarfed it down and begged for more. Wendy has allergies and licks her paws and scratches herself incessantly. After two weeks on Nature's Blend, I realized her licking and scratching were almost gone. Also her intestinal upset was completely gone. I was thrilled - no more stomach ache nor gas. What a relief for both of us. I ran out of Nature's Blend before my next bag arrived and all of Wendy's symptoms appeared as severe as before. We are both anxious for her food to arrive.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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