Dr Marty Nature’s Blend Review: Is It Legit or Just 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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Average Customer Rating: 4.5
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Bottom Line: 93% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Good food but very expensive for a larger dog

    • By Sarah B.,
    • Mackinaw, IL,
    • Apr 4, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    My dog loves the food! She ignores any dry food I leave out as I am supplementing part of her feedings due to the cost of feeding a bigger dog. A full feeding makes 1 bag last only about a week and a half as she is approx 50 lbs. I did take advantage of the membership price but it's still an expensive option. I am only choosing to stay with it because she loves it and I do see some improvement in her. I also understand such high-quality food is expensive to produce so I understand you may not be able to offer it at an even lower price.

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


  • Ravenous dog

    • By David J.,
    • Utah,
    • Apr 2, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    Our dog, Pepper, now jumps at the food bowl when it is being handed down. Have to be careful not to let it be tumbled out of our hands. She is excited to get her Nature's Blend from Dr. Marty's. We haven't put our 5-month-old puppy on it yet, as, it would be pure chaos around here.

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


  • Tiffany likes it

    • By Timothy R.,
    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Apr 2, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    Our Maltipoo Tiffany seems to really like Nature's Blend. She’s a picky eater that is often not interested in her dog food, however, she’s pretty consistent with licking her bowl of Nature’s Blend clean. Nature’s Blend is easier to prepare than the freeze-dried food she had been eating.

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


  • Great product

    • By Amy Y.,
    • Minneapolis, MN,
    • Apr 2, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    My dog really enjoyed the food when we first gave it her. She is pretty picky these days as she is old and I think a bit senile. Her energy level has been better most days. Some days she's not that interested in the food but I will continue to try to get her to eat it. I believe in the product.

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


  • Good but too pricey

    • By Mary G.,
    • Kansas,
    • Apr 1, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    Your order form is vague. I would never knowingly spend over $200 for 9 bags of dog food, I cannot afford that. I'm a senior on SS. My mistake so I didn't complain. But I feel like I was misled, I am not used to ordering online and perhaps naive. I can't do that anymore. She loved the food, though she has thrown up 3 times since she's eating.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Apr 2, 2020

      Company Response from Dr. Marty Pets

      Hello Mary. My name is Kat and I am with Dr. Marty Pets. I am sorry to read that you had a difficult time with our order process. We offer additional deals on our products so that you may take advantage of the discounts for being a new customer. They are in no way meant to mislead our customers, and may be declined at the time of the offer. Your dog is not having a common reaction and should not be throwing up. We would like more information. Please email me at kat@drmartypets.com so that I may offer you a courtesy refund for your experience. Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We will look at this as an opportunity to improve. I wish you and your dog a wonderful day and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


  • Happy dogs

    • By Craig A.,
    • Bridgeport, OH,
    • Mar 31, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    Plain and simple - THEY LOVE THIS FOOD.

    From the moment I add water to it until it is ready for them to eat. They are barking, dancing and even howling, after I serve them - complete silence (except for chomping). Lol...

    Thank you, Dr. Marty - REALLY, THANK YOU.

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


  • Nature’s Blend review

    • By Michele R.,
    • Wilmington, DE,
    • Mar 31, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    We really like some things about your product, but have a few issues.

    The recommendation for water is way too much. It was still very watery after time waited. Now I mix some of her wet food and just a bit of water and it seems to work well.

    My dog eats every bit. Her stools are better, as well as her coat.

    Wish you sold larger bags and at a more reasonable price.

    My dog is 60 lbs. and I can’t afford to go through your small bags. Not sure how I’m going to proceed. Maybe just feed her this for dinner.

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


  • Getting to love it!

    • By Ruth C.,
    • Hawaii,
    • Mar 30, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    Rusty is loving it for I feed him a mix of the blend, canned chicken, and some dry food in the ratio of 3-1-1. He would not eat the blend by itself. I am gradually weaning him off the dry food, but I don't think he'll give up the canned chicken meat.

    I have noticed Rusty's appetite and alertness have increased since he started the blend. His fur has also improved! He always seems to be hungry and loves to cuddle with me!

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


  • My dog eats the food okay

    • By Barbara T.,
    • Pittsburgh, PA,
    • Mar 27, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    My 6.5-pound Morkie, Isabella, is a somewhat finicky eater. I supplement the Fresh Pet select chicken with brown rice and peas and carrots with Dr. Marty's food.

    I have noticed that she lets the food sit in the water for hours before eating it. I was hoping that she would eat it with more gusto. I ordered way too many bags and am considering giving some to an associate at work to try on her dogs. She has four!

    That is my honest reaction to your dog food.

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


  • Mix with their regular food

    • By Linda R.,
    • Myerstown, PA,
    • Mar 27, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have a 13 and a 1/2 year old chihuahua, and a 5-year-old chihuahua. I mix Marty's in with their regular food as a nutritional supplement. I can't say that I see any obvious change in their health or activity. I will continue to use this as a supplement because I do believe that it contains so many good ingredients, it must be good for them. I was concerned that they may not like the taste of it. I am so glad that they both love it. I feel secure knowing that I am doing the best I can to keep them happy and healthy. Glad my husband suggested we try Marty's. Smart man!

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


  • Someday when the price comes down...

    • By Jan K.,
    • Glenwood Springs, CO,
    • Mar 23, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    My old girl, Flanny, loves this food. She consumes it with gusto. At first, I wasn’t sure how she was responding but I think she just had a couple of tired days coincidentally. Old doggies are allowed to do that. She seems less bloated, maybe a bit perkier, in general. We’ve only swapped out half her regular food for Dr. Marty’s food. I would without hesitation switch 100% to Nature’s Blend if it were less expensive. Maybe someday...

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


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