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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Bottom Line: 94% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 17 out 19 people found this review helpful

    First day

    • Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada,
    • Mar 5, 2019
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    I just got my new dog's food delivered here. I put 1/4 cup of food in her glass bowl, and she immediately ate most of it. We both like the small rounded pieces. The Stella & Chewy food she had in the past either crumbled or had to be pulled apart and was much drier. This food she loves. My doggie is a 7-lb toy poodle.

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

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  • 15 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Great Dane pup in heaven

    • Fort Worth, TX,
    • Mar 13, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have a European Great Dane, and I want him to have the best. After reviewing your video, I started ordering the dry food and he absolutely loves it, his hair is so soft it’s like a rabbit, his muscles, his bones, everything...is so beautiful. He’s just so healthy, and I thank you for that!

    I wish I could post a picture.

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

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  • 16 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Momo does self-directed agility moves to earn one little chunk of dog food.

    • California,
    • Mar 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Magic Momo Superdog got her first chunk of Dr. Marty's dog food and almost immediately started performing self-directed indoor dog agility moves to earn more - without me cuing her to do so. She even growled softly to show her excitement - first doing backside jumps, then jump-turn-left moves. I was amazed.

    Momo has been trained to have high obstacle focus, so this was natural for her to do. But she has never shown so much speed and excitement to earn a single morsel of dog food!

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

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  • 14 out 14 people found this review helpful

    My dogs love it!

    • Florida,
    • Mar 26, 2019
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    I started my two dogs (Mini Schnauzer, 8 years old and Mini Goldendoodle, 5 years old) on the food and supplement. WAW! They just love it. The look trimmer, they are more lively, it really has improved there overall wellbeing. I'm happy to have found this food and so are my pets. Thank you Dr. Marty.

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

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  • 22 out 24 people found this review helpful

    It's dehydrated! Half price.

    • Portland, OR,
    • Apr 3, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I mix a half cup of Marty's with a half cup of water or broth, as suggested on my packages. That about halves the cost for my wife's small dog. Why do so many seem unaware of that?

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

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  • 19 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Picky Puppy turned into a ChowHound

    • Florida,
    • Apr 3, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have finally hit on a food that my 14 lb senior pup, Gracie, will gobble down, "unadorned" by sprinkled treats, white meat chicken pieces, broth, and any other favorite temptation! I slowly eliminated both dry and wet food and delicacies over a period of two weeks and kept holding my breath to see when she would recognize the absence of additions and changes. It never happened! Now, feeding time takes 5 minutes of prep time instead of 20, and she licks the bowl clean and wants more! I LOVE this food!

    The only caveat, it's a BIG monthly expense increase for me. Hoping Dr. M will try to lower the price if the product takes off!

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

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  • 15 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Toby LOVES this food

    • San Clemente, CA,
    • Apr 24, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My labradoodle, Toby, loves this food! The ingredients are so healthy and the amount to feed him will keep him healthy and also help him lose some weight. HOWEVER, the cost is extreme and leads me to evaluate if I will continue to buy this food. I wish the cost were more reasonable since Toby would love to continue eating this delicious dinner each evening.

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

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  • 14 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Amazing food

    • Camarillo, CA,
    • May 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have three dogs, Chihuahua and Chihuahua mixes. Two out of the three suffer from Pancreatitis, so I need to be cautious about what I feed them. In addition, one of them has bad allergies. When I purchased this food, I was a bit worried, because I purchased six bags, and wasn't sure if my dogs would like it. OMG, they LOVE this stuff! I have seen a major improvement in my dogs coat, their energy level and they seem happier, almost giddy. I am so pleased to finally find something I know works well for my dogs.

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

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  • 6 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Two goldens love it

    • Windsor, Ontario, Canada,
    • May 21, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My male golden Ty is SO picky. My female eats everything. My male LOVES Dr. Marty’s food. Never did he get excited about food until Dr. Marty’s nature blend came along. I like what’s in Dr. Marty's food and believe it will help even used as a topper. I agree like most people that it is too costly to buy per month. Using it as a topper on food will still benefit your dog. I have been using it as a topper for 3 months and their coats are shiny and soft and they play with much energy! Hope this helps.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Great food and service

    • Fort McCoy, FL,
    • May 23, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Took my Pug to the Vet, also took a bag from Dr. Marty’s Food. Asked the Vet about the food. He told me that my Little Princess was eating better than he was. My Little Princess also has allergies. Little Princess is feeling better. Also has lost weight! Which is a plus. Her eyes look a lot brighter. So that tells me that Dr. Marty's food is WORTH IT!

    Thank you Dr. Marty for the awesome food! Lilli Lu Thanks you also! I start fixing her food and she is standing up at the counter whining.

    Lots of love from Lilli Lu!

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

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    My dog loved it!

    • Hillsboro, TX,
    • May 27, 2019
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    We followed the transition directions and our dog never had any digestive problems transitioning to the new food. She had been on a grain-free food for years already. I switched to this raw food hoping it would help our dog with seizures. I’m not really sure it helped. I think she may have been too far along before I switched. She was almost 12 and 1/2 years old. When we feel the time is right to get another dog, I will definitely use this food again.

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

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