Frequently Asked Questions
You have pet nutrition questions, and we have the answers! Check out our most commonly asked Nature's Select Pet Food questions from customers below.
What makes Nature’s Select the superior choice for pet food?
It’s important to remember that Nature’s Select remains family owned & operated, just as we have been since our very beginning in 1994. Our pet food is delivered to your door, offering ease and convenience above all else. We are proud to stand by our products no matter what, and offer a satisfaction guarantee always. Our Nature’s Select Distributors across the country are small businesses representing our brand across the USA - who are all family owned & operated as well. When you shop Nature’s Select, our team truly cares about the well-being of your pets and our main goal is that you are happy and your pets are healthy, period. Our product integrity remains steadfast in quality, and we remain recall free to this day. Our safety protocols, ingredient standards, and trusted suppliers are what ensure our products remain fresh and to the highest quality overall.
Where can I buy Nature’s Select?
Great question! Our pet food is primarily direct to the consumer, as we have distributors all over the continental US. Let's find a Nature’s Select Distributor closest to your area. Visit our Locations Page to find your nearest supplier and they can assist you with your Nature’s Select order! Our pet food is also available in select brick and mortar stores across the USA. You can also shop Nature’s Select Premium Pet Products on Amazon!
Is Nature’s Select sold in local stores?
We have always been direct to consumers since we started this business back in 1994. You will not find our products in big box retailers, grocery stores, or big pet store chains. Why? Because our pet food is not made with harsh chemical preservatives, additives, or fillers, and in turn is not meant to sit on a shelf for months and months or in a warehouse for long periods of time. Our goal is to get our pet food from our manufacturer in Texas - where it is made fresh bi-monthly - to our Nature's Select Distributors within 4 weeks or less, to make sure that by the time it gets to your door and in your pet's food bowl it is as fresh as possible! Some of our NS Distributors have started to partner with local, small mom & pop pet stores, pet groomers, doggie daycares, and pet hotels. You can find a complete list of where our pet food is sold by visiting our Locations Page.
Do you have a full-time nutritionist on staff?
Yes, we do. Our Vice President of Nutrition and Procurement is one of 12 nutritionists currently holding a Professional Animal Scientist certification in Companion Animal from the American Registry of Professional Animal Sciences (ARPAS). We also work with third-party nutritionists to validate our work, consult with us on research, and engage in open discussions about how to make sure our products continue to meet our high standards. We are highly rooted in science and continue to use the most proven, trusted ingredients available.
What should I look for in a pet food?
Read the label! High quality ingredients are essential for healthy food. The first ingredient should always be a meat or fish protein. Whole meats, whole grains, and natural preservatives are key components of the healthiest pet food. Pay attention to the protein ratio. A pet food with 20-30% protein is ideal. The bag should also be dated for freshness. Every bag of Nature's Select pet food has a "best buy" date stamped onto the back of the bag. It is recommended that the bag is used before that date; however, the food is perfectly safe to feed to your pets after that date, it just loses some potency after that date. It's important to remember that a "best buy" date is not the same as an "expiration date". All Nature's Select formulas are free from corn, wheat, soy, gluten, and any other processed grain by-products. We have NEVER been challenged on nutrition! At Nature's Select, we have kept our formulas current with the latest nutritional advancements to maintain a high level of nutrition. All Nature's Select formulas are formulated to meet or exceed the nutritional levels established by AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
What should I avoid in a pet food?
READ the label. Avoid inexpensive, less nutritional ingredients and fillers. Corn, wheat, soy, and animal by-products are fillers that lack the nutrition your pets need. Meat by-products consist of organs and parts not desired for consumption. They can include bones, blood, intestines, lungs, heads, feet, and feathers. We think it’s important to use specific ingredients such as chicken meal or brown rice. That way, you always know exactly what you are getting. When brands use ingredients such as poultry by-products, the ingredients can change from bag to bag. You may get chicken in one bag and turkey in the next. Changing ingredients suddenly can cause digestive upset. Most fillers can be linked to excessive waste, poor nutritional absorption, and skin problems like excessive scratching and hair loss. Also make sure there are no chemical preservatives such as BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), or ethoxyquin. These preservatives are potentially cancer-causing agents. The long-term buildups of these chemicals in your pet’s body have not been thoroughly studied and may ultimately be harmful.
How do I switch from one pet food to another?
When switching your pet to Nature’s Select food or from one Nature’s Select formula to another, we always recommend a gradual transition. Normal bacteria in the intestine help your pet digest food. A sudden change in diet can result in changes to the number and type of bacteria and their ability to digest food, which can lead to intestinal upset. Therefore, a gradual transition helps your pet’s digestive system adjust to a new food without causing loose stool or an upset tummy. We recommend a transition over a period of 7-10 days. Start with a mixture of 25% new food and 75% old food for 2-3 days. Then switch to a 50/50 blend for another 2-3 days. If the transition is going well, move to 75% new food and 25% old food for another 2-3 days until you are 100% on the new food. If at any time your dog starts to vomit, has loose stool, or appears constipated, slow the rate at which you are switching food.
How often should I feed my puppy?
In general, puppies need to have more scheduled feeding times per day than an adult dog. This is because a puppy’s body is in growth mode, and needs a constant supply of nutrients in order to be healthy. Most puppies will benefit from a diet that has their daily food portion divided into three feedings per day. New puppies, in general, do not eat a lot during their first few days in a new home. This is normal. Once they settle in they will start to eat again.
Where can I go for more information about your company or products?
Our small team of Pet Care Advisors are available weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 7:00am – 4:00pm PST. We are always closed and unavailable on weekends; however, you’re more than welcome to leave us a voicemail message or email ticket and we will get back to you as soon as possible during our normal business operating hours. Please note we are closed on all major US holidays and may have special hours on holiday weekends. View our Holiday Schedule for 2022 here.
How do I store my pet food to guarantee freshness?
Store your pet food in a cool, dry place. Any dry kibble pet food product is guaranteed fresh for up to a year after the production date or 12 months if properly stored away from heat and moisture. We recommend putting your pet food in a sealed container for best results.
What do I do with pet food I won’t use but it’s already opened?
While we cannot accept returns of opened bags of pet food, we do have a few suggestions. Sometimes our pets stop eating a recipe for any given reason, your pet passes away, or you just have extra food your pet will not eat. We always recommend donating the pet food to a local animal shelter if possible (they always need donated food) BUT if that's not feasible for you, you are welcome to donate it to a friend, family member, or neighbor.
About Nature's Select Pet Food
Why choose Nature’s Select Pet Food?
Click here to learn why Nature’s Select Pet Food is the best option for your dog! Dogs can't seem to get enough of our tasty Nature's Select Premium Pet Products. We have something for everyone, regardless of your pet's unique health needs. Select from a range of protein options that will surely satisfy whatever your pet is craving. Highly palpable, easily digestible, and quickly devoured by dogs all across America.
Can I get a free sample?
We understand that the best way to discover the Nature’s Select difference is for your dog to actually TRY our all-natural recipes! You can contact your local Nature’s Select Distributor to request free samples of our formulas based on availability of product. If you are unable to receive free samples of one of our formulas, be mindful that Nature’s Select products have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you have a medium to large dog, our 5 lb bags work best to try out the kibble first before committing to a large bag. A small bag has a total of 20 cups inside, whereas a sample bag has 3/4 of a cup.
If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with our product, you may contact your local distributor for a replacement bag or refund. Return policies vary by location.
How long has Nature’s Select been in business?
Nature’s Select was started by Paul and Diana Cavanaugh in Orange County, CA in 1994. They began with a simple idea: to deliver all-natural pet food to your door, using the freshest and finest ingredients at prices that fit your budget. Fun Fact: Nature’s Select Pet Food was the very first pet food delivery company of its kind in Southern California! Learn more about our story
What kind of pet food does Nature’s Select offer?
Nature’s Select Pet Food comes in a variety of dry dog food formulas. We carry our signature line of dry dog food formulas in addition to our Grain Free line of dry dog food. We also offer canned dog food, canned cat food, and dry cat food.
Who formulates Nature’s Select Pet Food recipes?
Our internal Nutrition Team works diligently with third-party nutritionists to formulate the diets, design new products, handle product registrations and ensure compliance with regulations.
Which Nature’s Select recipe should I choose?
That depends on several factors, including your dog's age, activity level and specific health needs. We encourage you to Contact Us directly for a personalized pet care consultation, our team is happy to help you.
Where is Nature’s Select Pet Food made?
We are proud to produce all of our Nature’s Select dry kibble foods in our Texas-based manufacturing facility. All Nature’s Select products are MADE IN THE USA and have USA sourced ingredients with the exception of our lamb and green mussels which are sourced from New Zealand. All of our formulas exceed AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) standards.
"USA Made" refers to our product being made here in the United States. "USA Safe" refers to the USA approval of processing for our New Zealand Lamb recipe which has lamb that is sourced from New Zealand. All Nature's Select Recipes are made in the great state of Texas!
Are your bags recyclable?
Our Nature's Select poly-bags are BPA Free and #7 classification for recycling; Most neighborhood areas are starting to accept these but it is dependent on where you live. Otherwise, these need to be recycled through a commercial composting facility. Our bag company is currently working on a new resin that will soon make our bags completely recyclable across the board. Most major shopping stores have recycle bins available for our poly-bags and are a certified drop-off area.
Do you participate in Feeding Trials?
As a small family owned & operated business, we currently do not participate in any feeding trials at this time; however, our pet food recipes remain recall-free since we started the company back in 1994. Oftentimes, feeding trials are marketing ploys and paid gimmicks for large pet food companies to use to market the food.
Nature's Select Ingredients
Where do you source your ingredients?
The quality of our ingredients is extremely important to us. We source our ingredients from valued and trusted suppliers who are dedicated to providing the very highest-quality ingredients available on the market today. The majority of our ingredients are locally sourced in the state of Texas. We are one of only a few pet food manufacturers that uses the amino acid complex minerals from Zinpro Corporation, which has the research to prove its minerals are better absorbed and provide a well-documented response when being fed. Many of the big-name brands still use predominantly inorganic forms of trace minerals or less bioavailable forms of organic trace minerals.
Where can I find feeding guidelines?
You can find our feeding instructions in two places. Our feeding instructions are located on the back of every bag of kibble as well as on our website where feeding guidelines for each of our formulas are listed. Let's keep in mind this is the suggested feeding amount for an active adult dog. The serving size may increase or decrease a bit depending on your dog's physical activity and age. If you are looking to promote weight loss, go with the lesser recommended amount according to weight. If you are looking to increase weight, go with the greater recommended amount.
What’s better as a primary ingredient, chicken or chicken meal?
Although it is a quality ingredient, chicken is about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight. Ingredients on a pet food label are listed in descending order by weight. When you see chicken as the first ingredient in pet food, this is before it’s cooked. Once cooked, the percentage of chicken in the formula is much lower due to the loss of moisture. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken. Chicken meal does not contain by-products such as beaks, feathers, or feet.
Our meals are considered a meat concentrate that contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken, lamb, beef, or salmon. They do NOT include bone or internal organs.
Are your products gluten free or GMO free?
- GMO: We are GMO-free except in the formulas that contain rice. The following products are GMO-free: Select Multi Protein Recipe (Beef, Chicken, Pork), Select Cold Water Recipe (Menhaden Fish), and our Grain Free Products (Farm Fresh Recipe, Coastline Catch Recipe, Range Hearty Recipe); all other Nature's Select Products are not GMO-free. However, we do have a complex diversity of ingredients in our products and in such ratios, that the GMO aspect is really very small. As for Nature's Select, we have been and will be prudent in using the finest and safest ingredients from the best sources we have available.
- Gluten Free: All our formulas are either grain free or made from gluten free grains.
Safety & Food Quality
What safety certifications does Nature’s Select Pet Food currently hold?
Food safety is our priority. Our ingredients are tested both internally and externally to ensure they meet our high standards of quality. We also extensively test our finished products to ensure the health and safety of the pets eating our products. We are proud to say that our Texas-based pet food manufacturer has earned the SQF Code for Manufacturing 8.0, the SQF Quality Code 8.0, and the FSC 36 Safe Feed/Safe Food in 2018. In addition, all our recipes are formulated to meet AAFCO regulations. We constantly analyze both raw materials and finished diets to validate AAFCO standards.
How long does your pet food stay fresh?
Any dry kibble pet food product is guaranteed fresh for up to a year or 12 months if properly stored away from heat and moisture. We recommend putting your pet food in a sealed container for best results. Store your pet food in a cool, dry place away from heat and moisture.
Do you have someone on staff dedicated to food safety?
Yes. Our VP of Regulatory Affairs and Quality for Nature’s Select Pet Food is one of the leading food safety experts in the United States. He, along with everyone in our company, works hard to ensure the safety of our products every day.
What kind of quality control do you have?
Our Texas-based Manufacturer has earned the SQF Code for Manufacturing 8.0, the SQF Quality Code 8.0, and the FSC 36 Safe Feed/Safe Food in 2018. In addition, all our recipes are formulated to meet AAFCO regulations. We constantly analyze both raw materials and finished diets to validate AAFCO standards.
Shipping, Returns & Refunds
What is your return policy?
Our goal is to consistently exceed our customers’ expectations and our success is dependent on your happiness. If, for any reason, you’re not satisfied with our products and home delivery service, then we’re not satisfied. Note: Refund & Exchange policies do depend upon your local Nature’s Select Distributor’s discretion.
Our return policy lasts 30 days. If 30 days have gone by since your last purchase, unfortunately we cannot offer you a refund or exchange. To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it (Sealed Bag, Unopened). It must also be in the original packaging/shipping box if possible. To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase - no exceptions. Please do not send your purchase back to the manufacturer if opened!
Examples of non-returnable items:
- Gift cards
There are certain situations where only partial refunds are granted (if applicable):
- Missing items in an order
- Any item not in its original condition, is damaged or missing parts for reasons not due to our error
- Any item that is returned more than 30 days after delivery
How do I ship my eligible product for a return?
To return your unopened, non-damaged pet food product product, you should mail your product to our Nature's Select Headquarters located at: 1621 N Orangethorpe Way, Anaheim CA 92801, United States.
You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable. If you receive a refund, the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund.
Depending on where you live, the time it may take for your exchanged product to reach you, may vary based on your exact location.
How do I get a refund?
If you are approved for a refund, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days (7-10 business days if not sooner). If you would prefer a return in store credit to shop at Nature’s Select Pet Food, that can be arranged as an alternative method. If a refund window is past the 30-day mark from the date of original purchase, then we can ONLY offer store credit as a way of offering a return amount, no exceptions. Only regular priced items may be refunded, unfortunately sale items cannot be refunded. **Non-Nature’s Select Items are exempt from exchanges, returns, and refunds unless the item is expired or damaged upon arrival.
Refunds (if applicable)
Of course, we have always abided by "Satisfaction Guaranteed" since our early days as Paul's Pet Food Delivery Express. We want to do our best to make sure that YOU and your pet are happy! For special situations and scenarios, we will handle returns and/or refunds on a case by case basis, including:
- If your pet dies after you placed an order/received the order in 30 days
- If your pet stops eating or liking our pet food and you let us know right away within 30 days
- If your item(s) are damaged, missing, or incorrect within our 30 day window
In some of the special cases above, please contact us so we can rectify the issue accordingly. Please call us weekdays 7am-4pm PST (714) 993-5500 to speak with a live representative. If we are unavailable, please leave us a message and be sure to include your name, phone number, and order number. You are also welcome to send an email to email@example.com
My pet died after I got my pet food order. Is it possible to get a refund?
First of all, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved pet. It's never easy losing our furry family members - and our thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. We will always work with you about returning an unopened bag of pet food, or offering a full refund if it's been within 30 days of purchase. Past that timeframe, we are more than happy to offer full store-credit that never expires for the item purchased for you to use at a future date when you are ready to buy more pet food when the time is right for you.
Is my item available for an exchange?
We only replace items if they are defective or damaged due to shipping error or our warehouse/manufacturer error. Examples would include a ripped or opened bag, damage to the original seal, a hole in the bag, spilled pet food, etc.
If your bag of Nature's Select Dry Food (dry dog kibble and dry cat kibble) looks or smells off to you, please take a photo of the outside of the bag, the inside of the bag with kibble in sight, and note the "best by" date on the top of the back panel, and be sure to include all information and send to our team so we can get a replacement sent out to you accordingly. We guarantee freshness, always!
If you need to exchange for the same item, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I moved out of state. Can I still get Nature’s Select Pet Food delivered?
Absolutely! Let's find a Nature’s Select Distributor closest to your area. Please visit our Locations Page.
How do I get free shipping on my order?
Since the beginning, Nature’s Select Pet Food has always offered FREE home delivery for orders that have at least a $40.00 minimum. Free home delivery is a convenience we offer to our customers for regular local shipping, which will typically take between 1-5 business days to arrive to you from the time it is shipped from our warehouse locations. If you reside outside of our “local” territory and wish to receive your order sooner than our typical shipping time, then it will be your responsibility for paying for faster shipping than what our “free shipping” can guarantee. If your order is under our $40.00 Free Shipping minimum, then you will be charged a standard shipping fee of $15.00. If you have further questions about our shipping or delivery processes, please send us an email at email@example.com
Is your pet food competitively priced and cost effective?
Yes! Our pet food products remain competitively priced in the industry. It’s also important to remember that while not all kibble companies are a superior product, kibble remains the most cost-efficient way to feed your beloved pet. Depending on which recipe you are looking at buying from Nature’s Select, a typical 30 lb bag of our product contains 120 total 8-oz measuring cups inside the bag. If you know the number of cups per day you feed your dog, you can calculate the cost per feeding or cost per day to feed Nature’s Select Pet Food. For example, a 30 lb bag of our Select Multi Protein Recipe costs around $60.00 on average (depending on where you are buying in the country). If you feed your dog 2 cups at each feeding, or 4 total cups per day, then you can divide 120 cups by 4 cups, which equals 30. That is the number of days on average it will take your dog to eat (1) 30 lb bag of Multi Protein Recipe. If you divide $60 by 30 days, that comes out to $2.00 to feed your dog per day on Nature’s Select. You can also divide $2.00 by 4 which results in $0.52 cents per cup fed. That means it’s only $1.05 per feeding based on the above feeding example!
Have your pet food prices gone up recently?
As you probably know, the business environment over the past few years has gone in a negative direction to say the least. We just wanted to take a moment to share with you recent changes in the industry, and how it will affect us all.
- US Inflation is up 8.5% as of April 2022 - the highest it’s been in over 40 years (since 1982)
- Fuel costs are rising on a monthly basis and continue to be an ongoing issue for us all in the pet food industry, as well as every industry.
- Corn prices are up. While we DO NOT use corn as an ingredient in our products, the price of corn usually sets the trend and dictates the pricing on other grain ingredients.
- There is a chicken shortage in the USA. Chicken prices are up accordingly, along with all other meat ingredients being up in price due to high demand and an overall shortage.
- Fertilizer prices are extremely high, making it difficult on farmers to produce their normal crops, ingredients, etc.
Over the last few years, we have had several price increases that have come upon us that we have worked hard not to pass on entirely to our customers. Unfortunately, we are caught in the crosshairs once again, and we cannot escape them this time around. We want everyone to know that we feel the pain as a small business, and that we are working to ease the burden of this adjustment to our customers. We do our best to keep price increases to only once a year, but unfortunately due to this significant change we have no choice but to pass along the increases sooner than planned. Price increases will apply to our Nature's Select branded pet food products across the country as of Spring 2022.
Why should I continue to choose Nature’s Select in 2022?
We know the cost of goods are changing everywhere, but we are striving to continue being your first choice as a pet food provider. You should feel confident in choosing Nature's Select and know that the overall safety, quality, and integrity of our products are in no way changing. Our safety protocols, security measures, ingredient quality, and production of our products remains superior in the industry. Our pet food products are 4 & 5 star rated by the Dog Food Advisor and recommended by Whole Dog Journal, and we remain recall-free in our 28+ year history since starting our pet food business.
What are the benefits to shopping locally with a small family-owned business?
Thanks for choosing Nature's Select for your pets - It's always a pleasure to serve our customers through our personalized, friendly customer service and attention to detail. When you choose to shop Nature’s Select, you are choosing to support local family owned businesses all over the USA. You can feel good when you shop with your local Nature’s Select Distributor, as your pet food is traveling a shorter distance to your door and therefore being better on our environment. We appreciate you all hanging in there with us and choosing to support our small business, and we do all that we can to choose local family owned businesses as much as we can to help those around us survive this post-pandemic world and economy we are living in. Do you have a favorite local business you love to support? Send their info our way - we are happy to help spread the word!
What are the best ways to save money when I shop with Nature’s Select?
- *Sign up for a pet food subscription and save 5% on every order
- *Buy (2) or More Large Bags of Dry Kibble and Save 10%
- *Refer a Friend and Get $25.00 Kibble Cash through our Referral Program
- *Opt-In to our Email Newsletter for Monthly Savings
- *Pick up in store and save money (For SoCal Local Residents Only)
Pet Food Subscriptions
What is the benefit of a Nature’s Select subscription?
Nature's Select Subscriptions is designed to offer the convenience of pet food being delivered to your door on a recurring basis. You never need to worry about running out of pet food (or treats) ever again!
With that said, we have always offered an "auto-ship" program for our long-time loyal customers, but never had the ability to offer an incentive until Spring 2020! We are happy to announce that EVERY Nature's Select Subscription item allows you to save 5% on every purchase. Save money, gain convenience, and have the ability to adjust your delivery schedule at any time. Learn more about our Subscriptions here.
Can I skip or cancel my subscription?
Yes! That's the beauty of Nature's Select Subscriptions. You can skip an upcoming order in advance, or cancel a subscription at any given time with no long-term contracts or hidden fees. Plus, we send you friendly reminders of upcoming Subscription charges/shipments so that way you have plenty of time to make changes or pause a subscription if you don't need more pet food, if you're heading out of town, etc. Make changes to your Nature's Select Subscriptions at anytime by logging into your customer account portal. Don't have an account, yet? Create one by clicking on the “My Account” section of our website found in the footer or header on any page.
If you need further help, feel free to contact our team directly by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call directly to speak with a live pet care advisor: (714) 993-5500
Is it easy to adjust my future scheduled pet food deliveries on subscription?
Absolutely! Effortlessly manage what you receive, when it arrives, and the way you pay. Login to your Nature's Select Customer Account at any time to increase or decrease your deliveries. "Pause" your subscription orders for any reason, whether you are going on vacation, your pet has started eating less, or because you just want to take a break from subscriptions...life happens so we totally understand! Flexible delivery dates makes it doggone easy!
Oops! I forgot to cancel my pet food subscription delivery. What do I do now?
If you are a Nature's Select Subscription Member, you are agreeing to recurring orders being shipped on a recurring basis and your card being charged accordingly. It is your responsibility to edit, skip, or cancel your subscription BEFORE an order ships out if you do not want or need Nature’s Select subscription items. Otherwise, you will be responsible for any associated restocking or shipping fees associated with returning the subscription order, and refunds will be handled on a case by case basis.
Of course, if it's a situation where your pet passes away by the time your order ships, we completely understand the delicate situation and will work with you to issue a refund and return accordingly. If you need direct assistance, please call us (714) 993-5500 so we can speak with you directly.