Taste of the Wild Dog Food
Taste of the Wild is a grain free pet food for dogs and cats. Most of the dog foods have a higher meat protein content than conventional dog foods but the price is less than some of the most expensive high protein brands such as Orijen.
Who manufactures Taste of the Wild?
Taste of the Wild dog food is made by Diamond Pet Food, owned by Schell & Kampeter, Inc., a family-owned, privately held company founded in 1970. Their headquarters is in Meta, Missouri. Neither Diamond nor Taste of the Wild mentions this connection on their web sites or in other places, probably because Diamond has a history of product recalls (mostly due to Salmonella problems in their plants but also due to aflatoxins in some foods) and Taste of the Wild is marketed as a premium dog food. According to Taste of the Wild, their food is manufactured in four facilities in the U.S.: one is in northern California, one in central California, one in Missouri and one in South Carolina. Some people who feed Taste of the Wild are such fans of the food (and dislike Diamond so much) that they refuse to believe it is made by Diamond but you can show them the legal paper work below for the class action settlement.
Taste of the Wild Recalls 2017
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- Taste of the Wild is one of the foods mentioned in a current class action settlement along with Canidae, Solid Gold Wolf King, Kirkland, and some others, that were recalled in 2012: Claims must be filed by July 11, 2014.
- Diamond has a long history of product recalls which makes many people nervous about feeding any of the foods they manufacture, even though they make some foods with very good reputations (Canidae, Solid Gold, etc.). For the most part, Taste of the Wild has not been involved in these recalls. The May 2012 recall for Taste of the Wild was the only time we could find a recall for this brand.
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Taste of the Wild Dog Food Coupons 2017
Taste of the Wild Reviews
Taste of the Wild makes both kibble and canned foods. They have foods for puppies and adult dogs. Their formulas include High Prairie Puppy and Pacific Stream Puppy kibble formulas; and for adult dogs they offer canned and kibble formulas of Southwest Canyon, High Prairie, Pacific Stream, Wetlands, and Sierra Mountain. Crude protein for their puppy kibbles 27-28 percent, and fat is 15-17 percent. Taste of the Wild states that their puppy formulas have Calcium: 1.4%, as-fed; Phosphorus: 1.0%, as-fed. They do not have a large breed puppy formula. Crude protein and fat for their adult kibbles varies from about 25 percent to 32 percent protein and 15 to 18 percent fat.
Meat proteins used in Taste of the Wild include beef, wild boar, lamb, ocean fish meal, bison, chicken meal, venison, salmon and salmon meal, duck and duck meal, quail, and turkey. They also use various carbohydrates such as potatoes and sweet potatoes. Other ingredients in the foods include peas and tomato pomace which are somewhat controversial. Taste of the Wild also includes various pre- and probiotics such as chicory root and some fermentation products that are usually added after cooking to help digestion. The foods also have chelated minerals which are easier for dogs to digest and which are usually found in better dog foods.
Taste of the Wild foods are AAFCO approved for various life stages as noted on their labels and on the web site.
Most people who feed Taste of the Wild dog foods report being very happy with them. The ingredients appear to be of good quality and, nothwithstanding the fact that the food is made by Diamond which makes some people uneasy, and the fact that the food has had a recall, Taste of the Wild seems to be a good quality food that is not subject to the same problems that Diamond has with some of its other foods. Taste of the Wild is a premium dog food and it’s not inexpensive but it costs less than some of the most expensive grain free foods. If you’re looking for a good grain free dog food at a moderate price, Taste of the Wild is one to consider.
Taste of the Wild Consumer Ratings:
Our Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Canine Formula Review:
Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream canine formula is a fish and potato kibble. The food is grain free with salmon, potato fiber, and sweet potatoes. According to Taste of the Wild (or TOTW), the food is good for dogs with a sensitive stomach. It has 25 percent crude protein and 15 percent minimum crude fat, with 360 calories per cup. On a dry matter basis, the food has 27.8 percent protein, 16.7 percent fat, 3.3 percent fiber, and approximately 43.3 percent carbohydrates. It is AAFCO approved for adult maintenance.
The first five ingredients in this food are:
- Ocean fish meal
- Sweet potatoes
- Canola oil
There is also salmon meal and smoked salmon a little later in the list. It’s fair to say that the food contains a generous amount of salmon.
Salmon is the first ingredient and it’s an excellent food for dogs. This is whole salmon so it contains a lot of moisture. If the moisture were removed, this ingredient would be lower in the list, but we think there is still a lot of salmon in the food. The company says that their salmon comes from Alaska. Among ocean fish, salmon contains very little mercury. The fish is also deboned before it is used. TOTW also says that they only use vendors who do not use ethoxyquin for their fish and other meals. Nutritionally, salmon is 60 percent protein and 40 percent fat. It’s very easy for dogs to digest, as is fish in general, and the source of a number of vitamins and minerals. Salmon is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acid – the very best kind of omega-3 fatty acid for your dog’s skin and coat and other needs.
The second ingredient is ocean fish meal. “Ocean fish” is kind of a vague term but it often refers to Menhaden fish. The fish comes from different species and different areas at different times of the year and then processed for food. Ocean fish meal is a good source of omega-3 fatty acid and it has about 62 percent crude protein.
The third ingredient in this kibble is sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are becoming known as a super food. This is a little less important for dogs but if your dog has a sensitive stomach then sweet potatoes may play an important role in his diet. They are 93 percent carbohydrates, 6 percent protein, and 1 percent fat. They’re a a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6 and potassium, and a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and manganese. They also contain iron, calcium, and beta carotene. They are a complex carb and they can help your dog feel full all day.
Potatoes, the fourth ingredient, are not quite as much of a super food as sweet potatoes, but they are still a good source of vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber. They are 92 percent carbs, 7 percent protein, and 1 percent fat. They’re a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and manganese. They’re highly digestible and a good source of energy.
The fifth ingredient is canola oil. Not as good as salmon as a source of omega-3 fatty acid, but still a good source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid.
Other ingredients of interest in the food include the prebiotic dried chicory root to encourage good digestion; blueberries and raspberries which are antioxidants and natural preservatives; and a number of fermentation products/extracts which are usually added to the food after it has finished baking in order to encourage better digestion.
Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Canine formula looks like a good food for dogs who might have sensitive stomachs, or for any dog who likes salmon and potatoes/sweet potatoes. The protein and fat percentages are moderate and the ingredients look good. We don’t see anything here for someone to object to, especially if they like a grain free dog food.
Where can you buy Taste of the Wild?
You can buy Taste of the Wild dog food from specialty pet food retailers such as PetSmart and PetCo and from feed stores such as Tractor Supply Company store. You can also buy it online from pet food retailers such as Petfooddirect.com and Petflow.com.