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.
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 websites or in other places, which may be 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.
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Taste of the Wild makes both kibble and canned foods for dogs of all ages. 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, as well as fermentation products that are usually added after cooking to help digestion. The foods also have chelated minerals, which help with digestion and are commonly found in high-quality foods.
Taste of the Wild foods are AAFCO approved for various life stages as noted on their labels and on the website.
Most people who feed Taste of the Wild dog foods report being very happy with them. The ingredients appear to be of good quality that does not have the same issues as some of the other Diamond Pet Food brands.
If you’re looking for a good grain free dog food at a moderate price, Taste of the Wild is one to consider.
In-Depth Look At Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Canine Formula
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, the food is good for dogs with a sensitive stomach. It has 25% crude protein and 15% minimum crude fat, with 360 calories per cup. On a dry matter basis, the food has 27.8% protein, 16.7% fat, 3.3% fiber, and approximately 43.3% carbohydrates. It is AAFCO approved for adult maintenance.
Let’s take a look at a breakdown of the first five ingredients:
Salmon is an excellent food for dogs. This is whole salmon so it contains a lot of moisture. 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. 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.
2. 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.
3. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are becoming known as a superfood. 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 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 are not quite as much of a superfood 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.
5. Canola Oil
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.
Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Canine formula looks like a healthy recipe for dogs who might have sensitive stomachs or for any dog who likes salmon. The protein and fat percentages are moderate, and the rest of the ingredients have nutritional value. We don’t see anything here for someone to object to, especially if they like a grain-free dog food.
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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. However, we love recommending Chewy.com, as they have quick shipping and offer discounts for new customers.
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I got very sick with salmonella poisoning (as did my dogs!) so I am, perhaps, hyper-vigilant I have two 4 month old German shepherd puppies that I’m feeding with taste of the wild and over the last week or so they’ve had very loose stools, dark in color (almost black) with mucous). We just opened a new bag of the puppy formula and I’m very concerned that it might be salmonella poisoning. The reason I’m not rushing to the vet is that I had used kielbasa and cheddar cheese as high value training treats one day and they started with loose stools then diarrhea. So I’m not sure whether it’s the dog food or the treats, although, I only used the kielbasa one day and I know it was ok because I ate it too. I should also mention that both puppies went from devouring 2 cups of kibble twice a day to hardly eating at all. I find I’m still offering breakfast well past supper time. They are ‘off their feed’. I’m hoping that someone can tell me whether there’s a recent recall for taste of the wild puppy kibble and also, any advise as to whether I should change brands (I just read on this site that taste of the wild puppy formula isn’t good for large breed puppies – which is what I have) thanks for whatever help you can give me!
Dogs especially puppies are lactose intollerent. When I got my baby lab at 6 weeks old, I fed him powdered goat milk since he cannot digest the milk. The cheddar cheese may be too much for your puppies, maybe when they are older they might be able to digest. My puppy (3 years old) had the same stool you described during hsi first year and all I did was feed him rice and boiled chicken for 7 days and then trasition back to his Taste of the Wild salmon. Kaopecte if they will take it stops the diarehha ( I fed it to my dog, strawberry flavor) and then wait 24 hours before starting the rice and boiled chicken (rice is cooked with nothing so it will be sticky). I fed my puppy Bill Jacks chicken for the first year, puppy kibble and then he was overwight and so we changed to Taste of the Wild salmon at one year old and he a very good weight for a lab,
I hope this helps.
Please don’t feed your dogs cheese (or non canine milk products)…this is something they were never meant to digest at any stage, and can cause much gastric distress, as you have noticed. There is also the possibility of allergens that can adversely affect your pups health, as well.
Keilbasa really? Look at the ingredients! Usually made with garlic and other not to healthy stuff for dogs. Just because you can eat it doesn’t mean it’s good for your dog!
Try using cooked liver for the training treats! What all dog show handlers use to train.
I don’t know if you did a gradual change over or not. Because you can’t just suddenly swap out your dogs food, they will have terrible bowel upset. You have to add the new food to their old one slowly. Give them some solid pack pumpkin it will help.
fI began feeding my two large adult dogs (Akita and Groendal Belgian Shepherd) Taste of the Wild (Bison) approx. a month ago. They are thriving on the food. There is less clean up suggesting more absorption or digestion, and much less kennel odor! I live in Juneau AK and the feed ends up costing me just over a $1 per pound. I find that very reasonable given the shipping involved. I recommend this food and am happy my dogs are on it.
We were recommended taste if the wild bison by dog store, should have been more suspicious. Both dogs developed nasty groin rashes within one week. Went away when we changed to Canidae.
Hey, my dog have been sufferring from fungi for the past few weeks and I notice when I give him TOTW the rashes is worse and there’s even scabs. When I feed him other brands ( U.S. Regal) the rashes pretty much gone in about a week.
I have a black lab and as you all know they have sensitve stomachs. He is now 3 years and since he was 1 year old, I have been feeding him Taste of the Wild salmon and we have had no issues. I do add 3 tablespoons of dry pumpkin to his dinner which has helped with all issues of loose stools. I would higly recommend the salmon Taste of the Wild.
My Chihuahua and pitbull have been eating Taste of the Wild for a while. These past couple days they have had diarrhea (pitbull, had blood in hers) and vomiting. I asked their veterinarian to check for salmonella poisoning today and if they have this I WILL NO LONGER USE THIS PRODUCT!!!!! I’m extremely upset to see my babies feeling like this!
Heather, how are your babies doing? Did you ever find the cause? Did they have salmonella poisoning?
How do you know the diarrhea is related to the food?
This sounds more like whipworms. Just had same problem with a rescued dog, whipworm eggs didn’t show up on first fecal. Be sure to ask vet to worm with a broad spectrum product. Read up on whipworm, tricky to cure.
I’m curious to know what you found out too. I started feeding the same food 2 weeks ago and my dogs now have the same symptoms as yours. The vet is coming on Tuesday.. 🙁
My dogs have been on this food for years and this month they have also shown the same symptoms, excessive thirst then diarrhea, vomiting and now one will not eat. I will also have mine tested for salmonella. I will let you know what the verdict is.
Just wondering if you’d heard back on whether or not your pups had salmonella and if it was from the TOTW food.
3 days ago my son took our dog to the vet because he had same symptoms on same food. Dog had to be revived at vets office after he stopped breathing in my sons arms! LFT came back crazy high. We only feed our dog this product and Beem catfish jerky that has zero recalls. My little buddy is coming home today, but not without a change. Thank goodness we have a very good vet that acted fast, when our best friend stopped breathing.
I have two Boxers Sassy and Tazz both ( age 3 atm) I started on them as pups on Royal Canin and after researching about the ingredients I looked for a grain free less by product feed. I found Taste of the Wild the best choice for local supplies and price . I winged them off Royal C with the TOTW Bison and then after a year I changed to the Wild Sierra Mountain which I am sticking with . No time has there been a problem with this brand in the 2 solid years of consumption I am very pleased with this choice for my best friends . I can state they gobble this feed up not missing a minut piece however with the R.C. brand my Sassy skipped meals regularly and had problems breaking out as if allergic to some of the contents of that feed. All those symtoms disappeared once completely on Taste of the Wild feed. Happy Boxers and happy canine lover.
I hv fed my almost 3 yr old Labradoodle TOTW Bison since I brought him home at 8 wks due to the fact I was told by our local pet store owner that TOTW was the best dry dog food she carried. I chose the Bison because after extensive allergy testing was done, it was found that he is allergic to eggs, beef, fish, poultry, along with enironmental allergies such as certain kinds of grass, shrubs, etc. He has done well on this dry food that I lv out for him and his sister, also a labradoodle. I also feed them Merrick canned pork which is grain free and he can tolerate pork. I tried cooking for him in the beginning, but was always concerned he wasn’t getting the right amout of minerals, vitamins, etc. they shld hv, plus they weren’t all that crazy about the “goulash” I was making. I also hv a hard headed husband who likes to give them treats off his dinner plate! The bottom line is that I think TOTW is a very good dry dog food and won’t break the bank.
I have two dogs: Correction, I have a princess and a dog. The princess is a ~13+ y.o. blind & deaf beagle x with very few teeth. The dog is a vibrant ~7 − 8 y.o. male Kuvasz. (I dare you to guess who runs the house!) Ages are approximate as they are both rescues. I switched to TOTW Pacific salmon approx. 3 /12 years ago when I rescued the Kuv. It is highly palatable for both dogs. The kibble is small enough for my old dog to swallow or crunch, but I do add some warm water to soften it for her. By feeding a grain-free, fish based diet, my dogs have no food allergy issues. Their ears and eyes are clean with no discharge. There are no skin tags or warty growths on my dogs. As a pet professional, I have seen dogs that eat the lowest quality feed & most have skin ailments, and/or growths, some in abundance, and/or ear infections. I have personally seen dogs, that get upgraded from low quality feed, to a quality feed, suchas TOTW and have ear infections completely clear up after years and years of antibiotics and crap food. I have seen skin warts completely go away. There is no question re: the benefits of a high quality feed for your dog. My choice is TOTW pacific salmon. If you are on TOTW but your dog is still having issues, switch to the salmon. Chances are the issues will go away.
My Labradoodle also had a wart and 3 ear infections when I first got him at 8 wks. Now after feeding him TOTW and Merrick, none hv reappeared.
My German Shepherd has food allergies. We had her on Iams and Eukanuba, but she dug at her ear and chewed at her paw until they were raw and infected. We tried other grain-free expensive dog foods which did not work at all. We had her to the vets constantly and cleaned her ears with various cleaners/ointments that we got from the vet. She was even on steroids to try to help her. She was getting cauliflower ear. Then one day a vet told us to try TOTW Salmon, which we did and after 2 months she is clear of any issues. Her ear is light pink and she doesn’t scratch at it anymore or bite her paw. I highly recommend TOTW salmon for dogs with allergies.
I hate this recall thing with dog and cat food. I had a room mate who’s cats were both killed from a cat food that was made in china. It was pretty horrible, she had a couple grand in vet bills before the died . THIS WAS NOT FROM TASTE OF WILD!
My dog isn’t a real lover of “dog” food. He has skin problems at times too, He can’t eat chicken, unless i want a bald Pit bull. I was feeding him Coastal Catch by earth borne, He ate it versus starving. I really hated that. I try to treat my dog the way i would like to be treated, except for the fetching a stick in the lake thing (but he seems to like it) :0) He actually seems to like taste of the wild, High Prairie. I have to say his coat looks great, which is very important to me. He is a very sweet, and pretty boy. He is by far my favorite dog.
Why is the pet store telling me Call of the wild canned salmon stream not available until some time in 2015? Its been off the shelves for 3 weeks or more? What happened?
I have fed all of my dogs Taste Of The Wild Pacific Stream & The Bison,over six years.Recently one of them became really sick.(the vets all 3) never knew exactly what was wrong with my pet.She has since passed.My pet was sick over a month.Similiar symptoms as described in other posts.Why aren’t consumers told about RECALLS???Not one single store that I purchase the food from had any notice.
Switched my dog to Taste of the Wild salmon flavored. He has had a severe allergic reaction to it. Not at all pleased, hopefully I can pull him thru with no lasting effects. Switched him immediately back to the brand I have been using before.
Just began feeding my 7 year old retriever/coonhound mix TOTW Pacific Stream. She’s been plaqued by ear infections, eye goop, dry, itchy skin and itchy feet forever. Vet just told me it’s a probably from a food allergy and the most common food allergy for dogs is actually chicken, which is what she’s been living on. She’s loving the new food and I’m so anxious to see whether or not this will help. I had not heard about the food recalls so I’m researching that now.
I have been very frustrated by not being able to find “canned” Taste of the Wild. It has not been replaced on any of the shelves where I shop. I was feeding the canine Wild Stream. Does anyone have any clue as to why it disappeared, and if it was recalled? I was happy with the product, but not happy about the lack of information.
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Same thing happened to me. Pet store said they are having trouble getting it from the maufactuer and they haven’t had it for about 3 weeks(I was in the pet store yesterday 2/23/15). I was going to mix the canned with her TOTW Bison dry.
Tractor Supply carries canned TOTW. Its around a dollar for the smaller cans, but most of the styles are available.
I have been feeding my 5 yr old Boxer TOW for about a year, she didn’t have any problems and she looked great, in the last month she has been vomiting it up, not digested, a friend who has 2 Boxers had the same reaction.
Bottom line after she eats some boiled rice and chicken, she is going to start on another brand that my friend has better luck with….Earthborn,,,,,I hope this solves her problem..
My Lab had the same symptoms and refused eat anymore of that dog food but would eat from a different brand
I have two miniature schnauzers. I started feeding taste of the wild, buffalo and venison dry food. Neither dog showed symtoms of problems. My youngest schnauzer started with excessive thirst, vomiting and bloody diahrea. Within 8 hours he was dead. I am heartbroken. How do I have the dog food tested? Within 48 hours after his death I changed my other schnauzer back to Blue Buffalo. He appears fine. He never was sick. This has been awful and having my baby die this way was horrific. It was late in the day and in the a.m. he was going to the vet, he never made it. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE watch carefully!
So sorry to hear that…They mean so much to us.
You can go to FDA website and file a complaint…
Tragic news of your baby…but one has to ask why youngest had the instant reaction, not the older? Could the pup possibly have consumed something else without your knowledge? “People Food” is often the culprit in instant death.
If the immune system was compromised in ANY way, not just food but even medication can cause death. The sudden death (likely renal failure) leans toward toxicity. Just being YOUNG can cause the immune system to be weak.
I wonder if the Veterinarian would be able to tell if you brought both dogs (regardless of the older one being well), to get a conclusive answer. Eight hours is…that’s too fast. If the baby was just treated for anything (Albon for coccidia, for example), that alone can compromise the system.
I am neither pro nor con this food. I am more concerned about why one died instantly while the other had zero symptoms. Veterinarians work for dog foods in Quality Control, and the food is processed and *steamed* for a very specific time. Literally two seconds can make or break an entire bag, parcel, gross, etc., uncooked. This is why when people are feeding their dogs the same stuff for YEARS…then out of nowhere, diarrhea. The odds are good that the food wasn’t processed perfectly.
Contact the Vets who do Quality Control. They will reveal everything.
Again, I think your youngster got into something she should not have. That was too sudden…and the other have NO reaction? It is hard to blame JUST the food. A bad bag could have been the cherry on top of a different problem.
Blessings for you and your companions.
I also had a problem with TOTW S Wild Stream dry. I gave it to my one female as she has allergy problems. On starting a new bag, she became very ill, vomit, followed by diarrhea for two day, then nothing for four more. The vet was unable to determine an exact cause but I threw the bag away. After a week of home cooked she got back to normal.
I all fairness this seems to be a problem for all dog foods at one time or another. I had an Iams incident several years ago with four large dogs vomiting for two days. So I don’t want to tar TOTW over this. But I wish we had something better to go on for picking and using these products.
It seems many of the really good brands are all being bought up by three different companies with co-responding problems in quality control and substituted ingrediants. I might have to start cooking for everyone.
Our 6-year-old Labrador is currently hospitalized with unexplained and uncontrollable diarrhea and now some bloody vomiting. She is in terrible shape and has been hospitalized for almost a week. We had just switched to a new bag of Taste of the Wild Sierra Mountain Canine with Toasted Lamb. I haven’t been feeding her anything else. I strongly suspect the food, and I see that others have had similar experiences recently. How do we get the food tested?
Whoops…. Meant Roasted Lamb.
I’d recommend contacting the Veterinarian who works in Quality Control about this. We learned a LOT from calling all OVER the place (different foods, brands, etc). They can shed a lot of light on this topic. I am not pro nor con of ANY pet food products. Unfortunately, crappy things happen.
Education is the key and let’s face it…genetics are a huge part of everything and therein lies the quandary. Just because one breed has an issue…as the owner of the Schnauzer said: Two dogs ate this food and ONE died. Why does one child get to sit and eat an entire jar of peanut butter, but the next will die if in the same room?
Definitely call around. They are more than happy to talk to people.
I think that TOTW had a voluntary recall because a source of one the ingredients had a problem with salmonella, but none was found with TOTW. My son’s black lab is a very healthy dog with the shiniest coat that I’ve seen on a lab. Our two miniture dachshunds love the Wetlands Canine blend. The female upchucked her first meal of wolfed down whole kibbles immediately afterward, but that was from being greedy with a new food. Anyway, minitures shouldn’t be wolfing.
I read many complaints here and stories about taking puppies to the vet but when asked for a follow-up report by the site administrator there are no responses. That leads me to believe the pet owners don’t want to tell others what caused their puppy to be sick because it was something that they did rather than the brand of puppy or dog food. It is easier to just complain and give the food a bad rap but then not admit that there was, in fact, some other reason for the problem. Please, be fair, and let us all know what really caused your puppies to become ill.
Thankfully I didn’t have to take my dog to the vet, a change in her food made the difference…I’m the only one that feeds her so I know what she gets…..and I believe this food made her sick
@Doug – I agree with your comment and would like to see follow ups posted, as some symptoms sound as if they could have other causes. I’ve been feeding TOTW for years, which was recommended by one of your veterinarians and had predominantly good reviews. Having lived and traveled in a few states during that time, as far as I know we have never had issues. It’s been a quality dog food for the cost. There are better grain-free, meat based foods out there, but they are out of my price range. In the past few years, as I’ve become better educated about canine health and nutrition, I have been supplementing TOTW with basic natural recipes and supplements found in Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. This balance has worked well for us…until recently. One of my rescue Boxers with a compromised immune system (heart worms) has been displaying behaviors such as incessant paw chewing and ear itching, to the point of being raw. In the past 6-8 months, he and my other two have been plagued by vile gas, bad breath, loose stools, above average shedding and have a slight stink to them. They also have little tumors popping up everywhere, which seems like there must be a linked cause, leading me to be concerned there is something going on with the food. [A concern about ethoxyquin, a carcinogen often used as a preservative in fish meal, has become very real. As does the fact that the salmon used in TOTW is farm raised (in USA or overseas??) and the concern over the quality of feed animals listed as primary meat sources in TOTW are being fed (GMOs/low quality/rancid??) and what hormones and antibiotics are being pumped into them, which effects the health of our dogs.] Does anyone know if TOTW has changed it’s product in the past couple years? From reading reviews, it sounds like I’m not the only one noticing a difference. I may have to make the commitment, both time and financial, to cooking fresh meals using quality organic products. Looking forawrd to reading follow ups!
My dog has been eating a mix of the Salmon and Potato for over a year with no real issues. The last two days she has had a terrible case of the runs. The bag of food is the same one test has been used the last several weeks, and the canned food the same case. She is allergic to most of the other foods page have tried. I always freak out with the thought I could be giving her something that is making her sick! I will follow up and share the info…She is going to the vet this morning! Also I contacted Taste of the Wild because I too was unable to find the canned version, and asked if there had been any issue or recall, and was told that they gave not been able to keep up with the demand! I found it at Chewy.com and have it auto delivered..
Ok, Gidgee’s bacteria in her stomach is off balance according to the stool sample I brought in, as well as her ear was just slightly pink… She has been given a digestive aid for 3 days, drops and done type of antibiotic for 10. She said it was not salmonella, or food related..
We switched to TOTW Wetlands formula this summer, without any issues until around late October/November. My lab decided to stop eating it, then when we used incentives (that we know he is not sensitive to, such as Natural Balance Lamb Log), he would eat and then vomit. The vet said it was most likely food related but did not test the kibble-he recommended a bland diet and a switch in food or flavor. We did that and switched to TOTW Bison Formula (hoping perhaps he was just tired of the other formula), and at first he did okay but now has started vomiting again after eating. Needless to say we will stop using/buying TOTW, but not sure if we should also get the food tested to report to TOTW? I certainly do not want another vet bill but hate to think other dogs may be getting sick from this.
Clearly you’ve been feeding your dog something else in the interim…what food finally caused your dog to stop vomiting?
If every food (of any brand) eventually causes the dog to vomit, I think there’s a bigger problem than food. Vomiting is very serious for canines; dogs do not vomit simply because they get tired of a type of food. No usual animal would starve itself nor vomit as an act of protest. (That would be the cat…haha) Seriously, tho…what HAS worked?
Does your dog eat too quickly? I had a litter of Malamute pups who were almost insane about eating. NONE of my puppies EVER ate like this. Come to find, weeks after they’ve all gone to new homes (at 12wks or longer) that the litter has a zinc deficiency. (New Dam…she brought it to our program, therefore this was brand new to ME.) So they were eating like this because their bodies were telling them they weren’t getting sufficient….? (Zinc, in this case.)
Blessings to you and your companion, I hope you found a food which agrees with your dog.
I’ve just heard something very disturbing to me and would like to know if anyone has any answers for me. I guess there has been some question on the COPPER SULFATE that is in TOTW High Prairie and their others ‘flavors of their dry foods. I heard that the chemical, or whatever it is, is highly caustic, but can’t seem to find any info on what the ‘allowable, or ‘safe amounts’ are in dog foods. Personally, I don’t see why any of this stuff should be in a premium dog food, or any other food for that matter. Hope someone can enlighten me on this new information that has just come to light. Thanks in advance.
Linda here is a good article about copper sulfate and why it is added to pet foods…
I tried this with my yellow lab, gradually switching her over, and she had bad diarrhea. Sometimes she couldn’t make it outside and had an accident on the floor which she never does.
* meant to add switching to Halo wholesome chicken recipe fixed everything. She’s been on that for years now and there has been NO problems. Her coat and teeth are looking great as she ages.
I fed Taste of the wild (TOW) to my dogs for years before the recall in 2012, and switched to A homemade RAW diet for 2.5 years. I switched back to TOW last August because it was to difficult to travel with a large quantity of Raw food for 3 Rottweilers. Just this week I opened a new bag for one of my dogs to travel to Ohio with. The handler let me know that she had really bad diarrhea and put her on science diet WD to regulate her. This happened on Saturday.
Sunday I started feeding my 2 dogs at home the bag of food and that night the 2 of them were salivating, panting and had red gums. They were showing signs of intentional distress, but not the typical signs of bloat. Vomiting/enlarged abdomen ect….. That night they were up all night with diarrhea.
I contacted taste of the wild and they recorded my name and statement, but couldn’t comment on whether any other taste of the wild customers were having similar problems. My question is, is anyone else seeing similiar problems with a recent batch of taste of the wild?
Laura,I have the same problem.I just put my 2 dogs on TOW Bison formula.I purchased it on 2/25/15.They started eating it that night. My male husky had gas at first,their stool started getting soft over days now its been full blown diarrhea for 2 days.I am now feeding White Rice & the rice water from it,then will add boiled ground turkey in a few days! I am very worried about this food? Can any one help? I am going to contact the Co.but I am sure they wont care.I switched their food for something better & healthy but now all it did was make my dogs ill? Any help I will appreciate??
I purchased the Bison puppy formula at almost the same time and have had nothing but problems with gas, loose stool and diarrhea since. We had just finished one bag and had no problems so I never even thought of the dog food until the diarrhea wouldn’t stop. My 12 week old puppy has been eating white rice for two days and it still hasn’t cleared up. The vet has given us somethings to try but I am very discouraged and not sure what to feed him when he is feeling better. I know it will not be the 3/4 bag of Bison food we have today!!
Definitely contact the Veterinarian who handles the Quality Control at the plant. We’ve talked to not just TOWT Vets, but several (countless) others on these topics. All were more than happy to talk to us about the situation.
Been feeding my dog TOTW Bison & Venison dry food for a year now. The last bag we brought thru Amazon was totally different in color. The food use to be a dark brown color this bag is a lite tan. My girl has been on this new bag for about 3 weeks & I have notice she has wicked gas with bad breath. Although she has not had diarrhea or abnormal stools I am concern since the food has obviously been degraded. Why these companies keep downgrading there food is beyond my understanding. Does anyone know what dog food is safe anymore?
I don’t know if this site tells you, but I belong to a site that updates monthly because companies change their food recipes. It’s good to keep on top of these things. And sign up for recall notices too!
Amazon has a LOT of sellers, not all of them are reputable. Check the package date, it may be very old and out of date. If it is, contact Amazon, it can be returned.
I have been feeding my Husky Taste of the wild pacific stream for about 8 months. I give her less than it says on the bag and she is getting so fat. She was getting 2 cups a day and now I give her 1 3/4 cups. She loved this food and ate every piece I gave her up until yesterday she did not finish her food and today she did not finish it. This is very unusual for her she never reuses food. I am starting to worry. Has there been any recalls recently? I live in Canada.
I haven’t heard of any. Has she gotten into any trash? My landlord’s son has a huge dog which he has refused to train and he knocks over trashcans, my dog being the follower will eat trash if the other dogs are. If I have not discovered the trash first I will find out about it when my dog goes off feed. *sigh*
You may have gotten what we call “a bad bag.” The food is steamed for a very precise amount of time; one second off can spoil a bag. I’m worried more about your dog than the food. What’s gone on since? ANY chance the dog got something she should not have? Not necessarily food, either. A simple piece of linoleum or anything could be inside. Is your dog fixed?
I live in tasmania, Australia. My new puppy shcnauzer and old jack Russell have thrived from taste of the wild. My old dog was riddled with skin allergies , cost a fortune at the vet.I didn’t want to repeat that with my new pup , so changed to taste of the wild. No more allergies ,my year old puppy shcnauzer looks beautiful and healthy what more could i ask for
We’ve had our lab/shep mix on TOTW since we got her last May. Originally she was on the High Prarie puppy formula but we eventually switched her to Pacific Stream due to skin and coat issues. After a couple of weeks all of her symptoms went away, and she still loves this food. The rescue we got her from feeds it to all of their dogs, and almost all of our friends/foster contacts use it as well without issue. Our pup is now on pacific stream adult, her skin and coat are fantastic, and we’ve had no more itching/irritation since we switched to the fish based food (with added salmon oil). I highly recommend this product.
I 1st started using totw when we started fostering my in laws tat terrier. She has always had a terrible time keeping weight on. They put her on totw bison and she hasn’t had any problems. Now we feed totw puppy to our Catahoula leopard dog. She is growing like a weed and has a super soft coat. Totw is definitely a great feed choice. I’ve recommend it to many people.
When you change dog foods, ALWAYS make a very gradual change. Not doing so WILL give your dog stomach upset and diarrhea.
Now, how many owners caused their own problem?
I began feeding my Kelpie TotW over four years ago, he is healthy and has a beautiful soft coat.
I recently began caring for my daughter’s pit/lab, about three weeks ago. He came to me unruly, EXTREMELY HYPER, he stunk horribly even after I took him to the groomer for full service. He was driving my poor dog insane, and me as well. I was thinking I’d have to tell my daughter I just could not possibly care for her dog and she’d have to give him up as she has not found a home yet and is living with her father in his apartment. The dog was that much problem, and destructive as well. I decided to change his food, she and her husband were feeding him that really crappy Pedigree stuff and it’s loaded with grains, corn being the first ingredient and wheat the second, and beet pulp!!! I gradually began adding Taste of the Wild Bison to his meals, by the 3rd day he no longer smelled! By the 4th day he had calmed considerably! Today is the 6th day and he is a different dog altogether. When my son in law dropped off my granddaughter here on his way to work, he was shocked. No barking, no scratching at the door and trying to get out, no jumping all over him. He sat at my command. He decided right then and there that the cost was certainly worth it, and then surprised that it was not as expensive as he thought it was.
Our Aussie has been on taste of the wild for a few years now. He stopped eating his food about two months ago. switched foods and now he is diagnosed with failing kidneys. No tumours or reason found for his kidney failure. Probably just a coincidence, but just wanted to post this in case anyone else has the same problem..
My mini Schnauzer has been on Taste of Wild since he was a baby and he is about 2 1/2 now. I’m a little nervous because he has started having trouble with his bowels and blood ( new bag of food a couple weeks ago) Not feeling his usual zippy self. I thought I have been buying the best dog food I could for him and now I wonder? He’s been at the vet three days tomorrow as they are looking for the cause. I see where this company is a US company, but….is the food made here also? I can’t find an answer to this question. Knowing it is associated with Diamond, I’m wondering if a change in appropriate.
I fed Taste of the Wild for about a year. A foster dog arrived with a large bag and instructions from his vet to feed Taste of the Wild so I switched my dogs to accommodate feeding everyone the same. The dogs liked it (especially salmon flavor) and they were healthy and seemed to thrive so I stayed with the food after the foster was gone. Coming off Purina One this was a much better food choice and my first move into more premium foods. However, when I emailed the company to ask where they source ingredients they did not reply so I’d give the customer service low marks. I did eventually read that they include China in their food source locations. By then I’d been through some serious health with two dogs and had a much different perspective on pet food. I switched to Merrick, I Love and You, and Blue Buffalo and have been rotating all three for variety. My dogs love the meat chunks in some of the Merrick flavors best (immediately pick out the Chicken Wings and Thighs in Wingaling, Smothered Comfort and Gameday flavors) but I’d still include Taste of the Wild as a very good food. Just read about Whole Earth Farms on this site and may give that a try if it really is Merrick quality at a lower price.
Our Cavelier King Charles Spaniel came with the breeder’s recommendation of feeding the Bison and Venison Taste of the Wild puppy food. The first 6 months our puppy thrived and ate like a trooper. In January she started to be choosy and would to eat. We started cuting back on her food thinking she no longer needed so much “chow”. Slowly she ate less and less. We took her to the vet and he said to add a little .to the top, so we added a bit of chicken. She ate for a few weeks and then developed bloody diarrhea, vomitting and would not eat. After three different antibiotics, probiotics and numerous blood tests(her protein levels were extremely low) the vet wanted to do more extensive testing. I tried homemade food, rice and chicken and even baby chicken. The puppy still had stomach issues. Our other dog was eating Science Diet. She wanted her food and ate it. It is now a week later and her stool is ok, no vomitingand she seems fine. Could tOTW be responsible since she REFUSES to touch it????
In March I purchased 2 bags of food – one for our Golden Retriever and one for our puppy. We had nothing but issues with the puppy food – loose stool, vomitting, multiple trips, x-rays and antibiotics from the vet to only find a change in his food cleared everything up after 3 months. At the same time we changed the food for our 11 year old Golden and cat so the puppy wouldn’t get into it on accident and get sick. Once we changed the Golden food he has not had gas or the horrible breath that I never contributed to his food. When I contacted Taste of the Wild I was informed that in April of 2014 the probiotic ratio was changed but they didn’t get any particular complaints. I sent a sample of the food to the company because we didn’t want anyone else to have the same issues if it could be avoided. However, we have never heard anything after the sample was sent. We are waiting to receive a refund for the $50+ spent on those bags of food also.
I have been feeding my 12 year old wire fox terrier TOW High Prairie for about four years and he did very well until I purchased a new bag in May 2015. He has had two bad bouts of diarrhea, requiring medication and is on boiled rice and chicken at the moment My five year old wire fox took longer as to have issues I expect because she is younger and eats less per day but is also on meds for diarrhea and on rice and chicken. I contacted the company and they said they have not received any complaints, which I know isn’t true. Vet has seen several cases also. The formula has changed recently, they switched probiotics and I need to find another grainfree kibble for my dogs, suggestions?
I’ve been using TOTW high plains for about a month now. Tonight my border collie/heeler cross developed diarrhea and is acting “sad”. I know she isn’t feeling well because she’s usually a cuddle bug and right now she doesn’t show any interest in being close. I thought maybe she got into something but there isn’t anything accessible in the house and she stays on a leash outside with us. Nothing in her diet has changed, except she hasn’t gotten people food for a while. Her last owner gave it to her frequently.
We experienced the same issues while on the puppy food. Our pup has been on TOTW high praie since he was 2 months old. In April/May timeframe he experienced all the same symptoms. The diarrhea was the worst since it was out of control and he would lose his stool in his crate and all over the house. The vet ran numerous tests, two rounds of antibiotics, probiotics and anti diarrhea medicine and was not able to determine the cause. Ironically, we opened a new bag of TOTW at the same time this started to happen, and in the back of my head I wondered if the bag was bad. But since he had been on the food for months and did fine I didn’t believe it could be the food.
He is still on the food and will throw it up not digested and have loose stool on occasion.
Bottom line, after reading all the reviews we are going to make a change. It seems to be odd that so many people have experienced the same issues. The vet bills ran us $800 because of the undiagnosed symptoms. I can’t say it had to do with the food. It is an odd coincidence though. I certainly don’t want to risk it again on our boy.
i feed my lab/weimaraner this and he loves it. nothings wrong with him, always full of energy and looks forward to eating everyday and usually hes done in seconds. so far this is the only brand i trust but i plan on the raw diet in the future.
I am finding that there are a lot of people that feed totw food to their dogs and are having nail bed problems with their dogs, my dogs nails have become brittle and easily infected. What is causing this? The only thing the does have in common is this product
finally I see you have had similar problems than my maltese is also suffering from but just on his right front and back paws his nails are red at the nail bed what does this mean he also was limping and biting at them I have yet to take him to a vet since I have been trying to find out. can you or someone knowledgeable help please?
both my dogs (mixed breed) have been switched to totw from pedigree. Both liked it at first, and then started with loose stools and throwing up, my male will go outside and eat grass like a goat, the female does it to. the female has since developed a lipoma in her abdomine which I have been told cannot be removed because of the location ( we will have to put her down soon). My concern is that maybe the food is to high in protein and fats and triggered this thing to grow I am sad knowing I will lose her soon….
Kirby eats mainly homemade but gets a small amount of kibble in the morning when I leave for work. Taste of The Wild was at the top of our list until a recall several years ago. Kirby had seemed a bit lethargic compared to his usual energy level for a few weeks. Then the recall happened. I panicked since we didn’t have the original bag to check so his vet did a thorough exam including blood for testing. (I now keep the original bag until empty instead of storing in food containers) I would have to dig to find the results but can sum up he was on antibiotics for a few weeks. Both his vet and the vet school which did the testing felt it could be attributed to the dog kibble since nothing else was different. We feel fortunate for the recall because otherwise we would have continued feeding him the kibble unaware it was slowly making him sick.
This dog food is a NO for us as long as it’s manufactured by Diamond Foods which is a shame because it is such a good food.
NO NO NO!!!!!! Stay away from anything Diamond…dog or cat food. A few years ago I had four dogs get sick on one of their dog foods. I had three friends also feeding the same food and their dogs also got sick. I contacted Diamond and the vet basically kissed me off saying it couldn’t be their food; it had to be “environmental”
From that dau forward I vowed never to feed a Diamond food again based on the high number of recalls but they are so sneaky. Several of the foods are not labelled anywhere as orginating from Diamond.
As I write this, I sit beside a beloved cat that is dying from kidney failure. How do I know it is Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain cat food? We have several cats and four exhibited symtoms within days of a new bag. I returned the food and lot number to our pet food store who then contacted Diamond. I told him not to get his hopes up. Sure enough: the veterinarian came back with ” we have had no other complaints”. My store is ethical and pulled all of the bags and will not carry that brand again. He will also be watching out for Diamond Foods.
Please don’t believe Diamond’s self propoganda and fake reviews. Do your research and monitor your animals closely. Just because you pay more does not mean your pets are safe!
We fed taste of the wild (all formulas) to our dogs for a couple of years. Recently my German shepherd developed a skin condition that left her hairless. It was a yeast infection which we treated and treated and treated some more. All of my dogs including my puppy had been abnormally calm. As 3 of them are in their teens I chalked it up to age. They didn’t want to go outside, they slept all day, rarely played and were not eating enthusiastically anymore. This had been going on for about half a year. I happened upon a forum when researching cost effective grain free foods for my parents listing many problems with both TOTW and Diamond in recent months so on a whim I changed dog foods. After about 2 weeks I started noticing a change in their behavior. After a month I have dogs that are so exuberant I almost wish they would calm back down. :). My German Shepherd’s hair has grown almost completely back in. I know not every food is right for every dog but I have six dogs and with the same response from each dog I am left to wonder if something in the dog food was not healthy for them. At this time, I can not recommend this feed.
I feed all my dogs and my foster dogs on taste of the wild for over 10 years now and never had a problem, I feed them a different taste each month and they love it. Wouldn’t feed them anything else. I make sure they have their checkup’s and when they do have stomach problems I feed them honey water and it cures them in no time. When some of our foster puppies ended up with parvo I gave them the honey treatment every half hour and they got better in no time. But that put an end to our fostering dogs for some years. But we foster cats instead. I have to say my own dogs love it and they are so healthy even our 16 year old and she can still run rings around our younger dogs and cats.
My Labrador has had trouble defecating since I opened new 30 lb bag of Taste of the Wild, Salmon in May 2017. He stopped eating 2-3rd day into the new bag. I reported it today to the company. I saved bag for company data and batch testing. The company needs number data on back of bag to trace batch for testing. Company calling me back today or tomorrow with results. I need grain-free and never had a problem with TOTW salmon before but I do not trust this dog food brand any longer. Diamond company owns them and Diamond has been having problems/recalls for years. Sorry, but after 4 yrs of Taste of the Wild Salmon, I am leaving for a safe brand for my dog! Goodbye TOTW! And I hope and pray my dog’s condition is not chronic or terminal~!
Switched my babies, 2 dogs and 1 cat from raw to TOTW for 2 reasons, I could not afford the diversity of meat involved and with a serious spinal problem, I just could not stand to make the meals up. I chose TOTW after freading and comparing the upper crust of grain free foods, about the same as I was paying for raw and still rated excellent. This is my third month and they are thriving. First two weeks were rough, had to use pumpkin until dogs stomachs could handle the transition to kibble, but they are doing great now. I do worry about them eating dry food, I would like to switch them over to canned but not sure how much my food bill would go up at this point. If I do I will go with TOTW I trust the ingredients that much.
hello I am very confused about this product I have been feeding my dog this for a while and she recently became very sick I hear it is making dogs very sick with intestinal problems she is not eating has constant diarreha I am very upset about and feel that it should be recalled other dogs have also. the same thing my dog went from eating at leat one to cups a day to not eating at all.
I have 3 rescue dogs and Taste of The Wild food keeps them healthy, happy, energetic and playful. I have tried many brands, this one beats them all on all levels. I have to travel 20 miles to buy the food as it is sold at 1 store only; well worth the trip.