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.
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. However, we love recommending Chewy.com, as they have quick shipping and offer discounts for new customers.