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Taste of the Wild Dog Food

Updated on January 1, 2014

Taste of the Wild is One of the Best Dog Food Brands

Taste of the Wild Natural Dog Food is one of the best brands that you can feed your pet. It is a grain-free all life stages formula that contains natural protein sources such as fish, wild game and poultry. It can be fed to pregnant or nursing mothers, puppies and elderly dogs alike. Taste of the Wild promotes regulated growth, strong bones, solid muscles and healthy joint development.

Taste of the Wild was my family's first choice of food for our Rottweiler puppy, Liberty.

Taste of the Wild Pet Food

Why Feed Premium?

The Best for your Dog

Most "grocery store brands" of dog food include "filler," usually corn. Not only does this cut down on the protein that your dog consumes, but corn isn't easily digested by many animals and is, in fact, a serious allergen. Corn can cause problems with a dog's coat, and if your dog is experiencing skin allergies, this could very well be the cause of them.

Generally speaking, premium dog food brands do not include corn or other grains as "fillers." Instead, they focus on the nutrients that your dog needs in his diet. They are more nutritionally complete and generally promote reasonable growth in your puppy as well as supporting a long, healthy life for your dog.

Switching to a premium food should allow you to see changes almost immediately in the quality of your dog's coat, teeth and musculature. You may even notice a change in personality as your dog regains his youthful vigor!

However, the best benefit that I have observed is that feeding premium foods, such as Taste of the Wild, generally costs the same or less than feeding grocery store food brands.

Premium Dog Foods Cost Less?

They might!

Because I didn't know any better, historically I have fed my dogs store brand foods. Early on a vet instructed my husband and me that the store brand foods were no different than other (grocery store brand) foods. In reality, they aren't any different than any other food that you can obtain at Kroger, or Walmart, or any other grocery store. The only difference between a store brand food and a grocery store brand food (such as Pedigree or Iams) is the cost. So why pay more, if you are going to get the same quality food?

I thought that I was saving money. In fact, I was shocked to read that feeding raw food to a dog might cost less than buying dog food. I did more research, compared the cost, and then took the plunge.

Here is what I discovered: My pets eat significantly less of the premium brand than they do of the grocery store brand. In some cases, the grocery store brands (such as Purina) have a comparable cost to the premium brands. However, my dog must consume much more of the store brand in order to become "full."

I am paying roughly $10 more a month on both dog and cat food for my pets than I was on the store brand foods, and yet they are significantly healthier. Isn't that $10 a month worth the added cost, particularly with it adds up to lower vet bills?

(I am going to need to get to the store to write down actually prices and weights since the store brand foods do not give me cost online. I will edit this later with that information).

What About You? - Dog Food Poll

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If you aren't sure whether or not you feed a premium dog food, let me put it to you this way: If you can find it at Walmart or your local grocery store, it probably isn't a premium food. Premium foods are usually found only at pet stores or feed stores. However, just because you can't buy it at Walmart doesn't mean it's Premium! For example, Science Diet is not a recommended dog food brand!

Please use the poll comments to tell what brand of dog food you feed your dog, and why. This will help others to choose the best dog food for their dog!

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Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine - Venison and Bison

When we first got Libby, she was on Eukanuba large breed puppy food. Eukanuba is an example of the fact that just because a food is expensive does not mean that it is a premium dog food. In this case, the puppy food includes grain and a higher percentage of protein than what I would prefer for my dog. In looking for a solution, we first decided to put our dog either on an adult dog food or on an all life stages dog food. Research led me to a choice between Taste of the Wild or Blue Buffalo. We tried Taste of the Wild first, since it is a "better" brand. High Prairie was the first food we tried, since my husband and I are both fans of wild game. She tolerated the food very well initially.

Taste of the Wild High Prairie is recommended.

Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison and Venison
Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison and Venison

High Prairie canine formula, like all Taste of the Wild dog and cat foods, is grain-free and high in natural proteins. In the case of High Prairie, the food contains venison and bison as the protein sources, an unusual combination for your dog. Libby tolerated this food very well and seemed to enjoy the taste.

High Prairie can often be found at a lower cost than other Taste of the Wild blends.

 

Taste of the Wild Wetlands Canine - Duck and Chicken

When we ran out of dog food and I needed to make a quick run to the feed store, High Prairie was unavailable. Without thinking about the ingredients, I snagged a five pound bag of Wetlands formula, which includes duck and chicken. I wasn't expecting much of a problem, because I wasn't thinking about the peculiar properties of duck, including the fact that it is a very high fat content food.

Immediately Libby got diarrhea. I chalked it up to the change in food. I had just enough of the High Prairie left over to appropriately blend the food she was going from with the food she was going to but she still became quite ill on the Wetlands formula. I asked out vet what the problem could be, and she said that it was the fat content in the duck. So we went back to the High Prairie.

(Long story, but the diarrhea didn't stop due to a reaction to the vaccines Libby had gotten at the vet. She is no longer on High Prairie but I do recommend it!)

Taste of the Wild Wetlands is not recommended.

Taste of the Wild, Wetlands Canine Formula with Roasted Fowl
Taste of the Wild, Wetlands Canine Formula with Roasted Fowl

Taste of the Wild Wetlands is a grain-free, high-protein dog food for your pet. It contains duck and chicken proteins as well as vegetables to keep your dog healthy.

Duck is the first ingredient in the Wetlands formula, however, and because duck is a very high fat (read: greasy) meat, your dog may not do well on this food. Duck may cause your dog to have stomach upsets due to the high fat content and you should observe your dog carefully while he is on this food.

 

Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Canine - Salmon and Ocean Fish

We have not yet tried the Pacific Stream formula, but we plan on adding it into Libby's rotation along with the Blue Buffalo blend that she is currently eating. I have no experience at all with dogs on fish blends, and will be interested to try it. I will update here when she has tried this blend so that I can share my experiences.

I have not tried this food and therefore cannot recommend it.

Taste of the Wild, Pacific Stream Canine Formula with Smoked Salmon
Taste of the Wild, Pacific Stream Canine Formula with Smoked Salmon

As with all Taste of the Wild blends, Pacific Stream is a grain-free, high-protein dog food. Reviews of the food suggest that this is still a high-fat blend, so be warned that your dog may experience stomach upsets such as what Libby experienced with the Wetlands formula.

As with the Wetlands formula, I recommend keeping an eye on your dog's digestive system while feeding this food. Stomach upsets should be avoided and make sure that your dog has plenty of water to drink!

 

Taste of the Wild Sierra Mountain Canine - Lamb

We have not tried the Taste of the Wild Sierra mountain, though we did consider trying it when Libby's stomach was so upset. This food is difficult to find in stores and is expensive when you can get it.

It is a given that we will be trying this food as I have always had good luck with lamb-based formulas in the past.

I have not tried this food and therefore cannot recommend it.

Taste of the Wild, Sierra Mountain Canine Formula with Roasted Lamb
Taste of the Wild, Sierra Mountain Canine Formula with Roasted Lamb

Sierra Mountain Taste of the Wild Dog food is a grain-free, high-protein blend for your dog's health. This blend can be difficult to find in pet stores and even online.

Unlike many lamb-based foods, there is no rice in Taste of the Wild Sierra Mountain, since this is a grain-free food. If your dog likes lamb, it might be worth it to try to find this food. I had to dig through on Amazon to get to it even there!

 

What I Love about Taste of the Wild

A few things!

  • The Price: Generally speaking, Taste of the Wild is the least expensive premium brand of dog food (depending on where you get it).
  • Number of Flavors: There are four different flavors of Taste of the Wild!
  • Dry and Canned: Taste of the Wild comes in both dry and canned varieties so that dogs who have difficulty with dry dog food can have the canned variety instead. Canned is not generally recommended, however (see below).
  • All-Life-Stages Formulas: Taste of the Wild dog food is an all life stages food, which means that there is no fuss over switching your dog from a puppy blend to an adult blend. This food is suitable for all stages, including pregnant and nursing females.

Natural Flavors = Glutamate

MSG in your Dog Food

There has been a lot of talk lately about Glutamate in Taste of the Wild pet foods. Where you see "natural flavor" in the ingredients list, this is referring to glutamate, which may be bad for your dog. There is also a question of the amount of salt that is now being added to Taste of the Wild.

Now i don't know much about glutamate, and to my knowledge Taste of the Wild has not addressed this issue with any of the Dog Forums members who have e-mailed their concerns to the company. However, the salt addition has been made because of the increased sodium requirements in pregnant and nursing females. Sodium is a natural mineral that is a required nutrient.

if glutamate is a concern for you, don't feed Taste of the Wild. The ingredients lists on Amazon aren't showing "natural flavors." Check your bag when it is delivered.

Taste of the Wild Canned Food - Not Recommended (see description)

Recently my dog came up with a lot of dander. The pet store recommended adding some oil to her food, but I decided to ask the vet about this before I did it. The vet said that she could not recommending adding oil to dry food, or feeding wet food in order to improve the dander situation. She instructed us that the dog is on a skin shed cycle and that she is shedding the "bad" skin from her Eukanuba days. The timing for this is spot on, so I believe the vet to be correct.

The reason that she didn't like the idea of us adding oil to the food or feeding canned is that it is inclined to give a dog digestive upsets such as what we are already experiencing. If you do choose to feed canned or to mix canned and dry foods, please watch your dog for diarrhea or other problems.

I would like to keep this guest book on the topic of Taste of the Wild Dog Food if possible. Angels, by all means, leave your blessings here so that I can know if you blessed this lens, but otherwise it is most helpful to me and my visitors if the guest book stays on topic. Let me know what you think of Taste of the Wild Dog food.

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What is Your Experience with Taste of the Wild? - Please share so that others can know!

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      MyHealthyDog 3 years ago

      Great Lens! Thanks for sharing! I definitely agree that paying $10 more a month on both dog and cat food is worth it, if you get lower vet bills! That's something people don't take into considerations! Just wanted to point out that homemade dog recipes is third option to RAW and buying premium food...There's a lot of information online, such as dietfordogs.net.

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      MyHealthyDog 3 years ago

      Wow, surprised to learn that commercial dog food is actually more expensive..

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      IDoAlterations 4 years ago

      I spent two years in China with my dog so I was forced to feed him Pedigree (as opposed to some mystery Chinese brand). Every time I wanted him to eat, I had to point at his food bowl and say "Eat your food", then stand there and stare at him until he begrudgingly obliged. I've now switched him to TOTW Sierra Mountain with roasted lamb and he actually eats it without me telling him to! And he poops a heck of a lot more regularly too. That, I am very pleased with.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Flavor (natural)

      Natural ingredient that is applied to the outside of the kibble to enhance the flavor and acceptance of the dry pet food. Can be from vegetable or chicken sources. (It does not contain MSG.) Examples are parsley or other herbs and hydrolyzed proteins (processed so the average molecular weight of the protein is too small to be detected by the immune system which helps avoid adverse reactions in allergic pets. There is no intact protein from the chicken.) ---Just in case anyone was concerned about the natural flavors in the ingredients. I checked out their website.

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      Everyday-Miracles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Nothing like a breeder recommendation. This is a GOOD food. Thanks for commenting! (:

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I raise Havanese dogs and feed Taste of the Wild dog food to all of them. Their coats are soft and healthy. I like the variety of formulas to choose from. My dogs get very excited when it is time to eat! socutehavanese.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 6 yr old Boxer male. He has always been very tired & sluggish & sheds like there ain't no tomorrow. He's ate regular dog food his whole life & I recently bought him his first bag of totw-bison & venison....after about 3 wks I noticed him playing & wanting to run everywhere. I'm amazed!!! I'd recommend it!

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      Everyday-Miracles 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Our dogs will no longer eat anything else at this point. They absolutely love the Taste of the Wild and you really do save money over most national brands. It's an inexpensive premium grain-free product that the dogs really love!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      About a month ago I switched from blue mountain to Taste of the wild my German Shepherd Domechec has had a lot more energy and her bowls are more firm. She doesn't have the bad breath and her shedding isn't so bad. I just love this product.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      I don't have a dog but always wonder why some brands are so much pricier than others. I guess I got my answer now.

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      JonTempleton 5 years ago

      We love taste of the wild! Recently wrote an entire lens to the 2012 Taste of the Wild products!

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      Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

      @anonymous: The difference is amazing, Susie. I love this food. We're back on it and feeding the Sierra Mountain, so I can finally review it. Libby *loves* the Sierra Mountain flavor!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You make a great point here that just can't be argued. Your dogs eat less of the premium food, so it is a cost savings compared to lower cost and inferior brand. It kind of reminds me of human food, the junk doesn't satisfy and leaves you wanting more. Nicely done.