Blue Buffalo Wilderness (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Blue Wilderness product line includes 13 dry dog foods, eleven claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance and two recipes for growth (Puppy).

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Blue Wilderness Senior
  • Blue Wilderness Small Breed
  • Blue Wilderness Healthy Weight
  • Blue Wilderness Adult Small Bite
  • Blue Wilderness Duck Recipe Adult
  • Blue Wilderness Large Breed Puppy
  • Blue Wilderness Salmon Recipe Adult
  • Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe Adult
  • Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe Puppy
  • Blue Wilderness Chicken Large Breed Adult
  • Blue Wilderness Large Breed Senior (4 stars)
  • Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe Adult Toy Breed
  • Blue Wilderness Salmon Large Breed Adult (4.5 stars)

Blue Wilderness Chicken Large Breed Adult was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Blue Wilderness Chicken Large Breed Adult

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 40% | Fat = 14% | Carbs = 38%

Ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, peas, tapioca starch, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), tomato pomace (source of lycopene), natural chicken flavor, dried egg, potatoes, flaxseed (source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids), alfalfa meal, potato starch, whole carrots, whole sweet potatoes, blueberries, cranberries, apples, blackberries, pomegranate, spinach, pumpkin, barley grass, dried parsley, dried kelp, taurine, Yucca schidigera extract, l-carnitine, l-lysine, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, turmeric, oil of rosemary, beta carotene, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), d-calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid (vitamin B9), vitamin B12 supplement, calcium ascorbate (source of vitamin C), vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, choline chloride, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, salt, caramel, potassium chloride, dried yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae), dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.8%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis36%13%NA
Dry Matter Basis40%14%38%
Calorie Weighted Basis36%31%33%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient is turkey meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The fourth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The seventh ingredient is tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

After the natural chicken flavor, we find dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The tenth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With five notable exceptions

First, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

Next, caramel is a natural coloring agent made by caramelizing carbohydrates. It’s used by pet food manufacturers to impart a golden brown tint to the finished product.

However, the concentrated version of this ingredient commonly known as caramel coloring has been more recently considered controversial and found to cause cancer in laboratory animals.1

In any case, even though caramel is considered safe by the FDA, we’re always disappointed to find any added coloring in a pet food.

That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?

In addition, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Blue Buffalo Wilderness Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 40%, a fat level of 14% and estimated carbohydrates of about 38%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 37% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 39% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 41%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, flaxseed and alfalfa meal in this recipe, and the pea protein contained in some other recipes, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Dog Food is a grain-free kibble using a significant amount of chicken and turkey meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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Notes and Updates

12/05/2014 Last Update

  • lucille heagy

    I’ve been feeding my rescue Eskie bb wilderness grain free for 3 months now. She’s not having no problems yet and eats it ad soon as I put in her dish. Her previous owner fed her kibbles n bits.
    Her coat looks beautiful And she has hard stools. I think each dog food affects each dog differdnly.

  • Anonymous

    ¿Fancy new TV commercial for BLUE products? The people who are in the commercial look like if they dont take care of their own health and what they eat. How Can they take care what their pets eat?

  • Debbie Jones

    I saw that episode too! Dude, I am a truckdriver, and the meat processing plants for HUMAN food is so gross, I almost want to become vegetarian. So, with that said, if human consumption plants are so gross, IMAGINE wtf they. Are putting in our DOGFOODS !! AND, worse yet, WTF is processing plants putting in our dog

  • Debbie Jones

    Do YOU or someone you know LOVE your PETS? if so, please read! Blue Wilderness aka Blue Buffalo, that fancy new TV commercial with the wolf. it is POISON!! We just bough two bags, luckily we found out very quickly that as with ALL dogfoods and cat

  • crossalchemist

    The Blue Buffalo website says the ingredients are all USA sourced from USDA approved facilities. The Internet Archive has copies of their website going back to 2010, all of which say the same thing. None of the Blue Buffalo ingredients come from China.

  • crossalchemist

    Blue Buffalo is rated very highly on every pet food website. The Blue Buffalo website says the ingredients are all USA sourced from USDA approved facilities. The Internet Archive has copies of their website going back to 2010, all of which say the same thing. What are you talking about?

  • theBCnut

    This has been reported on here before and someone even reported what area it must have been in based on road signs. I believe it was said that Purina has a plant in that area.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    What I meant by “I like the look of their foods” was that I like the ingredients, nutritional analysis, etc. I was not commenting on the food or packaging. Sorry if that was confusing!

  • Americanblood1

    I recently watched a show on Netflix about people who rescued broken down or stolen, repo’d trucks (Semis) and I on one episode I seen these guys locate a semi trucks refrigerated trailer that wasn’t running anymore Could have run out of fuel for the engine) but anyhow the contents was a full load of ground beef in huge boxes and when they opened the trucks rear doors the guys immediately began throwing up from the smell of rotten meat. (truck interior was in very warm climate in the US)
    Well here’s the kicker you may or may not enjoy learning,
    They do not get paid for the load unless the company that ordered the trucks content agrees to take it so they hooked up this trailer to their semis cab and brought it to the place that ordered it and low and behold they accepted it with no problems! Guess what? It was a pet food manufacture!
    If I would have seen a brand name I would be listing it here because I would have had proof with the episode I watched but they didn’t show who it was in the show but this is what some companies are putting into pet foods for our pets and it has me wondering if even the good ones do things like this?
    I hope this opens peoples eyes to what happens out there a little bit.

    The show is called “Big Rig Bounty Hunters”,
    Episode #7, Grand theft big rig.
    Its On Netflix streaming videos if anyone wants to see what I witnessed, quite shocking but a good show.

  • Americanblood1

    I just wanted to comment on the fact that if this “Blue Buffalo” pet food is rated very low because of it being made in China but then I see someone saying its now US made yet again but still causing problems for their pets.
    Why would any of us trust anything they sell if they were willing to switch to China to have it made even once? If one pet was lost to a dog food manufacturer I would never trust them again and thus will never ever buy this brand even once.
    We cannot even trust the different varieties they sell because I have seen first hand what they may or may not put in it.
    Hope others see the wisdom in what I am saying for your pets sake. Good luck folks & Furkids. Mike

    I will post a story of what pet food suppliers use to make their pet foods following this post.

  • Americanblood1

    The “look” of the foods we feed our pets isn’t important. What is very important is the ingredianets and if the dog likes it or not and does well on it.
    Many folks say things like this but to any animal they could care less what their food looks like so neither should we..

  • Ana

    The product says it is made in America but nothing about where the ingredients are sourced. Would anyone happen to know that information?

  • Oscar A

    I have a 3 mth Lab/German Shepherd mix. I adopted her and started feeding her BB wilderness for puppy and she love it’s. I have been feeding her now for 3 weeks and no negative responses from her. She is gaining proper weight and is full of energy.

  • Brenda Ramsdell

    EvaMarie, I just read your post if your still having trouble with diarrhea in your lab/pit mix google Dr. Harvey’s dog food. My sister had a wolf/chow mix that got pancreatitis at 3 yrs of age. Sis put her on Dr Harveys and supplemented with cooked chicken for more protein and she lived a long healthy life. She passed of cancer in Dec. 2014 at 13.5 years of age which as you probably know is old for our large breed dogs. P.S I recently switched to pure balance grain free Bison from Blue buffalo because of the high content of carmel coloring and mostly because my two German Shepard mixes like it better than the BB Wilderness puppy Chicken

  • Amanda Kabat

    I have a 40lb pit mix who has been eating BB Wilderness for almost her entire life. I tried a different holistic brand (I forget which one, it was many years ago) and Kegan refused to eat it unless I hand fed her. I was not about to do that every day for the rest of her life, then I found BB. I rotate through the Rocky Mountain Recipes; there is rabbit, trout, bison, wild boar, and red meat. I switch recipes with every new bag of food with no issues from my dog and she LOVES every recipe. She also has a perfect bill of health from the vet every time she goes. I have been super happy with this brand for about 6 years now.

    (As shown in the image below, she also gets a Bark Box every month because she’s a spoiled little brat ;))

  • theBCnut

    Not that I would feed BB, I won’t, but they are NOT made in China. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Try contacting them and ask for yourself.

  • linda555555

    Seriously from CHINA?? I’m FURIOUS I was hoping my dog just needed time to adjust to it she was having loose/diarrhea stools too. I’m disabled & fixed income but my dog is very important so I spend to get what I think is good, so disappointed, I wish I could afford to feed her organic raw meat etc. Thanks for warning us!! Oh I just read below u it’s made in the U.S. updated 2015, sadly it causes diarrhea so still need to change.

  • http://leftatthedoor.wordpress.com Liadan

    part or all corgi?

  • Gradysdad

    My 4 year old Golden Retriever began getting snooty about the last quarter of the bag of Blue Buffalo Salmon Recipe. Would not eat it, would rather go hungry, had diarhea and was vomiting. Tied chicken broth on it, still would not eat it. Got another grain free brand and everything cleared up within 2 days.
    This dog will NEVER eat china made Blue Buffalo again.

  • Amy Kim

    I had the same issue with my pup with this brand. Although not the large breed food. I fed him twice a day and gave him one pro biotic. All he had was either very soft poo or diarrhea. I live in the city and all I had was poo stains all over my front “yard” (concrete). It was horrible. Anyway, I actually switched to Science Diet puppy. Say what you will about the 3 star brand, but its firmed up his poo just enough so I can pick it up and hes not miserable from diarrhea. :) win win. lol He’s still just as happy if not more and he’s still healthy! Here he is 7 months. Good luck!

  • EvaMarie

    ty

  • EvaMarie

    Thank you everyone for your input. He is approximately 7 1/2 months old and I think I will try adding probiotics and feed only two times daily. Fingers crossed. :)

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Thanks! We’re actually not doing the training class because Lily didn’t do well with the other dogs there, but good memory!

  • Dori

    Dog Obsessed. They don’t care how much is gone or how much is left so long as you are letting them know that the food has not gone rancid or is spoiled, it’s just that it didn’t agree with your dog. They are delighted to have donations of food. Most of their food donations are from people like us with opened bags of food that did not agree with our dogs for one reason or the other. I’ve never met a shelter that turned down food opened or otherwise. So long as the food has not gone bad.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Thanks everyone! I guess it’s worth a shot. The city shelter around here isn’t usually that crowded, but if I explain that there is almost nothing gone from it and nothing wrong with the food then maybe they will take it.

  • Crazy4cats

    In addition to BC’s advice, here is a link to the new article on this review site that may help:

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-large-breed-puppy-food/

    Good luck and I also agree that it sounds like you may be over feeding.

  • theBCnut

    That’s not a good food for a large breed puppy. Do a search here and on the forum side on large breed puppy nutrition and you’ll find info on the issues with feeding large breed puppies. NutriSource Large Breed Puppy is a bland food with the right mineral levels for your pup. Try adding probiotics to his food for a while, too. It is possible that this is a food hypersensitivity or intolerance so be one the lookout for more symptoms. BTW, 6 cups a day sounds like too much food, and that alone could cause diarrhea.

  • theBCnut

    One of our local shelters will take anything, anytime. The other is picky about what they will take.

  • aquariangt

    I work with someone who is very involved with a rescue, so I give it to her. If she can’t use it for her fosters, she can find someone who can. @mjkf:disqus that’s what I would do, see if you know anyone (maybe in your training classes? I think you said you were starting a new one) that is involved or fosters personally, they are usually grateful for decent food since their budgets are limited. Though my friend that does it just buys what she needs anyway if it isn’t covered, heh

  • EvaMarie

    I adopted a 3 month old lab/pit mix. Definitely a large puppy. we now have him for three months. Not only did he misread the blue wilderness/puppy bag wrong and fed him only 2 cups daily, the fellow who had him adopted him from the rescue pound, he was keeping him in a large cage that we though was too small for him and when we took him home he was showing signs of awkwardness in walking and his hind quarters were much higher than his front legs. We noticed that he had diarrhea. We continued to feed him Blue Wilderness/ large breed puppy, and still…. Diarrhea. He never saw that cage again. So no stress. He became acclimated to his surroundings and our other four dogs. Upon taking him in and out of that cage, adjusting his feeding to 2 cups 3x daily. Still… Diarrhea We took him to the vet, meds, stool sample and still…… Diarrhea. He is parasite free per the vet. Any ideas?

  • DogFoodie

    Mine will from me, but only because they know me personally.

  • Dori

    Shelters do take open bags of dog food. A lot of people buy dog food that does not agree with their dog for a variety of reasons, not because the food is bad. Until I got everything figured out with Katie I was always at my local shelter with food that didn’t work out for her because of all her issues with different foods. The foods were all good, just not good for Katie. They loved to see me coming. They are always grateful for food donations. Shelters are stressed to the max with all the dogs they take in and depend on food donations as well as all their other needs. Beds, toys, cleaning supplies, etc.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Thanks! Will shelters/rescues take open bags of food? I wouldn’t expect them to but you never know…

  • Storm’s Mom

    I agree.. if they had higher meat content in their formulae, they would be like the ultimate dog food company! Because of the lack of meat, though, I’ve always felt the need to use canned toppers with Fromm, too ..which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, of course, but it bumps the price up even more (for me, at least). And, ultimately, I can find several other kibbles that already start with more meat, also recall-free, and at a similar or lower cost..so now that I’ve tried it a few times, I’ll pass Fromm by going forward unless/until they get more meat in those shiny bags! ;-) (which hopefully would become less shiny in the future..)

  • DogFoodie

    I keep a detailed list of what I have on hand ordered by expiration date for each dog. If I change my mind, I typically just give it away to a co-worker or donate it to a local shelter, rescue or food pantry for dogs. I’ve even dumped opened bags in the woods in the winter for wildlife or in specific area where a woman I met feeds feral cats.

    I’m donating about $140 worth of food today because I purchased it prior to realizing that one of my dogs cannot have flax. They’re both large bags and my Cavalier wouldn’t be able to eat much of it before it went bad, so I just pass it along. I personally have never asked for a credit or taken back opened food but, that’s just my preference.

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m with you. $2.60 per pound seems expensive to me too for a food that should have more meat! I know they are a very well liked brand. But, I could never afford to feed it to two big dogs.

  • Storm’s Mom

    prices, yes…formulae and packaging are usually the same :-) (and are in this case)

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Okay, thanks! I’m wondering whether or not I should ask for a credit for the Fromm. I guess it couldn’t hurt.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    DogFoodie pointed out that you’re in Canada, so the prices might be different.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I didn’t ask about the open bag. I gave the rest of it to my daughter.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Interesting.. nevver mind then :-) ..although I still wish they had more meat in their formulae and less shininess on their bags ;-)

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Ah okay, thanks. I especially love that they asked you to donate it. Did they also reimburse you for the open bag, or just the unopened one?

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I either return it to my pet store, or give it to my daughter. When i ordered Annamaet from Chewy i ordered two small bags to try. Well, it didn’t work for Molly at all. I kept the open bag but called them and told them it just wasn’t for my dog. Her coat was very dry on it. They told me to just donate the unopened bag and gave me a credit to get something else. They have very good customer service.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Do you return/send back the food if you decide not to use it? I have thought of doing this, but I am afraid of either not begin allowed to return it or forgetting about it and letting it expire. I would love know your strategy!

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Do you take/send it back if you decide not to? I have thought of doing that, but I’m afraid of either no being allowed to return it or forgetting about it and letting it expire.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Oh, okay. Thanks for clarifying!

  • DogFoodie

    Storm’s Mom is in Canada where the food she bugs typically cost quote a bit more than in the US.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    It doesn’t have anything to do with your experience. I do that all the time with dog food. I buy it and then it takes me a while to decide if im going to feed it or not, lol! I have so much of it hoarded already, lol.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    As soon as I replied I went to the “recent comments” page and your comment had appeared. Weird coincidence!

    Anyway, don’t let my experience scare you from this food. Every food is different for every dog.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Really? It’s $12.99 for a 5lb bag on Chewy, which is substantially cheaper than other brands. I like the look of their foods, but when I tried the Lamb and Lentil recipe with Lily she kept trying to eat weird things outside. I might try it again with a supplement, but I think it might just not be the food for her.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I like the fact that they are still a family owned company and no recalls. I did pick up a bag of the Lamb and Lentils. I’m still undecided now if im going to try it or not. I usually feed foods with a much high meat content.

  • Storm’s Mom

    A bit off topic, but I often wonder how much less expensive Fromm would be if it weren’t for the shiny bags. It’s among the most expensive brands available here. I wish they’d spend the money on putting more meat into their recipes rather than on the shiny bag. It’s one reason why I am very reluctant to use/recommend them ..even though, from a company standpoint, they tick a lot of the boxes I’m looking for.

  • DogFoodie

    Ah ha, that was the only one that I thought you could’ve been referring to. It’s actually grain free, so no rice. Glad it’s working for you!

  • Sally Schmitz

    Lamb and Lentil in a shiny bag.

  • DogFoodie

    Fromm doesn’t have a Lamb & Rice per se. To which food are you referring?

  • need coffee

    Thank you for directing me to the consumer affairs site! I read the many negative reviews and changed her food.

  • Sally Schmitz

    Check out Consumer Affairs there are several people talking about it. But, either way the recipe is totally different and the dogs won’t eat until there starving.
    My Daughter in Law found the information for me when I described what Angel was doing, she knew exactly what it was.

  • Dori

    If you find that it was simply a reaction to the Blue Buffalo food, then that is great! If you find that your dog has any food ingredient sensitivities or intolerances than I would suggest you not feed too much rice. Rice is an inflammatory as are white potatoes and tomatoes (all night shade plants) and will aggravate allergic conditions. Glad you found a food that your dog is doing well on.

  • need coffee

    I’m on their site right now and one of the FAQ asked:

    Are Blue Buffalo products manufactured in the U.S.?

    Yes, all Blue Buffalo products are manufactured in the United States.

    Site has been updated in 2015 so not certain where you heard it’s being made in China?

  • Sally Schmitz

    We switched her to Fromm Lamb and Rice and now she can’t wait to eat. Feeling much better, not itching or throwing up.
    Good luck!

  • Shelby

    What did you switch to we have a Husky? We are using Nutro and are trying to find a food.

  • Sally Schmitz

    I have a 1 year old white Siberian Husky and I was sold Blue Buffalo in Petsmart because it was supposed to be so good for her. I just found out they are making Blue Buffalo in China since December 2014. My dog has been getting sick since we started the last bag of Wilderness Blue Buffalo Bison. The bag had no large chunks of dog food just the little black bits that she didn’t eat. I took a picture and sent it to Blue Buffalo but haven’t heard anything. I switched her today and she actually ate her food right away. I’m praying the diarrhea, itching and throwing up will stop. I switched her to Fromm Lamb and Rice.
    I will not use this brand or recommend to anyone.

  • Bobby dog

    I love a rescue story and I am glad to be able to help!!! Come back if you have more questions, or post on the Large and Giant Breed puppy thread. There are several posters here with experience in this area!!!!

  • taeshell

    Thank you! Very useful information! I rescued him out of a abusive situation so now i want to make sure i take good care of him.

  • Cassandra Thorson

    I have my 4 doxies on Blue Wilderness Duck. I absolutely love this brand. One of my doxies is a blue and tan and completely bald. His skin is like velvet, where before he had dry skin. I also give them pumpkin 1x aweek to keep them regular. Will never switch to anything else.
    The only thing I wish is that they had coupons out there for their products. Never have seen any.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi taeshell:
    Large and giant breed puppies have special dietary needs. It is also recommended to avoid excessive physical activity during their growth stage. Here’s an article explaining their needs:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-large-breed-puppy-food/

    Here is a link to the large/giant breed puppy forum. Read the first 3 or 4 pages and the links to the articles in the second post of this thread for more info on large/giant breed puppy nutritional requirements:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/large-and-giant-breed-puppy-nutrition/

    Under the July 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm post from Hound Dog Mom there is a link to a Google document with a list of suggested foods: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/large-and-giant-breed-puppy-nutrition/page/15/
    You can also join the Dog Food Advisor Editor’s Choice for a more current list of recommended foods for large and giant breed puppies. Have fun with your puppy!

  • taeshell

    I also have a husky/chow mix puppy! I’m not sure what to feed him either. Any suggestions??

  • Beth Cuda

    I just recently slowly switched over to this brand. My dachshund mix
    Has recently started scratching alot. He has never done this before no fleas etc. So needless to say switching him back to Nutrisca, dog food.

  • Beryl Chen

    My 1 year old Husky is eating duck recipe and she has severe bad smell gas problems. I am trying to feed her some probiotics or plain yogurt to see if it will help. Should I switch to another brand? I am considering Fromm beef, which is lower in protein and fat.

  • Crazy4cats

    Ok, thanks. That is weird, isn’t it?

  • theBCnut

    Oh Lord, yes!!!

  • Dori

    I use my mac laptop and my iPad but the little cute figures and smileys only post on comments from iPad, not on the forums. Not sure why that is. They do post on forums if I’m on my Mac. The mysteries of disqus.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Lol. Isn’t it the truth? : )

  • theBCnut

    I actually thought you did pretty good. You just underestimated my ability to forget what I’m doing. :-)
    Sent from my iPod

  • Crazy4cats

    Yes, please. Do you use an iPad for your cute little figures and smileys? If yes, do they work on the forum? Mine disappear there.

  • Crazy4cats

    My bad! I should know better than try to quote the nut!

  • theBCnut

    NoNoNo!!! It’s just iThingy, that way I don’t have to remember if I’m on an iPad, iPod, iPhone, or any other future iThing, like an iWatch, or iCar.

  • theBCnut

    Well, it probably wouldn’t be fair to northern sheep to bring them down to FL anyways.

  • DogFoodie

    I thought of you the other day when I saw some rescue sheep that were available for adoption. : )

  • Dori

    Just saw your cry for help. lol. What can I do for you or do you not need my help anymore?

  • Dog_Obsessed

    OMG this is awesome. Thanks!

  • Crazy4cats

    Last update I did on my iPad (aka iPad thingy per our BCnut), a new smiley button showed up on keyboard. When I press it, a whole slew of smileys and other assorted characters show up to choose from. It doesn’t seem to work on the forum though and I’m not sure why. I think Dori is the pro. If you’re around, could you help me?

  • Dog_Obsessed

    This is totally off-topic, but how on earth do you make that smiley?

  • Crazy4cats

    Yikes

  • theBCnut

    I feed freeze dried too. Actually, that’s what I use for treats.

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  • theBCnut

    I totally get that. I have found that Micah has some interesting reactions to certain foods.
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  • theBCnut

    I just went and picked up a buck goat and a Ben doe. Next spring, I’m getting sheep. Micah will have plenty of good food to eat.
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  • Dog_Obsessed

    Thanks! I’m one of those “squeamish people.” I might consider commercial freeze-dried raw some day.

  • DogFoodie

    NVI LID is by far Sam’s best food, too. Since I took the last two weeks of the year off work, I’m going to try him on something different so I can keep a close eye on him. Poor guy continues to be my science project

  • DogFoodie

    Oh no, Nut! I’m so sorry! : (

  • theBCnut

    It’s rare that I feed canned. Micah may be going to all raw soon inspire of the squeamish people in my house that think they will die if they have to feed raw. So far, the only kibble I am 100% sure Micah does great on is Nature’s Variety Instinct LID. The other two dogs can eat almost anything. That I’m willing to allow them to eat, that is.
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  • Dog_Obsessed

    That does sound really annoying. I would actually be interested in what specific foods you feed. I think you have said that you feed kibble, canned, and raw interchangeably.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I know what you mean. Grain-free foods are great, but a food also doesn’t have to be grain-free to be good.

  • theBCnut

    It won’t hurt to try!!! Just don’t feed grains all the time or to the exclusion of other good healthy foods.
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  • theBCnut

    Yeah, but he’s also allergic to flax, tomato, and now possibly peas. I just took him off of a new food I was hoping he would be fine with because he is getting gunky ears. This food is lamb and peas. He does great on lamb, but he hasn’t had a food this heavy with peas before and it seems to be bothering him. Between flax, tomato, and peas, that eliminates almost all of the grain frees. Oh, and did I mention that he definitely reacts to chicken and eggs, and lately he has been reacting to either sardine or tripe. I don’t know which yet because I have been feeding one and then the next day the other. Now I have to get him cleared up from trying this new kibble before I can try the sardines or tripe to see which one he is reacting to. If it ain’t one thing, it’s another.
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  • DogFoodie

    I recently bought a food that contains none of Sam’s known triggers, but it does contain rice and barley. I have no reason to believe he has any issues with grains, but I’m having a real hard time convincing myself it won’t hurt to try.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I’m currently feeding her Nulo kibble, which is a fairly new food. It is available at my local chain, and pretty high-quality. Lily also loves their canned food. Here it is on Chewy: http://www.chewy.com/s/dog?query=nulo&dept=all

    As for the NVI, I had previously been wary of NV because of the recalls, but I looked at them in more detail last week and found that the only ones where actual bacteria was found was the raw foods, and with the kibble it had been possible foreign matter for one recall and strong oder for the other. Not good things, but in my mind not as bad as bacteria found in the food. Almost every company has recalls, and their food does seem good. I might try it. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Dog_Obsessed

    That sounds frustrating At least there are lots of good grain-free foods.

  • theBCnut

    Yeah, Micah has been on an elimination diet for 2 1/2 years now. He’s got a number of foods he’s reacting to and a couple that I thought he was OK with that he may be reacting to now. I haven’t truly tried every single grain, but I’ve done so many from aramanth to quinoa, no spelt is further down the alphabet, that I finally decided he just can’t have any grains. I have tried every single grain I could get my hands on and that includes some that are not really commercially available, and some that are not really grains. I just don’t feel like even trying anymore.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Have you tried NVI? Both of my girls do great on that. I have noticed they both have the softest coats on that food. The beef Natures Logic is next on my list to try. I have tried so many that just didn’t work out.
    We do have similar preferences! I watch your post as well to see what you are feeding. What kibble are you feeding Lily now?

  • Dog_Obsessed

    It’s funny, I’ve realized that we have similar preferences when it comes to dog food. We both feed kibble, canned, and THK, and we both feed some of the same kinds of wet food and kibble. I have come to try some of the things you mention you feed your dogs because I know we have similar preferences. :D

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Oh yeah, the one who’s allergic to all grains?

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Thanks! I’m going on vacation next week, so I don’t want to order it yet, but when we come back I will. I will probably order the beef formula, because we are trying to figure out if Lily has any food allergies (she has had mild allergy symptoms, might be environmental.) and we haven’t tried a beef kibble yet. The food that she was eating before we got her (Iams) was beef, so I wanted to give her a break for a few months.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    A lot of problems with Blue Buffalo. They use multiple co packers. I would change their food to another 4 or 5 star food. I just don’t trust them. If you do switch them make sure you do a slow transition if they aren’t used to switching foods.

  • theBCnut

    You can try adding digestive enzymes and probiotics for a couple weeks and see if the gas clears up, but I find it only fair to warn you that this food is getting a bad reputation for constantly having quality control issues.

  • Jeff Ruberg

    We have two dogs and recently switched to this brand (adult -wilderness) for the older dog who is starting to show signs of joint issues. Since making the switch we have noticed that the food gives the younger dog really bad gas and large stools. It is easiest for us to keep the dogs on the same food and we are unsure how to remedy our situation. Please help.

    Thank you.

  • Dori

    Not all dogs have issues with red meats. My three toy dogs have no issues whatsoever with red meats in their diets. I rotate their foods. I rotate within the brands of food I feed and also rotate with different brands.

  • Dori

    Nature’s Logic is the only kibble I have in rotation. All three dogs love it and do fabulous on it. The food is not strictly grain free because it contains millet which is a pseudo grain but, amazingly, it has no bad effects on my allergy girl, Katie, and as everyone knows at this point is allergic to most everything. She’s what started my foray into raw. Of course, I don’t buy any of the fowl formulas. We use the Sardine, Beef, and Venison formulas in rotation with all the raw foods I feed. If your dogs don’t have poultry allergies then you have even more choices with Nature’s Logic.

    Great choice, Dog Obsessed.

  • theBCnut

    Two of mine did great on it and really loved it. The other one didn’t even get to try it, darn allergies.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I have a few samples of it in my cabinet ready to try.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I’m thinking of trying Nature’s Logic kibble, it’s on my list to try. It’s not outrageously priced either.

  • Dori

    Nature’s Logic is a very reputable company. They don’t use anything sourced from China. No GMO and no synthetic vitamins or supplements. I trust this company implicit and as I may or may not have stated Nature’s Logic is the only kibble in my three dogs rotational feeding schedule. Their sardine oil is superior to most if not all others I have tried. I do supplement my 15 year old Maltese with glucosamin/chondroitin. She has some old age “arthritic” type symptoms and this has helped immensely. The other supplement I give Hannah is a type of Sam-E product. I actually use a product called Denamarin. Sam-E is marketed as a liver support medication (as is Denamarin) which I feel my 15 year old Maltese can benefit from but the primary reason that I use it is that it is an great anti-inflammatory which aids with musculosketal issues and liver support. Please remember that if you are using or are going to use any supplements like glucosamine/chondroitin and/or Denamarin or Sam-e it must be given either an hour before meals or two hours after meals. Do not give it in their meals. It has to be on an empty stomach and loses its efficacy if given with food. It’s a chewable and my dogs love it. I give the Denamarin to my other two 5 1/2 year old dogs to support their livers. 5 1/2 year old dogs are not considered seniors but nor are they puppies and I’m trying to get a jump on the end run. As to food, as long as you get an “All Life Stages” food you can feed both dogs the same. Seniors do not need a senior dog. They actually need a lot more protein than senior formulas would have you believe.

  • Jose N-Diana Saffiro

    Like I mentioned in a previous response, I didn’t think I’d get replies this fast and had just ordered the food after posting my first question, so I am feeding it to them since I think it’s better than the 3.5 star dog food I’ve been getting from Foster & Smith. I plan to look at the suggestions you and Dori gave and will be ordering differently next time. Thank you so much for the website too. It came up on a google search too and I was wondering about them. Again, THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!! :) You guys rock!!!

  • Jose N-Diana Saffiro

    Thank you so much Bryan for your suggestions. I would stay away from the red meats too! LOL! :)

  • Jose N-Diana Saffiro

    My dog is actually a gulper… so I will keep away from the chicken bones. Nature’s Logic Sardine Oil doesn’t seem too bad as far as price goes. I’m spending way more on the FlexPet supplement. So as far as you know this oil comes from a reputable source? Also, if I’m giving her that do you think that will be sufficient for her joints? A while back the doctor told me she needs knee surgery, but then this is the same doctor that never made recommendations for weight loss. I’m taking her to a Banfield Clinic ONLY because with all the bloodwork they do on her on a yearly basis to make sure her organs are functioning properly seems to be cheaper and doctor visits are free. I actually do have a second dog. A 4 yr old Yorkie, but he doesn’t have any issues. I figure whatever will be good for her will be good for him…and now that you’ve confirmed that the diet of a senior and adult dog doesn’t need to differ it’s even easier now. ( I was originally thinking to get same brand, but and “adult” formula and separate “senior” formula). I didn’t think I’d get responses this fast so I had already ordered this Blue Buffalo Grain Free Dog food (which they really like) BUT you are totally right about having to be careful in regards to the quality, especially with it being eventually bought out by a candy company. :-/ I will look into the other suggestions you gave me and see which works best with my budget. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the wonderful suggestions. You and Bryan have been of GREAT HELP…and have no idea how much I appreciate it. I love seeing my babies healthy and happy :)

  • Marie

    Would this be a good choice for a husky/chow puppy?
    The ingrediants seem great!

  • Dori

    I would suggest that you purchase Nature’s Logic Sardine Oil. Since you only have the one toy poodle the bottle will last for a very very very long time in the fridge. The sardine oil will not cause weight gain at all. Don’t forget your girl is small and will get smaller as she sheds more weight so all you need is a tiny squirt in one meal a day to do the trick. Don’t forget that Bryan’s dogs are large. First start off with just small amount to judge her poops for loose stools or diarrhea.

    As to Bryan’s suggestion of the chicken parts, my only suggestion would be that you need to know what type of a chewer your dog is. Is she a gulper? Does she chew her food nice and slowly? If she’s a gulper she may try to gulp very large pieces that her throat will not pass easily if at all and that could be a huge problem. I belong to another blog for raw feeders and there have been problems with dogs choking because they’ve tried to gulp huge pieces. If you’re going to feed her anything like that please stay with her while she’s eating it and until she’s finished with it completely. I don’t give any raw meaty bones to my dogs for that reason. They are gulpers, not chewers and my dogs are just too tiny.

  • Dori

    Hi Jose n Diana. As Bryan mentioned, Blue has through the years been an issue with digestion in some dogs. If you go back far enough and read more posts on Blue Buffalo you’ll see lots of complaints. People have called and emailed them and they do not reply. They have cheapened their brand and if all of that is not bad enough, the huge candy making conglomerate is getting ready to purchase them. Way to many issues to be feeding their food. They spend a lot of money on marketing as does Purina and Pedigree and Beneful which is why so many people see the food in the stores and recognize it and buy it. They need to spend less money on marketing and more money on the ingredients they put in their foods. They won’t and it will only get worse once they are bought by the large company. Typically those very large companies tend to lose control of any quality control in the plants. They will, no doubt, also start outsourcing their manufacturing to various companies further losing control of any quality they may have had. Those are my issues with BB.

    As for what I feed my dogs, I have a 15 year old Maltese that weighs 7.3 lbs., a 5 1/2 year old Maltipoo that weighs 6 lbs. and a 5 1/2 year old Yorkipoo that weighs 5 lbs. I feed them twice a day 1/4 cup in the a.m. and 1/4 cup in the p.m. I prefer to keep my dogs on the lean side as I feel it is much healthier for them all around. The foods I feed vary because I feed them rotationally. I feed mostly commercial raw diets. The ones I use and trust the most are Primal Raw Formulas, Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw, Answer’s Detailed Raw Foods, Nature’s Logic Raw, Vital Essentials Raw. I rotate between the brands and within each brand I rotate their different proteins. I don’t feed any poultry because one of my dogs is intolerant of anything fowl so to make it easier on myself they all eat exactly the same. As for kibble, the only kibble I feed is Nature’s Logic. I like them a lot and trust them completely. Nothing synthetic and no ingredients that I cannot identify. As for treats, I don’t feed any commercial treats. I give them little pieces of carrots, cucumber, broccoli, spinach, kale, different fruits like berries, apples, bananas. Whatever is in the fridge basically. They don’t get as much nutrition from the raw fruits and berries that they would if I blanched or steamed them but they do get some but since my reason for giving them is as treats and not as a nutritional ingredient in their diet it doesn’t concern me. They’re happy so I’m happy.

    Oh, I forgot to mention that I think that 1/4 cup twice a day for your girl is perfect. Eventually when she gets to the optimum weight you feel is her healthiest weight then you can start judging by feeling her body and most importantly her ribs to see if you need or want to adjust the amount you feed her by a tiny bit. She sounds like she was awfully heavy for a toy poodle. Also, please work on the treat issue. That’s a biggie in putting on the weight. Fruits and veggies (small little pieces) are a great way to go. Anyway, that’s the diet I use for them. One more thing. About twice a week or so I give them some sardines that are packed in water (grocery store is fine). The cans are small so I divide the one small can up between the three girls. That helps bring up the omega 3 (since most dog foods are heavy in omega 6) in their diet and is also great for their skin. I also keep in the fridge Nature’s Logic Sardine Oil once a day on the days they don’t get sardines I add a small squirt of it in their meal. Oils need to be kept refrigerated because they go rancid very quickly. Also you want to add it to their food just before you put it down for your dog to eat. Let me know if I can be of further help.

  • Bryan Ledford

    Blue isn’t terrible but they’re not very forthcoming about their manufacturing location and sourcing. They’ve also cheapened their grain-free diets lately. If it’s the best 5 star food you can buy then by all means. Caution of the Wilderness canned. It is so high in fat that I’d only feed it to a cancer pooch. If you live in Nowhere like I do you can use sites like Chewy.com My favorites are Farmina, Annamaet and Dr. Tim’s (great budget food). Nutrisca is likely a good choice for a dog with Thyroid related weight issues because it controls glucose levels better than pretty much any other kibble. Keeps them full longer. I’d go with their Salmon formula because it is low in ash content. I like Great Life and Pioneer Naturals too. All of the brands above use very high quality meats and are honest when you contact them with questions.

  • Bryan Ledford

    1 Tbsp of oil at breakfast. Another with dinner. She is 60 pounds so adjust accordingly. She’s senior and inactive and this has never caused weight gain. She eats the low end of suggested servings as well. I’m not sure about supplementing with other raw meats or their benefits. I’m sure they’re similar. I just can’t use red meats. Causes room-clearing gas with my lady. ;-)

  • Jose N-Diana Saffiro

    I’m giving her FlexPet for her joints and it seems to be helping. That’s seems like a good idea, but how much do you give her? You don’t think it would add to my dogs weight issue? I love your idea about chicken cartilage. She’d probably love that. Thanks for your suggestions:)

  • Jose N-Diana Saffiro

    Hi Dori. Thank you so much for your reply. My dog now weighs 11.8 down 3lbs since early summer. Ideally she should be between 9-11lbs. I was feeding her 1cup of dry dog food once a day and switched to feeding her 1/4 cup 2 times a day.. And I mix her dry food with an organic wet dog food I buy at whole foods (making sure the total is at about 1/4 cup per meal. You’re right about the snacks I do need to change that also. Thank you for that suggestion. Do you think that amount is good for her? I’m thinking if I go with the grain free I might be able to give her a little bit more. Do you have a suggestion for a dog food, maybe what you give your dogs? I am overwhelmed with the options and saw that the Buffalo brand had good reviews… So I figured it would be a good choice. If you don’t mind why would you not suggest it? Since my dog lost weight she’s been doing so much better and seems so much more playful and happy. I want to continue seeing this, so I really appreciate your help with any suggestions.:)