Taste of the Wild (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Taste of the Wild canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Taste of the Wild product line includes five grain-free canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for growth and maintenance.

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

  • Taste of the Wild Wetlands Formula
  • Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Formula
  • Taste of the Wild Sierra Mountain Formula
  • Taste of the Wild High Prairie Formula (3.5 stars)
  • Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon Formula (4.5 stars)

Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Formula

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 38% | Fat = 15% | Carbs = 40%

Ingredients: Salmon, fish broth, water, egg, peas, natural flavor, potato starch, calcium carbonate, sweet potatoes, potatoes, ocean fish, smoked salmon, guar gum, salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, potassium chloride, Yucca schidigera extract, dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, iron proteinate (a source of chelated iron), zinc proteinate (a source of chelated zinc), vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate (a source of chelated copper), manganese proteinate (a source of chelated manganese), riboflavin supplement, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis38%15%40%
Calorie Weighted Basis33%32%35%

The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Salmon is a fatty marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is fish broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common addition component in many canned products.

The third ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The fourth ingredient is egg. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The fifth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

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

After the natural flavor, we find potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

The eighth ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.

The ninth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

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.

Next we find ocean fish. This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.1

Unfortunately, the phrase “ocean fish” is vague and does little to adequately describe this ingredient. Since some fish are higher in omega-3 fats than others, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this item.

In any case, fish meat is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

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 two notable exceptions

First, chicory root is naturally rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

And lastly, this food 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.

Taste of the Wild Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Taste of the Wild canned dog food looks like an above-average wet 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 38%, a fat level of 15% and estimated carbohydrates of about 40%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 22%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 31% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas in this recipe, and the chickpeas contained in other recipes, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Taste of the Wild is a grain-free meat-based canned product using a moderate amount of various named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

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Other spellings: TOTW

Notes and Updates

12/10/2009 Original review
04/19/2014 Last Update

  1. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • William Hull

    try a different taste of the wild. Our Great Pyrenees couldn’t have the duck but could eat the salmon for some reason

  • M Doty

    We started our bullmastiff/german shep mix on TOTW (bison) dry, and she loved it. However, her stools were really loose. I was hoping by the end of the first bag of food that I would see improvement, but did not. I switched her to Victor, and she hates it. It’s almost 9:30 pm and she has not eaten any of what I gave her this morning. Looks like the poop is better, though. Thoughts?

  • Shar24

    Anyone have any feedback on the quality of TOTW canned food? I know that a lot of people here avoid feeding TOTW dry because its produced by Diamond, and I have learned that Diamond only produces dry food, but what about the canned? My cats seem to really love it.

  • Kim Isom

    My friends dog had major digestive problems on this brand…consisting of some constipation mixed with bouts of bloody mucusy stool…. So please pay attention to the possibility of side affects.

  • Lisa D

    I have been feeding TOTW dry food to my dog and since adding another dog to my family I have started to use the canned food as well. The only problem that I have noticed is that the dog who has been on the food much longer is very “gassy”. I read up on it and have been adding plain yogurt. It seems to help but may be to soon to tell. Has anybody else experienced this with TOTW? Also, both of my dogs love the food and I am feeding it to them according to their ideal weight and the calories in the food. So far no change in weigh (both are a bit over weight, but not obese). But I agree that my dog who has been eating it longer has a wonderful soft shiny coat.

  • Charles

    They lie and cheat and mistreat

  • Charles

    Mmiikkee doesnt have the training for what he is claiming

  • Fdccvv

    Shaawwnaa is rude with her old dude

  • Darci1990

    I used to feed this to my dogs, and it’s great food! Their coats were shiny and soft. One of my chihuahuas had bad tear stains, and after a few months they were gone! My dogs didn’t shed as badly either. I highly recommend this food. Love TOTW :)

  • Annie

    My 3 bostons absolutely hate this food. I thought they would like it since they like duck and turkey but I was wrong. They turn their nose up at it.

  • Susan

    Ok lets try this. Here is my initial question to them:

    “Hi Can you please tell me what you use for “natural flavorings” in your canned food. I was told it is MSG. Thanks”

    Then I realized I forgot to ask them about the potato, so then I wrote this:

    “Also is there a reason why potato is listed in the canned food ingredients? Potato is a member of the nightshade family and is toxic to dogs.”

    That’s when they responded with the above mentioned quote.

    Then this is what I said to their response mentioned in this post.

    ” Thank you. I did not know what the Malliard Reaction was so I googled it and discovered it is a carcinogenic substance. See http://sciencegeist.net/the-maillard-reaction/. In addition, many dog food nutritionist are against using cooked potato in dog food simply because a green potato is also full off toxins. The green in a potato does not go away when cooked. Therefore, potato is not a good ingredient. I do feed this dog food. I’m not sure if I will continue with the dry, but the canned is very good and I also like the fact that it has no carrageenan in it like 60-70% of other canned dog foods. I just wish your dry foods were as good of quality as your canned.”
    They have not yet responded. TOTW has 26,000 followers on Facebook.
    I am a little irritated that they would think that I think they use raw potatoes in their food, when I never suggested that they do. However, raw or cooked, I know that they are an unfavorable ingredient. I’ve known this for a while.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Hi Susan
    It is just fine if you postpone posting their response until after you have figured out what your opinions are about how they replied to you. Usually when people post replies they post the inquiry too, so everyone will know what was actually asked. And then add comments about the reply and they can be anything from “I’m not sure how I feel about this.” to “What do you guys think?” to “I agree with…, but not with…” That way, since we can’t see your face and we don’t know that you aren’t 12 or 90 or anything else, we will know that there is more to come and not to take it at face value. That doesn’t mean we won’t give you our opinions, because we are an opinionated bunch.

  • Susan

    This is an FYI post only as to what TOTW’s response was to my questions. I apologize for not commenting further on it. It was not a satisfying response because I already know that potatoes are not a good ingredient in dog foods as per a book I just read by Dr. Barbara Royal. I did however feel that their response was very condescending in that maybe they thought I was referring to raw potatoes when asking about that ingredient. I thought that an odd remark about raw potatoes. With regard to the Maillard response this was the first I have ever heard of it and was able to google it later to see exactly what that was.

    I have responded to this respond and will cut and paste it here as soon as they respond. Again, its for informational purposes only as to what they say. If I don’t comment on it, doesn’t mean that I agree with what they say, just that I have no comment at that moment.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Susan

    Had the same thing happen at my house. One of my dogs refused to eat the dry TOTW that I was mixing with Fresh Pet Select Beef Loaf formula. I ended up having to put the dry food in his kong ball to eat it and pretending like the Fresh Pet was a treat. Naturally I got tired of doing this at dinner time. They should be able to eat on their own. So I went and got some canned TOTW and mixed it with the dry and stopped buying the Fresh Pet. They devoured it within 10 minutes and were looking for more. I was so happy, I started buying the canned food and mixing with the dry a couple of months ago. They actually get more of the canned than the dry.
    These are dogs that have NO health issues and when we adopted them they were eating Pedegree and Purina Complete. I switched them right away as they had poor coat quality and itchy dry skin from the garbage food they were subjected to eating all their lives.
    Very happy with TOTW canned and NO carrageenan :)

  • Susan

    I posted this over on the TOTW dry food section too. Yesterday I was told by some of the regular posters on this site that this food has MSG that is “hidden” in the natural flavor. This was alarming to me so I asked TOTW on Facebook and also about potatoes (not the sweet potatoes) Here is what they had to say:

    Thank you for the questions Susan. The natural flavors in the canned food are not MSG. TOTW uses a process called the Maillard Reaction. The type of amino acids used in this process determines the resulting flavor. If you have further questions about this, please contact our customer service team at 800-977-8797. Raw potatoes can be problematic for dogs, just as they are to humans. Fully cooked potatoes are a nutritionally packed ingredient, which is why we choose to use fully-cooked potatoes in our formulas

  • K

    I don’t think so. Usually it’s recommended for cats because their body does not tell them to drink enough water. Because cats are hypercarnivores, a lot of water is obtained through a diet of nearly only meat. Dogs, like most carnivores actually eat a lot of other things such as fruits, insects, etc. Their bodies tell them they are thirsty and they drink water. Wet foods are great for cats because of the amount of water they contain since they don’t always drink enough to be healthy. Dogs do not have this issue as far as I’m aware.

  • Megan

    My cat is fed taste of the wild dry food, but 2-3 times a week I give him TOTW wet food to keep him healthy and hydrated. Is there a benefit for doing this for dogs too?

  • InkedMarie

    Terry,  
        since, like many of us, your dog loves Darwins, why not get it and feed it to her once a day or every couple days? That way, she still gets the benefit of a great food but can still keep the weight on with NutriSource

  • Usbm60

    Terry, Iam in TN at my sons home and looking for,of course 5 star canned foods for my terrier who has cancer and on meds. Her blood count was as of last week 28 % which is lots better then the 20% she was a month ago. I found the TOTH wild in duck grain free but its only 4 star and the things that are in it are not that healthy, except there where 2 things in there that I thought made up for other stuff and that it went into their system faster which I thought was good. If you hear of a better TOTW food and know anyone who has a terrier with the blood cancer,anemia,let me know OK? Dixie is 9 yrs old and the love of my life, I got her from the pound 81/2 yrs ago and just can’t live without her. Her dr said he may have to remove her spleen. I don’t know how I will do this. Anyway, thanks for writting what you found out on TOTW.                                                                        Brenda

  • Terry

    Not sure if this will be read bye the poster or anyone else but had the same issue with my GSD and she was just being fuzzy. Tried Darwins and it is great looking food and she loved it. Problem was she lost a ton of weight in the two weeks I had her on it. Was feeding her 1 1/2 pounds a day which was more than they recommended but she is active. She blew her coat out after the first week and it has never been as bad as this time. Tried to get her back on TOTW but she would not eat that. Store owner gave me a bag of Nutrisource grain free and she has been on it for over a month and is always diving into the bowl before I put it down. Have to make her sit and wait cause she has knocked it out of my hands before. My thoughts are it is a great food and thought you might want to try.

    Hope this gets to you and hope they are doing awesome now!!!!

  • William68057

    My dogs love this food! They wont eat anyother food

  • Maxmabi777

     Thanks, Michele. No, that is not something I plan to do. And for an update, my male dog has had diarreha and soft runny stools since January, when I tried switching him to TOTW. I have thrown away more brands of dry and wet food than I care to count, trying to find something he would eat AND that was healthy for him. There was NOTHING wrong with him prior to switching, I was just looking for a “better” food. I have spent around $1500 on tests and am now looking at a possible colonoscopy for IBD. As of yesterday, he is on Hill’s prescription formula and antibiotics for elevated white count and abnormal liver functions. IF ONLY I could roll the clock back 5 months!!!

    I have finally gotten the female to eat Canidae Platinum canned food on a regular basis, with some success.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michele.tiana Michele Tiana

    Have you thought about feeding your dogs raw food? I use Natures Variety and my dogs gobble it up. I feel very good about this high quality food. One of my dogs had many health issues and since changing her diet to NV raw food she has no more allergies or skin issues. Other health issues have diminished.

  • Mary Lou

    LOL ~ I do not like liver!  I had to laugh at your description of the crunch, crunch, crunch.  Went to the movies with my granddaughter the other day.  Her mama gave her some popcorn, and I hear this cute little crunch, crunch, crunch.  If it had been anyone else, it would have driven me nuts.  Looking forward to Dupree’s crunching.  ; )

    Ok ~ so I went shopping ~ I always go overboard.  I bought detox, immune system, and stress/calming.  Hey ~ I got free shipping.  ; )

    I will have to check out the goat milk later.  Gotta run.  Have a great day!

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    They smell fabulous! (if you like liver). And they sound cute when they eat it… crunch, crunch, crunch…like chips.

    I just started adding a little goat milk to their food since I need some moisture in there for their powdered supplements (besides canned foods)

    http://www.answerspetfood.com/additional.html

  • Mary Lou

    Sandy ~ just saw this while checking out the lower fat foods, and came here.  Thanks so much for this.  I was going to order them, and then held off wondering how many were really in the bag.  I will order them now.  : )

  • Mike P

    Thank you Sandy!!Looks like quite a bit per bag.I will be ordering the detox/immune as well.I hope Jubilee does’t mind sharing with me because they look very yummy.Reminds me of deer jerky.Thanks for the photo…It looks like someone took a bite out of the chip in the bottom right corner lol…

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Opened a fresh bag and counted just for you!  About 60 pieces.  They’re flat and crunchy like chips and smell absolutely like liver. The bags says 300 mg in 5 chips but I think you only need 100 mg/day for 5 days after HW meds.  Did you see the “Safe Heart” dosing for HW? 

    http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/Products/ApprovedAnimalDrugProducts/FOIADrugSummaries/ucm054862.htm

    I have the Immune and Detox ones.  Bought the 3-pack since it’s cheaper.

  • Mike P

    Hey Sandy the Becker Bites are very interesting especially the detox treats after heartworm meds.Which ones have you tried and how many treats are in one bag?I went to her website and listened to her video’s but no info on how many per bag.I would hope you get quite a bit for average 20 bucks per bag…

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    I like meat treats – dehydrated, freeze dried.  You can also make your own jerky.  Sometimes I even use the freeze dried foods as treats, just break them into a small piece. Stella & Chewy’s, Bravo, Instinct, Fresh is Best, Dr Becker Bites (liver treats). My second choice would be dehydrated sweet potato like Sams Yams but not too often. Occasionally they get a piece of fruit. My dogs will even accept kibble as a treat. And then there’s raw chicken wings or roasted duck feet, marrow bones.

  • maxmabi

    Hey, what are some good healthy treats to feed our dogs? I have invested so much time in trying to get their diets upgraded that I have overlooked their treats.
    Thanks for any suggestions.

  • maxmabi

    Hello, I’m bAAACK!
    I have been posting on the TOTW Dry Forum as I have been having food issues and digestive problems with my Cocker Spaniels, Max & Mabi, for the past couple of months. This week, Max decided to go on a “hunger strike”. He stopped eating TOTW last week after eating it for two months. We had taken him for ultra sounds and blood work to make sure he didn’t have anything going on health wise. As far as we can tell he is as healthy as any 9 1/2 year old should be. The vet did tell me to get some more fiber in his diet, and recommended Science Diet HD, which I refused to give him. I have tried 6 different dry dog foods this week (cheap and expensive) and he has refused to even taste 4 of them, and will not eat anything I have put down. Obviously, I am trying to mix with his normal food, but he has just stopped eating. (He would eat chicken from my plate though), so he was just being stubborn. Then his step-sister, Mabi, stopped eating her food (EVO)!! I think they got together and conspired against me!!!

    Anyway, today I went to the pet store (NOT a box store) and talked with the owner. She said her “mature” dogs had stopped eating dry food and she had switched them to canned. I gave them canned TOTW Pacific Stream tonight and they gobbled it up. (1 can between the two of them). I have their dry food down, but doubt it will be touched.

    I am anxious to see how it goes through the night and how their bodies react to the switch. I just hope I have found something healthy they will eat and will digest properly.

    Keeping my fingers crossed!!!

  • Jane

    Have you tried giving you dog a probiotic. Sounds like the poor thing has some digestive issues. Use the one marked 10billion. and figure the dose by weight.

  • Janie

    I have 2 Shih Tzu’s and a Shih Poo and normally feed them Blue Buffalo Wilderness topped with Blue Stew or the wilderness canned but when visiting the pet store I seen Taste of the wild was cheaper so bought a few cans..that was a waste of money..My youngest Shih Tzu Dusty who is fixing to turn 1 year old is the only one that would eat it . Jack the 3 year old Shih Tzu and Sara the 2 year old Shih Poo said thanks but no thanks..they would not eat it but as soon as I replaced it with the Blue Buffalo canned they ate ..Taste of the wild might be cheaper in price but I would rather pay a little more and have my dogs eat the 5 star canned food instead ..

  • wendy

    I rescued a stray mini australian shepherd ten days ago who showed up in my driveway. (I think he picked the house with the fattest cat.) I have had him to the vet. He is a senior dog and surprisingly healthy considering he was half his recommended body weight. TOTW was recommended by my local pet store due to its high protein content. I have been feeding him the canned food. He loves it and has gained 6 pounds already. Unfortunately, he has diarrhea and smelly farts (likely due to the drastic diet change). But he is in full control of his bowel movements. There have been no accidents in the house and he seems very happy in his new home with his new food. TOTW rocks!

  • Mike P

    Going to buy TOTW 2morro as part of a rotation . would you consider a rotation for your dane ??

  • Amanda

    I have a 7 month old Great Dane. We have had lots of issues with food. No matter what food we tried he always had soft stools and recently started getting really itchy red skin. We were already feeding a food that was no corn, wheat or soy but I decided to try a completely grain free food. I bought some TOTW Pacific Stream dry food. He absolutely loves it. Within a week his skin is almost healed and his stool is the firmest its ever been. I will never feed another food besides TOTW!

  • Terry

    Both my 6 month old lab and 4.5 year old blue heeler love TOTW canned foods. Of course, puppy loves any food, but the older girl is a very picky eater and this is one brand she’ll always dive into with pleasure and it doesn’t seem to make either of them ill at all.

  • http://www.healthytidbitsforpets.blogspot.com Kathy P

    I started feeding my Border Collie TOTW last summer. He had skin problems for years, even though he was on another high-quality grain free food. He has always been a picky eater. I would have to add extras to get him to eat dog food. But, he loves TOTW! I feed him canned and dry. I add vegetables sometimes to his food, because he loves them. Thanks TOTW, his skin has completely cleared up.

  • Meagan

    Just mixed a few tablespoons of wetlands with my dogs dry food today. She is loving it!

  • Mike P

    It’s chunky . but easy to mush up . You might want to try Fromm canned , it’s really soft .

  • teri

    is the texture of the canned foods chunky or purée? my older dog will only eat food she can lick or lap. Thank you.

  • D

    smoked salmon or anything smoked is carcinogenic and can cause cancer because of nitrates, heat etc.

  • Tonya

    TOTW is my favorite dog food. my dogs have done extremely well on it. they go nutz for the cans.

  • Wendie

    One of my girls had a problem with itching, as well as a loose stool so my vet switched us over to a prescription dog food that is expensive. In looking around and reading reviews I decided to try TOTW canned. Well not only does she love the salmon, it has made her produce a better, firmer stool as well as a smaller amount. I have started mixing TOTW with the food the rescue people suggested for my rescue dog with the same results. A firmer, smaller stool. She also loved it. She ate the TOTW first without blinking an eye and licked the area clean before even looking at her old food.

  • Tommy

    I have two schnauzers, both rescues. One from a puppy mill and one from a family surrender. They are both appox. 3 years old. They love this food! I feed them a mix of dry and wet together, three parts wet and one part dry. I did have to slowly transfer them over to TOTW. We did have some upset stomach issues at first, but that quickly passed. Im sure this is a great choice of food!

  • Melissa

    Erin-

    Just saw your question about ticks-I have never heard nor experienced that ticks prefer one food souce over another. I live in a part of NY where we have mucho ticks. The dirty little things will bite us all equally if we happen upon them, hence why the animals are protected with topicals. I have taken the occassional tick off my pet goats as well, and they do not eat any fish-

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Thanks, Erika.

  • Erika

    TOTW both the canned and the dry has been a great food change for my two dogs. Thanks to your website for introducing this brand to me. I was looking for a good grain free food to see if it would help my spaniel’s constant itching and it really did. Neither of my dogs have any kind of upset stomach issues or anything like that. I also noticed they both seem to be more active and their coats shinier. I will continue with this food for as long as they are still enjoying eating it.
    Your site is great! Thanks for sharing all your research with us. I have referred all my canine loving friends here as well.

  • shane fon

    totw is probably the best dog food on the market for any dog whoever dog is getting sick is either feeding to much or is pulling a total switch a rooue on the dog with no transition of mixing the old with the new. thanks and have a great year!!! may all days be happy and all your dogs be happier!!
    peace! love! and dogs!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Erin… An excellent question. But unfortunately, one for which I don’t have an answer.

  • erin

    Can feeding foods with more fish to your dog be something that might repel a tick?

    Just wondering why ticks prefer dogs over cats.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Jonathan… Actually, you got it pretty close. Except after checking with TOTW, the as fed ash content is reported to be 1.9%. Dividing that by 20% moisture, we get 9.5% ash (a bit on the high side of average). Thanks for your computation and explanation. You were spot on.

  • Jonathan

    All that typing for nothing!! :-P

  • Jonathan

    Oh, you just explained it AS I was posting. okay!

  • Jonathan

    okay, I’ll do the work for you, Angela… :-) Here is the Guaranteed Analysis…

    Crude Protein 7.5% Minimum
    Crude Fat 3.0% Minimum
    Crude Fiber 1.0% Maximum
    Moisture 80.0% Maximum

    So you start with 100%. To get the dry matter, remove the moister… what is left is dry matter, which is 20%. Everything after that is just easy math. 7.5 (the as-feed protein) divided by 20 (the total amount of dry matter) = .375 X 100= 37.5%. So then, Do the same for the fat. 3/20=.15X100=15%. Add the dry-matter fat to the dry matter protein, and what you have left is the ash and carb content. 37.5%+15%=52.5 then 100%-52.5%=47.5. They didn’t list the ash on their site, but it’s probably around 7% meaning the carb content is about 40.5%.

    Which is actually still higher then what the company told you… 4.3% would be 21.5% dry matter. If they are not including the fiber, then that would be 26.5%, but that’s still much lower than the above math would figure.

    Mike? What did I do wrong? Or is Diamond fudging?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Angela… It’s easy to see why this can be confusing. The carbohydrate number you received from the manufacturer is based on an “as fed” consumer basis (in other words, with water still included). We follow the food industry standard and more accurate method known as dry matter basis. Dry matter basis is the nutrient content expressed after removing all the water (which happens to be 80% in the case of TOTW Pacific Stream canned formula). Using the standard dry matter formula to compute the unreported carbohydrate content, we get 40% carbs (on a dry matter basis).

    I’m somewhat skeptical of the accuracy of the carbohydrate number reported to you by TOTW. That’s because being percentages, they must by simple mathematics add up to about 100%.

    Here’s the formula for “as fed” basis…

    Protein (7.5%) + Fat (3.0%) + Carbs (4.3%) + Ash (1.9%) + Water (80%) = 96.7%

    Notice this figure does not total 100% but falls shy by 3.3% (which converts to a carbohydrate shortfall of about 16.5% on a dry matter basis)

    After removing all the water from the 4.3% “as fed” carb content mentioned in TOTW’s email to you, that number would be 21.5% carbohydrates (dry matter). Using TOTW’s Guaranteed Analysis obtained from their own product label, our computation of 39.5% dry matter carbohydrate appears to be accurate.

    That’s a difference between the two of about 18%).

    There are only two possible explanations for this discrepancy…

    1. TOTW has understated the amount of protein and fat reported in this recipe. This is quite possible as these numbers are actually company-provided guaranteed minimums.

    2. TOTW has understated the carbohydrate content in its letter to you. In any case, with 80% water, 4.3% “as fed” carbohydrates converts to 21.5% carbs on a dry matter basis.

    With that understanding, unless the company is willing to increase its reported protein and fat percentages in its analysis, we have no choice but to stick with our estimate here.

    In any case, TOTW canned is still a great dog food. Thanks for sharing this email from TOTW. Hope this helps explain our figures and the carb difference.

  • Jonathan

    That is not the dry matter carb content. That is 4.3 percent of a can of food that is 78% water. You have to do the dry-matter math to see what percentages each ingredient makes up. here is the link… http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/dry-matter-basis/

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kings-Mountain-NC/Dogtails-Grooming/271106351497 Angela

    Please see the email regarding the carb cont. Why is Dog food advisor and the Pam from Diamond pet food saying some totally different as far as the carbs??

    Thanks..
    Angela
    —–Original Message—–
    From: Pam Libbert
    Sent: Friday, November 26, 2010 10:02 AM
    To: Angela Shatzer
    Subject: RE: * Taste of the Wild Info Request: General feedback, other

    Hi Angela,

    The carbohydrate content for the canned formula on an as-fed basis is
    4.3% for the Pacific Stream Canine formula.

    Pam Libbert
    Customer Service Representative

  • Jamie Atkinson

    In regards to the problems that the first few dogs had, I wonder if they looked at the recommendation about gradually changing the animals diet. You can’t go from the normal garbage that dogs are fed to something that is rich in the nutrients they need. The change has to be gradual or you will have a very sick dog for awhile. I have been changing my dogs over for the past 7 days and haven’t had any problems with any of them, and I have 5 dogs.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Lori… I’m not aware of any recent changes to TOTW. But if you suspect recipe changes have occurred, contact Diamond Pet customer service for a confirmation. Hope this helps.

  • Lori Gorham

    Just wondering if taste of the wild canned dog food has recently changed. It looks very different lately than what it used to and my pug turns her nose up at it occasionally when she used to love it??
    thanks

  • Stephanie

    I have been feeding Taste of the Wild both dry and canned varieties to my German Shorthaired Pointer for almost a year now and she loves it and does wonderful with it. She had a real problem with itching and flaking skin and upset stomachs. Once I moved her to this grain free food, those problems have disappeared. So, I would say that the problems the other people experienced were individual to the dogs with the food and not an overall example of the quality or results of this food! Maxine loves it and as long as she is happy and healthy, them I am a happy camper!

  • Julie

    I tried feeding Taste of the Wild High Prairie Formula dry and my dog will not eat it. I tried Taste of the Wild High Prairie Formula “Canned” and he ate ut. But, OMG it is 4:37am in Atlanta Georgia and I am up for the forth time with my dog and diarrhea. I am just going to have to keep in on strictly RAW as it is the only thing that does not upset his system. I wanted convenience and hoped TotW would be it. I know diamond pet hat a recent recall. I am wondering now if TofW was affected also and not removed from the shelf.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Paul… Sorry to hear about your experience. Of course, no dog food can possibly be appropriate for every animal. As the only reviewer here, I’m not able to “test” each of the hundreds of products we cover.

    Our star ratings are based upon only two parameters… (1) the quality of their ingredients and (2) an estimate of their probable meat content.

    After re-visiting these TOTW and checking it against our two criteria, we still give the product the same star rating.

    Thanks for sharing your comments. In addition to our review, your experience may help others make a better decision regarding TOTW… for sharing stories is the real purpose of our blog.

  • Paul Hovey

    The canned High Prairie made our 14 mos. old Boston Terrier terribly ill. Caused vomiting and diarrhea. Gave the remaining cans to the neighbour’s dog (24 mos. old Lab.) who experienced the same difficulties. Perhaps you should take a second look at your recommendations.