Taste of the Wild (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★½

Taste of the Wild Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Taste of the Wild product line includes nine dry dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon [A]
  • Taste of the Wild Pine Forest (4 stars) [A]
  • Taste of the Wild Sierra Mountain (4 stars) [A]
  • Taste of the Wild Wetlands Formula (5 stars) [M]
  • Taste of the Wild High Prairie Formula (5 stars) [M]
  • Taste of the Wild Appalachian Valley Small Breed [M]
  • Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Formula (4 stars) [M]
  • Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy Formula (4 stars) [A]
  • Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Puppy Formula (4 stars) [A]

Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 32% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 43%

Ingredients: Beef, peas, garbanzo beans, lamb meal, canola oil, egg product, wild boar, ocean fish meal, pea flour, brewers yeast, tomato pomace, flaxseed, natural flavor, salmon oil (a source of DHA), salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, Yucca schidigera extract, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus reuteri fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis29%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis32%17%43%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%35%37%
Protein = 28% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 37%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef 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 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 third ingredient lists garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (pulse) family of vegetables.

Garbanzos contain about 22% protein, something which must be considered when evaluating the total protein reported in this food.

The fourth ingredient is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.

The fifth ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

The sixth ingredient is egg product, an unspecified (wet or dry?) form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The seventh ingredient is boar, an animal closely related to wild pig. Although it is a quality item, raw boar 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 eighth ingredient is ocean fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

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.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The ninth ingredient is pea flour, a powder made from roasted yellow peas. Pea flour contains as much as 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

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, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, we find 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.

In addition, 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, chicory root is 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 Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Taste of the Wild 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 32%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 43%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 42% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea products, garbanzo beans, brewers yeast and flaxseed in this recipe, and the potato protein contained in other recipes, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Taste of the Wild is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly 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.

Taste of the Wild Recall History

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Notes and Updates

10/19/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Chris

    Well I bought mine on chewy and they gave me a quick refund, I asked them to make a note of my issue too in case they need to ask for a recall. I should call TOTW too. I’m still using the Victor salmon and sweet potato but I top it with either Primal Frozen Rabbit nuggets or one of the ziwipeak cans. I’m still trying out other dry foods to rotate. Canidae was a good one, thanks for the reminder!

  • Emilie Rhodes

    I had a problem with the yellow bag with 4 out of my 6 dogs. I did contact the company, who told me nothing had changed and that the rampant skin infections/ear infections/and loose poop was something that they were passing around. This really upset me because I am very vigilant about ensuring they get the best vet care, and the vet said something in their lives changed, and a new bag of food was all that changed in my house. I threw it away, got the refund from the company and switched to Orijen. 🙁

  • Sydney

    Do some research yourself.

  • Sydney

    Lol i honestly don’t care what you think.

  • Carol F

    You have a confrontational way of “telling” everyone what they should be doing, which makes one not want to listen to you. Maybe you should try being informational instead of judgy. People are here because they are trying to do their best for their pets. Maybe you should lighten up.

  • Susan

    Hi this also happened with my Patch Feb/Mar, I put him on his Metronidazole (Flagyl) for 10 days & his poos firmed up again someone said TOTW changed their probiotics ?? I don’t know if this is true or old information… I emailed TOTW they emailed back within 24hrs & wanted the Batch nb & expiry date, so get the kibble bag, pen & paper & I needed a magnified glass cause part of the batch nb was very hard to see, I emailed all the details back & 2 different vets must of gotten my email, I did ask a few questions about trying the Southwest Canyon formula 1 vet said no it has 4 different proteins in that formula & cause Patch has IBD I’m better off feeding kibbles with just 1 protein, then the other vet wrote my batch nb’s was tested before leaving their plant time day etc & everything was good, then he wrote all these readings from my batch of kibble, then he wrote even thought the kibble bags left their TOTW plant OK while the kibble hags are in transit environmental factors like heat can play a big part also storage where the kibble is stored at the warehouse waiting to be sold, my boy was eating the Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb, I don’t have the use by date, but I’m pretty sure it was January 2018, I’m curious what is your use by date?? I ended buying the Canidae Pure Wild boar kibble it has limited ingredients & has the sweet potatoes, potatoes & peas like the TOTW Roasted Lamb formula has & he’s doing really good again.. I did buy a smaller bag of TOTW Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb last week & feed the TOTW for breakfast & feed the Canidae Pure Wild for dinner Patch normally does real well on his TOTW with his IBD the smaller bag has a different use by date & he’s OK on this new batch….so I don’t know what went wrong…Stop feeding this bag of TOTW & return or contact the online pet store you probably wont need to send the bag back, I just had to take a photo of bag of kibble to show it wasn’t empty & there was about 1/2 a bag left & money was be refunded…but I live Australia things might be different.. Try “Canidae” Life Stages, All life Stages formula, Canidae make the real big 20kg-44lbs bags at a good price….

  • Gineen Magiera

    Hi Jessica. Our dogs had been on TOTW for about a year and did really well. We moved in December and after a couple of months all dogs developed loose, mucousy stools. The dog food was the only thing we could narrow it down..We had 2/3 tested for parasites and it came up negative. We also noticed the kibble color had changed. It (Bison and Venison formula) used to be all dark and now we noticed it has both dark and light colored kibble. Vet has put my female on Flagyl and was didn’t feed any of them any kibble for a couple of nights. We re-introduced TOTW and the diarrhea and mucousy stool has returned. We more or less have determined it must be the kibble. I have emailed TOTW to ask, but don’t expect to get an honest answer.

  • Dogoslave

    I just transitioned my Dogo A off of Orijen Adult and onto TOTW Wetlands. My boy has a tendency to lose interest in his kibble over time, no matter what brand or flavor. Everything seems to be going well with the switch, no skin allergy or stool issues after 45 days. I always supplement each meal with a couple of tablespoons of ground beef warmed up in a few ounces of natural chicken stock. I’m hoping he continues liking TOTW because it’s much less expensive than Orijen. I think if I always stay with a quality 5 star kibble, make gradual transitions between brands and supplement each meal with some “tasty goodies” I’ll be able to keep his meals interesting.

  • Susan

    I buy the TOTW Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb & Patch was doing really well on his TOTW, its his go to kibble when his IBD starts to play up, I bought a new 6kg TOTW Roasted Lamb bag March & then Patch started doing real sloppy poos & doing really smelly farts, he went down hill, I saw his vet, I needed a prescription filled out for the chemist (it’s Cheaper), vet said it’s March & his allergies are always really bad this time of the year, his immune system is probably in over drive causing an IBD flare????
    I just seen this post & photo, my use buy date was the same as yours “07 Jan 2018”, on the kibble bag but before I saw this post I had contacted TOTW they asked for batch nb & use by date & checked the tested batches that had been tested at their plant when the kibble was packed & ready to leave.. TOTW said everything was OK with that batch of kibble, they were tested & left the plant all OK, but due to environmental factors heat, humidity, where bags of kibbles are stored in warehouses, anything can happen thru transit & we did have a very hot Summer in Australia… But now I’ve seen this photo & the use by date it’s making me think it is the kibble causing Patch to have a flare, I just looked & the Pine Forest formula it also has the Lamb meal like the Sierra Mountain, I wonder if it’s the Lamb Meal something is wrong?? I started to feed Canidae 3 weeks ago & poos are all excellent again then 2 days ago I gave some of the TOTW kibble again & Patch is doing sloppy poos again so it is the TOTW kibble I’ve thrown out the kibblle bag for a refund.. 🙁

  • Ernest Muraoka

    The Iams Naturals Chicken & Barley is bit cheaper, the 12.5 lb bag is 17.00 at Target and DodFood Advisor gives it a 4 star rating which isn’t bad. The Chicken and Peas is a 3.5 star rating. I get that when the Chick and Barley version is out of stock. They don’t put corn in the ingredients and no chicken by parts either. http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1f5c13425ec87cc831ad77ac19b078b052e2e94493b2c68c54ddb00f15f2fea0.jpg

  • Susan

    Hi what is the price of the IAMS Natural Chicken & Barley kibble? can’t you buy the TOTW instead of the IAMS? TOTW would have better ingredients & quality then the IAMS kibble has & the TOTW is grain Free… When I rescued my boy 4 yrs ago he was put on the Eukanuba Intestinal vet diet for his IBD but his skin & paws were so red & itchy, I wish my vet told me about TOTW Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb formula, it took me 9months to realize it was the Eukanuba Intestinal (Corn/maize & chicken) making Patch itchy, smelly & have red paws… he can’t eat chicken & corn…
    Go onto facebook look up “Rodney Habib” he’s doing research about Cancer & “Why aren’t our dogs living longer like they did years ago” they have proven by adding fresh foods to a dogs kibble meal can reduce the chances of them getting cancer…. Years ago why our pets lived longer we fed our dogs more human foods, left overs etc & we didn’t have all these kibbles like today.. it’s a good video to watch..

  • Ernest Muraoka

    I feed my Lab mix Iams Naturals Chicken & Barley twice a day and for a snack at night, I load up his Kong with TOTW Pacific Stream or Prairie and cover the hole with a couple Zukes Hip Action treats. He gets his Kong snack with TOTW twice a night and loves it. Never had any digestive issues. I cant afford a big bag of TOTW for his twice a day meals but I can afford the 5lb bags. He’s a therapy dog so I try my best to keep him eating good.

  • Chris

    Here’s the sticker on the back for the most recent bad http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/263a078dd5d1b4067d7dd5a3bee3c02fa3d68bea612fd3f0ca32c2ff1ab4fda2.jpg bag. Didn’t think to get it for the previous one though.

  • Chris

    Same here, Jessica! After 6 months of feeding my dogs the Pine Forest flavor with success, suddenly they’re both sick. I posted down below 5 months ago – my dogs are not blood related and have a different set of food allergies each. Except for some extra water drinking and their stool adjusting in the beginning, this was a great food and one of the few they could eat because it has no chicken/white potato/grains. So things were going fine and then I got a new bag about a month ago and both dogs got diarrhea that persisted. Luckily I have another food on rotation (Victor Salmon and sweet potato) so I just switched back to that and it cleared up. I called Chewy and got the bad bag replaced with a new one, same flavor. Diarrhea came right back. Put them back on the Victor, cleared up.

    As Susan said, this usually happens when you don’t rotate or the dog develops an allergy. But, in my case, I do rotate and it’s not likely that my two unrelated dogs would get sensitive at the exact same time at the start of a new bag. I think there might be a legit problem. I hope they fix it because I don’t have a lot of options where I can just quit the brand.

    Anyway, glad I saw everyone’s recommendation about Victor Salmon, that’s working out well.

  • Susan

    Hi, which TOTW formula was it & have you contacted TOTW & told them this & given them the bags batch nb & use by date? normally the kibble company will ask you to return the bag & give you a refund…
    Sometimes when you feed the same kibble for too long the dog can get food sensitivities to an ingredient. I make sure I rotate between a few different brands & they have different proteins, this way if there’s something wrong with a kibble your dog isn’t eating the same batch for too long to cause any long term health problems, when the bag of kibble is nilly finished your start introducing another brand then when that brand is nilly finished you start either the same brand as before or start introducing another brand, this way your dog will start to get a stronger immune system & stomach….pick a few brands she does really well on & rotate between them….
    My boy has IBD when I first got him he would get diarrhea, vomiting, red paws, itchy skin, bum surfing on carpet etc , after I worked out what he cant eat, chicken, corn, maize, barley, oats, beet pulp & boiled rice he needed lower fat & lower protein kibbles with limited ingredients he started to do heaps better…maybe the fat or protein was becoming tooo high that why I ask which TOTW formula was it?
    Have a look at Zignature, Kanagroo formula, a lot of dogs do really well on Zignature & Canidae Pure formulas they both have limited ingredients…

  • CoolSpring Labradors

    I am using the High Prairie and Wetlands 32/18, I just mixed both bags and no problems at all. Sweet Potato or Potato’s when cooked, are not a grain but a root vegetable and are a source of fiber and starch si9nce it high performance “in the field” food. I have had zero problems with this or their puppy foods, we also use Eukanuba Performance too 30/20 and for all these Lab Champions they look superb. I know this is the place for a zillion opinions, so I just put my own experience over the years…wonder if it was a transition problem…my exp and production codes show a best by date 11/17…..sorry to hear that your dogs were ill…every dog has its day and every dog is different…it just that certain dogs or breeds do well with certain foods.

  • Jessica Cavaliere

    I have a 1 yr old shepherd mix, she’s been on this food since I adopted her (about 9 months ago) and was doing well with the food, but since purchasing a new bag in 2017 which made her sick. After eating she would throw up a few minutes after, wouldn’t drink and was totally out of it. We narrowed it down to the food after taking her to the vet who gave her different food to settle her stomach, and after re-introducing TOTW got sick again. We really loved this brand because we thought it was very high quality, something must have changed in the formula or had a really bad batch judging by the amount of negative reviews I’ve seen. Either way, definitely switching brands and staying far away from TOTW, there should absolutely be a recall for the amount of dogs getting sick from this food. Very disappointing.

  • Sydney

    Nature’s Logic has many different ingredients due to it excluding the synthetic vitamin pack. In order to get all of the essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids, different proteins, fruits veggies etc. must be used to complete the diet. Read up on synthetic vitamins, in my opinion if you don’t have an “allergy” dog, this is the better option. Millet is a seasonal grass seed, therefore there are rarely reactions to this ingredient. Although classified as a grain, it is a seed which means it does not perform as a grain. Millet is almost sugar free, metabolizes alkaline, and is biologically appropriate. Last time I checked a cat or dog wouldn’t be eating a bird with a potato in it’s stomach, but millet. Synthetic vitamins are dangerous, AAFCO states that dogs only need 36 vitamins and minerals to maintain health, and cats 42. There are thousands in just a carrot. Read up on whole food nutrition versus synthetic vitamins, it’s very eye opening.

  • Holly Hill

    Zignature dog food is potato and chicken free I have been feeding the kangaroo formula for the last couple of days and I am fairly impressed with the size of my dog’s poop and her attitude to it

  • Arq

    Hi all, looking for a new dry food for an OES – semi-rescue, was 7-months old when he joined the family, initially came to us newly moved to a diet of RC osteo digestive and strongly recommended by vet to stick with it due to sensitive stomach issues (although she would prefer fully natural home-prepped meals if we can find a trustworthy nutritionist to help us balance the diet). To a degree this seemed accurate and advice seemed effective (stools were very soft and often runny initially, started to firm up over a period of several months, moving to alternative dry food when I couldn’t source RC created all sorts of stomach issues). I’m keen to move brands due to various reasons and, having only recently found a source for it, am considering TOTW high prairie after strong recommendations from a friend, positive (overall) online reviews, etc.

    However, came across this recently which made me wonder if something has changed for the worse in its production:


    Anyone know if I should be especially wary of the recent reviews in the above link due to a faulty product (as opposed to individual dog preferences and/or production batch issues)? I’m not very aware of all the issues with Diamond but I gather that they are behind the manufacturing of TOTW… should this be a red flag?

    Availability of decent kibble is also often tricky where I am, so I really can only consider TOTW and Orijens at the moment and the latter is significantly pricier.

    I do currently mix in fresh lean chicken or beef (cooked) with the kibble but don’t have time to consistently provide a fully home-prepped diet…

    Thanks in advance for any feedback, apologies for the long post!

  • Susan

    I just looked at Natures logic kibble & it has Millet as 2nd ingredient & only 1 protein as the first ingredient, all kibbles need a binder to bind their kibble so Millet would be the binder in Nature Logic kibbles but this could cause some dogs to react & itch if they were sensitive to millet… A good kibble should have 3-4 proteins as 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th ingredient & the protein should be followed by a meal.. the best foods to feed your dog or cat is either a raw balanced diet or a cooked balanced diet.. My dog wouldn’t do good on Nature Logic kibble it has too many ingredients & it would set off his IBD & he’d probably would start to itch… it all depends on your dog, sometimes we’d love to feed this food or that kibble but our dogs stomach & bowel has other ideas…

  • Susan

    Hi Sydney
    where’s the potato?? there’s no potato in this TOTW Southwest Canyon formula, it’s potato free….

  • bloodypika

    Natures Logic certainly is a higher quality food. For twice the price as TOTW it should be!

  • Sydney

    None!! Unless you want fat, diabetic pets.

  • Sydney

    It’s awful! I wish there was more awareness around the fact that grain free doesn’t necessarily mean better. Ridding a food of rice or oatmeal does no good if it is being replaced with a binder like potatoes, sweet potatoes or peas. The only food I feed is Nature’s Logic – a truly amazing company!

  • Sydney

    This food is “grain free” yes, they have the buzz word down, however their first ingredient does end up being potatoes after the cooking process. The ingredients are listed on the bag PRE COOK which means when the chicken or salmon is cooked, the water weight is gone and it weighs less, making potato the main ingredients. Potatoes do nothing for dogs and cats besides metabolize into sugar which causes weight, glucose and other health issues. It’s also packed at Diamond which I would never trust. There were also rumors regarding them using Ethoxyquin to preserve their fish while they’re en route to the manufacturing facility. Bad bad bad

  • Cathy Koh

    Also if u live in Singapore try the burp kangaroo fillet wet food. It also works on my dog. If your dog has pancreatic then this is also good for your dog

  • Cathy Koh

    Yeah when I was 8 three years ago the potato problem affected my dog and we don’t feed this anymore.

  • Cathy Koh

    Too much potato?

  • Cathy Koh

    What happened?

  • Sydney

    This food is absolute crap! Should be called Taste of the Potato!!!!

  • Cathy Koh

    Try Acana Pacifica. My dog is also allergic to chicken and this has no potatoes and she does awesome on it.

  • Cathy Koh

    U can try apalacian valley small breed.

  • Sen

    Hi, in 2011 I lost my companion mini Doxie to bad treats and was devastated. I started feedin my other rescues home cooked only after researching dog foods but being disabled that quickly overwhelmed me.
    I tried probably 5 different brands OG high quality food and about 3 years settled into TOTW line. I have a Doxie/Pitt ( don’t ask), Chi/Doxie and a ChiPin. All smaller dogs, since they are not puppies I used dog not puppy food for them and they loved all the flavor so far TOTW. I noticed a big improvement in their bathroom habits, breath, body odor and overall healthiness especially itchiness and licking which pretty much stopped.
    My biggest problem is that they are small dogs and two of them Google their food. Since this food is high quality dense food it will expand. They were swallow it whole and then they would throw it up. The kibbles were just too big for them. So I started smashing them up, then adding water to soak before feeding and finally using my food processor.
    Eventually I started feeding them the puppy brand bug I preffered not to because the food makeup is a little different than adult dogs.
    The good news is they now have a new one made just for small breed adult dogs so that’s great but because I have three dogs I really need to buy at least 30 pound bags.
    I have heard some complaints on Amazon but honestly I have ordered from there for three years and haven’t had one problem.
    I think you said you already use a quality food but people who are used to the big box store stuff think they need to feed huge amounts and I learned you feed a fraction of quality dog food compared to junk dog food.
    This is my opinion based on my past years of use of TOTW. I’m very picky. I also love the Merrick Grain Free but it became so expensive I just could not afford it.

  • Susan

    Hi Foxy3, I would try the Sierra Mountain, Roasted Lamb kibble first it has the least ingredients & the fat protein & fiber would be close to their Royal Canin kibble that they are eating at the moment, then if they are doing good on the Sierra Mountain get the TOTW Appalachian Valley Small Breed formula, the fat & protein is a bit higher though, I was looking at the Wetlands formula but fat is too high for my boy…. all the TOTW formulas are really good, maybe rotate & let your dogs tell you which one they like more, my boy seems to like his Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb….

  • Foxy3

    Ive got 2 rescue show & breeding dachshunds, been feeding on RC but want to change, anyone advise on which TOTW to give, they’re both 5 yrs old.

  • Susan

    Hi I just got my delivery of Pro Pac Ultimate kibble but they sent me the wrong formula, the Grain free Bayside Whitefish instead of the Meadow Prime Lamb, I rung the online pet store they said sorry we will send you out the Pro Pac Meadow Prime lamb & you can donated the Bayside White fish, curious I opened the Pro Pac Bayside & it smells really good, no real smelly fish smell, my cat & Patch loved it, so maybe the mistake was a good mistake, the kibbles feel greezy so they will help Patches skin problem & give his weekly baths… Pro Pac Ultimates is cheaper then Earthborn Holistic formulas, Earthborn Holistic make the Pro Pac Ultimates & have never had a recall, so I’ll start rotating the Pro Pac Bayside Whitefish with the TOTW Roasted Lamb…

  • Hannah

    Thanks Susan, yes I’m looking for a cheaper brand I pay $49.99 for TOTW.
    I have been thinking about giving her a bath, thanks for the suggestions I’ll look at them

  • Susan

    Hi do you mean your looking for a cheaper kibble?? there’s “Canidae Pure” formulas Pure Sky, Pure Elements, also are you bathing weekly in a medicated shampoo? I use the Malaseb” medicated shampoo leaves Patch feeling so soft & puts moisture back into his skin & your washing off any allergens, pollens & any dirt that can be making them itch as well.
    I just ordered “Pro Pac Ultimates” grain free Prime Meadow it’s Lamb or there’s Heartland Choice it’s chicken both have limited ingredients.. http://www.propacultimates.com/dog-food/

  • Hannah

    I hat to change brands but need to do to price but need one that is good with a dog who has allergies any suggestions. My dog is allergic to pork and salmon and she has dry skin

  • Mike

    Scott my 2 year old Great Dane/Lab stopped eating Totw venison too! I have been feed him Totw since he was a puppy. I often switch formulas but his chicken allergy makes it bit difficult. He is prone to ear infections when eating potatoes as well. I started giving him Canidae Pure Land and he is on his second bag doing great! I will give Totw another try in the future.

  • Susan LaFountaine

    Definitely give Victor a try. I can almost guarantee that he will love it. They have an Ocean Fish formula that is great for dogs with allergies, my Rott pup loves it and he is allergic to chicken also. He does real well on all their flavors and both my dogs eat it up like its going outta style! 🙂

  • Crazy4cats

    The Whole Earth Farms Pork, Beef and Lamb formula does not have chicken in it either.

  • Mike

    I really like Victor, but one of our dogs appears to have sensitivity to chicken and many of the Victor formulas have chicken fat in them. The only one I have seen that does not have any chicken is the salmon grain free formula. If you need more options I have had good success with Open Farm fish formula and Fromm Salmon a la Veg in our rotation. Zignature Kangaroo worked well, but I have some concerns about the sodium content in that food.

  • Chris

    Sorry I wasn’t getting notifications for all these replies! Yes my dog gets blood work done every 6 months because he’s got a murmur. Eating grass is fairly normal the vet says – it’s to get some additional fiber or if they have tummy ache/constipation. The vet agrees that adding spinach is a good idea. The increased water intake was not caused by diabetes. Although the food is “AAFCO Approved”, that doesn’t tell me enough because the high side of what’s approvable is still too high for my dog. I will keep on the lookout for something comparable but lower sodium perhaps!

    I appreciate all the responses to this!

  • Susan

    There’s also “Sport Dog Elite” it’s potato & chicken free, same ingredients as Victor but cheaper, when you look at a formula Sport Dog compare the same Victor formula to the Sport Dog formula. Here’s their site http://www.sportdogfood.com/dog-food/special-diet/grain-free/

  • Susan

    Hi, you would have been better feeding the Sierra Mountain, Roasted Lamb the Fat % & Protein % is a bit lower then the High Prairie Venison formula.. He may not be able to eat a kibble that has 18-20% in fat & 32% -34% in Protein, a lot of Bully breeds have sensitive tummys, did you buy the TOTW from a pet shop cause TOTW is money back guaranteed, this is why I rotate between kibbles, I feed the TOTW Sierra Mountain Lamb for breakfast then I also feed the “Holistic Select” Adult/Puppy Salmon, Anchovy & Sardines Grain free for dinner & I also feed “Canidae”….I ask Patch which one do you want today & I get 1 kibble from the TOTW & then I get a Kibble from the Holistic Select & hold in each hand with my fingers & ask Patch to sniff & I say, “which one do you want” & he goes to eat the one he wants to have for a meal.
    “Canidae” Pure is excellent for dogs with Skin allergies & Food Sensitivities, Have a look at the Pure Sea, Pure Wild & Pure Land.. The Pure Sea is higher in fat & Protein so maybe try the Pure Wild first & Canidae is also money back Guaranteed if you dog wont eat or gets sick/diarrhea etc http://www.canidae.com/dog-food/products

  • Crazy4cats

    My dogs do really well on Victor. I think they may have a few chicken and potato free formulas. I also feed them Whole Earth Farms, Taste of the Wild and NutriSource kibbles. Good luck! WEF has a chicken free formula, but I believe it has potatoes in it. I’m assuming when you mean white potatoes, not sweet potatoes that he has an issue with. Best of luck to you!

  • Deeann Jones

    I personally think its a great food for the price. Grain free, quality meats and ingredients. I’ve tried several of the flavors and all 4 of my dogs love them. I’ve not found it to be helpful for my dog who has allergies, though I’ve tried the different types with her I’m going to end up going with a different food unfortunately. But will keep feeding the other 3 dogs ToTW for sure.

  • Deeann Jones

    Well, to play devils advocate “with wild boar ” does not in any way imply that boar is the first ingredient. People who do not read the label deserve what they get…

  • Deeann Jones

    Kinda always thought bison and buffalo were interchangeable. I don’t see what the big deal is?

  • Scott Free

    My American bully has been eating TOTW now for some months. It seems he’s alergic to chicken & potatoes so they only offer a few versions that do not have either. He’s been eating the venison one and just stopped eating it all together the other day.

    Wish I knew what else to give him? Any other recommendations? I’m open to switching brands even. Someone mentioned I should try Victor.

    Any help is appreciated.

  • LS Nelson

    Actually, I’ve done more than enough research, for my own education, as well as for my customers. I work in the pet food industry.
    I didn’t say I needed to avoid chicken products, I said that TOW labeling is misleading. Southwest Canyon “with wild boar,” has more beef (first ingredient) and lamb than it does boar. “With” is a give-away word, but most customers don’t realize that, and think they are getting a food that is primarily boar.
    There are better foods, in my opinion. It’s a well priced grain free food, a very popular one, especially the High Prairie, but when asked for a grain free recommendation, I don’t go to TOW first thing.
    If it works for your dog, great!

  • Susan

    Hi Patty, you should rotate proteins & not just feed a certain protein especially feeding Salmon….In the summer months I feed a fish diet but in the cooler months I feed Lamb, Pork, Chicken & fish kibbles, I feed a kibble that has 4 proteins sometimes Chicken, Lamb, Turkey & Fish, “Canidae” Life Stages All Life Stages, this way my boy gets a rounded diet & isn’t just eating 1 brand & the same protein 24/7….

  • Patty Michaels

    For anyone seeking a grain-free great Salmon dry dog food I highly recommend the PETSMART brand Simply Nourish. My Bloodhound/ Coonhound has thrived on this for two years since I switched him from his large breed puppy food. His coat is beautiful, he is always satisfied, no allergy issues and his weight stays consistent. I’ve recommended it to friends with dogs that have had issues with meat based kibble and they’ve switched with great results…dogs love it.

  • Susan

    Hi, just put your tongue on a TOTW kibble it doesn’t taste salty, I just started my boy on “Canidae” Life Stages Platinum & he’s drinking the same amount of water as he was drinking when eating TOTW & before TOTW he was on vet diet for 2-3 weeks in October & he drunk heaps more water while on the Hills vet Hills diet.. He has IBD & my grandson gave him a fruit stick & he got real sick with his IBD & I needed vet help & meds this time, so we put him on the Metronidazole to stop the diarrhea & Hills I/d Digestive care to rest his stomach & bowel for a couple of weeks.. then he went back to his TOTW Roasted Lamb & the Canidae Platinum I rotate between a few kibbles, it seems to make Patches IBD better, where if I keep him on the same kibble he seems to react..

  • Amateria

    Well you could actually, because it’s not like your tasting a food made by Purina or Mars haha and I believe there’s several people in the world who actively eat kibble and canned, but they eat the cheap stuff with all the horrible ingredients.

    So I’d say putting one in your mouth and chewing it and than thoroughly washing your mouth after and with mouthwash even :p shouldn’t be a problem.

  • Angela

    I have read that on other sites too. I wish we could taste a piece and see how salty it is…lol

  • Amateria

    And yet he’s not the first person to say that his dog had excessive drinking after the food, a few years back I ran into comment after comment about dogs drinking for hours after eating Totw.

  • Angela

    The Pine Forest formula contains .40% sodium on a dry matter basis and .11g/100 kcal on an energy basis.

  • Angela

    the sodium content levels :High Prairie – 0.08 g/100 kcals Pacific Stream – 0.07 g/100 kcals; Wetlands – 0.07 g/100 kcals.

  • Angela

    The sodium content is 0.25% on an as-fed basis. for the TOTW Pacific stream.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Has the dog been diagnosed by a veterinarian that has examined him?
    What were the results?
    How can you treat a condition when you don’t know what it is?

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Regarding the polydipsia and pruritus, make sure you rule out medical issues via veterinarian exam and testing (excluding mail-in saliva and hair scams)
    The symptoms may have nothing to do with the diet and symptoms can wax and wane especially with environmental allergies.
    PS: Eating grass is not normal and may be a symptom of gastrointestinal distress/nausea. Same thing with the loose stools/diarrhea. Dehydration is another reason dogs consume a lot of water.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    “Like others I notice he’s drinking a ton of water now”.
    Polydipsia (excessive water drinking) could indicate a medical condition such as diabetes insipidus.
    So, if the dog hasn’t had a checkup that included lab work done recently, I would do that first before assuming a AFCCO approved dog food is causing this symptom.

  • Amateria

    The water is likely because their foods have added salt and it’s quiet high on the ingredients list, I’m not sure that constant water drinking is a good thing because your dogs body is telling you his intake of salt is too high and I’m sure it can cause problems down the road.

  • Chris

    Ok the Sierra has potatoes so I’ll need to do the food test that you mentioned first. I should say I’m otherwise happy with the Pine Forest and they LOVE the flavor, just want to be sure the extra water drinking is not a sign of something bad.

    I added a few shredded leaves of baby spinach (because one’s been trying to eat grass) and I think it helped firm up the stool, surprisingly. I’m going to keep testing this and hopefully rotate with Sierra.

    Thanks for your tips!

  • Chris

    Well I suppose I’ll try that next! It’s got potatoes so I’ll see how it goes.

    Also, I added a few leaves of spinach to the pine forest and it helped a LOT – they’re dark and firm now. This seems counterintuitive right? But it’s working. I’m going to give the Sierra a spin as you suggested so I can rotate.

  • Susan

    I feed the TOTW Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb, it has sweet potato & no Lentils or Garbanzo beans the Sierra Mountain has a few less ingredients..

  • Chris

    Thanks Susan, these are helpful suggestions. I’m sure about the grain and chicken being allergies, the potato is the only questionable one. Now that you mention peas and garbanzos poissibly cause large poops, I will pay attention to that and try eliminating!

    The skin itching has completely gone away with this food though so I am happy otherwise.

  • Susan

    Hi Chris which TOTW formula are you feeding?? it could be the Lentils & Garbanzo beans making poos bigger & slopper… the best why to know 100% what foods your dog is sensitive tooo is to do elimination diet, or get a kibble with just 3 ingredients, don’t feed any treats nothing for 6 weeks just the limited ingredient kibble, then if dog is doing firm poos & isn’t smelling real yeasty & isn’t itchy then start adding 1 new cooked ingredient with the limited ingredient kibble for 6 weeks, so if you think he can’t eat chicken buy some chicken breast boil make 1/3 cup sections up & freeze & add with his kibble & see how he does, the same with potatoes, boil potato & add 1/4 -1/3 cup with his kibble for 6 weeks…. Don’t forget Environment allergies can make them itch & scratch & we think it’s their food …With food sensitivities they normally have sloppy poos, itchy ears, red around mouth, start to itch & scratch about 30mins after eating, drag bum on carpet/ground, it’s best to keep a diary… My boy has both food sensitivities & seasonal environment allergies, it has taken me 3 yrs to work out what he can eat & cant eat.. California Natural” has their Lamb Meal & Brown Rice that has just 3 ingredient, no peas, lentil, garbanzo beans.. California Natural kibbles are good kibbles with limited ingredients, like a vet diet then you can work out what foods are causing problems
    also grain free kibbles with chickpea/Garbanzo beans, Lentils, legumes peas are higher in fiber so your boy may need a lower fiber kibble also a kibble with a lower protein % around 26% protein, real high protein kibbles over 30% can cause sloppy poos… also baths give weekly baths in Malaseb medicated shampoo http://www.californianaturalpet.com/products

  • Chris

    Rating is up now! I’ve been using it for about a month. My dog with chicken/grain/and possibly potato allergies is doing well on it. Like others I notice he’s drinking a ton of water now. I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing. Is there too much sodium? Also his stools are larger and not always formed. I’m looking for something else to rotate with this.

  • Crazy4cats

    I don’t have a bag. Better yet, taken off their website:


    Diamond Pet Foods began in 1970 with a shared vision. Our founders, brothers-in-law Gary Schell and Richard Kampeter, believed that premium pet food could be produced at an affordable price. Together, they purchased a former milling company in the town of Meta, Missouri (population 220), and the Diamond company was born.

    Soon, nutrition-conscious pet owners were validating Gary and Richard’s theory and buying Diamond Pet Foods products. Our plant in Meta was modernized with state-of-the-art equipment, and we expanded our production capacity in order to meet the growing demand with plants in Lathrop, California in 1999; Gaston, South Carolina in 2003; and Ripon, California in 2012.

    Today, Diamond Pet Foods remains one of the fastest growing pet food manufacturers in the country. Our products are trusted by professional breeders, trainers, veterinarians and pet owners in all 50 states and in 100 countries around the world. The second generation of Schell and Kampeter families still own and operate the company. And we still believe that every pet is worthy of the best nutrition. Including yours.

  • Beach Girl

    Read the bag. Nature’s Domain is made by “Schell & Kampeter,” which is the same company that makes TotW.
    Diamond may be the manufacturer, but Schell & Kampeter produce/market/sell both TotW and Nature’s Domain.

  • Beach Girl

    I don’t think it’s necessary to gradually switch foods. If a food is the problem, then changing completely and immediately would produce results you can see.
    Humans (and most wild animals) eat different foods all the time.
    I don’t know where the “switch gradually” advice started, but I don’t think it’s valid.

  • Beach Girl

    You’re right to stay away from Science Diet. It’s one of the lowest rated kibbles on here.
    Loose stools can be caused by several things. Sometimes, it’s simply a stress hormone that causes it. If you think it’s the kibble, try a different one. Orijen and Acana are highly rated, but expensive.
    I used to feed Natural Balance, but stopped when I saw the low rating (and because Natural Balance was using Diamond packaging).
    Here’s a “FYI”- Costco sells kibble called Nature’s Domain. It’s made by Schell & Kampeter, the same company that makes TotW, but it’s about half the price.
    My Labrador is going crazy with an allergy I can’t pinpoint; our vet only tested my Lab for environmental allergies, not foods.
    A local boutique pet store will send hair and saliva samples to a lab called Glacier Peak Holistics (you can order the test directly through GPH). They test for every possible food, including foods generally off limits for dogs (like onion & chocolate). The test is about $90 U.S., which is a lot less than what vets charge.
    We’ve tried a few small bags of Acana, and the Labrador seems to like it better than TotW and Nature’s Domain.
    She also does well on raw feeding, which I stopped doing recently because my life got too hectic for a few months.
    In my experience with my two dogs, raw feeding seemed to produce the best results- less poop (2 per day from the Lab instead of 4), less scratching (also the Lab), and she seems calmer on Acana. Also, on raw, the poops were firmer, lighter colored (because they’re eating bone), and less stinky.
    My dogs drink a lot of water no matter what they’re eating.
    Good luck finding a new food. We’ll be doing that today (probably Acana or Orijen).
    I’d like to go back to raw full time again, but need a bigger freezer.

  • Beach Girl

    Diamond is a processing company that dog food companies use. They’ve had so many recalls that I don’t trust any company that uses Diamond.

  • Susan

    Hi if you don’t want chicken meal or chicken fat then look at TOTW Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb or Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon or Southwest Canyon or Pine Forest or their Appalachian Valley small breed formula, you haven’t done your research on all the TOTW formulas..
    You’ve just read the ingredients to the High Prairie formula….I have seen some really poor kibbles that don’t have as many proteins as TOTW formulas & they’re full of carbs…

  • LS Nelson

    The buffalo is water buffalo, from who knows where. Bison is the 7th ingredient, or so, it depends on how much they can get. I got that in response to an email asking them why it’s called Venison and Bison when the first ingredient is buffalo. Most American consumers think that means bison, so I think TOW is one of the most misleading dog foods by label. Some of their other varieties have the “name” meat way down too. Read labels! Some have chicken or chicken fat (many want to keep away from that) or beef instead of boar…

  • Jmeezay

    So I started my rescue dog on Nutro, then switched to Canidae Grain-Free Pure. She liked it overall, but she’s always been finicky and it’s an expensive food. By comparing ingredients, I figured I’d try TOTW since it was less expensive than the Canidae. She really loves the food and I don’t have to talk her into eating it (again, she’s finicky!).

    I have noticed 2 things thus far. She drinks more water and poops less. At this point I’m assuming the latter is because her body is actually consuming the nutrients and so there’s less waste. At any rate, I would recommend it to anyone to give a try. We’re loving it thus far!

  • Deborah Congemi Krause

    Thank you so much. She actually calmed down with the H2O drinking but the information was helpful. Thanks again.

  • Susan

    Hi, yes my boy did the same when he first started TOTW Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb but then he evened out after a couple of weeks, I’m glad he’s drinking water as he was never a water drinker which worried me especially after long walks & eating a dry kibble, kibble needs water being dry.. here’s TOTW site I looked up High Prairie your dog is eating & it said only 0.3mg for Sodium Selenite http://www.tasteofthewild.com.au

  • Deborah Congemi Krause

    Does anyone know what the sodium content is in the buffalo/venison dry? I switched from Blue buffalo to this for many reasons but know I’m seeing her drink more water.

  • Sondra Peters

    I use Taste of the Wild Appalachian Valley Small Breed Dry Dog Food for my dogs, they love it and have never looked better, it’s gluten free and I’ll keep buying it !

  • Susan

    Hi, are you sure its not a coincidence, normally when they had food sensitivities they will get sloppy poos, start to smell yeasty, red paws, itchy smelly ears, rash on stomach is normally Environment allergies from grass or plant…. give baths twice a week, buy Malaseb Medicated Shampoo & leave on for 5mins massage into the skin, then rinse off, the Malaseb relieves the itch…
    You could stop the feeding the food & see if there’s an improvement, have a look at Canidae Pure Sea Canidae Pure formulas are excellent for dogs with skin problems…I feed the TOTW Sierra Mountain, Roasted Lamb it has the least ingredients & my Patch doesn’t have any reactions Thank-God…

  • Jordan

    I just started my 3 year old on this and he has developed a rash on his belly! It’s driving him crazy and I’m worried he’s going to scratch himself to infection.

  • Diane

    Susan does the Small Breed formula have chicken in it?

  • Diane

    I requested a sample of the Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb. Going to try that in addition to the Pure Vita Venison and Red Lentil to see if they like it and how they do. I never knew you should try different kibble food. I thought you should stick to one brand. I believe my one dog got the food allergies from being on the Wellness his whole life. He is 7 now.

  • Daniel

    it’s not rated here yet, but the GA is very similar to Southwest Canyon which is 5 stars.

  • Nicole

    TOTW has this new flavor called “Pine Forest Venison” available, anyone tried? What star it is?

  • Susan

    Hi Elise, what breed is your dog & what health problems (EPI) did he have at the time…

  • Elise Sheppard

    My husband’s dog almost starved to death on TOTW. I believe it was a peculiarity of the dog, not the food, since so many dogs do well on it. I started making his food, being careful to use approved ingredients and he looks great. He also was experiencing aberrant appetite, eating plastic, paper, etc. and that is gone now.

  • Susan

    Hi he’s TOTW site, click on the formula you are feeding look at the ingredients & it will tell you the Protein % next to the meats in that kibble, for the Sierra Mountain, Roasted Lamb it says, Lamb-17%, Lamb Meal-17%, Roasted Lamb-4%, other formulas will have more protein & this is TOTW Australian site….You can email TOTW & ask them to email what you need to know… http://www.tasteofthewild.com.au/portfolio-view/sierra-mountain/

  • LadyDiana214

    I had this problem with my guy for almost 2 years (loose stools & diarrhea, amongst other stomach issues)until about a month ago, when I put him on Orijen. The food before was having such a horrible effect on him, I had to abruptly stop it and abruptly start Orijen, but he had absolutely NO issues with the that and as a matter of fact, this food has truly worked MIRACLES for him! While I have learned that what works for one dog may not work for another, I also recommend you give Orijen a try. Just get a small bag. Besides the fact that it is truly TOP OF THE LINE , you only have to feed 1/2 of what you do with other foods (so don’t let the price scare you away) AND you can always return it for a refund if it doesn’t work for your dog (the place I got mine from said as long as I return it 1/2 full, I could get a full refund). My guy just finished his last bowl of it today and I am looking forward to picking up a new and BIGGER bag of it for him tomorrow 🙂

  • LadyDiana214

    that is ALOT of work to keep the kibble fresh. Why not just ensure to close the bag tightly (so that it has all excess air pushed out), store in a cool, dry place and finish it completely before opening a new bag?. I’m not sure why you would mix the old kibble with the new as that would be a sure way to ‘taint’ the new food if there are any issues with the old that come up!

  • LadyDiana214

    Orijen is approx 70-80% meat based (depending on the flavor combination).
    After almost 2 yrs of my dog having issues of diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss & refusal to eat ALL of the ‘quality’ dog foods I got for him (after about a week it became a struggle to get him to eat the food until he would just stop eating it altogether), I finally found Orijen and started my dog on a small bag.a few weeks ago. It has TRULY been the answer to all his problems and he continues to GOBBLE IT UP EVERY TIME! While it is expensive, he only needs HALF of the amount I was feeding him of the other pricey dog foods so it really is worth it! As much as I praise this food, I have also learned that dogs are as individual as we are. What works for my dog may not work for another and vice versa so I recommend to stick to those foods that have a guarantee if not completely satisfied can be returned for a full refund or exchange. It def helped me to keep the costs down.

  • Bandras

    Hi! Someone knows this food’s meat and vegetable content? (in percentage) [sorry for my bad english] 🙂

  • Crazy4cats

    They call it Bison on their ingredient glossary:


    Give them a call or an email to get the answer. Good luck!

  • Jason Simpson

    Ok, buffalo? There are only two kinds. The Cape Buffalo from Africa, and the Water Buffalo from Asia. So Africa and Asia. Where do they get the buffalo? Bison, is what most call a buffalo but they are different animals and are listed separately. So I’m wondering, China? Cheap, polluted China. Maybe I’m just worrying for no reason. Or?

  • Susan

    Hi I’ve return heaps of kibbles to Pet Circle & My Pet Warehouse, first you must ring or email the product company & tell them what’s wrong with their product.. Canidae is the worse they don’t return any emails or phone calls until you put it up on their F/B page & Pet Food Reviews F/B page… I had trouble with Under The Sun kibble 1/4 of the kibble was kibble crumbs/dust, then after I posted a video on Australian Canidae F/B page a lady from Canidae finally rung me back after 1 month & said she has contacted Pet Circle, you have to put the rest of the UTS kibble & kibble crumbs/dust in a box with ur name & put on your front porch/step & Pet Circle will be picking it up, then Pet Circle will refund your money back into your bank account that you paid with. Patch got real bad farts from the Canidae Pure Land & real smelly & itchy from the Canidae Platinum, so I contacted Canidae & they contacted Pet Circle & I had to pay for postage back to Pet Circle or they would pick up the rest of the open.Platinum bag & charge me $20 pick up fee, then there’s be times I didn’t get charge any fees, You need a nice call person I think…A few times I went post office & bought a 5-10kg plastic post bag & took out enough kibble till it was just under 10kgs, it didn’t cost much, cheaper then Pet Circle’s $20 pick up fee… Send an email to the product company, tell them the problems your having, its best to say the dog wont eat their food & ask them to ring you back so you can explain problems & tell them they have to contact Pet Circle so you will get a refund.. I’ve returned about 5 different kibbles 4 opened kibble bags & 1 un opened 12kg bag of Sunday Pets I had to pay a $20 re shelving fee when kibble bag is un-opened… that’s why I prefer to go to a pet shop… I haven’t tried “Ivory Coat” yet.. I wanted to try the Reduced fat Turkey formula but “Meals For Mutts” posted a post on their F/B page saying a kibble with high protein 32% & low in fat 10% is dangerous for senior dogs especially if they have kidney problems or other health problems so I’ve never tried Ivory Coats Reduced Fat Turkey formula plus the kibble size is too big & Ivory coat will not change the size of their kibbles… Meals For Mutts had to make their kibble size bigger people complained it was small so MfM has 2 sizes in certain formulas & Patch doesn’t chew big kibbles he swallows them & only chews the small kibbles…. Have you tried Canidae formulas, they have nice small kibble same as Holistic Select & Earthborn Holistic formulas…. Taste Of The Wild Sierra Mountain kibble isn’t big & it’s not small, its just right I suppose….I prefer smaller kibble so if they gulp their kibble, when kibble is small the kibble digest easier then a big kibble, Nutragold kibbles are big….. Here’s my email address if you want to ask something you don’t want to post [email protected]

  • Amateria

    Yeah I’ve been emailing them for some time now, just had an attitude whenever I asked about samples and when I wanted another sample she probably thought I wanted as much of the food as I could get for free which wasn’t the case.

    I’m not sure how pet circle or warehouse deal with foods you’ve opened though as I buy from them, I’ve tried to return two items and they told me if its been opened we can’t help you! Like how am I supposed to try it without opening it? Lol

    They wanted to ring me too, but we had a yesterday’s doctors appointment lol you read that right, we were even given a warning letter that we missed the doctors appointment scheduled for the day before, the day that had ended long ago haha and so they couldn’t get in touch with me like that and maybe that’s why their so un trusting of me I don’t know.

    Unless I have to, at this point I’d rather not email them ever again, if you don’t want to accept the envelope than tell me, but seriously don’t ignore me, it’s just plain rude.

  • Susan

    Hi, did you email or ring the Australian company “Arnhem Pet Products” ? they import TOTW & Nutragold….ask for the TOTW Booklet…
    The lady in Australia sent me out a small box containing 3 samples of each formula except their new formulas Appalachian Valley & Pine Forest, we didn’t have those formulas in Australia yet…When I contacted some American pet food or supplement companies none would send out any samples from America. I’ve emailed Canidae, Wellness, Holistic Select & others & they all said they don’t have or send samples to Australia, it’s too expensive for the postage, they say, just buy kibble & if your dog doesn’t eat it, then their food is refundable just take back the bag to where you bought it from…..here’s Arnhem link, scroll down to the bottom right & click on email link… I think the lady rung me back cause I asked a heap of questions, it was when TOTW changed their Pacific Stream formula & added Garbanzo beans & Australia & few other countries still had the old formula…. Cause Patch has IBD I was worried, I had just started him on the TOTW Pacific Stream & he was doing real well & I didn’t want him eating Garbanzo beans, peas give him wind, so Garbanzo beans would probably cause wind bowel problem as well….. I told the people on the EPI & IBD F/B groups that TOTW Pacific Stream is changing formula soon, some people & I emailed TOTW telling them we have dogs with EPI, IBD & Skin Allergies that are doing really well on their Pacific Stream formula, its the only grain free kibble in Australia that has NO PEAS, Garbanzo Beans, Lentils & Purified Water reverse osmosis, then I got an email from TOTW International advisor & he said TOTW have discussed the situation & won’t be changing their Pacific Stream Formula, their Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon will stay the same pea & garbanzo FREE in Australia & a few other countries…..
    If a pet food company is willing to change their formula to come to Australia & go thru all the crap they have to go thru then they good in my books, I’ve contacted a few other American & New Zealand pet food companies about their pet foods & products & these companies have said NO, they wont be importing their kibble or supplements to Australia cause of our strict guidelines that need to be followed, So that’s telling me I’m glad my Patch isn’t eating these foods & supplements..
    The Pet food Companies that do obeyed by these strict guidelines are:
    Royal Canine, Earthborn Holistic, all of Well Pet kibbles, TOTW, Ziwi Peak, K-9 Natural & there’s probably a few more.. I know Hills Science Diet DON’T bother changing any ingredients in their formulas, Hills just bring over what will pass & don’t bring the pet foods over that contain Lamb, Fish or Venison…. http://www.tasteofthewild.com.au/

  • Amateria

    What was their reaction to you asking for samples like?
    The first time I asked it was like I was trying to steal all their money with all these sample send outs lol, to be honest they were very rude to me.

    I asked a 2nd time to try another flavour as I missed out on getting samples from a store while we were on vacation, my bad! Anyways I asked if I could send an envelope so they could send me another sample and I got a rude reply, so I told them but it doesn’t cost anything if I send the envelope at least I think that’s how it works and no reply at all after that…

    That’s kinda why I didn’t want to email them back about certain things, because sometimes they were nice but most of the time they acted like children.

  • Susan

    Hi Crissy give it a go & see how your dog does, TOTW is money back guaranteed.. I listen to the bad comments & didn’t try for a couple of years. My boy has IBD & Skin Allergies then I read on a few Face Book groups site for dogs with EPI, IBD & food/skin alllergies group the dogs were doing really well after being on TOTW, so finally I gave TOTW a try in March 2016 & my dog is doing really well now, I want to try the new Appalachian Valley Small Breed formula next… you can email TOTW & ask for samples of the formulas your interested in, the samples are pretty big about 2 cups of kibble…

  • Crissy Ellis Jones

    So is taste of the wild good dog food? It’s says it is but then I read these comments and I’m not sure? Was thinking of buying my toy chihuahua some but if it’s not good then I need to know what is lol

  • Amateria

    Something to think about I guess and yeah sadly there’s a lot of people like that.

  • Susan

    If you mean me, your wrong, If I was talking about you I’d mention your name… I’m talking about people always posting & knocking all Diamond products & some have never even feed Diamond, people can’t seem to let things go… I remember when I started posting on DFA & you feed raw & always talked about feeding all your crew raw & filling up your freezer with this meat & that meat, then all of a sudden your a kibble feeder now???

  • theBCnut

    No, the last part was about someone here who responded to you just to take a snipe at me. And as far as recall alerts go, Diamond has never been quick to recall when they know they have a problem. They only recall after the FDA threatens them with a lawsuit.

  • Amateria

    Is the last part about a certain someone from the company?

    Think about it like this though, if you’ve had that many bad experiences (I’m not sure how many recalls they had altogether soz) with them just don’t use them or worry over using them as there are so many fantastic foods out there, just use them and be happy that your dogs can get the best life has to offer them by using the better ones, the ones that don’t make you wonder if one day your dog may die from them.

    If I was to use Totw I would sign up for recall alerts like no bloody way I wouldn’t, but it’s been awhile since they had any and I feel that maybe their in the clear for now, but how long that clear lasts I don’t know. Things happen with pet and human foods everyday in some form, we can either trust a company and hope for the best or we can make our own food and treats, which also have a chance of causing problems because our food is no safer than theirs in the long run, unless we have our own farm with our own goods than just maybe.

  • theBCnut

    My dogs and/or cats have been affected by every. single. recall. they have had, except the last cat food recall. So obviously, I am capable of trusting them after a recall and trying again, but after the last one, it became a lot harder for them to earn my trust, and earn it they must. And if “somebody” thinks we don’t know all the detail and what was involved or that we are not justified in our distrust of that company, well that just goes to show how much thought went into her opinion. I know you put more thought into things than that, she is just trying to get a dig in on me, as she used to always do. I thought she was finally beyond that behavior. Obviously not.

  • Susan

    Hi I’ve never seen a long haired Staffy before, I’d love to see a photo…what I do is I try & get the same size bags of kibble with the same use by dates as this is the same batch, I never buy the real big bags of kibble, kibble only last around 2-3 weeks after opening it, I buy the 6kg bag & when I open it, I put about 1kg kibble in an air tight container that I use daily then I fold all the air out of the TOTW kibble bag & sticky tape the bag close, (I wish they’d make clip sealed bags) then I get a big shopping plastic bag & put the TOTW kibble bag in the plastic bag & tie a knot then I turn the kibble bag around & put in another shopping plastic bag on the kibble bag then I put the kibble bag in an big plastic container, those plastic containers for storing clothes & stuff & store in my cool room….try mixing some of the new kibble with the older kibble, every time I get a new bag of kibble, when I’m 1/2 way down in the plastic air tight container of the old kibble, I put 1/2 the old kibble in a big bowl & I wash the air tight container in warm soapy water, then dry & I add & mix 1/2 the older kibble & add 1/2 the new kibble….

  • Susan

    I really believe Diamond has learnt from it’s mistakes, it’s people that wont forgive & forget & have to always bring it back up, there were other kibble companies involved in the big recall as well but people don’t seem to remember their names….

  • Amateria

    Hopefully not to many I really do like their foods, but if it really feels that bad to you than maybe just don’t ever use it again, nothing is really worth feeling bad over.

  • theBCnut

    It looks like that last recall finally made them stop and think, for once. I wonder how many years of no recalls it will take for me being willing to risk their food again.

  • Amateria


  • Crazy4cats

    Thanks for the info, Amateria, good stuff!

  • Amateria

    Ripon and Gaston plants are approved for Australia.

    We are aware of the last recall.

    Not sure if you are aware of this, there are full time micro biologists in every plant now. They conduct a lot of tests each day/week/month to make sure our food is safe.

    Below are the on-site production testing breakdown:

    1,075 Mycotoxin Tests/week
    1,300+ Microbiological Tests/week
    180 Oxidative Stability Tests on Fats & Oils/month
    R6,000+ Ingredient Nutritional Tests/month
    45,000+ Finished Product Nutritional Tests/month
    18+ hours of Employee Safety Training per employee/year
    600+ Safety Assessments/year
    There is a detail explanation on our website, please check it out: http://www.tasteofthewild.com.au/quality-composition/food-safety/

  • Amateria

    Likely because there isn’t a great deal of meat like it seems there is, the Australian website the Arnhem one not the other one there’s 2 anyways has actual percentages listed.

    Fish one has 21% salmon so it’s not half bad actually, duck one has 12.5% of duck and duck meal and only 1% of that is quail and turkey and roast duck, bison one has 12% bison and 4% venison, boar is made predominantly of beef at 18% with only 4% actual boar, lamb has a total of 38% lamb, puppy bison is 10.5% bison, puppy salmon has a total of 23% salmon, the two new formulas have 10% venison respectively so some formulas don’t really have much meat at all to be honest and some are quiet decent.

    Listed every single formula in case anyone wants to know 😛

  • Jon Hall

    Why do you think TOTW does not cost more since it has a lot of good meats in it?

  • Jon Hall

    Has anyone ever wondered why taste of the wild is such a good value? For the amount of meat you get, I would expect the price to be higher. I am a little new to the dog food discussions, so this may have been discussed in the past.

  • Susan

    Hi, I have a boy with IBD & TOTW is the only food he does real well on the TOTW Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb it’s a life stages kibble so ur pups can eat it…His poos are small only 2 a day he was drinking water when he first started on TOTW Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon then I changed to the Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb & have no problems… I would take back as TOTW is money back guaranteed get a refund either try one of TOTW life Stages formulas email TOTW ask for their booklet with all their formulas & some samples & tell them what’s happening… Have a look at Canidae Pure Foundation Puppy Formula its grain free or their “Life Stages” All life Stages Formula or their Life Stages Duck Meal Brown Rice & Lentils Large Breed Puppy formula & see how they go, When a food isn’t working change it, see if its money back & get ur money back that’s what I do with Patch also when you do find a food they do well on try & find another brand kibble with a different protein that they do well on as well & rotate between the 2 brand or 3 brands this way if 1 brand kibble is lacking something cause your rotating their kibbles they aren’t on it to long to get ill go on Rodney Habib Face Book page he has a post saying add 1 TBSP of this can make pet food better & Steve Brown says to add tin Sardines in oil or water & add mussels 1 tablespoon… https://www.facebook.com/rodneyhabib?fret=ts

  • theBCnut

    If you haven’t figured out the answer to you question yet, it’s because Dr. Mike tries to use an average formula to represent the whole line when he dissects the types of ingredients the company uses.

  • theBCnut

    Puppy formulas are usually higher in both protein and fat.

  • hcolumbia

    I think it’s because they rate it on the highest protein, and puppy formulas have less protein in them. Rest assured TOTW Puppy formula is well worth the money. I feed my adult medium sized dog TOTW Pacific formula and he thrives on it. You get the most bang for your buck and it’s readily available where I am.

  • Amateria

    A lot of people have had issues with taste of the wild and increased thirst which led to increased urination, as for the poop I don’t know ( I likely just don’t freaking remember ) …

    Apparently there are increased poop reports on a forum mentioning taste of the wild so it appears to be happening to others as well.

  • Hanna Taylor

    I currently have 2, 17 week old Great Danes who I switched over to Taste of the wild puppy formula , before they were on Purina large breed growth formula. I did the typical transition. They have been on it for approximately 1 month. Since being on it I have noticed and increase in urination and deification. Before they were maybe defecating twice a day and now its more like 4 times a day. My one Great Dane will not sleep through the night anymore either. He has to go out to urinate at least twice a night where he was sleeping through the night before. Any suggestions?

  • KariN

    YES! having been on this food for a year or so, we were really happy. they about a month ago, 3 of our 4 dogs got super itchy, One is now on antibiotics for a skin infection due to scratching so hard she broke the skin! Hair loss (so much hair loss), soft and runny poops, chewing feet and legs, bellies…bumps and raw patches….its horrible! TOTW has assured me that all they did is add salmon oil. I’m not sure I’m a believer. When I called them,I got to talk to a vet who assured me they did nothing but add the salmon oil. And tell my we must have ringworm or fleas because the symptoms I described could not POSSIBLY have come from food allergies. At first I thought he was joking…..He wasnt.

  • Tina

    Dr Heldman,
    Thank you for your input. I am always thrilled with you and the customer service team at TOTW. I did not realize how much of a sensitive stomach bulldogs can have when I got Penny. I am starting to become more and more aware of the stomach problems the longer I have her.I look forward to trying the new formulations being sent to me. I will keep you updated. I have heard that your Taste of the Wild formulations often do the trick as opposed to being put on very expensive diets that are sold by vets.

  • Amateria

    Anyone know where their duck and quail is sourced from? Or will I have to ask them?

  • jccmrfrd

    Just an observation: “You people…” is a condescending and ignorant way to reply to a comment on dog nutrition.

  • Susan

    Yes Apoquel is the NEW wonder drug but when skin is all cleared up & when winter is approaching start reducing the Apoquel & stop giving it…or when allergies are low.. It’s a new drug & we are just learning of side effects, Apoquel is best given short term, please read side effects, also add a dog Omega 3, 6 & 9 Oil to diet, it will help the skin/coat & joints…..Glad your dog has finally found some relief…

  • Jona Mariz

    Switching between food, especially with pups, need to be gradual. When you were switching, did you do it in one go?

    Continue feeding him with what he is having now and introduce the new kibble you choose slowly.

    I would personally recommend Orijen. It is pricey, but you do not have to give as much as you would when buying other kibbles.

  • EmpatheticRN

    Hi Scott, I am new to this site as I just rescued a senior English Lab and was looking for a quality food that will help him maintain his weight and help with senior arthritis. I saw your comment, so I thought that I would reply to you and I hope that you can see this. I have an almost 7 yr old Golden Retriever and from the time I adopted her at 6 months, she has had severe skin allergies that always resulted in staph infections. Or, so I thought. I have spent a fortune having allegy testing done, and she’s allergic to molds, dust mites and storage mites (in bags of dry dog foods). My vet basically told me that to avoid these things, I would have to live in Antartica. So, she was constantly on antibiotics, both oral and sprays, antibiotic shampoos, ear drops, wipes and allegy medicine once a day. NOTHING HELPED! I was at the Vet’s office every other month with her. Staph infection was all over her belly, on the inside of her legs, on her hips, between her toes and once she tore all of the hair off of her tail over night, that it looked like someone had a pillow fight in my bedroom. As soon as she was cleared up after 2 weeks of EXPENSIVE oral antibiotics, the staph infections started again. Back in December, she had a nasty “hot-spot” on her back, right by her tail that looked so bad, that I called the VET’s office, AGAIN!! and insisted that someone see her as I was afraid that the infection would go systemic. My Vet wasn’t available that day and I told them that she had to be seen and I would take any vet. So, I saw a young new vet and she looked at it, and looked at the pages of notes on her history. She said that there was a pill, “that was now more avaliable, than before”, that STOPS ITCHING. Really, my dog must have done her scratching while I was at work, or in the middle of the night, because I didn’t notice any out of the ordinary scratching. But she always had these nasty red, scabby staph infections that nothing helped and would only clear up on oral antibiotics. The miracle drug for my dog is call APOQUEL. Her infections cleared up immediately and haven’t returned, AT ALL! It is about $50/month for my size dog but it is worth it to me as she is completly clear. I will finish up the allergy medication and try and see if she really needs it because let’s face it….the 3 things that she’s allergic to, are found everywhere and all dogs are exposed to them. And to think, my poor dog suffered for 6 years with all of this BS. You might want to try Benedryl first, to see if it is just itching. Ask your vet first, (one that your trust to do right by your dog) and ask about APOQUEL.

  • Azul

    You should be able to return the TOTW. Just tell them it gives your dog diarrhea.
    I use grain free 4health from Tractor Supply. My dogs do great on it. 🙂

  • Andrew Price

    Hello all,

    I recently adopted a long haired staffy and pup him on TOTW High prairie. He ate it fine with firm stools. The wife and I went on a anniversary trip and he got loose stools while my parents watched him (this was his first time there).

    They gave him nutro and it firmed them up. We get him back, finish out the high prairie and switch to pacific stream. Go though a 5 pound bag with firm stools, pup loved it, so got the 30 pound bag.

    Now he has has loose stools for 4 days! Anyone have an idea ablut what it could be? We took him to the vet and they confirms he does have environment allergies, but he got a shot two days ago for it. Should I switch his food? (Vet recommended science diet, but think I’m gonna pass on it). Natural balance maybe? Don’t want to spend over $50 for food.

  • Susan

    Be careful with the antibiotics, antibiotics kill all the good bacteria in the gut….. Feed some sardines in spring water, add a couple sardines with his kibble boost his omega 3 fatty acids…Yes he could be allergic to the fleas salvia. When 1 flea bites Patch, he goes nuts & starts itching like crazy…..probably a combination of the 2, environment & flea bites..

  • Gabriel Gonzales

    Thanks for the info….took him to
    The vet today….they said it was either allergies or fleas but he didn’t have a lot of fleas so I’m
    Thinking allergies….they gave him some medicated shampoo and antibiotics so see if it clears up soon…will
    Invest in some of those wipes also

  • Susan

    Sounds like Environment allergies, baths are the best to wash off any pollens & allergens, normally when they have food sensitivities they have very sloppy poos sometimes with blood streaks thru the poo…..

  • Susan

    Hi Gabriel, yes this sounds like environment allergies baths are the best for this & I use Huggie baby wipes Cucumber & Aloe & wipe down Patches fur/skin down when we come back from walks, when I cant bath Patch… Buy a good shampoo, I use Malaseb medicated shampoo the Malaseb relieves any redness & itchy skin.. Bull dogs & Pit Bulls are prone to skin & stomach problems.. When they have food sensitivities they normally have sloppy poos, sometimes streaks of blood thru poos, my boy also gets red paws 20mins after eating an ingredient he’s sensitive tooo… the lumps are hive like lumps are from the environment. Patch gets lumps all on the white fur on his body, best is to give a bath with a good shampoo for allergies…

  • Sanz

    Is the new appalachian valley flavor for small breeds going to be reviewed?

  • Sanz

    Is the new Appalachian Valley Canine Formula with Venison & Garbanzo Beans for Small Breeds going to be reviewed?

  • theBCnut

    He may have a staph infection going on. Those can start to spread from the original location.

  • Gabriel Gonzales

    I was thinking that but then I noticed small bumps along his back so I’m starting to think it’s possibly the food….??

  • theBCnut

    This is usually a sign of a contact allergy. He may have an issue with your grass when it is pollenating. Or you may have used a new cleaner on the floor or laundry detergent on his bed. Look into where he likes to lie down.

  • Gabriel Gonzales

    Have been feeding TOTW WILD HIGH PRARIE and just recently noticed rashes under my pups armpits and chest area anybody else have this
    problem before? he is about 19 weeks and a pitbull/bulldog mix

  • Minna O’Leary

    Agree Nikki – Cactuslady needs some long overdue education. Shame on you Cactuslady for suggesting vets and MD’s are all in it for the money. We work hard, have invested much time and effort into our education so that we can help people and animals who are ill. God help you if you are ever in need of a physician when you are sick or injured. Your attitude needs to be straightened out.

  • Laynie

    Hi Scott.
    I’m not a vet, but I have a pit mix with allergies so I have done a TON of research and had the same symptoms your dog is having. According to my vet, pits and pit mixes commonly have a chicken allergy. That should be the first ingredient you try and isolate out. My dog also has a beef allergy, which causes hard bumps on his body. Chicken and beef are snuck into a lot of food/treats so be sure to read every ingredient. “meal”, “by-products”, “chicken protein” etc. Not just their food, but treats, raw-hides, etc. Even eating another animals poop who has eaten an allergen can cause a reaction.
    I would recommend the salmon dog food of this brand. My poor pup can pretty much only have fish based protein, which is often recommended for dogs with allergy issues.
    Hope this helps!! Good luck.

  • Nikki

    First of all I am not a vet. Second why are you on a dog food review site if you don’t like any dog foods? While I agree most commercial dog foods out there use inferior ingredients I don’t know how you can say they all are crap. Have you worked for every dog food manufacturer out there? While homemade food is probably best it just isn’t practical for many people. This site is a great place to go to get information on different foods and feedback from others who have tried them. I’m not sure what your hangup is about doctors and vets but I hope you or your pet never has to depend on one to save your life.

  • cactuslady

    You won’t educate me, baby! Yeah, right, it’s not about the money….gotta pay those big loans back. You people are just like, MD’s never think out of the box. Invested in big Pharma and bought off. If you did you would know that all dry and wet dog foods are garbage. The dog food companies are all about the money. The cheapest by products they can find even the grain free crap is crap. All cheap by products.

  • Nikki

    And went through YEARS of schooling to EARN that title to educate ignorant people like you! A good vet is not about the money.

  • cactuslady

    Are you kidding……it’s about the money, I wish you people would stop putting MD’s and Vet’s on a pedestal! Get a grip, they are just people with a title. And have a license to prescribe pharmaceuticals.

  • Scott Gmcg

    Dr. Heldman,

    First let me say thank you very much for the thorough reply it is greatly appreciated. I cannot believe a pet food company actually has a Veterinarian reply to inquiries I think that is amazing. I will be telling all my friends that have pets about this quality service.
    The dog’s name is Sophia (4 years old and with me for a little over 2 years) I am not sure of her breed as I got her from the local shelter but I think she has some terrier/pit bull for sure. I have included a picture of her and her “sister” Chloe Gagne. I just had the testing done a couple of weeks ago and we are just getting started with controlling all factors. I asked them for a list of foods that she could eat and I didn’t see your company on there so that is why I asked about what you may offer. I looked at the list again after getting your emails and that one food you recommended was actually on the list so I missed it the first time.
    The reason I had the test done is she get’s these sores on her belly and only on her belly/inner thigh area. They got really really bad and even now they don’t seem to be healing all that well. I’m trying everything I can to get her better. Her sister Chloe is diabetic and recently had two surgeries so I’m not a stranger to special needs if that helps.
    I really appreciate all this help and if nothing else you now have a loyal customer provided Sophia tolerates the food. I can provide the testing results if that helps because I am also looking for a wet food to top her dry on occasion. I know the Pacific Stream wet had some things she doesn’t tolerate.


  • Susan

    Hi my boy is 18kg=40lbs & I feed 2 cups of the Sierra Mountain Roasted lamb (338Kcals per cup) + under 1 cup cooked lean pork made into a baked rissole with 1 spoon pumkin & 2 spoons sweet potatoes, If I don’t feed the Cooked pork rissole meal then Patch gets a extra 1/2 cup TOTW kibblke, try feeding 3 cups & watch body weight… I weigh my boy weekly, he has IBD & drops in weight very quickly, he loves the Sierra Mountain Lamb he was eating the Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon but would vomit every now & then, he was gulping the smoked Salmon kibble & not chewing the kibble then he’d spew undigested kibble, if I didn’t catch him when he spewed, he’d eat the spewed undigested kibble.. lol TOTW is the only kibble Patch has done real well on with his IBD & food sensitivities….I wish I tried it earlier..

  • DashingWhovian221

    I’ve had two of my dogs on the Pine Forest formula for around a month and they are THRIVING. I used to feed them Blue Wilderness Salmon Recipe but they ended up with a yeasty ear a couple times a year, so I decided to try something without chicken or potatoes (the former being a common sensitivity, the latter being starchy and not great with yeasty dogs). The Pine Forest formula was one of the only formulas that contained no grains, chicken, corn, or potatoes for less than $60 a bag. If you’re interested in switching out, the Southwest Canyon formula is just as good and also chicken and potato free.

  • SilverPig

    I have been using taste..wild since 07′ recommended by my vet . at first they gained a lot of weight because I was feeding them the same amount as my premium dog food. I found out that these higher than premium brand contain more digestible meat, fish, etc. They can use all the nutrients. U’ll see their volume of poop declined significantly. I used to scoop up two shopping bags of poop a week for my two dogs. Now barely 1/4 of bag. This is because they can digest most of the food. Unlike dog food wi fillers [buy products, some sort of meals, corn …].
    I now feed my 50# dogs 2/3 of a cup per day (previous brand I gave them 2 cups per day). In the morning to decrease separation anxiety, I put 2 table spoons of pnut butter in a Kong tire traxx and freeze it overnight. They get it when I leave for work.
    I really like taste..wild. I have rotated the various taste..wild variety so they get something new every couple of month. It’s actually cheaper cause u feed less. I also give them one raw egg per day.
    We run about 30 miles a week, too..

  • Minne_gurl125

    Anyone else noticed the calorie count is kind of low for for how high the Protein, Fat, Fiber is for this one?

    How much did you feed? My dog is 50 lbs

  • Clifford

    allergies? food, maybe…check the ingredients. If you had good results with Wellness, why not switch back and see if the rash goes away?

  • Shavina J

    I bought my puppy food at a Feed Store. My poor puppy had really bad diarrhea. I switched to Tasteof the Wild puppy food and she hasn’t had any case of diarrhea since. There is something in this dog food that isn’t agreeing with majority of the puppies/dogs.

  • Lia Brown

    I have an 11 month old German Sheppard/Rottweiler mix (that may also have some pit and lab mixed in according to everyone we meet). Got him from the animal shelter about 6 months ago. He was started on Wellness puppy food and then I switched him to TOTW High Prairie formula about 3 months ago because a friend’s sister’s dog was doing so well on it and had such a beautiful coat. Two weeks ago I realized that the food I had was adult formula so I switched to the TOTW High Prairie puppy formula. Since then my dog has developed a rash in the armpit area and is scratching more than usual. Does anyone have any idea if there is something in the puppy formula he could be reacting to, or do you think that he is having a seasonal reaction that coincidentally coincides with the food? I have to also state that the last 3 days, while waiting for my new shipment of TOTW High Prairie Adult food to come, I have been feeding him Rachael Rays Nutrish Beef, vegetables and fruit formula, adding in olive oil, a benedryl once/day and spraying with Vets Best Hot Spot spray and the hot spot seems to be getting better. What do you all think? Is the TOTW Puppy Formula the culprit or is it environmental allergies? I’ve never had a dog with this before. Had two Rott/Boxer Mixes (RIP) before this puppy and never dealt with allergies.

  • Roberta Liford

    I notice the TOTW newest formula dry (adult) Pine Forest, Venison, is not listed. It looks really good to me and I’m going to try it. I also don’t understand why a 4 star puppy formula is used for the TOTW rating, when 3 of their adult formulas get 5 stars.

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m very happy for you, Susan! I’m sure it’s a relief. I wish you continued success for you and your pup!

  • DogFoodie

    Wow! He really has come so far. You’ve been so patient, worked so hard, and have learned so much in your effort to help him.

    Good luck with the Canidae! I hope it works as well.

    Have you had him on TOTW for a while? There are so few foods that my sensitive pup can eat that when I finally found something that he seemed to do well on, I decided to keep him on it for a little while to give him some time to heal. I’ve also found that my guy has pretty distinct environmental sensitivities and it’s tough figuring out to what he’s reacting, and whether it’s the food or the environment, when I’m switching foods all the time.

    But, I really am happy to hear about Patch and I know you’ve worked really hard to get him there. That’s very commendable.

  • Susan

    Yes finally its taken 3 yrs lol, maybe his stomach & bowel has gotten better & stronger, now he can eat potatoes & sweet potatoes, I’m going to try the Canidae grain free next the Pure Land…. Canidae has some new formulas they’ll be here in June but we have problems with Canidae in Australia, it sells out too quick, Canidae mustn’t order enough, then you have to wait till the new month for the next shipment to come…Canidae mustn’t have a warehouse like the other American kibble companies have here in Australia, something is wrong..

  • Susan

    The only formula that has Tapioca is the new Pine Forest canine formula…I have TOTW book & I’ve looked thru all their formula’s cause my boy itches when he eats Tapioca.

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Susan,

    So glad you’ve found something Patch does so well on! That’s great news!

  • CoolSpring Labradors

    Susan i suggest you look at some of their below 32% protein totw bags…they do indeed use it.

  • Melanie

    Totally agree. People are always going to nag about this food. My sweet 87 pound lab has the best coat he’s ever had thanks to this food. I would never feed him purina. Costco’s ingredients are even better than purina.

  • CoolSpring Labradors

    Your correct I did edit it for better flow but was not sure of your original intent from your post as it read as a challenge so I edited to see what your response would be….when it comes to pet foods what works best for your dog is quite a conundrum from the old days. Thus the issues that were once simple are now complex for many reasons. We offer as users experience and knowledge to others here to help others not to challenge or overwrite others here. best of luck to you. My experience may differ from others but I actually called the owners of this company and the one I spoke to was quite rude about the recall of TOTW and apparently in business they are quite heavy handed with their client too…with that we choose not to use it as did a few stores here with regard to product liability and public confidence. That is their choice but please don’t take my posting as personal and specific to you, it posted for everyone. All we need is one company to form that makes the finest and vast array of dog foods that meets the standards well above the non-standardized and seldom regulated existing pet foods marketplace in the US of A. All the best.

  • Susan

    Gee I wish I took a photo of your first post, that’s not what you said in your first post, you have edited it now, your first original post you wrote “you feed Costco puppy & it’s good food with good results”, now it’s gone, you have deleted it…. that’s why I replied to your first post saying “also the puppy food at Costco is made by Diamond” why else would I post that for…… a lot of dogs with EPI & IBD are doing really well on the Taste of The Wild Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon & the Kirkland Signature Salmon, finally I gave in & started my IBD & Skin Allergy boy on the TOTW Pacific Stream & his skin coat is beautiful & shinny & his acid reflux has gone & his poos are 1/2 the size & the firmest that they have been..Diamond has had their problems in the past but as long as they have learnt from their mistakes…

  • Susan

    Yes that’s it, you have explained it better..

  • LabsRawesome

    I use Costco’s Kirkland Nature’s Domain in my rotation
    My dog’s coats look great on it.

  • Crazy4cats

    Kirkland Signature’s Nature’s Domain is similar to TOTW, but not the same. However, they are both manufactured by Diamond.

  • CoolSpring Labradors

    Kirkland signature is not Taste of the Wild, this company would never rebrand their direct product line, in fact I just looked at it’s ingredients yesterday…that is incorrect. I always take a picture of the ingredients, this way IO can compare to see not only what’s in it, but want may have changed if our results have changed with the dogs. Some have tapioca some use other fillers to help the bowel movement…all of Costco’s food is made by Diamond yet under the specific formula by Costco same as Sam’s Club which is made by Purina to their specific formula. Over a decade ago Sam’s club exceed was basically a dead on copy of Eukanuba Performance and it was outstanding food they then went to another and then another and then another supplier now being Purina. We never get good coats on anything from Costco or Sam’s. They are brittle and dry every time.

  • Susan

    Hi, send “Taste of The Wild” an email.. telling TOTW that your getting a new large breed puppy & can you please have some samples & their booklet with all their formulas & ingredients & Guaranteed Analysis … http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/formula-finder/formula-results/ also some of their other formulas are all Life Stages formulas, Pine Forest, Sierra Mountain & South Canyon….

  • Susan

    Taste of the Wild doesn’t have Tapioca in their formulas.., also the Puppy food at Costco is made by Diamond….Kirkland Signature is Taste Of The Wild….

  • CoolSpring Labradors

    Jeremy hello I have been showing Labs for 30 years…..what does your breeder use? If they are eating solid food mixed with warm water…this is what I use for puppies…..believe it or not…lab puppies do great with Purina puppy food…the puppy food at Costco is also good…puppy gets three small feedings a day at four months two feedings then at 5.5 months switch over to adult prior to six months…..never had a problem with Performance Eukanuba 30/20 for them….hope this helps I have #3 Yellow in Nation right now and moving up….he weighs 94.6lbs and is still growing…..he uses Eagle Pack 30/19 mixed with their standard Chicken formula….he’s an English Tank. Also to comment below…Taste of the Wild and Grain Free foods are not good for large breeds as they get either constipated or if they have tapioca they get diarrhea from it. I don’t use Diamond made foods as they are #1 in recalls that kill pets.

  • cheryl179

    Been using TOTW Pacific Stream for 3 years for My Bull Terrier last bag was “enhanced” Chumlee pretty much starved himself before he’d eat any of it…he had loose stools also, switched to Only Natural Pet Canine Powerfood Fish Feast…he snarfed it down and w/in 24 hours stool was normal again…. so no more TOTW here…sad was a good food until they changed it.

  • cheryl179

    Yeah I got my first bag of “enhanced flavor” Pacific Stream Chumlee pretty much refused to eat but the bare minimum to keep from being starved…had loose stools just got my order of only natural pet fish feast canine powerfood he snarfed it down and w/in 24 hours stool was normal again…no more TOTW for him.

  • Sue Aston

    I got TOTW Fowl for my two dogs…Shihtzu x and a Westie X. The Westie eats anything no problem. My other dog was lethargic and unwell for days after eating it. He had diarrhoea, was eating grass and just not happy. He’s eaten a variety of food in the past with no problems and I thought this was a more “natural” dog kibble. Finally, after $300 at the vet, I worked out it was the food. Took him off it for a week and then tried mixing some TOTW in….again, not well. Lethargic, diarrhoea and looking miserable.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Jeremy-

    With large breed puppies, feeding grain inclusive or grain free isn’t really the issue or concern. What is first and foremost important is choosing a food that has appropriate calcium levels since this will help to slow their growth and reduce the risk of developmental orthopedic disorders.

    If you’re looking at Taste of the Wild, both puppy formulas do have the calcium levels needed for a large breed puppy.

  • Jeremy

    Is a grain free diet good for puppies? Getting a lab at the end of April and looking into different food brands/diets. Thinking about taste of the wild, Nutro ultra or Performatrin Ultra. Any suggestions?

  • Susan

    Try & find another kibble with just fish, sweet potatoes & potatoes it will be hard a lot of dogs with IBD EPI & Skin Allergies were doing so well on TOTW Pacific Stream, We should start a petition asking for the old formula back, TOTW Pacific stream was the only Grain free kibble without peas & chick peas in Australia….I’m going to try the Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb it has no Garbanzo beans & the fat is the same at 15% the fiber is a little bit higher at 4% but the Sierra Mountain has the least ingredients then all the other TOTW kibbles…

  • Susan

    You know why there’s no fish smell with new enhanced formula (noticed they didn’t put new improved formula) cause now they’ve added Peas & Garbanzo, TOTW have added more plant protein to up the protein % & the kibble is probably less meat protein with15% Salmon/fish & the rest is potatoes, peas & garbanzo beans plant protein… all kibbles should have the meat protein % & the plant protein % on the side of all kibble bags…. go on face book & start following “Rodney Habib” he’s a Dog Nutrition Blogger exposing all these companies with all their little tricks to make their kibble sell….

  • Susan

    Hi, how is she doing now the formula has been changed in October 2015 TOTW added Peas & Garbanzo beans to their Pacific Stream, the new formula bags have it on the front of bag new Enhanced Flavour… I have still been buying the old formula in the smaller bags as all the big bags have the new formula now..
    So many dogs with IBD EPI & Skin allergies were doing really well on the Pacific Stream Formula it was the only grain free formula in Australia without peas & chickpeas its a shame … Chickpeas are harder to digest & can cause gas/wind pain, bad farts.

  • Melanie

    Try the Southwest Canyon formula. My dogs love it and there’s no chicken in it which makes my dog very itchy. I think there is beef in it though.

  • Melanie

    My dog’s did terrible on Fromm. Too many ingredients in that food. It made them both very itchy. They do well on TOTW southwest canyon. Their coats look great, they never itch, and they love it. This one is free of any chicken which seems to cause a lot of issues with my fur babies.

  • Amy

    Has anyone tried the new Pine Forest version? I think it is supposed to help with weight management.

  • Michael

    I rescued a blue nose put bull and found out quickly she had food allergies manifesting in severe skin rashes leading to hot spots and secondary infections. I switched her food from Diamond to TOTW Pacific Stream. She does very well on this food and am glad to have found it.

  • SabiJ

    Our dog has started doing this also. Wonder if it has to do with the food. We did switch from TOTW for a while, but it was to another Diamond Brand dog food (seems like most of the dogfoods are Diamond Brand), so made absolutely no difference. Think we’ll be switching to something completely different, get some non-Diamond brand food.

  • SabiJ

    I’m so bummed to hear it. Obviously it doesn’t agree with them at all. Ours haven’t stopped vomiting, first time since we switched to this brand 3 or so years ago. Now on the lookout for some non-Diamond brand, which seems to be hard to come by.

  • SabiJ

    We had the same thing happen. After 3 or so years of feeding our 3 dogs TOTW without any problems, now all of a sudden the food makes them throw up every single time. All the food, all the dogs, and every time. Now searching for a new food.

  • Susan

    I msg TOTW on their Face Book page & yes, last October 2015 they added Garbanzo Beans & Peas to their Pacific Stream formula, TOTW said it says “New Enhanced Flavour” on the kibble bag…

  • Susan

    Earthborn Holistic have never had a recall…..

  • Susan

    I live Australia & we have a company that imports TOTW so the UK would be the same, you need to ask whoever imports the UK TOTW what plant are they getting it from, Diamond has 4 plants…unless you ask Diamond I asked on their Face book page & the lady posted back saying send them a private msg…

  • Susan

    Do you know what the use by date was? & what plant was it made at…. Diamond has 4 plants….I just ordered a bag I’ve never feed TOTW Pacific Stream before, I live Australia & TOTW said Australia TOTW is coming from the South Carolina plant….

  • Susan

    Your better off feeding TOTW then feeding a vet diet, a lot of dogs with IBD & EPI are doing really well on the TOTW Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon the fiber is lower at 3% maybe that’s why they’re doing better, sometimes dogs with diarrhea need a lower fiber diet…..

  • Elvia MacLean Bahena

    I have been feeding TOTW lamb and smoked Salmon to my dogs for many years and my dogs love it. There coats are very healthy. I have two Shih Tzu and two Olde English Bulldogges and have no problems with this food.

  • Christina

    My puppy (german shorthaired pointer) had diarrhea for two and a half months. I took her to the vet every week basically. She had the most extensive testing done, because she was overheating after 10 mins of play as well, and hyperventilating and sometimes throwing up. To make a long story short… after a lot of time and money spent on this, I thought I would change her food from Canidae Life Stages in the 44lb bag that I had been feeding her since she was 10 weeks old until 8 months old to TOTW. Few days later… BAM. Regular poop. Still keeping an eye out for the exercise fatigue. But, I couldn’t afford any of the Prescription Dog Food that the Vet recommended. Great alternative. Same manufacturer as Canidae. Some dogs just react differently to different foods I guess.

  • theBCnut

    Um, yeah, it was caused by the food, or better to say it was caused by the abrupt change of food. Some dogs get this due to food sensitivities or sudden increases in fat in the diet, but the bottom line is Freckles didn’t have this issue before the new food. This doesn’t mean there is something wrong with the food, just that your dog need more time to acclimate to it.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Robert. After feeding Dog Chow for years, any abrupt diet change will cause problems. It’s like a shock to the digestive system. You have to go extremely slow when changing foods after being on the same one for so long. You would start with 75% Dog chow and 25% Taste of the wild. I’d do that for about a week. Then for week two I’d do a 50% 50% blend of the two foods. Week Three 75% Taste of the wild 25% Purina. Week four 100% Taste of the wild. Its good to hear that Diamond gave you such great customer service.

  • Hi Robert

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your pup.

    Great review! Here’s some info on;

    What causes canine hemorrhagic gastroenteritis?

    “Stress, anxiety, and hyperactivity are thought to be possible contributing factors in many cases of canine hemorrhagic gastroenteritis.”

    The exact cause of HGE remains unknown (idiopathic). It may be related to dietary indiscretion (ingesting non-food items or even dramatically different foods than what the dog is accustomed to), immune-mediated disease, toxins, or pancreatitis. Stress, anxiety, and hyperactivity are thought to be possible contributing factors in many cases. Recent research indicates that HGE may be an allergic reaction (food or inhaled). Intestinal parasites and bacteria may also be causes. Dogs who experience HGE may be more prone to developing HGE in the future.


  • DogFoodie

    Hi Robert,

    I’m so, so sorry to hear about your wife. You have my prayers for peace.

    I tend to think that the sudden change in diet, to a food to which your pup was unaccustomed to eating, may have played a role in the HGE diagnosis. I don’t necessarily believe the food caused the HGE, but that the sudden change itself did. It’s for this reason that a gradual change would be recommended if your pup isn’t accustomed to diet rotation or has been eating one specific food for a prolonged period of time.

    What are you feeding Freckle now and are you looking to change foods or are you happy with what you’re feeding?

    Here’s a link for a little more information: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/hemorrhagic-gastroenteritis-in-dogs/764

    Wishing you many happy, healthy years with Freckle! 🙂

  • Robert Clements

    After my wife passed it’s been just my dog Freckle, and me. After feeding Purina Dog Chow for years a friend pointed out to me that Freckle’s coat looked dull. When I was out shopping at Menards I discovered the Taste of the Wild line of food. Freckles was with me and got excited about sniffing the TOTW bags. I bought her Pacific Stream. She developed bloody diarrhea barely 2 days later and I just started fuming thinking it had to be the food. I called Diamond, not really expecting much, and was surprised that they offered me the opportunity to speak to a live vet. Dr Heldman took the time to talk to me for a half an hour. We were able to rule some things out as the cause of the diarrhea, and she provided me with a clear path to take to get to the bottom of his diarrhea problem. Ultimately Freckles was diagnosed with “Hemorrhagic Gastro Enteritis”. This was not caused by the food. I’m grateful to the staff at Taste of the Wild.
    If you buy it and have questions, call their vet!

  • Packmomof4

    My two small breed dogs loved the new venison & carbanzo bean flavor of kibble. At first I was afraid to use this brand of food bc diamond owns it but I have not had any issues with it at all. Iv tried a few brands to. I use to use Merrick but it now does not agree with my dogs and new ownership of the company so maybe food changes. Sad bc it was a great brand in my opinion.

  • Jeannie Priddy Hayes

    My 3 dogs are sick from.Diamond chicken and rice. I’m searching g for another brand…..

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Tyler,

    I don’t have any puppies at my house right now, but you should be able to feed Beagles any All Life Stages food. I don’t use TOTW in my rotation, so I’m not sure if they are all life stages. The fact that the they are suggesting the puppy formula might indicate that the other formulas are considered adult maintenance. If you’re unsure about TOTW, I would call the customer service line directly. In general either the bag or the website of any food will tell you if the food is suitable for all life stages. This DFA link will help you find some that are considered all life stages, which would be fine for both. Just click on the links for 4 or 5 star puppy foods and there is a list. Good Luck!


  • Karen Edwards Ragano

    Wow. Such hateful disagreements over a food for our loved 4-legged children. Amazing. People, please relax and stop being so ugly to one another!

  • theBCnut

    Diamond makes about 20 different brands, so when they mess up, it’s pretty widespread.

  • debij65

    I would never buy a Diamond product after I heard how sick dogs were getting from the Costco brand.

  • debij65

    Diamond also makes the Costco brand that was making a lot of dogs sick.

  • Tristan

    Yes my thoughts exactly, smells like a cheap cereal based food. Such a shame as my boy was thriving on it. Anyway thanks for you time.


    I called Diamond direct and thats what they told me and I didnt see any difference in the packaging. It was the same bag. I went to the pet store that I buy my food from and they opened two more bags with different skew numbers and they were all that different color. It was dark with a distinct fishy odor and when they changed the formula the color went to a light chicken color and no smell of fish at all.

  • Tristan

    Thanks for the reply. Did you notice that the packaging had changed also? They told me yesterday that formula hadn’t changed. I’m awaiting a reply from them with regards to production code. I live in the UK and there isnt any local shops that sell high quality so I have to always buy online, it’s difficult to know what your getting. Hope your dog is feeling better.