Taste of the Wild (Dry)

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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 seven dry dog foods, four claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and three for adult maintenance.

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

  • Taste of the Wild Sierra Mountain (4 stars)
  • Taste of the Wild Wetlands Formula (5 stars)
  • Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon (5 stars)
  • Taste of the Wild High Prairie Formula (5 stars)
  • Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Formula (4 stars)
  • Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy Formula (4 stars)
  • Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Puppy Formula (4 stars)

Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 31% | Fat = 19% | Carbs = 42%

Ingredients: Buffalo, lamb meal, sweet potatoes, egg product, pea protein, peas, potatoes, canola oil, tomato pomace, bison, roasted venison, beef, flaxseed, potato fiber, natural flavor, ocean fish meal, salmon oil (a source of DHA), salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, Yucca schidigera extract, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, 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, riboavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis28%17%NA
Dry Matter Basis31%19%42%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%39%35%

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

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

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

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

The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

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

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

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

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

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 four notable exceptions

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

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

Next, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

In addition, 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 31%, a fat level of 19% and estimated carbohydrates of about 42%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 31% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 43% 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 protein, peas and flaxseed in this recipe, and the potato protein and garbanzo beans contained in other recipes, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Taste of the Wild Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of various named species 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

05/09/2015 Last Update

  • Shannon

    I had this happen with a bag of Pacific Stream at about the same time you did with Wetlands. There are tons of other reports of the same thing. It’s not an isolated incident…but they won’t acknowledge it.

  • Shannon

    Yes, everyone has recalls. The problem is, they’re NOT recalling the food this time. There are sooo many reports of dogs getting sick from it, and nothing is being done, nothing is being recalled, and they’re not even admitting there’s a problem. A recall would be WELCOME at this point.

  • Shannon

    I successfully fed my service dog exclusively Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream for over a year with no issues – and for 7 years off and on for my other dog. My service dog has a lot of food allergies, so it was one of two kibbles he can eat (the other is Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Fish…and more recently, Natural Balance Potato and Rabbit). HOWEVER, a couple months ago I got a bag from Amazon, like always, and it had two colors of kibble in it. I figured it was just color variation from natural products. Then, less than 24 hours after eating it, he had explosive diarrhea. I figured he ate something he shouldn’t have, so I fasted him and then fed him pumpkin and beef for a couple days, then started mixing kibble in to get him back on the Pacific Stream. Again, less than 12 hours after adding kibble to his pumpkin/beef slurry, explosive diarrhea. Rinse and repeat. This time I got a small bag of Natural Balance to mix in, and no diarrhea. Started mixing Pacific Stream into the Natural balance, and suddenly diarrhea. Out of curiosity I started mixing some Pacific Stream into my other dog’s kibble, and he also got explosive diarrhea – and he’s a dog that can eat pretty much anything and change foods cold turkey without any issues.

    I contacted the company and reported the kibble and sent them a sample. I still have not hear back about it, and they still insist there is nothing wrong with their food – although their Facebook page has several reports of diarrhea, and the Amazon reviews are full of reports of diarrhea.

    See, I’m fine with a company that finds something wrong with their food, admits it, recalls the food, and fixes the problem. I’m NOT fine with a company that refuses to admit there’s anything wrong with the food when clearly there is. Since I don’t know if the problems been fixed (and I’m assuming it hasn’t, since they haven’t admitted there was a problem), I can’t feed TOTW anymore. I can’t risk my dog having diarrhea in the middle of the grocery store. So now he’s down to eating Natural Balance Potato and Rabbit or Sweet Potato and Fish, since those are the only two kibbles in existence he’s not allergic to.

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ As Nature Intended

    Good for you. I’m really happy for you

  • Crazy4dogs

    Many of the regular posters here, myself included, change their dogs diets on a regular basis when they rotate between various brands of kibble, canned and raw without issue.

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ As Nature Intended

    Any change in their diet can bring about a sick friend, especially when feeding kibble. The reason he felt better after two days is that his stomach had time to get back to normal, being without any processed foods. Is he getting anything other than the kibble??

  • Kelly L. Baker

    I sympathize with you, it IS really hard to pinpoint – I took my dog in for every test under the sun and everything came back normal, but she was VERY ill. The ONLY thing that had changed in her environment was that new bag of food, so that led me here and to some other forums with similar stories.

    I considered trying the other bag of TOTW that I had purchased at the same time, after weaning her off the bland diet, but to me, it just wasn’t worth it. I just went with a vet recommended food.

  • mystery79

    They changed the formula last summer. Prior to that my dog loved the High Prairie but he was thumbing his nose last year and I researched and found on TOTW’s facebook page that they did change the formula. So now he eats the Pacific Stream.

  • mystery79

    This is really making me wonder now. Our dog got very ill one day at the end of March and we assumed he got into the litterbox the day before. But we feed him TOTW Pacific Stream. I’ll have to go and see if I can find the time I bought the bag and see if I can find receipts etc. The thing is we weren’t suspecting the food and he got better after 2 days and then continued to eat the TOTW without any problems. So perhaps this case it’s not caused by the food. It’s really hard to pinpoint.

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ As Nature Intended
  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ As Nature Intended
  • DogFoodie

    I figured that’s what she meant, although it’s clearly not what she wrote. Maybe she should pay closer attention to what she writes. Acknowledging that she’s not perfect would be a start. Showing some respect for others and having some humility would be an accomplishment.

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ As Nature Intended

    Dori, your a breath of fresh air..someone with some common sense and understanding. We are not all perfect hey :)

  • Dori

    That’s what I was thinking also Pitlove. She meant to say “haven’t” otherwise it doesn’t make sense.

  • Crazy4dogs

    That’s the number of years I remember seeing in the comment.

  • Pitlove

    maybe she meant to say “havent” studied? not sure.

  • InkedMarie

    Nice deflection. You insinuated that someone couldn’t know about raw since they don’t feed it; how can you know about dry & wet since you don’t feed it?

  • DogFoodie

    Dr. Mike said, “I would urge you to make more of an effort to study BOTH the advantages and disadvantages of feeding raw dog food before you recommend them to others…”

    You said, “How do you know I have studied?”

    You’ve told us repeatedly that you’ve been studying raw diets for years, six I believe, may have been what you said.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Can you please cite the links that you are basing your comments on. They seem to differ from the general consensus.

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ As Nature Intended

    Exactly!

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ As Nature Intended

    I have researched both, haven’t you??

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ As Nature Intended

    “After reviewing thousands of dog food recipes, my staff and I have discovered many raw products are improperly designed and poorly produced”.
    Couldn’t agree with you more.

  • theBCnut

    Bone and meat digest at different rates too, for that matter bone and bone marrow digest at different rate.

  • Pitlove

    Well said Dr. Mike, thank you.

  • Crazy4dogs

    100 upvotes from me AGT! :)
    The sad thing is it seems to be affecting new people on the site with all of the raw rants. :(

  • Crazy4dogs

    Thanks for the intervention Dr. Mike! :)

  • Crazy4dogs

    Glad to hear your dog is doing well! I don’t personally use TOTW, but no matter what food you feed, if it smells off or bad, go with your gut instinct and don’t feed it. It can happen to almost any food if improperly stored (anywhere in the long list from factory to home as well as a bad batch). If you do ever run into the problem, most stores will accept it for return/exchange. :)

  • Crazy4dogs

    If your reasoning is different digestion rates, here’s some food for thought, pun intended, from a raw website. 😉

    http://therawfeedingcommunity.com/2015/01/08/digest-this-kibble-may-actually-digest-faster-than-raw/

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’ve been doing this for over 10 years. What is you reason for your claim?

  • Dori

    I think that was a response to Pitlove if I’m remembering correctly.

  • InkedMarie

    I have read about dry and raw; never dry and wet. I’m surprised you even know about dry and wet foods since you seem to push raw on everyone. Didn’t I just read this morning that you questioned how someone could be a raw proponet when they don’t feed raw?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    I admire your passion for raw dog food. For many are very good products.

    However, your sweeping belief that raw dog foods are automatically superior to all commercial dog foods is simply not true.

    After reviewing thousands of dog food recipes, my staff and I have discovered many raw products are improperly designed and poorly produced.

    Many are made from low quality slaughterhouse waste — such as fatty trimmings, connective tissue and gristle.

    In fact, quite a few of these raw products get as much as 85% of their total calories from fat. And a paltry 10% (or less) of their energy from protein.

    What’s more, many NEVER make any real effort to test or regulate the calcium or other nutrient content of their recipes to be sure they meet established scientific nutritional standards.

    So, if fed to a large breed puppy, there is a significant increase in risk for the development of hip dysplasia or other skeletal disease as the animal approaches adulthood.

    We’ve uncovered a major number of raw products that are marketed as complete and balanced — yet they are not safe enough to be fed as the sole food in a dog’s diet.

    What’s more, many are sold illegally because they do not meet Federal labeling guidelines.

    I would urge you to make more of an effort to study BOTH the advantages and disadvantages of feeding raw food before you so sweepingly recommend them to others…

    Otherwise, you could be suggesting some very unhealthy diets to less informed and inexperienced dog owners.

    By the way, in the not too distant future, we are planning to introduce a series of helpful articles about this mostly unregulated “anything goes” raw pet food industry.

  • aquariangt

    I think you can officially be classified as a troll now.

  • DogFoodie

    I can’t help but wonder if you would tolerate a member on your site who chastises other members for the choices that they make for their pets?

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ As Nature Intended

    well duh

  • DogFoodie

    You do realize that’s how all foods on this site are rated, right?

  • Pitlove

    yes you can mix wet food and dry food together.

  • aquariangt

    Now, that’s just made up.

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ As Nature Intended

    I’ve read in in quite a few articles etc. When I find the time to find it, I’ll share it. .. meanwhile you could google it, or ask any good vet :)

  • InkedMarie

    Where did you read that? There is no issue with adding wet food to dry.

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ As Nature Intended

    Any change in their diet will have a reaction, it’s natural

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ As Nature Intended

    Try some goat, kangaroo or venison mince, not chicken as it can be sensitive on some dogs skin.. a little at first mixed in with what they’re having now

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ As Nature Intended

    Wet and dry shouldn’t be mixed together

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ As Nature Intended

    How can you judge a commercial pet food by how many stars it has? lol.. that’s ridiculous.
    Sorry but that’s like someone giving a human “Home Brand” 100% processed food 5 stars and you think.. Oh wow, it must be good, it has 5 stars! I’m going to eat that every day, probably more than once a day, for the rest of my humble life?!

  • Pitlove

    Yeah, I personally like that it’s made by a vet who also uses a canine nutritionist to formulate the foods. They don’t carry it here either. I would be ordering it off chewy.com

  • Brooke

    Sounds like a really good brand, 5 stars from dog food advisor. We don’t even carry that brand here, I would have to order it! 😮
    I haven’t even thought about school yet because I already owe a lot of money.

  • Brooke

    Ironically, I live where there’s plenty of meat but it’s still high demand. $50 of meat would last a week or two.

  • Ann Farrell Jones

    An update: Dog is fine and now on Freshpet (wet and dry). She loves it!

    I’m convinced we just got a bad bag of TOTW Wetlands, which is why I wrote the review. I didn’t want other dogs getting sick if it was a wider spread problem.

    I know several people, including my parents, that swear by TOTW. I had just started the switch so what she consumed wasn’t even a full serving. As I said, it smelled rancid and I should have gone with that impression.

  • Jessica Leanna Taft

    Almost every dog food company goes through a recall. Bad batch ect. At some point or another. I’m not saying they shouldn’t be critical of that if you read what I was saying I don’t like that people are yelling at people for not feeding their dogs a raw diet. Not everyone has the time to do that. Everyone is just trying to do the best they can for their animals. Now what I found out is why alot of dogs got sick is totw added “tasty beef” to their prairie formula… Some dogs do not do well with beef… A long time ago I had a dog with bad allergies who could only eat lamb. It’s important to FIND OUT what changed in the food to cause this reaction with the dogs. Not assume it’s just bad food.

  • Kelly L. Baker

    I personally stumbled upon this site when my dog became violently ill two months ago. It never occurred to me that it could be her food, I assumed something else. Until I took her to three vets and all tests came back negative. Once I switched foods, she was nearly immediately well. That coupled with the exact same story told by others (not just on this forum but in Amazon reviews and other sites as well) can’t be a simple coincidence. Could it be a bad batch? Sure. Bad bag, even? Maybe. Am I going to go through that ever again just because I thought TOTW was a quality food at a reasonable price? Nope. Not worth it. Too many other fish in the dog food sea.

    I’m thankful to the others here that shared their story (critical or not). Without them, I may have never realized TOTW was the issue and my dog’s situation could have gotten much, much worse.

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ Karen Mitchell

    Sorry. That must have been a terrible experience.
    I know what yo mean. $50 is a lot of money to me too. I gave myself a hair cut today as I can’t afford to go to the hair dressers. I haven’t been to a hair dressers for about 7 years!
    Meat must be expensive where you are. Neither of us work and our bank accounts are in the minus every fortnight before we receive our pensions, but our dogs, a Golden Retriever and a Shih Tzu manage to eat a balanced raw. We buy in bulk and freeze it which saves us heaps. $50 here would feed these two for 3 months. Lilly is 6 years and never had to go to the vets for anything except for a grass seed that managed to get in her bottom when she was a pup, lol. I believe we are saving on vet bills, so it makes up for their food expense I guess.
    Hope you get your dream job. x

  • Pitlove

    Brooke- Thats awful! Wow. I can’t even believe that someone would do that. I’ll never be able to wrap my mind around that. I am really sorry for your loss.

    I understand where you are coming from with the budget. I’ll definitely feed raw once I get out of college and get a full time job in the field I’m going to go to school for, but right now I don’t have the time to prepare the food or the money to afford it for a large breed. I wanted to feed Orijen because my dog did so well on it, but its too expensive. I’m looking at Dr. Tim’s RPM Salmon and Pork right now.

  • Brooke

    We actually didn’t feed him raw meat, someone tried to kill him and succeeded. It’s a very long story, but I’ll try to make it short.
    Someone stole him a couple of months ago, we found out, they wanted $700 to get him back, almost had to go to court, he gave up. Now we are here. We found the bag the still had some in it. I mainly regret not setting cameras up after we got him back.
    I would make the transition with my other dog but I cannot. I have two minimum wage jobs that are barely helping me get by now. I applied for a better one so hopefully I can afford a raw diet for him. Right now earthborn holistics is the best I can do, and $50 is a lot to me!

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ Karen Mitchell

    How is your baby going now Ann?
    Here is a very good link on diarrhoea for future reference.
    http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/diarrhea-in-dogs-puppies-cats-kittens.html

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ Karen Mitchell

    That is horrible. I feel for you. Losing a pet is like losing a family member.
    Did you receive any help or guidance when you made the transition? There are precautions to take when making the transition and feeding raw.

    Was your vet a holistic one? If not, this is common for them to put the blame on this.
    Gastrointestinal problems often develop when a dog or cat is switched from processed to raw food. There are two main reasons pets acquire GI issues from dietary transitions: the speed of the change in foods, and dysbiosis.
    (http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/04/15/raw-food-diet-part-3.aspx)

    I hope this experience hasn’t discouraged you from raw feeding.

    Some information for you.
    http://rawfed.com/myths/bacteria.html

  • Brooke

    I’m not sure. I had a necropsy done and that’s what the vet told me

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ Karen Mitchell

    Sorry for your loss. How can it set up an infection in his stomach?? What do you mean?

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ Karen Mitchell

    Good decision

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/324599134386758/ Karen Mitchell

    What was he on before?

  • Jessica Leanna Taft

    I really hate how critical alot of you are about people feeding their dogs totw. If it works for their dogs great if it doesn’t move on. I am going to feed my puppies totw. I guess if people have such a issue with it I could always go buy a bag of pedigree instead. Dog food for dogs is trial and error. Everyone is just trying to find the right fit for their dogs and if they are on this site they are just trying to find what is the best dog food they can feed. Please don’t be critical of people that will not be doing raw. It’s a personal choice. I will update this post with how my puppies do with totw high prarie puppy in The next 3 weeks.

  • Jessica Leanna Taft

    Taste of the wild added beef to their formulas

  • Brooke

    My dog actually died from raw meat last Tuesday. It set up an infection in his stomach.

  • Karen Mitchell

    Hi Hesham. How is puppy now that he has had processed food for the first 6 months of his life? Please look into making the transition to a natural raw diet. If your on Facebook, look up As Nature Intended.
    I have been researching the all natural balanced RAW diet (and commercial pet food) for the past 6 years. I now share what I have learnt through my Facebook group, As Nature Intended.
    If you would like some advice from people, from all walks of life, professionals, pet carers, cancer researchers and people you have taken on the challenge of researching the RAW diet themselves. People who have made the transition successfully or have been feeding their pet on raw for years, my Facebook group is there to help. Great tips, hints and advice and guidance 24/7
    A healthy best friend is a natural raw diet

  • Karen Mitchell

    Yes. Processed commercial pet food is fattening! It’s filled with carbs!!

    Of course, conmmercial dog food manufacturers, along with pet food store and vets do not want pet owners to get educated and take charge of feeding their pets as they would all go out of business, and their business is making money.

  • Karen Mitchell

    Hi. It’s great that you seen a change in them and took the initiative to carry out some research. Good on you.

    I am sincere in what I say and only want the best for your animals and their health.
    (I have been researching natural raw diet and commercial pet food for 6 years.
    May I suggest, do some research on natural raw feeding. The fist thing you will learn is that dogs are carnivore, which means they cannot survive on processed commercial pet foods.

    People who believe that their pet can survive on processed pet foods all their life – their pets look fine for the first half of their life, then things start to get noticed. Some people change the brand, only to find that in a matter of time, their pets condition starts to deteriorate again. I urge you to research a natural raw diet for your best friends and find some support to help with the transitions.

    Some people choose to do a mixed diet, which usually congaing raw meats, vegetables and some fruits as well as natural additives like coconut oil for instance and Turmeric. I see and hear of hundreds of people treating their dogs and cats cancer with Turmeric.
    I hear and read of success stories every day from people who have made the change. Do you know the number one cause of cancer and kidney failure in pets? Processed commercial food. Not to mention other diseases, skin problems and other health issues? Of course, conmmercial dog food manufacturers do not want pet owners to get educated and take charge of feeding their pets as they would all go out of business, and their business is making money.

  • Karen Mitchell

    What is TOTW???
    Ever wonder WHY they weren’t having any of it? To understand why we need to know how their stomach works and how and why it reacts with certain foods and when going from processed foods to natural foods will naturally have an impact on their system. Processed food are not good for any living being. If you think any different, you need to do some serious research.
    Feed your baby on nothing but processed foods up till they are 10 years old and then tell my their immune system is at 100%

  • Dori

    If you re-read my post of 7 months ago you will see that I stated that Nature’s Logic contains millet.

  • Gerry Ingram

    You are right. I should not have taken it so personal.

  • Gerry Ingram

    I think telling others their product choice is shoddy etc is not approaching things in a friendly manner.

    I did admit my mistakes I always do.

  • Gerry Ingram

    No it does not mean they are separate companies. It only means they are connected, that they have some sort of relationship.

  • Gerry Ingram

    Associated means there is a connection, a relationship. It means nothing else. That is like saying I am my fathers son but we are not related. TOTW does not = Diamond and Diamond does not equal TOTW. Diamond is much bigger than TOTW. You know a rose is a flower but not all flowers are roses.

    TOTW is not equal to any other brand Diamond sells. If it were, it would have the exact same track record which it does not.

  • theBCnut

    Yes, but if you repair your food handling equipment with duct tape and cardboard, which is what the Diamond plant in question did, you are far more than likely to have a problem. And if you put off announcing a recall until the FDA threatens to file a lawsuit, which is what Diamond did, you trash your reputation. And if you leave unmarked food in open bins, which is what Diamond did, oh never mind, enjoy your food…

  • Pitlove

    Hi Gerry-

    Glad you are having good luck with TotW. It’s a very popular food at the small pet store I work at. The ingredients are definitely good, which is why the formulas have earned between a 4-5 star rating.

    However, I’d really like to stress to you that, there are people who are interested in who manufactures the food they are feeding and if the company has had recalls, and many of them (like Diamond or P&G) and have not handled them well, they want to know this because it can make or break if they choose to feed the food or not. People come on here not only to learn about the ingredients in the food, but the company behind it.

    If you do not mind the Diamond recalls and are not worried they could at some point effect TotW and cause you to have to change foods, that is perfectly fine, but there is really no reason to become so overly defensive over the 7 month old post Dori made. These are truths about Diamond that are undeniable. And unfortunely their poor quality control practices ( see the FDA post on the visit to one of their plants for details) have the opportunity to trickle down to any of their brands at any time and some don’t want that worry in the back of their minds.

  • DogFoodie

    She actually said Nature’s Logic contains millet. Re-read her post.

    Don’t be so defensive. You picked your food. It’s your choice. It’s cool.

    Just admit (to yourself) that you were mistaken. You don’t have to defend your choice to anyone. You and your dogs are the only ones who have to live with it. But, being nasty to others about it all really isn’t necessary.

  • DogFoodie

    I hardly consider my post freaking out. A little dramatic much?

    Now, I’ll admit I do get a little crazy about my pollinator gardening. Everything I plant is beneficial to them. So yes, I do work hard to bring the bees to my yard.

  • aquariangt

    I did. Association would infer that they were two separate companies that had something to do with each other, for example, Solid Gold has about 1/2 their varieties manufactured by Diamond. Therefore, Solid Gold is associated with Diamond. Taste of the Wild is Diamond’s brand, it’s merely their higher quality one, but doesn’t change the fact that they are Diamond. I do not “Associate” Diamond and TotW as they are one and the same

  • Storm’s Mom

    Taste of the Wild is Diamond’s “house brand” if you will. It is a label created by Diamond, owned by Diamond, made by Diamond, distributed by Diamond, etc etc etc. Taste of the Wild=Diamond.

  • Gerry Ingram

    Not associated with, but it is a product of? Seriously did you say that?

  • Gerry Ingram

    I just do the best I can. Guilty by association doesn’t cut it for me.

  • aquariangt

    I’m not sure what you’re getting at here. Taste of the Wild is not “associated” with Diamond, it is a Diamond product. So even though TotW was recalled once, as long it’s still a Diamond product, it still is under the same scrutiny as the rest of their problems, of which they have many.

    I don’t know what you need expertise or experience for, luckily all this information is readily available, as recalls have to be announced, and the reasoning is easily found on the FDAs page. If you need links, hit up the recall section of this website and they have them in plenty. Again, maybe only one says Taste of the Wild, but they are still made by the same company in the same plants as the rest of their food

  • Gerry Ingram

    I have 5 dogs now 3-5-8-8-13 years old. All are healthy and doing great. One has allergies and I have tried a lot of different diets and other changes for him, but otherwise he is healthy. I have been feeding all of my dogs TOTW Wetlands since mid 2007.

    My eldest, a 13 year old poodle – 27 lbs, was brought to me because he was going to be euthanized on Monday. They brought me a can of Ole Roy, which I refused to even take home. Jonah was epileptic. He had had several grand mal seizures, spent days with the veterinarian to get through them. Make a long story short he was a mess and on numerous medications. I have taken him off all of them as his health has improved over the past four years. I feed him Taste of the Wild Wetlands and two pieces of science diet T/D twice a day. He also gets appropriate foods from my personal meals. I eat fairly well. Jonah has not had a seizure in the four years I have had him. In fact, he runs and plays with the other dogs as if he were a puppy.

    I made some comments below on this page and turns out I wasn’t so accurate. Still, I stand by this food. I do not believe it is appropriate to be derogatory about this product simply based on the fact that it is associated with Diamond. I am a retired dog trainer and I frequently recommend it among others to past clients. Only once have I heard of a dog having a difficult time with it. No food is perfect for every dog.

    I apologize for my inaccurate comments below. My personal experience has been very positive with this product.

  • Crazy4dogs

    It looks like she’s the one you originally replied to. Here’s the link:

    https://disqus.com/home/discussion/dogfoodadvisor/taste_of_the_wild_dry/#comment-1773032877

    By the way, I would pick TOTW over Pedigree, as you did, and am glad you are helping those many dogs you have. I have several of my own and foster kill shelter dogs on a very regular basis. :)

  • Gerry Ingram

    I could not find it. This is a thread about TOTW. Point taken.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Just to set the record straight correctly, Dori said NATURE’S LOGIC contains MILLET, so it is technically not considered grain free, which is correct. That’s why it’s not listed on your bag of TOTW Wetlands. Millet is an ancient grain, but still a grain so Nature’s Logic is not grain free.

  • Gerry Ingram

    Your right it is your opinion. It is my opinion that making judgemental remarks about a product without sufficient evidence is disrespectful. Guilty by association is lame. Trying to make others feel poorly about a food they have chosen disrespectful. There is only one instance of verified problems with this specific food. The data does not support these kinds of comments.

    I am defending a product that has served me very well. I have five dogs, 3 – 6 – 8 – 8 – 13 years old, whose biggest issue has been fox tails. Although one of them has an allergy issue, I no longer believe it is diet related because I have tried numerous. He won’t even let me slip raw in. I’m not going to feed him hamburger and other muscle meets constantly.

    This should be a place where people offer their personal experiences or have sufficient evidence to back up a claim, but simply giving a bad rep to a product because of its association is not respectful.

    I will point out that Dori used the term shoddy almost right off the bat. Insulting anyone who currently uses it. You seem quite picky of your idea of respectful.

  • Crazy4dogs

    The point is you posted to a very old post and started ranting on others and with incorrect information.

    There were only 3 plants at the time of the recall and it significantly affected the Eastern half of the country. It was a very large recall with several months of production affected, not just one batch. This left may people with a poor impression of Diamond in general.

    That was in addition to the prior FDA warning letters to Diamond:

    http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2005/ucm075865.htm

    I have enough expertise to research my comments or suggestions before I make them, if I am not already familiar or experienced in the matter. I have enough experience to not make prejudicial comments and random generalizations to start an argument on a post that is more than several months old.

  • jingermichels

    My advice to anyone wanting to change or improve the quality of the feed they’re giving to their pets is to join the preferred membership on this site and receive immediate updates regarding new product evaluation, changes to existing product reviews, notices of recalls , and most importantly the Monthly Top 5 foods. Start at the top tier feeds, read & evaluate, then go to online retailers to evaluate customer comments and suitability for your criteria….cost, known allergies (chicken, potatoes, etc.) or other health issues specific to your dog(s), etc.

  • Shawna

    You have every right to feed whatever you want without harsh judgement from others. Likewise, Dori has every right to be critical of any food she wants for any reason she wants without judgement.

    If you disagree with someone feel free to post a friendly rebuttal as to why that is. However if you want to be treated with respect then it would be wise to treat others with respect as well. Use of words like “lame” and “fanatics” is not probably a good way to go about it. Just my opinion though.

    For what it’s worth – I am primarily a raw feeder but due to finances I do feed my crew kibble as well. I used to feed TotW fairly regularly but now I only incorporate the brand into my rotation three or four times a year.

  • Gerry Ingram

    How does that change the point? 1 plant out of four that manufactures it. 1 from back east. Are you going to start correcting my spelling too?

    What experience or expertise do you claim to have?

  • Crazy4dogs
  • Gerry Ingram

    I did not say nor imply that it was not made anywhere else. I in fact said it was made in Missouri and that that was the recall location. Does it not go to show that obviously one plants QA is not the same as another plants QA?

    I think people come here for expert advice. What makes you the expert? I think testimonials of personal experience and the science evaluation above are what people come here for.

    I have five dogs on Taste of the wild. How many do you have and have you had any personal experience with TOTW?

    You expect better quality from Cadilac than from Chevrolet, but they are both manufactured by General Motors.

    I have a 13 year old poodle who I rescued at age 9. He was an epileptic who had had grand mal seizures for days at a time in his vets office. He was lethargic and just an emotional mess. He was eating canned Ole Roy. I went cold turkey to Taste of the wild. He has been seizure free since I have owned him. In fact we took him off Pheno Barbetol this year completely. He acts like a puppy. A completely different dog than the dog brought to me 4 years ago. I admit that his dog food is not the only life change he has been through, but with his past, he would have been a candidate for numerous things.

    Unless, you have specific information from an acreddited source to back up your claims. Your really not making a fair evaluation.

  • Crazy4dogs

    There are some companies that have been producing food for up to 100 years and have never had a recall.

    Schell & Kampeter, who own Diamond, has always owned Taste of the Wild.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=4652988

    http://www.dogfoodinsider.com/taste-of-the-wild-dog-food-review/

    http://www.caninejournal.com/taste-of-the-wild-vs-blue-buffalo/

    The recall may have only been once for Taste of the Wild but it was for a very long production time. FDA link:

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm303034.htm

    Edit: There are 4 total facilities for Diamond Pet Company. It doesn’t state that one is specifically for TOTW:

    http://diamondpetcompany.com/#facilities

  • aquariangt

    This is a site for advice in dog food. Which people willingly come to for advice. Do people have the right to know in their quest for dog food knowledge about Diamond? Absolutely. I’m sorry that our ideals don’t line up, and you clearly aren’t interested in discussing it.
    Of note-even on the taste of the wild website, it links to diamond manufacturing, not it’s own. It even states it’s made in Missouri and South Carolina, two Diamond plants that have had many issues.

  • Gerry Ingram

    It is not okay to give others a hard time over their choices when you are not doing the best that you know you can.

    There are many times when manufaturing facilities have more problems than other facilities that make the very same product. That is why recalls typically state where that product was made.

    The one TOTW recall was from Missouri. There are two TOTW facilities in California. So, I have never had to be concerned about it. Things will happen in mass production. It happens with human grade food constantly. Many of us do the best we can.

    The more product one produces the more likely they are to encounter an issue. If I make 20 pies and you only make one, its more likely someone will get a bad pie from me than from you. Its just a numbers game.

  • aquariangt

    Bigotry? Wrong word there…

    I’d also like to point out that you came on and said you weren’t going to listen to a bunch of people who were raw feeders being upset. I’m telling you that’s not the case, as both people you responded to don’t feed raw. I’m not arguing it’s the best, but not right for me at this point, but I supplement plenty.

    That’s great you are a retired dog trainer, I’m a current one, and no majority of my people are positive here, I’m completely +R.

    Taste of the Wild looks good, but the fact that they are manufactured by Diamond, I don’t really care if TotW itself only has had one recall, the company itself is a problem, and there are better dry foods out there with a better track record, so why take the risk? It ABSOLUTELY reflects on everything they make, regardless of specific line recalls. I’m not going to tell you what to feed, but I will stand by my opinion on not feeding anything Diamond makes, too much variety out there to risk.

  • Gerry Ingram

    You wake up, RAW is not for everyone. I tried to go RAW and my dogs were not having any of it. So, I supplement their TOTW with cooked veggies and meats, including guts.

  • Gerry Ingram

    Did you just change food all at once? Not recommended. 10 days minimum with most any dog food change. TOTW is bit high on protein and that in and of itself can be a shock to the system.

  • Gerry Ingram

    Yet, TOTW has had only one.

  • Gerry Ingram

    So, what you are saying is that the two of you are not doing the very best you can for your own dogs, but feel obligatory to come on here and give others a hard time about their choices. Forgive me if I am wrong, but that sounds a bit bigotry to me.

    Feeding commercial dog food is a risk period. TOTW has had one recall. ONE! I am a retired dog trainer. One of the reasons I chose TOTW was because in a question asked amongst dog trainers, my circle is almost exclusively positive reinforcement based trainers and usually well informed, “what food do you feed if not RAW,” the two most popular answers were TOTW and Orijon. Orijon was by far the most. I trust that group of trainers. Just because Diamond has trouble with its other foods from time to time does not necessarily reflect upon a specific brand. Obviously since the record is not even close to being equal across the board.

    I don’t know if it was one of you two, mut someone also said TOTW contained Millot. Just to set that record straight. it is not listed on my bag of TOTW Wetlands.

  • aquariangt

    Just so you know, neither DogFoodie nor I are Raw feeder :)

  • Gerry Ingram

    I digress, It is what I was told before I switched from Pedigree. I see that is not true.
    Still, TOTW has had one recall in 2012. I am not going to freak out over a bunch of RAW food fanatics. If we freaked out over all the BS human food, we would have to grow our own and still the bees would bring monsonto into you back yard.

    If you want to freak out, freak out over Ole Roy and Beneful.

  • DogFoodie

    Taste of the Wild is, and always was, one of Diamond’s house brands.

  • Gerry Ingram

    Taste of the Wild was a separate entity from Diamond prior to being
    bought out. I have been using it for about 7-8 years, but only the Wetlands flavor. I know of only one recall on TOTW and it is
    my understanding it is made in a separate facility. Millet is not a listed ingredient on Wetlands TOTW.

  • Gerry Ingram

    I think it is pretty lame to just say a company is shoddy without backing it up.

  • Gerry Ingram

    Salt is a natural preservative. That is why it was so important in the past.

  • Gerry Ingram

    I worked in QC for 5 years.

  • Wendy

    great dry food for my dog https://youtu.be/Ecryd3RFw7A going to order some now hope this helps out

  • carla

    Yes I do. My Golden is 11 year old, and is very intolerant to cereals. I am using this brand (wet lands and pacific stream) and it’s going very fine.

  • jingermichels

    Before you feed this brand, you should research Diamond Pet Food recalls. Diamond manufactures pet foods for several brand names and does not have the best record from a quality control standpoint.