Timberwolf Platinum Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Timberwolf Platinum product line includes six dry dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Timberwolf Platinum Ocean Blue
- Timberwolf Platinum Black Forest
- Timberwolf Platinum Wilderness Elk
- Timberwolf Platinum Wild and Natural
- Timberwolf Platinum Lamb and Apples
- Timberwolf Platinum Southwest Chicken and Herbs
Timberwolf Platinum Wild and Natural was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Timberwolf Platinum Wild and Natural
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, herring, spray dried chicken liver, green peas, garbanzo beans, chicken fat, salmon, sweet potatoes, flaxseed, spray dried chicken, dried organic kelp, dried Saccharomyces cerevisiae, sardine oil, dehydrated alfalfa meal, whole carrots, dried celery, dried beets, dried parsley, dried watercress, dried spinach, dried tomatoes, casein, dried whole milk, lecithin, choline chloride, minerals: [zinc amino acid complex, iron amino acid complex, manganese amino acid complex, calcium pantothenate, potassium iodide, sodium selenite], vitamins: [vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A acetate, niacin (a source of vitamin B3), vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin (a source of vitamin B2), folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride (a source of vitamin B6), thiamine hydrochloride (a source of vitamin B1), biotin (a source of vitamin B7), citric acid (a source of vitamin C), mixed tocopherols (a source of vitamin E and a natural preservative)], prebiotics: [chicory root (inulin)], probiotics: [dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus lactis fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtillus fermentation product], papain, Yucca schidigera extract, beta-carotene, fructooligosaccharides, taurine, l-carnitine dl-methionine, rosemary extract (a natural preservative)
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.7%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||40%||20%||33%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||33%||40%||27%|
The first ingredient in this dog food lists chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.
The second ingredient is herring, another quality raw item. Herring is a fatty marine fish naturally high in protein as well as omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient is dried chicken liver, a dehydrated product made from whole chicken livers. Because it contains about 62% protein and 20% fat, this item makes a favorable addition to this dog food.
The fourth ingredient mentions 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 actual meat content of this dog food.
The fifth ingredient is 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 also must be considered when evaluating the total protein reported in this food.
The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.
The seventh ingredient is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.
The eighth 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 ninth ingredient is flaxseed, 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.
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, 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.
In addition, sardine 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, sardine oil should be considered a commendable addition.
Next, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.
And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Timberwolf Platinum Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Timberwolf Platinum 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 37% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 38% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 49%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and garbanzo beans, this still looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.
Timberwolf Platinum dry dog food is a meat-based kibble using a significant amount of named meat ingredients as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Please note some products may have been given higher or lower ratings based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
03/21/2010 Original review
11/04/2012 Review updated
01/19/2013 Review updated
01/19/2013 Last Update