Wild Calling! Rocky Mountain Medley Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Wild Calling! Rocky Mountain Medley product line includes three 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.
- Wild Calling! Trout, Lamb Meal and Turkey Meal
- Wild Calling! Duck, Salmon Meal and Lamb Meal
- Wild Calling! Elk, Whitefish Meal and Turkey Meal
Wild Calling! Trout, Lamb Meal and Turkey Meal was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Wild Calling! Trout, Lamb Meal and Turkey Meal
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Trout, lamb meal, turkey meal, sweet potato, lentils, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), tapioca, dried egg product, dried peas, natural flavor, yeast culture, flaxseed meal, potassium chloride, dried seaweed meal, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, whole mussel, dried carrots, dried spinach, dried apples, dried pumpkin, dried broccoli, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), calcium carbonate, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, salt, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, copper proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium iodate, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||35%||20%||37%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||29%||40%||31%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is trout, a freshwater species closely related to salmon. Trout is rich rich in omega-3 fatty acids but also 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 turkey meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
The fourth 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 fifth ingredient includes lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog 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 tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The eighth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated 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 ninth ingredient includes dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.
However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
After the natural flavor, we find yeast culture. Although yeast culture is high in B-vitamins and protein, it can also be used as a probiotic to aid in digestion.
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 three notable exceptions…
First, flaxseed meal is one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly 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, 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 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.
Wild Calling! Rocky Mountain Medley Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Wild Calling! Rocky Mountain Medley looks like an above-average dry dog food.
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 35% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 37% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.
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 lentils, dried peas, and flaxseed meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.
Wild Calling! Rocky Mountain Medley is a meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of various species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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.
Wild Calling! Dog Food
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11/02/2015 Last Update