Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede product line includes 3 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.

  • Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede Beef [A]
  • Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede Turkey [A]
  • Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede Whitefish [A]

Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede Whitefish recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede Whitefsih

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 48%

Ingredients: Whitefish, whitefish meal, sweet potato, lentils, tapioca, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), dried peas, natural flavor, flaxseed meal, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, dried seaweed meal, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried pumpkin, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, salt, vitamin E supplement, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, copper proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium iodate, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis25%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%17%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%35%42%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 42%

The first ingredient in this dog food is whitefish, a marine or freshwater species native to Canada and the California coast. Although it’s a quality item, raw fish 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 whitefish meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

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

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 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 fifth ingredient is tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

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 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 flaxseed meal, 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.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With two notable exceptions

First, 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! Western Plains Stampede Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 28%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 64%.

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

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 moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede 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 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.

Wild Calling! Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

04/28/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Jen Wilson

    Dogs love it but I’m not too crazy about this — at least not for 8 month old puppies, despite the fact that it is described as appropriate to all life stages. It creates a lot of poop from my labradoodles, (much more than Orijen which we switched due to the price). Obviously, a balanced raw diet would be best. Price is great but I think we will go back to Orijen for a while.

  • Katerina Horan

    My french bulldogs have extremely sensitive stomachs, They have been strictly eating the canned Turkey for months per Vet reccomendation, and their coats look 100% better (one of the two was losing hair in patches on Taste of the Wild Lamb). We just recently added in the Turkey kibble and we have had no issues with bowels… however I have noticed a large increase in water consumption. Not sure about the salt content but I imagine its just going from wet food diet to dry. I will check with our vet thou.

  • Packmomof4

    Has anyone used wild calling turkey flavor? How did it work for your dog? It’s a little higher in fat I think other opinions please or advice. I’m trying this food for my 17year old with CHF and also has bowel issues and she is being picky lately. I got a small bag from our local pet store because she gobbled up the sample pack I got. I figured I would give it a try.

  • Yes. Sandy and I are planning to get to their Rocky Mountain Medley line very soon.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Dr Mike, are you planning to review the Rocky Mountain Medley line from Wild Calling, too? It looks like a much better line than the Stampede.