Wishbone Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Wishbone Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Wishbone 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.

  • Wishbone Lake
  • Wishbone Ocean
  • Wishbone Pasture

Wishbone Pasture was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Wishbone Pasture

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 52%

Ingredients: Lamb meal, potatoes, tapioca, chicken fat, peas, fish meal, blueberries, cranberries, papaya, mango, apples, basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, sunflower seeds, chamomile, peppermint, camelia, natural flavor, vitamin E supplement, niacin (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid (vitamin B9), sodium chloride, taurine, choline chloride, magnesium sulfate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium iodate, cobalt sulfate, sodium selenite, green tea extract, rosemary extract and spearmint extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis26%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%11%52%
Calorie Weighted Basis27%25%48%
Protein = 27% | Fat = 25% | Carbs = 48%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.

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

The fourth 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 fifth 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 sixth ingredient is fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

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

Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.

The seventh ingredient includes blueberries. Blueberries are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The eighth ingredient lists cranberries, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in 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 three notable exceptions

First, sunflower seeds are a good source of plant-based fatty acids that and are also rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Wishbone Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Wishbone 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 29%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 52%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 11%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 52% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 38%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Wishbone 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.

Wishbone Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

02/03/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Hi Kelly,
    I’m sorry to hear about your dog throwing up this food. It’s always scary for me when one of my spoiled guys gets sick and I hope that all of your dogs are liking the new food you found.

    I couldn’t find this food locally, so I bought it on amazon. Then I discovered k9cuisine.com, which has a price similar to amazon’s, but offers free shipping for orders over $50 and occasionally offers coupons. I haven’t noticed any difference in quality or the ‘use by’ dates. They may be worth checking out if you keep having problems with the local pet store discontinuing the food you choose.

    Also, one of my dogs is also a fast eater. He is a puppy mill rescue and gulps food like it’s a competition sport! Something that has worked for me is to cut holes in a frosting container (which family members now save for me) and put most of his food in there.

    Then I pop the lid back on, and give him the container and his bowl (which only has about 1/4 of his food in it. He inhales the food in the bowl, then rolls the container around, gobbling the food as he goes.

    Since each of our dogs has their own eating areas, no one steals from him and it slows him down. When he starts getting the lid off, I just drop it in the recycling and grab a new one from our stash of containers. Good luck with your dogs!

  • Kelly Palmer

    I tried this food recently for my four dogs, they all loved the taste and it was competitively priced, but I started to notice my older one throwing it up occasionally. I don’t worry too much since she throws up occasionally, but this was a few times over two weeks and it looked like nearly the whole meal and whole pieces of unchewed food. She normally eats fairly fast, but usually chews the food. It alarmed me that it was being swallowed whole and then expanding in her stomach to the point of vomiting.
    I don’t remember any of the other three dogs having issues with this food, but I transitioned to another variety just to be safe AND because my local pet store was discontinuing Wishbone at their store (the story of my life with pet food).

  • Hi Shelly,
    I started feeding Wishbone Pasture to my dogs (2 Labs, age 4 & 7) at the end of January. It smells good, very much like the herbs.

    My boys have been eating grain free food as long as they’ve lived with me. I adopted the 7 year old 5 years ago and the 4 year old 3 years ago.

    The 7 year-old (Tilden) does well on any food, but it has been a struggle to find a food that would agree with my 4 year-old’s tummy. I don’t know if it’s because this food has lower protein and fat than other grain free foods we’ve tried, or that it’s gluten free, but it has helped him to have consistently solid stools. They’re very dry and break down quickly, much like my other dogs had when eating Orijen. I clean up after 3 big dogs every day, so that’s definitely a selling point that customers may like!

    Also, I emailed the company because I could not find the calories listed on the bag or website. They said “The caloric content per cup of Pasture is 442.5kcals”.

    They love this food and get excited at each meal. I supplement it with fish and/or olive oil.

  • Shelly

    I work at a pet supply store and my manager just got this food for our store. Although it’s a good price for a grain-free, relatively high end food, your review and its labeling poses some questions. It seems like the big selling point of this food are the following ingredients: basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, camellia, chamomile, peppermint, blueberries, cranberries, papaya, mangoes and apples, only two of which are noted in your breakdown. I’m sure you’re totally right that those ingredients aren’t in a significant enough quantity to matter, or perhaps they were burned off in the cooking process.

    I’m also concerned about the way the bags claim higher amount of protein gotten from meat in strange ways. I’ve seen FirstMate do this, and that brand’s review on here is likewise lowered.

    For instance, Lake is listed as 92% protein from meat, yet the first ingredients are as follows: duck meal, fish meal, potatoes, tapioca, chicken fat, peas. You’d think with 2 meat meals first and peas 6th on the list, it’d be higher. Ocean, the higher meat protein content of the 3, 95%, goes Salmon meal, potatoes, tapioca, fish meal, chicken fat, peas, giving it a higher carbohydrate content, correct?

    What’s the deal? Any reviews of this product? Is there anything good I can say about it to customers? Thanks!