Blue Buffalo Wilderness (Canned)


Rating: ★★★½☆

Blue Buffalo Wilderness canned dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Blue Buffalo Wilderness product line includes nine canned 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.

  • Blue Wilderness Trout and Chicken Grill [M]
  • Blue Wilderness Beef and Chicken Grill (3 stars) [M]
  • Blue Wilderness Duck and Chicken Grill (3 stars) [M]
  • Blue Wilderness Turkey and Chicken Grill (3 stars) [M]
  • Blue Wilderness Salmon and Chicken Grill (2.5 stars) [M]
  • Blue Wilderness Puppy Turkey and Chicken Grill (3 stars) [G]
  • Blue Wilderness Senior Turkey and Chicken Grill (3 stars) [M]
  • Blue Wilderness Small Breed Turkey and Chicken Grill (4 stars) [M]
  • Blue Wilderness Healthy Weight Turkey and Chicken Grill (5 stars) [M]

Blue Wilderness Trout and Chicken Grill was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Blue Wilderness Trout and Chicken Grill

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 46% | Fat = 39% | Carbs = 8%

Ingredients: Trout, chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, potatoes, carrageenan, flaxseed (source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids), guar gum, cassia gum, potassium chloride, salt, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), cobalt amino acid chelate, niacin supplement (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), biotin (vitamin B7), vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid (vitamin B9)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis10%9%NA
Dry Matter Basis46%39%8%
Calorie Weighted Basis31%64%5%
Protein = 31% | Fat = 64% | Carbs = 5%

The first ingredient in this dog food is trout, a marine and freshwater fish naturally high in protein.

The second ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The third ingredient is chicken broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The fourth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fifth 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 sixth ingredient is carrageenan, a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

The seventh 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.

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

The eighth ingredient is guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.

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 one notable exception

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.

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Blue Buffalo Wilderness canned dog food looks like an above-average wet 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 46%, a fat level of 39% and estimated carbohydrates of about 8%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 38%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 10% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 85%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.

However, with 64% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 31% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.

Bottom line?

Blue Buffalo Wilderness is a grain-free meat-based canned dog food using a significant amount of poultry, fish or beef as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 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.

Pet owners looking for a good kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Blue Buffalo Wilderness dry dog food.

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Notes and Updates

08/15/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • haleycookie

    Is there a review for the bayou and Denali flovors? Or the stews? I wanted to try the bayou becuase I like the wild calling alligator but idk if it’s comparable.

  • Maria Kidd

    The Salmon and Chicken Grill flavor dropped from 5 star to 2.5 stars!

  • lisa switzer

    I have a GSD…13 yrs old. would not feed this food. no matter what food you feed add probiotics and digestive enzymes. within 3 weeks changed my dogs gut! no gas, no eating grass, firm regular poop. I feed the Honest Kitchen, Acana, and I cook whole food on a rotating basis. when I feed dry food I add water and soak it. I have 5 dogs and this started when one got IBD or something….the diet change had fixed him so far so not sure what it was. Anyway…did a lot of research and trial and error and agree that the foods do not have enough enzymes for your pet to digest protein, carbs and fats. There is only FOOD not human and pet food…that’s what I learned! Oh, and I don’t feed any with Carrageenan or grains

  • mahoraner

    i didnt check the ingredients, i just did and the 4th and 7th ingredients are sugar

    Blue buffalo has become one of those companies who dont care about the pets like purina and iams

    sigh, such a good company, got caught up in the mainstream, and are now scammers (the whole scam about the chicken by products) and “trickers ” (making us think “ooo, blue wilderness roll! their dry food is good so the roll MUST be good.”

  • bojangles

    Hi Amateria,

    While processed celery as in powder or juice might have some of it’s glutamic acid freed up, celery juice and or powder are high in nitrates and are used to “cure” meats and other things, while the manufacturer is still able to say that the product contains no added nitrates or nitrites.

  • Amateria

    Says the root powder contains msg, I’m trying to find some better info website, but it’s being difficult.

    Also states the powder as being a nitrate and to not use it to cure meat. (Naturally occurring apparently)

    Based on a Facebook page, celery seed extract is a form of msg.

    So on that note it’s most likely used as a preservative for the roll.

  • Shawna

    Interesting!! I’ve never heard of celery anything being associated with MSG. It’s been years since I was researching this though. Celery isn’t a high source of protein so I’m not sure where the glutamic acid would come from unless they add it? Do you know?

    The dried cultured whey product and the chicken broth are definitely sources and possibly the dried egg as well.

  • Amateria

    Two sugars and msg, because your dog won’t eat the flavourless roll otherwise hehe.

    I have read that celery powder is msg(generally anything with celery in its name) not sure how true that is though.

    Actually isn’t natural flavour also classed as msg?

  • Pitlove

    Here is the link to request a review for a new product

  • mahoraner niall

    can you please do a review for blue wilderness rolls? :

  • DogFoodie

    Gas isn’t normal, Bree. If your dog has gas, he’s not tolerating something in the food, which is leading to poor digestion. Even my dog with lots of food sensitivities and intolerances rarely has gas. You need to figure out the cause of it, whether it be a protein, fat or specific ingredient intolerance, and eliminate it from his diet.

  • Bree

    I’ve been buying blue buffalo wilderness for my german shepherd since he was 4 months old. He started on the puppy form of both the dry and wet food (I mix the 2) and when he got bigger I switched to the adult form. He loves every flavor but the salmon, no idea why lol. The only down side is the price and the farts, which I can only assume is normal for most dogs. His stool is regular and normal and I rotate feeding him different flavors weekly so he doesn’t get bored. On the plus side his coat is shinny and he’s full of energy. My only complaint would be the price but it seems worth it for the quality. I found it to be cheaper at but only by a couple dollars. But with a large dog every penny helps.

  • LWB

    We have a very picky eater and find we have to cycle foods to keep him interested. BB Wilderness Salmon and Chicken Grain-free is one of the foods in our rotation. Our dog seems to like this variety, and we have had none of the stool issues mentioned here – and he’s got a sensitive stomach, too. About the only issue we have is the empty cans, presumably due to the fish content, can really stink up the recycling bin in the heat of summer.

  • jgs350

    Oh t5534dt I do pray your furbabies are all well again! How traumatic and stressful! I switched my furbaby, Paco, a otherwise fairly happy healthy energetic active 14# Deerhead Chihuahua from Science Diet Sensitive last Nov 2015 to Hills Z/D per the Vet recommendation for his Colitis/IBD & Chronic upset tummy, food sensitivities. When he had his last complete physical last Nov before switching to Z/D he was just fine. Everything was fine. Earlier this week he was rushed in for an urgent expression of his anal glands, the 2nd time in less than a year after being on a prescription special diet (coincidence?) and NOW he’s diagnosed with a grade 2 heart murmur in just shy of 2 months later (1-26-16!) I’m beyond livid! After starting to research online about dog food and LACK of nutritional contents loaded with HARMFUL CHEMICALS & FILLERS I’m more convinced than ever his food is responsible! I’m in a frantic search for a better dry & canned food. I think I’ve settled on Acana duck & pear limited ingredient as I went to their site & carefully reviewed the ingredient listing. I see no harmful chemicals or additives, starches, no cancer causing or degenerative GMO corn soy or wheat products & no dyes or corn/canola oil. I’m just searching for a decent canned food to supplement & if I cannot find it I will make him food from scratch & feed him raw bones.

  • Shawna

    PS — excess protein does not cause kidney disease in unhealthy dogs either.

  • Shawna

    This myth about protein causing weight gain has been around a long time. It’s simply not true however. In fact, they now know that high protein diets actually enhance weight loss.

    Journal of Nutrition (in this study the high protein diet was 47.5% protein)
    “Weight Loss in Obese Dogs: Evaluation of a High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Diet”

    And another Journal of Nutrition paper (in this study they used 52% protein)
    “High-Protein Low-Carbohydrate Diets Enhance Weight Loss in Dogs”

    They also now know that senior, often less active dogs, actually need more protein than their adult counterparts.
    Purina Veterinary Diets website states “Protein requirements actually increase by about 50% in older dogs, while their calorie needs tend to decrease.”

  • Pitlove

    Maybe because 18% is listed on the AAFCO website as the minimum amount of protein that can be in dog food? Not sure. Either way, very wrong info.

  • aquariangt

    18% protein????? That’s less than half what I feed. Where did you get this information?

  • cl.p

    An excess of protein does not cause kidney disease, in a healthy dog. That’s true. High protein foods can become a problem if your dog simply isn’t active because it can cause weight gain, as the unused protein is “stored” as fat.

    A healthy adult dog that isn’t in training for a sport and spends most of it’s day sleeping only needs 18% protein and 9-15% fat in it’s diet.

  • Shawna

    I’m sorry but I just saw this. Your vet is VERY VERY wrong. They know without a doubt now that protein does not cause kidney disease in dogs. The research that was done that linked protein to kd was done in rats. Rats DO get kd from high protein. Later when the research was done on dogs, there was no correlation between protein and kidney disease.

    I’m not supporting Blue Buffalo however — at one point sometime back they had excess vitamin D in their food and that can cause kidney disease.

  • dcdawn

    How many of you all are employed by that other dog food company????

  • dcdawn

    Stool is waste so you will have less stool (waste) with higher grade food. Also one stool a day is fine…what do you mean by constipated? And have they had their anal glands expressed lately? No need to wean off crap food to good food…just do it

  • Concerned

    i have two jack russells, one will be 8yrs this august 2015 and the other we rescued and figure is around 6yrs now (we’ve had her since she was about 1yr), I used to feed them Beneful for years and they had no problems, then I found out about the problems people were having with their dogs dying etc on Beneful, so i switched my dogs to Blue Buffalo Stew (Chicken, Turkey & Beef) wet canned food about 14 days ago. My 6yr old was having issues being constipated just before i changed them to Blue, I brought her to the Vet and they said she checked out fine ( blood work and exam ) and put it down to all this bad snow we’ve been having in Boston. She is still constipated and now my 8yr old is constipated too, he wasn’t before I switched the food, I am wondering if the food is not agreeing with them both or if it’s because with this weather they haven’t been able to get the excercise they usually get. Is it normal for dogs to get constipated when you switch food like that….I just switched them straight away to Blue Buffalo Stew without any weaning off the Beneful, as I was scared of what I had heard about the Beneful, so I was prepared for diarrhea not constipation???

  • ambsls

    I went online and seen the 5 star review for Blue Wilderness, and decided to get a couple cans for my 4 month old basset hound puppy to try. My puppy has always been on a strict eating schedule. I feed him 3x a day every 5 hours. After giving him “Blue Wilderness Red Meat Dinner – puppy” for breakfast, he immediately had soft stool. I figured since it was new for my puppy, I would continue feeding it to him & let him get used to it. I continued feeding him this wet food for 4 days. Biggest mistake I made as a dog owner! On the 2nd day, he ended up having projectile diarrhea, vomiting, bad breath & bloody diarrhea just to name some of his symptoms. I will NEVER buy this brand again…EVER!! It took a whole week for my puppy to have a normal stool. This product does not deserve 1 star, let alone 5!!!

  • Lenore Kaibel

    I am getting my dogs off Wilderness dry and wet because BOTH dogs had kidney functions that were slightly off at their physicals this week. I have two Pomeranians, and they eating Blue Wilderness healthy weight. The vet said it’s too much protein for any but “athletic” dogs – hunting dogs, etc. She also said the calorie content in the “healthy weight” was higher than most regular foods (maybe explaining why my smaller Pom has hit 9.6 pounds when she has never weighed more than 9.1!) I think we will go back to Organix or Wellness.

  • theBCnut

    Flax still has some oils that help skin and coat issues. It’s just not a replacement for good omega 3s. I prefer rice bran oil for my horses.

  • Columbia

    Ah, that’s good to know. I always thought it was beneficial. I make treats at home with whole wheat flour and flax mill…. should I not? I’ve seen flax in many of my dog and horse supplements… then why is that?

  • sue66b

    I have to post what I have read about Flaxseed, This is from “The Holistic Dog” By Holly Mash….There is also a type of Omega-3 called Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is found in plants, most importantly FLAXSEED OIL (and also Walnuts & Hemp Oil) However, in order to play its role in the conditions that specifically call for omega-3 supplementation, such as heart, brain, eye or joint health, ALA needs to have been converted to EPA. Hence for these conditions it would be better to use an omega-3 from fish oils, But in most cases of maintenance of overall SKIN and COAT health, ALA is IDEAL and DOES NOT NEED any CONVERSION…..

  • theBCnut

    Flax sees oil is rich in ALA, which needs to be converted to a more usable form for dogs. Dogs(and people) need DHA and EPA, but dogs are not very efficient at converting ALA, and only convert about 15%. Omega 3s from oily fish are utilized best, and second would be the seaweeds that the fish got the Omega 3s from in the first place.
    Yes, I’m sure I’m not confused with emu oil. A lot of foods having flax seed meal in them is NOT an argument for how well dogs convert the omegas. How many other ingredients do you find in dog foods that are there not because they are the best, but because they sound good or because they are cheaper? Flax is a source of additional fat in the diet, just not a great source for Omega 3s.

  • Shawna

    I pulled up a study discussing the lack of adequate conversion but found something interesting along with that info (data that would explain why flax could be beneficial for skin health — not omega 3 though). (bolded and italicized emphasis mine)

    “The first study we conducted compared supplementation of a complete and balanced commercial, dry-extruded type diet using whole ground sunflower seed (rich in omega-6 linoleic acid, LA) with whole ground flaxseed (rich in omega 3, ALA) (17). Two groups of dogs were fed a commerical diet supplemented with the respective ground oilseeds (3% by weight) for 84 days. Blood samples were obtained and plasma fatty acid profiles of phospholipid fractions were determined. The sunflower diet contained 9.3 % of calories as LA and 0.4 % calories as ALA while the flaxseed diet had 7.3% of calories as LA and 2.5% of calories as ALA. Results showed a rapid accumulation of EPA (at 4 days) reaching a steady state plasma concentration at 28 days. In addition, docosapentaenoic acid (22:5n-3, DPA) a DHA precursor was also found. However, no accumulation of DHA was seen. This study was the first to establish that EPA could be synthesized by dogs after ALA feeding although the amount of conversion appeared small. Additional questions remained, however, such as whether the derived EPA might help modify the inflammatory response or whether skin and hair coat benefits might exist.

    Skin and hair coat condition scoring was conducted during the above study with improvements of skin and hair coat seen in both groups after 28 days.. However, differences due to diet were not seen and improvements were not sustained thereafter likely due to diet adaptation. Of particular interest, however, was that animals fed the flaxseed diet accumulated more LA than the sunflower group even though the sunflower diet contained more LA overall. We postulated that a sparing effect of ALA on LA with resultant skin and hair coat improvement may have occurred as well as the possbility of a total fat effect. Our later studies on skin and hair coat would observe a similar result.”

    “LA” is linoleic acid which is an omega 6 fatty acid. The dogs fed flax seed had higher amounts of linoleic acid than did the dogs fed safflower oil (which is higher in linoleic acid) — increased LA content from eating flax apparently helped the skin issues. Interesting!!!

  • Shawna

    Coconut oil is a poor source of all omega fatty acids as it is primarily saturated fatty acids in the form of medium chain triglycerides. Omega fats are polyunsaturated (which are low in coconut oil). This University of Minnesota article states “Coconut oil is highly saturated; over 85% of its fat content is saturated.”

    Coconut oil is high in the medium chain triglyceride lauric acid. Lauric acid has been shown to be anti-inflammatory and beneficial for the skin.

    Dogs can digest flax but they can not efficiently convert the omega 3 in flax, called ALA, to the more beneficial omega 3 DHA and EPA found in fish and krill oils. DHA is the omega 3 fatty acid used by the brain, eyes and heart. Not getting enough DHA can affect those organs even if one is getting ALA from flax.

    Two omega 6 fatty acids, Gamma-linolenic acid and linoleic acid, are necessary for skin health and can be beneficial in itchy skin.

  • sue66b

    Dr T, dogs can digest flaxseed, its cats that cant, Cats should get their healthy fats from animal sources like fish oils, here’s a link, second paragraph halfway,

  • sue66b

    I was told yesterday that Flaxseed oil is heaps better for dogs with itchy skin then coconut oil as coconut oil has more omega 6 oils where Flaxseed oil has more omega 3 oils, so do the oils apply if dogs cant convert flaxseed or is it just the hard flaxseeds that cant be digested, there for doesnt work…Flaxseed meal is in alot of dog foods.. are you sure your not mistaken with Emu oil thats a waste of time if eaten, better for the outside (skin) .. I was going to buy a bottle of the flaxseed oil today & try with Patches itchy skin…itchy skin needs more omegs 3’s so what foods are high in omega’ 3…

  • theBCnut

    Flax meal has a type of Omega 3 that dogs do not convert to the type they need very efficiently, only about 15%. It really isn’t that great an ingredient for dogs.

  • Columbia

    All I can say is that this is not a 5 star canned food. Treating a dog with diarrhea…. thanks, blue buffalo. Thanks again for making my dog ill!

  • Columbia

    No, it’s not flax seed. It’s ground up flax meal, which is very beneficial to people- and pets. I give flax meal in my dogs food and he is on a supplement with flax. It’s amazing! High in omega 3’s!

  • t5534dt

    I added Blue Wilderness canned to the diet of my 5 dogs in December. 2 of them immediately started to have soft stool but I figured if I gave it some time, they would adjust. It seemed to come and go and then last week my youngest developed frequent bloody diarrhea and lack of energy. The vet gave him IV fluids, antibiotics, probiotics, and prescription food. He seems to be doing somewhat better, but he is not totally back to normal. I have switched everyone to another food and have discovered the more than 600 complaints about this food causing illness and death when I read consumer complaints. The experiences shared are heartbreaking!!!! I have added my own complaint there and urge you to look it up before you consider feeding Blue Buffalo! Even people who have been using it for years are seeing these symptoms in their dogs and cats. Projectile vomiting, bad breath, severe gas, bloody diarrhea, seizures, and a few cases of death. Please look into it before you consider feeding this to your pets!!!

  • dchassett

    He’s still a little too young. Wait till he’s 12 months at least then slowly transition to an all life stages or adult food. Good Luck and keep in touch.

  • jay

    Oh ok thanks

  • dchassett

    He should stay on puppy food until he’s 12 months old. At least that’s the general rule with toy breeds. I have three.

  • Crazy4cats

    This food states that it is for adult maintenance. I’m not sure when you would want to switch to adult food for a small breed pup.

  • jay

    Can i feed this to an 8 month shih tzu/papillin mix he is currently on wellness core for puppies and i want a wet food the wellness wet food gave him diarrhea btw

  • DrT

    Dogs can not digest Flax seed therefore it is a useless ingredient.

  • Jeff Trinkaus

    I see the naysayers….I can only speak from our experience.Both our dogs have been eating Blue Wilderness for 2 years now.They love it and both get A+ durinig their semi annual check ups with their Vet…..Not switching regardless what a few on here say.Great food in my opinion….quite pricey.But they are our kids and worth every penny!

  • Jeff Trinkaus

    Are you a Vet?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Even people who have been using BB for quite a while already.

  • diana

    since you been using it for 2 yrs do you think it could be one of the different combinations? for example
    Blue Wilderness Beef and Chicken Grill good?
    Blue Wilderness Duck and Chicken Grill good?
    Blue Wilderness Trout and Chicken Grill Diarrhea?
    Blue Wilderness Turkey and Chicken Grill good?
    Blue Wilderness Salmon and Chicken Grill Diarrhea?
    regardless I would not give them that and perhaps just try a different brand.

  • diana

    I noticed someone gave you a negative rating, probably one of those BB crazed fans and the ones who claim this severe diarrhea is caused by “not gradually feeding the food slowly” which is ridiculous. I can see it giving dogs moderate D but not severe so it’s something this dog food has that’s not agreeing with a lot of dogs.

    I’m glad you’re not giving them this BB anymore, Forget what others say that are die hard BB fans, in time maybe they will see ulcer or who knows what, Go with what your dog does better on. Hope your dog is doing better

  • diana

    its more to it than that, something in this food s not agreeing with the dogs period

  • diana

    yeah exactly, people always wanna use that feed gradually excuse which is true but from browsing through various food brands, I tend to see it more on BB

  • diana

    Your dog is pooping too much, the food I believe is not agreeing with her. I would try something else. Must be allergic to an ingredient this food has.

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  • dave1964b

    Looking at the ingredients its hard to see anything that would cause a bleeding ulcer. Diarrhea often happens with dietary changes when people change the food suddenly. The new food should be added gradually.

  • Pattyvaughn

    There have been many, many reports lately of dogs getting diarrhea from several different kinds of BB food.

  • Kelsi

    I’m commenting with only BB wilderness CAT experiences – they’ve been eating it for 2 years and have done very well. Until randomly the other day one of my cat became blocked from struvite crystals. The vet could not determine whether it was due to the diet or not. I won’t be buying it again though (wet food only).

    Our 6 year old Chow mix eats blue buffalo freedom and has done fine on it, I just want to say she poops excessively on this food but everything else remained stable or improved. We did just buy a bag if Acana grain free (less fiber) and hope this helps with the pooping. One cup a day should not result in 10 poops.

    So it may work for your pets, it may not. I’m not knocking the food since I did use it for a couple years with no problems.

  • AnaG.

    I fed both my dogs the salmon canned one and both of them had diarrhea. The poodle had it worst. She ended up on the emergency vet over night with bloody diarrhea. I thought I was giving the best for my babies but obviously, there is something bad with this canned food.

  • Chris

    Merrick has been known to have chicken bones in their canned food also especially the wing a ling formula. No thank you on the merrick!! Blue is much better!!

  • Chris

    With feeding a fantastic food like Orijen you really do not need all of those supplements. Add a little wet to the dry Orijen if needed but that’s it. I use glycoflex classic as a natural supplement for healthy hips and joints and of course healthy treats. Orijen six fish and regional red is all you need. Teaspoon of salmon oil once a week. That’s it!!

  • Kendra

    I put my 2 dogs on Blue Buffalo wilderness based on this review. This food almost killed both my dogs. It caused severe diarrhea in both my dogs and a bleeding ulcer in one of them. He was within hours of dying. He is now on a 2 week course of omeprazole to treat the ulcer and still cannot tolerate any dog food. We have to feed him cottage cheese. I wrote to Blue buffalo as well. I would NEVER give this food to any dog.

  • Brie

    I have a 96lb boxer chow mix, who is my service dog and Ive been trying to find the right formula for him. He is extremely picky. Currently, Im feeding Orijen with some Weruva mixed in it, but Im wanted to change the Weruva, possibly with Blue Wilderness. Im going to be adding BRAVO! raw in, but probably only once a day because I don’t think I can afford to feed strictly raw. Could someone speak up and advise me? I want to feed orijen morning and night, possible with wilderness mixed in the morning and some Bravo mixed in at night.
    Side note: Im supplementing with Dr. Harveys Immune formula, probiotics and Organic Pet SuperFood Immunity.

  • sweetscience

    We like to suggest purchasing a salt detector at walgreens. They look like a thermometer.

  • Jordan

    I really appreciate all these reviews. My GSD I’m sure will live a better life for it. Thanks again.

  • Eleanor

    Does anyone know the sodium content (percentage and/or mg.) of canned Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon and Chicken Grill. I wish the companies would post the sodium content on labels or at least the website. My dog has CHF and I am looking for a low sodium canned food.

  • InkedMarie

    oh man. If the family member has been paying $200 a month, too bad they didn’t spend that all these years for heart worm preventive.
    Sorry, probably not nice to say but that poor dog. His senior years are made even worse by this. Glad you have the dog, glad the BB is working.

  • Awww, poor guy. He’s lucky to have you.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Isn’t it amazing how improving the diet helps with so many things. The extra nutrition helps the body be able to handle all the other stuff easier and better.

  • Oleander

    I just started caring for a family member’s elderly dog- a 13 y/o lab who is high heartworm positive with an enlarged heart, major breathing issues, hip dyspepsia, arthritis, and a horrible hacking cough due to fluid issues with his heart. Even with the high expense of the meds (over $200 a month plus vet check up costs) he was being fed Gravy Train dry and Alpo canned. I recently switched him to Blue Wilderness Senior Dry and Blue Wilderness canned and the difference was immediate and NOTICEABLE!!! I mean, he improved significantly within the first few days. I was very concerned that he would not eat the Blue Buffalo due to having junk food for the last 13 years mixed with table scraps but he LOVES it! The first time I gave him a can of this, Blue Buffalo Wilderness Turkey and Chicken Grill, with his morning meds he ate the entire bowl of food (which I mix with half a cup of water) and then proceeded to come back and lick out the empty bowl several times over the next 30 minutes… something he has NEVER done with his canned Alpo. He looks, breaths, and walks better since changing his food. I would recommend this highly!

  • Cate

    The mite is in the grain based foods. I found this on another site when I googled storage mite.

    Inexpensive, grain-based dry dog foods (the kind available in grocery
    stores) are most likely to be contaminated with storage mites and should
    be avoided.

  • Cate

    Inexpensive, grain-based dry dog foods (the kind available in grocery
    stores) are most likely to be contaminated with storage mites and should
    be avoided.

  • Cate

    Blue Buffalo reps have never been rude to me. Did you have an attitude or were you screaming ? Did you give lot number etc ? Blue only wants what is best for dogs & cats they would be very upset if something was in the food that could hurt your dog.

  • Cate

    I don’t believe this for one minute !!!
    I have called Blue for info & they gave me the info immediately, Blue’s main concern is the health of dogs & cats !
    The D recall was in 2011 & affected a very minute amount of the Wilderness which was removed from stores immediately.
    Blue saved my dog from pancreatitis when she was 12 & she is now 15 1/2. Plus both dogs have not had steroid shots or prednisone for allergies in 3 1/2 yrs. They are healthy and happy.

  • Joey G

    PLEASE do your homework before feeding Blue , I found bone fragments in their food, contacted their customer service dept who were extremely rude, I switched to Merrick and am VERY satisfied, please research before feeding to your beloved pets.

  • Gloria Resco

    I give my dog (Shih Tuz) a mix of kibble BB and wilderness can, but her diet is mainly raw because in her old age she has developed allergies I think it’s her shampoo but after I had her shaved (cause I always kept her coat long) and put her basically on BB with raw she seems to be doing so much better .

  • Gloria Resco

    The problem with high priced dog food is we compete with other companies that decided China should make our dog food (cheap)So as Americans if we want to feed our dogs safe we either need to by American made or feed them raw if we continue to feed American made foods eventually maybe some of these companies will pull out of China and our dogs food and treats will be safer , as long as we keep feeding foods like BB at least if theres a problem they let us know immediately… Just saying .

  • Gloria Resco

    I was actually told by Great Pyrenees breeders of winning show dogs to feed my dogs BB when I got my first Pyr they recommended this dog food tho they highly recommend to go raw first so I feed my dogs both .

  • Kevin

    If your dog is just won’t let you see her mouth – stubborn rescue dog Elk hound. She just knows what your thinking. I give her T/d hills food (as treat only) plus T/CL chews by GlenHaven, plus water additive for her teeth (Nylabone). She is five now and the Vet said her teeth are good and just keep doing what your doing. Also she does have Nylabone which her favorite is

    Galileo. Since your a dentist perhaps not in dog dentistry but do you have any advise in your own personal opinion.

  • Millionstarz

    my email is [email protected]

  • Millionstarz

    if you want a really awesome dog or cat food you can really trust… please feel free to use my ID when ordering… it is 40007321 and the website is
    my name Is DeAnna Haagenson

    i sure would appreciate if you would make sure you use my ID tho …. this food is made in its own factories..and can litterally say legally that it is human consumption as they do all that is required for human consumption… My mom Pom has been on the food since 2006 and she is now 14 and hasent aged a bit…. clear eyes and no tumors… strong bones… spunky as a 5 year old!!! ya.. i am never going to leave this food…

  • Trinity

    OOPs! I was talking about regular blue. The wilderness is good.

  • Trinity

    Blue isn’t that great of a food. It’s ingredients do not warrant it’s high price tag.

  • aimee


    I do see your point. There may be batch to batch variation with any commercial food. However, other companies that also use whole food ingredients provide this information. 

    If the company uses a consistent supplier of ingredients it shouldn’t vary by that much. A company should give you an average, or a maximum or both in addition to a min.

    For example Innova and Evo post full nutrient analysis on their websites and use whole food ingredients. 

    If a company won’t disclose such a basic piece of information such as the Ca level in their product I think it is likely because they don’t know. This could be because they use multiple co-packers, as Blue does or they lack consistancy in their supply chain.
    Just my opinion.

    But Blue’s refusal to disclose basic nutritional information is just one reason I won’t use their products.

  • This is just a guess.  But if a pet food company is not creating all foods from scratch (combining fats, reduced protein sources, synthetic amino acids, measured grains) but is, instead, combining whole foods, then I would think that maybe they are correct that they cannot guarantee specific amounts of a specific mineral.  I cannot, after all, guarantee the exact amount of calcium that I eat myself, since it is coming from a mix of whole foods and processed foods.  I should be able to estimate it.  I supposed Blue Buffalo estimates their calcium to be  at a certain level, but cannot guarantee it for every can.  Personally, I don’t a problem with that.

  • Bre

    Do you run your hounds? I plan on doing some hunting but mainly search and rescue with mine. So that’s why I’m looking for the best food for a very active hound.

  • Bre

    Thank you everyone for the good advise =] Very helpful.

  • BryanV21

    Whoever advised you to try Royal Canin is not somebody to go back to for nutritional advice. They may know other stuff regarding dogs, but nutrition is not their thing. 

  • Dave’s Hounds

    Hey Bre I have two coonhounds a bluetick and black and tan. They are great. Mine get kibble in am and then canned or dehydrated or both in evening. I have tried quite a few 5 star kibbles with mine and Orijen and Fromm did not work for wither – not sure why but loose stools would not stop. I had success with Natures Logic, Brothers and Merrick BG. I haven’t tried Instinct yet and plan to. They do well on any of the 5 star canned I have tried – but primarily use ziwipeak, Natures Logic, BG, Instinct and Wysong Au Jus. 

  • InkedMarie

    Congrats on your upcoming puppy!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Bre,

    Congrats! I love hounds, I have two bloodhounds and have a third coming home in August 21st. 🙂

    First of all, Royal Canin is a poor quality food. Read Dr. Mike’s review. It is also ridiculously priced for what it is, it’s not much better than grocery store brands but they charge an arm and leg for it. So I would advise steering clear of Royal Canin.

    Blue Buffalo Wilderness is a good food (rated 5 stars) but it is not appropriate for a large breed puppy like a redbone, the calcium level is too high. You want a food with less than 1.3% calcium.

    I raised my last female on The Honest Kitchen’s Love formula with Tripett. Love is rated 5 stars and has 1.1% calcium. I’ve since converted my dogs to raw and will be feeding my new pup Urban Wolf pre-mix with a variety of raw meats which has 0.7% calcium when prepared according to the instructions, the low calcium level will give me a little freedom to add some raw meaty bones without running the risk of feeding her excessive calcium.

    Just look for a 4 or 5 star food with under 1.3% calcium and your pup should do just fine. 🙂

  • bre

    I am getting a puppy in a few weeks its a male redbone coonhound. I want a good food to help keep weight on him and allow him to grow properly. I was advised to Blue Buffalo and Royal Canin. I was hoping some one who has personal experience with these brands could inform me of their opinions.

  • Zoe’s mom

    Would you let me know how things are going with the food?  I have just adopted a very small terrier mix with terrible skin problems.  Have done all the Vet stuff but I think there might be a better way to tackle this through her food.  Thanks for your help, Zoe’s mom

  • Zoe’s mom Sue

    Ginger’s mom, how did you find out about the storage mites in the dry food?  I just adopted a small terrier mix with a terrible itching problem.  I want to change her food so I bought our first can of B.B. but never heard about the storage mites.  Can you share any information?  Thanks, Sue

  • Johnandchristo

    Hi Bryan,

    Thanks for the response. I tend to agree with you.

  • Filler.

    Although some grains and potato do offer nutrients, dogs don’t necessarily need to get those nutrients from grains and potatoes depending on how they are being fed otherwise.

  • Johnandchristo

    I understand potato and grain in a kibble. Kibble needs a binder. But why is it included in the wet food? maybe for profits? 

  • Txchef320

    so what brand of dog food do you use?

  • Joanhaig

    My dog is allergic to grains, has been happily eating TOTW for 8 months but has just had surgery for bladder stones. Help!

  • Cjw928

    Ive been feeding my pitbull blue wilderness for 2 years now. She loves it and it’s been amazing for her; everything is better: her proformance, shiny coat, teeth, and even intellengence!

  • I would call or email Blue Buffalo and see if you have a can with an older label.  The dogfoodadvisor uses info directly from blue’s website. A company can use an older label even if they have changed a recipe or their website has not been updated. 

  • Kathryn

    Just bought 2 cans of BB Wilderness Turkey & Chicken Grill.  The fourth ingredient is listed on the can as potato flour, instead of the chicken liver described in The Dog Food Advisor.  The first ingredient is turkey, second chicken, and third chicken broth.  Chicken liver is not listed on the label at all. 

  • Catherine Nishikawa

    We use this Blue Wilderness Dog food and have been since they were pups.  Now 3 and in excellent health. Would highly recommend this brand.  Have heard of no recalls to date.

    Cathy Nishikawa

  • KC

     Do not feed this feed if you are a dog breeder. I am a breeder of AKC
    champion Shetland Sheepdogs. It’s imperative that what I feed my
    pregnant bitch’s does not exceed 2 percent calcium or it could cause
    uterine inertia during whelping requiring c-sections. Upon calling the
    Blue Buffalo representative today they would not disclose maximum
    calcium levels in their feed because it varies too much according to the
    rep and they could not guarantee at any given time that the calcium
    would be under 2 percent and stated the food would not be a good fit for
    me! Seriously?!  This type of practice would make their feeds not fit for anyone’s dogs. Large breed dog owners beware if you are thinking about
    feeding this. If they don’t regulate or guarantee maximum calcium
    levels in any of their feeds, including large breed puppy formulas, then
    I question what other ingredients are in excess? Hummm, They had a
    recall last October due to too much vitamin D that sickened
    many dogs. I sure don’t want to give my money to a company that doesn’t
    regulate or guarantee what goes into their formulas!  This is the first dog food Company I have called that won’t disclose this information and believe me I have called allot of them.  BEWARE!

  • Ginger’s mom

    becky try i did this for my last boxer reccommended by a allergy vet and it previous boxer was allergic to a food storage mite in all dry dog foods…i wasn’t educated enough to do all can(exspensive) so i did balance it…she gain her weight back and it really wasn’t that difficult..look it up maybe it will help….its a home cooked diet tho

  • Gabi’s mom

    I have used Blue Buffalo Wilderness for years and my dogs just love it.  When we got a new puppy started her on Blue Buffalo Wilderness both wet and dry.  She is a healthy happy not quite 2yr. old.  Hopefully she will live as long as our other dog.  He was a 120lbs. rottie/akita mix who lived to be 131/2.  I believe that his quality dog food had a lot to do with his long and happy life. 

  • Becky Luciano

    I have a 5 1/2 year old white boxer, Aries. She has environmental allergies, plastic allergies, and food allergies. The vet just wants to give her steroid shots, which I just can’t afford. I have tried DinoVite products for over a year with very little result. They did turn me onto the Blue Buffalo Wilderness line, which seems to have lessend her allergic reactions, but not much. I have been making my own dog food with CriticalK9 Petmix for the last 6 months and giving her benadryl, as going totally fresh was just too time consuming. Aries loves the food, but she has lost weight (about 15 lbs) and she was on the thin side to begin with. In addition an accident at home has laid me up for 4-6 months. Having just heard about Blue Buffalo’s new Freedom line, I am considering giving it a go. My question is: I’ve always used just dry food until making the wet food myself. Is that ok, or should I switch to a combined wet/dry or just wet food diet?  I have struggled since day one with Aries and am at my wits end. She is a therapy dog and gives so much to others and it breaks my heart that she is so miserable scratching and itching. I figured it wouldn’t hurt for another opinion on the subject. Sorry for the wordiness, but hope you can help….

  • Ginger’s mom

    thanks sandy..I have been adding fresh cooked chicken to the royal canin…she has does great on this combo…been adding the BB can and she is okay on that to…just not to thrilled on the kibble being a 3 star although she is fine on it…

    thanks for the input i appreciate it

  • sandy

    I would just like to suggest starting a good probiotic/enzyme/immune system supplement to strengthen the gut and that may help with transitioning to a new food(s) easier.  I feed multiple foods – kibble, canned, frozen raw, RMB.  You can improve any kibble with the addition of canned foods and even fresh meats/organs/eggs/sardines or other fish.  I have actually used TOTW Pacific Stream and BB Wilderness and all the dogs did great on it.  I had to go potato free as one of my dogs still had itchy feet on these foods.

  • Ginger’s mom

    hi all i have a 8mth old female boxer…still eating royal canin medium puppy that the breeder started her out on….want to introduce adult food eithert totw or BB any comments i would appreciate thanks…

    P.S. love this site

  • guest

    hi – i have started feeding my dog on just a canned diet – i can’t get her to eat dry food – i have tried many – always end up taking it back to the store – just bought 3 cans of b.b. wilderness – is this food good – and will she gain weight (she doesn’t need to.)


  • Lynne

    Bryan, I am very very sorry to hear about your dog’s diagnosis. If it is not too painful for you to talk about, I would be grateful if you could let me know what symptoms your dog was exhibiting and how the diagnosis was made. My 13 year old is experiencing some bladder problems right now and cancer is, of course, always a possibility since stones have been ruled out. 

    God bless you and your dog.

  • Sew

    I have a question for shawna. I read in one of your earlier posts that you have a “kidney dog”. Just wondering what brand/type of diet you are feeding him/her. Thanks.

  • Marie


    Why not? Heck, a five star food should have a five star label! 🙂 It is pretty cool looking too…

  • John

    I know I should not say this, but the label is really cool ! A blue eyed wolf !I hope this works for Christo.

  • John

    At least I hope so .

  • John

    I just started christo, on BB wilderness. No more one beyond . He seems to really like it. Im bewildered no more .

  • Hi Bryan… I’m so sorry to hear about your dog’s diagnosis. Since like so many older dogs your little guy has compromised dental health, so feeding him a wet diet (closer to “real” food) is almost always a good idea. Crunchy, dry kibble can be painful for a dog when only few teeth remain functional.

    When your vet recommended a high protein, high fat and low carb diet for your pet, he was most likely talking about a quality, meat based dog food. That said, most of our 4 and 5-star rated dog foods are almost always high in meat content. So, a 4 or 5-star canned dog food should deliver what it seems you’re looking for. Hope this helps.

  • sandy

    My dogs really enjoy Weruva Human Style and Wellness Stews and Blue Stews and Merrick has several varieties. Instinct cans would also work.

  • Bryan

    I enjoy this website and visit every few weeks to make sure I’m up to date. We have a 13 year old pooch who has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. It’s quite advanced. They gave us a year or so…I’m trying to move in the right direction with nutrition because I understand how important this can be especially in this situation. I know you’re not a vet and I know you can’t suggest products and that is understandable. I would just like to know if I’m doing what anyone else here would do. The little guy doesn’t have many teeth left so our vet said canned is going to be easiest because he can lick it up. He can’t really grab things anymore. She (our vet) also pointed us toward high protein/high fat/low carbs foods. We can afford just about anything out there so it’s not an issue really. She just said no raw with his compromised immune system. I’ve been keeping him on Wellness Core’s Chicken formula and giving him all of the Blue Wilderness formulas for a rotation so he doesn’t get burned out on a particular meat. He really likes the duck. He won’t eat fish no matter what I do so I’ve been giving him flaxseed and cottage cheese. He’s doing great and is being treated with oral medications for the cancer and any pain that may occur. None has so far thank goodness. We are just trying to enjoy what time we have left at the moment. I just want to know if these foods have the protein/fat/carb numbers I’m looking for? If not would someone here please point me toward the right food. I’m super sad and way too out of it to think much more on the subject of food anymore right now.

  • melissa


    As Shawna said, magnesium is very necessary to a dog’s well-webing. However, the SD, if I recall is magnesium restricted, so not sure that the food is doing what it “supposed” to in your dogs case-I would not be comfortable feeding it long term.

    Has your vet done a culture and sensitvity on the urine? It would seem likely to me that the antibiotic prescribed is not knocking out the infection, and perhaps its time to consider another.

  • Mary Lou

    Shawna ~ I knew you were amazing, gifted, and highly intelligent. Wow ~ how blessed are you?! ; ) I really want to get with you about our pup. He is high maintenance ~ allergies, separation anxiety, mama’s boy ~ to name a few. It will have to be after the 1st, when I have to time to focus on him. Next two weeks are major family time. I hope I can jump on here and at least see what is going on. May actually be a good time to break my addiction ~ ha!!

  • Hi Shawna (and the gang)… I’m so impressed with the level of knowledge you guys have brought to our discussions here. The knowledge base just keeps growing. Thanks so much for your input. All of you. Thanks.

  • Hi Shawna… I agree. The fat is too high. Sometime soon (maybe next month?) and thanks to Aimee’s input, I’ll be posting an article on how to use the metabolic (caloric) basis for evaluating dog foods.

    Then, sometime later on, I plan to upgrade the “dashboard” to show metabolic energy basis in addition to dry matter basis.

    Also planning to add a few other important stats we can deduce from the reported nutrient content of a dog food.

    And of course, all these new parameters could easily prompt an adjustment in some of our current ratings. So, stay tuned over the rest of the year.

  • Shawna

    I was just looking at the ingredients in this food and two things struck me.

    1. The fat content is WAY high!!! There are 9 calories in every gram of fat and 4 calories in every gram of protein and carbohydrate. This food is so high in fat that it is likely to acutally displace the protein — fat is very satiating and pup would possibly not eat as much therefore not meating his/her protein needs. Not to mention, a likely disaster for a pup with any type of, yet to be diagnosed, pancreas insufficiency/inflammation/issue.

    2. I noticed “cassia” which is common cinnamon. Cinnamon could be used for flavor or as an antimicorbial/antifungal (I use it on cheese to prevent molding). Cinnamon is also benefical as a blood sugar regulator.. Then I noticed the “potato flour”.. I’m guessing they add the cassia to offset the insulin reaction from the potato flour…?

    Even as a topper I don’t think I would feed this to my fur-kids.. Just my opinion though

  • Shawna

    Mary Lou,

    How wonderfully kind of you to say 🙂 Just majorly made my day… I actually already do private consultations. I have one scheduled tomorrow at 3:15 with a local person. We’re meeting at a coffee shop near my house.. She has been to my class and wanted a private consult… I’ve also consulted with the president of our local Pug rescue. She is opening a new doggy health food store and wanted my opinion on products to carry etc.. And, I’ve done many via email or phone that were generated from the Healthy Pets forum..

    However, I have no idea how I would charge or what to even charge to begin with — especially as I am not licensed.. I do, once in a while, get gifts and/or donations from some of my consults but I certainly don’t expect it 🙂 I have a day job and do this as my hobby.. Makes me happy!!

    I am HAPPY to help anyone who wants and asks for my opinion!!! I feel weird about giving my personal email out on a blog like this but if you ever want to talk privately Mike has my permission to give it to you or you can email me via my profile page on Mercola Healthy Pets..

    I even did a consult with a gentleman in Venezuela.

    Glass of wine, I think that sounds like a fabulous idea!!!!!

    THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!!!!

  • Mary Lou

    Shawna ~ I know you teach classes, but have you ever thought about providing personal feeding plans to pet owners and profit from it? I think you are so gifted, and I would definitely pay you to know your opinion on the food, supplements, treats, bones, etc. we feed our pup. You could make a fortune from the comfort of your own home. Just a thought. Disclaimer ~ I am having a glass of wine. ; )

  • Shawna


    Magnesium is absolutely essential in the diet!! A diet too low in magnesium can cause or contribute to the cause of seizures.

    Dog Food Ninja has the right idea!!! However, if you simply can’t do (for whatever reason) a high protein, raw diet look for a very high protein, NO grain, low carb kibble, or better yet, canned food.

    Grains (and even diets too high in vegetables) can cause the urinary tract to become too alkaline. An alkaline urine produces an ideal environment for the formation of struvite crystals (assuming the crystals are struvite — if oxilate diet is completely different).

    Dogs that don’t drink enough water (when being fed a kibble diet) don’t urinate as frequently which only exaccerbates the problem.

    Dr. Wyson DVM on the topic — I have many more references if interested..

    “Struvite Crystals, FLUTD, Canine Struvite Urolithiasis, Bladder Stones – understanding the causes…

    There are two primary causes for this disparity in disease incidence:

    •Domestic animals are fed an exclusive diet of nutrient depleted, highly processed pet foods. This is in stark contrast to the natural, meat-based, raw diet replete with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and probiotics consumed by wild canines and felines. This, plus overfeeding, creates an unhealthy physiological environment in which disease can take root.

    •Conventional pet foods are unnatural in that they are denatured by heat, imbalanced in minerals, and laden with starches and carbohydrates (in far greater quantities than would ever be consumed in the wild). This yields a more alkaline urine, which causes the precipitation and the development of struvite crystals, bladder stones and urolithiasis disease.”

    Good luck!!!!!!

  • Christine, have you given any though to trying a balance raw diet? It’s amazing how resilient an animal’s body is when it’s being fed it’s optimal evolutionary diet.

  • christine

    Hi Mike:
    I have 3 dogs. Recently one of my dogs (dachs)had to have stones removed and was told it was caused by crystals in the urine. I have another dog (bichon) who after 2 rounds of antibiotics, and Science Diet (s/d) is still crystalizing and passing droplets of blood when urinating. My vet said it is caused by mangnesium. All dogs foods have it? Any suggestion on a dog food (dry & wet)?

  • Hi Caitlyn… Thanks for sharing what you discovered about the sodium content of these dry cat products. According to the AAFCO profiles, these figures are close to the suggested minimums for adult dogs (0.06%). But these percentages are notably low for cat and kitten profiles (0.2%). Readers should note these figures are for cat food.

  • Update on the salt topic. The company has given us figures for the sodium content of the dry cat food: 0.06% in the chicken and salmon flavors, and 0.05% in the duck. That should be pretty similar for the dog formulas, as salt appears in a similar location in the ingredient list for both dogs and cats. However, salt appears much higher up in the wet food list, and we’re still waiting for info. on that.

  • Thanks to all for chiming in. We will call the company and see if they’re willing to divulge the actual salt content. If I get a straight answer I’ll post it on this thread.

  • Shawna

    Ohh, carrageenan is another, often, hidden source of MSG.

  • Shawna

    Salt is a necessary part of the diet and required by the AAFCO for complete and balanced diets.

    “Sodium % 0.3 (minimum for growth & reproduction) 0.06 (minimum for adult maintenance) — there is no maximum upper limit however..

    Dr. Karen Becker states that in the ancestral diet wild animals would get sodium from the prey animals blood. Something, even most, raw feeders don’t feed.

    I know when I don’t add salt to my kidney dogs diet (and salt is supposed to be bad for kd) in small amounts I notice a direct connection to her frequency of urination (including during the night while I’m trying to sleep).

    None of this means, though, that some manufacturers aren’t adding to enhance the taste. My personal belief — if they were trying to enhance the taste a better solution (although one I don’t like) would be a possible hidden source of MSG like “natural flavors” OR “chicken broth” — which are both hidden sources in human foods. Just my two cents 🙂

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    I copy/paste my comment onto another document for temporary just in case the comment doesn’t appear.

  • Gordon

    Lol @ Jonathan. Yeah I already worked that out a long time ago, and is exactly what I do. 🙂

  • Jonathan

    To everyone that mentioned that their posts “disappear”… when you click on the “recent comment” tab, sometimes it shows you an unrefreshed view of the page from last time you clicked on it rather than actually loading the page WITH the recent comment. I don’t know why. But if you don’t see your comment on the page right away, try waiting a minute and refreshing the page before going through the trouble of re-typing your post! 🙂

  • Hi Caitlyn… Good question. However, without knowing the actual amount of salt used in a recipe, it would be impossible to make a reasonable assessment of its importance. I would casually estimate that most commercial dog foods do contain this additive. Whether it’s there to make a food more palatable or to meet nutritional requirements (sodium is a mineral nutrient required by life) cannot be known without more information than what’s provided on a label.

  • Mike: I’m trying this comment again, as the first one just disappeared, with no message or anything.

    What concerns me about Blue Wilderness is the salt content. Most high-quality foods do not add salt at all, yet here it is quite high up in the list of ingredients – before all the good minerals and vitamins. What’s going on here?

    I suspect that they are adding salt, just as human food producers do, to enhance palatability. It tastes good, so the food gets wolfed down, but this is not necessarily a good thing.

    I haven’t seen this issue addressed anywhere, and I’d appreciate your thoughts on the matter. I see salt in the same position on the cat food label, too, and while our cat seems to love this stuff, we’re worried about the long-term effects of all that salt.

  • Mike: One of the things that troubles me about Blue Wilderness is the salt. I don’t see much discussion of that here or anywhere else, but I’m wondering if this is a palatability ploy, just as salt is used in human foods. It tastes good, so they lap it up. But is it good for them? Salt seems to be awfully high up on the list of ingredients – ahead of the good minerals and vitamins – and I notice it in a similar location on the cat version, too.

    I’d appreciate your thoughts on this.

  • Oseme

    Hi Briana,

    Blue buffalo wilderness for puppies is what you need.

  • Hi Teion… Canned dog foods are “ready-to-serve”. No prep necessary.

  • Teion Williams

    Is the food from canned foods ready to serve upon opening or do you have to cook it down or do some preparation before serving? (I am new to this topic of dog food so I am seeking some knowledge on this) Thank you in advance.

  • Hi Dawn… Low fat content should not automatically be considered a bad thing for dogs. Higher fat can also be interpreted as confirmation of the presence of a notable amount of meat too. However, as a percent of calories, the fat content here may actually be even higher. And sometimes this can suggest the meat is sourced from fatty trimmings and connective tissue.

    In the not too distant future, we’re planning to add energy-weighted analysis to extract more information from a dog food’s label. And this should allow us to do a better job of judging its quality. Until then, this food still looks like a 5-star product.



  • Hi Briana… Any Blue Buffalo recipe that claims to be OK for puppies or “all life stages” should be fine. In addition, mixing the canned and dry together (as long as both are rated for puppies) has nothing to do with causing or preventing diarrhea.

  • Briana

    Hi Mike. I’m getting a new puppy soon, and since he will be so young, what type of Blue Wilderness food do I give him since he’s so young? He’ll only be alittle over 2mos.
    Also, I don’t want to give him diarrhea, so can I mix the canned food with the dry food?

  • Sarah

    I occasionally see some small some white chunks in the Blue Buffalo Wilderness Can food – it is small cubes of potato. Next time you see this try smashing it.

  • jean shelburne

    I bought a can of Blue buffalo wilderness dog food (turkey&chicken grill) and I found some very small pieces of bones. I would not let my dog eat the food. The bar code #5961000114

  • Hi Wil… Like all our reviews, are evaluation is based upon the average (as dry matter basis) for the entire product line and not just the chosen “example” product. As I state in this article:

    As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 46% and a mean fat level of 36%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 10% for the overall product line.

    Hope this helps.

  • Wil

    Your report was made with the Turkey & Chicken recipe. The Duck & Chicken recipe has the same crude values, but the Salmon & Chicken recipe properties are different. They are:

    Crude Protein 10%, Crude Fat 6%, Crude Fibre 1.5%. These properties provide the following dry basis properties:

    Protein 45.45%, Fat 27.27%, Carbs 19.27%, Fiber 6.82%.

    As indicated, the properties that changed are:
    Fat: 27.27% instead of 40.45%
    Carbs: 19.17% instead of 5.64%

    These seem to be pretty large changes, and I don’t know if these differences will change your ratings.


  • Hi Wil… Since there’s normally more meat in these types of foods, it’s not at all unusual for a canned dog food to be notably higher in fat. The canned dog foods in our database currently average fat content of about 39%. So, this one’s close to average for a wet product.

  • Wil

    I notice that the fat content of Blue Buffaloe Wilderness is 41%. That is one of the highest in the five star wet dog food list.

    Can you say a word or two about good and bad fat content?


  • Hi Jessi… For help, please check out our FAQ page. There are links to this information at the top and left side of every page on our site. Hope this helps.

  • Hi Jessi… This website is dedicated to helping you learn about the subjects you’re asking about. I’d recommend starting with our FAQ page with links to it found at the top and left side of this page. Hope this helps.

  • Jessi

    I’m trying to pick out a grain free dry food and canned food (as a topper) for my 2 year old Bichon frise/shih tzu mix. He’s about 13 pounds which is his ideal weight. I don’t know anything about the amount of protein and carbs and fat to look for when choosing the right food. Any advice???

  • JCdog

    I had been feeding Blue Buffalo Wilderness canned food to my dog for about 9 months with mixed results. Two months ago, I noticed white chucks of matter that I did not recognize and had not seen before. After contacting Blue Buffalo customer service, I was told that these items were bone fragments (even though the BB website claims that they use no animal by-products). Last month I discovered a 2″ x 3″ piece of packing tape/brown paper inside the can with the wet food. I did a fair amount of research and decided to stop feeding my dog BB. Now, I only use dog food from companies that do not outsource their manufacturing.

  • Lilly

    I’ve noticed some of the canned foods I feed my rescued rottie boxer mix do seem to get almost unmixable at times once open and put in the fridge. (new mans own organic beef comes to mind, but I am on a rotation diet so theres many sitting in my fridge at any one given time) I mix in numerous supplements with her food every day and they are not always palatable if not covered with wet food so its particularly important to me that the wet food be mixable (examples of supplements I’m referring to include apple cider vinegar, diamataceous earth, colloidal silver, and aloe vera crumbles all of which I also take in some form and can have a hard time getting down, and I know what it is I’m consuming! Anyway my point is I will nuke thefood jour a few seconds ifnecessary but I have found just leaving the food out for,a few minutes is usually enough tho soften it considerably, at least for my needs., just some food for thought for the previous poster!

  • Hi Mary… Bailey doesn’t seem to care much about the serving temperature of his food. However, though I’m sure some readers would disagree (about the significance of using a microwave to warm any dog or human food), I wouldn’t be overly concerned about this practice.

  • Mary

    Mike ~ how do you take the chill off of Bailey’s canned food? I am wondering if I have caused more damage than good. I have been warming canned food in the microwave on reheat for 10 seconds ~ for the past four years. Yikes!

  • Debbie

    I bought Blue Buffalo Wilderness canned food and dry food for my Bichon yesterday. I have tried several top-rated dog foods recently, but she turned her nose up at them. She even turned her nose up at Blue Buffalo regular canned and dry. However, the Wilderness canned food was an instant hit! As soon as I set it down, she gobbled it up! That has never happened! Also, when she finished that, she went right for the dry variety and ate some of that! I am so happy to have finally found a good quality food that my dog actually loves!

  • Pat Moore

    I mix my refrigerated canned dog food with very hot tap water to make a slurry/gravy and then I pop it onto the dry.

  • Janie

    I use the dry food wilderness and top with the canned food and was wondering what is the best way to take the chill off of the canned food. I read that putting it in the microwave destroys the nutrients. My shih tzu’s do not use a whole can at one time so I have to refrigerate it and they want eat it unless I take the chill off ..usually about 10 seconds in the microwave will do it but am I doing more harm than good ?

  • Mike P

    Marie,I have a boxer and the breed is very famous for having gas , mine included . In my rotation she is now on wellness core ocean for the last 3 weeks . No gas at all . After this bag runs out she will be on Merricks BG Buffalo so we will see . I have limited her snacks to boiled chicken breast as occasional treats, and a couple of AvoDerm biscuits . So still a work in progress (gas ) . It seems like the fish really stopped the bombs .

  • Marie

    Thanks Mike! My M-I-L complained about the gas and wants me to switch to Loyall because it’s cooked at a precise temp. I did not want to switch brands just because of occasional gas and especially not to an inferior brand that has very little in nutritional value. I think I’ll keep to Blue Buffalo!

  • Hi Marie… Sounds like tour dog is doing well on what you’re feeding her. Unfortunately, since each dog responds to a particular food in its own unique way, I cannot provide customized product recommendations. Please visit our FAQ page and look for the topic, “Help Me Choose a Dog Food” for more information. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers.

  • Marie

    I have been feeding my Ridgeback/Pitt mix Blue Buffalo – Life Protection Chicken with Brown Rice formula for 2+ years since she was a puppy. Occasionally her stools are runny and she gets gas from it. I love her energy level and her coat shines. I am thinking of trying the Blue Buffalo Wilderness version dry food but with several different flavors I’m unsure what would be the best flavor to reduce the gas. Would you have any suggestions? Should I try another brand that tops your lists? She’s in great health and she occasionally gets Blue Buffalo treats.

  • erin

    Are there any others with equally high fat contents?

  • erin

    Isn’t 41 a really high fat content?

  • Hi Janell… Most experts recommend transitioning between two dog foods by starting with about 20-25% new food and gradually increasing it to a full 100% over a 7 to 10 day period. So, be sure not to rush the process. Take your time to minimize any chance of GI upset.

    As far as how much, you need to consult the food package for a suggested serving size. Hope this helps.

  • Janell

    Wow, I feel like a fool.
    I have a 2 year old Shepherd that I rescued about a year ago. She was a stray and very skinny. We have had her on the z/d diet- as recommended by the vet for her inability to gain weight and continuous ear infections. He said it was the best. While it has helped her ears, she still is not gaining any weight, and the 85$ per 25lbs isn’t so easy to swallow either… her recommended feeding is 5 cups a day!!! I had asked him about BB before we started. I wish I had done my home work, I assumed he knew what was best for her. I also have a 11 month old golden retriever. I would like to start both of them on the Wilderness Salmon, but I also don’t want to cause any digestive discomfort. How should I introduce the new food and in what measurements??

  • Jonathan

    Here I am discussing the importance of nutrition as I eat a McRib and drink a beer. Lol!

  • Jonathan

    You are trying to reduce yeast? Like a yeast infection, or the amount of yeast they consume? either way, i would tend to think that a high fat, high protein, low carb diet will at least help to some degree with any doggy aliments. A species-appropriate diet is what any animal needs to help their bodies fight infections and diseases, rebuild healthy tissue, and resist environmental damage.

  • Jonathan..thank you so much…that really helps out. I am trying to reduce yeast the two of my dogs. They are on precise dry dog food. I cut back half on the dry and added back 1/2 of Wilderness- but I have found that I am not reading the carb content correctly..Also adding olive leaf extract to their is really helping with smells and digestion.

  • Jonathan

    Mike has done the math for us… you just have to compare the “dashboards” of the two foods.

  • Jonathan

    Blue has way more fat (41% vs 15%) and WAY less carbs (6% vs 40%)

  • Hi..I have a question.. between blue buffalo wilderness and Taste of the wild- which canned food has the least amount of carbs and fat? I am not comprehending the formula..
    Thank you..

  • Hi Bill… I’m so sorry to hear about your dog’s diarrhea. Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian, you’ve asked a question I don’t feel qualified to answer. Like with humans, each dog responds to a particular food in its own unique way. And many times, the symptoms aren’t even related to the food in the first place. So, it would be misleading for me to assure you feeding a specific product would adequately control the diarrhea. Wish I could be more help.

  • bill

    we have a six month old puppy. We are feeding him the chicken for puppy. for the last month he has had diarrhea. we have been feeding him rice and burger and then gradually add back in the dry (chicken Blue Buffalo) and the diarrhea starts. Should we switch to Salmon or Lamb or even go to can food or switch brands all together.

  • Patti Duke

    I have a 5 year old miniature schnauzer. She has had trouble with “schnauzer bumps” all her life. I’ve tried everything to help keep the bumps under control. I finally decided to try changing her food. I fed her several different brands of dog food and then I finally fed her Blue Wilderness (chicken). No more “schnauzer bumps”!! It took several weeks, but her back is now clear.

  • Hi Jo… It’s no secret we prefer dog foods made with higher protein (meat) content. However, it’s not protein that causes your dog to gain weight. It’s calories. So, choose a good food and feed it according to your dog’s ideal weight and the energy content of the food (the calories per measured cup). Then, adjust the serving size depending on whether your dog’s weight rises or falls. Hope this helps.

  • Hi Jo… It probably does matter a little. But if you’re only feeding the canned food occasionally, I would simply see which product your dog seems to like best. Hope this helps.

  • Jo

    I been feeding my dog the dry dog food Blue Longivity and wondered if it really mattered which Blue type of wet dog food I give my dog every other week (Blue Buffalo Wilderness, HomeSyle, Stew, or Longivity).

  • Jo

    I have a small Elkhound mix that ways 35-39 pounds. She was on ProPlan Selects, but switched her to Blue Longivity. She is almost 3 years now.
    I take her on walks, but she is not an outside all day.

    Would Blue Buffalo Wilderness be to much protein for a dog that is not all that active.

  • Hi Natasha… So long as both foods are AAFCO rated for “growth” (meaning puppies) I wouldn’t think you should anticipate any serious nutritional issues. Good luck on your new babies.

  • Natasha

    Hi, I will be receiving two boston terrier puppies this Monday and I was waondering if mixing the blue buffalo dry puppy food with canned food is a good idea. I’ve had dogs in the past, but never small dogs and I hear that it is important for their food to be high in protein and fat. What advice can you give me? Thanks in advance, Natasha

  • Hi Jane… Unfortunately, due to the complexities involved in analyzing pet supplements, we have chosen not to review these types of products. Wish I could be more help.

  • Jane

    Hi Mike,

    My dog is 13 years old Border collie mix. She has severe arthritis in her back. Doctor recommended giving her StemPets (by StemTech) supplement daily. I didn’t find any reasonable online reviews on this supplement, but since I started giving it to my dog (along with Blue Buffalo food) for about two weeks, she is doing much better. What is your opinion on the StemPets?

    Thank you

  • Hi James… Many treats are made like kibble. They’re in reality bakery products (meat-flavored cookies). Others can be much better. Unfortunately, we’re not currently rating these products so I can’t give you much guidance on this subject.

  • James Morgan

    Hello Mike,

    Do you rate doggie treats for their nutritional value?
    What treats need to be avoided?
    Just food for thought.
    Your work is greatly appreciated.

    James Morgan

  • Kara

    I got my collie/lab mix, Indiana, from a rescue group two months ago. He was slightly underweight and his coat was very dry, itchy, shedding heavily and partially matted when we got him. I’ve been feeding him Wilderness/Blue canned food mixed with Authority dry food. Two months of this has put a few (healthy) pounds back on him, and his coat is gorgeous now! His itching and shedding have gone way down and his coat is shiny and soft! Highly recommend Wilderness!

  • Hi Liz… As with us humans, dental plaque is the main cause of decay, gum disease and bad breath. As a dentist, I can assure you, it is the physical scrubbing action of the toothbrush that actually removes the sticky plaque. Not the toothpaste.

    In my opinion, the real advantage of the C.E.T. is probably the beef or poultry flavors. That may be the single best reason to use it. I’ve never tried C.E.T. with Bailey. But your endorsement of the product makes me want to try it with him. Getting our dog to cooperate when we try to brush his teeth is a nightmare.

  • Liz

    In response to a bad breath question above, you stated “You may want to try brushing your dog’s teeth (without toothpaste, of course)”. Why without toothpaste? I have been brushing my husky’s teeth with C.E.T. for years. Is this bad???

  • Adele Simons

    My Pomeranian, Daisy, is doing FANTASTIC since I switched her (from Purina Pro Plan) to Blue Wilderness. I mix a little bit of the canned (I switch up on the flavors) with the kibble and she hangs at my feet until I get the bowl down on the floor! She eats every drop instantly! Her coat has grown three times thicker since the new diet plus she NEVER had fur on her belly since she was spayed and now her belly is COMPLETELY covered in fur! She has way more energy, is more alert and playful. I am thoroughly convinced that feeding my dog a better, healthier diet has made a huge difference.

  • Hi Becky… With oral health, dogs are like us humans.

    That’s because there are two causes of bad breath. First, the kind caused by food (like garlic, onions, coffee, etc.). And second, the kind caused by decaying food (bacteria). There’s probably nothing quite as repulsive as the smell of decaying meat.

    Bacteria in the mouth produce sulfur compounds known as mercaptans. And mercaptans creates pungent odors similar to rotten eggs. And they are the primary cause of smelly bad breath in humans (and probably dogs, too).

    If you’re not regularly brushing your dogs teeth (and of course, not many of us do), you should first suspect bacteria in the mouth as the cause… not the food. By the way, don’t ever use toothpaste. It’s not necessary and not well-received by your pet.

    If you haven’t already done so, be sure to read my article, “Dry Dog Food and the Myth of Cleaner Teeth“. Hope this helps.

  • Becky Alvarez

    Bad breath in a 5 month old puppy may be associated with the new teeth coming in. The baby tooth can be loose and let food get under the edge and begin to spoil. Brushing teeth will help and if a loose tooth does not fall out after a week or so, the vet may want to help it along. Just another idea. I can’t imagine that Blue is more likely to be the source of bad breath, especially when compared to Pedigree and Purina.

  • Hi Joyce… You’re right. Carrageenan appears to be a controversial ingredient. However, much of the more recent scientific evidence finds the gelling agent safe.

    In 2002, the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the World Health Organization concluded there was no concern regarding the continued consumption of carrageenan. The scientific organization assigned carrageenan to the category, “Acceptable Daily Intake – Not Specified”.

    This classification is used when JECFA has determined a food additive does not represent a hazard to health.

    To be fair, though, I’m considering highlighting this ingredient on our dashboard. So, stay tuned.

  • Joyce Deal

    I was reading through your reviews and noticed that the ingredient carageenan wasn’t highlighted as a controversial ingredient. Carageenan is a food additive that has been linked with digestive distress, migraines, and associated w/tumor growth. It’s been stated that it’s about as wholesome as msg. Unfortunately, it’s in many canned dog foods, but I’m very hesitant to feed anything containing it to my puppy.

  • Hi Melanie… The cause of bad breath in dogs can be very difficult to pin down. In the first few minutes after eating, it’s not unusual for the mouth to sometimes smell like the food itself.

    However, longer-lasting odors may be less likely related to the dog food than they would be to germs living in the mouth.

    In humans, bad breath usually comes from sulfur compounds (known as “mercaptans”) produced by oral bacteria. Although many do not agree with the science behind using kibble to clean a dog’s teeth, some still believe feeding harder foods can help.

    In any case, imagine what your own breath would be like if you only used crunchy potato chips to clean your teeth… and never (ever) brushed.

    You may want to try brushing your dog’s teeth (without toothpaste, of course). Although we know this can be very difficult to do (to say the least), it’s a great habit to start while your dog is still a puppy.

    For more information about this subject you may wish to read our article, “Dry Dog Food and the Myth of Cleaner Teeth“.

  • Melanie

    Our rescue puppy is 5 mos old. He has been eating Blue Buffalo puppy dry and can food for about 2 weeks. Just recently he has had bad breath. I’m thinking it is from the fish in the can food.
    Before I was feeding him Pedigree puppy can and Purina One dry puppy food and he didn’t have bad breath.
    Your suggestion would be appreciated! Thank you, Melanie