Taste of the Wild canned dog food receives the Advisor’s best rating of 5 stars.
The Taste of the Wild product line includes the 5 canned dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
Use the links to compare price and package size information at an online retailer.
- Taste of the Wild Wetlands Canine [A]
- Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine [A]
- Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Canine (4.5 stars) [A]
- Taste of the Wild Sierra Mountain Canine [A]
- Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon Canine [A]
Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon Canine formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon Canine
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, beef broth, lamb broth, vegetable broth, beef liver, dried egg whites, peas, dried egg product, lamb, potato starch, wild boar, guar gum, sunflower oil, chickpeas, natural flavor, tricalcium phosphate, sodium phosphate, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, inulin, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, blueberries, raspberries, taurine, choline chloride, flaxseed oil, Yucca schidigera extract, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, menhaden fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), xanthan gum, vitamin E supplement, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, cobalt amino acid chelate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||50%||19%||23%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||42%||39%||19%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The next three items include beef, lamb and vegetable broths. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.
But if we were to combine all these individual items together and report them as one, that newer combination would almost certainly occupy a higher position on the list — possibly making broth (not meat) the predominant ingredient in this recipe.
The fifth ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The next ingredient includes dried egg whites. Eggs are highly digestible and an excellent source of usable protein.
The seventh ingredient lists 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 eighth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.
In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The ninth ingredient is lamb. Lamb is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” lamb and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.2
Lamb is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The next ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other ingredients.
But realistically, items located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With 6 notable exceptions…
First, sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.
Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.
Next, we note the use of chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, beans and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.
However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
In addition, inulin is a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.
Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.
We also note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.
Since taurine deficiency appears to be more common in pets consuming grain-free diets, we view its presence in this recipe as a positive addition.
Next, we find menhaden oil in this food. Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. Their oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids, two high quality fats boasting the highest bio-availability to both dogs and humans.
What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not as likely to be exposed to mercury contamination as is typical with deep water species.
And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Taste of the Wild
Canned Dog Food Review
Based on its ingredient panel alone, Taste of the Wild canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 45% and a mean fat level of 21%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 26% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 46%.
Which means this Taste of the Wild product line contains…
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to other canned dog foods.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and chickpeas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.
Taste of the Wild is a grain-free canned dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Taste of the Wild Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Taste of the Wild product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- Diamond Dog Food Recall Summary (5/6/2012)
More Taste of the Wild Reviews
The following Taste of the Wild reviews are also posted on this website:
- Taste of the Wild Ancient Grains Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Taste of the Wild Dog Food Review
- Taste of the Wild Prey Dog Food Review (Dry)
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Notes and Updates
02/01/2020 Last Update