Taste of the Wild Prey Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The Taste of the Wild Prey product line includes the 3 dry dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
The table below includes popular Taste of the Wild Prey products and their star ratings. Use the links to check prices and package sizes at an online retailer.
|Taste of the Wild Prey Trout Formula||4||A|
|Taste of the Wild Prey Turkey Formula||4||A|
|Taste of the Wild Prey Angus Beef Formula||4||A|
Taste of the Wild Prey Angus Beef Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Taste of the Wild Prey Angus Beef Formula
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, lentils, tomato pomace, sunflower oil, natural flavor, dicalcium phosphate, salmon oil (source of DHA), salt, dl-methionine, choline chloride, taurine, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||30%||17%||45%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||26%||35%||39%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.
The second ingredient includes lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The third ingredient is tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.
Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.
Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.
The fourth ingredient is sunflower oil. 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.
After natural flavor, we find dicalcium phosphate, likely used here as a dietary calcium supplement.
The seventh ingredient is salmon oil, which is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.
The eighth ingredient is salt (also known as sodium chloride). Salt is a common additive in many dog foods. That’s because sodium is a necessary mineral for all animals — including humans.
However, since the actual amount of salt added to this recipe isn’t disclosed on the list of ingredients, it’s impossible to judge the nutritional value of this item.
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 Taste of the Wild product.
With 3 notable exceptions…
First, we find dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.
Next, we 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.
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 Prey Dog Food Review
Based on its ingredients alone, Taste of the Wild Prey Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 31% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 45% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And Below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the lentils and their high position on the ingredients list, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
Taste of the Wild Prey is a grain-free dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
Taste of the Wild Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to Taste of the Wild. 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 Dog Food Review (Canned)
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