Wild Calling! (Canned)


Rating: ★★★½☆

Wild Calling! canned dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Wild Calling! product line includes 11 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.

  • Wild Calling! Hoppy’s (3 stars) [A]
  • Wild Calling! Grassland (3 stars) [A]
  • Wild Calling! Later Gator (3 stars) [A]
  • Wild Calling! Country Best (5 stars) [A]
  • Wild Calling! Turkey Trot (4.5 stars) [A]
  • Wild Calling! Chicken Coop (3 stars) [A]
  • Wild Calling! Mountain Lake (4 stars) [A]
  • Wild Calling! Western Plains (4 stars) [A]
  • Wild Calling! Triple Delight (2.5 stars) [A]
  • Wild Calling! Rainbow River (4.5 stars) [A]
  • Wild Calling! Shepherd’s Choice (2.5 stars) [A]

Wild Calling! Grassland was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Wild Calling Grassland 96% Buffalo

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 46% | Fat = 41% | Carbs = 6%

Ingredients: Buffalo, water (sufficient for processing), liver, guar gum, calcium sulfate, vitamins {vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, vitamin D2 supplement}, minerals {zinc sulfate, ferric sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, selenium yeast, potassium iodide}

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis10%9%NA
Dry Matter Basis46%41%6%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%66%4%
Protein = 30% | Fat = 66% | Carbs = 4%

The first ingredient in this dog food is buffalo. Buffalo 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

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

The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

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

The fourth 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 two notable exceptions

First, this recipe includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

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

Wild Calling! Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Wild Calling! 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 41% and estimated carbohydrates of about 6%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 42% and a mean fat level of 35%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 15% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 83%.

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

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.

However, with 66% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 30% 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?

Wild Calling! is a grain-free meat-based canned dog food using a notable amount of named meats 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.

Wild Calling! Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

04/01/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Amateria

    Hey, I’ve been out all day so I wasn’t able to respond but while on the road back home I did a little digging and chewy shows some low GI foods here- https://www.chewy.com/s?rh=c%3A288%2Cc%3A332%2CSpecialDiet%3ALow+Glycemic

    You will have to check the protein levels yourself but it’s mostly the same companies just different formulas, if he had bladder stones it’s from a lack of moisture rich diet, I would if I were you, use mostly a canned diet and if you want a low GI kibble as a kind of topper.

  • steph

    Do you have any low GI food suggestions? My dog just had cystotomy surgery for bladder stones, they say he needs a lower protein diet, but that usually means high carbs and fat. It’s a catch 22, so frustrating!

  • steph

    I have tried the royal canin diabetic diet, it gave my pup very bad bloody diarrhea even when I introduced it very slowly, and eventually he just stopped eating it. The ingredients were awful and it also made his blood sugar sky high, unfortunately. I’ve had luck with merrick 96% beef and the earthborn weight management kibble, though I know kibble isn’t great for his condition so I only give him a few pieces.

  • Amateria

    But they are usually very high in carbohydrates which don’t help with insulin dosages, you can apparently lower the dosage by a lot by staying away from foods with high amount of carbs, low Gi is very valuable for diabetes in both dogs and cats also.

    I have read far too many comments of dogs going blind and other stuff after continuing to eat carb loaded diabetic foods, this all could of been by passed by simply lowering the carbs and feeding a low GI food.

  • Cathy Newhouse Wallace

    Is there a reason you’re not feeding a prescription diabetic diet. They are designed to help with glycerin control. Your vet can prescribe one. There are many very palatable options.

  • greengirl7625

    Meant to post this response from Wild Calling EVP Jeremy Peterson a while back. Very impressed with the company’s candor, fast response and willingness to answer any questions. I will never feed my animals anything manufactured at Evanger’s and wanted a clear answer on which Wild Calling recipes are canned there. For both dog and cat food, As of March 9, 2015, THE ONLY WILD CALLING RECIPES MANUFACTURERED AT EVANGER’S ARE RABBIT (Hoppy’s) AND BUFFALO (Grassland). Everything else is manufactured at SIMMONS. Also, ALL W.C. RECIPES MANUFACTURED AT SIMMONS HAVE CHELATED MINERALS. Hope this helps some people. Here’s his response in full:

    Jul 26, 2016

    Hi Stacie,

    Our dry foods are made at CJ Foods in Kansas.

    As of March 9, 2015, all our canned varieties except rabbit and buffalo are produced by Simmons Pet Foods in Emporia, KS. Rabbit and buffalo are still packed at Evanger’s but we continue to work diligently to have them produced at Simmons. The minerals in our simmons product are chelated.

    Previously, all our canned product were manufactured by both American Nutrition and Evanger’s. As we are aware, there has been a lot of negativity surrounding Evanger’s. Unfortunately with only 5 canneries in the US and only two willing to produce product for young startup companies like us, we were limited in choices when we first started the company. I can assure you we have very strict manufacturing guidelines and random testing in place with all our copack partners. Furthermore, we use one of the industries top nutritionist to help build all our products. Never have we found any issues with the product produced at Evanger’s and it is actually favored among consumers between product produced at ANI v Evangers. Evanger’s has been cleared of any wrongdoing surrounding the product they produce by the FDA. It is very unfortunate they have legal issues surrounding what appears to be a lack of judgement and personal deficiency but this in no way impacts the quality of product they produce. Now, more than ever they are concerned about producing a quality product that abides by all applicable laws. We would not have partnered with them if they didn’t agree to abide by our strict standards. They produce product for several of the industries canned foods including Weruva, Party Animal and Addiction to name a few. We are very excited they are moving into a new state of the art facility as well which they are hoping will be Leeds certified.

    I know there are websites where the content creator has a certain viewpoint or agenda they want to promote. I would hope you would reach out to the manufacturer as you have done to get correct information from the source. Thank you for doing this. We are a company committed to open transparency and will gladly share any more information you would like clarified. If you would like to discuss more in-depth please don’t hesitate to call me at my number below.

    The liver in Wild Calling canned dog and cat food is protein specific. For example, Buffalo has Buffalo liver, Beef has Beef liver, Rabbit has Rabbit liver so on and so forth. The exception is duck which has turkey liver and Salmon & Triple Delight which have chicken liver. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions!

    Please visit this link to view the all available guaranteed & typical analysis for our cat & dog foods. Please note the values for alligator are not available from our laboratory testing yet because this product is less than 6 month old still.


    Best Regards!

    Jeremy J. Petersen
    Executive Vice President

    Wild Calling! Pet Foods
    2234 117th Ave. Suite 106-107
    Greeley, CO 80634
    Toll Free: 1.855.628.7387 | Direct Phone: 970.587.7417
    Cell: 970.371.0158 | Phone: 970.587.7425 | Fax: 970.339.5985

  • Sarah

    My dog has done very well on this food. He has food sensitivities, so I stick to the novel protein sources. The rabbit and buffalo formulas are packed at Evangers but the rest are packed at Simmons. I have fed both the rabbit and buffalo as well as the duck, turkey, and lamb recipes. Despite the former two being packed at Evangers, I have experienced no problems with the food. I do inspect it carefully however. The CEO is very open and willing to answer any questions. My cat also eats this brand and she has done very well on it. I rotate this food with Addiction. I highly recommend both.

  • Pitlove

    Dogswell Live Free has been discontinued by the company anyhow. Wasn’t a big seller.

  • el doctor

    Hi Steph

    Wellness Core canned is reviewed here on DFA and it’s a very good choice for a diabetic dog.

    The fat content of all the varieties range from about 27% to 36% on a dry matter basis.

    The fat content of the Wild Calling Duck that you were feeding your dogs is about 32% on a dry matter basis.

    So if your pup with diabetes was able to tolerate the fat content of the Wild Calling Duck then he should probably be able to handle the Wellness core varieties with the same fat content or lower.

    Wellness is also a little lower in carbs than the Wild Calling.

    You said your guy won’t eat raw, but how about a homemade cooked diet. That’s what I feed all my dogs, and I have 2 with diabetes. I’m able to tweak the fat lower than any commercial low carb food that I know of.

    Here is a link to the Wellness Canned review;


    Good luck with your dogs and if you want to learn a little more about feeding a homemade properly balanced cooked diet, please let me know 😉

  • steph

    Thanks so much for your help, I will definitely try to join the FB group! I heard about dogswell livefree is ultra low glycemic but I’m weary of any dogswell products.I think merrick will be my next try

  • Bobby dog

    Hi steph:
    You’ll have to confirm this with Wild Calling!, but last I checked Evanger’s does not can all recipes; I forget who the other cannery is. They have always answered any questions I had about their food.

    Check out Evanger’s foods or any food they can, the best by stamp is curved. Some Wild Calling! recipes have a straight stamp, some are curved. Maybe this info will help while you search for other foods.

    Here is a FB group that might help with your search. It’s a closed group you will have to ask to join, but they respond right away to requests:

  • Sarah

    I contacted the company regarding manufacturing and got the following reply from the VP of the company. My dog does wonderfully on the Hoppy’s (rabbit) canned food, and considering almost every other food I’ve tried causes digestion issues, I’m sticking with it. Here is the email:

    Jeremy J. Petersen (Wild Calling Pet Foods)
    Oct 7, 10:00

    Hi Sarah,

    Our dry foods are made at Day Six Pet Nutrition in Baxter Springs, KS.

    As of March 9, 2015, all our canned varieties except rabbit and buffalo are produced by Simmons Pet Foods in Emporia, KS. Rabbit and buffalo are still packed at Evanger’s but we continue to work diligently to have them produced at Simmons.

    Previously, all our canned product were manufactured by both American Nutrition and Evanger’s. As we are aware, there has been a lot of negativity surrounding Evanger’s. Unfortunately with only 5 canneries in the US and only two willing to produce product for young startup companies like us, we were limited in choices when we first started the company. I can assure you we have very strict manufacturing guidelines and random testing in place with all our copack partners. Furthermore, we use one of the industries top nutritionist to help build all our products. Never have we found any issues with the product produced at Evanger’s and it is actually favored among consumers between product produced at ANI v Evangers. Evanger’s has been cleared of any wrongdoing surrounding the product they produce by the FDA. It is very unfortunate they have legal issues surrounding what appears to be a lack of judgement and personal deficiency but this in no way impacts the quality of product they produce. Now, more than ever they are concerned about producing a quality product that abides by all applicable laws. We would not have partnered with them if they didn’t agree to abide by our strict standards. They produce product for several of the industries canned foods including Weruva, Party Animal and Addiction to name a few. We are very excited they are moving into a new state of the art facility as well which they are hoping will be Leeds certified.

    I know there are websites where the content creator has a certain viewpoint or agenda they want to promote. I would hope you would reach out to the manufacturer as you have done to get correct information from the source. Thank you for doing this. We are a company committed to open transparency and will gladly share any more information you would like clarified. If you would like to discuss more in-depth please don’t hesitate to call me at my number below.

    Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/WildCalling
    Best Regards!

    Jeremy J. Petersen

    Executive Vice President

    Wild Calling! Pet Foods

    2234 117th Ave. Suite 106-107

    Greeley, CO 80634

    Toll Free: 1.855.628.7387 | Direct Phone: 970.587.7417

    Cell: 970.371.0158 | Phone: 970.587.7425 | Fax: 970.339.5985

  • Nancy

    As per Jeremy VP at Wild Calling, they have switched to Simmons.

  • theBCnut

    The biggest problem I would be sure they have is that they are underreporting fat content, so if you can’t return the food, then when you open a can, put half of it in the freezer and use the other half a spoonful at a time. I don’t remember what kind of dog you have, but if it is one of the fat sensitive breeds, be very careful with how much you give.

    The second issue is of them letting meat rot before they can it. The canning process kills all the bacteria, but that bacteria produces toxins that the canning process does not get rid of.

  • Dori

    Can’t you exchange it for a different food wherever you bought it? I would try that before I fed it to a dog. Most stores will take back food for any reason. They may wish you to do an exchange as opposed to giving you your money back.

  • chiapink

    too bad I bought a case of this food before doing my research, maybe if I stretch it out and use one can a month my dogs won’t suffer any long term Evanger consequences!

  • chiapink

    I just found out that this food is manufactured by Evangers, think what you will and do what you will, I am out.

  • aimee

    Hi Chiapink,

    Thanks for adding this to the this thread. I personally wouldn’t feed Evengers for the reasons you are aware of. I should have added that when I posted that the food does report a protein level higher than 10%.

  • chiapink

    Many dogs came up sick with this particular food about a year or two ago, look it up. Evengers is not an honest company, if you need to, do some research on them, hopefully the info. has not been washed.

  • aimee

    Evangers hunk of beef reports min 16% protein

  • Crazy4dogs

    My point is that I find many of these foods too high in fat for my own use. I realize that most canned food doesn’t have more than 10% protein. However Wellness Core canned does have 11%-12% protein, probably due to the inclusion of meat meals.

  • Find a canned food that has more than 10% protein. Wont happen.

  • Dori

    Personally I don’t feed this food to my dogs but only because I feed my three commercial raw frozen foods rotating brands and proteins. I feed a very high protein, moderate to high fat, very low carbs. I know I’ve said this before as have others but you may have missed it. The high fat in a food is not of concern. What the concern with a high fat dog food is the “quality” of the fats in the food. You have to trust the company and food you’re feeding and their ingredients. I’ve been feeding my three toy breed dogs this way for a bit over 3 1/2 years. It’s not the quantity of fat but the quality. I’ve never spent any time researching this company so I can’t say if I was feeding canned foods whether I would feed it to my dogs or not. Not because of the protein, fats and carb % but my feel for the company.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I almost fed this in my rotation but I personally find the fat content on many of the formulas just too high for my dogs. A formula can still be high meat using leaner cuts and still have virtually no carbs.

  • High Protein + High Fat = High meat. Hence virtually no carbs.

  • theBCnut

    Yes, as fed gives more specific numbers, but some manufacturers won’t cooperate and give that info. That’s one of my criteria for using a food. Does the company’s customer service answer all reasonable questions? If not, they have something to hide. Run, don’t walk, away.
    Border Collies, potato chips, who knew?

  • Pat C.

    What does “as fed” analysis mean? Does it state specific percentages rather than just minimums? Will the manufacturers willingly give out the “as fed” numbers when asked for it?

  • Pat C.

    The label makes you think it is 96% meat in the can but in reality it is only 50% meat and 50% fat? The price is high enough to make you think it is all meat. How does this get a high rating of 4 stars when it has so much fat in it? I’ve read high fat is fine for cats but what about for dogs? What would be an optimum percentage of fat to look for in a canned dog food?

  • theBCnut

    Dr. Mike keeps a looonnnggg list of foods to be reviewed as he has the time. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until that one appears. I do like Zignature’s foods. They are a bit high in fiber for one of my dogs though.
    Lucky you for having a “Just Food for Dogs” nearby. I grew up in LA and when I moved here, it was culture shock. The best Mexican food place in the whole county was Taco Bell. There is certainly no place making specialty food for dogs.
    I really like THK and I use it for 2 of my dogs often. The third has too many issues…

  • Akex

    I use honest kitchen and homemade from a fantastic dog food kitchen with locations in orange county and Los Angeles, ca called “just food for dogs”. I wish people could afford them and have locations near them because it is absolutely revolutionary, it’s like human food but for dogs. My Siberian couldn’t adapt to raw and I just don’t trust it either with all the controversy from the vets and FDA condemning it. Weruva/tiki I would like if it was not from Asia. There formulas are also very odd’ kind of gross when I tried it and I can’t get past the Asia thing even though. I know it’s a human grade plant. What about the zignature wet mentioned by the other comment, it’s not reviewed for some reason on dfa

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I use a lot of the Wellness Stews. I just started feeding the Zignature Zssential cans too. Very easy to mix and no Carageenan.

  • theBCnut

    Weruva Human Style and Tiki Dog are the 2 that come to mind off the top of my head. I had so much trouble finding a canned that my dog could have, between food allergies, carageenan, and bad companies, that I finally started using raw, freeze dried, fresh, or dehdrated foods instead.

  • Akex

    What canned food would be okay then? Most every wet food is made in evangers plant or has carageenan. I can’t find any good formulas not made by evangers.

  • Dana

    I’ve been feeding my dog Wild Calling dry and wet food ever since the
    EVO recall a few years ago. She loves it and does well with all the
    different flavors/ingredients. Additionally, I occasionally switch
    her off to high-quality Orijen to keep her digestion balanced.

  • theBCnut

    First of all this canned food is packed by Evangers and they have a terrible reputation. Second, it has as much fat as protein. People who don’t read labels, or know what they are reading, could kill their dog by feeding them a meal of this stuff.

  • carol carraturo

    I find the can food wonderful. My Sheppard had full blown lymes when i got her and had to shift around to get her bowels in tack. I m shocked to think this is so lowly rated as she is feed Merricks dry and Wild Calling can salmon, beef, and Sheppard which is lamb grain free. I mix two tbs of salmon with either sheppard or beef together with organic pumpkin over her merricks and she has done wonderful on this food. Im really shocked that its only rated 4 i rate it a 5 or more. Her coat is beautiful and shinny now and she is full of energy which shows me she is getting much better. I showed her vet what i fed her and he said she is doing very well on it and also wrote the name down for his sheppards. She is not overweight from this can food either. Being and East German longhair she is suppose to weigh no more than 70 pounds and she comes in at 68 and stays this way. Who are Evangers? does that mean their are by products not listed on these cans?

  • Shawna

    I do agree with you that the regulation probably isn’t adequate but that holds true for all manufactures, even those making kibble.

    Something else to consider, the immune system is dependent on the nutrients taken in and most will agree that whole foods supply better nutrition than highly processed foods. A strong immune system is better able to handle accidental contamination.

    And as I mentioned before, many of the raw manufacturers have implemented high pressure pasteurization (Nature’s Variety, Stella & Cheweys, Primal etc). Others add anti-microbial ingredients into the food itself – garlic, apple cider vinegar, raw honey and coconut oil are some example. Garlic, as an example, has been proven to kill giardia, coccidia, ecoli, salmonella and even the antibiotic resistant super bug MRSA.

    And those educated in raw feeding or topping with raw are likely to add those and other products to the diet as well. Products such as probiotics which Penn State discovered actually “prime” neutrophil white blood cells which, of course, strengthens the immune system in case of exposure.

    I foster and my dogs have all been exposed to coccidia, giardia, kennel cough, ringworm and likely a host of other pathogens. I’ve never once had to have any of my dogs on any medication to deal with those either. All of mine had strong enough immune systems to avoid symptoms of ringworm but as a precaution I bathed them all in shampoo and added oregano oil and started them on probiotics and garlic. The couple that had minor diarrhea from the giardia exposure were given probiotics and garlic and symptoms improved within a several days.

    I should note too that the dog in my avatar has had kidney disease since birth. The only time she gets ill, until just recently, is if I get lazy or am in a hurry and feed the dogs kibble too often. On the raw diet she is quite healthy but on kibble she starts vomiting, severe halitosis etc – symptoms of kidney disease. Symptoms were noticed when she was just six weeks old but she wasn’t officially diagnosed until her one year blood evals and subsequent testing. She turns eight years old the end of next month. I would say she is a raving endorsement for a raw food diet… 🙂

  • JS

    Misleading statement. It’s not that they don’t have laws to follow, its that regulation isn’t occurring due to the mom & pop nature of these vendors and the budget cuts in government.

    Again, (and this isn’t meant to question your integrity) the regulation isn’t there and the government won’t do anything until after something bad happens. It’s a fact Shawna. Perhaps one that you hadn’t considered.

    Good to hear that you and your pets haven’t had an issue and I hope that that’s always the case.

  • Shawna

    Raw manufacturers have to follow the same guidelines and laws as kibble manufacturers. For that reason, many raw manufacturers are now using a form of pasteurization called high pressure pasteurization.

    Including my eight and all my foster dogs, I’ve fed close to 40 dogs raw foods for over eight years and have yet to have an issue. That’s not to say that raw foods are perfect, Bravo just had a recall, but lots of kibbled diets have been recalled as well.

    The advantages of raw far outweigh the disadvantages if one is smart about feeding a raw diet.

  • JS

    The disadvantage of raw is that the gov doesn’t regulate manufacturing, handling. Shipping or distribution, which means no advance notice of listeria, e Coli or a huge array of infections that could kill or harm upon injestion. Raw is ripe for lawsuits and regulation after outraged consumers sue in anger that Paws is now past and gone.

  • Rachel Moorloney

    This food is absolutely, without a fraction of a doubt, horrible.
    My cat has adamantly refused to eat this food, including: Beef, Buffalo,Lamb,Duck,Pork.

    Yet, my cat will eat Beef, Buffalo,Lamb,Duck and Pork from ANY other manufacturer.
    He smells the Wild Calling canned meats, backs away and shakes a paw in disgust. There’s something truly wrong with Wild Calling canned foods.

  • Kimi_Forever

    I agree anyone that can do business with evangers and not think thats a problem is not someone who i trust.

  • aquariangt

    Did you ask him directly if they manufacture themselves? That’s a big thing for Fromm, they advertise that they have their own packing facility. Owning and manufacturing can often be different

  • theBCnut

    Nobody should think that Wild Calling is Evangers, but it is a fact that some of their canned food is canned by Evangers. I have a problem with them not seeing a problem with that.

  • Nectarmom

    I figured this should be pointed out since things get swayed in the wrong direction sometimes. Wild Calling kibble is owned by a private individual family just like Fromm. Wild Calling is not Evanger’s I actually contacted Jeremy J. Petersen, Executive Vice President and he explained to me in detail about the kibble and it actually sounds like a pretty decent kibble. I can get all proteins of it locally so I am going to give it a shot with my Poultry intolerance girl and see how it goes. I am also still waiting for Acana Singles to come out so we can try that too. If ever in doubt contact the Companies that manufacture the kibble.

  • berniesemtn8

    Saw on another forum that it is cj foods, evangers doesn make kibble. They use a co-packer.

  • Emily

    I purchased several cans of Wild Calling before I knew about it being canned at Evanger’s and the problems with Evanger’s. Unfortunately, my insanely picky dog decided the Rabbit and Lamb flavor are the best foods ever….the only food she would eagerly eat for more than one meal in a row. My plan was to rotate with Weruva Human style (which she thinks is tolerable) to help balance out this products high fat. However, I am concerned about the Evanger’s issue.
    From what I have seen, only the actually Evanger’s brand has been cited by the FDA and had reports of making dogs sick. Do any of the private label brands have similar reports? Is it possible that the private labels have more strict regulation and testing than Evanger’s uses for its own brand?

  • Storm’s Mom

    Anyone know who makes the Wild Calling kibble? I think I read that Evangers makes Wild Calling wet, but what about the dry? It’s become available in my city, and a few of the kibbles look interesting (the Rocky Mountain ones) …so just curious about who makes it before I invest in it. Thanks!

  • Shawna

    You’re welcome Linda!! Do let us know if you have any more questions, concerns etc. 🙂

  • Shawna

    You’re welcome 🙂

  • InkedMarie

    Lol Shawna, I thaw all meats here on the counter, both for dogs & us. Been doing this for all my 32 years of marriage.

    Last year when I fed half kibble/THK and raw, I did one meal of each.

  • USA Dog Treats

    Thank you again!

  • Shawna

    Sorry, I wanted to add something. From my research and understanding protein isn’t necessarily held for an acid bath but rather the presence of protein AND adequate moisture cause an increased release of hydrochloric acid and when the ph gets to an adequate acidity it activates the protein digesting enzyme pepsin in the stomach. The acid is produced in direct response to the amount of protein (with adequate moisture) allowing for appropriate amounts of pepsin to be activated. In this way high protein, moisture rich canned would have the same benefit by improving protein digestion. And the way I see it, both raw and canned would be beneficial if accidentally feeding a contaminated kibble pending the pathogen is acid sensitive. The additional advantage uncontaminated raw has over canned is the natural enzymes in raw foods improving digestion even further.

  • Shawna

    When I was in my mid twenties (I’m 47 now) I read a book by Harvey & Marilyn Diamond called “Fit For Life”. The premise of the book is that humans do not digest their food as well when combining meat and grain based carbs. Veggies could be eaten with either but fruit had to be eaten away from all other foods. Each digests at different rates and requires different enzymes/ph for proper digestion. My digestion was phenomenal on the eating style. I didn’t need to lose but I became very toned and fit and my energy was through the roof. I ate this way for a long time (over 6 months but can’t remember exacts now). When I went off the eating style and had indulged in the pizza at a work party —- I PAID FOR IT. My digestive system retaliated in a big way. If you apply this same concept to a dogs diet —- kibble is already causing digestive complications.

    IF a person was feeding 50% raw and 50% kibble I’m really not sure why they wouldn’t split the two meals up and feed one in am and one in pm.

    Another consideration, if a person is contemplating adding raw it is likely that they are already feeding higher protein kibble and likely already adding higher protein canned like Linda above. This canned food is going to impact digestion in the same way a raw diet with similar nutrient profiles. The difference is the potential for bacteria. But if one is concerned about bacteria they can feed the foods that are subjected to HPP or dip in lemon juice etc.

    As far as the digestive tract — the digestive process begins when the dog knows you are prepping food and smells the food. The food then goes to the first part of the stomach, the fundus, which has a different ph than the body of the stomche. Certain enzymes are produced in the fundus but I don’t recall what they are — it’s been a while since I studied this. The fundus is referred to as a sort of holding tank. The body of the stomach is where protein is primarily digested. If the raw is ground and digestive enzymes are added it should digest pretty easily and quickly. I had a Boston Terrier foster that had digestive issues. He’d vomit up kibble HOURS after eating. If fed a combination, like I do, he would barf kibble and chyme but no recognizable raw. When fed raw only after about two hours he would vomit watery liquid only. So, with him, raw did digest best on its own but raw still digested very quickly when fed with kibble but the kibble still was slower but faster than kibble on its own.

    So yes, the best digestion would happen when fed exclusively raw but in my experience especially with Boston Gus, raw digested pretty quick when fed with kibble and kibble in any form digested slowly – even with added digestive enzymes.

    I’ve never admitted this before but I thaw my pups raw food on the kitchen counter 90 percent of the time due to lack of planning as well as limited fridge space. I don’t use foods that have been subjected to HPP and I have yet to have any issues. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be a rare case where there’s an issue but I bet more dogs get sick from kibble contamination and slow digestion of kibble than from commercial raw and kibble — just a guess of course…

    Sorry this was so long.

  • losul

    I’ve often struggled with this very issue myself. I’ve done both ways and haven’t seen any apparent differences/issues.

    Generally now I give 1st meal of raw, and then the other meal of kibble mixed in with other wet foods, usually canned foods.

    Even when I mix the raw very well with various vegetative material. I’ve noticed many times, but not all the time, poop looks as though amazingly something has separated out the plant material from the raw meat, with the plant material the last to exit.

    Couldn’t the key be the rate at which the materials leave the stomach? If they all left at the same time, I could see more issues occurring farther down the digestive tract.

  • Linda K Larsen Sampanes

    Thank you, I really appreciate your response.

  • USA Dog Treats

    Hi Shawna

    I do not know the digestion process as well as you do (not even close). I have always erred on the side of caution and recommended that people not mix kibble with raw.

    In any particular dog do you think that if you mixed 100g of raw with 100g of kibble the raw would leave the stomach as quickly as if you fed 200g of just raw?

    And I read this on Dr Becker’s forum, what are your thoughts on this?


    “Also, dogs and cats process raw foods and kibble very differently. Raw food is processed as a protein, held in the stomach for an acid bath, unlike kibble, which a dog or cat’s body views metabolically as a starch. If raw foods are added to dry foods for a meal, there can be digestive confusion, resulting in gassiness and belching.”

    Thank you!!!

  • Shawna

    I think a lot of people believe that the two shouldn’t be mixed but I am not one of them.. IDEALLY, it would be best to feed the two at separate meals but I would not tell someone that couldn’t do that to not add raw….

    If you look at how digestion works, foods are digested at different rates and what is broken down doesn’t just sit in the gut but as it turns to the right consistency (chyme) it moves on while the food not yet broken down enough remains. Raw is also going to improve the digestion of the kibble. And, the smaller the size of the kibble (or if your dogs are ones that actually chew larger kibble) will speed the rate of digestion as well. Adding digestive enzymes helps too. There are LOTS of us on here who use raw toppers on kibble meals.

    I have eight toy and small breed dogs ranging in size from a four pound Chihuahua to a 12(ish) pound Papillon mix. The three larger, likely forever, foster dogs get about 1/4 cup of kibble with a large teaspoon of raw and a large teaspoon of canned at every meal. They’ve been eating this diet for many years and to date no issues at all. My five smaller ones get raw with a bite of canned. BUT when most of the dogs are done eating I toss out a small hand full of Fromm kitty kibble (it is REALLY small) to preoccupy the fast eaters so the slower ones can finish in peace. Again, no issues with any of the dogs.

    I rotate with my crew and you can use whatever you want for kibble, canned and raw depending on what your values in a food and company are. I use Orijen, Nature’s Logic, Nature’s Variety, Earthborn Primitive Naturals and similar for kibble. I like canned tripe (either Pet Kind or Tripett), Weruva, Merrick, Earthborn (tubs not cans) and other canned foods. I use Bravo, Primal and Darwins (order direct) commercial raw along with meats I purchase and premixes. I use The Honest Kitchen Preference, Grandma Lucy’s with potato and Grandma Lucy’s with legumes, Steve Browns Dinner Premix (order direct) and Sojo’s premix in rotation. I also add raw eggs (or lightly cooked for variety), canned sardines (or mackerel), leftovers and other foods that aren’t balanced making sure to keep them below 20% of the diet so as not to unbalance the diet. There is really SOOO many options when you start looking.. 🙂 Start with what you are comfortable with and then go from there as your comfort level allows…

  • Linda K Larsen Sampanes

    I have two small dogs, Havenese and a long haired Chi mix. Presently I am feeding Fromm’s Beef Frittata with Merrick Grammy’s Pot Pie as a topper. I would like to rotate, but am not sure what to use. It was my understanding that you don’t mix raw with kibble as the kibble takes longer to pass and the raw sits in the intestines, which can cause problems. I love this website and refer other pet owners to it. I would appreciate any suggestions. The store where I buy their food just announced they were carrying Wild Calling, dry and wet and I came here to read up on it. Many thanks 🙂

  • Thanks. Will do.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Ask them for their “as fed” analysis.

  • Im going to call them to see what they have to say.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Of course it is significantly less. Typical of an Evangers food, they are drastically underreporting their fat content. DUH!! Mike alludes to that in the review.

    However, with not enough carb ingredients present to account for the reading on the dashboard, one must assume the protein or fat content have been significantly understated on the label.

    It’s not like they are really going to try to hide the protein.

  • Barry Collier

    PattyVaughn, tell us what you think about Wild Calling! and Evangers canning their food again? Im being sarcastic. Please spare us. Zyekitty, you can see that there are virtually not carbs in this food. The problem on this site and Mike will tell you that because he can only calculate with limited information the carbs, the dry matter that DFA comes up with may not be accurate. On dog foods that are rated 5 star, there are some that only have 1% higher protein or 1% less fat. You would need to contact Wild Calling! and ask them for what the carb content is. I bet you will find out that is significantly under the 28% listed here.

  • Wild Calling canned foods have way too much fat for “regular” use on “regular” dogs but that is just my opinion. The rabbit formula (which rabbit is supposed to be a lean meat) has a minimum of 10% protein and 9% fat, which is 90% fat-to-protein ratio (which 90% FPR is the lowest of the whole canned food line). Even the turkey recipe is 8.5% protein and 10% fat (118% FPR) and they even have fattier ones than that.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I do rotational feeding. In other words, I use several different foods of a few different types. This way, if there is anything wrong with the food, my dogs can easily switch to a different food and they are not exposed to the same things all the time. It also promotes a healthy gut with a wider variety of probiotics.
    Right now, one of my dogs is eating Brothers Complete Beef and Egg with Darwin’s raw for a topper and the other two are eating Nature’s Variety Instict Rabbit with Darwin’s for a topper. I also really like Earthborn Holistic Grain Free kibbles and I’m looking at trying Nature’s Logic in the not too distant future. For canned food, I like Merrick, Back to basics, and Wellness, as well as quite a few others. I also use freeze dried foods for treats. We do a lot of training so I like using a good food for treats.

  • Danielle Barile

    Thank you for the reply. Zola is my first dog, so this is all new to me. I have noticed that it looks very fattening (oily) I only use it as a topper, but of course I am concerned about feeding properly and protecting her heart. If I may ask what do you feed your dog? I’m always looking for suggestions. Thanks 🙂

  • Zyekitty

    thanks, that cleared up some confusion on my part.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Dogs convert fats into energy very well. Some dogs that work hard all day, like sled dogs, may benefit from carbs added to the diet to help their muscles recover more quickly. And pregnant and nursing mothers may need some carbs for the puppies to get enough energy, otherwise carbs are cheap energy, not necessary energy. The ones that are for supplemental feeding only are not because they are meat only, but because they are lacking some vitamin or mineral that AAFCO requires. I personally would never feed Wild Calling because I wouldn’t feed anything canned by Evangers. They have been sited too many times for unsanitary conditions and dog food plants are already allowed to be pretty unsanitary. And they are known for quite a variety of other shady practices too.

  • Zyekitty

    I read that dogs need carbs on petMD http://www.petmd.com/dog/mybowl#.UpjvsOKQM4G It just says carbs give them energy, so perhaps they can get energy from protein and fat.

    A few months ago when I was switching Zyekies to wet food I looked into feeding him Wellness 95 Percent but it said it should only be used for supplemental feeding because it is all meat. So is Wild Calling okay for regular use (no worries I won’t be feeding it to Zyekies) because it has vitamins and minerals?

  • Zyekitty

    oops posted it 2x didn’t show up the first time, until I check back later

  • Pattyvaughn

    Dogs do not require carbs. If this food is a health risk, it is because Evangers cans it, not because of the lack of carbs.

  • Zyekitty

    I went to their website and found it rather concerning that they state “Wild Calling Chicken Coop dog food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.” It doesn’t look like it really has any source of carbs and should really just be used as a topper so shouldn’t it say its intended for supplemental feeding only. It could be a health risk to any dogs that are fed it as their main food source.

  • Pattyvaughn

    This is not a good food. Evangers cans it and they are the shadiest dog food company that I know of. Then there is the issue of the labels on this food being FAR from accurate. Of course your dog loves it, you are feeding her a can of fat.

  • Danielle Barile

    My goodness my head is spinning!!! My dog loves this food more than any other so I keep going back to it. I try to do my research (because Zola can’t read-lol) but I have to say, I wish I did this much research on what I put on my body! I keep her on a grain free diet because I think its best, but really there are so many foods out there and if there was one superior food we would all give it to our precious pups.

  • Storm’s Mom

    With these new ratings, I’m not feeling like I’m missing out as much anymore 🙂 (since I now know Evangers makes Wild Calling canned, I won’t feed these as a topper anymore) The ones I was most interested in – pheasant, rabbit, and pork – are all now 2 stars. I’m horrified that I fed a 2 star food (well, several actually) to Storm, but at least it was totally unintentional, and I won’t ever do it again 🙂

  • Jackie B

    It looks like the labeling was inaccurate because the values didn’t add up. If you read through it, the new review is based on information sent directly from the company, which I would assume is more accurate.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Reread the whole review.

  • neezerfan

    I saw that, too. And the product reviewed was duck. Very curious as to what happened.

  • Tommy

    WHAT the Heck ???

    What happened to the 5 star rating you gave this the day before ???

  • Pattyvaughn

    It sounds like the fat% on this food is through the roof!!

  • Tara

    Son of a #####. Made at evangers? This crap is going back.

  • Pattyvaughn

    There have been loads of times that I bought something new only to then find that vital piece of info that would have prevented me from buying in the first place. TOTW was one for me.
    If you could find out if your cans came from American Nutritionals, that might be a good thing. I don’t know if they would co-operate enough to tell you how to decipher the code.

  • 4leggedride

    I did do that research, but only after I purchased (long story). It does concern me about the Evangers plant. And I was not overly impressed with the American Nutritionals plant website, although they were relatively thorough. Since Mike downgraded the original review, I am rethinking this food. Really want to try Fromm’s Gold, but it’s hard to find without ordering an entire case.

  • You can contact the company and ask them to send you an as-fed analysis of the foods since the guaranteed analysis only gives the minimum amount of protein and fat.

  • 4leggedfriend4life

    This is a great review! Will you be writing a review on Wild Callings kibble that is coming out soon? They recently posted the ingredient panels on their facebook page and the food looks pretty impressive. Link to their page https://www.facebook.com/WildCalling

  • InkedMarie

    too bad it’s canned at Evangers. That makes it a no go for me.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Do some research on Evangers and you may end up like me. I will never knowingly buy anything made by Evangers, NO WAY!

  • 4leggedride

    I’m so glad you did a review of this product! I just purchased it at my local pet store, but was concerned about feeding it without a review first. The staff at the store said this was a big hit with customers, but it is a fairly new brand. Is there some way of being sure of the protein content, since your review questions the labeling?

    On canning process, I did find out this food is canned at both Evangers (which, apparently, alot of canned dog food products are), and American Nutritionals, both according to Wild Calling’s specifications. Thank you!