Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede product line includes 2 dry dog foods.
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Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede Whitefish Recipe was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.
Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede Whitefsih
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Whitefish, whitefish meal, sweet potato, lentils, tapioca, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), dried peas, natural flavor, flaxseed meal, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, dried seaweed meal, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried pumpkin, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, salt, vitamin E supplement, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, copper proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium iodate, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.9%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||28%||17%||48%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||24%||35%||42%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is whitefish, a marine or freshwater species native to Canada and the California coast. Although it’s a quality item, raw fish 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 is whitefish meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.
Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1
The third ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.
The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.
The seventh ingredient includes dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.
However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
After the natural flavor, we find flaxseed meal, one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly 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.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With three notable exceptions…
First, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.
Next, dried seaweed meal is a product made from a family of brown algae known as Fucaceae (Rockweed). Although it does contain a number of healthy nutrients, seaweed meal is primarily used as a source of inexpensive carbohydrates (about 60% dry matter).
This item is only rarely used to make pet food and is more typically found in feeds for cattle, horses, hogs, hens and sheep.
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.
Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede dog food looks like an above-average dry product.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 46% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 66%.
Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the lentils, dried peas and flaxseed meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
Wild Calling! Western Plains Stampede is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 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.
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Notes and Updates
09/19/2018 Last Update
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