Wild Frontier Dog Food Review (Canned)

Rating:

Wild Frontier canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-best rating of 4.5 stars.

The Wild Frontier product line, a sub-brand of Nutro, includes the 12 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 sizes at an online retailer.

Wild Frontier Chicken Chunky Loaf with Chicken Cuts was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Wild Frontier Chicken Chunky Loaf with Chicken Cuts

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 57% | Fat = 25% | Carbs = 10%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, liver, chicken heart, dried pork broth, dried egg product, natural flavor, salt, guar gum, dried tomatoes, potassium chloride, carrageenan, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, DL-methionine, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, magnesium sulfate, vitamin E supplement, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, D-calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, vitamin A supplement, potassium iodide, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, biotin

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis13%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis57%25%10%
Calorie Weighted Basis45%48%8%
Protein = 45% | Fat = 48% | Carbs = 8%

The first ingredient in this dog food 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 second ingredient is chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common component in many canned products.

The third item is liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.

The next ingredient is chicken heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.

The fifth ingredient is dried pork broth. Although dehydrated broths can add flavor and a trace amount of protein and other nutrients, they can be considered of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth ingredient is dried egg product, a dry form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

After the natural flavor, we find 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 realistically, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Wild Frontier product.

With 2 notable exceptions…

First, we find 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.

And lastly, with the exception of copper, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.

Wild Frontier Canned Dog Food Review

Just by looking at its ingredients alone, Wild Frontier canned dog food appears to be an above-average moisture-rich product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 57%, a fat level of 25% and estimated carbohydrates of about 10%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 54% and a mean fat level of 22%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 17% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 41%.

Which means this Wild Frontier product line contains…

Above-average protein. Near-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 dog food containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Wild Frontier is a grain-free canned dog food using a generous amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

However, it’s unfortunate the company chose to include a few controversial ingredients in its recipe. Otherwise, we may have been compelled to award this product a higher rating.

Wild Frontier Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to Nutro including this sub-brand. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

01/04/2020 Last Update