Wild Frontier canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Wild Frontier product line includes 12 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.
Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.
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- Wild Frontier Chicken and Turkey Stew [M]
- Wild Frontier Duck and Liver Stew [M]
- Wild Frontier Beef and Lamb Stew [M]
- Wild Frontier Chicken and Liver Stew [M]
- Wild Frontier Salmon and Liver Stew [M]
- Wild Frontier Turkey and Liver Stew [M]
- Wild Frontier Beef and Liver Stew [M]
- Wild Frontier Lamb and Liver Stew [M]
- Wild Frontier Chicken Chunky Loaf with Chicken Cuts [M]
- Wild Frontier Duck and Liver Chunky Loaf with Chicken Cuts [M]
- Wild Frontier Beef and Chicken Chunky Loaf with Chicken Cuts [M]
- Wild Frontier Beef Chunky Loaf with Chicken Cuts [M]
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
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|
|Dry Matter Basis||57%||25%||10%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||45%||48%||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 ingredient 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 fourth 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 have failed to hatch.
In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
After the natural flavors, 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.
The ninth 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 one notable exception…
Aside from copper proteinate, 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
Judging by its ingredients alone, Wild Frontier 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.
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%.
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.
Wild Frontier is a meat-based canned dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein. However, it’s unfortunate the company chose to include anonymous liver in its recipe. Without this generic item, we may have been compelled to award this line a higher rating.
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 Frontier Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
08/03/2018 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩