Wild Frontier Dog Food Review (Trays)

Rating:

Wild Frontier Dog Food in trays receives the Advisor’s second-best rating of 4.5 stars.

The Wild Frontier product line, a sub-brand of Nutro, includes the 4 dog food recipes 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 Turkey Loaf and Chicken Cuts was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Wild Frontier Turkey Loaf and Chicken Cuts

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 55% | Fat = 32% | Carbs = 6%

Ingredients: Turkey, chicken, chicken broth, water, liver, dried egg product, natural flavor, potassium chloride, dried yam, dried tomatoes, calcium carbonate, tricalcium phosphate, guar gum, carrageenan, choline chloride, magnesium proteinate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, magnesium sulfate, xanthan gum, salt, zinc sulfate, sodium hexametaphosphate, vitamin E supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, potassium iodide, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis12%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis55%32%6%
Calorie Weighted Basis40%56%4%
Protein = 40% | Fat = 56% | Carbs = 4%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1

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

The second ingredient is chicken, another quality, raw item.

The next 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 addition component in many canned products.

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

The next 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 sixth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated 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 potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Wild Frontier product.

With 3 notable exceptions

First, carrageenan is 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.

Next, we note the inclusion of sodium hexametaphosphate, a man-made industrial polymer with no known nutritive value.

HMP is used in making soap, detergents, water treatment, metal finishing and most likely here to decrease tartar build-up on the teeth.

Although some might disagree, we’re of the opinion that food is not the place for tartar control chemicals or any other non-nutritive substances.

And lastly, with the exception of magnesium, 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 Dog Food Trays Review

Based on its ingredients alone, Wild Frontier Dog Food in trays appears to be an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 55%, a fat level of 32% and estimated carbohydrates of about 6%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 52% and a mean fat level of 31%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 10% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.

Which means this Wild Frontier product line contains…

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

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

Bottom line?

Wild Frontier is a grain-free wet 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. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition

01/05/2020 Last Update