Wild Frontier dog food trays receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Wild Frontier product line includes 4 dog food trays.
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.
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- Wild Frontier Chicken Loaf and Chicken Cuts [M]
- Wild Frontier Beef Loaf and Chicken Cuts [M]
- Wild Frontier Turkey and Lamb Loaf and Chicken Cuts [M]
- Wild Frontier Turkey Loaf and Chicken Cuts [M]
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 Tray
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
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|
|Dry Matter Basis||55%||32%||6%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||40%||56%||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 third 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 ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The fifth 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 have 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.
The ninth ingredient includes dried yams. In much of North America, the word yam can be used interchangeably with the term sweet potatoes.
So, assuming this item is indeed sweet potatoes, it can be considered a good source of complex carbohydrates. In addition, yams are naturally rich in fiber, beta carotene and other healthy nutrients.
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, 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.
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
Judging by its ingredients alone, Wild Frontier dog food trays 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 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 60%.
Above-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 significant amount of meat.
Wild Frontier is a meat-based wet dog food using a significant amount of named meats.
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
- 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 ↩