Available at: Chewy, Amazon, PERCO, PetS mart Types of Food : Dry and Canned Real Meat in First 5 Ingredients? Since Nitro owns WildFrontier, we’ll be talking more about their history in this section.
In 1926 a man named John Spleen purchased the dogwood company and moved the production to California. It was run as a family business with local products only for many years until 1976 when the company moved again.
Mars purchased the company in 2007 and moved its headquarters to Tennessee where it stands today. We’re picking apart the ingredients, nutrition, and everything to do with the company to help you make the best decision for your pup.
Their goal with this food is to satisfy your pup over the long-term so that they can deal with fewer feedings and more activity. The food uses deboned lamb as the first ingredient, and it falls into the vital prey category which means they use a variety of different organ meats to help supplement the nutritional value.
Many reviewers of this food are concerned about the number of calories and protein in the diet. You can tell where the company is going with this, and they’re looking to create food focused on the active dog lifestyle.
Chances are, if you live in a city or apartment where your dog doesn’t get a lot of activity, this might not be the right food for you. Next, we’re looking at this food containing 60% animal ingredients as part of a high protein and balanced diet.
The beef and wild boar formula do not contain any corn, wheat, or soy and the proteins used in this food help your dog's digestion and skin health. Wild boar is high quality and revered protein in dogwood, so they’re drawing you in with that but most likely under-delivering in the long-run.
In this section, we’re addressing both the positive and the negative reviews to give you a better feeling for the company. I think it is pretty high calorie as we feed her very little, but she (50lb Samoyed) seems to be good on 1 cup a day mixed in with a little Mackerel.
The pieces are small and soft enough to make it easier for him to chew, and he loved the taste as well! There are few negative reviews to touch on, but many of them state discontent with the packaging, shipping, and price of the food.
Rarely do we find a dogwood with such an excellent reputation online and so few bad things to say. WildFrontier focuses on putting all the right ingredients into their food to help limit the number of times your dog needs to eat and in turn, this increases their energy and maintains their weight.
We give Nitro WildFrontier Vital Prey Wet Dogwood a try, and it indeed passed the test. I do like the fact that the product is grain free and use only animal protein as the main ingredients.
Overall this is a very good food and deserve the 5 stars for quality and the only reason for the 4 starts is the price. Nitro pet food is manufactured in the USA from ingredients sourced from around the world.
The Nitro Company, Inc., a subsidiary company of Mars Incorporated, is the developer and manufacturer of the Max, Wholesome Essentials, Ultra, WildFrontier, and Crave brands of dog and cat food, as well as Greene dental treats. In the 4th spot we have another quality meat ingredient, Lamb Meal.
Most manufacturers have given up with decent ingredients by this point, so it’s really starting to look like a great food. The remaining ingredients read very well, with a quality list of vitamins and minerals, superfood alfalfa, sunflower oil, and peas.
Many foods simply list “vitamins and minerals” which amounts to a vitamin pack bought from a 3rd party supplier, so it’s nice to see proper inclusions in this food. Seeing cheated minerals is also a sign of a quality food.
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Chickpeas, Lamb Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherol), Dried Potatoes, Split Peas, Pea Protein, Natural Flavor, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Sunflower Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherol), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Salt, Mixed Tocopherol and Citric Acid (preservatives), Zinc Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Biotin, vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Ch elate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Selenium Yeast, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Copper Amino Acid Ch elate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Manganese Amino Acid Ch elate, vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract. In 1958, Trader Joe's opened a small chain of convenience stores called Pronto Markets.
They bargain for the best, bulk price and package these products under the Trader Joe’s name, selling them for much less than the original, brand name. Their company's main goal is to provide everyday value to their customers, instead of focusing on things like sales and coupons.
The company doesn’t sell things directly on their website, but some products are available through Amazon. Trader Joe's doesn’t even have online descriptions and information for many of their products, unless they appear in the store flyer.
Like most biscuits of this type, regular use will reduce tartar on our dog's teeth. The package says it's good for all sized dogs as a snack, reward or treat, and they can be broken up for puppies.
All the Trader Joe's dog treats received great comments and ratings online too. The comments on the dog treats are much more positive than the reviews I read for the cans or dry food on Amazon and Chewy.
The price, combined with not being able to find a lot of information about other things sets off alarm bells for me. However, health problems caused by poor nutrition or ingredients can add to the cost in the long run.
No one deserves the guilt of making a beloved family member sick because they bought an inferior product to cut costs. Trader Joe's dry dogwood is free of corn, wheat, and soy, which are common dog allergens.
There are cranberries, blueberries, carrots, sweet potatoes and flaxseed too, adding antioxidants and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. I like that Trader Joe’s dogwood and treats use natural flavors, and that they don’t have artificial preservatives.
It says on the dry dogwood label that it's appropriate for all life stages for our dogs, but I’m skeptical that’s really possible. Ideally, I want a product that's formulated for my dog's size, activity level and age.
Not all Trader Joe's pet products say where they're made, and even if they do, that doesn’t tell me where the ingredients come from. That’s often a good indication that the ingredients can’t stand on their own as balanced nutrition, in my opinion.
If I were looking for dogwood at a similar price to what I found online, I’d consider Whole Earth Farms. Their canned and dry, grain-free dog foods made with natural ingredients.
There just isn't enough information available for me to feel confident recommending Trader Joe’s Dogwood and treats or to feed them to my dog. Taste of the Wilddogfood is made by Diamond Pet Foods, Inc., owned by Shell and Ammeter, Inc.
They are a U.S.-based pet food manufacturer with plants located in Meta, Missouri, Lathrop, California and Gaston, South Carolina. The company is a family-owned, privately-held enterprise, still managed by the Shell and Ammeter family.
Taste of the Wild is a relatively new brand of dogwood, debuting around 2007 to meet the market demand for premium “natural” dog foods and grain-free foods with better ingredients. The headquarters for Diamond are in Meta, Missouri and the company was founded in 1970.
At that time brothers-in-law Gary Shell and Richard Ammeter bought Milling Meta Co., a producer of livestock feed and dogwood. Early distribution was limited to within 100 miles of Meta, Missouri and only about 5 percent of the company’s production was dogwood.
Diamond expanded its manufacturing to include plants in San Joaquin County California in 1999 and Gaston, South Carolina in 2002. Diamond has had a history of recalls due to antitoxins, concerns about Salmonella, and production issues at least since around 1999-2000, including a large recall in 2005, and many consumers have lost confidence in the company and the products they produce.
Nevertheless, Diamond manufactures or co-packs food for many other brands including Candidate, Solid Gold, Costco’s Kirkland, Dick Van Pattern’s Natural Balance, Tractor Supply’s 4Health, and Outraged. However, the company issued a recall in May 2012 for many of their products, including Taste of the Wild, after a Salmonella outbreak linked to their South Carolina plant.
Taste of the Wild dog foods feature grain-free formulas that are said to be made based on what dogs would eat in the wild. The foods emphasize better taste, highly digestible energy, and natural antioxidants to support a healthy immune system and overall health.
Taste of the Wild also makes cat foods using the same philosophy. Buffalo, lamb meal, chicken meal, sweet potatoes, peas, potatoes, canola oil, egg product, roasted bison, roasted venison, beef, natural flavor, tomato pomade, potato protein, pea protein, ocean fish meal, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animals fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus Reuters fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, iron protein ate, zinc protein ate, copper protein ate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese protein ate, manga nous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
I chose the High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison almost at random from the Taste of the Wild website. You can see from looking at the first five ingredients in this food that the emphasis is on animal sources of protein.
The top 5 ingredients included in this Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison Formula are: Buffalo, lamb meal, chicken meal, sweet potatoes, and peas. Buffalo is a fresh meat and a good source of zinc and iron.
But dogs still can use some good quality carbs for energy. A good source of carbs such as sweet potatoes also adds fiber to the diet.
In addition to dietary fiber, sweet potatoes contain vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, and beta carotene. They are a complex carbohydrate they go on providing energy instead of releasing sugars in a quick burst, too.
Aside from the top five ingredients, there are several other notable ingredients found in Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison Formula. Some of these ingredients include: canola oil, egg product, roasted bison, roasted venison, tomato pomade, potato protein, pea protein, ocean fish meal, and a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Canola oil is extracted from the rape seed plant, and it is a source of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. This product shall be free of shells or other non-egg materials except in such amounts which might occur unavoidably in good processing practices, and contain a maximum ash content of 6% on a dry matter basis.” There is no specific DAFCO definition for “eggs,” so in this case “egg product” seems to be fine to use.
There are lots of other interesting ingredients in the High Prairie formula. Taste of the Wild specifically states on their site that they source all of their protein meals from vendors who do not use ethoxyquin as a preservative.
Taste of the Wild also says that all of their meats are bought from food grade suppliers and are certified hormone and antibiotic-free. The only issue I would note of concern is the presence of both tomatoes and tomato pomade.
All of these extracts and fermentation products work in your dog’s gut to help him keep good bacteria and digest his food better. If you had to buy these products separately (and you can find most of them in health food stores or online for pets), they would cost a lot to add to your dog’s food.
Taste of the Wild ® High Prairie Canine® Formula with Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the DAFCO Dogwood Nutrient Profiles for maintenance. Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison provides a whopping 32 percent crude protein (Minimum), which is well above the government’s recommendations (18 percent for adult dogs).
But if your dog has any kidney or liver problems, I would avoid this food. The 18 percent fat in Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison is well above the government’s recommendations (9 to 15 percent for an adult dog), but good quality fat is good for your dog.
Both nutrient profiles and feeding trials are acceptable to DAFCO, though feeding trials (which cost a lot more to carry out) are generally considered better from a consumer’s standpoint. Taste of the Wild has enjoyed a good reputation and pet owners have been delighted with it.
However, people continue to be suspicious of Diamond Pet Foods. Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison, and probably the company’s other formulas, appear to be very good foods and I would recommend them, especially if you are looking for a good grain-free food at a reasonable price.
Taste Of The WildDogFood has received our highest 5 paw rating. Check out this Taste of the WildDogFood review for a full ingredients' analysis.