<a href="http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood visit here.com/” onclick=”_gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’, ‘outbound-article’, ‘http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/’, ‘Taste of the Wild’]);” target=”_blank”>Taste of the Wild distribute their pet foods worldwide however their media presence is shy to advertise the fact that they are a subsidiary of Diamond Pet Foods, Inc.
So what is Diamond hiding? Turns out there have been several recalls on pet food products due to contaminations.
Instead of hoping the consumer won’t do their homework I think Taste of the Wild would be a more reputable brand if they were more transparent like other manufacturers.
To rectify this trust issue, Taste of the Wild should elaborate on their quality assurance procedures to restore confidence and possibly regain loyalty from those affected by product recalls.
Did you know that the Taste of the Wild pet food range did not originally offer a puppy pet food option?
When Taste of the Wild launched they carried lines of pet food appropriate for all doggy life stages and so due to popular demand Taste of the Wild have formulated a recipe specifically designed for puppy consumption and are nutritionally beneficial for dogs under 18 months old.
The new recipes offer improved digestibility for puppies with a total fibre content of 5% and additional probiotics and prebiotics.
Taste of the Wild claim that salmon oil is a natural source of DHA, which is present in mother’s milk and aids cognitive and visual development.
According to the article ‘Therapeutic agents for the treatment of cognitive dysfunction syndrome in senior dogs’ published in Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry (Volume 29, 2005)
… the testing of products currently licensed and in the pipeline for the treatment of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s in humans, may provide additional therapeutic agents for the treatment of senior dogs …
While the study is overtly specific to older dogs, it also touches on cognitive impairment and the decline of learning and memory in younger pets. The study does not confirm how beneficial DHA is in terms of cognitive aid so be mindful of food companies talking up their products with buzz words.
The size of the kibble compared to the adult formula is also reduced to accommodate puppy-sized mouths.
Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy Formula is available online in a 30 pound bag. The main ingredients are:
- lamb meal,
- sweet potatoes,
- egg product,
- pea protein,
- canola oil,
- tomato pomace,
- roasted venison,
- roasted bison,
- potato fibre,
- natural flavour,
- ocean fish meal
- salmon oil
Bison is a fairly unique and exotic meat protein source, which immediately makes this product stand out against its competition. This is not a bad thing because bison contains slightly more protein than beef.
The second ingredient is lamb meal; a packed protein source with reduce moisture content due to the rendering process.
Sweet potatoes are an excellent high quality source of fibre and vitamins. Other brands would feature sweet potato in much smaller quantities after standard white spuds presumably due to overhead manufacturing costs.
Egg product is another protein source alongside pea protein extracted from the legume.
Canola oil is naturally preserved and provides omega fatty acids intended to improve and maintain skin and coat health.
Other meat sources like roasted venison and bison are a welcome addition to Taste of the Wild’s exotic puppy formula. Other brands at this stage would rely on by-products to pad out the composition so it is excellent to see quality natural ingredients in use.
Flaxseed and salmon oil ensure there are enough fatty acids for a balanced meal.
There are a lot of Amazon users who have shared their experiences with Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy Formula and the positive responses are overwhelming.
Dresden’s story is inspirational: ‘My puppy was so skinny and sick when I got him from the shelter … he was itchy and flaky all over. Switched him to this immediately … No more itching and barely any skin flaking. I am so thankful for this product’.
To contrast, Sarah mentions a product recall where her ‘…dog wasn’t as affected by the contamination as we were, my boyfriend and I wondered why we had been so sick lately’.
Also, according to Omar: ‘I have a Yellow Lab puppy who was 9 months old when I bought this. He eats literally everything and anything he can get his hands on, but he did not enjoy this at all’.