Taste Of The Wild vs Blue Buffalo: Comparison Of Leading Natural Dog Foods

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Taste of the Wild vs Blue BuffaloWhen it comes to healthy dog food choices, it’s not always a cut and dry decision as to which to choose for your pup. Here we compare two high-quality options that focus on natural ingredients, Taste of the Wild vs Blue Buffalo, so you can see which food fits your dog best.

Taste Of The Wild vs Blue Buffalo

Made by Diamond Pet Foods, Inc., owned by Schell and Kampeter, Inc., Taste of the Wild is a family owned, privately held business. As a relatively new brand of dog food made only since 2007, Taste of the Wild was created to meet the market’s growing demand for a natural, grain-free dog food. However, it also offers a grain-inclusive option as well.

It offers both wet and dry food as well as diets for different life stages (adult, pregnant or nursing, puppy and senior) for a total of 21 high-quality food choices for your canine. All of their formulas are created to emulate what dogs would eat in the wild with unique lean meats (like bison, venison, or quail) that are certified hormone and antibiotic free, with highly digestible energy sources, antioxidants, and chelated minerals for better absorption.

Nutritional Notes

In addition to all lean meats being free from hormones and antibiotics, they’re also free from toxic the preservative ethoxyquin. Instead, all natural dog food preservatives are used by Taste of the Wild. Taste of the Wild also uses reverse osmosis water – the same quality found in your over-the-counter bottled water – to steam-dry all of their foods to be sure that they’re free of microorganisms, organic and inorganic chemicals. Every formula is grain free.

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If ease is the name of your price game, Taste of the Wild may be the brand for you. The company keeps their offerings, and subsequently their pricing, simple:

Blue Buffalo

It was ultimately Bill and Jackie Bishop’s large-breed Airedale Terrier, Blue, and his wide range of health issues, that inspired the two to make a commercially available dog food that was nutrient-rich for our canine companions. It included additional minerals to maintain oxidative balance. All BLUE foods begin with chicken, lamb, or fish, supplemented by whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits, along with LifeSource Bits, a patented blend of nutrients and antioxidants. They offer foods in three categories – puppy, adult, and senior – with varying wet and dry options for all and a wide range of options spanning the three categories to total 118 adult food options, 20 senior options, and 19 puppy options. So, if you are looking for variety, it is safe to say that a far more diverse range is offered by Blue vs Taste of the Wild. Further, most Blue Buffalo options uses wholesome whole grains, but they do have a grain free option in their Freedom and Wilderness lines if you prefer.

Nutritional Notes

Blue Buffalo never uses chicken or poultry by-products, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, corn, wheat, or soy in any of their formulas. The first ingredient for all of their food is de-boned chicken, lamb or fish. Like Taste of the Wild, they use chelated minerals for easy absorption, and their patented LifeSource Bits – a precise blend of vitamins and antioxidants selected by holistic animal nutritionists and veterinarians – are cold-formed to preserve potency.

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If variety is the name of your game, Blue Buffalo may be the brand for you. But with so many available options spanning three ages (puppy, adult, and senior) and varying categories within (small breed, sensitive systems, etc.), it’s slightly harder to explain the pricing for Blue Buffalo. Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free (Chicken Recipe)

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula (Lamb and Rice Recipe)

  • 15-Pound Bag: 

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain-Free (In our opinion, the closest comparison to Taste of the Wild):

Natural Dog Foods Overview

While Taste of the Wild and Blue Buffalo’s Wilderness formula have many of the same qualities and are both ultimately options you can feel safe feeding your furry friend, we feel that Taste of the Wild’s clean ingredient list, lower price, use of hormone and antibiotic-free meats, grain-free guarantee, and ethoxyquin-free preservation techniques give it the slight edge over Blue Buffalo’s Wilderness formula.

Comparison Table

 Taste of the Wild

Southwest Canyon with Wild Boar
Blue Buffalo Wilderness

Rocky Mountain Recipe with Bison
Chelated MineralsYesYes
Other AntioxidantsYesYes - LifeSource Bits
First Seven IngredientsBeef, peas, Garbanzo beans, Lamb meal, Canola oil, egg product, Wild Boar.

Fewer total ingredients.
Deboned Bison, Chicken meal, Turkey meal, Menhaden Fish meal, Tapioca starch, peas, potatoes.
Crude Protein %29% min30% min
Crude Fat %15% min15% min
Crude Fiber %15% max4.5% max
Moisture %10% max10% max
AAFCO ApprovedYesYes
Uses Hormone & Antibiotic-free MeatsYesNo
About The Author:

Sara is a writer for Canine Journal. She adores dogs and recently adopted a rescue pup named Beamer. Whole she may be adjusting to life with another being to care for, she needed no time to adjust to all the extra love.

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November 5, 2019 8:24 pm

Our Alaskan Malamutes now Three years old have been eating the for over a year I think and one of them is obcessively licking his paws. I thought it was a behavior due to bored but Now I am thinking it is the dog food. IThe same dogs does not like Blue wilderness or Blue buffalo and would rather have Purina. We will be changing brands I am sure after doing some research.

Diamond Rick
November 5, 2019 8:57 am

I have 2 Belgian Malinois, one 8.5 and one 9 years old
And have been feeding them Taste of the Wild Venison & Bison for over 8 years. I only want to feed them the best, so I feed them TOTW…
Their coats are absolutely beautiful, the dogs are super healthy and happy,
Poops are always good. I recommend TOTW to anyone
Who wants the best food. My dogs are my treasure and
Only want the best for them. I have had Shepherd dogs for nearly 40 years and have tried many brands. TOTW
Is the best.

July 21, 2019 11:23 pm

I have two Boston Terriers ages 12 a female and 10 a male. I bought them from the same AKC breeder at 8 weeks. When I bought my female she never had any food issues. But after I got my male and after some time passed, he seemed alergic to something. He would go out in the backyard on the Bermuda grass, come in and lick his paws, his tummy would get red he was itching all the time. His vet said to give him Benadryl. So I did that for quite awhile. It did nothing. Then one day a light came on and I thought he might be allergic to grains. I started both of them on Taste Of The Wild. But he was still itchy. Then I did more research and I was surprised my vet did not mention this. But I decided to have my entire backyard Bermuda grass removed and had artifical turf installed everywhere to the tune of nearly $5000. Then he got better. Yay!!! So they are getting older, and they are both healthy and are still eating TOTW. I have not seen anything wierd in their food like some people mentioned. But I do change flavors every time. I have used all of the flavors except the Lamb because that tends to make them gassy.

May 25, 2019 10:39 pm

DO NOT BUY!!! we’ve used this product for two years for our sensitive lab after he had reactions to other foods as a puppy. For two years now it’s been his only food and he’s been happy and healthy. Now we bought a bag a few weeks ago and opened it last weekend. He got extremely I’ll. Once in chicken and rice he was fine. Taste of the wild insisted no changes in formula or recalls. So we bought another bag in his other flavor and within 24 hours he got extremely I’ll again. Two different bags and $100 in food and more in vet bills and we don’t want another dog to suffer.

Miranda Owens
April 9, 2019 4:25 pm

Feed Taste of the wild “grain free”venison and bison to my GSP and Maltese For 4 years almost and started feeding it to my 14 month old silver lab when we got him. My lab is allergic to Grain an so is my Maltese so it was great and it is high protein for my pointer so double great. Then one day I notice something very different about the product. White grain looking objects lodge in the food and free floating throughout the bag. Contact taste of the wild because I knew from years of handling the dog food that something wasn’t right. After going back and forth they told me it was barely in the food. That there must have been a mistake when switching over and making products.So after I notified them hoping the problem was solved went out a few weeks later and bought a second bag. Come home and open it to find the SAME ISSUE. BARLEY all in the bag. Highly disappointing that they had not taken my concern more seriously. Contacted them a second time and was gave the run about. They tried to tell me at first that it wasn’ts “barely”now but “cull peas”. Finally after going back and forth with their Quality control manager he finally seen the light of day and realized that it was barely once again. Then he said he pulled “samples” from that batch and could find no evidence Of barely and there was nothing else he could do on the matter and he had receive no other complaints on the matter. Well that right their sent me over the edge. Because i have evidence Of barely in their high priced grain free dog food I buy specifically For my animals health and they did almost nothing on the matter beside pull a sample they have. How can you do A thorough investigation without pulling some of their product off the market to Identify the problem. I will no longer support this company or brand because they do not care for the health of the animals and they do not care about the Quality of the product they supply to us. I’m thoroughly disgusted With the way they handle the matter and I want everyone else to know that you could potential have whole barely in your dog food. And if your animals are allergic to grain just like mine you should know that their is a mistake on their part and they don’t care to fix it or let you all know About it.

Elisa Artman
March 22, 2019 7:41 pm

Got some Iams, Racheal Ray, and Taste of the Wild. My dogs wont eat any of it.

December 15, 2018 12:55 am

My Chihuahua has been losing hair, chews on feet and no matter how much I bathe him he still stinks. I started him on dinovite two weeks ago. What are your thoughts on dinovite? I’m about to start him on TOTW Appalachian Valley Small Breed tomorrow. I may hold off on the dinovite to see if this food helps. Currently I’m feeding him Pedegree which I do not like the ingredients. I can do better and I’m about to.

July 21, 2019 11:29 pm
Reply to  Chris

I bought Dinovite, but it is hard to give my dogs this because you are supposed to put it over their food and because I free choice feed them so putting it on their food one cannot make certain each dog gets their portion. But I guess I could have put a little of Dinovite in some wet food just give them that supplement.

February 15, 2019 4:02 pm
Reply to  Chris

I have tried many dog foods for allergy issues , I even tried raw. Nothing stopped the chewing on his feet. I was at the vet last year he said there was a new product on the market. Called Cytopoint its an injection every 8 weeks. My dog doesn’t chew on his feet at all anymore.

January 7, 2020 2:01 am
Reply to  roger

My cocker spanial got this shot a few weeks ago and totally quit chewing as well. However, it is important to let people know this shot costs about $70 alone not including the cost of an office visit. I left the vet with a $200 bill after ear treatment and antibiotics for 21 days. They suggested a diet with no beef, chicken or cheese. They said the injection was to help her not itch while we find a food she is not allergic to. $100 minimum every 6-8 weeks would get expensive so we are searching for a food free of the above ingredients now.

Kimberly Alt
December 17, 2018 10:20 am
Reply to  Chris

We haven’t researched Dinovite, so we cannot tell you our thoughts on it. Sorry we can’t be more helpful!

Sean McKeon
November 20, 2018 12:24 pm

Blue Buffalo was recently bought by General Mills Co., has there been any changes to their production process?

February 14, 2019 11:52 am
Reply to  Sean McKeon

Please go to “consumeraffairs” and type in Blue Buffalo complaints in the box at the top-right of the screen. The same horror stories over and over, just like mine. My dog developed the exact same symptoms and illnesses you’ll read about. Blue Buffalo won’t tell you where their ingredients are sourced from. Made in America means nothing … you want to know WHERE they get their meat from.

Dave Green
January 15, 2019 12:05 am
Reply to  Sean McKeon

See class action lawsuit filed in California Southern District Court mid 2017 claiming lead contamination. Case was dismissed by judge because it was “too similar” to the class action settled in or about 2013. I stopped feeding Blue Buffalo after reading this (all information available on line including the complaint filed with the court).

August 30, 2018 10:44 am

Hi i have 2 year old German shepherd male. he has had tummy issues. He is on Merrick dry food, rice and chicken and has dirrhea. Will Taste of the wild help him or is there another brand of dog food that is better for him.
Thank you

October 20, 2018 1:10 am
Reply to  Natasha

Don’t waste your money on taste of the wild ! I worked there for 2 years … over hyped over priced and the feed is so hard

September 19, 2019 9:52 am
Reply to  Jay

Not sure I will take advice from a disgruntled employee. Fed to My GSD with great results and our newest addition a Golden Doodle. Again excellent results. Good luck in your new career.

April 9, 2019 8:51 pm
Reply to  Jay

Did you share this while you worked there or just afterwards?

November 11, 2018 6:13 pm
Reply to  Jay

Disgruntled? Where are you working now, USPS?

October 31, 2018 3:43 am
Reply to  Jay

May I ask, how is the food over hyped? Is theor food not safe?

October 14, 2018 10:10 am
Reply to  Natasha

We have a boxer and wanted to feed him the highest quality food due to the prevalence of cancer in the breed. So we tried Orijen but it gave him runny poo. We switched to Taste of the Wild grain free venison and bison formula, also a great quality food and no more runny poo. We also feed blue buffalo freedom grain free (they love it) AND Country Vet naturals grain free. We have five dogs, several breeds in our home and these three foods work well for us. Good luck!

September 19, 2018 7:49 pm
Reply to  Natasha

Hi Natasha!
We have a 2 year old German Shepherd with extreme food sensitivities. We have tried every food even prescribed food via our Vet. We narrowed down his sensitivity and he has been eating Taste of the Wild Salmon for 4 months. I add 100% organic pumpkin to it and he’s gaining weight and no more diarrhea. Give it a try!

September 8, 2018 11:33 am
Reply to  Natasha

When I got my pit mix at 6 months old the owner of her was feeding her dollar store food. She had bad diarrhea, we started her out with bil-jac but PetSmart stopped carrying it so I put her on taste of the wild and she has been fine now for 5 yrs, never a case of the squirts. We mix it up, if she gets tired of eating one flavor we can switch to say the salmon one with no problems. I have recently gotten a new pit mix pup, weened at 6 weeks and fed only taste of the wild puppy formula now she’s 2 months and gorgeous.

Michelle Schenker
August 30, 2018 12:22 pm
Reply to  Natasha

Natasha, We suggest you speak with your vet for nutritional counsel. They will know what is best for your specific dog and his dietary needs.

April 2, 2018 1:38 pm

Maybe someone can clarify which totw food to buy my airedale terrier. he was on rocky mountain blend for blue buffalo and had itchy ears and my little terrier was eating his feet. i put them on flea meds. which has helped and also put them on LID diet of lamb from natural balance but they dont like it at all. they walk up smell it and walk away. my great dane cannot go over 23% fat or he will have diarrhea – so we stick to a salmon and sweet potato food. My terrier is not getting enough protein because he is always hungry. I tried calling totw and the girl did not really have any recommendations which blend.

Haley M Jewell
August 26, 2018 7:46 pm
Reply to  suzanne

If you’re using a salmon feed now, try the salmon blend with totw. My dog has extreme issues with grains. I feed him the bison and venison blend. And have tried the water foul blend. He and my or her dogs LOVE both and their coats are gorgious! Absolutely love totw!

Julane Swank
December 28, 2018 12:49 pm
Reply to  Haley M Jewell

My four shepherds have been on totw salmon for several years, with no problems, and they are very healthy with beautiful coats. Occasionally I divide a can of Merrick wet food mixed into their dry food, which they love! They also love
their Blue Health Bars!

August 19, 2018 2:21 pm
Reply to  suzanne

Diamond or Science diet, we like both, my husband is picky about nutrition because he worked with dog trainers in California, most all of them used Diamond also, remember to introduce food gradually, and dont keep changing, our Chihuahua is 16 and very healthy, she only gets science diet senior

September 13, 2018 6:05 pm
Reply to  Elaine

I have a 10 yr old Chihuahua and she has acid issues. She was changed over to Hill’s Science Diet, but I read about some junk that is in the ingredients. But it did cure her from vomiting acid.

But I did just purchase Blue for small breed and I hope this helps. I love all three of my babies, but shes been stuck to my hip since day one. But I also bought Blue for all three, $54 foe a 25lb bag just for the two medium dogs, when I used to spend $40 for 38lb. But they all have been eating grass past 1.5 years, just trying to find them a good food.

June 18, 2018 11:46 am
Reply to  suzanne

Blue is in a class actions & your pups symptoms are similar. I switched my dads pup 2 bison taste of the wild.

May 16, 2018 11:59 pm
Reply to  suzanne

I think you could safely try any of the blends to start. My dog particularly likes the Boar blend so you might start there. My dog switches to a new flavor after finishing a bag. The TOTW Lamb blend makes her itchy so we steer clear of that one. I tried Blue Buffalo with her and it also made her itchy so I went back to TOTW. Good luck!

Wendi Lambert
February 5, 2018 2:34 am

I am very concerned about feeding totw. I have went to consumers affairs reviews and there are so many BAD reviews in the last few months. I have been feeding totw to many animals for almost four years. Many of the things said are true with some of mine as well. Smells, gasses, loose stools, upset stomach etc. Some have claimed death as a result. What is being done?? Is there an investigation? Now I dont know what I dare to feed. Blue buffalo has had so many recalls! I thought I was doing the right tging feeding a 5 star, grain free. Please help!

February 6, 2019 12:05 am
Reply to  Wendi Lambert

I am in the same predicament. We have had our two Labs on TOTW puppy food and now Pacific Stream and Venison Bison Adult and they are 2 and 1/2. Their breath smells like fish. But they are extremely healthy, at least they appear to be with beautiful coats. Now I am reading about the class action suit against TOTW and toxicity, deaths in dogs of different breeds and now I am scared to death about choosing food for them.

Melanie Ibarra
November 30, 2018 5:14 am
Reply to  Wendi Lambert

I have the same situation with my boxer female.
Can I ask you which formulas do you think are causing problems recently?? Because I also have been feeding ToTW for years and lately its just one thing after another! I was always blaming it on everything else BUT ToTW. Now that I see your comment I think I need to focus on this brand instead.
Thank You for the info!!

Kelly Van Ess
October 9, 2018 3:51 pm
Reply to  Wendi Lambert

I had the same problem fed TOTW salmon my 13 year old goldens entire life. Suddenly he had the squirts so bad with vomiting. I didn’t think he would make it through the weekend to get to the vet. I put him on a white rice and white meat chicken which he devoured. Within days he was back to himself. I gradually added his dry food back in and boom the same thing. The other two younger dogs had no problem. Talking with my vet he recommended switching proteins because he’s not just old but for a golden, he is ancient. I switched to the High Praire and low and behold no problem. I did do some research and found out that there was indeed a recall on the salmon which I wish there was an easier way to know about these things. I threw the other bag out and switched them all over with no problems. He is just so old that I believe his immune system couldn’t handle whatever the recall was for. I have in the past tried other brands, grain free, just trying to save money. But it truly isn’t worth it. Blue Buffalo has been involved in a number of recalls and lawsuits. I will continue with TOTW as my dogs are very important to me. I have a very close relationship with my vet and he doesn’t believe there is a better dry dog food out there.

Melanie Ibarra
November 30, 2018 5:20 am
Reply to  Kelly Van Ess

Priceless Information!! Thank You SOOO much! You just helped me figure out which TOTW formula is upsetting my senior Boxer female.
Bless You!!

September 13, 2018 6:08 pm
Reply to  Wendi Lambert

OH NO!! Ive NEVER Been informed of Blue recalls, only been seeing the fresh/frozen foods as recalls…and I just spent $87 on Blue today!!!! Ugh!!

June 3, 2018 2:01 pm
Reply to  Wendi Lambert

Canidae Pure

Mary Barosso
April 15, 2018 6:13 pm
Reply to  Wendi Lambert

I have been using TOTW for years and just recently both my dogs have developed diarrhea. I don’t know what has gone wrong but I won’t be feeding them this again.

April 2, 2018 1:41 pm
Reply to  Wendi Lambert

its spooky. and confusing. i am super confused about what to do. i have heard chicken meal is bad and yeast is terrible, oats are bad, yet i have read that my breed needs oats…. every company has some shady information if you dig enough.

March 14, 2018 1:01 am
Reply to  Wendi Lambert

Hi Wendi, I’m not sure if the claims are true, but it can be scary!
I like Canidae. It’s still an individually owned company and the guys are very involved with everything about their foods and where the source them from.

March 19, 2018 10:18 am
Reply to  Sue

Canidae is manufactured by Diamond also…so is it really any safer?

Dee Dee
February 11, 2018 9:11 pm
Reply to  Wendi Lambert

I have a 12 year old lab-border mix rescue. I was originally using Costco organic dry dog food. He got skin allergies. So I switched to totw, he got better, then lately after 1 year, his allergies are back. I was told they use a lot carbs ( potatoes) in their dry food. I’m now slowly changing to Earthborn Holistic. I also give my dog fish oil & Cosequin DS. Will let you know if this works..

Dane Morgan
December 9, 2017 11:25 am

I have a chocolate lab mix ( Lyle ) and a standard schnauzer mix ( Horatio ). Lyle has gotten a little overweight and we are trying to watch his food intake but want to make sure he is getting what he needs and Horatio is allergic to every grain on the planet.

Finding a food that they both like to eat and that meets both of their needs was a challenge, but we’ve settled on the Taste of the Wild Bison and it hits all of the marks.

We get big bags of it at Orscheln on Tuesday because they give Veterans a discount on Tuesdays.

Catherine Hobbs
November 30, 2017 9:50 am

I adopted a 7 yr old spaniel/beagle mix 1 1/2 years ago. He was underweight with bald itchy patches of skin. His coat was dull and lifeless. My daughter told me they had their German Shepherd puppy on TOTW grain and chicken free as recommended by their vet. Within a few months my dog had gained weight which leveled out at 22 lb (healthy weight per my vet). His bare itchy patches cleared up. His coat filled in and is now silky and shiny. This month my vet told me not to change what I was feeding him since he is now a beautiful, healthy, energetic fella again. He loves TOTW Bison!!

Connie Driskell
September 30, 2017 9:52 am

I adopted a 1 year old female mixed Shepard rescue. She has had constipation issues from the start. She is thriving on Taste of the Wild Bison flavor. I was able to figure out early on that she had a chicken allergy. Constipation problem solved by adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup of pure canned pumki, which she loves. NOT the pie filling, but just plain 100% pure pumpkin. Problem solved. No gas, coat glistens and she is lean and muscular. Vet says her weight is near perfect. She will be 5 years old in November 2017. I will never feed her anything else but TOTW the rest of her life.

Jesse S Martin
September 3, 2017 2:44 pm

I have two, three and a half year old golden retrievers and a 14 year old lab/golden. The Golden’s have eaten taste of the wild their entire life. Compared to other Golden’s their coats are brighter and silkier. They have very low fat on their bodies and show their muscle tone through their fur. My vet made the comment that she has never seen two Golden’s in better shape or condition.

My 14 year old started on taste of the wild 4 years ago and adjusted very well. She was about 20 lbs over weight before starting on totw. She dropped 17 of those pounds since and loves her food. At 14 she runs around and plays with my 3 1/2 year olds every day. As well as climb stairs without issues and makes the 2and a half foot jump easily from the floor to bed.

I live out in the country and is a 50 minute drive to get totw, worth every minute. A few times I have tried other foods but they have always refused it. And wanted their totw. I am a loyal fan of Taste of the Wild and will be for the rest of the time that I own dogs.

May 24, 2017 3:12 pm

I have a Pitbull, Weimaraner and a Great Dane. The Pitbull has a lot of allergies i spent 1.5 years trying new foods that didn’t give him reaction. He would get bumps, hot spots everywhere. I took him to the Vet they didn’t really help. I was scared to walk him during day light because of his coat condition, I didn’t want people to think I was abusing him. Evo seemed to work for about a year. After that someone told me about Taste of The Wild, it was almost an instant 360 for him. He was playful again. I since then added the Weimaraner and Great Dane. A friend gave me a bag of Blue Buff, recently i mixed it with the taste of the wild. The dogs didn’t react well to the food, the pitbull and great dane puked that night. I ran it for a total of 3 days but they puked until I stopped feeding them the B/buff. I swear by Taste of The Wild. Its a very clean healthy food. That was just my experience.

Craig Hill
April 15, 2017 1:29 am

This post needs to be deleted because it provides the reader with false information. Look up Blue Buffalo on Google and you will see that they were sued successfully by Purina over the fact that B/Buff. claimed NOT to have chicken by-products, and Blue Buffalo was busted. So those who tread this article do your own research easily enough on Google and you will see that this author was either misinformed, on the take or this article is simply outdated, coming out before the true facts were known about the fabricated formula stated by Blue Buffalo which has been proven to be false and misleading and really illegal….if it were human food at least. I feed my Bengals ‘Taste of the Wild’ which I think may be top of the line, but that too will probably be shown to be full of lies as well. Can’t trust anybody but yourself anymore…if I had the will and the formula for the right minerals and vitamins I would make my own cat food, but that’s not going to happen.

Jana Adams
February 15, 2017 9:28 pm

My dog, 6 years old is diabetic and has been on dry food from the vet. He won’t hardly eat it if I don’t add either a little chicken broth, or sometimes a little peanut butter. I was told he does not need high protein food but all these on this list are 26-30% protein. Any suggestions?

April 28, 2017 12:51 pm
Reply to  Jana Adams

Blue buffalo wetlands is 32% protein. Victor hero grain free is 33% and Victor nutra pro is 38%. Hope that helps!

April 20, 2017 3:57 pm
Reply to  Jana Adams

I just watched a documentary on pet food, not 100% sure what I believe, but one thing that I took away from it is that Science Diet from the vet is one of the worst pet foods out there. I feed my dog Taste of the Wild and am not looking into supplementing with some raw brands.

March 11, 2018 6:05 pm
Reply to  kelley

I am a veterinarian and have been feeding my pets science diet for 25 years. My pets all lived past their life expectancy. I recommend and sell Hills Pet Nutrition products.

Alec Morton
April 18, 2017 8:34 pm
Reply to  Jana Adams

I suggest dropping dry food as a whole. Depending on the diabetes, a more moisture rich diet would be best. Your dog not eating is probably a sign from your dog telling you to add moisture from chicken broth because the moisture makes him feel better. Do canned food or raw food. I just met someone I suggested this to and her dog’s levels are back to normal from eating Wild Calling canned food and Small Batch raw. Her dog had diabetes. Plus, vet food is full of bad ingredients and hardly any meat, especially their dry food. Her dog was on pro plan or something before doing research and agreeing to try wet and raw.

The I suggest to do a protein level of 25% or higher. The older your dog or cat the more they need access to a good digestible high protein.

March 11, 2018 6:03 pm
Reply to  Alec Morton

Moist food for diabetic animals is one of the worst ideas you can suggest. Canned food promotes postprandial hyperglycemia. A food with low digestable carbohydrates and high fiber is a better choice.

February 11, 2017 11:55 pm

Been feeding my 6 Year old GSD TOTW her whole life. She is in excellent shape and has no tummy issues unless she eats table food that she shouldn’t.
I can’t say enough about TOTW, this company stands behind their food 110% and they, although being produced by Diamond, is the best food out there. Don’t let the whole Diamond thing deter you. TOTW monitors the production and quality.

December 10, 2016 12:24 pm

I have had my German Shepard mix on taste of wild for 3 1/2 years been good for her she is fit and lean, her coat is soft and shiny people are surprise when they pet her, she also has the sensitive stomach that is a trait of the German Shepard and doesn’t have that problem with the taste of wild. The only time she does is when she eats the neighbor dog food than she is up all night with stomach problems very satisfied with product

August 31, 2018 1:46 am
Reply to  angie

Which brand of TOTW do you feed your GSD. I was trying to figure today in the store if I should get salmon or bison flavor

Melanie Ibarra
November 30, 2018 5:22 am
Reply to  Traci

I wud stick to the Bison

Millie Peña
November 27, 2016 4:54 pm

I just received a sample of Taste of the Wild from my Maltese Terrier’s new groomer and when I gave it to him, he seems to enjoy it more than Blue! I guess I’m switching brands now! I’m so glad I can finally feed him something he’ll enjoy.

October 22, 2016 9:37 am

We have a 12 year old black lab german Shepard we used to feed him blue buffalo and we switched to taste of the wild. Any flavor they offer and he acts like a puppy and his coat is so much better softer and shinier and his joints seem better too! We just recently got a puppy and automatically put her on taste of the wild puppy food and she took to it very well. So when she gets bigger we can buy just 1 big bag of taste the wild. I highly recommend it an it’s $5 cheaper than blue buffalo!

September 25, 2016 8:22 pm

I just adopted an approximately 4 yr old Chinese Crested Powder Puff. She was previously on a Kirkland brand with the foster family. Her skin was red, had an ear infection, paws always wet from chewing, scooting, and rubbing her face on the floor whenever she could. Oh and her teeth, we’ll were working on one thing at a time. It’s up next after we figure out the allergy issue.

We tried Rachel Ray’s Nutrish, not knowing any better, as we were first time dog owners. She ate it but wasn’t ecstatic about it. Had to mix in wet dog food (we had chosen Caesers) for her to gain some weight as she was about 5-7 lbs under weight. She gained weight, but we didn’t feel comfortable feeding her a food that we couldn’t decipher all the ingredients in the ingredients list. We started researching different dog foods and ingredients.

Long story short… We started her on 4Health Grain-Free Chicken and Rice, but then had a feeling the chicken could be her possible allergy. Did more research and decided to go with Taste of the Wild (TOTW) Pacific Stream (Salmon), hoping it’ll help with her red skin and allergy. She just started eating it two days ago. Going to try this food for a couple months and see what happens…

We will try Acana and/or Orijen next, if TOTW doesn’t seem to be working.

Recommendations, thoughts… Greatly appreciated.

Melanie Ibarra
November 30, 2018 5:29 am
Reply to  Sherry

I would try any of the OTHER TOTW Formulas before the Salmon one…going by our experience.
If the Salmon formula doesnt work out, DO try one of the other TOTW formulas BEFORE giving up on them. Because you cant find a cleaner grain free dog food thats even AFFORDABLE than TOTW !!!

Ky Lentz
June 10, 2016 10:33 pm

When I brought my puppy home (a standard australian shepherd) the breeder suggested Purina Pro (I believe). I wasn’t comfortable with Purina, so I started him on Iams Smart Puppy. He didn’t take to it and would barely eat it. I then switched him to blue buffalo chicken and brown rice puppy, which was an instant success. A few months down the line he started having bad gas, loose stools, and always seemed hungry despite being allowed to free feed. I wanted something grain free, and my local feed store didn’t have a puppy formula of the grain free wilderness. He is now almost 8 months and I have switched him to Taste of the Wild buffalo puppy formula. We are 3 days in, he is still rather gassy, but his stool is already firm. He also doesn’t appear to be hungry all of the time. It’s still premature, but if this doesn’t work out we will try Fromm and then Orijen.

August 23, 2016 7:28 am
Reply to  Ky Lentz

You can try pumpkin in a can or probiotics. My girl is gassy and we use honest Kitchen goat milk with added probiotics.

gonzalo Gomez
May 30, 2016 10:27 pm

I’m feeding my puppy blue buffalo wilderness, if I switch to taste of the wild what would be a good choice for my dog? She’s going to be 4 months June 12.

April 14, 2017 4:03 pm
Reply to  gonzalo Gomez

They have a puppy formula which is what I am feeding my 4 month old gsd.