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Taste of the Wild

I went to our local Agway to get some Puppy Wellness for Jinx. I haven't been in there in a while and they had lots of really good brands of dog food. Unfortunately, the only Puppy Wellness they had was a 15 lb bag and I don't want a bag that big (he won't be a puppy by the time he would finish that bag)!

I came across a brand called Taste of the Wild. Has anybody tried it?

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Timmy's breeder sent me home with Taste of the Wild. I bought another bag for him, but it's hard to find in stores around me. I'm sure I can get it online, but I'm not proactive enough to plan ahead of time in case I run out, I need food in a store I can buy that day. He ate the Wetlands formula, I switched to Blue Buffalo which he likes as well. Sorry I'm not much help.

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I switched from Wellness to Taste of the Wild this past summer after seeing a dog at the dog park who's energy level had dramatically improved - it was like another dog. The owner had recently switched him over to TOTW. I've seen the same change in Cody - much more active (not hyper, just more playful). Tess doesn't like the Wetlands formula either, so we're doing the High Prairie (Bison & Venison).

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TOTW is what Tucker's breeder was feeding him and her other Havs. We changed to California Naturals Lamb Grain Free when we discovered Tucker has mild allergies.
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my beasties are on TOTW. They seem to do okay on it.


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Arrow Useful site for selecting dog foods

Somebody on one of the diabetic-dog forums I'm on gave us this link:


When Camellia came to me, she was on Eukanuba Small Bites. I KNEW that food had ethoxyquin (bad stuff) and BHA and BHT (bad stuff) as preservatives. The woman who sold me Camellia gave me a two-weeks supply, and I began to switch her over to another food before the supply ran out.

Now I can't remember details, though they're all recorded in Camellia's journals, but it would take me a long time to look them up, so I'll just talk about general principles.

Although I'm using Dick Van Patten's Lamb Roll (NOT grain-free) for training treats, and at the time, I was using a lot of those, I thought using a grain-free food might be wise, though Camella hadn't shown any signs of allergies yet (that didn't show up until about April 2011).

I counted calories, and kept weighing Camellia on my vet's scale.

I changed her food several times, especially as she started showing some signs of allergies. I stuck, for a long time (relatively speaking) with grain-free foods, and used:

NOW (for adults), GO (salmon and oatmeal), and Acana Wild Prairie (the less-rich form of Orijen). All are very high (relatively speaking) in protein.

Eventually, when my vet diagnosed Camellia with atopy (25 October 2011), we talked about food. Dr. Amanda said she didn't like those high-protein foods, not that Camellia would suffer any for now, but she was concerned with effects when reaching old age, being a big load on the kidneys.

Dr. Amanda said I could use any high-quality kibble for feeding Camellia.

When I mentioned "Natural Balance," Dr. Amanda's face lit up. So I went to the site I just pointed to, and looked up the food.

They have a regular formula for puppies and adults, and I ended up buying that; it's called Natural Balance Original Ultra. It has only four, rather than five, stars, and the two questionable ingredients are Canola Oil (I'd seen reservations about that), and tomato pomace (I'd seen reservations about that one, too).


It has 26% protein, which is still quite high; I was thinking of trying for lower, say, 21-24% protein; all the same, I went ahead with it.

Camellia is thriving on it. I'm now using the canned as well, but only to put Camellia's pills in (Benadryl for now).

While 26% protein strikes me as still being a bit high, I hope this food will serve her well long-term. It's too much fat (14%) to choose specifically for diabetic dogs, especially if they've had pancreatitis; all the same, on the magnificent forum I still frequent on diabetic dogs


we discover that diabetic dogs can be well-managed on almost ANY food!

Well, that part is a bit away from the subject, but I found the Dog Food Advisor site extremely helpful, and it would be my first choice of places to study if I were investigating foods again.

And if anybody's dog shows up with diabetes, I suggest you run, do not walk, to that forum on diabetic dogs. The site owner and administrator is fabulously well-educated, and writes extremely responsibly - and the forum members follow her lead.

THIS forum seems to me to have similar features - very responsible stuff.

There's also a Yahoo group on canine nutrition that I'm a member of, but don't read often; still, it too can be a useful forum; its owner, Monica Segal is currently a guest on the DogRead Yahoo group:


and Monica Segal's K9Kitchen group is here:


Gosh; as usual, I'm overboard on links!

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Wow Carol, that's a ton of great information. I was looking at the Natural Balance as well. I will start Jinx on the Wellness Puppy since that is what he's on now, but I will gradually switch him to something I can buy locally. I will have to go all the way to Petsmart to get the Wellness and that is 1/2 hour away. We have a wonderful Agway right here in town that carries high quality food. We also have a super expensive foo foo dog boutique that carries good food as well.

I've given Gryff Fromms in the past and he liked that.

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The Wellness foods have a good reputation, including on the forum for diabetic dogs I mention quite often.

So, when I was looking for some training treats for Camellia, I picked up a bag of "jerky" - I had asked for jerky in the store, and didn't SEE any of the small packets I was accustomed to in the past (and don't worry, I wouldn't buy chicken jerky made in China; there are currently more warnings about that - making dogs really violently ill, and they could die).

Well, so I bought a bag of Wellness squares. Tore them up into little bits - I can't now remember which type these were - probably chicken. They gave Camellia an upset tum and diarrhea. I was NOT happy!

Nothing against them, except that they're no good for Camellia, specifically. Dogs are all different!

At times, I've gone so far as to carry little containers of wet food (canned dog food) in my fanny pack to use as treats. That IS messy and awkward, on an active walk combined with training. I've been tempted to try it again with Camellia - used it with my previous dogs, Kwali and Kumbi. But I think I'll stick with the diced Lamb Roll.

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I like Natural Balance too. I am a big believer in using organic food as much as possible, both for my family and for my animals. Natural Balance Organic is, as far as I know, the ONLY organic dog food you can get at regular pet stores. (I think there are a couple of specialty organic foods you can get through mail order)

The only "problem" is that it is only available with chicken as the protein source. That's fine for most dogs, but if you have a dog with chicken allergies, you're out of luck.

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Very interesting, Karen.

I'm in Canada; stores around her (Pacific Northwest) tend to carry Orijen, which is, I believe, organic - but very high protein.

Natural Balance has been around for some time - I think that helps - more likely to be stocked.

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Sat, 25 Feb 2012 07:35:29 (PST)

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