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Taste of the Wild High Prairie

Est. $29 for a 15-lb. bag
Reviewed
January 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Taste of the Wild High Prairie

Best value dry dog food

Pros
  • Meat is the first ingredient
  • Grain-free
  • No chemical preservatives
Cons
  • Exotic meat sources
  • Contains less meat than premium foods
  • Part of 2012 recall
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Bottom line

Grain-free, plenty of meat, fruits and veggies, probiotics -- Taste of the Wild High Prairie looks a lot like a super-premium dog food, without the super-premium price.

Ingredient quality

Grain-free, with exotic proteins. Taste of the Wild High Prairie dog food earns a lot of respect from experts and owners -- with a few caveats. This grain-free food gets its protein from high-quality and even unusual sources, including bison and venison. Carbohydrates come from preferred sources such as sweet potatoes, peas and potatoes rather than low-quality grains.

Some negatives do come up in reviews. Mary Straus at DogAware.com warns owners to hold at least some exotic proteins in reserve for use should a food allergy to more ordinary proteins surface. Mike Sagman at PetFoodAdvisor.com says the generic term "ocean fish meal" is too vague -- it's always preferable to see a named fish species. One positive, however, is that the fish meal is free of ethoxyquin, a controversial preservative.

Product safety

Recalled in 2012 for risk of salmonella. Taste of the Wild is made by Diamond Pet Foods, and certain batches were part of the 2012 recall over salmonella concerns, along with other Diamond brands. Several pets -- and several owners who handled the foods -- became sick. Taste of the Wild has not been recalled since, a search of the FDA's website shows.

Taste of the Wild also contains canola oil and sodium selenite -- both red-flag ingredients for one top expert, and stuff you won't find in the very best dog foods. On the positive side, Taste of the Wild says it uses only U.S. ingredients (ingredients from China have been linked to contamination).

Value

One of the cheapest grain-free kibbles you can buy. Unlike most supermarket dog kibble -- which is mostly compressed corn and soy -- Taste of the Wild's first ingredient is meat. You won't find any grains here (or corn or soy, for that matter). Even though it costs more than supermarket foods, Taste of the Wild is definitely the better value, experts say.

Kirkland Signature Lamb, Rice & Vegetable (Est. $35 for a 40-lb. bag) from Costco is a decent cheaper alternative, reviews say, but it's fairly grain-heavy. Otherwise, Taste of the Wild is one of the cheapest grain-free dry dog foods around. It costs about 30 percent less than super-premium grain-free foods like Orijen Adult Dog (Est. $45 for a 15-lb. bag) -- only without Orijen's rich meat content and sterling safety record.

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Our Sources

1. PetFoodRatings.org

Taste of the Wild High Prairie draws a 5-star rating here. The editors find nothing to criticize and approve of both the unusual protein sources and the high-quality carbohydrate sources.

Review: Taste of the Wild (High Prairie), Editors of PetFoodRatings.net

2. PetsumerReport.com

Susan Thixton rates many dog food brands and individual flavors of food -- including Taste of the Wild -- based on ingredient quality, safety and more. She discusses Diamond's and Taste of the Wild's 2012 recall further on her blog, TruthAboutPetFood.com.

Review: Susan Thixton, Susan Thixton, As of January 2014

3. DogFoodAdvisor.com

Mike Sagman analyzes a different variety of Taste of the Wild, but says the conclusions he reaches apply to the rest of the line for his review. The food earns the highest 5-star rating. Despite a reservation that the fish meal is not species specific (the same ingredient appears in the High Prairie variety), he finds little serious to quibble about, making Taste of the Wild "enthusiastically recommended."

Review: Taste of the Wild (Dry), Mike Sagman, Nov. 20, 2011

4. PetFoodRatings.org

Taste of the Wild High Prairie draws a 5-star rating here. The editors find nothing to criticize and approve of both the unusual protein sources and the high-quality carbohydrate sources.

Review: Taste of the Wild (High Prairie), Editors of PetFoodRatings.org, Not Dated

5. Dog Food Review

Dog Food Reviews looks at Taste of the Wild High Prairie dog food, and applies its conclusions to the rest of the line. It earns 5 stars with an ingredient list that "goes above and beyond its competitors."

Review: Taste of the Wild Dog Food Reviews, Editors of Dog Food Reviews

6. DogFoodAdvisor.com

Mike Sagman analyzes Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy Formula, but says the conclusions he reaches apply to the rest of the line. The food earns 4.5 stars and is "highly recommended," but it contains more plant protein and less meat than Sagman's 5-star foods.

Review: Taste of the Wild (Dry), Mike Sagman, Updated Oct. 17, 2013

7. DogAware.com

Mary Straus puts Taste of the Wild's formulas on her list of top dry dog foods, but with more reservations than most reviewers. She's concerned that the use of exotic proteins might prove to be a problem in identifying a food allergy should one arise. She adds that Taste of the Wild is better than other foods made by Diamond Pet Foods, but puts it a notch below other grain-free varieties.

Review: Dry Dog Foods (Kibble and Dehydrated), Mary Straus, May 8, 2012

8. DogAware.com

Mary Straus puts Taste of the Wild on her list of top dry dog foods, but with more reservations than most reviewers. She's concerned that the use of exotic proteins might prove to be a problem in identifying a food allergy should one arise, and she notes that Taste of the Wild was part of the 2012 Diamond Pet Foods recall.

Review: Dry Dog Foods (Kibble and Dehydrated), Mary Straus, Updated Oct. 23, 2013

9. Only Natural Pet Store

More than 40 dog owners weigh in on Taste of the Wild dog food here, including Taste of the Wild High Prairie. All give it high praise, and no one rates it less than 4 stars out of 5. All say they would recommend Taste of the Wild to a friend.

Review: Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Dry Dog Food, Contributors to Only Natural Pet Store

10. Dog Food Review

Dog Food Reviews editors look at Taste of the Wild High Prairie dog food and apply their conclusions to the rest of the line. It earns 5 stars, with an ingredient list that "goes above and beyond its competitors."

Review: Taste of the Wild Dog Food Reviews, Editors of Dog Food Reviews, As of January 2014

11. FDA.gov

This press release discusses the May 2012 Diamond Pet Foods salmonella recall, which included Taste of the Wild and several other brands of dry pet food.

Review: Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Food Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, May 5, 2012

12. OnlyNaturalPet.com

More than 40 dog owners comment on Taste of the Wild dog food here, including Taste of the Wild High Prairie. All give it high praise, and no one rates it less than 4 stars out of 5. All say they would recommend Taste of the Wild to a friend.

Review: Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Dry Dog Food, Contributors to OnlyNaturalPet.com, As of January 2014

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