Taste of the Wild High Prairie looks a lot like a super-premium dog food, without the super-premium price. It's grain free, and its ingredient list includes plenty of meat, fruits and veggies, and probiotics.
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 buffalo and venison. Carbohydrates come from preferred sources such as sweet potatoes, peas and potatoes rather than low-quality grains. But 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.
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).
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. It's also notably cheaper than super-premium dog foods such as Orijen -- though with a few more red flags and a slightly less-sterling safety record.
Taste of the Wild High Prairie Reviews
Susan Thixton rates many dog food brands and individual flavors of food -- including Taste of the Wild. Ratings are based on ingredient quality, safety and more.
Review: Taste of the Wild High Prairie with Roasted Bison and Roasted Venison Dog Food Dry, Susan Thixton, Not Dated
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
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." Though details are not provided, Sagman grants the adult version of Taste of the Wild High Prairie the highest 5-star rating.
Review: Taste of the Wild (Dry), Mike Sagman, Updated Oct. 17, 2013
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 Feb. 4, 2015
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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 April 2015
More than 1,750 mostly happy dog owners leave reviews of Taste of the Wild High Prairie dog food at Amazon.com. It earns a 4.6-star rating. Less favorable comments center on the 2012 recall, plus a few owners say that their dogs either wouldn't eat the food or that it didn't agree with them. Some report an unpleasant smell.
Review: Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, Hi Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Venison, 30-Pound Bag, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2015
Like Amazon.com, most Chewy.com users could not be happier with Taste of the Wild High Prairie. It earns a 4.8-star rating following more than 630 reviews. Roughly 97 percent say that they would recommend this dog food to a friend.
Review: Taste of the Wild High Prairie Dry Dog Food, Contributors to Chewy.com, As of April 2015
This press release discusses the May 2012 Diamond Pet Foods salmonella recall, which includes 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
Nearly 50 dog owners comment on Taste of the Wild dog food here, including Taste of the Wild High Prairie. Most give it high praise, as reflected in its 4.8-star rating. 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 April 2015