Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Venison Review

//Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Venison Review

Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Venison Review

Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Venison

High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Venison

This grain-free recipe with sweet potatoes and peas offers highly digestible energy for your active dog.

It includes real roasted meat (certified hormone free and antibiotic free) and offers a distinct taste sensation.

Vegetables and fruits deliver natural antioxidants and vitamins to help give your dog a healthy lifestyle. This formula is a nutritious meal for adult dogs of any size or breed.

Taste of the Wild is grain free, which makes it an option for dogs with intolerances or allergies to grains.

This dry dog food formula appear to be good option for your dog’s daily nutrition.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Bison, lamb meal, chicken meal, egg product, beef, roasted venison, potato protein, pea protein, ocean fish meal
  • Fat and Oil: Canola oil
  • Carbohydrates: Sweet potatoes, potatoes
  • Fiber: Fruits and vegetables
  • Fruits and vegetables: Tomato pomace, peas, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries
  • Flavorings: Natural flavor, meat ingredients
  • Preservatives: Natural preservatives
  • Sweeteners: Absent.
  • Dyes: Absent.
  • Supplements and minerals: salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, yucca schidigera extract, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus reuteri, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid

Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranted Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 32 % (min.) 36%
Fat 18 % (min.) 20 %
Fiber 3 % (max.) 3 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 36 % (EV)
Omega 6 2.8 % (min.) NA
Omega 3  0.3 % (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?” and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis.

Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison provide a 32 % crude protein, which is above the government’s references. This is not too much protein for a healthy dog (free from kidney or liver conditions).

If your dog is a very active dog this food is a good choice. The 18 % of good quality fat is beneficial for your dog.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Bison is a lean meat, highly digestible and a first-rate source of essential amino acids. It is an unusual protein source, so it could be a good option for dogs that have some food sensitivities or allergies.

Lamb meal is a concentrate form of lamb protein. Lamb is a good meat source for dogs. It is highly palatable and easily digested.

Chicken meal is another good source of protein. It also contains phosphorus and calcium.

Egg product correspond to cooked and dried whole eggs, free of shells. This ingredient represents a high quality, highly digestible source of protein.

Beef is lean muscle meat and it is an excellent protein source. It provides optimal amino acid nutrition for lean muscle mass and overall good health. It is known as a highly digestible, highly palatable meat source for dogs.

Roasted venison offers a lean source of essential amino acids. This meat is roasted for great flavor.

Potato protein is the protein portion of potatoes. It is less expensive than meat protein. Potato protein should not be used as an alternative to meat in dog foods because the digestibility of vegetable proteins tend to be inferior.

Pea protein is obtained through a special processing technique used to separate the protein from the starch and fiber. Quality and digestibility of vegetable proteins are lower compared to meat based proteins.

In this recipe, I believe that pea and potato protein should not be considered as a big problem, because there are plenty of high quality meat protein sources included in this formula.

Ocean fish meal is a superb source of protein and it contains omega fatty acids. It is very easily digested by dogs. I would like to see the names of the fish used to manufacture this meal, but the product label does not has that information.


Taste of the Wild unambiguously states on their webpage that they source all of their protein meals from sellers who do not use ethoxyquin as a preservative. They only use natural preservatives. Taste of the Wild also declares that all of their meats are bought from food grade providers and are certified hormone and antibiotic-free.

Carbohydrates: Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber, potassium, B vitamins and beta-carotene. They offer antioxidant agents providing natural protection against free radicals (cancer causing agents). They are also one complex carbohydrate source that provide daily energy.

Potatoes are a highly digestible carbohydrate source. They contain fiber as well as vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium. Potatoes also contains lots of starch. There is some discussion over the ability of dogs to digest starch efficiently.

Fat and oil: Canola oil is obtained by extracting the oil from canola seeds. This ingredient provides calories and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for a healthy coat. It is naturally preserved. It is sometimes considered as a controversial ingredient in dog foods. Critics argue that its high content of the known toxin, erucic acid may be a cause for concern.

Fruits and vegetables: Peas contain antioxidants as well as many nutrients including vitamins C, K and B1, manganese, fiber and folate. There are some doubts about the ability of dogs to digest peas efficiently and some consider this ingredient as a controversial element.

Tomatoes are a high quality ingredient with plentiful valuable nutrients. They are a natural source of vitamins A, C and K as well as quality dietary fiber. They also contain plenty of minerals including molybdenum, potassium, chromium and manganese.

Tomato pomace is a soluble fiber source that helps promote digestive health. It is made from tomato skins, pulp and crushed seeds and is a natural source of vitamin C, lycopene and other antioxidants.

Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamins, potassium, and fiber. They are a natural boost to your dog’s immune system.

Raspberries are rich in antioxidants that protect overall good health and help fight cancer.

Flavors: Natural flavor can refer to everything from meat meals to more uncertain ingredients like animal digest. Usually it is a combination of fresh meat and oils which is sprayed on to the food.

Supplements: Salt is normally added to dog foods as a flavor enhancer. Excessive salt has the same health consequences for dogs as for us and should be avoided. This is particularly significant if your dog has heart problems or high blood pressure. However, this ingredient is far down in the ingredient list, I believe that you don’t need to concern to must about the amount of salt included in this dog food.

Dried chicory root is a fermentable carbohydrate source. It is fermented in the colon and origins FOS (fructooligosaccharide) that are an energy source for cells lining the colon and for the good bacteria in the colon.

Yucca schidigera extract has been proven to diminish stool odor. It is also known to support anti-inflammatory processes in tendons and joint cartilage.

Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus reuteri help to maintain normal bacteria balance in the lower intestine preventing gastrointestinal disease.

This dog food includes chelated minerals which are attached to an easily absorbable substance. So they get into the bloodstream more readily.

This food does not contain sweeteners, dyes or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Venison we give a 4.54 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Venison seems to be a highly recommended dry dog food.

Taste of the Wild dog food has special taste, highly digestible energy, and natural antioxidants to support a healthy immune system and overall health. This recipe is a good choice for owners looking for a premium grain-free food for their dog at a reasonable price.

Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Venison main benefits:

  • Grain-free dog food – no corn, wheat, soy, or fillers
  • Includes bison and venison meat, roasted for great flavor
  • Supplemented with fruits and vegetables to support a healthy immune system
  • Dried chicory root helps support a healthy digestive system
  • Includes probiotics
  • Chelated Minerals
  • Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids help maintain healthy skin and coat
  • Naturally preserved

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food, High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison & Venison

Positive Aspects

  • Bison, lamb meal, chicken meal, egg product, beef, roasted venison, ocean fish meal
  • Sweet potatoes, potatoes
  • Tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, tomato pomace
  • Dried chicory root, yucca schidigera extract
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus reuteri
  • Absence of dyes and artificial preservatives

Negative Aspects

  • Potato protein, pea protein
  • Canola oil
  • Peas
  • Salt

Available in: 5 lb (2.3 Kg); 15 lb (6.8 Kg); 30 lb (13.6 Kg)


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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