Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Puppy Formula Dry Food Review

//Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Puppy Formula Dry Food Review

Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Puppy Formula Dry Food Review

Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Puppy Formula Dry Food

PTaste of the Wild Pacific Stream Puppy Formula Dry Foodacific Stream Puppy Formula is a grain-free formula which offers digestible energy and an exceptional nutrition for your growing puppy.

This dog food recipe includes a blend of fish protein sources. Fruits and vegetables (e.g. blueberries, raspberries, and tomato) contain natural antioxidants to help support a healthy lifestyle.

The grain-free fish formula is made specifically for puppies. Omega Fatty acids levels help support cognitive. Your puppy will love the irresistible taste of this formula.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Salmon, ocean fish meal, pea protein, salmon meal
  • Fat and Oil: Canola oil, salmon oil
  • Carbohydrates: Sweet potatoes, potatoes
  • Fiber: All fruits and vegetables included
  • Fruits and vegetables: Peas, tomato pomace, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries
  • Flavorings: Natural flavor, smoked salmon
    Preservatives: Mixed tocopherols
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, yucca schidigera extract, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bi dobacterium 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

Guaranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 27 % (min.) 30 %
Fat 15 % (min.) 17 %
Fiber 5 % (max.) 6 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 44 % (EV)
Omega 6 2.4 % (min.) NA
Omega 3 0.3 % (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

This dog food provides 30 % protein on a dry matter basis which is above the AAFCO recommendations. The sources of this protein are considered high quality ingredients.

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.

Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids have guaranteed levels in this formula. This is a mark of quality because both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids help maintain healthy skin, support a strong immune system and contribute to cell growth.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein:Salmon is one of the lowest mercury content ocean fish accessible. It is a first-rate source of meat protein for your dog.

Ocean fish meal is a source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Taste of the wild uses an ocean fish meal naturally preserved. However, this meal uses non defined fish sources which are a negative point about this ingredient.

Pea protein is obtained by a special processing technique that separate the protein from the starch and fiber contained in peas. This ingredient is not used as the protein main source so it is not a problematic element if your dog is not allergic to peas.

Salmon meal is another protein source made from the meat and bone of salmon. It is an excellent omega-3 fatty acids source.

Fat and oil: Canola oil used by Taste of The Wild is naturally preserved. Provides a blend of omega fatty acids and is also a source of vitamin E. However some critics state that canola oil may have a high content of a known toxin – erucic acid. Unfortunately, there is little solid proof to confirm or deny such this statement.
Salmon oil is obtained from fresh salmon. Marine source oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Carbohydrates: Sweet potatoes are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and beta carotene. It is also an excellent complex carbohydrate source that provides energy. Potatoes are a highly digestible carbohydrate source.

Fruits and vegetables: Peas are highly nutritious legumes that include protein, starch and fiber in addition to vitamins and minerals. The inclusion of this ingredient may cause digestive problems since some dogs cannot efficiently digest peas.

Tomato pomace is a soluble fiber source that helps support digestive health and small, firm stools. It is a natural source of vitamin C, lycopene and other important antioxidants. There is some controversy about this ingredient but there are numerous beneficial reasons for the food companies to use tomato pomace. Since it is not a main ingredient we believe that it is not harmful for your dog. .

Tomatoes are also a natural source of vitamin C and lycopene, which are important antioxidants.

Blueberries are fruits rich in fiber and antioxidants. They also represent a natural boost to your dog’s immune system.

Raspberries are full of antioxidants that protect overall good health and may also play a role in fighting cancer.

Flavors: Natural flavor is an unclear defined ingredient listed on many dog foods. Though, it can be harmless. Natural flavor is applied to the outside of the kibble to improve the flavor and acceptance of the dry pet food. In Taste of the Wild formulas it can be made from vegetable or chicken sources and it does not contain MSG. This molecule is responsible for the controversy generated about this ingredient.

Smoked salmon is used for great flavor. It is also an outstanding source of protein and essential omega fatty acids.

Preservatives: Mixed Tocopherols are natural preservatives made of compounds of Vitamin E.

Supplements: Yucca Schidigera Extract is a natural plant extract that has been proven to reduce stool odor

Dried Chicory Root contributes to the health of good bacteria in the colon thus it is important to support your dog’s digestive tract.

Minerals are important nutrients. Chelation can improve the absorption of certain minerals by a remarkable amount. This food includes chelated minerals which are a quality mark.

Probiotics, like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bi dobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus reuteri, are very important for the maintenance of your dog’s digestive tract health. They help to support a healthy intestinal flora.

Artificial preservatives, Sweeteners and dyes are absent in the ingredient list. This information is another mark of a good quality dog food.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Taste of the Wild – Pacific Stream Puppy Formula we give a 4.55 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Taste of the Wild – Pacific Stream Puppy Formula seems to be a highly recommended dry dog food.

Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Puppy Formula is a grain-free dry dog food formula providing a complete and balanced nutrition for your puppy. Including fruits and vegetables, omega fatty acids and a blend of fish proteins, Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Puppy Formula Dry Food offers a taste sensation like no other.

Taste of the Wild – Pacific Stream Puppy Formula main benefits:

  • Salmon is a first-class source of protein. It is easily digested for highest protein absorption
  • Grain-free recipe to mimic a dog’s natural diet
  • Dried Chicory Root is known to reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal worms
  • Chelated minerals boost immune system and provide energy
  • Yucca Schidigera extract reduces odor in stool
  • Lots of fruits and vegetables which are a good antioxidant source
  • Probiotics to help your dog’s digestive tract function

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 – Pacific Stream Puppy Formula

Positive Aspects

• Salmon, salmon meal
• Salmon oil
• Sweet potatoes, potatoes
• Tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries
• Mixed tocopherols
• Omega Fatty Acids
• No dyes or sweeteners
• Fresh Fruits and vegetables
• Smoked salmon

Negative Aspects

• Ocean fish meal
• Pea protein
• Canola oil
• Peas, tomato pomace
• Natural flavor


Available in: 5 lb (2,27 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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