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I just found that our local Tractor Supply Store sells Taste of the Wild. I checked it out and bought a 15lb bag of the salmon to try. I currently feed my dogs Wellness Core. Protein is less in TOTW (25%) Wellness is (34%). Fat is just a tad higher, TOTW 15%, Wellness 14%.

Biggest consideration for me is the price. It's $10.00 cheaper a bag, which will save me almost $40.00 a months, which is a LOT of money in my current financial crisis. I can't feed a grain based diet (too many hotspots on Ruger) so am hoping this food will serve us well. I like that it's in several flavors (I like to give my dogs lots of variety).

Just wondering if anyone else feeds this. Thanks.
 

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I do. We feed the bison/venison based formula called High Prairie. I love it. Dogs have been VERY healthy. We actually made it through a summer of dogs in and out of the lake all day long with no ear problems. The price tag is easy(ier) to swallow and all three love it! Even my VERY picky boy, Murphy. :)
 

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We've fed it too Linda. It is definitely the best grain-free option for a budget! Boys seemed to do fine on it. DFL loves it. She recommended it to me when Timberwolf Organics raised their price through the roof. We used the salmon too.
 

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I never could afford to pay $1.50 a pound, so I feed raw. Costs about $32 a month for me to feed Amber. I have a friend that feeds raw with vegetables and stuff and she spends about $25 a month per dog but she is really really good at shopping and buys meat in 40lb boxes and has a seperate freezer for food (and Ducks).
An added bonus of this is improved food safety as everything I feed is usdaa inspected and any food recalls are anounced asap. Pet food recalls seem to go on for months as there are few reasons to perform expensive tests to determine deaths of dogs.

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I feed about half raw Kelly. We don't have good supply of raw stuff available here. I do hearts and gizzards, liver, raw patties. I cannot feed bone. Ruger throws up any bone I feed him (unless it is pre-ground as in the patties). I like the convience of kibble and try to feed that in the morning and some raw at night.

I've asked around and it seems a lot of the labrador folks in my area are feeding the Taste of the Wild. I'm pretty sure it will be okay. My dogs are not picky eaters.

Thanks for the feedback!
 

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My dogs have done well on about any higher quality good that I have fed them, but I have had them on Innova Evo for over a year now and they do really well on it. I tried TOTW earlier in the year, and it seemed like they didn't do as well on it. They didn't seem to eat it as well, and actually got fleas for the first time in their lives. I'm not blaming the food, but you know how when you get sick just after you ate something, it turns you off that, even if it had nothing to do with it. I DO like the price of TOTW, and the fact that I can get it at TSC and not have to drive and hour for it. Let us know how your dogs do on it.
 

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Before I switched Abbey to homecooked food, she was on TOTW High Prairie and did very well before she stopped eating. She had zero skin problems, as she did on other foods, and her ears were sparkling clean.. not sure if it was just the food, but her ears aren't 100% flat like Lab ears, either.

I was able to get it for $35 a bag, which is $20 cheaper than what I could get Wellness CORE for. Abbey was on the CORE and EVO but she didn't do well on them.

Abbey also did okay on the Wetlands formula, but she liked the High Prairie better. We also tried the Pacific Stream but the fish gave her horrible breath and gas :(
 

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That's all I've used for almost two years now. All varieties with no problems. My neighbor tried it and her elderly lab with gross, disgusting chronic ear troubles cleared up completely by the second bag. It's certainly a better price than most grain-free kibbles.
 

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I fed Innova Evo for a long time, but recently my dogs were all getting fat on it, and I was feeding less and less, to the point I was giving them more green beans than the food and they still kept weight on. That's when I switched to the Wellness and they've dropped a few pounds.

Basically I just want a grain free kibble that is cost effective at this point in time :) I'm going to give it a try and see how we do. If we have issues, I can always go back to the Wellness or Evo.
 

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We've been feeding the TOTW Pacific Stream for over a year now, and the boys do awesome on it. Champ no longer stinks, and neither one has gunky ears or soft poops any more. They also both love the food. I love the price!
 

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I feed both Jefferson and Ted TOTW. They were on Core before this, but would occasionally have runny poo. Switched to TOTW and they are both doing well on it.
 

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I found this about Diamond's Taste of the Wild foods in a link Justine provided in another thread. Would this be a concern for you? I'm just doing some research on different grain free foods.

- Note: On 12/15/08 I was informed by Diamond that the company itself does not preserve its foods with ethoxyquin. At the same time they refused to disclose preservatives used by their suppliers, stating they are "considered proprietary". This is of concern to me, since I don't think a supplier or company would deliberately keep silent about not using ethoxyquin. Buyer beware, you aren't getting all the information you are entitled to here.
- AAFCO Nutritional Adequacy Statement: All Life Stages.
 

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I wonder if they have changed things since 2008. I was on their website (Taste of the Wild). They have this information posted there...

Are your fresh meats hormone and antibiotic free?

Yes. All of our meats are purchased from food grade suppliers and are certified hormone and antibiotic free.

Do you use any chemical preservatives?

Chemicals are not used to preserve any of our formulas. We use mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) to preserve the chicken fat in our pet foods. Added ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and rosemary extract in some of the formulas also have preservative effects.
 

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By the looks of that quote, it might not be them that's using it. It might be one of their suppliers. That was awhile ago. I'm hoping they've changed supplier.
 

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As that statement was made two years ago, I would hope they'd received enough feedback to know better and improve the product, which, according to the Taste of the Wild website, they seem to have done.

I researched around a bit online about the above statement and came up with mentions that it was only the fish based product that had the ethoxyquin, again these all seem dated now.

Hopefully the current information on their website is true. It seems to be a very popular food.
 

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Kodi is on the Pacific Stream variety for her morning kibble and does very well on it. Our evening meal is raw many different protein sources).
 
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