Anita owns several dogs and seeks to feed them the best food possible. She shares her research on different dog food brands.
Sharing our beds, our vacations, and our hearts, dogs are more important than ever to the families that love them. Ensuring the best for these family members begins with their diets and providing premium food.
Blue Buffalo and Taste of the Wild will be our focus in this article, which compares these two brands of dog food with similar formulas. We'll compare the top five ingredients, different manufacturing processes, price, formulas, and feeding guide.
Dry Dog Food Formulas
Blue Buffalo has a line of dry food that promotes an evolutionary diet titled "Blue Wilderness." The "Blue Wilderness" line of food is 100% grain-free. This line of dog food is more appropriate for breeds of dogs that are highly active, e.g. service dogs. For the average pet owner, this line of dog food may not be necessary for their pooch; however, a dog owner should evaluate their individual pet-owning needs while choosing appropriate dog food.
Life Source Bits gives Blue Buffalo an edge in the ring against Taste of the Wild. These little black food pellets are packed with vitamins and minerals. Blue Buffalo's website explains how these bits are actually made separate from the rest of the formula, which keeps the good stuff intact.
Taste of the Wild
Taste of the Wild's formulas are also all grain-free. For the purpose of comparison, the "High Prairie Canine Formula" will be discussed. Taste of the Wild and Blue Buffalo both advertise not using chemical preservatives, but only Taste of the Wild uses purified water, through reversed osmosis, during their production.
The Best of Both Worlds
An ideal food may incorporate something similar to Blue Buffalo's Life Source Bits with a purified water process during manufacturing in a grain-free dry dog food. A pet owner can only dream.
Top 5 Ingredients
The top five ingredients in Blue Buffalo's "Blue Wilderness" chicken flavor dog food are as follows:
- Deboned Chicken
- Chicken Meal
- Potato Starch
- Turkey Meal
Taste of the Wild
Taste of the Wild's "High Prairie Canine Formula" has these top 5 ingredients:
- Lamb Meal
- Chicken Meal
- Egg Product
- Sweet Potatoes
Taste of the Wild has four different sources of protein in their formula. This is a huge advantage over Blue Buffalo. Granted, Blue Buffalo's formula is specifically designated as chicken and turkey flavored. Some dogs may be finicky about the flavors, or types, of food they eat. For dogs that are not finicky, Taste of the Wild offers a large variety of taste and protein in one formula.
- Adult up to 15 lbs: 1/2–1 cup daily
- Adult 16–25 lb dog: 1–1 1/2 cups daily
Taste of the Wild
- Adult 5–10 lbs dog: 1/2–3/4 cup daily
- Adult 10–20 lb dog: 3/4–1 1/2 cups daily
Comparing the feeding guides, the daily requirements are about the same.
- Blue Buffalo is more expensive on Amazon, priced at $16.99 for a 5-lb bag, whereas Taste of the Wild is priced at $12.99 for a 5-lb bag.
- Petco's website's offer for a 5-lb bag of Blue Buffalo is the same as Amazon's—$16.99. Unfortunately, Taste of the Wild isn't offered on Petco's website.
- The price for Blue Buffalo is also $16.99 on Petsmart's website, but, again, Taste of the Wild isn't offered.
Taste of the Wild is not as widely distributed as Blue Buffalo, and it may be difficult to find in local stores or even online. My husband and I feed both our cat and dogs Taste of the Wild, and we were lucky to find it in a Pet Warehouse store near our house. Taste of the Wild is cheaper than Blue Buffalo, just harder to find.
It's important to consider the health, age, and development of the dog before deciding on a type or brand of dog food, especially with a high protein formula of dry dog food. Blue Buffalo and Taste of the Wild are fierce competitors, both going toe-to-toe on formula, manufacturing process, and feeding guide.
However, Taste of the Wild delivered several jabs to Blue Buffalo with a lower price, more protein and types of protein, and the use of purified water. If Taste of the Wild is offered in local stores, then switching to this high-quality but less expensive food would be beneficial to a family's beloved canine and to the household pocket book.
Both Are Great Dog Foods
Blue Buffalo and Taste of the Wild are both great dog food products. My husband and I used to feed our dogs Blue Buffalo; however, I'm a college student and we needed to find a food that was just as healthy but cheaper. Several factors influenced our decision and are always considered in future decisions regarding our pets. We want the best for them. And for us.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Amber B on September 06, 2019:
Our vet recommended Taste of the Wild several years ago as a better “all around” food for our 2 large dogs (bullmastiff & golden retriever) who both also happen to have skin allergies, so this food helps with treating that as well. We have a Tractor Supply Co very near our house and they always stock it. The online retailers usually sell the 28 lb bag for $50 whereas Tractor Supply Co sells the same for $45.
Tw on November 26, 2018:
Taste of the Wild is now offered at Petco. Just started carrying it this past summer 2018.
James Livingood from Seattle, WA on September 22, 2014:
Yay for Taste of the Wild! It is an awesome dog food!
Luci on March 30, 2014:
My husband purchased TOTW Prairie for our Rott pups. One had dry skin and course feeling hair before the switch. He now has shiny soft feeling hair and healthy skin tone (10 days later). They both love the taste. We have not tried Blue for comparison, but do not feel the need. Their health is our major concern and we feel assured that the TOWT is good for them. No issue with poop and no vomiting :)
Bob Bamberg on December 29, 2013:
I just discovered this hub, Anita, which is why my comments come so late. I agree that both foods are good, but there are a couple of things about each that I could quibble with.
Both use the meat first, followed by the meal...a cost cutting measure. The meat is between 70 and 80% water, the meal is about 8% water. Together, they're OK but less expensive. A food that has the meal first has more concentrated protein.
Blue also uses hay (alfalfa meal and barley grass) in their fiber profile. Most would agree that it's a less appropriate fiber for a dog, plus it's also high in plant protein. That can skew the amount of protein claimed in the guaranteed analysis, which owners should be aware of when thinking about the amount of animal protein in the food.
TOTW lists their probiotics in the middle of the ingredient panel, indicating that there's more than in most other foods, which list them at the end. I would suspect that they add their probiotics prior to cooking, knowing that some will get killed off in that process. Blue, like most other holistic pet foods, adds their probiotics at the end of the panel and after the cooking. There are probably more viable probiotics in Blue.
TOTW is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods, a co-packer with a re-call history...a factor to some, not to others. TOTW is not only less expensive than Blue, but it comes in 30 pound bags compared to Blue's lighter bags. If there's such a thing as reincarnation, I wouldn't mind coming back as a dog whose owners feed either food.
The carnivore/omnivore debate is a lively one, and I believe the anatomy and physiology of the dog is weighted in favor of the carnivore.
In addition to their sharp, narrow teeth, dogs are unable to chew from side to side, which is important when grinding plant material. They can only chew straight up and down, ideal for slicing meat.
They lack amylase (an enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates) in their saliva...something that omnivores such as humans and herbivores such as horses have in their saliva. This begins the process of breaking down the plant material right away.
Amylase is introduced into the dogs' small intestine, which makes me wonder if there's just enough of it to enable the dog to pass the carbs.
Ruminants, such as cows, and hind-gut fermenters such as horses, have smaller stomachs and much longer digestive tracks, which allows them time to digest fibrous materials. As grazers, they eat almost continuously compared to the wild canid, which typically eats larger meals at less frequent intervals.
The lifestyle of herbivores and omnivores tends to be somewhat sedentary compared to that of the wild canid, which travels far and wide in search of prey and mates, defends a territory, and in some cases, competes for a higher place in the pack hierarchy.
Canids have a larger stomach and smaller intestinal tract with more powerful digestive acids, which better suits their lifestyle.
The mere fact that dogs will eat just about anything you put in front of them doesn't mean they get any benefit from it. They eat turd, pantyhose and rocks, too.
Low quality, grain-based dog food requires larger portions, often produces gas and larger, softer stools, drier, less supple skin, and a less than optimal coat. If they were really omnivores, one would expect that they'd do better than that on those low quality diets.
Good article and interesting comment thread. I doubt if any of us changed any minds, but it's an interesting discussion.
Julie on November 22, 2013:
I feed my Havanese Taste of the Wild High Prairie. I tried him on Blue Buffalo but he got bad gas.
Anyway - you can buy TOTW at amazon.com without a shipping charged as long as it is over $25 or nothing if you are a PRIME member. Or PetFlow.com - they have a good prices.
Dahlia on November 12, 2013:
We've been feeding our German Shepherds and our lil Chihuahua Taste of the Wild (TOTW) for a couple of years now. Since we've made the switch, our, now, 11 yr old shepherd acts like a lil pup again. He's a lil over 100 lbs and we only feed him 3-4 cups a day. Whereas, before, we were feeding 7-8 cups of the Purina One. We switch between all the flavors, for variety. My guys love it. And, just to let you know, we purchase our bags of TOTW at our local feed store...Gaddy's in Pflugerville, TX. The feed stores usually carry the top of the line brands of feeds and grains. So, what better place to go than your local feed store...you can trust they've done their research. And, NO, I don't work for the feed store. :) They're just very knowledgable about what they carry. Anyway, I just wanted to weigh in with my opinion of TOTW. Love it...Love it...Love it. Well, I should say, my dogs Love it...Love it...Love it. :)
Ashleigh on December 21, 2012:
I just wanted to let everyone here i also feed my pups taste of wild ! and i work at natural grocers by vitamin cottage and we sell them there we carry all the dog food flavors and cat food if u are wondering if your store has it contact the nearest store to u :] its pretty affordable to when i started working there i started buying it because i work there and get a discount best dog food iv given them ! hope this helps :]
Ry on July 16, 2012:
Your both wrong. Dogs are carnivorous yes, but that doesn't mean that they do not benefit from the nutrients in fruits and vegetables.
Wolves in the wild eating other animals eat the entire animal, which means all of their entrails. Which means they will consume the half digested plant matter in said preys stomach, of which they benefit greatly from.
Wolves and dogs will also eat plant matter to help with upset stomachs.
Yes, dogs eat mainly meat which is why you want a high meat continent food, but that doesn't mean they cannot benefit from eating portions of fruits and vegetable, which I believe in a sense would make them omnivorous.
P.s Please do not feed your dog a vegetarian or vegan diet, because they NEED large amounts of meat to be healthy. Your dog needs meat and benefits from vegetables and fruits, not the other way around.
Teresa on May 17, 2012:
I feed my dogs Taste of the Wild and they love it. I get it at my local pet store here in Burnet, TX
Clifton on May 14, 2012:
Been feeding my two black labs, TOTW for about a year. Their coats are beautiful and they are very active and healthy. I was feeding them Ekanuba until a clerk at Tractor Supply recommended TOTW. TOTW is hard to find in my area. If you don't have a Tractor Supply near by, try Petflow.com they deliver to your door for the same price as Tractor Supply, but no tax and free shipping. I get two 30 lb. bags delivered to my front porch very 6 weeks. Petflow also has Blue if you prefer!
Olivia Monteith on May 05, 2012:
To Jana, yes, dogs, wolves, ect do eat the grains, grasses and berried from the stomach of their prey, but there are some animals that are obligate carnivores, suck as ferrets. It's not just their teeth and jaws that define them as such, but their digestive tract. It's far too short to be able to benefit from large amounts of fiber. This is the reason we feed our ferrets Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline Formula, because it is high enough in protein and fat, but low enough in fiber. The statement that yes, there are animals that are strict meat/muscle eating animals. There probably aren't many, but there are some. Animals with short digestive tracts benefit from as little roughage and fiber in their diet as possible.
Olivia Monteith on May 05, 2012:
I love Taste of the Wild brand pet foods, I feed it to my dogs, cats and ferrets, and I am willing to drive over sixty miles both ways to buy it because none of the local stores sell it. For that matter, you can't buy any decent brand of pet food at any of the local stores. I know it can be difficult to find, but to add one more business name to your list where you can buy it, Tractor Supply Company carries it, as well as Blue Buffalo and several other good brands of food. Plus they occasionally have Pet days and special offers of $5 off of any brand of dog food that costs over $30. We feel like it's worth the 120 mile drive round trip once every month or so to buy the food in bulk because our pets are just healthier on it, it lasts longer pound for pound than cheaper foods, and we are spending a whole lot less on vet bills, especially for our Boxer with the sensitive stomach. So if you can't find it in a pet store or anywhere else, look for a Tractor Supply Company in the area, they have it.
Allan on April 05, 2012:
Just saw a commercial on TV for Blue Buffalo....maybe thats 1 big reason TOTW is less expensive?
My dogs love it, and its affordable among the high end dog food choices.
Jana on March 20, 2012:
to say that fish feel less pain is rediculous. If that is what it takes though to feed your dog a proper nutrition that go for it. Fish feel, they have nerve endings, they bleed. Sorry, but you are hiding behind a false cloud. Deal with the fact you have a dog, and he needs to eat what is right for him.
tina on January 14, 2012:
I get taste of the,wild at tractor supply.
T on December 16, 2011:
I feed my Weimaraner ToTW. But, my God, you people have nothing but problems with your dogs. I never heard of so many people having so many issues. Ear infections, fat dogs, loose stools, bladder, kidney infections. Are you guys/girls feeding table scraps to your dogs?
Kevin on December 12, 2011:
I live in NH... Taste of the Wild sells at my local feed store for $11.99 (5lb bag). I have to drive 18mi to the nearest Petco for Blue Buffalo.
I've just put my animals on Taste of the Wild. It's far cheaper, right in town, and in my opinion just as good. When opening the bag, it even smells more potent than the regular dry feed... It's also slightly moist.
I switched them over as soon as there old kibble ran dry. That's right, I did not ween them onto it. However, their doing fine. Absolutely no side effects. So we'll see what happens within the next couple weeks. I'm expecting more energy, increased athleticism, smoother/cleaner coats.
james on October 25, 2011:
I've feed my lab both BB and TOTW. He loves them both and they both have great things. So i just bought a big food bin and i mix the two togther so he gets the best of both worlds.
Teresa on October 13, 2011:
Has anyone noticed in their dogs poop when feeding taste of the wild. My dogs are going 5 to 6 times a day and I feed the once a day. and its larger and smelly than normal they have be on it for 5 months now. thinking about changing then to Blue.
Patrick on October 09, 2011:
We were feeding out GSD Blue Buffalo puppy food and she was having very loose stools. After 2 days on TOTW, her stools were already solid again. I would definatey recommend TOTW!
brennawelker on September 08, 2011:
Great hub. and the recipe is quiet tasty(for dogs,of course!lol)
Denise on July 15, 2011:
We have been feeding our boy potato and rabbit formula from Royal Canine Veterinary Diet for months. Prior to that he ate Wellness Simple Duck and Potato but grew tired of it. He has pancreatitis and his body cannot handle many mainstream proteins. Lately, I've been giving him a bit of salmon on the side, to see if he might be interested in a change. He likes it, so I'm exploring new foods; high quality foods. I'm going to try Taste of the Wild. I was considering Blue Buffalo, but they use Chicken Fat in their ingredients, and his body won't tolerate it. Hopefully, the TOTW will make him happy. It has to be better quality than the Royal Canine. The ingredients in that may be scientifically significant and balanced, but yuck!!! For those of you whose dogs have allergic reactions to Blue Buffalo, consider the chicken fat, as a possible cause. My aunt's Cavalier Spaniel puppy has food sensitivities and my friend's Labrador puppy developed an allergic reaction to standard proteins and had to be switched to Duck and Potato foods, which he does well on. My boy is mixed breed, and the only reason he has sensitivities is due to the pancreatitis. Pure breds seem to be more prone to protein allergies, it would seem. Good luck everybody... BB or TOTW... whatever, as long as our pups are healthy and happy!
Lor1983 on June 21, 2011:
We feed our dog Taste of the Wild because I love the ability to switch between the different formulas without upsetting his tummy. Our dog refuses to eat anything else...we've tried Blue, Canidae, and Orijen. One sniff and he turns his nose away from the other brands and waits for a bowl of Taste of the Wild. I love that Taste of the Wild uses purified water because that's what we give our dog for drinking water; he doesn't drink from tap. I don't think anyone could ever convince me otherwise to switch him.
Toni,Abilene,Tx on June 08, 2011:
well , hello to all, I thought I might share what I have found out and doing for my 3 dogs. Two of them are prize winning AKC Labradors. Champion bloodlines, and one collie I found on the side of the road. I did find her owners and since I had kept her until I found them, I refuse to put a dog in a shelter, I fed her Blue wilderness. They said she was much happier and they had never seen her look so good in just the 3 weeks I had her. They gave her to me because she would no longer eat or play for them. I breed my labs for autsim therapy and other Spcl.Nds kids. I have two autistic children myself. I know how important it is to feed a healthy diet so they want to play and learn. I also go as farto only give them reversed omosis drinking water.Daisy,the collie, tested positive for heartworms, since the test and the xrays I have choosen to go holistic on treatment. She is happier and healthy today. I used a mixture of oils, garlic, and other natural ingredients I collected at my local natural grocers. The also sell TOTW, but I go with Blue. It has all proven to work, I still give heartworm prevention monthly, although one vet said I could stop since the diet was what helped the most. Heartguard has also been proven to kill/heartworms with as little as 18 months, so I think since it hasn't been 18 months since I have had her I know the diet works. I do not use aa flea control or tick I do have my yard treated, due to the children I have taken this path. My labs have never tested positive, nor had ticks or flea problem. Very few if any worms when pups test at vets check. I have doen my research and I am very finniky when it comes to my dog food since my children also sometimes would eat it, I don't know why but they have. since they have not been eating I have still stayed with Blue. I tried numerous other foods like Earthborn, Nutro, Eaukenuba (or however you spell it),Innovia, Wellness, and Halo. I have been happiest with Blue and so have the dogs. Ofcourse the dogs I have now didn't go through all the taste test, I have 3 other dogs that I lost due to neighbors careless misraising of their pitt bulls, I lived in base housing then, we no longer live there of cousre. The dogs temperment and attitude all around is great. Daisy is so much better now with no antibiotics for ear infections and bladder and kidney misfunction, the diet did it all. So I stress the importance to all my pet loving and owning friends the needs for more education on pets of all sorts, not just food but meds also. I have two ferrets, I only feed them Blue wilderness cat food. They love it and they lost the stink that comes with ferrets. I know it does make a difference, one more than one area. firstname.lastname@example.org
carolinemoon on May 26, 2011:
I love Blue Buffalo, Thanks for sharing.
Paula on March 30, 2011:
I have a Great Pyr and a Pyr mix. I have done a lot of research into dog foods since I adopted Sadie 2 1/2 yrs ago. I was feeding a diet of Blue Wilderness cut with Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul, because they are not working dogs and don't require a strict protein diet. The only reason I stopped feeding the Blue is because neither one of my dogs were very enthusiastic about eating it. The vet decided that Sadie is overweight and I agreed to feed her that crappy Science Diet R/D formula, which she is losing weight on. For Cooper, after going back and doing more research I decided to "wean" him into the TOTW. He is still not jumping up and down to eat, but does eat 2 of the formulas with more gusto than the Blue. I have not cut this with anything at this point. Cooper came to me extremely underweight and no doubt he would have gained weight with any food, but he has done very well on both the Blue and TOTW.
I still have a few problems. Cooper chokes on TOTW, presumably because the pieces are so small. Again, my dogs are not super active, so they don't just need a protein only diet. Also - I need to figure out what to feed Sadie so she does not gain weight and have to stay on that Science Diet junk! I have been considering a natural diet - not raw but human grade food. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Linda on March 25, 2011:
I've been feeding our 8 yr old dobie Taste of Wild for about 3 months now. One of the employees at Petland recommended it was because we were having a problem with vomiting. There was no 'weaning' to the new food, she loved it and within a couple weeks we noticed a big difference. She was more active and alert, not that she needed to be but it's like she's a few years younger! We're extremely happy with it!
jody on March 25, 2011:
One issue I have with Blue is they refuse still after many years to add the "real" competitive brands to their dare to compare web feature.....cop out. It has been proven over and over that humans by strict percentages are in the ilk of emotional dog food buyers,with price as a strong correlation factor-- few look at the science, but those of us who want to should not be finnagled by half truths--put it all out there Blue?
Jennifer on March 23, 2011:
someone was asking about where to buy taste of the wild dog food and i found this link, so i thought i'd share it.
Jana on March 20, 2011:
Dogs are carnivores as per definition, but definition only relates to the teeth and powerful jaws. There are bears with these powerful teeth/jaws that eat only fruits and berries but they are still carnivores by definition. All meat eating animals need nourishment from all aspects of the kill. This is especially true of the dog/wolf that has to kill to survive. If you have ever watched a wild dog/wolf kill and eat an animal, you will notice that the first thing they tear into is the belly, That is where the grain/fruits/berries from the herbivore is and that has the vitamins that a dog left to his/her own goes to renourish. They will go from there to the liver, heart, and other soft tissue. Then they will eat the muscle meat. If you watch closely, you will notice it is the lower dogs in the pack that sneak in and try to tear a leg or piece of meat from the kill, anything is better than starving. Wild dogs/wolfs have also been seen nibbling on trees bearing fruits/berries. Yes they are carnivores by definition, but no animal is strictly a meat/muscle eating animal. They eat it all which means they display omnivoristic behavior. Dogs cannot sustain health strictly by eating muscle meat. I have seen dogs given only muscle meat from a butcher shop that had dull coats, alopecia, and loss of muscle tone. If that is all one gives their dog, they better be providing a multivitamin to take care of the missing requirements for good health.
Katie on February 27, 2011:
Very nice posting, Anita :) Seems like you were very thorough. I have my fur-baby on blue buffalo limited ingredient salmon formula. I switched from Innova after Procter & Gamble bought the parent company. I'm not trying to knock Iams and Eukanuba, but in no way are they even close to being as good as Innova. BB's ingredients are pretty comparable to his previous food. I love the cold-formed life source bits and the salmon keeps his coat so beautiful. I also feel at ease knowing that they don't use any by-product meal in their formulas.
Actually, dogs are really omnivores. They're descendants of wolves...right? Well, a wolf's known natural diet also consists of berries and some fruit (making them, technically, omnivores). Usually, the nutrients needed from plants is gained from the stomach contents of their prey, which is why people think wolves are carnivores (because you won't normally see wolves standing around grazing like livestock). When there is a deficiency in their bodies, they'll usually turn to eating fruits, berries, grass, etc. Too many people are misinformed about what an omnivore truly is. Wolves (just like dogs) are opportunistic feeders, so the notion that they wouldn't eat anything but meat makes no sense, anyway. As far as the raw diet thing goes, I've seen some dogs do well on it and some who do badly. There hasn't been enough conclusive evidence/research done to suggest it's better than kibble or a well balanced home cooked diet. I think too many people feed raw without being careful enough. There's a high risk for cross-contamination and you have to ensure that the raw ingredients are clean right off the bat (which is virtually impossible to do unless you raise the stock and slaughter it yourself). Dogs are vulnerable to food poisoning from raw meats, too (even though it's more unlikely than likely-but technically possible...especially in dogs with a weakened immune system-for whatever reason). As far as "evolutionary diet"...that's a marketing thing. Humans' "evolutionary diet" also consisted of raw meats. We have to remember that dogs are separated from wolves by thousands and thousands of years, just as we are from our caveman ancestors who were definitely eating raw meat before the "discovery" of fire and how to use it for cooking.
Chris on February 09, 2011:
Is taste of the wild stating that their products are now Ethoxyquin free? I know at some point, they weren't making that a guarantee whereas Blue Buffalo did guarantee that. Taste of the wild MIGHT have finally changed that, but they aren't boasting it, so they probably haven't.
DogDays on January 05, 2011:
While dogs eat plant matter (mainly grass and berries) their diet consists mainly of meat. A dog would have a hard time surviving on plant matter only. And in the wild they can not eat a vegan diet alone. They would probably catch small animals to devour. Many dogs are fed raw and they are heathlier than when fed on the mostly corn diets found at grocery stores. Also, their digestive system is that of a carnivore.
So while they may be omnivores, the reality is that plant matter is simply a filler for their diets and should not be considered a major portion. It may also be used to settle an upset stomach, like a natural medication.
In other words, a dog "can" eat veggies, and they may even do him a little good. But a dog MUST eat meat.
Lauren on December 26, 2010:
Sure, I'll drink to that! Just saying they aren't OBLIGATE carnivores like cats are. They will eat and have the means to divine nutrients from plant material. I have a friend who feeds her dogs only raw and only meat (and bones and organs), and her dogs the the healthiest dogs I have ever seen, so clearly veggies etc. are not a necessary part of their diet.
Anita_Lumley (author) from Springfield, MO on December 25, 2010:
Sure, that makes sense, but the scientific reasoning behind labeling wolves and dogs--from what I understood from the material I've read--that they are considered carnivores because the MAJORITY of their diet consists of meat.
Lauren on December 23, 2010:
Having spent a lot of time at a field station in northern Minnesota, I can tell you for certain that, come blueberry season, wolf scat is full of blueberries. Now if they aren't eating the blueberries, I'm sure I don't know how it's ending up there :) Dogs decended from wolves, and they may or may not have become MORE omnivorous during that process, but I can tell you that wolves will eat non-meat food sources, so it makes sense that their descendents will happily do so as well.
Nadine on December 06, 2010:
My pom was on Buffalo Blue for over a year and he picked out all the resource bites everyday. I tried to add olive oil or tuna with them but he always knew how to still pick them out. He would never eat them. He never seemed happy or thrilled about any of the BB. He frequently had ear problems and @ times had white dry flaking skin. BB just had a recall on wilderness chicken which scared me to no end. I adore both of my poms, they are my sweet kiddies. I currently switched them to TOTW. They both love it and I'm already seeing changes for the good. I hope it continues and I'm hoping I picked one of the best foods for them. I will pay any price for them, they are my world. I was told by a proud land store owner to take all the samples of the good holistic food she gave me and to set them out into 10 bowls and see what they likes the most. I had TOTW,Fromm ,Gold Lovers, Innova, and a lot of different flavors of each. 10 bowls of different dog foods and both of my dogs loved the TOTW Wetlands Canine Formula with Roasted Fowl. The 9 month old pom puppy also enjoyed the Fromm with fish and potato. What I noticed by doing this, was how they both kept going to the TOTW. I hope it really works out and i was told to switch once in awhile to give them a different taste because common sense would tell you the same food over and over could get pretty boring. I will mostly stick with TOTW, but will once in a while give them something else. Maybe even home made. I enjoyed hearing all other comments and wish everyone very much luck with their doggies.
Lindsay on November 16, 2010:
I had my dogs in bb wilderness and switched to the totw I feed both high prairie and wetlands formulas. Whoever said that totw doesn't contain chealated minerals is an idiot because totw did before blue. Totw also contains almost double the amount of probiotics which are sprayed in the food after processing so they are nice and potent basically the same idea as the life source bits just a lot less expensive. It's all in the marketing I for one am absolutely in love with this food!!!! And so are my dogs and that's good enough for me.
Lindsay on November 16, 2010:
Dogs are in no way omnivors for one main reason they lack salivary amylase an enzyme found in omnivorous mammals which hels break down plant matter. Dogs do have amylase but it is much further down in the process of digestion in the small intestine. Dogs also cannot chew from side to side like plant processing animal can.
Anita_Lumley (author) from Springfield, MO on November 07, 2010:
Actually, Pandas are in the Order Carnivora, Family Ursidae, and the Genus and species is Ailuropoda melanoleuca. Panda's teeth and digestive system are similar to carnivores but their diet is omnivorous. Pandas even have canine teeth, but they do not have the carnassial pair, which dogs and wolves do have. The carnassial pair is designed for eating meat. I have written a whole hub on why dogs are, in fact, carnivores.
Alexandra on October 31, 2010:
My rescued maltese came on another food, was getting ear infections and his coat was not healthy. Now on Taste of the Wild he is doing GREAT!! Coat is shiny and getting thicker, NO ear infections in 3 mos.
Love this food, and won't change!!
Setumstraight on September 20, 2010:
Dogs are omnivores. You can't just look at the teeth to make the determination. If you just looked at the teeth you would say that a Panda was a carnivore but we all know they eat mostly BAMBOO!
Hutchesgirl on September 03, 2010:
My German Shepherd loves her Blue Buffalo! I'm amazed at how shiny her coat is :)
frank on September 01, 2010:
I personally feed Blue Buffalo. I purchase mine at Tractor Supply Company and they also sell Taste of the Wild. They have the best price I've found so far.
Anita_Lumley (author) from Springfield, MO on August 24, 2010:
@Chris: Well, technically we do have canine teeth, but they are only called canine teeth. The "canine" teeth in a carnivore work together to rip and tear flesh. They are a set of teeth that are unlike any we have in our own dental toolbox. The teeth that wolves, dogs, and other carnivores use to eat meat are called the Carnassial Pair. I've written a whole hub on the notion that dogs are omnivores and not carnivores.
Thanks for all the wonderful posts. I love hearing why pet owners have either bought Blue Buffalo or Taste of the Wild for their pet.
Janet on August 22, 2010:
For me it's Blue Wilderness. The Lifesource bits are well worth that extra cost. Wellness Magazine did an article last September on kibble and they noted on a few companies have a workd around from the heat process with causes degredation of nutrients.
Lifesource bits are cold processed separate from the kibble so they retain full potency. Blue also take the additional step to amino acid chealate their minerals so they are more readibly absorbed vs. TTW proteinating and sulfating them.
That is important to me and my old dog. I need his immune system at optimum level to keep hims going..he is 12 now.
It's worth the additional cost.
Chris on August 20, 2010:
Humans have canine teeth too, so that doesn't really prove much.
Sandra on August 10, 2010:
I live in AZ AND i switched my pug to, taste of the wild. you can find it @ feed and suppliy stores... he loves the salmon brand and is doing good on it.
Michelle on August 05, 2010:
Anyone that says dogs are omnivores is nuts.Dogs are carnivores take a look at their teeth..DUH.Also they are decendants of wolves.Stupid humans!!!
C Anthony on August 03, 2010:
Yes yes, Dogs are omnivorous. Thanks for the post Anita, you've given me a lot to think about. I fed my standard poodle TOTW High Prairie since we got her. However she has had issues with diarrhea and vomiting. She is also prone to ear infections. My research and observation is suggesting that the protein sources in TOTW may be causing food allergies. So while TOTW provides a wider range of protein, it may cause gastro problems in some dogs. And I've read (and my vet mentioned this) that frequent ear problems could be caused by food allergies. Pet owners should be aware. I'm thinking of switching to blue buffalo, or even to a brand with less protein content.
Also, I was in the habit of mixing some of the TOTW canned food with the dry food. I think the wetlands formula sent her for a loop.
justin on August 01, 2010:
cute dogs i love dogs:)
vince on July 29, 2010:
Yes, dogs are omnivores - though evolving from the carnivore wolf. Dogs did not quickly evolve from wolf to
dog (pet and companion) but spent likely thousands of years feeding at human waste dumps of hunter gatherers and later more permanent settlements. Permanent settlements ment a more diverse food sources for people
(grains etc.) These expanded food sources found there way to the dumps, as they unfortunately do today. The early dogs fed at these dumps - a varied and omnivore diet. Simlar dogs can still be found today in many parts of the world - generations that have been no human pet but feeding at dumps for hundreds or thousands of years.
Very solid research has been done on this topic. The idea that wolf puppies were adopted by hunter gatherer bands of humans is not born out by the research. But, yes, it is possible to nearly domesticate a wolf puppy.
But, significant periods of behavioral development in the puppy's life (innate developmental periods) are the key. If "training" misses these periods, the young wolf will not be domesticated and certainly not closely resemble a dog in its behavior.
Ross on July 15, 2010:
just switdhed my dutch shepherd from Taste of the wild to Blue buffalo. I liked the ingredients in the taste of the wild, but for some reason my dog was having stools that were difficult to pick up(too messy) - I tried the woodlands recipe and the the high prarie - when i finally switched to the salmon based pacific stream recipe things got better, but less protien and fat - my dog is not a working dog, but he does run with my wife 7 to 10 miles daily - i switched to the Blue buffalo large breed ocean fish and oatmeal and this has proved to be most successful, thus far. For those of you looking for the Taste of the wild, tractor supply carries all the recipies - they carry all Diamond products and taste of the wild, though great, is a Diamond product. For me it is Blue Buffalo and it comes down to how much the dog loves the taste.( also has glucsamine and chondritin and taste of the wild does not.)
Anita_Lumley (author) from Springfield, MO on June 21, 2010:
Angie, we buy Taste of the Wild at Pet Warehouse. If you have one in your area, I'd check them. We don't have a Petco in our area, so I'm not sure if they carry it or not.
Thank you for commenting & good luck!
JoChris26 on June 21, 2010:
I'm glad to see more information is being put out to dog owners about truly healthy dog food such as the grain free type discussed on this page.
I was under the misguided assumption that I was giving my dog the best with the Science Diet brand...then I learned the truth. Now I give her mainly the Instinct Brand and switch it up between bags with a raw food diet. I love her too much to feed her the heat processed junk that big dog food manufacturers are trying sell us.
Thanks. Jo Chris https://hubpages.com/animals/Arizona-Dog-Sports-Do...
ANGie97 on June 21, 2010:
I've just started my puppy on Blue Buffalo, and he likes it, but I'd definitely be willing to try Taste of the Wild. Do you know where I could purchase a bag?
Anita_Lumley (author) from Springfield, MO on June 10, 2010:
Hi Kat, thanks for the comment, but I must disagree. Dogs are carnivores. I've written a very informative hub about this matter. I'd love to hear your thoughts, thanks.
Link to the hub:
kat on June 08, 2010:
Actually, dogs are omnivores.
Anita_Lumley (author) from Springfield, MO on June 07, 2010:
Hi pyvonne, thanks for the heads up about nutro. I absolutely love Taste of the Wild and how my dogs look and feel on it. Very sorry to hear about your dog having brain cancer, what kind of symptoms did he have? How did you find out?
pyvonne on June 07, 2010:
I feed all 3 my dogs taste of the wild,[high prarie] they love it.One of my dogs has brain cancer which is why i switched her to this,has always ate lamb meal n rice forula by nutro and now im hearing nutro has a bad mane behind their products,so glad i switched to taste of the wild.yvone