Healthy Dog Food: Blue Buffalo vs. Taste of the Wild
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.
Find Out More
- Dog Food: Best Dog Food, Dog Food Reviews
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- Blue Buffalo - Healthy Dry Dog Food for Puppies, Small Breed, Large Breed, Adult and Senior Dogs.
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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.