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Cara Fusinato 04-04-2014 01:39 PM

TOTW side-by-side comparison & question
 
I am a fan of TOTW High Prairie (bison/lamb/venison). My shepherd is SO prone to grumbly squeakers of his tummy that I simply do not mess with the guy. TOTW bison + Animal Essentials Probiotics has him balanced perfectly. Shhh. Don't even mention the B-word (bloat).

Having said that, I am not thrilled with the higher protein and fat content on this version. Possible bloat vs. a bit more protein/fat. No brainer there. Still, not thrilled.

Went to order food on the big A. Found there is a "new" formula -- wild boar (which there is not THAT much wild boar, whatever). Read a review because people are raving over it. A very thorough person posted a side-by-side of all the flavors. How convenient!

I realized that TOTW High Prairie Puppy -- has lower protein, lower fat, and bit lower calories. I notice "chicken meal" is removed (ewww) and potatoes are a bit higher on the list. I am thinking . . . could this bring what maintains my Shay AND cuts what I don't like? It might even trim another pound off the chubbers sheltie by being lower in calories! It's a couple more $ per bag, but hey, I don't have kids.

Why do I care especially about protein/fat? I have a theory that it is harder on the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. The sheltie people are havng a dreadful time losing dogs to these at 6-8 years. I am thinking of "organ support".

Note -- I would LOVE to do raw but I shop once in three weeks and don't have an extra freezer. IF I lived in a city, I'd be feeding raw.

What do you all think? Better, worse, the same? Anyone use the puppy food as an alternative to the higher protein/fat in TOTW bison recipe?

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Here is the comparison -- it leaves out all the chemicals but just does the somewhat-real ingredients as well as all the nutritional info.

Pacific Stream CANINE (Smoked Salmon): salmon, ocean fish meal, sweet potatoes, potatoes, canola oil, salmon meal, smoked salmon. Crude Protein 25% (min), Crude Fat 15% (min), Crude Fiber 3% (max), Moisture 10% (max), Zinc 150mg/kg (min), Selenium 0.4mg/kg (min), Vitamin E 150 IU/kg (min), Omega-6 2.4% (min), Omega-3 0.3% (min), Calorie Content 3,600 kcal/kg (360 kcal/cup). (light blue bag)

High Prairie CANINE (Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison): bison, lamb meal, chicken meal, egg product, sweet potatoes, peas, potatoes, canola oil, roasted bison, roasted venison. Crude Protein 32% (min), Crude Fat 18% (min), Crude Fiber 3% (max), Moisture 10% (max), Zinc 150mg/kg (min), Selenium 0.4mg/kg (min), Vitamin E 150 IU/kg (min), Omega-6 2.8% (min), Omega-3 0.3% (min), Calorie Content 3,719 kcal/kg (370 kcal/cup). (bright yellow bag)

Southwest Canyon CANINE (Wild Boar - NOTE: sold in 28 pound bags, not the typical 30 pound bags for TOTW!): beef, chickpeas, lamb meal, egg product, canola oil, wild boar, pea protein, fish meal, brewers yeast, tomato pomace, flaxseed. Crude Protein 29% (min), Crude Fat 15% (min), Crude Fiber 4.5% (max), Moisture 10% (max), Zinc 150mg/kg (min), Selenium 0.4mg/kg (min), Vitamin E 150 IU/kg (min), Omega-6 2.4% (min), Omega-3 0.3% (min), Calorie Content 3,600 kcal/kg (360 kcal/cup). (brick red bag - difficult to read the label but the color definitely stands out in the vast sea of dog foods at our local farm supply!)

Pacific Stream PUPPY (Smoked Salmon): salmon, ocean fish meal, sweet potatoes, potatoes, peas, pea protein, canola oil, tomato pomace, smoked salmon, salmon meal. Crude Protein 27% (min), Crude Fat 15% (min), Crude Fiber 5% (max), Moisture 10% (max), Zinc 150 mg/kg (min), Selenium 0.4 mg/kg (min), Vitamin E 175 IU/kg (min), Omega-6 2.4% (min), Omega-3 0.3% (min), DHA 0.05% (min), Calorie Content 3,600 kcal/kg (360 kcal/cup). (lighter blue bag)

High Prairie PUPPY (Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison): bison, lamb meal, sweet potatoes, egg product, pea protein, peas, potatoes, canola oil, tomato pomace, roasted venison, roasted bison . Crude Protein 28% (min), Crude Fat 17% (min), Crude Fiber 5% (max), Moisture 10% (max), Zinc 150mg/kg (min), Selenium 0.4mg/kg (min), Vitamin E 175 IU/kg (min), Omega-6 2.8% (min), Omega-3 0.3% (min), DHA 0.05% (min), Calorie Content 3,656 kcal/kg (364 kcal/cup). (deep orange bag)

Taste of the Wild is located in Meta, MO. Their customer service is 800-977-8797.

Stosh 04-04-2014 10:48 PM

I had Stosh on Nature's Variety then Orijen and he wasn't eating well. I tried a taste taste of those two plus TOTW and he picked TOTW paws down. He eats it, likes it. He's never been a good eater so I'm happy that he enjoys it and is doing well on it. But each to his own

jocoyn 04-05-2014 06:18 AM

TOTW is made by Diamond Brands. I got a bad bag which stank and the dog would not even eat (thank goodness); they blew me off and told me nothing was wrong with it. 3 weeks later it was part of a massive recall. That was the last straw for me.

Kaimeju 04-05-2014 10:53 AM

High Prairie was too much for my dog to handle. We got soft poos. Had the same problem with Earthborn Primitive Natural. She is having better stool on the Pacific Stream formula so far. I've never tried the wild boar one but I am not a fan of chickpeas (they sound healthy but are actually one of the least bioavailable foods to dogs) and it has ingredients with the potential for provoking my dog's food intolerances (eggs, beef).

There's no reason you couldn't feed High Prairie Puppy if you wanted to try it. You can feed puppy food to adult dogs (making sure to watch their body condition), just not the reverse (foods intended for "adult maintenance" and not "all life stages").


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