Get answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
Can I feed Taste of the Wild to my puppy?
We have two great puppy-specific formulas in the Taste of the Wild line: High Prairie Puppy and Pacific Stream Puppy. In addition to our puppy formulas you can also feed your puppy any of our All Life Stages formulas, which are formulas developed to meet the nutritional needs of dogs at all ages, from puppy to senior. Our puppy-specific formulas fall under the All Life Stages formula category, but have smaller kibbles. Both our puppy and All Life Stages formulas include specific nutrients, like added DHA that aids in brain and eye development, to help your puppy grow to their full potential.
Our All Life Stages formulas include:
- Pine Forest Canine with Venison & Legumes
- Southwest Canyon Canine with Wild Boar
- Sierra Mountain Canine with Roasted Lamb
Do you have a small breed dog formula?
Our Appalachian Valley Small Breed Canine Formula is specifically formulated for small breed adult dogs. This formula has a smaller kibble and is more energy dense with higher protein and fat ratios, meaning your adult dog can eat smaller portions to meet their nutritional requirements. While our Appalachian Valley Formula was developed specifically with small breed adult dogs in mind, all of our formulas will meet the nutritional requirements of small breed adult dogs.
For small breed puppies, we recommend our two puppy-specific formulas, which also have a smaller kibble, or any of our All Life Stages formulas. To learn more about these formulas, please visit their individual product pages.
– High Prairie Puppy with Roasted Bison & Venison
– Pacific Stream Puppy with Smoked Salmon
– Pine Forest Canine with Venison & Legumes
– Southwest Canyon Canine with Wild Boar
– Sierra Mountain Canine with Roasted Lamb
Do you have a large breed dog formula?
While we do not have a large breed-specific formula, all of our formulas meet the nutritional needs of large breed adult dogs. However, only our puppy-specific and All Life Stages formulas meet the nutritional needs of large breed puppies.
What is the size and shape of the Taste of the Wild kibbles?
The kibbles in our adult canine and All Life Stages formulas are a flat, round disc shape and approximately the diameter of a dime. The kibbles in our small breed formula (Appalachian Valley) and puppy-specific formulas are barrel-shaped and about the size of a pencil eraser.
The kibbles in our feline formulas are shaped like a round disc and are about the size of a pencil eraser.
What is the consistency of your canned formulas and are the chunks in the cans pure meat?
The chunks are a combination of meat, vegetables, vitamins and minerals. All of this is combined in a gravy to give your dog a nutritious meal.
What is PREY?
In the wild, an animal’s diet was simple, consisting primarily of the prey they hunted. But finding a simple yet complete food for your domesticated canine or feline shouldn’t be a challenging hunt. That’s why we created Taste of the Wild PREY limited ingredient diets: a simplified approach to pet food based on the native diets of dogs and cats.
Our PREY line consists of three dog formulas (Angus Beef Formula for Dogs, Turkey Formula for Dogs and Trout Formula for Dogs) and two cat formulas (Angus Beef Formula for Cats and Turkey Formula for Cats). Each formula contains four key ingredients or less and is fortified with vitamins, minerals and nutrients to ensure, that despite having a limited number of ingredients, your pet receives the balanced nutrition he or she needs. PREY contains no grains — only non-GMO ingredients and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. The formulas are also free of by-product meals and rendered meats. All PREY formulas follow AAFCO guidelines for complete and balanced pet foods, and are suitable for all life stages. For more information, please visit www.TasteOfTheWildPREY.com.
What is different about PREY compared to Taste of the Wild?
Our PREY limited ingredient formulas are a simpler approach to pet food based on the native diets of dogs and cats. Each formula contains four key ingredients or less and is centered around a single animal protein source. Lentils are added as the single carbohydrate source, while tomato pomace and sunflower oil provide fiber, antioxidants and omega fatty acids.
Like PREY, Taste of the Wild was developed based on your pet’s ancestral diet but features unique proteins and includes potatoes, sweet potatoes or peas as carbohydrate sources. The formulas also feature added vegetables, legumes and fruits to provide added benefits like antioxidants.
Both our PREY and Taste of the Wild formulas are grain-free diets that provide complete and balanced nutrition and feature our proprietary probiotics.
What are the four main ingredients in PREY?
Taste of the Wild PREY is a line of limited ingredient formulas, created with your pet’s native diet in mind. Our dog formulas contain four key ingredients and our cat formulas contain three key ingredients. They are:
1. Protein: The first ingredient in every formula is pasture-raised Angus beef, cage-free turkey or spring-fed trout. There are no rendered meats or by-product meals.
2. Lentils: This superfood is packed with protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates and essential nutrients.
3. Tomato Pomace: Found in our canine formulas, this is an excellent source of soluble fiber and antioxidants.
4. Sunflower Oil: A healthy fat that is rich in omega fatty acids.
Can I feed PREY to my puppy or kitten?
Yes! All of our PREY formulas are All Life Stages formulas, meaning they’re formulated to meet the nutritional needs of dogs or cats of all ages, from puppy or kitten to senior.
What is the size and shape of the PREY kibbles?
The kibbles in our dog formulas are a flat, oblong disc shape and approximately the diameter of a dime. The kibbles in our cat formulas are shaped like a round, oblong disc and are about the size of a pencil eraser.
How much food should I feed my pet?
Our feeding guides are listed on the back of every package as well as on the individual product pages of our website. The amount listed in the feeding guide is the recommended total number of 8-ounce measuring cups (standard kitchen measuring cup) that your pet should eat per day. Feeding amounts can be adjusted based on the age, breed and activity level of your pet.
How often should I feed my pet?
The frequency at which you feed your pet is a matter of personal preference, but also depends on your pet’s age and lifestyle.
– Puppies less than 4 months of age, consider 3–4 meals per day
– Puppies between the ages 4–6 months, consider 2–3 meals per day
– Puppies 6 months and older, consider two meals per day
For toy breed puppies, we recommended feeding 3–4 meals per day until they are 10–12 months of age.
We do not recommend feeding one meal per day or free-choice feeding for large or giant breed dogs because it can lead to stretching in the ligaments that support the stomach. Over time, this will make the stomach more likely to twist if the dog bloats. It is also more difficult to monitor eating habits.
For Cats: Both free-choice feeding and set meal times are acceptable for cats. However, having set meal times allows pet parents to control and monitor portions.
When should I switch my dog to adult formula?
As a general guide, we recommend transitioning puppies to adult food at about 10–12 months of age. For large or giant breeds, between 12–18 months of age is a good time to make the transition to adult food. However, if you’re feeding an All Life Stages formula, your dog can continue on the formula indefinitely.
How do I transition foods?
We recommend a gradual transition between formulas over a period of 7–10 days. You can do this by starting with 25% of the recommended feeding portion of the new food mixed with 75% of the recommended portion of the current diet for 2–3 days. Then, 50% of each for 2–3 days, followed by 75% of the new with 25% of the current for 2–3 days before feeding the new food entirely.
Is it okay to switch between Taste of the Wild formulas? / Is it okay to switch between PREY formulas
Many pets enjoy eating more than one formula. To avoid digestive upset, we recommend limiting your rotation to two formulas and gradually mixing formulas over a couple of weeks. When you transition between formulas, slowly reduce the amount of the old formula and increase the new formula.
Is it okay to feed dry kibble from one formula and canned from another?
Yes. Many pets enjoy the variety they receive when you feed more than one formula. If you are feeding wet and dry food, be sure to monitor the calories to ensure you are not overfeeding.
What is the difference between All Life Stages formulas and maintenance formulas?
An All Life Stages formula meets the nutritional needs of dogs or cats of all ages and at all stages of life, from puppy or kitten to senior. A maintenance formula only meets the nutritional needs of adult dogs or cats.
What does the guaranteed analysis tell me?
The guaranteed analysis gives you a breakdown of the formula and what is included. By AAFCO regulations, the guaranteed analysis is required to list four nutrients: crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber and moisture. To learn more about guaranteed analysis, click here: https://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/faq-posts/what-does-the-guaranteed-analysis-tell-me/.
What are probiotics and how do they help my pet?
Like humans, dogs and cats have both “good” and “bad” bacteria in their digestive systems. Probiotics help maintain balance in the digestive system by suppressing bad bacteria and helping the body break down food and distribute nutrients more efficiently. They also help support a healthy immune system. Our canine formulas are enhanced with K9 Strain® Probiotics and our feline formulas are enhanced with Viables® Probiotics. To learn more about our proprietary probiotics, visit https://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/nutritional-integrity/probiotics/.
Is Taste of the Wild irradiated?
We do not irradiate our formulas.
Does this food contain ethoxyquin?
We source all ingredients from vendors that do not use ethoxyquin.
Do you use any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives?
Our formulas are free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.
Are your bags recyclable?
Our bags are designated as a #7 in the Resin Identification Code system used by manufacturers and recyclers. This means the bags are manufactured with a plastic resin, similar to other plastic containers. Check with your local recycling center to see if this type of plastic is accepted.
Is your packaging BPA-free?
Our bags are BPA-free. Our canned foods were tested and found to contain non-detectable levels of BPA. At times, very small amounts of BPA may migrate from packaging into foods or beverages. However, studies pursued by FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) have shown no effects of BPA from low-dose exposure.
What is the best way to store my pet food?
Our foods remain freshest when stored in a cool, dry location. The food can be stored in the bag, but make sure to protect it from pests that may be attracted to the food (or hungry pets that may take an extra meal). Many customers choose to dump the food into a bin or container. If you choose to do so, please follow these steps:
1. Finish all of the food from one bag before adding another bag into the bin. If you have a small amount left, you can transfer it to a plastic bag so that you can proceed to step #2.
2. Wash the bin with hot, soapy water and dry thoroughly before adding a new bag of food.
3. Cut out the production code and “Best By” information from the bag and tape it to the top of the bin so that if you have any questions or concerns, you can provide this information to our product specialists.
4. Store the bin in a cool, dry location. Extreme heat can cause the food to spoil and excessive moisture can lead to mold growth in the bin.
How long will an open bag or can stay fresh for?
For our dry formulas, the food will stay fresh until the “Best By” date, which can be found in the production code box. To help ensure freshness, we recommend you store your food in a container in a cool, dry location. Be sure to make note of the “Best By” date before you empty the bag into the container so you know how much time you have to use the food.
For our canned formulas, we don’t recommend leaving an open can out for more than 30 minutes. Partially eaten cans should be covered or put into an airtight container in the refrigerator and kept no longer than three days after opening.
Does Taste of the Wild offer samples?
Yes, we do! To obtain a sample, please call 1-800-342-4808 or visit your local retailer.
Do you have a breeder program?
We have a breeder program for our Taste of the Wild formulas that provides samples and brochures for the forever families. To learn more about this program and the qualifications needed, please contact our product specialists at 1-800-342-4808 or email us at https://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/contact-us/general-inquiry/.
Where are your foods made?
We have five manufacturing facilities, all located in the United States: two in California, one in Missouri, one in South Carolina and one in Arkansas.
Is Taste of the Wild and PREY family-owned?
Taste of the Wild and PREY are family-owned brands and have been since their creation. Our family believes pets deserve the best nutrition and pet parents deserve a fair value. We don’t produce anything we wouldn’t feed our own pets and hold everything we produce to this standard.
Is your food guaranteed?
We are committed to providing quality products and have a satisfaction guarantee on all our products. If you have any questions or comments, please call us at 1-800-342-4808 or email us at https://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/contact-us/general-inquiry/.
Do you have a food safety program?
Absolutely! Food safety is our top priority, which is why our facilities adhere to stringent quality protocols, have a dedicated quality assurance and safety staff and follow “Good Manufacturing Processes” protocols. To learn more about our food safety program, you can visit our website at https://diamondpetcompany.com/how-we-ensure-every-pet-is-getting-the-very-best/nutritional-integrity/.
Does Taste of the Wild conduct animal testing and to what degree?
In order to ensure the safest and most nutritious food possible, we conduct feeding trials when necessary for nutritional content and palatability. These tests are observational in nature and non-invasive. The nutritional staff observes which food the dog or cat chooses to eat first when two different foods are offered to them.