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  • Nutrition - 9/10
  • Ingredients - 9/10


Taste of the Wild’s High Prairie is a high-quality wet dog food. It has an above average protein and fat proportion and a below average carbohydrate proportion. This nutrient profile is very satisfactory.

It contains a wide range of high quality and nutritious ingredients including Beef, Bison, Lamb Liver, Venison, and Peas. It does contain potatoes which are not considered quite a high-quality carbohydrate source as peas. However, they are not in sufficient quantities to be concerning.

The wide range of ingredients may mean this formula is not suitable for dogs with dietary sensitivities or allergies.

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Full review of High Prairie Wet Dog Food Formula by Taste of the Wild

High Prairie Canine Formula (Wet) Can

Nutritional Analysis

The ideal nutrition for a dog is entirely dependant on their unique circumstances. However, a high proportion of protein and fat combined with a lower proportion of carbohydrates is most appropriate nutrition profile for the vast majority of dogs. Dog’s are very capable of consuming a high proportion of carbohydrates, but a diet high in protein and fat is more appropriate and a better reflection of their natural ancestral diet.

High Prairie Canine Formula (Canned) Calorie Breakdown Chart

Carbohydrate Content Analysis

Dogs use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Dogs do not require significant carbohydrates in their diet and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 21% of Taste of the Wild’s High Prairie Wet Dog Food calories are derived from carbohydrates. Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower.  This is below average for a Wet Dog Food.

Wet dog food tends to have a much lower level of carbohydrates than its dry cousin. This is reflected in this formula. This proportion of carbohydrates is very satisfactory and closely resembles a dog’s natural diet. The carbohydrates present appear to be from Peas and Potatoes. Peas are considered a high-quality source of carbohydrates. Potatoes are not seen as highly and do not have much nutritional value past their carbohydrate content.

Protein Content Analysis

Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 37% of Taste of the Wild’s High Prairie Wet Dog Food calories are derived from protein.Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is above average for a Wet Dog Food.

This is an extremely satisfactory proportion of protein and should be sufficient for dogs of all activity levels. A range of red meats contributes this protein. This includes Lamb, Beef, and others. These are considered high-quality sources of protein containing the full range of amino acids.

Fat Content Analysis

Dogs use fat as a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 42% of Taste of the Wild’s High Prairie Wet Dog Food calories are derived from Fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be higher. This is above average for a Wet Dog Food.

This is a great proportion of fat and can satisfy the energy needs of even the most active of dogs. Animal fats such as Lamb and Beef are considered high-quality and natural part of a dogs diet.

Calorie Density

Calorie Density is essential to understand as it determines the portion size of food your dog will require per day or meal. Calorie Density is commonly measured in calories per kg or per cup.
Dog food formulas with high-calorie densities can be more cost efficient to purchase while recipes with lower calorie density can be advantageous to dogs attempting weight loss or who are relatively inactive.

Overall Taste of the Wild’s High Prairie Wet Dog Food contains an average of 989 kcal/kg or 305 kcal/can (13.2 oz.)


Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most dog foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every dog food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.

Guaranteed Analysis – Taste of the Wild – High Prairie Wet Dog Food

Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.

  • Crude Protein (Min) – 8.00%
  • Crude Fat (Min) – 4.00%
  • Crude Fiber (Max) – 1.00%
  • Moisture (Max) – 82.00%

Ingredient Analysis

The ingredients of pet food are disclosed on the packaging of the product as a list in descending order. Therefore the ingredients at the start of the list make up the bulk of the pet foods content. As a consequence, the quality of these primary ingredients is the most significant factor in determining the quality of pet food.

However, ingredients listed further down the ingredient list should not be ignored, especially if they could have adverse or harmful effects on a pet.

High-Quality Ingredients

  • Beef
  • Lamb Liver
  • Bison
  • Roasted Lamb
  • Roasted Venison
  • Peas

Low-Quality Ingredients

  • N/A

Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients

  • N/A

In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review

The meat and fish ingredients of dog food are without a doubt the most important. They are critical as they provide the majority of the protein and fat that dogs desperately need. Also, these ingredients would have made up the bulk of dogs ancestors diet. Therefore, the quality of a dog food formulas meat and fish ingredients is crucial. Taste of the Wild’s High Prairie Wet Dog Food contains six sources of meat or fish.

The Primary meat source present is Beef. Beef is a considered a high-quality source of protein. In addition, Beef contains vitamins such as Iron and Zinc.

The secondary meat source present is Bison. Bison is considered a high-quality source of protein. While Bison was once considered somewhat exotic it is now a relative staple meat in North America. In addition, Bison contains similar vitamins to Beef, including Iron and Zinc. Many Bison advocates claim that it contains a smaller ratio of fat to protein than meats such as Beef.

Lamb Liver is considered a high-quality source of meat. Liver contains a much higher concentration of some nutrients than traditional meat cuts. Some of the nutrients present in Liver are Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Iron. In addition to these nutrients Liver also contains a high amount of protein.

Roasted Lamb is considered a high-quality source of meat. Unfortunately, Lamb contains a large amount of water. This moisture will be evaporated during the cooking process leaving a smaller amount of Lamb.

Roasted Venison is considered a high-quality source of meat. Unfortunately, Venison contains a large amount of water. This moisture will be evaporated during the cooking process leaving a smaller amount of Venison.

Ocean Fish Meal is considered an average quality source of fish. It is a concentrated form of fish that has already had most of its moisture removed. Ocean Fish Meal is likely to have a relatively high protein content which is ideal for a dog’s diet. Unfortunately Ocean Fish is a vague description. For this reason, it’s difficult to gauge exactly what fish the meal is made of. In addition, this makes it difficult to gauge the quantities of fish oils such as Omega 3 and Omega 6.

In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review

Potato Starch is a vegetable by-product and a low-quality ingredient. It is primarily used as a binding agent. Binding agents keep dry food in a uniform shape and texture so that it is easy to consume and aesthetic for consumers. Potato Starch does not provide any meaningful nutrition past its carbohydrate content as it does not contain many of the minerals and vitamins that whole potatoes do.

Potatoes are a starchy vegetable and a dense source of complex carbohydrates. Also, Potatoes can provide fiber and a surprising number of minerals and vitamins such as Potassium, Copper and the Vitamin B6. Sadly, Potatoes are considered an average-quality ingredient as they provide minimal nutritional value beyond their carbohydrate content.

Peas are a member of the legume family of vegetables. Legumes are famous for having a relatively high amount of protein for a vegetable. Legumes also contain a high amount of fiber, which is important for healthy digestion. Pet foods often use legumes as a replacement for grains in grain-free pet food. Protein from vegetables such as legumes should not be a replacement for protein from meat. Instead, it should act as an additional protein source.

Sunflower Oil is one of a number of oils commonly added to pet food. Sunflower Oil contains high amounts of Omega 6 Fatty Acids. However, it does not provide any of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are often considered the more beneficial of the two. For that reason, Sunflower Oil is considered by many to be a less desirable addition than other oils such as Salmon and Canola Oil.

Full Ingredient List – Taste of the Wild – High Prairie Canine Formula Wet Dog Food

Beef, lamb broth, vegetable broth, lamb liver, dried egg product, bison, potato starch, potatoes, peas, roasted lamb, roasted venison, ocean fish, guar gum, sunflower oil, tricalcium phosphate, natural flavor, calcium carbonate, sodium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, inulin, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, blueberries, raspberries, choline chloride, yucca schidigera extract, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin E supplement, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, cobalt amino acid chelate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid.