Nutrition - 8/10
Ingredients - 9/10
Taste of the Wild’s Pacific Stream Wet Dog Food is a high-quality wet dog food. It has above average protein and fat proportion and a below average carbohydrate proportion. While its nutrient profile could be improved it is sufficient for the majority of dogs. It contains a range of high quality and nutritious ingredients including Salmon, Turkey, Turkey Liver, and Peas. It does, however, contain ingredients such as Pea Flour. Pea Flour is not considered a high-quality ingredient and can be considered a filler. The large range and variety of ingredients may make this formula unsuitable for those dogs with serious dietary sensitivities or allergies.
Full review of Pacific Stream Wet Dog Food Formula by Taste of the Wild
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.
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 24% of Taste of the Wild’s Pacific Stream 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.
While wet dog food tends to contain fewer carbohydrates than its dry counterpart, this carbohydrate proportion is still very satisfactory. Peas and Potato ingredients contribute the majority of this carbohydrate content. Peas are considered a high-quality source, but by-products such as Pea Flour or Potato Starch are considered low-quality ingredients.
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 38% of Taste of the Wild’s Pacific Stream 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.
The level of protein in this formula is more than sufficient for even the most active of dogs. Any additional protein that isn’t used on growth and maintenance can be burned as calories and won’t be wasted. The source of this protein is a mix of Salmon and Turkey ingredients. These are both high-quality sources of protein and can provide 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 38% of Taste of the Wild’s Pacific Stream 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 a lot higher. This is above average for a Wet Dog Food.
The fat proportion of this formula is very satisfactory and should be sufficient for the activity levels of the majority of dogs. This fat is sourced from the Salmon and Turkey ingredients. Animal and Fish-based fats are considered high-quality and a natural part of a dogs diet.
Overall Taste of the Wild’s Pacific Stream Wet Dog Food contains an average of 970 kcal/kg or 363 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 – Pacific Stream 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) – 3.50%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 1.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 82.00%
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.
- Turkey Liver
- Pea Flour
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
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 Pacific Stream Wet Dog Food contains three sources of meat or fish.
The primary fish source present is Salmon. Salmon is considered a high-quality source of protein. Salmons most abundant minerals are Vitamin B12 and Selenium. Just like other fish, Salmon contains a large quantity of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
The secondary meat source present is Turkey. Turkey is a considered a high-quality source of protein. Some of the beneficial nutrients contained in Turkey include Vitamin B6 and Niacin.
Turkey 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.
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.
Pea Flour is a by-product of Peas. Pea Flour is considered a low-quality ingredient. Pea Flour is similar to Pea Protein but also contains a considerable proportion of carbohydrates. Pea Flour is often used as a cheap filler and the carbohydrates and plant-based protein it provides are inferior to the nutrition other whole ingredients can provide. Pea Flour is an ingredient commonly used in a technique called Ingredient Splitting.
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.
Full Ingredient List – Taste of the Wild – Pacific Stream Wet Dog Food
Salmon, fish broth, water sufficient for processing, turkey, turkey liver, dried egg product, potato starch, pea flour, potatoes, peas, guar gum, salt, natural flavor, sodium phosphate, tricalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, inulin, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, blueberries, raspberries, calcium carbonate, 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.