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Review Summary

Taste of the Wild’s – Turkey Formula is a high-quality limited ingredient dry dog food. Its nutrient profile is above average, and it provides significantly an above average proportion of protein, an above average proportion of fat and a below average proportion of carbohydrates. However, it’s protein, and fat content are still somewhat below what we would consider optimal. Despite this, Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient formula appears to provide the best nutrition of all the limited ingredient foods within the Taste of the Wild – Prey range. The formula contains a small number of high-quality ingredients and limits its meat-based content to Turkey. Turkey is considered a high-quality source of protein and highly digestible. The formula also includes Lentils which are a legume and are considered a high-quality source of carbohydrates. In addition to their carbohydrate content, Lentils provide fiber for healthy digestion. The only other notable ingredients are added oils such as Salmon Oil which offers small quantities of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Tomato Pomace for additional fiber. The very restrictive and limited ingredient list combined with its nutritional values, make Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula an adequate dry dog food for an active dog with significant dietary sensitivities or allergies.

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Pros

Single High-Quality Source of Meat No Grains No By-products

Cons

Excessive Carbohydrates Low Level of Omega Fatty Acids

A Full review of Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Dog Food by Taste of the Wild

Taste of the Wild - Prey - Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Dog Food Packaging

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.

Taste of the Wild - Prey - Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Dog Food 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 37% of Taste of the Wild’s Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Dog Food’s 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 significantly below average for a Dry Dog Food.

The only source of carbohydrates present in this formula is Lentils. However, there seems to a considerable quantity of lentils given the high proportion of carbohydrates. Lentils are considered a relatively good source of carbohydrates and they will be discussed in more detail later on.

Despite being below average, this proportion of carbohydrates in Taste of the Wild Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Dog Food is too high and should be lower to mimic a dog’s natural diet better.

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 30% of Taste of the Wild’s Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Dog Food’s 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 significantly above average for a Dry Dog Food.

The protein in this formula is sourced from the Turkey and Lentils present. Meat-based proteins such as Turkey are the preferred source and can provide complete amino acid coverage. However, given this food contains a high quantity of lentils it is likely a large percentage of this protein content is plant-based, which is not ideal.

This protein content will almost certainly be sufficient for relatively inactive dogs and should also be adequate for most dogs with higher activity levels. There should be more protein, especially animal protein, in Taste of the Wild Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Dog Food to best mimic a dog’s natural diet.

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 33% of Taste of the Wild’s Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Dog Food’s 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 Dry Dog Food.

The fat present in this formula appears to be from two sources, Turkey, and the added oils. Meats such as turkey are the natural source of fat in a dog’s diet and are highly digestible. Also, the added oils, in particular, the Salmon Oil help increase the quantity of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids which can provide a range of health benefits.

This proportion of fat is satisfactory and could provide adequete energy to the average dog. However, it may not be adequete for those dogs who are more active.

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 Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Dog Food contains an average of 3,670 kcal/kg or 343 kcal/cup.

Disclaimer

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 – Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula 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) – 30.00%
  • Crude Fat (Min) – 15.00%
  • Crude Fiber (Max) – 5.00%
  • Moisture (Max) – 10.00%
  • Zinc (Min) – 150 mg/kg
  • Selenium (Min) – 0.35 mg/kg
  • Vitamin E (Min) – 150 IU/kg
  • Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 2.5%
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 0.5%

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

  • Turkey
  • Lentils
  • Salmon Oil

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 Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Dog Food contains a single source of meat or fish.

The primary meat source present is Turkey. Turkey is a considered a high-quality ingredient and source of protein. Some of the beneficial nutrients contained in Turkey include Vitamin B6 and Niacin. Unfortunately, Turkey contains a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Turkey. However given that Turkey is the first listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.

In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review

Lentils 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 essential 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. As far as carbohydrate sources go, Lentils are considered one of the better sources.

A noteworthy ingredient present in this formula is Tomato Pomace. Tomato Pomace is made up of tomato skin, seeds, and pulp. Its most beneficial feature is that it contains very high levels of soluble fiber which can aid and regulate digestion. Those high levels of fiber are the primary motivation behind this ingredients inclusion in most formulas as Tomato Pomace has little nutritional value.

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.

Salmon Oil is a reliable source of the Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids. In fact, Salmon Oil is particularly high in the Omega 3 Fatty Acid which is considered to be the more beneficial of the two. The Omega Fatty Acids are essential for an extensive range of reasons. They can help maintain a dogs skin and coat, they can reduce inflammation and they can help fight heart disease. The full list of potential benefits of the Omega Fatty Acids is far too numerous to list.

Salt, when added in moderation, is considered a beneficial ingredient. It enhances flavor, helps preserve the food and is essential for maintaining healthy blood pressure and other bodily functions. However, some dogs, particularly those with cardiovascular problems may need to limit their consumption of Salt to avoid aggravating their health problems.

Full Ingredient List – Taste of the Wild – Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Dog Food

Turkey, lentils, tomato pomace, sunflower oil, natural flavor, dicalcium phosphate, salmon oil (source of DHA), salt, choline chloride, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus reuteri fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), vitamin A supplement, biotin (vitamin B7), niacin (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid.

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