Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

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Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

Postby dan52 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:45 pm

I have been researching a better food for my little dude and I'm really leaning towards TOTW. He is 1 week shy of 4 months and 38 lbs already, and no he is not fat. Just looking for opinions if this is a good idea or not.

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Re: Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

Postby sebb0191 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:58 pm

I had mine on it for about a month. But he was a year old at the time. He loved it. I love the food itself, but the only reason I switched was because it smells very strongly. After a few days, that smell fills your house haha.

It's a good food with pretty small kibbles. Just be prepared for the smell haha

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Re: Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:49 pm

If he's nearly 40 pounds at 4 months, he's going to be a BIG dog... and he should be on a large breed puppy food. The protein levels are fine, but there is too much fat for a large breed puppy, and probably too much calcium too, although I can't find the calcium levels on the website.

Large breed puppies should be encouraged to have slow but appropriate growth by feeding a high protein, low calorie food with an appropriate mineral (most specifically calcium) balance, and due to the richness of most premium foods, they are not appropriate for a large breed pup, especially not while he's still in his exponential growth stage.

This food would be fine to feed 6 months from now... in fact, I'm jealous because I can't find it in my area.

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Re: Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

Postby dan52 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:56 pm

Thank You for the info Misskiwi! I have him on purina one large breed now, but you had suggested on one of my prior posts purina pro plan over purina one so I will change him to that until he is old enough for taste of the wild.

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Re: Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

Postby dan52 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:14 pm

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my little buddy, Smoke

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Re: Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

Postby dogs4jen » Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:44 pm

Aw! :inlove:

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Re: Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:24 pm

AWE... melt my heart, what a lovely big-headed beastie you have!!!

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Re: Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

Postby BrokenAquarian » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:13 pm

My first thought when seeing the pic "Awwww, how cute"
My second thought - "Holy crap, that's gonna be a big dog!" lol

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Re: Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

Postby jtalt7 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:42 am

I also put everyone here no matter the age on TOTW.

Kal has been raised on it and is doing well..........but she is 8mos and 31lbs :)

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Re: Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

Postby RuffMuttK9z » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:57 am

Most grain-free foods have too much calcium for puppies under 18 months of age, due to the high amount of meat/bone in them.

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Re: Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

Postby dogs4jen » Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:35 pm

The protein being too high can be another concern for puppy-feeding. I just looked on dogfoodanalysis.com and they didn't mention it in their reviews of TOTW like they did with other grain-free foods, so maybe it's not a problem with this food.

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Re: Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

Postby FriscoGirl » Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:09 pm

I've had a pup on this feed for 10months, everything is good

the protein levels are great for pups, I'll switch to a lower protein percentage as adult though. I'm one who's concerned higher protein levels overtime may hinder kidneys

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Re: Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

Postby dan52 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:18 pm

Thank You All for the great input!

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Re: Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

Postby jboodro » Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:24 pm

i have had Vega on the salmon flavor TOTW for about 2 months now and i immediately noticed his coat start to glisten. hes 6 and a half months now and weighs 54 pounds. i switched from blue buffalo. im no expert but it seems to be great.

and as far as the smell, i didnt really have that problem. i have an airtight food container and havent really had a smell issue

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Re: Taste of the wild, ok for pups?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:07 pm

dogs4jen wrote:The protein being too high can be another concern for puppy-feeding. I just looked on dogfoodanalysis.com and they didn't mention it in their reviews of TOTW like they did with other grain-free foods, so maybe it's not a problem with this food.


The protein percentage for TOTW is around 30-32% I believe... much lower than many of the other grain-free foods, but higher than regular foods. 30-35% is what I consider the "happy medium" and is one of the many reasons I really really love this food... again, I'm sad I can't find it locally.


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