Consumer Complaints and Reviews
I had been feeding Taste of the Wild lamb and then bison to my 3.5 yr old white German shepherd for over two years when all of a sudden he got very sick. He had eaten about 7/8 of the 33-lb bag when he suddenly was vomiting bile and water, not eating, not drinking, having diarrhea, losing weight and acting very lethargic. Multiple visits to the vet included a fecal test for bacteria and parasites (all negative/normal), four different blood tests (all normal), and two X-rays (both normal). He lost 8 lb in two weeks and was down from 83 to 75 lb.
I thought it couldn't be the food since he had eaten most of the bag with no problems. However, every time he got better and showed an interest in eating (boiled rice and chicken), I fed him 1/4 cup of this food and he immediately got worse again. When I entirely stopped feeding him this food, specifically the High Prairie, he improved and after about 4 weeks, he is back to his normal self. I switched to Fromm Adult Gold but the grain (oatmeal, barley) is giving him skin problems. Will be switching to grain-free Fromm and transitioning to Grandma Lucy's raw freeze-dried food.
Be VERY CAREFUL if you are feeding this food. It made my dog incredibly sick and cost me $1,000 in vet bills. I suspect that there was a type of mold (mycotoxin) in the food - I always keep the bag upright and closed and stored at room temperature. I'm considering sending a sample to be tested by an independent lab. No response from the company although I have reported the issue. If I do not hear from them within a reasonable time, I will up the ante as I continue to demand that they be held accountable. This company is owned, and its food is manufactured, by Diamond Pet Food. Please be careful. Some dogs have died or had organ failure that led to their deaths.
My cats developed severe diarrhea after eating TOTW wet food. I switched to home cooked meat with rice and their stool improved immediately. I realized my cat that developed IBD was on dry kibble TOTW previously. Reading all the comments about recalls I am now pretty sure that there is something wrong with the label that makes cats sick. Diamond company is reported to have a pretty bad record and I am not going to pay a higher price for food that cannot guarantee my pets' health but the exact opposite makes them very sick.
Just lost our first dog at 14 years to natural causes. Never a sick day, always energetic and playful. We still have a litter mate going strong now and almost 15 years old. The value is in the health of the animal. Some may consider it a bit pricey, but the value is in the healthful longevity of our dogs and the savings come from not paying the vet other than for yearly checkups.
We gave our 2.5 year old Goldendoodle The Taste of the Wild Sierra Mountain dry food for four weeks. She was lethargic and started losing all of her beautiful undercoat. In the final week she started throwing up after eating her breakfast and dinner. We took her off of it and gave her Royal Canin with some pumpkin puree and she is back to her energetic self. Not sure if she is allergic to something in The Taste of the Wild or what but when we called they said Sierra Mountain is actually the one they recommend for sensitive stomachs. I wouldn't buy it again, as it was a little expensive and gave some pretty unfortunate results.
We have 2 Labs, 7 yr old female and 2 yr old male, both are eating this food. My 2yr old when we adopted him at 10 months old was on another brand we slowly and properly converted him over to TOTW. Each dog has their own eating habits, the 7 yr old self regulated her eating when she was a very young puppy, the 2yr old male inhales his food and always has, we even got him a crazy bowl to slow him down. Neither have any food aggression issues as someone else posted about this food. Their food dishes are right next to each other and neither tries to eat the other's food.
I like this product and the fact that it's grain free, however I do wish they had a senior variant of the brand for my 7yr old. The kibble is small in size so it makes for a great training treat. My 7 yr old was a couch potato until we added the 2 yr old a year and a half ago to the family now you'd never guess she was 7 except for the gray, she keeps right up with her brother in running and speed. I order from chewy.com and use the auto ship so I always have a fresh supply in the house without having to run to the store last minute and hope they have the flavor in stock that my dogs prefer.
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We have given our beagle/lab a mixture of dry and canned TOTW for a number of years. At 9 she's frisky, always ready to play or go for a walk. Her coat is glossy. I would have no problem recommending TOTW to any family with a dog. The ingredient list looks healthy and our Vet Tech daughter agrees it provides a well balanced diet.
We switched our gsd/husky mix to Taste of the Wild a month ago because he tried it at my mother in law's house and seemed very interested in eating it. Less than a week after switching, he developed diarrhea. We took him to the vet and he was given medication. They also did a fecal test, which came back negative. Our dog's behavior also changed dramatically after eating that food. He developed food aggression out of the blue and was very lethargic and moody all of the time.
We switched him back to eating the lamb based Beyond food and he quickly started showing improvement. He's the happy, sweet boy he was before. No more lethargic behavior, the food aggression is going away, and he's not grumpy. I read reviews after the switch back to his old food that Taste of the Wild can cause aggression due to its high amounts of protein. I wish I had known that before and we never would've purchased it. In my opinion, it should be removed from shelves so no one can purchase it again.
I mixed a few pieces of this food with my dog's regular food. The next day she had non-stop (and I mean non-stop) diarrhea. She had diarrhea more than 40 times in less than 15 hours. I had to take her to the Vet because I thought she was going to die from dehydration. I tried that ** they sell at the pet store and it would not stop. I'm thankful her Vet was able to work her in. Prior to that, she was completely fine, and had been Vet checked a few weeks earlier and was 100% healthy. She is up to date on vaccines. I spent over $200 at the Vet, and have another appointment scheduled. She is on IV fluids, **, and a diarrhea kit from the Vet. I also did a parvo test (came back negative) and fecal sample to make sure she didn't have parasites. This food literally almost killed my dog.
I have German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs). Have had them for more than 45 years. My dogs are active in many events, including conformation, herding, obedience and rally venues. Obviously, over the years I've fed a number of different dog foods. When I was unhappy with the changes in my dog food of choice several years ago, I spoke with many of my GSD friends to learn what they were feeding. Ultimately I went with TOTW. I have never been sorry. My dogs prefer the Bison formula -- High Prairie, yellow bag. I wanted to use the Pacific Stream but they didn't care for it. I can and do add salmon oil from time to time for certain dogs, mostly for coat. I hope that TOTW never changes their formula. As long as they keep their current formula and high standards, I will never change.
My rat terrier has been on the lamb and rice Taste of the Wild food for two years and in that time there have been bags that look very visibly different than others. In late November I purchase a 10lb bag and my dog has now become very ill. My very potty trained 10 year old dog is having diarrhea accidents all over the house panicking to get to the door. I pulled him off this food and gave him tuna and white rice. We saw instant improvement. He has a food allergy to chicken and corn. I'm wondering if the wrong food was bagged or this brand is not truthful about its ingredients. Do not buy Taste of the Wild... Diamond Pet Food products are awful. Had I known this was a Diamond product I would have never purchased it.
I have been feeding my dog Taste of The Wild since April of this year. My dog liked it and no problems, until this last bag. At first I was not sure what was going on. She seemed lethargic and had loose stools. I did not feed her that night and just gave her a small treat and the next morning she seemed a little better. After she ate more of it she was sick again but I still did not put 2 and 2 together until the next day. I wondered if it was the dog food, so I took her off of it for a week and during that time she got better.
The following week, I gave her a small amount and the same thing, just not as bad. So I know you are suppose to slowly introduce a new food, so I did not panic yet. The next day I gave her a small amount again, and she was sicker and vomited it up. Ok, so it is the food. I did some research on the company and did not know it was Diamond. I think it stinks that they seem to purposefully omit that with this brand. Diamond has had some issues in the past with a recall re: Salmonella. But, the recall was for a couple of years ago. So, I altered my search in Google for 2015 only and found this site where a LOT of other people are having the same problem right now. Also stinks that Diamond seems to be aware but is not responding. I left a review about it on Amazon, where I have been purchasing, to possibly warn others.
My dog is 14 and a year ago developed allergies. After $$$ tests, it is from chicken, poultry products found in his dog food. I researched a dog food that contained no chicken, poultry fat, poultry products and found Taste of the Wild Pacific stream Canine. He loves it and his skin has cleared up!
We feed our two border collie mix dogs once per day with Taste of the Wild. Their favorite is High Prairie. We feel good about this quality dog food - it meets our dogs nutritional needs.
This dog food has been great for my dogs. I was using Science Diet then Core, now this one. It's high protein, my dogs love it and the cost is less than Blue. My dogs are healthy and are 12 years old now
I've been feeding both my dogs Taste of the Wild for several years now, after trying all sorts of other dog foods. Both dogs love it (now exclusively on the wild fowl flavor, but have tried other flavors) and are healthy and thriving dogs. There was a minor recall a while back, but my dogs were not in any danger and the company offered a full refund and quickly addressed concerns. The price is better than other premium foods, and though not cheap, is definitely worth it to keep my dogs healthy and happy. I highly recommend this dog food as a good base food from which to build a nutritious diet. I sometimes add fresh veggies, eggs and meat as supplemental foods, but they are perfectly happy eating Taste of the Wild simply by itself. I even use it as a treat stuffed in a play bone.
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Taste of the Wild makes pet food for cats and dogs. All of its pet food products are grain free, and include a range of ingredients, including meats, fruits, vegetables, antioxidants, chelated minerals and probiotics. Taste of the Wild focuses on producing nutritionally balanced pet food products that help support and enhance pet health.
- Focus on nutrition: Taste of the Wild enlists the help of veterinarians and other pet care professionals in developing nutritionally sound pet food products.
- Guaranteed probiotics: Every pet food formula contains guaranteed probiotics intended to aid digestion and support a healthy immune system.
- Real meats: Many Taste of the Wild pet food formulas contain real meats and fish, such as lamb, venison, bison, trout and salmon.
- Purified water: All of Taste of the Wild's dry pet foods are made using water purified using reverse osmosis in order to remove pathogens and potentially harmful chemicals.
- Ancestral-style diet: The company produces pet foods similar to the diet cats' and dogs' ancestors once ate, giving each pet formula a blend of tastes and varied nutritional profiles.
- Best for Healthy active dogs, puppies and dogs that need to eat healthy.
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