We were approached by Chewy.com to perform a 30 day review of Wild Frontier by Nutro in both wet & dry. We chose Beef & Wild Boar Grain-Free Adult Dry Dog Food & Salmon & Liver Stew Grain-Free Adult Canned Dog Food.
My first impression was expensive at $2.89/can & $2.77/lb, but I do like the small kibble size.
Beef, Split Peas, Pork Meal, Chicken Meal, Dried Potatoes, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Tapioca, Fish Meal, Wild Boar, Natural Flavor, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Turkey Liver, Pork Heart, Pork Kidney, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Pea Protein, Flaxseed, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Dl-Methionine, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols And Citric Acid (Preservatives), Zinc Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Selenium Yeast, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.
Calories: 3,681 kcal/kg, 407 kcal/cup
Let’s talk about the above ingredients in the dry kibble. First ingredient, Beef, as most dog food gurus know once cooked those whole meats lose a lot of weight due to the loss of moisture. The next ingredient I expected should have been Wild Boar. I mean if I’m purchasing a food with the meats in the name don’t you expect to see it on top of the list?! We don’t see ‘pork’ unti 3rd in line after Split Peas, a filler and potential controversial vegetable. Then we move to Chicken Meal, basically condensed, rich poultry protein, didn’t see Chicken mentioned in the name of the mixture but it’s higher than ‘Wild Boar’. They also use chicken fat & fish meal before we even get to boar. Wild Boar falls at #9 in the ingredient list, I was taught to look at the first 6 ingredients since they carry the most weight in the food. So we’re potentially getting beef (but remember it’s lost a lot of weight due to moisture loss during cooking), peas, pork-chick-fish meal, potatos and chicken fat. A little further down they throw in some turkey.
Basically, if your pooch has a poultry allergy, even if the food is label Beef & Wild Boar, it’s not. Feel like I’ve been a bit hood-winked.
In our next blog of this series, we’ll talk about the Salmon & canned liver food.