This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Taste of the Wild PREY. All opinions are 100% mine.
I’ve decided to drive to a pet conference (Blog Paws) this year. Round trip from San Diego, CA to Kansas City, MO, will be just over 3,000 miles. The main reason for deciding to drive is because I want to bring Maggie and Orbit. Airlines currently only allow one dog per passenger. And since I don’t have a private plane that will allow me to fly with both … driving is the only option. I wanted to switch to a food that would give me peace of mind, and is simple and clean.
WHAT TO FEED DOGS WITH YEAST ISSUES AND ALLERGIES?
Both Maggie and Orbit have had various allergy and yeast issues. Three vets (two regular vets and one holistic vet), and almost two years later the girl’s symptoms have drastically improved but I don’t want to upset the apple cart and just feed them anything.
Part of the challenge with my two is that there are a lot of ingredients that are listed as allergic triggers. I already knew that in doing the food switch I need to approach it by focusing on limited ingredients. Fewer ingredients means I can avoid known intolerances to one or more ingredients, such as eggs, grains and particular protein sources.
Their allergies have kept me up at night. There’s nothing worse than to hear your dogs scratching in the middle or the night and seeing their itchy raw skin and coat.
I’m not alone in battling this. Food allergies account for approximately 10 to 20 percent of allergies affecting dogs, although the exact incidence is difficult to determine because food allergies are difficult to diagnose. Most allergies are caused by one or more of the protein sources in the food; other ingredient can also be culprits for triggering a food allergy. A good article to read more can be visited by clicking on this LINK.
TASTE OF THE WILD PREY
Taste of the Wild PREY is the newest line from Taste of the Wild. PREY is completely nutritionally balanced limited ingredient diet for dogs and cats. It has a simple approach to their ingredient list. It’s clean, it’s healthy and it’s instinctual. It fits into our natural approach to enjoying the moments and not overcomplicating things.
Last year we went to a holistic vet and who administered an allergy test. Both of the results for each dog were slightly different to further add to the complexity in finding food they can both eat.
I watch what I eat, choosing whole foods when I can and we have a very active lifestyle. My two girls are part of the family, so I want them to eat as well as I do or better. PREY allows me to do that – it is a simple and clean food with easy-to-recognize ingredients that closely resembles the native diets of dogs and provides complete and balanced nutrition for my two dogs.
Taste of the Wild PREY is a limited ingredient dog food. It’s four key ingredients are pasture raised Angus beef (we chose the beef line), lentils, tomato pomace and sunflower oil. All four ingredients are not listed as allergy triggers for my two.
In addition to the beef option, they offer a real cage-free turkey and spring-fed trout. Each option will always have no more than four key ingredients.
PREY is made with zero grains, non-GMO ingredients and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Both of my two dogs are intolerant to any form of grain. Staying off grains is a top priority of mine.
DOESN’T USE RENDERED MEAT:
I prefer not to feed my dogs food that uses rendered meat. Rendering is a process that converts waste animal tissue into into stable, usable materials.
DOESN’T INCLUDE MEAT MEAL:
I prefer not to feed my dogs food that has meat meal as an ingredient. Meat meal is a dried end-product of the cooking process known as rendering. Rendering is a lot like making stew that is intentionally overcooked. It’s never made for human consumption and the food materials used are never what would be human grade food. Ingredients will not contain any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents.
Most dog food will contain “meal” as the second ingredient. After the rendering process it tends to have a high amount of protein. It’s a personal preference to select dog food that doesn’t contain meal as one of the key ingredients.
HAS A TRACK RECORD I CAN TRUST
Taste of the Wild maintains high ratings on Amazon and Dog Food Advisor. It is a family owned brand based in the Midwest. They have five manufacturing plants two in California and one in Arkansas, Missouri and South Carolina. Food safety is a priority to Taste of the Wild and their facilities adhere to stringent quality protocols, have dedicated quality assurance and safety staff, and follow “Good Manufacturing Process” protocols.
Taste of the Wild has a “store locator” on their website. I wanted to be able to buy their food in case something happened to my supply along the way. I was able to find stores in the cities we were going through that carry it. PREY is carried in boutique pet stores. You can visit their website by clicking on this LINK.
The complete list which I obtained from their website is as follows:
Beef, 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.
COPPER PROTEINATE & COPPER SULFATE, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE (source of calcium and phosphorus), IRON PROTEINATE & FERROUS SULFATE (sources of iron), MANGANESE PROTEINATE & MANGANESE SULFATE, MANGANOUS OXIDE (source of manganese), POTASSIUM IODIDE (source of potassium and iodine), SALT, SODIUM SELENITE (source of the antioxidant selenium), ZINC PROTEINATE & ZINC SULFATE
VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENT, VITAMIN B1 (thiamine mononitrate), VITAMIN B2 (riboflavin), VITAMIN B3 (niacin), VITAMIN B5 (calcium pantothenate), VITAMIN B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), VITAMIN B7 (biotin), VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENT, VITAMIN C (ascorbic acid), VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENT, VITAMIN E SUPPLEMENT, CHOLINE CHLORIDE (an essential nutrient), FOLIC ACID
This ingredient analysis is below. Alternatively you can visit their website as well.
One item that I looked into more closely was Tomato Pomace. It’s listed as the third ingredient so I was curious what it was. I found out tomato pomace is the dried mixture of tomato skins, pulp and crushed seeds that remain after the processing of tomatoes for juice, soup, or ketchup. It is a middle protein, a good source of B vitamins and a fair source of vitamin A. It is commonly used in pet foods as a source of dietary fiber, to produce firm stools. Most other lines will use peas in place of tomatoes. Unfortunately my girls are allergic to peas. So I was happy to see tomatoes being used instead.
Additionally … prior to starting the trip and doing the food switch we had just come from a camping trip. Both of the girls had looser than normal stools which concerned me. Their conditions improved when I did the switch and started the road trip.
I started my girls on PREY on day one for our trip to Blog Paws. We’ll be on the road ten days and I’ll come back at a later date to provide another review to report on how they have been eating this new limited ingredient food.
WHERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TASTE OF THE WILD PREY
As pet parents, I encourage you to do your own research. Our lifestyles, our dogs (dog children really) are unique. Below are some links for you to learn more.
- Taste of the Wild PREY WebsiteLimited ingredient dog food
- Facebook PageFacebook
- Where to Buy Taste of the Wild PREY
Photos I share in this article were taken right before dinner and breakfast at one of our locations we glamped at on our way home from Blog Paws. Both of the girls were looking very hungry and wanted me to put the camera down and to feed them already! I hope you enjoyed learning more about PREY and feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below.
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