Victor Dog Food and Taste of the Wild both offer high-quality dogs foods in a variety of formulas. Victor Dog Foods have an average 5-star rating and Taste of the Wild has on average a 4.5-star rating. So here is Victor Dog Food vs Taste of the Wild, let’s see how they compare….
|Victor Dog Food||Taste of the Wild
|Our rating||(4.7 / 5)||(4.8 / 5)|
|Proteins:||22%-42% (Real meat and meat meal)||25% (Protein-rich, Real meat and Meal)|
|Fats:||10%-22% (Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids)||15% (Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids)|
|Carbs :||2.7% fiber- 4.5% fiber (whole grains)||4% fiber (nutritious whole grains)|
|Vitamins and Minerals:||Real veggies. Vitamin A, E and B12. Iron, Zinc and Calcium.||Selenium, Vitamin E|
|Preservatives and Bad Stuff:||Natural, plant-based preservatives, No artificial preservatives. No bad stuff.||Natural preservatives, No Bad stuff.|
|VICTOR’S FORMULA||Taste of the Wild
|Our rating||(4.8 / 5)||(4.9 / 5)|
|Proteins:||26% (meat meal, alfalfa)||25% (Protein-rich, Real meat and Meal)|
|Fats:||18% (omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed, glucosamine)||15% (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids)|
|Carbs :||Approximately 40%, 3.8% as crude fiber (chicory root, sorghum, millet, carrot)||Approximately 40%,|
|Vitamins and Minerals:||Chelated minerals, selenium yeast, prebiotic, montmorillonite clay||Selenium, Vitamin E|
|Preservatives and Bad Stuff:||Plant-based and gluten free with added meat, tomato pomace is controversial as filler ingredient, no preservatives||Natural preservatives, No Bad stuff.|
Cali is my 13-week-old, female Silky Terrier. I adopted her just a couple of weeks ago and she is an adorable, high-energy puppy that loves to play and chews on everything! I am trying out different dog foods to find the best one for her.
When I started looking for the best dog food for Cali, I felt extremely overwhelmed. My wonderful veterinarian recommended that I start by focusing on a few key factors. I want a food that is a good source of protein, has the right amount of healthy fats, and has enough but not too many carbohydrates, and adequate vitamins and minerals, with no artificial preservatives. I also want a food that is AAFCO approved. Here are some of the reasons that my vet explained to me.
After considering all of the advice my veterinarian gave me, I narrowed it down to Victor Dog Food and Taste of the Wild. They are both good options for any pup. So how do I decide? Here is some more information about each brand that I found through my research and my experiences with Cali.
Victor Dog Food:
Victor Dog Food is a family-owned and operated company based in East Texas that started in 2007. All of the products are manufactured in their Texas facility and they boast that many of the ingredients come from within a 200-miles of the factory. They have not had any recalls on their products since they started in 2007.
Victor Dog Food currently offers 6 grain-free formulas. All of their products meet the AAFCO standards for all life stages, which means that they do not carry age-specific varieties. They do not carry size-specific varieties either. This is a concern for my Cali because I would prefer for her to be on a puppy formula instead of an all life stage formula. I also worry because she is a small breed puppy who could easily choke on larger kibbles. Victor’s grain-free Lamb Meal formula has 30% protein with 76% of that protein coming from meat. The carbohydrates in this formula are mostly nutrient-dense peas and sweet potatoes. Compared to Taste of the Wild, Victor formulas contain more protein from meat instead of from plants. However, dogs with food allergies, specifically to chicken, may have a harder time finding a formula that works for them. Choosing a non-chicken flavor does not guarantee that there will be no chicken ingredients. The Lamb formula has lamb as the main ingredient but also uses chicken fat as a preservative and a source of omega fatty acids.
Victor Dog Food is only available through specialty pet stores or online. If you live far away from one of these particular stores or you don’t want to pay for shipping, it won’t be the most convenient option for you.
Taste of the Wild
Diamond Pet Food, a family-owned company based in Missouri, manufactures Taste of the Wild dog food. They have 5 manufacturing plants in the United States. Most, but not all, of their ingredients are sourced in the United States.
Taste of the Wild currently offers seven dry dog food products. They offer specific formulas for puppies, adults, pregnant or nursing, and senior dogs. All of their formulas are AAFCO approved for their specific life-stage requirement. They also offer varieties according to breed size, however, these are not available in every flavor. Breed size and age-specific formulas are definitely one of Taste of the Wild’s advantages when comparing it with Victor Dog Food because the kibbles made for the smaller breed sizes will prevent choking and because the formulas are specifically made to meet the energy needs of different sizes of dogs. They also have a PREY product line with limited ingredient formulas. If your dog is a picky eater or a dog with food allergies, Taste of the Wild’s variety will increase your chances of finding a formula that works for you. Just remember to be careful when reading the ingredient labels. The guaranteed analysis (or the percentage of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in a specific formula) will be different for each flavor. Taste of the Wild does a better job of sticking to one main meat ingredient than Victor does. Their lamb formula is not made with any chicken ingredients.
Cali enjoyed the Taste of the Wild Sierra Mountain Lamb formula, but not as much as she enjoyed the Victor brand. I appreciated the smaller kibbles and the fact that it was specially formulated for puppies. She was lethargic and had less energy when she was eating Taste of the Wild. I think the difference between protein from meat and protein from grains was evident in her energy level. Her stools were consistent, but she had more gas too. Her coat was also not as healthy. It became patchy and dry. Cali did not try the limited ingredient product line, but if I ever need to switch her food again, that is definitely one of the first ones that I would try.