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Old 05-23-2011, 04:15 PM
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Taste of the Wild vs. Wellness vs. Natural Balance

I've looked into this before I think but I have decided to revisit it. Sophie is a 3 year old chihuahua who supposedly has food allergies. She likes natural balance but I've heard that its only an okay type of food. While at the pet store, I decided to buy a can of Wellness and Taste of the Wild. Could someone please explain to me the differences between all three? Like why Wellness and Taste of the Wild is better than Natural Balance? They look very similar to me according to the labels. Thanks!
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I'm assuming you're feeding canned Natural Balance? Here are the ingredients from all three from Dog Food Reviews | Dog Food Ratings

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Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets (Canned)

Ingredients: Fish broth, ocean white fish, sweet potatoes, salmon, potatoes, salmon meal, canola oil, salmon oil, guar gum, sodium chloride, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, carrageenan, Yucca schidigera extract, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), sodium selenite, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A supplement, calcium iodate, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B-12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement
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Taste of the Wild (Canned)

Ingredients: Salmon, fish broth, water, egg, peas, potato starch, sweet potatoes, potatoes, ocean fish, smoked salmon, guar gum, tomatoes, sodium tripolyphosphate, natural flavor, salt, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, chicory root, iron proteinate (source of chelated iron), zinc proteinate (source of chelated zinc), Yucca schidigera extract, vitamin E supplement, cobalt proteinate (source of chelated cobalt), blueberries, raspberries, copper proteinate (source of chelated copper), manganese proteinate (source of chelated manganese), riboflavin supplement, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement
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Wellness Dog Food (Canned)

Ingredients: Turkey, turkey broth, turkey liver, ground barley, sweet potatoes, carrots, tricalcium phosphate, ground flaxseed, canola oil, guar gum, potassium chloride, salt, carrageenan, iron proteinate (source of chelated iron), zinc proteinate (source of chelated zinc), choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, cobalt proteinate (source of chelated cobalt), copper proteinate (a source of chelated copper), manganese proteinate (a source of chelated manganese), riboflavin supplement, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement
Honestly, the canned all look really similar to me too. If you're feeding dry, however, there is a difference. I'm only going to post the first few ingredients so that it's shorter.

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets (Dry): Sweet potatoes, chicken meal, potato protein, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), chicken...

Taste of the Wild (Dry): Duck, duck meal, chicken meal, egg product, sweet potatoes, peas...

Wellness Super 5 Mix Dog Food (Dry): Deboned chicken, chicken meal, oatmeal, ground barley, ground brown rice...

Notice the first ingredient in Natural Balance is a starch. 1st ingredient in dry should absolutely be a protein. Also, "meals" aren't usually they best part of the meat - they are typically leftovers. While all of them have "meal" as a second ingredient, the fact that Natural Balance has a meal as its main protein source isn't the best.

It could be different depending on the brand/line you're feeding, but the general rule is that the first ingredient or the first few ingredients should be a named meat source (so "duck" is great - "meat meal" is really questionable). TOTW wins in the dry, IMO, in this comparison.

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Thanks! That clears it up a little bit. I guess I should have elaborated a bit more. She is currently eating mostly canned food, occasionally she will munch on some kibble. I give her the sweet potato and venison for canned and sweet potato and bison for the dry. From what I read on the site, the one with the bison gets 4 stars because of the protein I think. So thats good to know. I'll have to see if she likes Wellness or TOTW canned food. Thanks again!
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If your dog has food allergies then it's really important to feed a limited ingredient food like Natural Balance, California Natural or Wellness Simple Solutions. There should only be one protein source and one carbohydrate source. It's much easier that way to pin down what they may be allergic to. Plus, the less ingredients the food has, the less likely the dog will be allergic.

Taste of the Wild and Wellness have too many ingredients to be an allergy food.
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Ahh I see. That makes sense. I'm just not sure if she even has allergies because she scratches and licks her paws on and off throughout the year no matter what I give her. But thats another story.
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Blue Buffalo also has a good food for dogs with allergies. You can always try it and see if she doesn't improve.

The Blue Buffalo Company - BLUE Basics, a limited ingredient diet.
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@Sophie U sure the dog is bathed well ? may be its not allergy due to food..Do consult a vet if it continues...It might be something serious!!
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It could also just be a habit and not an allergy at all. To be safe I would consult a vet and ask his/her opinion.
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Yes the vet diagnosed her with allergies and thats when I switched her food. I mean I guess she's better but sometimes I'm not sure. Her scratching has never caused sores or hair loss. She licks her paws a lot but they seem fine. It could just be normal. I also give her a supplement for allergies. That seems to help.
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what food have you switched her to?
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