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Wag Dog Food Review 2023: Recalls, Pros & Cons

Cassidy Sutton

By Cassidy Sutton

wag Dog Food Review(5)

Review Summary

Our Final Verdict

We give Wag Dog Food a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Introduction

It was only a matter of time before Amazon released their own pet food, and now they’ve done it. Wag dog food is one of Amazon’s newest private products, and it’s available for all shoppers. This food is your average dog food that’s better than many affordable grocery store brands. However, we feel you can find better quality dog food for a lower price.

That said, this isn’t a bad brand of dog food. It has all the essential ingredients in dog food, plus real meat fermentation products for gut health.

You used to have to be a Prime member to order this food, but they recently changed it because we had no issues ordering from a regular Amazon account. Let’s take a deeper look at this food and a few of our favorite recipes.

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At a Glance: The Best Wag Dog Food Recipes

Rating Image Product Details
Our Favorite
Winner
Wag Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Wag Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe
  • Grain-inclusive
  • Contains salmon oil
  • Contains glucosamine
  • Second place
    Wag Salmon and Sweet Potato Recipe Wag Salmon and Sweet Potato Recipe
  • Salmon is the first ingredient
  • Contains salmon oil
  • Third place
    Wag Beef and Sweet Potato Recipe Wag Beef and Sweet Potato Recipe
  • Lower protein content
  • Contains salmon oil
  • Allergy-friendly
  • Wag Chicken and Sweet Potato Recipe Wag Chicken and Sweet Potato Recipe
  • Cage-free American Chicken is the #1 ingredient
  • No added grain
  • No added artificial colors
  • Wag Turkey and Lentil Recipe Wag Turkey and Lentil Recipe
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Contains no added grain
  • No chemical preservatives
  • Wag Dog Food Reviewed

    Who Makes Wag and Where Is It Produced?

    Wag is Amazon’s official dog food brand. It’s produced in California.

    Which Type of Dog Is Wag Best Suited For?

    Wag dog food is best suited for the average dog with no medical ailments. It’s a nice stepping stone away from poor dog food brands, but there are other dog foods with better quality ingredients than Wag. So, this food is a good middle-ground food to get away from low-quality brands.

    Which Type of Dog Might Do Better With a Different Brand?

    If you’re looking for average dog food with good ingredients, we feel that Pure Balance is just as good—and maybe even better—than Wag. Pure Balance is cheaper than Wag and available in all Walmart locations. You can order it from Amazon, but you’ll have to pay for shipping.

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    Discussion of the Primary Ingredients (Good and Bad)

    Wag dog food has some pros and cons. There are ingredients we like in this dog food and ingredients that are controversial1. Let’s take a look at what those are.

    With and Without Grains

    We feel that grain-inclusive dog food is best because there is a correlation between grain-free dog food diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Thankfully, Wag offers recipes with and without grain, which is important for pet parents who are divided on this subject.

    High Protein, Moderate Calorie Content

    Wag’s recipes are high in protein (around 32% or more) with a calorie content of 346 kcal/cup. That’s a higher protein content than many pet food brands, including Pure Balance. We like that the calorie count isn’t too high for a high-protein diet since many high-protein diets result in weight gain.

     

    Protein Variety

    You don’t have to stick with chicken and beef as your dog’s go-to protein source. There are many options, such as salmon, turkey, and lamb. We love this because some grocery store brands only stick to chicken and beef as their main flavorings. So, the variety is nice for picky eaters and protein diversity.

    Not Many Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

    We don’t like Wag’s recipes’ lack of fresh fruits and vegetables. A few recipes of some, but many of their recipes lack in this area. We feel like this is important since the food is high in protein. Dogs are omnivores2 and should have a balanced diet of some fruits and vegetables, carbs, and fat in their diet to balance their high-protein intake.

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    A Quick Look at Wag Dog Food

    Pros
    • Affordable
    • Available for all Amazon shoppers
    • Subscribe and save option
    • High protein
    • No artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors
    Cons
    • High in lentils and legumes
    • Not many fruits and vegetables
    • Expensive for what you get

    Recall History

    Amazon released the first line of Wag dog food in 2018. Since then (and since the release of this post), Wag hasn’t had any recalls. We’ll keep our readers posted if anything changes!

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    Reviews of the 3 Best Wag Dog Food Recipes

    1. Wag Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe

    Wag Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe

    Wag Chicken and Brown Rice recipe is our favorite recipe. This recipe is a grain-inclusive recipe with real chicken as the first ingredient. The grains vary from oatmeal, brown rice, sorghum, and bran.

    As mentioned earlier, we love seeing fresh fruits and vegetables in dog food. This chicken recipe contains less protein than the other recipes we’re mentioning, only 22%, and fat content of 14%. But it’s balanced with blueberry, raspberry, and tomato.

    Pros
    • Grain-inclusive
    • Contains salmon oil
    • Contains glucosamine
    • Contains fresh fruits and vegetables
    Cons
    • Fewer lentils
    • Higher calorie count
    • Low protein

    2. Wag Salmon and Sweet Potato Recipe

    Wag Salmon and Sweet Potato Recipe

    Wag Salmon and Sweet Potato Recipe with 32% protein and 15% fat. The first ingredient is real salmon, and it contains salmon oil for heart and coat health. The protein content also comes from chicken, pea, lentils, and fish meal.

    Dogs with chicken allergies may be unable to eat this food, and small breeds might have difficulty with the large kibble size. But if you’re looking for a high protein high-fat food, this could be the recipe to try.

    Pros
    • Salmon is the first ingredient
    • Contains salmon oil
    Cons
    • Contains chicken
    • Some dogs don’t like salmon
    • Large kibble sizes
    • No grain

    3. Wag Beef and Sweet Potato Recipe

    Wag Beef and Sweet Potato Recipe

    Wag’s Beef and Sweet Potato recipe contains a lower protein content of 26% and fat content of 14%. However, it doesn’t have chicken, so it’s allergy-friendly for dogs that steer clear of chicken. It also contains salmon oil for a healthy heart and a shiny coat! This is another grain-free diet with a larger kibble size.

    The calorie content is 377 kcal/cup, which is slightly higher than their other recipes. Still, the protein and fat content are lower, so you don’t have to worry about overfeeding much.

    Pros
    • Lower protein content
    • Contains salmon oil
    • Allergy-friendly
    Cons
    • Large kibble sizes
    • No grain

    What Other Users Are Saying

    Since this is an Amazon brand, we have to see what Amazon buyers are saying.

    Ultimately, dogs love this food, including picky eaters. A few dogs had gas and diarrhea, but these were few and far between.

    What dog owners don’t like is the recent price increase. Buyers noticed the price doubling in just a couple of months, making many dog owners switch back to their previous food choice.

    Truthfully, with this price increase, we get it. You can find dog food of the same quality at a better price.

    But as far as flavor goes, dog owners say their dogs love the taste. If the price dropped, we’d see better reviews!

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    Conclusion

    So, is Wag dog food a good brand? We think so. It’s not the best dog food out there, but it’s a good option for owners wanting decent dog food for a reasonable price. We still feel Pure Balance is better, mostly because of the price. But if your dog doesn’t like Pure Balance, Wag dog food is worth the try!


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