How Wild Earth Got Started?
Ryan Bethencourt is the co-founder of Wild Earth and considers himself a vegan biohacker. His mission in life is to provide cruelty-free solutions to our everyday living. In 2017, he ( and other co-founders) created sustainable pet foods with a low carbon footprint and no animal cruelty. They wanted to offer dog food without unhealthy additives and unnatural supplements in today’s conventional, factory-produced dog foods.
Wild Earth then assembled a team of veterinarians, nutritionists, scientists. They went on to create cruelty-free and sustainable vegan dog food. The company then gained notoriety when it was featured on Shark Tank, where they received a $550,000 investment for a 10% stake in the company.
Dr. Ernie Ward is the chief veterinary officer at Wild Earth, and created a kibble that contains 31% complete protein per serving, in which the main source is yeast. The food contains other ingredients such as oats, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, blueberries, pumpkin and spinach. It does not contain corn, soy or rice and is free from artificial flavors or preservatives. It does include added taurine, DHC and carnitine.
How We Tested?
You may have come across many Wild Earth dog food reviews in your search and unfortunately anyone can gather information from other reviews and make their own. Or maybe the review is skewed because they received the product for free in exchange for a more influential outcome.
Just to put your mind at ease, this review isn’t sponsored or supported by Wild Earth in any way, shape or form.
We went through the ordering process explained in this review and paid with our own money. We also did not inform Wild Earth that we would be reviewing their food at any point.
Since our review of Wild Earth is completely independent, we did not feel pressured to please them in any way. Our goal is to provide you with a sense of what the actual consumer experience is like from beginning to end.
We provide real reviews because you deserve real tried and true opinions, along with pros and cons that can help you make a well-informed decision about whether the product in question is something your own dog will enjoy or benefit from, and whether you will benefit in any way.
To get started, we ordered dog food from Wild Earth, making sure to test all the recipes that they offer to date. A real dog ate the food and provided us with immediate, trustworthy feedback.
Why You Should Trust Our Review of Wild Earth Dog Food?
We actually “tested” this dog food on one of our own dogs. We did not copy or sum up information from other websites or pet parents’ experiences, and we did not re-post Wild Earth’s claims. We also wanted to see and smell the food for ourselves, as well as witness how our dog responds to this food compared to what he normally eats.
Because my dog is constantly trying different foods and transitions quickly, without issues, he was the dog used for this review. His name is Sampson and he is a 6 year old shepherd/pit bull mix who eats anything and everything, but mostly eats kibble. Sampson doesn’t have any health concerns, conditions, or special needs but could stand to lose 5 to 10 pounds.
After placing an order with Wild Earth and receiving it, Sampson spent the next 30 days eating only Wild Earth dog food.
During the trial period, we watched for changes in Sampson’s health and behavior. Since he eats meat based kibble, most of the time, we monitored his poop schedule, weight and over all excitement for meal time.
Who This Review Is For?
With so many dog food reviews out there for every-day pet owners, we decided to go further. Standard pet owners just want a little encouragement in order to decide if a pet food is safe, palatable, and nutritious enough for the average dog to eat.
This review is different. We wrote it with committed pet parents in mind. The people, who like us, only want the very best for their furry family members. People who want convenience and quality and are willing to spend a few extra dollars doing so.
We started by going to Wild Earth’s website to see what they have to offer. According to their website they currently only offer one dog food kibble recipe as well as additional items like dog treats and supplements.
They have tons of customer reviews on their website and all seem positive. there are even several video reviews of dog owners raving about how much this kibble did for their dog. If that isn’t enough, they even wrote a book, available on Amazon called “The Clean Pet Food Revolution” you can purchase to learn all about the pet food industry.
With positive reviews, testimonial videos and a book it’s hard not to be convinced they offer great dog food, but that is not enough for us.
We ordered a bag of Wild Earth Clean Protein dog food for Sampson. There is no need for profiles on this website but if you are unsure how much food your dog needs, you can customize your dogs meal plan by click on the “how much do I need” under the add to cart button.
Wild Earth allows you to make a one time purchase or you can sign up for a subscription for deliveries every 2 on up to 6 weeks, depending on your preference. The subscription option will save you 50% on your first order and 10% on your repeat orders.
Once we ordered the bag of dog food we were notified via email when the order is processed, and another when it shipped, providing a tracking number.
You are able to cancel your subscription at anytime and Wild Earth offers a full refund on any item within 30 days of purchase, no questions asked.
Wild Earth dog food was delivered six days after I placed my order which includes the weekend. It arrived in a large, plain recyclable cardboard box.
The bag itself, is made of a multi-layer laminate plastic to allow for package integrity and product freshness over time. Unfortunately, it is not recyclable. There is a resealable tab at the top of the bag for easy storage, which is a something I look for when purchasing bags of dog food.
What Does Sampson Think About Wild Earth Dog Food?
I started my dog Sampson on a 25% Wild Earth to his current kibble for the first 2 days. On day 3 he was eating a 50/50 mix and increased to 75% Wild Earth food by day 6 and 7. By day 8, he was eating Wild Earth dog food completely.
According to the chart on the side of the bag I should be feeding my dog 3 to 3 1/2 cups because he weighs around 60 pounds.
The bag had an easy open tear tab at the top and was sealed closed with the resealable top. I opened the bag and measured out the food while Sampson watched eagerly.
Once I put the bowl down, Sampson sniffed the food and walked away. I was shocked because he normally eats anything, but I am not surprised being that this food is made with “vegan” ingredients.
During the first few days, when his current kibble was mixed in, he picked around the Wild Earth food and eat only the pieces he liked. He eventually came around and ate the food, but continued to be less than excited and only eat it when he realized he was not getting anything else.
During the thirty day trial of Wild Earth dog food, Sampson’s weight seemed to stay the same. His energy level did not improve and his coat and skin did not seem to change.
I did notice a change in Sampson’s poop schedule and that he was actually going more. He did not have any adverse reactions to the food but never really got excited for meal time.
What We Liked:
- Offers 31% complete protein
- No subscription needed to buy
- No fillers, preservatives or artificial flavors & colors
- Resealable bag closure for storage
- Formulated by a veterinarian
- Delivered right to your door step
- Money back guarantee
What We Did Not Like:
- Expensive when compared to store bought kibble
- Only offers one type of kibble recipe
- Dog food bag is not recyclable
- No grain free option
How Much Does Wild Earth Dog Food Cost?
A 4 pound bag will cost you around $30 without a subscription and 10% less if you go that route. An 18 pound bag will cost $70 for a one time purchase and around $63 with a subscription. You will save 50% off your first order of either size bag with a subscription.
Wild Earth’s Returns & Warranty
If your dog is not satisfied with Wild Earth dog food they will provide a full refund on any item within 30 days of purchase, no questions asked.
Is Wild Earth A Good Choice?
Yes. Their dog food is made with high-quality, cruelty-free and sustainable sources. Their products are free of corn, soy, rice, artificial flavors and colors as well as preservatives. Also, when compared to other vegan dog food brands, Wild Earth has higher levels of proteins, fibers, and omega fatty acids.
Wild Earth dog food kibble contains 31% complete protein, of which the main source is yeast, not meat sources. This may work well for dog owners who are concerned with the negative health, safety and environmental impacts of standard dog food.
If you are not ready to commit to a subscription, you are able to do a one-time order. They do offer discounts on their subscriptions, as well as different delivery options. They will also be offering wet dog food in the near future.
If your dog has tried Wild Earth dog food, please let us know in the comments!
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