Timberwolf is an organic pet food company that produces a premium dog food designed to resemble the natural diet of wild carnivores.
According to their brochure, their philosophy requires a high percentage of animal protein supplemented by fats, herbs, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts similar to the natural diet eaten by the modern dog’s ancestors. They recommend rotating formulas every few months for further simulation of the changing seasonal diet of animals living in the wild.
All Natural Herbal Dog Food
The company produces organic pet foods in seven formulas. All formulas are recommended for all dogs regardless of size, age, or breed. Five of the seven are labeled hypoallergenic. Two are listed as high protein (28 percent and up) and two as low protein. One of the low protein and two that fall in the mid-range percentage of protein content have a lower calorie count and are recommended for weight management. The calorie count of the seven formulas ranges from 500 to 564 Kcal/cup. Feeding guidelines are the same for all versions:
5-15 lbs: 1/4 to 3/4 cup
15-30 lbs: 3/4 to 1-3/4 cup
31-50 lbs: 1-1/4 to 2-3/4 cup
51-80 lbs: 2 to 4-1/4 cup
81-100 lbs: 3-1/4 to 5-1/4 cup
100+ lbs: 4-1/4 to 8 cup
The website recommends a gradual switch to any new food by blending the old with the new over several days or weeks. They say most dogs eating their products will require as little as one-half of their previous food intake to maintain a healthy weight.
Timberwolf pet foods meet AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) nutrient profiles. They include no BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin or dyes, instead using natural preservatives and special foil barrier packaging to maintain freshness.
Timberwolf Cost and Quality
According to www.rateall.com and www.onlynaturalpet.com, Timberwolf rates well among the top high quality dry dog foods. At www.PetFoodDirect.com , a search for organic dry dog food brings up 68 possibilities with prices ranging from $91.99 for 27 pounds of Canine Caviar Grain Free Venison Meal & Split Pea Dinner to a common variety of Purina Dog Food at $27.69 for a 31.1-pound bag. Timberwolf’s Southwest Chicken & Herb Canid Formula in a 33-pound bag falls midway of these two at $69.69. Their overall prices range from $69 to $79 depending on the formula and the purchasing location. These prices may seem high when compared to supermarket brands such as Purina or Iams. However, most sources agree the cost is offset by the fact that the average animal will require less of the higher quality food.
Although the company does not have a high customer service rating, they did issue a voluntary recall in June of 2008 for two of their formulas, Dakota Brisbane and Ocean Blue, after reports of some dogs suffering diarrhea or vomiting and refusing to eat. Although the FDA found nothing alarming, the company moved its manufacturing operations to a new site in Florida and revamped their quality control methods. They now test more frequently during the production process and perform random sampling of food batches.
Their new plant is APHIS (Agricultural Plant Health Inspection Service) certified as Category III. This certification is required to qualify as an exporter. It guarantees the food free of BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy), or Mad Cow Disease, contamination. To guarantee this security, Timberwolf eliminated all beef and beef byproducts from its formulas. Meat proteins in Timberwolf pet foods come from game, fish, organic poultry, or imported lamb (from New Zealand).
Timberwolf Organics produces a high quality pet food that tries to reproduce a natural diet for domestic dogs containing all the nutrients they need to live long healthy lives. It is more expensive than the average dog food, but the higher cost seems to be justified by the ingredients.