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Wellness Dog Food Review

Introduction – Background

This company is committed to finding new ways to bring health and wellness to dogs. They try to create foods that are as delicious as they are healthy.

Ingredients for Complete health Grain-Free Whitefish and Menhaden Fish Meal

Whitefish, Potatoes, Peas, Menhaden Fish Meal, Chickpeas, Dried Ground Potatoes, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Ground Flaxseed, Tomatoes, Natural Fish Flavor, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Choline Chloride, Spinach, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Apples, Blueberries, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Chicory Root Extract, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Garlic Powder, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

There are a few issues with this ingredient list. First, canola oil, this ingredient often comes from genetically modified rapeseed. This type of oil has a few health benefits but not really for your dog. Since canola oil is a plant-based oil the nutrients of the oil are not bioavailable to your dog.

The list also includes tomato pomace. This ingredient is a by-product of the tomato juice, soup, and catchup industry. It has little nutritional value for your dog.

Garlic is also on the ingredient list. This ingredient has been linked to Hienz body disease in dogs. However, garlic can actually be good for dogs depending on the variety and how it is prepared. 

I would also like to point out that there are two legumes listed in the first 5 ingredients. It is likely that these are adding a significant amount of the protein content of this food. Legumes are typically 25% protein. Why is this an important factor? Legume and plant proteins are not nearly as bioavailable to your dog as animal proteins. Plant proteins also have much less variety when it comes to their amino acid profile when compared to meat. Dogs are carnivores they thrive best on animal proteins, not plant proteins.

This is likely why Wellness added vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is abundant in animal protein sources, but there are very few plant sources that contain it. If this food had enough animal protein why add vitamin B12?

Guaranteed Analysis for Complete health Grain-Free Whitefish and Menhaden Fish Meal

Crude Protein 26% (min)

Crude Fat 12% (min)

Crude Fiber 5.25% (max)

Moisture 10% (max) 

Calcium 1%(min)

Phosphorus 0.8% (min)

Vitamin A 25,000 IU/kg (min)

Vitamin E 200 IU/kg (min)

Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.5% (min)

Omega-3 Fatty Acids1.25% (min)

Glucosamine 250mg/kg (min)

Chondroitin Sulfate 200mg/kg (min)

Taurine 0.09% (min)

Total Lactic acid microorganisms 20,000,000 CFU/lb (min) 

This is a high-carb food with 45% of the calorie content coming from carbs, 29% from fat, and only 26% from protein. Again, dogs are carnivores they need their calories to come mostly from protein, not carbs.

We can also see from the analysis that Wellness has added omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids meaning they are necessary for optimal health. However, these types of fat are very fragile and are easily destroyed from heat. Making kibble typically involves a lot of heat, so it is unlikely that the omega fatty acids added are going to have many positive benefits for your dog.

They also have included taurine on the analysis. Taurine is essential for heart health, so it’s addition is a good thing.

The company also shows glucosamine in their analysis. Glucosamine can be very helpful to a dog’s joints if they are given enough. The recommended amount to help your dog’s joint is 20mg per pound of bodyweight… It is highly unlikely that a mear 250mg/kg of dog food is going to help your dog.

Lastly, we have microorganisms, also known as probiotics. Probiotics are very heat sensitive. It is unlikely that they survived the heat processing of kibble making. Thus, rendering them of no use to your dog. Probiotics are great for your dog, but you would be better off adding it to your dog’s food yourself with a supplement of fermented food. 

 

Flavors available

  • Lamb
  • Whitefish
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Salmon
  • Wild Game
  • Duck

Options

Wellness offers dry, wet, and mixers/toppers as buying options. 

Available in senior, puppy, weight-management, toy breed, small breed, large breed, 

Wellness also offers grain-free and limited ingredient diets option.

Wellness also offers food with raw freeze-dried meat bits in it.

Approximate Cost 

Small breeds under 17lbs $54/month

Medium breed 46-65lbs $135/month

Large breeds over 100lbs $198/month

 

Conclusion

This is not the best food on the market. It is high-carb and low protein and some of that protein is coming from plant sources. Wellness does offer a fairly wide variety of options though.