Wellness Dog Food
Wellness Pet Food was founded in 1997 with the goal of offering recipes that contribute to pets’ overall health and wellness (hence the name). Now, serving both the cat and dog food industry, Wellness provides human-grade ingredients for toy, small, and large breeds through the Complete Health, Core, Simple, and Trufood brands.
Wellness is owned by Wellpet LLC, which also owns the companies Holistic Select Natural Pet Food, Eagle Pack Natural Pet Food, and Old Mother Hubbard Natural Dog Snacks. Some sources say that some of the canned food for Wellness is co-packed by American Nutrition. You won’t see most of these listed on the website because companies don’t usually like to advertise the fact that they have a third party doing work for them (however, many dog food companies don’t own their own pet food plants).
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Wellness Recalls 2018
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Wellness Dog Food Review
With the motto “Make every mealtime count,” Wellness prioritizes not only the taste of the dog food but the holistic nutrition it provides each pet. Utilizing human-grade ingredients, Wellness is considered a premium dog food with no traces of artificial colors, flavors, corn, wheat, soy, or by-products. Instead, the company uses real meat, antioxidants, probiotics, and omega fatty acids in the foods.
And while Wellness uses high-quality ingredients for the most part, in some recipes, they use peas as a carb/protein substitute for grains, which we are not a fan of. We also do not recommend another ingredient Wellness uses – flaxseed. It has many of the same properties as soybeans and can interfere with a dogs’ hormones.
But aside from a few items, Wellness provides some of the highest quality, healthiest ingredients on the market. Keep in mind, the recipes have different protein and fat levels, so you will need to look through the foods to find a kibble that fits your dog’s energy needs, especially if you have a very active dog.
Out of the four Wellness pet food lines, we recommend Simple and Core, first. Complete Health and TruFood brands have decent recipes as well, but be sure to read the labels carefully for each food. Some are better than others.
Wellness Dog Food Product Lines
The company offers six kibbles in the Complete Health line. This line of foods features deboned chicken, lamb, turkey, salmon, and whitefish, as well as oatmeal, barley, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and peas. Crude protein and fat percentages are typically 22 and 12 for the adult dog formulas, though they are higher for the toy, small breed, and large breed adult formulas.
The CORE line of foods is grain free, high in protein, and low carb. This line of foods includes seven recipes including a reduced fat formula for dogs that need to lose weight or who can’t tolerate a lot of fat. It also has a fish variety called Ocean.
Simple includes six dry recipes, and two of them are grain free. Animal protein includes duck, salmon, turkey, and lamb, while carb sources include oatmeal, potatoes, and peas. The foods have no GMOs, meat by-products, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, dairy, eggs, artificial flavors, or preservatives.
This line of food is supposed to be good for dogs with food sensitivities or allergies. The crude protein and fat in these foods are lower than in many dog foods (21 to 26 percent crude protein and 11 to 12 percent crude fat), but this is true of many of the Wellness dog foods. According to Wellness, these foods have only five main ingredients chosen for their quality and nutritional value.
Wellness TruFoods are baked or dehydrated and made in smaller batches than its other lines. Each recipe is created with loads of nutritional value and can be fed to your dog as a meal, or you can use it as an ingredient in your own homemade dog food. TruFood offers Baked Nuggets, Make it Fresh meals, Meal Complements, and Tasty Pairings.
In-Depth Look at Wellness Simple Lamb & Oatmeal Formula
While this formula is advertised as a limited ingredient diet, this is not technically the case. As previously mentioned, the Simple line of foods is supposed to only have five main ingredients, chosen for their quality and nutrition. However, there are more than 20 ingredients in total. When your vet tells you to feed your dog a limited ingredient diet, that means one protein, one fat, and one carbohydrate. So, if your dog does have food allergies or food sensitivities, a commercial limited ingredient diet may not solve the problem.
However, this formula avoids many of the major ingredients that cause problems for dogs, so it should not be overlooked. The Simple line of foods has no wheat, gluten, eggs, dairy, corn, or soy. It is also void of artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.
Note: The first ingredient in this recipe, lamb, is one of the most frequent causes of food allergies in dogs. At one time it was a novel protein but it has been used in dog food so much in the last 20 years that many dogs have developed an allergy to it.
- Contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat
- High-quality meat protein in the first five ingredients (lamb and lamb meal)
- Low-glycemic ingredients to help stabilize blood sugar
- Avoids common allergens
- Contains probiotics and prebiotics to help with digestion
Wellness Simple Lamb & Oatmeal Formula has 23.6 percent protein, 13.5 percent fat, 5.3 percent fiber, and about 48.7 percent carbohydrates. As with many other Wellness foods, we think the protein and fat percentages are a little low, while the carb percentage is rather high. The food has 406 calories per cup and is AAFCO approved for maintenance.
The first five ingredients in the food are lamb, lamb meal, oatmeal, peas, and ground rice. Let’s take a look at these ingredients and their health benefits.
- Lamb and lamb meal are healthy sources of protein, but lamb is a common allergen among dogs. However, these ingredients are loaded with health benefits and are a good source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
- Oatmeal is a low to moderate glycemic food that is digested slowly. It’s a great dietary fiber and is a good source of phosphorus and selenium and a very good source of manganese. It’s also a good source of omega-6 fatty acid.
- Dog food companies use peas more and more often today as a substitute for grains because of their protein and carbs. Not all dogs digest peas very well, and they should not be digested in excess. However, they can be a good source of vitamin A, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin and manganese.
- Most dogs can digest ground rice well. In general, rice is a good source of folate and manganese.
We note that the food uses proteinated or chelated minerals, which are easier for dogs to digest. These are usually seen in better dog foods since they cost more for the manufacturer to purchase. The food also has several fermentation products to help dogs digest the food. This is becoming more common today, especially in foods with peas and other unusual grain substitutes because dogs can have trouble digesting these ingredients. However, we like the natural prebiotic chicory root extract.
This food might be helpful for some dogs who have food sensitivities or allergies. You should read the ingredient label carefully and make sure that your dog doesn’t have a problem with any of the ingredients found here.
Where can you buy Wellness?
Wellness is an established brand, and you can find it just about anywhere premium dog foods are sold, as well as from online dog food retailers like Chewy.