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Wellness Core is one of those dog foods that when you read the list of ingredients you think to yourself that the ingredients are mostly people food. This is always a good sign when it comes to dog food. All too many dog foods, including those that cost a lot, do not have the quality ingredients they like people to think they use. Wellness Core has the following positive points that we are sure will make you want to consider this food for your pooch:
- Healthy protein levels from turkey and chicken.
- No artificial colors or flavors.
- No animal digest or other harmful byproducts.
- Easy to digest formula means your dog gets more out of their dog food rather than just passing it through.
- Absolutely no grains.
- Probiotics for healthy gut bacteria levels. This is ideal for dogs with sensitive stomachs or that are taking medications that can cause stomach upset.
- Great for dogs that have allergies and sensitive skin.
The only downside to this dog food is that it comes in at just over $2 a lb so if you are on a budget this is something to consider. At the same time, you may feed less of this food than other less expensive brands because your dog gets more out of it and there are no cheap fillers. Dogs that are on prescription dog food diets may be able to eat Wellness Core rather than a more expensive only available at your vet brand.
Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Peas, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potatoes, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Chicken Liver, Natural Chicken Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Spinach, Vitamin E Supplement, Broccoli, Carrots, Choline Chloride, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Kale, Sweet Potatoes, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols Added to Preserve Freshness, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), 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.
Pet food ingredients, nutritional values, and the way they are labeled for consumers are monitored by several organizations in the United States including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the NGO, Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
Each year the AAFCO publishes two sets of nutritional minimum standards for dog food intended to help specify if a food is suitable for:
1. Dogs in the growth & reproduction phases of life
2. Adult dogs maintaining a healthy weight and activity level
|CRUDE PROTEIN||34.0% min|
|CRUDE FAT||16.0% min|
|CRUDE FIBER||4.0% max|
|VITAMIN E||400 IU/kg|
|OMEGA-6 FATTY ACIDS||3.25% min|
|OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS||0.5% min|
|GLUCOSAMINE||250 mg/kg min|
|CHONDROITIN SULFATE||200 mg/kg min|
|BETA-CAROTENE||5 mg/kg min|
|TOTAL LACTIC ACID MICROORGANISMS*||+80,000,000 CFU/lb min|
Depending on your dog’s size and activity level, they may need more or less food in their daily feeding amounts.
|Weight||Daily Feeding (Cups)|
|6 – 10 LBS||1/4 – 11/4|
|20 – 35 LBS||11/4 – 1 3/4|
|35 – 50 LBS||1 3/4 – 21/4|
|50 – 65 LBS||21/4 – 2 3/4|
|65 – 80 LBS||2 3/4 – 31/4|
|80 – 95 LBS||31/4 – 3 3/4|
|95 – 115 LBS||3 3/4 – 41/4|
Dogs over 115 lbs: Add 1/4 cup per additional 10 lbs.
Combination Feeding: If feeding with wet food, reduce dry amount fed by 1/2 cup, for every 6 oz of wet food.
This food is for non-reproducing dogs over one year old. To transition, mix in the new food over the course of a week. A gradual approach is necessary to allow your dog’s digestive system to adjust. Increase the ratio of Wellness Core each day until it makes up the entirety of the dish.
The Bottom Line
Wellness Core is a dog food that Scout has no problem recommending. The high-quality ingredients and special attention to digestive support mean that even dog friends with sensitivities and health concerns can enjoy this food. No artificial colors or flavors allows your dog to get a healthy and balanced diet without any harmful and unnecessary additives that could aggravate allergies or lead to other medical problems. Good levels of Omega 3- and 6 fatty acids and glucosamine provide joint support for active and large breed pooches such as Huskies.
Need some other options? Check out some of the best grain-free dog food to feed your pooch.