Wellness Core Canned Dog Turkey, Chicken Liver and Turkey Liver Review

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Wellness Core Canned Dog Turkey, Chicken Liver and Turkey Liver Review

Wellness Core Canned Dog Turkey, Chicken Liver and Turkey Liver

Wellness Core Canned Dog Turkey, Chicken Liver and Turkey Liver

Wellness Core Canned Dog Food is a grain-free diet with carefully controlled levels of fat, calories and minerals that supports dog’s health. It is appropriated for dogs of all lifestyles: from working and highly active dogs to dogs with a low level of activity.

This formula does not contain meat by-products, wheat or wheat gluten, soy, dairy, corn, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

First-class meat provides the taste that dogs love. Herbs, botanicals, fruits and vegetables provide essential micro-nutrients and antioxidants.
A gluten-free recipe specially formulated for dogs with sensitive stomachs or allergy conditions. Ideal to mix with dry dog food if your dog is a fussy eater.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Chicken Meal, Turkey Liver
  • Fat and Oil: Salmon Oil
  • Carbohydrates: Sweet Potatoes
  • Fiber: Guar Gum, Ground Flaxseed
  • Fruits and vegetables: Carrots, Apples, Spinach, Parsley, Blueberries, Broccoli, Kale
  • Flavorings: Meat sources
  • Preservatives: The canning process is the preservation method used in the canned foods. No preservatives either natural or artificial are added.
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Carrageenan, Salt, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Potassium Chloride, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Riboflavin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement

Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 12 % (min.) 55 %
Fat 8 % (min.) 36 %
Fiber 0.5 % (max.) 2 %
Moisture 78 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 1 % (EV)

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?”  and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis.

The ash value considered to the calculation of the estimated value of carbohydrates was 2 %.

Wellness Core Turkey, Chicken Liver and Turkey Liver Formula Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

On a dry matter basis this dog food contains 55% of protein, a fat level of 36% and estimated carbohydrates of about 1%. Based on this we can say that Wellness Core Grain Free is a meat-based canned dog food using a important amount of various named species as its main sources of protein.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: This dog food includes fresh chicken meat and a pre-prepared, dry meat meal -chicken meal. Chicken is highly palatable, easy to digest, inexpensive and provides an excellent source of protein.

Turkey meat is easy to digest, very palatable and provides an exceptional source of protein. It is low in calories and fat.

Chicken Liver and Turkey Liver are recognized as remarkably beneficial, nutrient-dense food for dogs. It is rich in vitamin B12, vitamin A, copper, folate, riboflavin, and selenium and contains superior levels of zinc, vitamins C, B5 and B6, protein, niacin, phosphorous and iron. It is easily digested and highly palatable.

Chicken Broth adds both taste and moisture to dog foods.

Carbohydrates: Sweet Potatoes contain more fiber than potatoes. They are also a good source of vitamin A, vitamins C, vitamin B6 and numerous minerals. Sweet Potatoes are higher in sugar than common potatoes. However they might in fact be beneficial for diabetic dogs.

Fiber: Guar Gum is used as a thickener and stabilizer in canned food. It contains highly soluble and highly digestible fiber with a low caloric content that is known to considerably reduce cholesterol levels.

Ground Flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids to promote healthy skin and coat. It is also rich in soluble fiber that aids in digestion. Flax is also a good source of essential amino acids and contains all the essential vitamins and minerals required by dogs. Moreover, flax is beneficial for its anti-inflammatory outcome and has been known to help arthritis and prevent cancer.

However, flaxseed is also a source of plant-derived substances that mimic some of the effects of estrogen in the body. If you are a dog breeder you should be aware that flaxseed can interfere with conception and gestation in female dogs.

Fat and oil: Salmon oil is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which supports skin and coat health, as well as DHA for cognitive development.

Fruits and vegetables: Carrots provide antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are full of Vitamin A and carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants providing protection against free radicals.

Apples are an outstanding source of pectin, a water-soluble fiber.

Blueberries and broccoli are excellent sources of Vitamins A, C, potassium, fiber, calcium and antioxidants.

Parsley has been linked with the reduction of urinary tract inflammation, aiding in digestion and increasing renal function to help the body eliminate unnecessary fluid by increasing urine production.

Spinaches are an excellent source of fiber, phytonutrients, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Kale is known to help prevent at least five types of cancer in humans and investigation advocates it does the same in animals. Additionally, kale functions as both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. It is also rich in beta carotene, calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein and zeaxanthin.

Supplements: Carrageenan is a natural ingredient used as a thickener and stabilizer in canned food. This ingredient has generated some controversy because there appears to be some recent debate regarding its long term biological security.

Chicory Root Extract is known as a prebiotic that feeds the good bacteria in the dog’s digestive track. This prebiotic rich in inulin is also a source of soluble dietary fiber. It has also been suggested that chicory can help to eliminate a dog’s intestinal worms.

Yucca Schidigera Extract supports anti-inflammatory processes in tendons and joint cartilage. It also aids the body remove toxins and facilitates digestion. Moreover, Yucca also reduces body smell as well as the smell of the urine/stool.

The chelated minerals included in the ingredient list are easier to absorb than no-chelated minerals.

This food does not contain dyes, flavors or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Wellness Core Canned Dog Turkey, Chicken Liver and Turkey Liver we give a 4.85 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Wellness Core Canned Dog Turkey, Chicken Liver and Turkey Liver seems to be a highly recommended canned dog food.

This canned dog food contains high-quality protein sources that are correctly completed by veggies and fruits like apples, spinach, and blueberries, and supplemented with botanicals, oils, and vitamin. It is formulated for dogs of any size, breed, and age.

Wellness Core Canned Dog Turkey, Chicken Liver and Turkey Liver main benefits:

  • 100 % Grain Free
  • Higher protein content from 5 premium meats
  • Omega fatty acids blend for healthy skin and coat
  • No meat by-products
  • No wheat, corn, soy, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Botanicals for preventative health benefits
  • Gluten-Free Ingredients
  • Yucca Schidigera extract helps gastrointestinal function and reduces odor in feces
  • Chicory Root aids to prevent dog worms

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Wellness Core Canned Dog Turkey, Chicken Liver and Turkey Liver

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Chicken Meal, Turkey Liver
  • Salmon Oil
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Guar Gum
  • Carrots, Apples, Spinach, Parsley, Blueberries, Broccoli, Kale
  • Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract

Negative Aspects

  • Ground Flaxseed
  • Carrageenan

Available in: 6 oz (170.10 g) and 12.5 oz (368.37 g) cans


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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