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Wellness Core Dry Dog Reduced Fat Formula Review

//Wellness Core Dry Dog Reduced Fat Formula Review

Wellness Core Dry Dog Reduced Fat Formula Review

Wellness Core Dry Dog Reduced Fat Formula

Wellness Core Dry Dog Reduced Fat FormulaWellness Core Dry Dog Reduced Fat Formula includes a high concentration of excellence animal protein, does not contain fillers or grains, and adds botanicals and nutritional supplements.

Authentic meat makes available the natural taste that dogs find irresistible. Wellness Core Dry Dog Reduced Fat Formula offers meat from only the highest quality and from human grade use.

This dog food is grain-free and lower in carbohydrates. It contains 35% less carbohydrates than traditional weight control diets. Thus, it supports your dog’s weight.

Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids from salmon oil and flaxseeds nutritionally support healthy skin. Glucosamine and Chondroitin help to support long term bone and joint health.

The combination of high protein and low fat in the same formula is remarkable and makes this product especially attractive if you are looking for a quality low fat recipe.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Deboned turkey, turkey meal, chicken meal, chicken liver
  • Fat and Oil: Chicken fat, salmon oil
  • Carbohydrates: Potatoes, peas and dried ground potatoes
  • Fiber: Pea fiber, ground flaxseed, fruits and vegetables
  • Fruits and vegetables: Potatoes, peas, dried ground potatoes, tomato pomace, carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, broccoli, spinach, parsley, apples, blueberries
  • Flavorings: Natural chicken flavor, chicory root extract, yucca schidigera extract, rosemary extract, green tea extract.
  • Preservatives: Mixed tocopherols
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Beta-Carotene, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Biotin, Folic Acid] Minerals [Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate],
    Choline Chloride, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Taurine, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product

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 33 %(min.) 36.6 %
Fat 12 % (min.) 13%
Fiber 8.5% (max.) 9.4 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 41 % (EV)
Omega 6 21 % (min.) NA
Omega 3 0.4 % (min.) NA
Glucosamine 250 mg/Kg (min.) NA
Chondroitin Sulphate 200 mg/Kg (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

In weight control diets like, Wellness Core Dry Dog Reduced Fat Formula, you will frequently see a higher level of fiber. Higher fiber formulas will result in larger stools and your dog will fell satisfied and full with smaller amounts of food.

For obese animals the advisable food fat percentage (on a dry matter basis) is in between 5 – 15 %. So this food includes fat within the recommended interval for a weight control diet.

This dog food contains glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate for joint health and omega fatty acids for skin, coat and immune system health.

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.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: There is a lot of meat included in the ingredients such as deboned turkey and turkey meal which is more concentrated and has more protein than whole turkey, and chicken meal which is also concentrated and has more protein than whole chicken.

Chicken liver is a high-quality organ meat for dogs and provides vitamin A.

Carbohydrates: This is a grain free and gluten-free food. However it contains several fonts of carbohydrates: peas, potatoes, and dried Ground potatoes.

Potatoes and dried ground potatoes are regularly used in grain free foods to supply carbohydrates and good dietary fiber.

Peas are tricky for some dogs and can be tough to digest. They add plant protein to the food as well as fiber.

Fat and oil: Chicken fat is a high-quality named source of animal fat. Even dogs that need to lose weight need to have some good sources of fat included in their diets.

Chicken fat is rich in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid necessary for life. Salmon oil is an exceptionally source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Fiber: Pea fiber is a combination of soluble and insoluble fiber resultant from pea hulls. However, it is an agricultural by-product and does not provide nutritional value to dogs.

Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient. It is a by-product residual after processing tomatoes. It does provide some vitamins and antioxidants (vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lycopene) but some critics argue that tomato pomace is just a filler in dog foods.

Ground flaxseed is a source of omega-3 fatty acid. It is also rich in soluble fiber. Flaxseed has been associated to problems with conception with female dogs. Dog breeders must be aware of this fact.

Fruits and vegetables: The food contains numerous fruit and vegetable ingredients – such as broccoli, spinach, parsley, apples, blueberries – which can provide lots of vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and minerals to your dog.

Supplements: Vitamins and chelated minerals are benefit for your dog’s health.

Dried fermentation products are added to aid your dog’s digestion.

Natural herbal extracts improve the flavor of food and are believed to be safe ingredients.

This food does not contain artificial flavors, dyes or artificial preservatives. This a crucial quality point.

Final Comment

Based  on the ingredients included in Wellness Core Dry Dog Reduced Fat Formula we give a 4.8 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone seems to be a highly recommended dry dog food.

Wellness Core Grain Reduced Fat Formula Dog Food seems to be an exceptional food with a good quantity of meat protein and superiority of the ingredients.

Wellness Core Dry Dog Reduced Fat Formula main benefits:

  • Grain free for dogs with sensitive digestion or food allergies
  • Reduced fat formula for dogs carrying excess weight
  • High quality sources of meat protein: Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal and Chicken Meal
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Fermentation products which contribute to a healthy digestion
  • Contains antioxidants, omega fatty acids, glucosamine and chondroitin

The quality of the ingredients appears to be excellent. The absence of artificial preservatives, dyes, or sweeteners in the food is a quality score. It does not contain: by-products and ingredients from unnamed sources (e.g. meat meal).

If you are in the search for a grain free food with good meat protein, this food is recommended. If you are a dog breeder you should be aware of the inclusion of ground flaxseed in the ingredient list of this dog food because it can interfere with dog’s reproduction cycle.

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

Wellness Core Dry Dog Reduced Fat Formula

Positive Aspects


• Deboned turkey, turkey meal, chicken meal, chicken liver
• Chicken fat, salmon oil
• Potatoes, dried ground potatoes
• Fresh fruits and vegetables
• Natural flavors
• Natural preservatives
• Omega Fatty Acids
• Glucosamine and Chondroitin
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Negative Aspects


• Tomato pomace
• Pea fiber, peas
• Ground flaxseed)

Available in: 4 lb (1.81 Kg); 12 lb ( 5.44 Kg); 26 lb (11.79 Kg)

By | 2016-12-16T21:43:00+00:00 October 16th, 2014|Review|Comments Off on Wellness Core Dry Dog Reduced Fat Formula Review

About the Author:

Dora Mancha

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.