Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Formula Dry Dog Food Review

//Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Formula Dry Dog Food Review

Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Formula Dry Dog Food Review

Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Formula Dry Dog Food

Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Formula Dry Dog Food

This special limited-ingredient dog food formula keep it simple including a single source of protein and easily digestible carbohydrates, without fillers or additives.

Turkey is the first ingredient and the main source of protein. The ingredients used in this recipe fulfil all your dog’s nutritional requirements. This limited ingredient diet does not contain wheat, corn, soy, gluten or artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.

Food allergies may induce scratching, itching, pain or gastrointestinal problems. This recipe may help your dog to get rid of that unpleasant clinical signs.

Wellness Simple Grain Free Turkey & Potato Formula Dry Dog Food does not contain commonly-used proteins and food additives that can cause gastrointestinal upsets, chronic or recurrent ear infections, hair loss, excessive itching, hot spots, or skin infections.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal
  • Fat and Oil: Canola Oil, Ground Flaxseed
  • Carbohydrates: Potatoes, Dried Ground Potatoes
  • Fiber: Fruits and vegetables and potatoes
  • Fruits and vegetables: Peas, Tomato Pomace
  • Flavorings: Natural Turkey Flavor
  • Preservatives: Mixed Tocopherols
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Dicalcium Phosphate, Chicory Root Extract, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc 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, 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.

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 26 % (min.) 29 %
Fat 12 % (min.) 13%
Fiber 5.5 % (max.) 6 %
Moisture 11 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 48 % (EV)
Omega 6 2.80 % (min.) NA
Omega 3  1 % (min.) NA

(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 crude protein and fat % are lower compared to the majority of dog foods. According to Wellness, this food include only 5 main ingredients selected for their quality and nutritional value.

Wellness Simple Turkey & Potato Formula Adult Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Deboned Turkey is a quality ingredient with plentiful beneficial nutrients. Turkey meat is easy to digest, very tasty and offers an excellent source of protein. It is lower in calories and fat than chicken.

Turkey meal is a meat concentrate and contains more protein than fresh turkey.

Carbohydrates: Potatoes are mainly made up of starch. There is some discussion over the facility of dogs to digest starch efficiently. Potatoes also contain some dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium. They are a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates.

Dried Ground Potatoes correspond to dehydrated product made from the by-products of potato processing.

Fat and oil: Canola Oil is considered as a controversial item. Some concern that canola oil is made from rapeseed, a genetically modified (GMO) raw material. However canola oil is rich in essential omega 3 fatty acids. In addition some critics claim that its moderately high content of a toxin, erucic acid may be a reason for concern.

Ground Flaxseed is known as a controversial ingredient because it can interfere with a dog’s reproductive hormones, especially in females. Nevertheless, it is one of the best plant sources of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and it is rich in soluble fiber. They help preserve a healthy skin and coat and support healthy joints for your dog.

Fruits and vegetables: Peas are used as a substitute for grains because of their protein and carbohydrate contents. Peas include lots of good nutrients such as carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber. However, some dogs cannot digest peas easily. They can induce diarrhea for some dogs. They are extensively used in dog food today but more investigation needs to be done about their use in dog foods.

Tomato Pomace is considered by some as a filler or by-product. But it is actually a good source of lycopene and vitamins.

Flavors: Natural Turkey Flavor is a named natural flavor. It refers to combination of fresh meat and oils which is sprayed on to the food for adding taste.

Supplements: Chicory Root Extract is a prebiotic that feeds the good bacteria in your dog’s digestive track.
Fermentation Product help dogs digest the food contributing to the maintenance of normal bacteria balance in the lower intestine.
Rosemary Extract is a natural preservative that is also know to help protect against cancer. Green Tea Extract is a natural source of antioxidants. Spearmint Extract is another natural herbal extract that augments the flavor of foods.
Chelated minerals are attached to an easily absorbable substance. So they get into the bloodstream more readily. So they are easier for dogs to digest.

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

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Formula Dry Dog Food we give a 4.4 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Formula Dry Dog Food seems to be a highly recommended dry dog food.

Wellness dog food is known to be a premium, high quality dog food, using human grade ingredients. This food may be appropriate for some dogs who have food sensitivities or allergies. However, you should always read carefully the ingredient list and make sure that your dog doesn’t have a problem with any of the ingredients listed.

Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Formula Dry Dog Food main benefits:

  • Turkey as the first ingredient
  • Limited ingredient formula for dogs with food sensitivities
  • Grain free and gluten free
  • Includes probiotics and prebiotics
  • Omega fatty acids support healthy skin and coat
  • No fillers or artificial additives
  • Easily digestible dry dog food
  • No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives

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

Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Formula Dry Dog Food

Positive Aspects

  • Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal
  • Grain-free
  • Tomato Pomace
  • Fermentation products
  • Chelated minerals
  • Guaranteed levels of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids

Negative Aspects

  • Canola Oil, Ground Flaxseed
  • Peas
  • Potatoes, Dried Ground Potatoes

Available in: 8 oz (227 gram); 4 lb (1.81 Kg); 10 lb (4.5 Kg); 26 lb (11.8 Kg)


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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