Caution 29/08/2017 – Please read featured comment below by Susan
The CORE range from Wellness is their premium “grain free” offering, with a number of formulas including puppy and weight control. For this review I’ll focus on the Original formula, but the others are on par.
Wellness have been around for a while, being available across the globe. They’re a big company, and are known to produce high quality premium foods. There used to be a fair amount of negative press about dogs being sick on Wellness CORE, but generally the bigger the brand the more you hear such things. I haven’t heard anything negative for a while now, so this can be overlooked.
The top three ingredients are all meats, with two being protein-rich meat “meals” (a condensed form of meat). That’s great to see, with chicken and turkey both being lean meats. Fantastic!
Peas come next, a common ingredient in grain-free foods. They add fiber to the food, but also additional protein (which is a whopping 34%, way above average).
Potato (and dried ground potato) are used as a carb source. Potato is another common ingredient in grain-free foods as they’re cheap and help bind the kibble together. Sweet potato would’ve been a better lower GI option, but this would increase manufacturing costs.
There’s a range of really nice inclusions in the food to give it a holistic feel – kale, broccoli, spinach, apples, blueberries, natural preservatives, and salmon oil as an excellent choice of oil for skin and coat.
This is without doubt a premium dog food.
Excellent meat content, with a balanced range of fruits, veggies, vitamins, and minerals.
Sweet potato could be used as a preference to potato, but this isn’t a big qualm.
* Carbohydrates aren’t listed on pet food labels. This value is calculated based on levels of protein, fat, moisture, and ash. Estimated values for moisture and ash have been used where these values haven’t been given (moisture of 10%, and ash of 8%).
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, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, 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, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Taurine, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, 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.