Wellness CORE Grain Free

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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.

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Ingredients

Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal (source of Glucosamine), Chicken Meal (source of Chondroitin Sulfate), Peas, Dried Ground Potatoes, Lentils, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Ground Flaxseed, Natural Chicken Flavor, Salmon Oil, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Chicory Root Extract, Spinach, Broccoli, Carrots, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Kale, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Yucca Schidigera Extract, 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.

8.8 Total Score

PROS
  • Excellent meat content, with a balanced range of fruits, veggies, vitamins, and minerals.
CONS
  • Sweet potato could be used as a preference to potato.
User Rating: 4 (2 votes)