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Wellness CORE Grain Free

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Wellness CORE Grain Free

Updated: Jul. 25, 2018

Ranked 1st of 10 dog food with a Quid Score of 94.

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Wellness CORE Grain Free

Ranked 1st of 10 dog food with a Quid Score of 94.

Product Details

Product Details

Ranks 1st overall.

Key Information
  • Bag Sizes: 4 lb, 12 lb, 22 lb
  • Available Dog Sizes: Small, large
  • First 5 Ingredients: Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Peas, Potatoes
  • Available Life Stages: Puppy, Adult, Senior
Product Specifications
  • Recall History: 3 - 12/6/2011; 3/21/2013, and 8/14/2013
  • Calories Per Cup: 421 kcal/cup
  • Flavors Available: 12
  • Guaranteed Analysis: Crude protein 34.00% min, crude fat 16.00% min, crude fiber 4.00% max, moisture 10.00% max, calcium 2.00% max, phosphorus 1.40% max, Vitamin E 400 IU/kg min, Omega-6 fatty acids 3.25% min, Omega-3 fatty acids 0.50% min, glucosamine 250 mg/kg min, chondroitin sulfate 200 mg/kg min, beta-carotene 5 mg/kg min, total lactic acid microorganisms 80,000,000 CFU/lb min.
  • Protein By-Products: Yes - turkey meal & chicken meal
  • Full Ingredients List: 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, Spinach, Vitamin E Supplement, Broccoli, Carrots, Choline Chloride, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Kale, Sweet Potatoes, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin 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, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, 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.

Expert Rating: 98%

Ranks 2nd among competitors.

Expert Rating: 98%

Ranks 2nd among competitors.

Experts like this grain- and filler-free product for having a high protein profile that is well-balanced for everyday use. It is quite expensive compared to some other brands.

Full Expert Breakdown
  • Flavor Variety- Above average
  • Life Stage/Size Variety - Average
  • Healthiness - Above average
  • Price - Above average
Notable Positives
  • High-quality ingredients
  • Protein-rich
  • Grain-free
  • No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives
  • Low-fat
Notable Negatives
  • Expensive
  • Not poultry-free
  • Some reports of allergic reactions
Full Expert Breakdown
  • Flavor Variety- Above average
  • Life Stage/Size Variety - Average
  • Healthiness - Above average
  • Price - Above average

Customer Rating: 95%

Ranks 2nd among competitors.

Customer Rating: 95%

Ranks 2nd among competitors.

Customers say that this product improves the quality and appearance of their dogs’ coats and that it is effective at weight-management. While some report that it reduces gassiness, other say their dogs struggled with digestive discomfort. Consumers wish it were cheaper.

Ideal for people:

People who are looking to feed their dogs a grain-free, protein-rich diet and who don’t mind paying a high price tag.

Not ideal for people:

People on a budget whose dogs have sensitive stomachs and/or are picky eaters.

Notable Pros:
  • Softer coats
  • Makes stool firm and alleviates gassiness
  • Gives dogs energy
  • Many flavors
Notable Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Non-resealable bag
  • Some dogs get sick from the product

Brand Score: 80%

Ranks 8th among competitors.

Brand Score: 80%

Ranks 8th among competitors.

Wellness is a dog and cat food line owned by WellPet, a Massachusetts-based company that has been developing pet food products for over 100 years. Wellness products, which have the tagline “nutrition with a purpose,” include natural ingredients derived from plants, animals, and minerals with no wheat, corn, or soy.

Heritage - 4/5

WellPet launched the Wellness dry dog food line in 1997. In the early 2000s, the Wellness product offerings expanded to include dry cat food and canned dog food, as well as canned cat food, treats, and supplements.

Innovation - 3/5

Wellness offers 4 lines of dog food—CORE, Simple, TruFood, and Complete Health—in multiple forms, everything from dry, canned, and freeze-dried recipes to mixers, toppers, snacks, and treats. The CORE selection is grain-free and protein-focused, rooted in the philosophy that dogs “love and thrive on hearty animal proteins.”

Reliability - 4/5

Customers can contact the Wellness consumer loyalty team by phone, fax, or email. The website features a live chat option as well as an online form for submitting specific questions.

Social Good - 5/5

WellPet and its subsidiary brands established the WellPet Foundation in 2007 to help fund non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of pets. The foundation engages in campaigns on both national and local scales, with the majority of its charitable donations taking place in the communities where WellPet employees live and work.

Relevance - 5/5

Wellness publishes a ”Live Well” blog with articles on pet health, behavior, and nutrition as well as Wellness products and discounts. The company is also active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest, where it posts close-ups of cats and dogs enjoying Wellness products and promotes its charitable engagements.

Retail: Best Price $59.84

Ranks 7th in value among competitors.

Retail: Best Price $59.84

Ranks 7th in value among competitors.

Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Dry Dog Food is available online at Petsmart, Petco, Amazon, and Chewy, and at select retailers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Users can join an online community to receive exclusive savings and care tips.

Best Purchase Options
Petco - $59.84
Other Purchase Options
PetSmart - $59.99
Best Purchase Option
Petco - $59.84
Other Purchase Options
PetSmart - $59.99

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