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Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole with Roasted Turkey, Duck, Carrots & Peas Grain-Free

by Wellness
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March 7, 2019
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Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole is a high-priced dog food of good quality. This product has 1 controversial ingredient but no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. It has a relatively high amount of carbs, compared to its protein and fat with excellent meat and fat quality. It’s important to be aware that Wellness has an above average number of recalls but was extremely transparent when answering our questions.

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TYPE
Wet Dog Food
PRICE
$$$
BREED SIZE
Small, Toy Breeds
AGE
Adult
FEATURES
Grain-Free
PACKAGE
3 oz
MADE IN
United States
COMPANY
Berwind Corp

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Nutrition

Nutrition

This food has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat, and carbs. Diets that are high in protein and fat, with moderate to low carbs, are ideal for most dogs.

To evaluate dog foods, we first calculate out the moisture. This is called the “dry matter basis” and shows you only the solid ingredients in the food. These estimated “dry matter” numbers are different from the food label, but a better way to understand the real nutritional value of the food. We also calculate the carbs. Find out more

Label Claim

Dry Matter

Min. Protein 27.27%

Min. Fat 22.73%

Min. Carbs 40.91%

Max. Fiber 4.55%

Max. Ash 9.09%

Max. Moisture 0.00%

Label Claim

Food Label

Min. Protein: 6.0%

Min Fat: 5.0%

Min Carbs: N/A

Max Fiber: 1.0%

Max Ash: N/A

Max. Moisture: 78.0%

Calories

Calories

98 Calories per Can

This product has and below average amount of calories for wet food. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. Based on your dog's current weight and activity level you may want to feed more or less than the recommended amount.

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This is a grain-free dog food. The FDA is investigating a potential connection between grain-free diets and canine heart disease. There is not enough evidence yet to affect our ratings but we've created an article for you explaining the topic.

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Ingredients

Ingredients

Score
86%
33
Total Ingredients
1
Controversial Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Turkey, Duck, Carrots, Peas, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavor, Tricalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Carrageenan, Magnesium Sulfate, Minerals [Ferrous Glycine Complex, Zinc Glycine Complex, Manganese Glycine Complex, Copper Glycine Complex, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide], Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin], Thiamine Mononitrate, Zinc Oxide.

The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product has 1 total controversial ingredient, see below.


Top 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. So when looking at dog food label, take a close look at the first 5 ingredients. They make up about 80% of the total weight.

  • Chicken
    Chicken is a nutritious meat that provides protein, fat and other nutrients to dogs. Raw meat contains about 75% water which is cooked off during the making of dog food. This leaves only a fraction of the protein content in the final product's weight. We recommend looking for dog foods that also include meat meals in the first five ingredients (pre-cooked meat powder that contains four times the amount of protein). However, chicken is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.
  • Chicken Broth
    Chicken broth is often used as a healthy natural flavor or instead of water when making dog food. It makes dogs more likely to eat the food and adds moisture but doesn't provide a lot of nutritional value. Chicken Broth is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.
  • Chicken Liver
    Chicken liver is an organ that contains healthy nutrients like calories, protein, vitamins and minerals. Specifically, it's rich in iron, copper, vitamin A and B. We consider it a high-quality dog food ingredient.
  • Turkey
    Raw meat contains about 75% water which is cooked off during the making of dog food. This leaves only a fraction of the protein content in the final product's weight. We recommend looking for dog foods that also include meat meals in the first five ingredients (pre-cooked meat powder that contains four times the amount of protein). Turkey is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.
  • Duck
    Duck is a waterfowl and generally a healthy dog food ingredient that provides nutrients like protein, fat, iron, zinc, B vitamins, potassium and phosphorous. Raw meat contains about 75% water which is cooked off during the making of dog food. This leaves only a fraction of the protein content in the final product's weight. We recommend looking for dog foods that also include meat meals in the first five ingredients (pre-cooked meat powder that contains four times the amount of protein).

Controversial Ingredients

  1. Carrageenan
  2. Carrageenan is derived from red algae or seaweed and is used as a gelling or thickening ingredient to bind food together. Evidence has been found that it is potentially inflammatory and toxic to the digestive tract, and may be responsible for colitis, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, and colon cancer.


Country of Origin

This food is made in the United States. That’s good, because the U.S. has strong quality and food safety laws in place for dog food.


Meat & Fat Quality

Chicken, Chicken Liver, Turkey and Duck are the meats in this food. What do they have in common? All of them clearly say which animals they come from, excellent. There are no added oils in Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole, so the fat in this food comes from the other animal and plant ingredients.


Artificial Preservatives

Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole contains no controversial preservatives. It’s good to know that not all artificial preservatives are bad. That’s because they serve an important purpose, which is to prevent food from spoiling. However, we consider 11 artificial preservatives controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions.


Artificial Colors

No artificial colors are used in this food, really great.


Artificial Flavors

Another area this food excels in is the lack of artificial flavors. They’re unnecessary (dogs like many food flavors) and a potential health concern. Well done!

Recalls

Recalls

Score
60%
3
Brand Recalls

Wellness has an above average number of recalls, compared to other dog food brands.

Date:
3/18/2017
Recalled Products:
13.2 oz. cans of Wellness 95% Beef Topper for Dogs with “Best by” dates of Feb. 2, 2019; Aug. 29, 2019; or Aug. 30, 2019.
Cause:
Potential for elevated levels of naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone.
Class:
I
FDA recalls use classes from I (most serious) to III (least serious).
Type:
N/A
Quantity:
N/A
Source
Date:
3/17/2017
Recalled Products:
WELLNESS ninety-five percent BEEF ALL NATURAL GRAIN FREE NOTHING ARTIFICIAL Packed with super premium real beef. As a mixer or topper, it's simply delicious! FOOD FOR DOGS NET WT 13.2 oz (374 G)can Old Mother Hubbard, Inc. Enhancing Pets Lives Since 1926 Tewksbury, MA 01824-4125 MADE IN USA INGREDIENTS: BEEF, WATER SUFFICIENT FOR PROCESSING, NATURAL FLAVORS, CASSIA GUM, CARRAGEENAN UPC Codes: Can: 076344894506 Case: 076344894001
Cause:
Product contains Elevated Levels of Thyroid Hormones
Class:
I
FDA recalls use classes from I (most serious) to III (least serious).
Type:
Voluntary
Quantity:
16,161 cases (12 cans per case)
Source
Date:
5/4/2012
Recalled Products:
Wellness Complete Health Super5Mix Large Breed Puppy, packaged in: 15 lb. and 30 lb. bags and 5 oz. sample bags Product Code: 89591 UPC: 4 00 76344 89591 4 Super5Mix Large Breed Puppy 12/5oz;. Product Code: 89114 UPC: 0 76344 89114 7 Super5Mix Large Breed Puppy 15 lb.; Product Code: 89115 UPC: 0 76344 89115 4 Super5Mix Large Breed Puppy 30 lb.
Cause:
Product maybe potentially contaminated with salmonella (manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods)
Class:
I
FDA recalls use classes from I (most serious) to III (least serious).
Type:
Voluntary
Quantity:
10,308 units
Source
Transparency

Transparency

Score
100%

We love dog food brands that are committed to transparent business practices. If you make quality dog food you should be willing to openly talk about how it’s sourced and produced. That’s why we reached out to pet food companies, asking questions about all their brands and products. Each company had three weeks to reply to our messages.

How Easy Was it to Reach the Company?

Wellness responded quickly to the first email, only 2 days. There was a round of follow up emails to clarify some of the questions which were also responded to quickly and completely.


Does Wellness have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?

We do have a PhD Animal Nutritionist on staff. His name is Dr. Mark Fink.

Its great to know exactly who the professionals are working on the product.


Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?

We have a product development team that consist of food scientist, a DVM and our Animal Nutritionist.


(Follow-up email answer)

The name of our Animal Nutritionist is Dr. Mark Fink and our DVM is Albert Townshend. The rest of our product development team is a group that typically do not deal with the public.


Do you test your products using AAFCO feeding trials? Why, or why not?

Since we follow AAFCO nutritional guidelines AAFCO feeding trials are not required. We do our own feed testing for digestibility, stool output, skin & coat, and palatability.

What country are your products manufactured?

WellPet Operations: Mishawaka, IN

CJ Foods: Bern, KS & Pawnee City, NE

Bio Biscuit: St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada (TruFood)

Mountain Country Foods: Spanish Fork, UT (CORE Tender Bites)

Sojos Farm Fresh Kitchens: South St. Paul, MN (Make it Fresh)


Wellness Can Dog

Simmons Pet Food: Pennsauken, NJ, Emporia, KS & Toronto, Ontario, Canada

IPB (Thailand): CORE Chunky Centers, CORE Simple Shreds, CORE Mini Meals, and Petite Entrees


WellBars

Bio Biscuit: St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada


WellBites

Mountain Country Foods: Spanish Fork, UT


Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?

Our manufacturing facilities are not open to the public.

What quality measures do you use to assure consistency and quality?

Please visit this link to learn about our Quality Assurance Program: https://www.wellnesspetfood.com/our-philosophy/our-standards-our-promise

Does Wellness own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?

We own our dry food facility, WellPet Operations, located in Mishawaka Indiana. Co-manufacturers are listed above in question above.

Do any parts of your product come from China?

Our Wellness ingredients are primarily sourced from North America. WellPet has one of the most strict sourcing criteria of any pet food manufacturer. All ingredient suppliers, whether domestic or international, need to meet certified nutrient levels and be manufactured in quality audited facilities. While there are many high quality ingredients available in the U.S., in some cases there is not a readily available U.S. supply. For example, our Venison, Lamb, Rabbit and Salmon Meal are sourced internationally from New Zealand, Australia, Italy and Chile respectively. Specifically for Chinese ingredients, we do source our Green Tea Extract, Mixed Tocopherols and may source some our vitamins and minerals from China. We feel that we have the appropriate quality programs in place at all our vendor locations and feel safe and secure with all the ingredients we source, whether they are sourced locally or globally.

Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole with Roasted Turkey, Duck, Carrots & Peas Grain-Free

by Wellness
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