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Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free Puppy Recipe Canned Dog Food

by Whole Earth Farms
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March 7, 2019
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Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free Puppy Recipe is a mid-priced dog food with exceptional quality. This product has no controversial ingredients, including no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. It has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat and carbs and excellent meat and fat quality. Whole Earth Farms has a below-average number of dog food recalls and was extremely transparent when answering our questions. Watchdog Labs highly recommends this product.

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TYPE
Wet Dog Food
PRICE
$$
BREED SIZE
Small, Medium, Large Breeds
AGE
Puppy
FEATURES
-
PACKAGE
12.7 oz
MADE IN
United States
COMPANY
Nestle Purina PetCare

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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 40.91%

Min. Fat 29.55%

Min. Carbs 20.45%

Max. Fiber 6.36%

Max. Ash 9.09%

Max. Moisture 0.00%

Label Claim

Food Label

Min. Protein: 9.0%

Min Fat: 6.5%

Min Carbs: N/A

Max Fiber: 1.4%

Max Ash: N/A

Max. Moisture: 78%

Calories

Calories

436 Calories per Can

This product has an above 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. Keep in mind, puppy food, like this one, usually are much higher in calories than other foods.

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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

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45
Total Ingredients
0
Controversial Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Broth, Turkey, Chicken Liver, Salmon, Peas, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Yeast Culture, Organic Alfalfa, Apples, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Guar Gum, Choline Chloride, Salmon Oil, Xanthan Gum, Cinnamon, Flaxseed Oil, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodate, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Sodium Selenite), Roesmary, Sage, Thyme, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate), Yucca Schidigera Extract.

The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product has 0 controversial ingredients, perfect.


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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Salmon
    Salmon offers one of the highest Omega-3 contents of any type of fish. 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). Salmon is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.

Controversial Ingredients

No controversial ingredients are found in Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free Puppy Recipe.


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, Turkey, Chicken Liver, and Salmon are the main meat sources in this dog food. All of them are great, because they clearly show which animal they come from. The food doesn’t have any added oils.


Artificial Preservatives

Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free Puppy Recipe 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.

Recalls

Recalls

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Brand Recalls

Whole Earth Farms has a below average number of recalls in our research.

Transparency

Transparency

Score
95%

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?
Whole Earth Farms responded within 1 day with complete answers. Unfortunately, they have an aggressive disclaimer in their email that prohibits us from sharing the answers they provided.


Does Whole Earth Farms have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

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

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.


What country are your products manufactured?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

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

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Does Whole Earth Farms own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Do any parts of your product come from China?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free Puppy Recipe Canned Dog Food

by Whole Earth Farms
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