Wegmans Nature Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Wegmans Nature Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Wegmans Nature product line includes three dry dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Wegmans Nature Chicken & Brown Rice [A]
  • Wegmans Nature Grain Free Turkey & Pea [A]
  • Wegmans Nature Lamb & Brown Rice (3.5 stars) [A]

Wegmans Nature Chicken and Brown Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Wegmans Nature Chicken and Brown Rice

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 48%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, peas, whole ground millet, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), whole flaxseed, natural flavor, pea fiber, spinach, carrots, cranberries, pumpkin, zinc proteinate, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, sodium selenite, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis25%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%17%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%35%41%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 41%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fourth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.

The sixth ingredient is poultry fat. Poultry fat is obtained from rendering, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Poultry fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life.

However, poultry fat is a relatively generic ingredient and can be considered lower in quality than a similar item from a named source animal (like chicken fat).

The seventh ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

After the natural flavor, we find pea fiber, a mixture of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber derived from pea hulls. Aside from the usual benefits of fiber, this agricultural by-product provides no other nutritional value to a dog.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With two notable exceptions

First, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Wegmans Nature Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Wegmans Nature Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 28%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 48% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and flaxseed in this recipe, and the pea protein and alfalfa meal in other recipes, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Wegmans Nature is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken, turkey or lamb meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Wegmans Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

02/02/2016 Last Update

  • Janene Strange

    I recommend this my dog is healthy and has a nice coat lots of energy

  • dad

    This is a very high quality food and a good value. Kibble size is great and palatability is excellent. Stools small and no gas even when switching. I am using the Turkey & Pea.

  • Very informative article, thanks for taking the time to write it.Your information is about food who is the very important for us. What and how are the food of dogs.

  • Deb

    Had my dogs on the grain free and it is wonderful,however I live a ways away from the nearest Wagmans so I have switched to the Tractor Supply brand 4Health,so far its seems to be on the same level as I have had no change with my dogs.Wish there was a Wagmans closer.

  • Kendra

    I have a cocker spaniel who has Exocrine Pancreatic Disease and she is also a diabetic. She requires a grain free diet with her health issues. I had been feeding her Nutro Grain Free Venison and Potato until they suddenly removed it from the marketing. In crisis mode I found what I thought was a comparable food with Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Venison Formula. Well what a disaster that has been. So when I had seen Wegman’s had a grain free dog food I thought I would give it a shot! It has been amazing! My pup loves the food and her other issues that appeared once I switched her to the Natural Balance have cleared up. The best thing is the price! It is half of what I was paying at the pet store for my grain free food. I am thinking of switching my other three cocker spaniels to it. Wonderful product! I highly recommend it!

  • Aristotle

    Have transitioned my dog from Blue Freedom to this kibble and it’s been a pretty big hit. My dog seemed to be getting tired of the blue after several years and she loves this stuff. The profile is acceptable and has slightly less protein than some of the others which she needs to avoid crystals. Good stuff.