Wellness Core 95 Percent (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Wellness Core 95% Percent canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Wellness Core 95% product line lists three canned recipes, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Wellness Core 95% Turkey with Spinach
  • Wellness Core 95% Chicken with Broccoli
  • Wellness Core 95% Beef with Carrots (4.5 stars)

Wellness Core 95% Turkey and Spinach was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Wellness Core 95% Turkey with Spinach

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 32% | Carbs = 19%

Ingredients: Turkey, water sufficient for processing, spinach, potassium chloride, cassia gum, xanthan gum, flaxseed, minerals (zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, cobalt amino acid chelate, potassium iodide), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), choline chloride

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%32%19%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%56%14%
Protein = 30% | Fat = 56% | Carbs = 14%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1

Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The third ingredient is spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 91.

The fourth ingredient is potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.

The fifth ingredient is cassia gum. Cassia gum is a plant extract likely used here as a gelling agent and providing no nutritional value to this food.

The sixth ingredient is xanthan gum, which is a food additive used here as a thickener to create gravy-like consistency.

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.

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 one notable exception

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.

Wellness Core 95% Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Wellness Core 95% looks like an above-average canned dog food.

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 41%, a fat level of 32% and estimated carbohydrates of about 19%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 29%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 24% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 73%.

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

However, with not enough carb ingredients present to account for the reading on the dashboard, one must assume the protein or fat (and thus the meat) content may be significantly understated on the label.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Wellness Core 95% is a meat-based canned dog food using a notable amount of named meats 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.

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Notes and Updates

01/01/2017 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition
  2. Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by NutritionData.com from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
  • baduch

    this stuff smells good enough for us humans to eat.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Splatman-

    Do you feed canned food as a sole diet or do you use it as a topper for kibble?

  • So anyone been feeding their dog this line and what are your experiences? Planning on switching my pup from the Wellness complete health line wet food to this one.