Wellness Core Reduced Fat (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Wellness Core Reduced Fat dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

According to the manufacturer, Wellness Core Reduced Fat meets AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance.

Wellness Core Reduced Fat

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 37% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 44%

Ingredients: Deboned turkey, turkey meal, chicken meal, potatoes, peas, dried ground potatoes, pea fiber, tomato pomace, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), chicken liver, natural chicken flavor, flaxseed, salmon oil, carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, broccoli, spinach, parsley, apples, blueberries, vitamins [vitamin E supplement, beta-carotene, niacin, D calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), biotin, folic acid], minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, iron proteinate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], choline chloride, mixed tocopherols added to preserve freshness, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, taurine, chicory root extract, Yucca schidigera extract, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 9.4%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis33%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis37%11%44%
Calorie Weighted Basis34%25%41%

The first ingredient in this dog food lists turkey. Although it is a quality item, raw turkey 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 turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.

The third ingredient is chicken meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The fourth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient mentions 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 actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient lists dried potato, a dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, dried potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can affect our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.

The seventh ingredient is 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 nutritional value to a dog.

The eighth ingredient lists tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

The ninth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The tenth ingredient includes chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

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 note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

And lastly, this food also 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 Reduced Fat Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Wellness Core Reduced Fat looks to be an above-average dry 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 37%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 44%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 30%.

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

Even when you account for the protein-boosting effect of the pea and dried potato ingredients, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.

The unusual combination of both high protein and low fat in the same recipe is noteworthy — and also makes this product especially attractive to those seeking a quality low fat recipe.

Bottom line?

Wellness Core Reduced Fat dog food is a grain-free kibble using a significant amount of turkey and chicken as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Those looking for a more typical fat content in a grain free recipe may wish to visit our review of the full Wellness Core product line.

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Notes and Updates

09/29/2011 Original review
04/03/2013 Review updated
04/03/2013 Last Update

  • theBCnut

    How much should he weigh. One cup seems like a good amount for a 20 lb dog, but a bit much for one that should weigh 15. I would try 3/4 cup for a while. My very active 45 lb Border Collies eat the equivalent of about 2 cups.

  • Bob K

    Many people eyeball the food which is very different than an accurate measurement. Also treats count too, of course everyone needs exercise.

  • Cyndi

    I’ve seen this food recommended quite a few times on here for dogs that need to lose a few pounds. You could also try feeding just a bit less and try exercising him just a bit more.
    Good luck! :)

  • trixiesmama

    Adopted an obese min pin last year, and even after 6 months on Canidae Grain Free (1/2 cup in am and pm). He hasn’t lost a pound. Am going to switch him to this. Hopefully it helps him, he’s currently 19lbs!

  • sue66b

    Im finding, while my boy is on Boiled Chicken, Pumkin & sweet Potatos he’s fine, as soon as he has his kibble he gets his pain & isnt himself, real quiet, so maybe the dry kibble irritates their tummy & upsetting their pancreas, where the Boiled chicken is easier to digest..

  • Jody

    I bet your dog has an allergic reaction to chicken and all poultry. Look at the first ingredients and then some. I finally switched to a lamb base, grain free dry food. No poultry at all. Good luck,

  • Anca

    Hi Maxie Moo..sorry for such a late response. I didn’t get a notification that a response was posted. Anyways, I was told and through research that this fat content is ok. Compared with the other foods out there that are a bit lower, overall the other ingredients far surpass in quality IMO. Jax has done wonderfully on it! What I do is I also buy the canned I/D GI Restore Low Fat and I coat his kibble with a spoonful. He LOVES the mix. I fed Jax 6 small meals for 4 months and then slowly went higher to his normal 2 a day. Again he’s doing amazingly well. No issues at all, thank god!

  • Anca

    Hi Antares. So sorry for such a long time to get my answer. I didn’t get an email that there was a comment and just saw this today.. Anyways through a lot of research I stuck with this one. Jax loves this food and my vet highly recommended it. I agree with you 100%, it’s very hard when your dog is sick to make sure you’re giving him/she the best possible out there. I know that what I found from research and what my vet said this is wonderful for a him. It’s high in protein and low in fat which is what he needs. Jax used to always have tummy issues (very soft poo, and diarrhea very often) since he’s been on this food his poo is great! Also when transitioning Jax I followed Wellness’s “recipe” for transition : they have it on their site and it went smoothly.

  • Anca

    Thank you for your response Robert, sorry it’s taken so long for my answer. I didn’t get an email saying you responded and just saw this today. Anyways, I have had Jax on this Wellness Core Reduced Fat for the past 7 months and he’s doing wonderfully on it! Our vet was enthusiastic about putting Jax on it and again we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. Jax gained the weight he’d lost when being in the hospital and he’s maintained his normal 55lbs ever since. Besides it being a 5 star rated food, he LOVES it which makes me happy.

  • Nepheline

    About 4 months ago I started my parent’s two springer spaniels on wellness core reduced fat (dry) because one, Pandora, had become very overweight on food we admittedly did not know was a very bad choice (Purina beneful). The other dog, Gwen, was not as overweight but still could stand to lose. They have both done great weight loss wise and Pandora has become more active, but Gwen started having trouble with incontinence and recent blood tests came back with “elevated kidney levels.” Not high enough to say that she definitely has kidney disease according to our vet but something they want to monitor for the next month.
    Given the timing of the onset of her problems, could there be a link between the food (current or past) and her problems? Both dogs are 12 years old, so I assume age is the major factor, but I want to cover every possibility for preventing future problems or worsening of current ones. Is the food change something I should ask my vet to consider in determining what is wrong?

  • RR Lover

    Interesting that you mention a bad bag of food – I was searching to see if Wellness changed the formula for the reduced fat. My kibble looked lighter in color and my dog’s glossy coat dulled. She is also being a little finicky with the kibble which doesn’t normally happen. I do not have the bag anymore to note the codes. Bad food or formula change?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Gas smell has to do with the type of bacteria living in the intestinal tract. The fact that the gas has gotten better means the microflora have balanced for the food you are now feeding. Many of us feed a rotational diet, hoping to keep the gut microflora, AKA probiotic, at an optimal level at all times because they are a major part of the immune system.

  • Katie

    Thank you so much for your response. I stuck it out and the gas stopped one day. This food is awesome. I would recommend it highly.

  • Maxie Moo

    The Wellness Core Low Fat supposedly has just a tad bit more fat than a dog with pancreas issues should have. I have a min schnauzer who had pancreatitis not long ago. I am giving a mix of wellness core grain free low fat

    and adding some baked cod to it to decrease the percentage of fat in each serving. My vet also has recommended that that i feed the dog in 6 small feedings a day. Reducing the amount of food per meal also lowers the stress on the pancreas.

  • Mikki

    I realize your question was posted 2 months ago, but I’m going to post an answer incase someone else is having this same issue. DO NOT BE TOO QUICK TO SWITCH! I switched my bull dog mix over to Wellness Core in the hopes of getting some poundage off of him. He had terrible gas issues prior to this switch, that sulfur rotten egg smell, and it got worse the first 2 weeks on Wellness Core. We were ready to switch him to something else when it suddenly stopped. I can now tell when my hubby has snuck him some table scraps because the gas is almost immediate. He really hasn’t lost much weight (69 down from 75), but he is no longer my little methane cloud.

  • InkedMarie

    if you are giving her canned as well as this dried food, make sure you are giving her less dry. I’d honestly go no canned to get her to lose weight but that is jmo

  • CathyandLucy

    Just gave this with a little of her old food and some of the wellness turkey stew and some pumpkin (just to settle her tummy with the new food just incase and to add some extra flavor) and she ate it! It’s hard to get her to eat her dry food unless mixed with some liquid or now wet food because she doesn’t like to chew hard things much. But I’m excited for this new food to hopefully help her loose about 7lbs. Thanks for all the info and comments let’s see how it works!

  • guest

    That is great information. Whenever I’ve had a dog with an upset stomach, I’ve always only ever heard of chicken and rice. Definitely going to try the potato and/or pumpkin instead. Thanks again!

  • Dog Food Ninja

    Instead of rice, try a sweet potato or canned pumpkin. Those are both good non toxic carb sources that have a slower impact on blood sugar and also don’t readily feed intestinal yeasts.

  • guest

    Thanks for the reply. I returned the bag of food and went to another store to buy another bag, making sure the numbers on the back of the bag were different. I’m going to put him back on chicken and rice for a day (more chicken than rice, though – he’s normally fed grain-free so I don’t want too much rice). He’s just as happy as can be – wants to play, wants to eat, barks at the mailman! You’d never know he has been throwing up. Hopefully it’s just a very temporary thing. I appreciate the help.

  • Dog Food Ninja

    Try a different bag for sure. If a new bag doesn’t make him sick, then you should return that old open bag and let them know it made your dog sick. Record the barcode and date code and any other identifier on the bag and send Wellness an email to let them know too.

  • guest

    Hi folks,
    My little guy has been on Wellness Core Reduced Fat for about 3 years now. Prior to being on this food, he was lethargic and just not himself. He ended up in the hospital with stomach issues and exploratory surgery that just showed “angry insides” according to the doctor. No diagnosis – maybe gastritis and/or pancreatitis. Fast forward to this week. He began throwing up a few days ago. I put him on a bland chicken and rice diet. He did fine, no vomiting. I gradually started reintroducing the Wellness yesterday in the chicken and rice and this morning he vomited again. I’m wondering if maybe he just got a bad bag of food? He seems fine otherwise – happy, playful, wants to eat… Any suggestions? I’m not in a hurry to rush him to the vet. Thanks so much for the help.

  • Antares

    Did you find another brand of low fat food that your dog is doing well on? My dog is also on Hill’s GI Restore due his LPE disease. He’s doing very well on that diet and I’m afraid to change it for something that might not agree with him. I know it’s not a good food for a healthy dog but when you have a dog with digestive illness then you have to be very careful not only of the ingredients but the interactions between them ie., high protein + low fat but not too much fiber etc..Dealing with a sick dog forces you to look at food from a completely different prospective other than just nutritious. Any suggestions?

  • robert

    Prescription , as used in dog food is a trade name / marketing ploy to sell inferior dog food with the help of vets to provide credibility and maximize profits. Don’t be fooled, no dog food requires a “prescription’ , check the ingredients and recalls before you buy.

  • robert

    The word prescription in hills dog food is a trade mark and has nothing to do with prescriptions for medications or any thing else . Vets have an agreement to sell this junk exclusively to try to give it credibility . It’s all about ripping us off. Look at the ingredients . Either your vet is a ripoff or he/she is very, very misinformed , too lazy to check out what he is promoting and jeopardizing the health of pets he is supposed to be helping . Very disappointing.

  • robert

    Hills is a 1 star out of five stars dog food. One of the worst dog foods on the market. Above average price , below average nutrition. Look it up on your computer , garbage . Check this site for four and five star foods , don’t jeopardize your dogs health Robert

  • Katie

    My rotti mix has been on this food for about a month now. He loves it but it gives him awful gas. Could this be because it has such a high protein content?

  • Pam Arbour Begoske

    Yes the Simple Solutions is not Core, it is just Wellness, but it is Grain-Free and is for sensitive stomach, so I got it for his pancreatitis. He hasn’t vomited and his skin allergy is better, so we are happy!

  • Storm’s Mom

    And Core has waaaaaaaaaaay more protein than Simple Solutions!!

  • InkedMarie

    Pam,
    I believe you are speaking of their Simple Solutions….til you wrote the above, I didn’t realize they had a gf. It is not Core though, two different products. The Core is grainfree but is not one marketed for allergies

  • Anca

    Hi Pam :) Thanks, Jax is better! He had the acute attack one month ago and he’s finally back to normal! I bought the Wellness Core Reduced Fat. It too has pro-biotics, is grain free and has Glucosamine and Chondroitin because he has hip dysplasia. The vet wanted him on the prescription low fat food still but I did not like the rest of the ingredients on there as opposed to this one with seems healthier while still being low fat. I was a tad nervous because he’s SO picky with his food but he loves it which is awesome!

  • Pam Arbour Begoske

    Thank you Anca! What kind of Core Wellness did you buy? I found that they also have a Core Wellness Simple Grain-Free brand and it is for allergies and food sensitivities. I got the Grain-free Turkey and Potato Formula, and he is eating it very well. It also has pro-biotics, so it fits all his needs.I hope your dog is better too!

  • Anca

    Thanks Pam! I just bought our first bag of Wellness Core and he loves it! I hope your dog is doing better after pancreatitis!

  • Pam Arbour Begoske

    We also tried Grandma Lucy’s and he liked it at first and then quit eating it. I think that he likes the dry food better to munch on, rather than the Grandma Lucy’s which was more like an oatmeal.

  • Pam Arbour Begoske

    Our 90 lb chocolate lab was just diagnosed with pancreatitus also.The Core Wellnes Reduced-Fat is the lowest kibble that I have found so far and my dog likes it, so I am sticking with it for now. Our vet said 10%-12% fat is not bad.

  • Anca

    Thanks Eldee! I’ll check it out

  • Eldee

    have a look at Annamaet Lean and Fit

  • Anca

    Thank you for your response. Yes, as I’ve said it is most important how they handle the situation. I agree that many companies have recalls though there are some good ones that have not. After such a severe attack I want to make sure Jax is getting the best; safety and nutrition wise.

    I was informed by Marie that THK can mail me a booklet with more information. I will take that to Jax’s vet to get his opinion. I want to make sure that Jax gets the low fat he needs and ALL ingrediants needed in his diet.

  • Anca

    Hi Marie,
    Thank you for your response! I will call them, did not know about the booklet. I did look on their site and am impressed with the ingredients. Once I get the info I can bring that to Jax’s vet and discuss it with him. For now we have to stay on the prescription food but if/when we are able to be off I want to make a well informed decision for Jax.

  • InkedMarie

    I’m actually signing up for the consierge (sp) program today for Zeal for Boone; auto ship, free shipping, get a discount plus other goodies! Zeal is one THK I can’t always find locally.

  • InkedMarie

    Hi Anca, I’ve fed THK for years. As others have saidm they handled the recall wonderfully. Their website is very intensive, lots of links from links…they also have a neat little booklet about the food & the company. Give them a call, they’ll send you one. They are completely transparent about where they get ingredients from and are one of only two dog foods that can call themselves human grade food.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I agree with Patty about Zeal. The Honest Kitchen is produces some of the highest quality, if not the highest quality commercial pet food products available. They are the only pet food company that can label their food as certified human grade – they use all human grade raw materials and manufacture their food in a human grade manufacturing plant. Yes, they had a recall – however if you eliminate any company that’s had a recall from your potential foods list you’re going to be eliminating many of the best companies. Recalls can happen to any company at any time and what’s important is not whether or not a company has had a recall but the frequency of recalls, what the recall is for and how the company handles the recall. Heck, Ben and Jerry’s has had a recall – that’s not going to stop me from eating Ben and Jerry’s. THK had a lot of integrity to handle the recall the way that they did because most companies (especially companies with no recall history) would have not recalled the product and waited until someone (or some pet) got sick before they recalled so as to avoid tainting their reputation.

    If you’re really adverse to feeding THK some other foods to look into would be Annamaet’s Lean formula, Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Chicken and also many of the Addiction foods have 12% fat or less (they have kibbled, dehdyrated and canned options). To my knowledge none of these companies have ever had recalls or at least not in the recent past.

  • Anca

    Hi Betsy,
    I understand, and again, how they handle a recall is paramount. The reviews do seem to be very positive and Zeal does have the fat content we need. and looks like very healthy choice.
    I will check with the vet to make sure it has everything he needs diet wise. Thanks for the help!

  • Anca

    I understand where you are coming from and I agree 100% that how a company responds is key. It does have a very low fat percentage..I’ll check with my vet and check to make sure he would get all he needs nutrient wise.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Of course it is your choice, but I want you to know that as far as recalls go THK did everything right. They used human grade parsley, which ended up testing positive for salmonella. They had not distributed much of the food when they found out, but they immediately issued a recall, out of an abundance of caution. They never had any of their food test positive, but they put the welfare of their customers pets and customers peace of mind ahead of profits. I personally don’t think you can ask for better than that. Due to the nature of the food chain, any company can have a recall at any time. How they handle a recall is what’s important.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Anca,

    Personally, I’m picky about companies who’ve had recalls myself and I know Patty is too; but THK handled their recall very well and I wouldn’t hesitate to use their products. In fact, I recently ordered several THK things including the Zeal Patty mentioned and I know I can use them with confidence.

  • Anca

    Hi Patty,
    Thanks for your response. I had not heard of them but looking them up just now I saw they had a recall this past year. I’m so paranoid now with Jax, I’m trying to find a brand that has not been recalled.

  • Anca

    Hi Betsy,
    Thank you for your quick response! I have looked at that page, the problem is most have a fat level of over 12%. His weight was/is fine but we have to keep his fat content very low to make sure he doesn’t have another “episode”. This one seems like the best choice comparing ingredients to the others :)
    Thanks again!

  • Pattyvaughn

    I know that the Honest Kitchen Zeal is very low fat, but good quality.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Anca,

    Yes, it’s a real good choice. : )

    Also, if you haven’t already, take a look at this page for some additional information on low fat diets: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/suggested-low-fat-dog-food/.

    I have no experience with pancreatitis, but lots of people here have and will no doubt share their experiences with you.

    Good luck!

  • Anca

    Just curious if this would be a good food for my boy Jax, who had a bout of acute pancreatitis not long ago. We are now on Hills Prescription Diet i/d Low Fat GI Restore. I know he will need to be on a low fat diet for a long time, if not, forever .. and for now we have to stay on this prescription food

    I just am researching other brands that may we may be able to switch to down the road.

    Looking at the ingredients of both foods this kibble has a fat level a bit higher (11% as opposed to 9%) and it also has a higher protein level (37% as opposed to 20%). The prescription kibble has prebiotics, Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. I looked at this food because it got 5 stars but Is there any food that is comparable/close to the prescription food that while has a lower fat content still provides Jax with the necessary nutrients?

    Thanks

  • Toni

    This is the only dog food that both of my dogs like. One of my dogs is picky but she will eat this. I have tried numerous different foods. No issues whatsoever with reduced fat wellness core. :)

  • Shawna

    Sorry for the multiple posts but I had an aftertought. You state “Please do some research and understand that animals in the wild DO become sick from raw food”

    Kibble (if you are a kibble feeder) is not immune to making dogs ill… Most of the salmonella recalls thus far this year have been kibbled diets. Also kibble is a cause of cancer per vet Dr. Demian Dressler of the Dog Cancer Blog.

    “Dog Food: Is There a Cancer Risk?

    First, high temperature cooking of meat or fish, or the creation of their extracts can produce nasties called heterocyclic amines… These little guys have been shown to promote tumors in lab animals. Do dogs eat food that has been exposed to high temperatures? The truth is: yes.

    Another carcinogen is polyacrylamide, again from high temperature cooking, this time of sugars in starch…

    So what does this mean? Well, we don’t want to go around saying that every dog who eats dog food in a bag (and pressed through an extruder at high temperatures) will get cancer. That would be irrational and untrue.

    However, there are genetic differences and lifestyle differences and carcinogen exposure differences, all from one dog to the next.

    Since we know that cancer is created by many separate hits to the system, in certain dogs diet might be the thing that tips the scale.” http://www.dogcancerblog.com/dog-food-is-there-a-cancer-risk/

    For the record, Dr. Dressler recommends a home prepared and lightly cooked diet for dogs that already have cancer.

  • Shawna

    Meg Smart is a vet and taught nutrition for over 30 years. Here’s her diet recommendation.

    “So what should you feed your dog?

    This may shock you. Variety is the key. Kibble, whole foods, raw, dehydrated, freeze dried, and healthy table scraps can all be included on the menu.” http://petnutritionbysmart.blogspot.com/2012/07/practical-advise-on-feeding-your-dog.html#more

    Vet Dr. Karen Becker lists a complete and balanced RAW diet as her most recommended food.
    “The List of Best-to-Worst Foods

    1. A balanced, raw, homemade diet is the best food you can feed your dog or cat.” http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2010/07/21/13-pet-foods-ranked-from-great-to-disastrous.aspx

    Vet Dr. Martin Goldstein also lists a balanced raw diet as his most recommended food.

    “Ideal – Healthiest

    1. Hunted, raw prey (not realistic in modern society)

    2. Fresh raw meats, bones, organ meats with very small amounts
    of fresh vegetables. Include a well-rounded vitamin/mineral mix and omega 3 essential fatty acids (salmon oil). You can prepare your own raw diet using meat/bone pieces and parts, or you can use pre-prepared ground products such as Bravo! and Nature’s Variety.” http://www.drmarty.com/feeding.htm
    I could list 20+ more nutritionists and vets that recommend raw (off the top of my head). Ones that could be verified online — like Monica Segal and Kymythy Schultz or Dr. Amy Nesselrodt and Dr. Tom Lonsdale.

    PS — what health conditions could be made worse by a raw diet? My pup has had kidney disease since birth and has been on raw since weaning. Dr. Martin Goldstein works A LOT with cancer dogs etc.

  • LawofRaw

    Who’s personal choice? The owner’s or the dog’s? Place an apple, berry or say broccoli or kale on one corner of a room, then place a piece of raw meaty bone (Any herbivorous species) and witness what the dog (Any mentally stable dog) heads to, before you could blink twice!

    With regard to bacteria, e.coli and salmonella, such are no match for the acidic pH stomach levels of a generally healthy dog. Nor is it a match for their somewhat naturally antiseptic tongues, as per discovered in 2 notable university studies, one in 1975, and another in 1990 at the University of Davis California. That’s why the parents of a canine newborn offspring can and do lick all over the pup to provide a protective antibacterial barrier as well as clean off any present same.

    For some more in-depth education on why feeding a raw carnivorous diet to our domestic dogs, helps improve their coat, skin, teeth, breath, eyes, and every other possible fact of health imaginable, read Dr. Tom Lonsdale’s “Work Wonders”, and “Raw Meaty Bones”. Read Steve Brown’s “Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet”. Read the following pages of rawfed dot com / myths. Read the literature and watch the video clips of Dr. Karen Becker at the pages of healthypets dot mercola dot com. Read Dr. Ian Billinghurst’s “Give a Dog a Bone, and his other 2 books. Read the pages and literature of Dr. Kim Bloomer at aspenbloompetcare dot com. Read the articles written by Dr. Chris Collins, Dr. Bruce Symes, Dr. Peter Dobias and countless of other expert testimonials, on just why raw feeding is truly the only way to ensure your dog and cat for that matter are at their absolute healthiest!

    Hope this helps. :)

  • Theresa Bennett

    try dick van pattens natural balance.
    low protein and fat.

  • Theresa Bennett

    Dogs very rarely contract salmonella and e-coli. their digestive tracts are short for this purpose and the flora in their gut prevents this. (the very reason they can get away with eating a week old decaying squirrel found in the backyard and only end up with soft stool if anything!)
    Also, in terms of digestibility, amino acid profile and nutrient bioavalability raw out performs every other type of food. hands down. offer me a standard processed kibble that competes
    digestibility average:
    raw 95<
    canned <85
    kibble <70
    source: 2 separate holistic vets I consult with.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    It’s true that canned food typically contains less calories (due to high moisture content) and is closer to the ideal diet than kibble, however as a general rule it’s not true that it’s lower in fat. On average canned foods contain nearly 50% more fat than kibble (remember the fat levels on the can are not on a dry matter basis, you must convert to dry matter for comparative purposes). The higher fat content isn’t a bad thing and it’s one of the reasons canned foods are more species-appropriate – most kibbles are much lower in fat than the ancestral diet.

  • Theresa Bennett

    canned is usually from 1/2 to 1/3 (sometimes even less) the fat and calories of kibble. this is a common misconception and I hope it helps as canned is far more digestable and closer to an ideal diet than processed kibble is (of course depending on brand)!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000183721392 Kaycee Andersen

    Wolves eat fruits, vegetables, etc. Wolves also become ill from the raw foods that they consume due to parasites and bacteria (e coli, etc) – and they do die from this. Please do some research and understand that animals in the wild DO become sick from raw food – just as humans do. Domesticated dogs have been adapted to different diets from their ancestors – guilting people into believing RAW is somehow the best for dogs is the wrong approach. It is a personal choice that should be discussed with a vet — because some health conditions could be made worse by a raw diet – or the risk that it poses. Just as we carefully eat sushi or steak tar tar, so should our pets be careful with the RAW diet plan. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000183721392 Kaycee Andersen

    Have your dog’s thyroid checked – but know that false negatives are common, so re-testing is often necessary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000183721392 Kaycee Andersen

    This food disintegrates into a fine powder. When my dog vomited this food (must not have been feeling too hot), it was nothing but a paste. Stool output was not well formed. I wanted to love this food. I wanted it to “fit” our need, so I kept using it. Weightloss did not occur, although quantity was greatly reduced to well below half of the suggested amount on the label. The food easily breaking down into a dust-like substance was simply troubling, and I could not get past it. For reliable weightloss in dogs who have medical conditions that enable weight gain (thyroid in our case, as well as kidney), I would try Science Diet Veterinary Weight Loss R/D (with Chicken) to get a leg up on the weight loss (or weight loss maintenance food) – then – look for a weightloss food that has a higher fiber content (to help dog’s appetite feel satisfied, and healthy stools), low k-cal, somewhat high protein (40 is too high in my book), and high vegetable content. Supplements are helpful as well as fish oil caps. Good luck.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Elevated liver enzymes could be because she came into contact with something toxic that was a temporary problem. That could be why her liver enzymes are back to normal now. If her enzymes are fine, she doesn’t need to continue on the prescription diet and it is probably better for her to be off it. You may want to have her enzymes checked again in a month or so to make sure that she is still not having a problem, just for your peace of mind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michele.kowal.54 Michele Kowal

    Just bought the Wellness Core reduced fat for my chubby girl, Dixie. I was previously feeding her the Blue Buffalo Freedom, and even tho she was doing well on it, I decided it was time to try something new. My question is, my other weim, Sophie had elevated liver enzymes last summer, but we were never able to determine the cause. Subsequent blood work has shown that her enzymes are back to being normal and I am wondering if it is okay to feed her the Wellness Core. She has apparently decided that she does not like the prescription food that the vet had her on and has refused to eat it. I caved after 2 days of her refusing to eat and gave her Dixie’s food. She refuses to eat anything but that. She wasnt acting sick at all….just stubborn! She seems to be doing okay eating it….no change in her poo or anything. Any advice????

  • Dr. J.

    i am feeding our senior dogs the Orijen Adult, since it is higher in proteins, just a bit. In fact all the orijen products are similar to one another and our puppies are getting orijen Adulat as well. must be working since the male puppie (malamute and lab) is about 80 pounds at age 6 1/2 months. this guys will be a monster dog….she is a mere 57 pounds and looks tiny compared to him, but is still on course to end up at 90 plus pounds….I need to find a re-mortgage option at this rate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Ah ha! Thanks, Patty!

  • Pattyvaughn

    The iodine in it supports the endocine system, which controls metabolism.

  • sharron

    Hi Betsy and thanks a bunch
    i’m going to give the orijen senior a try and see how that goes
    thanks again for your all your help and support

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    That’s great news, Sharron!

    It sounds like you’re doing the right things. I’d suggest just watching portions and keeping up with the same exercise she’s used to at this point. Keep her diet high protein and watch the carbs. I’d probably stick with a grain and white potato free food for her since she, like my Cavalier, gains weight easily. If you prefer a kibble, have you tried the foods that have a lower glycemic index ~ such as Nutrisca, Orijen and Horizon? If you find one that you both like, but you feel the size of the kibble is too big, you can always give it a whirl in a chopper or coffee grinder and mix in a bit of warm water.

    You obviously are a very loving doggie mom. Keep up the great work!

  • sharron

    Hi again – need to add to my last posting – she won’t eat the wellness core reduced fat so i can’t use that as a maintenance food, she likes the royal canin yorkie but since giving it to her yesterday she is scooting across the carpet alot – wondering if i should put her back on the acana regionals again but concerned about weight gain again – i never feed what is suggested on the bag it is always less.

  • sharron

    Hi – thought i would give an update – just back from the vet for a weigh-in – lexee is now 9.6lbs. – yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    now i have to learn how to maintain this weight.
    thanks to all for help – greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LabsRawesome

    Very true. My 55lb Springer eats the exact same amount as my 72lb Lab. The Springer just has a higher metabolism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Hey Patty,

    Just curious, how do you think the seaweed supplement will help in Sharron’s case and potentially dealing with a slow metabolism?

    I use, sporadically, Solid Gold Sea Meal in both Sam & Bella’s food. Originally, I started with it in an effort to improve Bella’s coat, but she is now a little “fluffy” and I need to reduce her portion size. So, I’m wondering if using the Sea Meal a little more consistently well help.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    As I said last year, Lexee might just have more muscle mass since she gets exercised. If she looks good – abdominal tuck, tapered waist, ribs easily felt – then she doesn’t need to lose weight. Just feed her to keep her in good body condition. You should post some photos of her – top view and side view while standing up. And if she has fluffy hair, wet it down for the photo so we can see her true silhouette.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Reducing body fat and increasing muscle boast metabolism. Adding a seaweed supplement may help, if she will eat it. She is small enough that if you could get her to play in a kiddie pool, it would be great exercise. I can put a toy on a stick and get one of mine to chase around me to try and get it.

  • InkedMarie

    Dogs are like people. We all can’t eat the same amount of calories in the same form and weigh the same. You need to adjust for your dog.

  • Dr J.

    try swimming…..or teach her to cycle

  • sharron

    is there anything that can kick start her metabolism besides intensifying her walks?

  • Pattyvaughn

    If your vet still insists she needs to lose weight, then listen to your vet about that much at least, but you don’t have to change foods. Just feed a few pieces less each meal and speed up her walks. That should help keep her happy and healthy.

  • sharron

    thanks again patty for your help
    i felt lexee’s ribs – they’re not hard to find – i don’t have press hard to feel them – i went back to royal canin yorksire terrier – she really does like this food – i don’t have to add water or warm it up or add can to it like i have to with other dry foods to get her to eat it – i know it’s not the best but to feed her just can food is something that works out to be too expensive since my husband and i are both retired.

  • Pattyvaughn

    PS You may need to walk faster. She may need the intensity of her workout increased.

  • Pattyvaughn

    She may have a slow metabolism. My 14 lbs Jack Russell Terrier only gets 1/2 cup a day, and for an 11 yr old, she is very active.
    You don’t judge whether or not they are over weight by how much they eat, you judge by how much cover they have over their bones.
    This is an excellent description of how to judge their weight that Purina(I think) put out. Close your fist and feel your knuckles with the fingertips of your other hand, that is how ribs feel on a dog that is underweight. Now, open your hand and feel your knuckles on the palm side of your hand, that is how ribs feel when a dog is overweight. Now, feel your knuckles on the back of your open hand, that is how ribs should feel when a dog is in correct weight.

  • sharron

    Hi – i’m starting to wonder if lexee is overweight. How can a dog get chubby eating 3/8 cup/day which = to about 170 calories and gets 4 – 20 min each walks/day
    Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
    Thanks again to all who have helped me in the past

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    It is recommended because for a “diet” food it is high in protein and still low in fat with fewer calories than the usual diet foods. If you look at other “diet” foods or “weight management” foods you will find alot of them have low meat and more filler and carbs than Core Reduced Fat. And since it is a kibble it does have to have a certain amount of carbs to keep it’s shape. You can find lower carb foods in canned goods and raw foods.

  • InkedMarie

    good idea Patty!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Without personal experience with your dog, I can’t say how much will make her gain or lose, but raw is good. I can’t tell you how many dogs I have seen lose weight when they went to a higher meat protein diet. Conversely, my very thin dogs put on a lot of muscle when I started feeding some raw and a high protein kibble. I feed half kibble and half raw and have been able to maintain all 3 dogs weight very well, including my JRT who I used to say gained weight when I carried food past her.
    Have you determined how many calories you should feed Lexee to lose weight?

  • Guest

    Hello sharron. Beg my pardon, but if I may also answer your question re raw, all you need do, is return to basics and ask your self what do wolves eat in the wild, and is Nature then in error? So raw by way of raw meaty bones, offal, whole fish, etc, is really the definitive and conclusive way to go re feeding your dog to live on a diet as close as Nature had intended. And yes if feeding your dog such a raw diet in proportion to its weight. (Don’t know about the medallions you mention, but sounds manufactured), then yes it can lose weight and regain a naturally appropriate weight. Kangaroo and turkey meat a must in the rotational raw diet to assist in weight reduction accompanying an active daily routine such as walking and playing fetch etc.

  • sharron

    Good Morning Patty – what about raw?
    I have a bag of nature’s variety chicken medallions – if i feed lexee 3/day will she lose the extra weight or gain more?
    thanks

  • Pattyvaughn

    Soak the dry food until it will mush with a fork then stir in a little canned for flavor. I had a coffee grinder that I used to use on dog food when the need arised.

  • sharron

    Hi – because she won’t eat dry dog food – she doesn’t even eat it with canned mixed in – she picks out the dry and eats the wet – she did this morning

  • InkedMarie

    Why do you have to add canned? I could be wrong but I always thought that canned was higher in calories and fat but am not sure. If you have to, I’d use the Wellness Core canned. It’s a supplemental one, I believe, nice & smooshy, makes it easier to mix in.

  • sharron

    Hi – well i switched Lexee over to the wellness core RF from acana light and fit – she likes it as long as i mix wet food with it – she has to lose 1 lb – 1 1/2 lbs – now my question is – what is an appropriate wet food to mix with it – should i be concerned about the amt of fat in the wet food and should it be grain free?
    thanks
    ps: for those who don’t know – Lexee is a 4 yr old
    yorkie/chihuahua X

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Chrissy –

    Weightloss is dependent on the amount of calories your dog is consuming and the amount of calories your dog is expending. As long as your dog is burning more calories than it’s consuming it will lose weight regardless of the protein, fat or carbohydrate levels in the food. My recommendation would be to just find a high quality 4 or 5 star food and feed a small enough portion size that will result in weightloss. Dehydrated foods (when rehydrated), raw foods and canned foods contain a very high moisture content and are therefore, generally, less calorically dense than dry foods – for this reason I think it’s best to feed one of these options over a dry food so the dog can eat a larger volume of food for the same amount of calories in comparison to a dry food, it can help the dog feed less deprived.

  • Chrissy

    I have been reading up on the articles about how to get your dog to lose weight. In the comments I have seen this food mentioned a few times and after looking at the info for this food I dont know why it was recommended because the carbs are higher then the protein. Isn’t it suppose to be high protein low carbs? am I correct or am I just not getting this? Thanks

  • Lauren

    Hi Sandy –

    Thanks so much for replying. I’ve done a lot of research and will look at the link you’ve sent me as well. I’ve found it difficult to find a food with low fat and low protein that is grain free. I was hoping I could mix the Core Reduced Fat with the BB Grain Free Basics – that would give a nice protein percentage and lower fat percentage – perfect numbers for my little one. But I don’t want to upset his tummy by mixing 2 different foods.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    I mix a variety of foods. But if you want something with medium protein and lower fat without mixing there’s Great Life. When I fed this I bought it from PetFlow. Look at the Great Life Rx/Dr. E’s and the Pioneer Naturals on their website. doctorsfinest(dot)com. Have you looked at the low fat foods list here on DFA?

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/suggested-low-fat-dog-food/

  • Lauren

    Hi Everyone –
    I posted on the Blue Buffalo board as well, hoping to gather as much info as possible. Long story short, I’d like my little guy to be on a food with a little less protein. He needs a lower fat food because of his previous stomach issues/pancreatitis. He’s done very well on the Core Reduced fat, but I’d like a little less protein because of a possibility of recurring bladder stones.
    What do you think about mixing 2 different foods together? I was just
    thinking, since I would like something with a little bit less protein
    but maybe not as low at the BB Grain Free Basics… Could I mix the
    Wellness Core Reduced Fat (33% protein) with the BB Grain Free (22%
    protein)? That would give a nice percentage of protein, not too high,
    with still a lower fat percentage, which he needs for his stomach.
    Thoughts? Thanks so much.

  • Lynn

    huge fiber number!!

  • Melissaandcrew

    loriandmojo-

    I have used the En canned foods during initial after care of a bout of pancreatitis, and for up to 10 days after while taking the meds. My chronic gal ate foods such as Wilderness low fat. You won’t know what will work for yours, until you try, but I always recc the lowest fat possible, even if the food is not what you ultimately want to feed-and then increasing the fat until you figure out what food will work that is your end goal.

  • loriandmojo

    my italian greyhound had what we thought was pancreatitis, but came up on the test neg 2X..it can be poss. and come up neg. I read. He was on Wellness for years(in the beginning we gave him some people food we should’nt have)..the super 5 mix complete health..but the vet had me switch to purina EN gastro. ..I see it is mostly corn products, I’m wondering if the wellness reduced fat would be ok or not..it just has better ingredients..I’ve always had him on better grade food, and after reading what’s in the purina I am grossed out.

  • Jens

    It is just like in humans, you loose weight if your eat less calories that you need or burn more than you take in. In older dogs you simply reduce the food intake, since they are a lot less active. In terms of weight loss it does not matter if you eat your calories in pure fat, carbs or proteins. However, in terms of health it does matter that you have a balanced diet.

  • Sandy

    Beagle mom,

    All my pugs, personal and fosters, over the past 4 years all lost weight eating low carbs, above average protein, and mod fat, including seniors. Over the years I’ve used Core, Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Nutrisca, Brothers, and even canned foods like Wellness stews, Addiction, and Merrick. My latest 8 yr old pug has gone from 35.5 to 28 lbs in 2 months just eating mostly canned food with some raw foods. Now he can go get his dental done and finally get listed for adoption.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    BeagleMom –

    Most “senior” or “low fat” foods are too high in carbs and too low in protein – the meat is replaced with grains and starches to reduce the fat content. There’s no reason an overweight dog needs to be on a low fat food. Pick out a high quality food and just feed your dog less. Weight loss is based on calories in/calories out not how much fat is in a food.

  • BeagleMom

    I should add the tubby beagles are 8 and 11.  The Super 5 mix for Seniors has a bad rating as well.  I am perplexed!

  • BeagleMom

    I am currently feeding my tubby beagles Wellness Super 5 Mix Healthy Weight blend. I just noticed it’s not so good 2.5 star rating.  I’m wondering if I should switch to the CORE Reduced Fat blend.  They are tubby.  Of course my vet swears by Science Diet. I switched to Wellness when my boy beagle had horrible black nastiness in his ear.  He has not had it since going on Wellness.  Still tubby though.  I am not happy paying $30+ for food that is 2.5 stars though.

  • Tnert79

    My Yorkshier Terrier also has pancreatitis and has been eating Wellness Core Reduced Fat food for the last year with no more flare ups.

  • Drtkkt

    We have a mixed breed and we have been feeding her a prescription canned dog food Hills i/d canine. She has pancreatitis and had lost a lot of weight and mussel. Lately she gets 2/3 can of food with 1/3 ground turkey. Best of luck Dan

  • Junehogan1

    What can I safely feed my geriatric pug who is vomiting her RX ID. which is supposed ti be good for allergic dogs?

  • Melissaandcrew

    Hollehel –

    After a bout of pancreatitis, I would keep the dog on the low fat rx diet for a short period of time. I have several dogs prone to this condition, and honestly, have not had any major flareups in several years when I kept them on a lower fat diet. Only when I got a little crazy did I have a problem, lol.

    Personally, for my crew, I find that most foods under 15% work well for them. If she is underweight, I would search for low fat, but with the most kcals per cup I could find : )

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1206895692 Betty-Jean Porter Alger

    I was happy to find a 5 star weight control kibble at my local grain store. My Pomeranian had a little trouble with the size of the Wellness Core, I added a little warm water. Is this the proper food for him, he’s almost 9 and overweight? I’ve only had him a few months.

  • Hollehel

     Thanks, I think so too. The Royal Canin only has 20.5 % protein.

  • BryanV21

    I think a higher protein food would be better, especially for an active dog. Although I don’t know your pup’s medical history, so perhaps there’s another reason why your vet wants you to stay on this. I’d definitely look for an alternative though, that’s for sure.

  • Hollehel

    Thank you for your help! I just don’t feel she is getting all she needs from the Royal Canin because she is so active; however the vet says she should stay on it long term. Mom knows best right!! lol
     

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Wellness Core Reduced fat would be a good choice. Here’s a list of 4 and 5 star low fat dog foods: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/suggested-low-fat-dog-food/ – off this list THK’s Zeal would probably be my top pick. The Addiction canned and Weruva canned have some great low fat formulas that would make good toppers too.

  • Hollehel

    I am looking for a safe, good food for my 4 yr old GSD that has pancreatitis. Right now she is on Royal Canin GastroIntestinal Low fat but it only has a 3 rating. She is really skinny as she is very active so I certainly don’t need weight control. Any suggestions?? I was wondering if the Wellness Core  Reduced Fat would be a better fit.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DGCWEVQLF4HCWAB3WYL3D5WJPE Bryan

    Andrea,
         Some dogs are a little gassy naturally. I have a mutt I adopted years ago and no matter what food she is on in her rotation she can still clear a room from time to time.

  • Andrea

    I have a male and female both 3YO and they are currently on Wellness Super mix. I am thinking of changing to WRF due to the comments the female is a little overweight, but the male seems to have a lot of gas issues where he hunches down.  The vet stated it was probably his food but I dont like the food they sale which has a lot of chicken by product any suggestions?

  • InkedMarie

    If your dogs don’t need to lose weight, look at the other two Core products: their adult and their fish

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Core Ocean has high fiber and is not low fat.  Blue Buffalo Wilderness and Dogswell Nutrisca also have high fiber.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Neil Hartupee: I’m not sure if your vet gave you a specific fiber % to look for, but the Wellness Core Reduced Fat formula a lot more fiber than the other Wellness formulas. I think it would be a great option for weight loss as well because it’s low in carbohydrates and high protein.

    Edit: To boost fiber you could also consider adding a spoonful or two of plain canned pumpkin to the food.

  • Neil Hartupee

    Hi,  My Vet told me my dogs need a high fiber food.  Core was my choice, however my dogs do not need to loss weight!  Your opinion please.  Neil

  • deeka

    Our ACD/BC mix rescue was very malnourished when we got her as a pup. She refused to eat much of anything until she was around 7 moths old when we discovered wellness puppy. At age 1, we switched her Wellness CORE and she loved it. It’s great for her since she runs agility, swims and takes long daily walks. We rescued a very small 8# min pin mix a year ago and he switched himself to CORE the second day we had him (he picked out the pedigree and left it laying beside the bowl!). He now eats Wellness CORE reduced fat and his weight is perfect. We will try the new CORE small breed when it is available. This libble has dome wonders for both dogs!

  • Carolyn

    Thank you Krissy for checking on this with Wellness.  I will check again with other distributors in our area & if not to be found will try the Blue Buffalo as you have recommended.

  • http://www.prairie-creations.com/ Krissy

    This is the email response that I just got from Wellness.  So it looks like it’s an issue with their distributor rather than they are actually discontinuing the formula.   Maybe you can order online instead if you can’t get it locally.   Either that or switch to something else that is similar in fat, protein and calories that you can find locally.

    Thank you for taking the time to write about Wellness® CORE Reduced Fat Dry Dog Formula.

    The product is still available and does not have any production issues.  There may be difficulty with the local distributor causing some of the problems but I can not specify the originator of the issue in your area.

    Thanks again for contacting us. 
    Michelle Sullivan
    Representative
    Consumer Affairs

  • http://www.prairie-creations.com/ Krissy

     If it is being discontinued then maybe Blue Buffalo Wilderness Healthy Weight would be a good alternative.  http://www.bluebuffalo.com/dog-food/wilderness-healthy-weight-chicken

    They are similar in their crude fat percent, but the core has a little more protein, while the blue buffalo has a little more calories per cup.

  • http://www.prairie-creations.com/ Krissy

     I just used the “contact us” link on the Wellness website to ask them if this line is being discontinued.  I’ll post their reply when I hear back from them.

  • Carolyn

    I tried two stores, one in Orillia & one in Bracebridge & both said they could not get it anymore.  I truly hope this is not the case.

  • http://www.prairie-creations.com/ Krissy

      I hope not!  We just switched to using wellness core reduced fat for our overweight golden retriever!  

  • Carolyn

    Hi, I live in Ontario, Canada & have been told by Petvalu that Wellness Core Grain Free Reduced Fat Formula is no longer available.   Has anyone else heard this?  My 5 yr. old yorkiepoo “Sassy” was doing really well on it & it is very difficult to keep her weight down.  She seems to be allergic to the grains so try to keep her away from them & this food was ideal & fed with the confidence of good quality food. 

  • Shawna

    Hi Kitty ~~ I TOTALLY agree with the others.  No fat (or even diets too low in fat) are going to cause as many issues as the diet may resolve (vitamin A, E and D deficiencies as an example).  These “fat soluble” vitamins REQUIRE fat for transport and utilization..

    Also a diet of turkey only is going to cause even more dietary deficiencies putting a major strain on his little body..

    I would agree with the others — Melissa has a great recommendation of Grandma Lucy’s.  Honest Kitchen also makes Zeal which is 9% fat a white fish based protein.  Preference is 6% and when added to a low fat meat makes a complete diet. 

    Adding a small amount of coconut oil to an already low fat diet can help too.  Coconut oil is mainly digested by enzymes in the stomach (about 75%) sparing the pancreas from having to secrete all the lipase necessary to digest it.

  • melissa

     Kitty-

    Do you mean your dog has pancreatitis issues? Why is he on a “no fat” diet?  I would look for foods that are low in fat. If you do not want a kibble, perhaps Grandma Lucy’s chicken pureformance dehydrated will work.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    No fat diets aren’t healthy.  He will not get the fat-soluble vitamins he needs.  You can ask your vet or maybe someone will chime in for some supplements to help with digestion. I’m not sure if a regular digestive enzyme supplement you can get OTC will be enough but it might help. Core Reduced Fat kibble is a little large for a mini dog.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/suggested-low-fat-dog-food/

  • Eve’sHumanMom

    What about chicken breast?  White fish meat?  Ostrich and kangaroo, while probably a little harder to find are also low in fat.

  • InkedMarie

    Everyone, including dogs, need some fat. Wellness Core reduced fat is a very good food, it is lower in fat and would be a great food for your dog to eat

  • Kittytcoconut80

    I have a 2 year old mini dachshund that is on a no fat diet because he does not process fat well. I have been giving him boiled turkey breast but recently he has been refusing to eat it. Would this food be ok to give him since I  can not get him to eat his turkey

  • ~ Dana

    Hi Kris,  I just switched my friend’s chihuahua’s over to Wellness RF.  They were getting Science diet, and since I’ve done lots of research for a little rescue Yorkie in my life who has had lots of gastro-intestinal issues, besides seizures – quality food is everything!  (Hoping my friend won’t be mad at me, but their bag of SD was now empty and I couldn’t bring myself to open up the new one they left.) One of her little chi’s is over 8 pounds – she’s a chubby sexy girl, and the other is at ideal weight.  But the chubby chi has terrible respiratory issues and the drugs on hand (just in case are pretty scary powerful – can also be prescribed for humans – drugs! 

    The kibble size was a bit of a concern for me, too, because, it is not tiny “small bites’ which i do prefer for the smaller breeds – but the RF kibble is not overly large.  What I do is mix some warm water with it and stir it around making it a broth – which also softens the kibble very quickly/easily.  It takes the chubby chi a bit more time to eat as she is now not ‘wolfing’ down the food like a vacuum – and a bit of crunch is good for the teeth.  For the other chi, I add a little extra water so it’s a bit softer for her – they both love it!  It only took me 2 days (4 feedings) to transition them.  With the little chi I gave her a choice of the SD to the WRF and she snubbed her nose up at the SD which was a relief, because I want her to also be happy.  I’ve been taking them both out for about 1-2 hours in the morning to the park where we run/walk and explore and then for about an hour in the evening (same place). 

    The chubby chi & the little one too, are seeming to be both happy and having good energy & thank goodness I’ve not yet had to administer any strong meds for the chubby one’s breathing.  She seems to be working everything out and I’m noticing she’s regulating herself quicker these days (probably due to our workouts).  Her parents return next week from holiday.  The SD is so misleading and if people aren’t educated about ingredients – it’s an easy mistake thinking you are getting something ‘healthy’ for the dog when it is not.

  • http://www.prairie-creations.com/ Kris

    What’s the kibble size of the Wellness Core reduced fat kibble? 

  • Lolita’s Mom

    I’ve been feeding Wellness Core Reduced Fat Dry to my little Chiweenie for 2 years along with Merrick 5-Star Canned Food as a topper…she is VERY healthy and everyone (including the vet) compliments her on her soft and shiny coat and bright eyes….she has no digestive or urinary problems whatsoever and her breath is so sweet, never stinky …I think this is the BEST food combination one can give their dogs. 

  • Maccabeus

    I put my two year old English Springer Spaniel girl on this food and she lost the weight the vet said that she needed to lose.  I have tried other dry foods, but they all put weight on her if the fat content is anywhere near or above 15%.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Ask your vet about adding Vit C daily to acidify his urine.  That’s what my vet did for my last adopted pug. She was 9 yrs old at that time. Now she’s 10 and still no problems. She’s actually been able to lose weight on non-low fat foods too. I just keep it low carb, not necessarily low fat.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    360 per cup

  • Dog Food Ninja

    Not all manufacturers list the caloric content of their food. But it’s easy to find out by googling the name of the food with “kcal/cup”.

  • Janet Wexler

    The calorie content is not mentioned in this report. Can someone provide that info? Thanks

  • Mataviam

    That sounds terrible. I’m not an expert. But I think the ash content from the fish can cause issues too. You should try maybe contacting the company. Hope this helps. 

  • Emily

    I have been feeding my dogs wellness core reduced fat for about 9months now. My one dog, who has always had a weight problem, is a schipperke-poodle mix and was 21 pounds when I started him on it. He lost 5 pounds in three months and now he has reached an all-time low weight of 14.5 lbs. But now we are having problems with him urinating all over the house. I work at an animal hospital and had a urinalysis done- turns out he has struvite crystals and a ph of 8. I was just curious in finding out what the acidity of wellness core reduced fat is? I have implemented cranberry supplements into his diet, and would really like to avoid switching his food…

  • Marie22ecw

    We adopted a typical height sheltie who should have weighed in the 24lb mark but was 43.7 lbs. She also had arthritis and hip dysplasia. I wanted her on a grainfree food but needed one with lower fat to help with the weightloss. Core’s reduced fat did the trick!

  • Lauren

    Hi Julz –
    I love this food for my dog.  It has made such a difference in the health of my little guy.  I will let you know that this food has some powder in the bag, too.  It bugs me as well, but I just use a strainer to get rid of it.  He doesn’t like to eat the powder.  Good luck with the switch – I think you’ll be happy with it.

  • JulzPalmer

    hi there, i have fed my 14 yr old dachshund – 15lb precious girl the Wellness Just For Seniors but I see only three stars! so i am thinking the Core reduced fat might be the way to go and slowly change her to that.  I splash her food with hot water and add no sodium green been pieces..she loves it and eats all of it.  1/3 C morning and nite is it; no human food other than green beans. Also the JFS food has a ton of food powder in the bag; that bugs me so I hope the Reduced Fat is better …great to find this site.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Hi…I used to feed Core Reduced Fat.  The pieces are not too small at all.  It’s an adult food, so it your Bulldog is an adult, he might do fine with the size of this kibble.  It should also help keep him in a good weight, as it’s higher protein and lower fat and pretty low in carbs.  It does contain potato but that never bothered my dogs.

  • Edixon008

    This food sounds like a good choice for my dog however, how is this for a large breed, specifically an Englisht Bulldog?  I tried another brand where the store said would be OK for a large breed but the pieces were so small that he digested it so fast and his stool was way too soft and there was no nutritional value.

  • lexee’smom

    Hi Sandy

    thanks for replying to my question – very helpful
    will keep lexee on the wellness core for awhile longer.

  • lexee’smom

    Hi Lauren:

    thanks for your reply – very helpful

  • Lauren

    Hi lexee’smom –
    A lower fat food is easier for a dog to digest.  I just saw my vet the other day and asked him what I should do if my dog loses too much weight on the wellness core reduced fat because I don’t want to go to a higher fat food.  He said to simply increase the amount of food if he loses too much weight, but I don’t need to change the food itself.  If he doesn’t want to eat the food anymore, I would suggest adding just a touch of the wellness core canned wet food.  Hopefully the flavor will entice him to eat the food.  Hope that helps.

  • sandy

    Blue Buffalo Wilderness has a small breed formula now as well as a Healthy Weight formula.  And Amicus has a lower fat formula and the kibble is tiny.

    Just wanted to mention also that when I put my fat fosters dogs on a diet, they get regular foods but reduced portions. Regular meaning – Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Core Ocean, foods that are grain free and high protein regardless of fat content.

  • lexee’smom

    have a 3 yr old yorkie/chihuahua who has been on wellness core r.f. for the past month. she has about 3 oz to go to be at 9 lbs. my question is: she is getting tired of the wellness core and was wondering if i should switch to a regular dry food and take her off “diet” type food. My concern is that the fat level is high in most of the grain free foods and also she is very particular about dry foods, the only ones the she prefers are orijen, acana – but i have been told that these foods should be fed to high active dogs, working dogs etc. her active level is moderate. i take her out 4 x a day and she doesn’t get treats.
    I’m concern about her gaining weight again.
    Can anyone give me any suggestions?

    thanks
    lexee’s mom

  • Lauren

    Hi Cindy –
    I have a small dog as well – he’s 14.5 pounds now, but was close to 18 pounds a few months ago.  He is at a perfect weight now.  I attribute his good health to this food.  I feed him a little more than 3/8 cup of food in the morning and the evening and he gets carrots as treats a few times during the day. 

  • Abby’s mom

    Thanks Jan-Mom2Cavs, I appreciate the info. I think I’m looking for a new vet as last time we were there she advised me to put her on PEDIGREE. That’s when I started looking into dog foods and found this site, thank God. Thanks again, Abby’s mom.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Abby’s mom, I really don’t think a multi-vitamin is necessary if your dog is healthy.  It won’t hurt to feed one, though.  AND, I do recommend, if you feed one, that you use a product that uses whole foods to acquire the vitamins and not one with synthetic vitamins.  A good site to go to that might help is http://www.dogaware.com.  They will give some product examples under the diet heading, I believe.  I have 3 senior dogs and 1 adult and I do not use a multi-vitamin atm.  I am using enzymes and probiotics to help them digest all the foods they eat so that they can use all the nutrients in the food better.  I have used whole food supplements in the past, though.  Also, I have used an herbal supplement to boost my oldest Cavalier’s immune system.  One of my favorite whole food, green blend, supplements is Solid Gold Seameal.  It has vits/mins and enzymes in it.  It uses kelp, which contains lots of vits/mins, and prozyme for the enzymes.  I also like Wholistic Pet Canine Complete.  There are other goods ones out there, as well.  But remember, if your dog is healthy, with healthy blood test results, and you are feeding quality foods (which it seems you are) in the appropriate amounts then your dog should be okay without a multi-vitamin supplement.  Also, remember to run it by your vet.

  • Abby’s mom

    I meant to say MIXED with a little Merricks and I don’t trust to ask the VET anymore. Abys senile mom.

  • Abby’s mom

    I feed my dog wellness core moved with a little merricks canned. Does anyone know if I still need to give her a supplement multi vitamin? I don’t trust to ask the ver anymore. THANK GOD FOR THIS SITE AND ALL OF YOU WHO GIVE US SUCH GOOD INFORMATION, thanks, Abby’s mom.

  • Cindyaudubon

    Hi  Victoria,  How much did you feed your dog?  I have a small dog and she needs to loose a couple pounds.

  • sandy

    Angel’s Mommy,

    This company has sample sizes that you can get (either from the retailer or by emailing the company). The Core Reduced Fat is larger than the Core Ocean. I think it would be too big for a pom/chi. I’ve used both of them before for pugs. If you’re looking for tiny kibble and reduced fat, look into Amicus or Blue Buffalo Wilderness Healthy Weight or Wilderness Small Breed.

    http://www.horizonpetfood.com/amicus/index.html

    http://bluebuffalo.com/dog-food/grain-free-wilderness

  • Gordon

    Angel’s mommy – I personally don’t know what the size off this kibble is, but I believe that they do make them smaller now so as to accommodate a wider range of dog breeds, big and small.

    You can always squeeze a kibble to the corner of an unopened bag, to get a feeling of its size, if your local pet store carries this brand.

  • Angel’s mommy

    Can someone tell me if this kibble can be fed to small breeds? I’m looking into rotating my pomchi’s food but she won’t eat something if it’s too big. Thanks.

  • ron

    Hi Denise, wellness core orginal is a great product,i have a lab, who has had ear infections, and did change her diet to this and so far so good it’s been over a year!!and she has never looked so good she was prone to skin problems as most labs are..Ron

  • sandy

    Hi Denise,

    Have you looked at this list? http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-grain-free-dog-foods/best-grain-free-dog-foods-dry/comment-page-5/#comment-39757

    I would definitely put them all on a grain free diet. Just my opinion!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Denise… Unfortunately, due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, I cannot provide customized product recommendations for each reader. For more help, please check out my reviews and visit our FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Help Me Choose a Dog Food”. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Wish I could be more help.

  • Denise

    I am just learning about the pros and cons of different kibbles and didn’t realize the effects and results some kibble can have. I have 4 dogs – 5 years to 11 years; small and big; and I have always mixed 3 Eukenuba foods together; weight; small breed and maintenance. I now find that this food is only receiving a 2 star rating. Two of my dogs seem to have developed respiratory issues as well (almost like an asthma attack) and have been treating for a few months with our vet. I am wondering if this could be the result of a food allergy. I started feeding the Lamb and Rice formulas a while back. I am educating myself to make an informed decison about what foods to try in the hopes I can find one kibble that will fit all their needs. My main specific question is that I have 2 Springer spaniels who have continual ear infections. I have heard that certain foods can really help overcome these issues and I am wondering if there is a recommendation that can be made on this issue? I seem to recall that I may have read that a food with high yeast content ironically helps. I am also looking at Lifes Abundance and several other kibbles. I prefer to only feed dry kibble. Thank you for any suggestions. I will need to be ordering food in about 7 to 10 days.

  • Gordon

    Lauren – I’m not surprised to your story, after changing from some food like Nestle’s Purina Pro Plan (confectionery junk food).

  • Lauren

    Thank you, Sandy. Learn something new everyday. Appreciate the clarification.

  • sandy

    Lauren,

    The 37% is on a dry matter basis, the moisture has been taken out. It is 33% on the bag with moisture of 10%.

  • Lauren

    Just noticed something. The protein reading on this review is 37%. On the bag of food I have, and on the Wellness site, it lists protein as 33%. Has something changed? Thanks.

  • Lauren

    I didn’t realize there was a review specifically for Wellness Core Reduced Fat. Glad to see it. I posted the following on the other Wellness Core review – posting it here in case anyone is interested:
    My dog is only 3 now, and since he was a puppy, he was always too calm for my liking. Not that I don’t like a calm dog, but didn’t seem normal for a young, small dog – he wanted to just lie around and sleep a lot. A few months ago, he began vomiting. Was hospitalized, he couldn’t keep food in, was very sick. They did exploratory surgery and there was no blockage, but they said his insides were very angry. Through much research, especially on this site, I decided to change his food from Pro Plan to Wellness Core Reduced Fat. He is a different dog completely and I have to thank you for your help. He is thriving like never before. He is energetic and active and hasn’t been sick to his stomach since I switched his food. Be well.

  • Victoria

    Pretty good food, helped my dog shed excess weight without putting him on carb heavy weight loss formula, although I wouldnt feed this long term due to low fat content.