The Wellness Ninety-Five Percent line of canned dog food gets the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The Wellness Ninety-Five Percent product line lists five canned dog foods, each intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Beef
- Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Turkey
- Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Salmon
- Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Chicken
- Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Lamb (2 stars)
Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Chicken Dog Food was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.
Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Chicken Formula
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, water sufficient for processing, natural flavors, cassia gum, carrageenan
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||36%||27%||28%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||28%||51%||22%|
The first ingredient in this dog food includes chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1
Chicken 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.
After the natural flavor, we find cassia gum. Cassia gum is a plant extract used here as a gelling agent providing no nutritional value to this food.
The fifth ingredient is carrageenan, a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there does appear to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.
We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list.
Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Wellness Ninety-Five Percent looks like an above-average canned dog food.
But being 100% meat, the product was never intended to be fed as a complete and balanced canine diet.
Wellness Ninety-Five Percent is strictly a supplement.
Because they probably lack some essential nutrients, supplements must not be fed continuously as the sole item in a dog’s diet.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 35% and an average fat level of 32%. Together, these figures suggest an overall carbohydrate content of 25% for the full product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 92%.
Below-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
With not enough carbohydrate ingredients present to account for the carb reading on the dashboard, one must assume the protein or fat content has been significantly understated on the label.
With no sign of any plant-based protein concentrates, this is the profile of a canned dog food containing an abundance of meat.
However, with 51% of the total calories in this food coming from fat as compared to just 28% from protein, it would be inappropriate to award this product a higher rating.
Wellness Ninety-Five Percent is a meat-based canned dog food using a plentiful amount of poultry, beef, lamb or salmon as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars stars.
Highly recommended for supplemental feeding only.
However, with 51% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 28% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.
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.
Wellness Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
05/08/2015 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩