The Wellness 95 Percent line of canned dog food gets the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The Wellness 95 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 95 Percent Beef
- Wellness 95 Percent Turkey
- Wellness 95 Percent Salmon
- Wellness 95 Percent Chicken
- Wellness 95 Percent Lamb (2 stars)
Wellness 95 Percent Chicken Dog Food was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.
Wellness 95% 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 95 Percent
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Wellness 95 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 95 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%.
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.
Below-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
With no sign of any plant-based protein concentrates, this is the profile of a canned dog food containing an abundance of meat.
Wellness 95 Percent is a meat-based canned dog food using a generous 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 this food coming from fat as compared to just 28% from protein, it would be inappropriate to award this product a higher rating.
Those desiring a lower fat content for their pet’s diet may wish to look elsewhere for another product.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
11/20/2009 Original review
04/18/2012 Rating downgraded due to high fat content
10/26/2013 Review updated
10/26/2013 Last Update
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