Wellness Complete Health (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Wellness Complete Health1 Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Wellness Complete Health product line includes 16 dry dog foods, three claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for growth (puppies) and thirteen for adult maintenance.

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

  • Wellness Seniors (3 stars)
  • Wellness Toy Breed Senior
  • Wellness Puppy (4.5 stars)
  • Wellness Large Breed Adult
  • Wellness Large Breed Puppy
  • Wellness Small Breed Senior
  • Wellness Healthy Weight (3 stars)
  • Wellness Toy Breed Adult (5 stars)
  • Wellness Small Breed Puppy (4.5 stars)
  • Wellness Adult Lamb and Barley (3.5 stars)
  • Wellness Toy Breed Healthy Weight (5 stars)
  • Wellness Adult Chicken and Oatmeal (3.5 stars)
  • Wellness Small Breed Healthy Weight (4.5 stars)
  • Wellness Adult Whitefish and Sweet Potato (3.5 stars)
  • Wellness Small Breed Adult Turkey and Oatmeal (4.5 stars)
  • Wellness Small Breed Adult Whitefish, Salmon Meal & Peas (4.5 stars)

Wellness Large Breed Adult Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Wellness Large Breed Adult Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 12% | Carbs = 52%

Ingredients: Deboned chicken, whitefish, chicken meal, ground brown rice, oatmeal, ground peas, ground barley, tomato pomace, salmon meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural chicken flavor, tomatoes, ground flaxseed, carrots, apples, spinach, sweet potatoes, 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, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, mixed tocopherols added to preserve freshness, chicory root extract, Yucca schidigera extract, taurine, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, rosemary extract, green tea extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis25%11%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%12%52%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%27%47%

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 whitefish, a marine or freshwater species native to Canada and the California coast.

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

The fourth ingredient is ground brown rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The fifth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The sixth ingredient is ground peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The seventh ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The eighth ingredient is 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 salmon meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.2

The tenth 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.

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 three notable exceptions

First, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

Next, flaxseed is 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.

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 Complete Health Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Wellness Complete Health 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 12% and estimated carbohydrates of about 52%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 49% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 52%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effects of the peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Wellness Complete Health is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of poultry or fish 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.

Special Alert

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

05/13/2014 Last Update

  1. New name for Wellness Super5 Dog Food
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Boxer mom

    Thank you again soooooooo much. Egg shells aren’t sharp even when crushed? I will check out the cookbook. Thanks again for your help. As you know Boxers are so sensitive to things and bunch of meds on top of that it can be a challenge to say the least. However, challenges with health or not I wouldn’t have it any other way. I often hear why don’t you get a different breed you have had so much cost into them. I say yup and they are worth every penny and sleepless night! I have been told by my vet that I love and dogs cardiologist that God gave us these babies because he knew we would take care of them :) of course he is right and I’d do it again in a heart beat!!!

  • sue66b

    Hi, If they were happy on cooked then I’d cook, there’s alot of good doggy cook books out their that help you balance their meals with the bone meal & other things, “Lew Olson” Raw & Natural Nutrition for dogs”” has good cooked balanced meals in her book & there easy, her book online is around $11…dried out egg shell u can use for their caluim,,, so dont throw out ur egg shells leave them to dry, then crush them… in Lew Olsons book she says how much to add, its about 1 teaspoon I think a day….. 1 egg shell crushed is about 1 teaspoon.. I boil the egg for my boy & mush it thru his tuna & pumkin..also I wouldnt look too much of what u read on the reveiws, when you end up hearing their whole story, it wasnt the kiibles that caused their dogs health problems in the end, people are always quick to blame the food, Id still do their R/C if they liked it, as the R/C would be a balanced diet & I’d cooked maybe give them their kibble just once a day lunch & 2 cooked meals breakfast & dinner… my boxer she was 10 when I put her to sleep she had Mast cell Tumor it was high grade 2 cancer, when I had it removed it didnt even look like a lump, It looked like a little wort… stupid vet up the rd said ah that’s nothing just an old ladys wort, so I did nothing, then 1 year went by & Angie wasnt herself sleeping more not interested in things like before, so I took her to another vet & she made me leave her there that morning & they operated that day & removed anything that was a lump & looked weird, she came home looking like a patch quit. the day she was PTS the vet that came to my home said thats she was in such excellent condition her teeth were still beautiful & white, her fur her body & she just ate her chicken & what ever we ate, I miss her soooooooo much, my new rescue Patch is a boy & totaliy different to Angie but I know Angie would of loved him..I Love Boxers they are the best dogs I’ve ever owned..Patch was a foster failure that I kept as he had to many medical problems to adopt out, I was too scared that whoever adopted him wouldnt keep up with his vet care & just wanted him for his looks & that he was a Staffy …they have a tuff life some staffies, what some people use them for is awful.. so I kept him..Good-Luck with ur 3 babies….u’ll work it out..

  • Boxer mom

    Thanks so much for the tips. i will share a bit of my babies history with you. I have one with Congestive heart failure. She is 6yrs old. She had cancer at 2yrs old and had her back leg and part of pelvis removed. During that time as you can imagine she wouldn’t eat. I finally got her to eat oatmeal home made. She loved it! Well, because that’s wasn’t the best experience for her she no longer will eat oatmeal :( Vet says flavor brings back negative experience for her and that’s why she wont eat it. My youngest male is 1.5 yrs old. He was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy at 9 months old. My oldest is 10.5 he has Cardiomyopathy as well however he has never needed meds. thank goodness. So, due to two of them being on meds. they eat 3 meals Breakfast, lunch and dinner because they have to eat with their medications. ;( I’m now back to Royal Canin and mixing in vet canned food or peanut butter or coconut oil. I have tried everything. I actually used to cook them meals and they ate every bite however, the vet told me that just meat, veggie and noodles wasn’t good all the time. I would have to figure out a way to get calcium (I think is what she said) into the diet. So, now that i have shared my daily dilemmas with you can see why i’m so frustrated in trying to get them to eat. I have searched for bigger kibble food with better ingredients and each time i think i have found something i see a horror story and am afraid to give them the food. Years ago i used to feed Nutro Max i believe is the name. I see the ratings are good but, i read stories and get scared to try. They have so many issues with hearts i’m terrified to give them something that could cause any other issues. Thanks again for your tip i soooo appreciate them.

  • sue66b

    Hi Boxer mom, cant you find another brand that is similer to the Royal Canin ingredients but a bit better ingredients, Also why not rotate kibbles so they dont get sick of the same food day in & day out, I had a beautiful Boxer ‘Angie’ she was a real lady & she too liked 1 kibble then got sick of it, she prefered wet tin foods & home cooked chicken,I’d always surprise her with different meals, also they mite prefer just wet tin instead of mixing with the kibble, maybe do wet for breakfast & kibble at nite never give the same flavour kibble more then 3 times in the week, also homecooked is cheaper then wet tin foods they’d loved that…cook a big pot in a slow cooker then freeze small meals, you watch them sit in the kitchen waiting for it to be ready…also Wellness has their Wellness Simple Limited ingredients range, Im trying the Duck & Oatmeal the protein is only 19% the fat is 11% my boy loves it but I’m still mixing the Simple with his Vet Prescription Diet Eukanuba as he has IBD, then if they like the Duck & Oatmeal try the Lamb & Oatmeal, then there’s Turkey & Potatoes change their flavours around so they dont get bored even give them their Royal Canin in the rotation, I still keep my boy on his Eukanuba..

  • Boxer mom

    Hi I would love some advice. My boxers had been in royal canin there whole lives. Now 1.5, 6 & 11. About 4 months ago they all stopped eating. We tried several foods. Fromm they wouldn’t eat at all. Tried different variations of wellness. They liked the wellness deboned chicken and oatmeal. We had to mix in wellness can food. Now a month ago they want nothing to do with this food. I didn’t want to do this but I bought royal canin boxer as had in past mixed with wellness to get them to eat. They have heart issues and take meds so I had to get them to eat. I started adding wellness canned stew to the food and gradually removed the royal canin to get them back on wellness only. Now that they have only wellness again they won’t eat ;( I’ve had to get the natural balance beef logs to get them to eat enough that they may take their meds. Any suggestions would get greatly appreciated. They seem to like the large pellets rather than the smaller pellets too. Thanks so much in advance.

  • theBCnut

    That’s exactly what I do, plus digestive enzymes, if I think they are needed.

  • Shawna

    I rarely have the luxury of transitioning when pup comes in so I keep canned pumpkin and good probiotics on hand and start fosters on them immediately as a preventative before there is symptoms. :) Not knowing past diet and med history, I just assume they’re going to need probiotics anyway.

  • theBCnut

    That’s not been my experience either. In my experience, it takes time to create the sensitive stomach issues that older dogs have. However, puppies are more likely to become dehydrated if they do start having severe diarrhea problems, so I always try to do transitions instead of switching cold, or take measures to avoid diarrhea if no transition is possible.

  • Shawna

    Interesting. I haven’t experienced this with any of my foster puppies. I foster Boston Terriers and Papillons and have had them on a rotational diet as young as 5 weeks old. In my experience, the puppies have the easier time with rotational feeding. The foster dogs and puppies get kibble with raw and canned toppers. I rotate kibble every other week(ish). I rotate raw every other day(ish) and canned every four(ish) days.

  • nadia2664

    also if the pup has loose stools they say to give him a tablespoon of pumpkin it regulates him. I usually buy canned pumpkin not the pie one it is not good for your dog.

  • nadia2664

    hey thanks for replying. well when I say homecooking for my puppy, I have a recipe dog food book at home and it tells me what I need for her and the vitamins I need to put in my food this book tells what the dog needs and why dry commercial foods are killing the dogs. The book if you want to look into it is called HOME COOKING for your dog by Christine M. Filard

  • Shar24

    I really like the idea of homecooking, but you can achieve a rotational diet (great idea btw) with commercial food too…lots of regulars on this site rotate commercial food. One issue with really young puppies is they have really immature digestive systems so diet changes can affect them more than they would an adult dog. For my puppy when I switched him to the grain free Wellness puppy food it did seem to help a lot. I am also mixing in some of the Canidae Pure Sky (duck and sweet potato) grain free food too, because I got it on sale, it is also 5 star food, and it adds a little variety to his regular food. He hasn’t had any digestive problems with this, and I do think that since he is almost 5 months old now, being a little older his digestive system is a little less delicate then it was at 8-10 weeks old.

  • nadia2664

    I don’t think proplan is the best I have heard one of the worse ones

  • nadia2664

    i do have soft stool with wellness puppy, I well change the food again maybe get fromm they say it is the best but quite expensive. After the first year I will make her home made food. The bad thing about dog food is that you give that same one all the time and dogs get allergies from giving the same food all the time. So I will be making food for my dog but different kind of meals everyday

  • nadia2664

    fromm is the best

  • Shar24

    Switched puppy over to Wellness CORE and no more soft stool issues

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Shar24-
    Glad things are improving. Did you mean probiotics, not prebiotics? And yes, I know you mean about not knowing what they pick up. My dogs are terrible about eating everything when we are on walks. It’s so frustrating! You might have transitioned too fast. Since he is such a young guy, I wouldn’t worry about transitioning too quickly. Their little bodies are already going through so much as it is. A little pro plan for a while is not going to hurt him.

  • theBCnut

    From Pro Plan to Wellness is quite a change so it very well could have been too much for him.

  • Shar24

    So we seem to have the tummy pretty normalized feeding about 50/50 pro plan/wellness. Sometimes his stool is still soft but for the most part its been well formed and who the heck knows what kind of stuff he winds up swallowing when we don’t catch him in time to pull it out of his mouth. You know, moss, leaves, things off of the floor invisible to my naked eye. Think we just transitioned him too quickly? I am going to try adding in prebiotics and see how that works out.

  • Shar24

    Thank you for the suggestion, I will have to check this out. This is my Mom’s puppy and she is pretty set on going back to the pro plan (she didn’t really want to try Wellness from the get go) to normalize his stomach. I will have to see what I can do, if it was entirely up to me I would order the victor tonight.

  • LabsRawesome

    OH No!! Not Purina!! Seriously tho, since the dog already has diarrhea I’d just go with Victor. If she wants to try it.

  • Crazy4cats

    Yes, Labs is correct. I should have recommended Victor to you. After many dry foods, it has worked the best for me so far. I use the grain free with beef, sweet potato and chicken. I just thought you might want to go with the purina first to get the tummy back to normal. But, I do think Victor would be great to try. It uses either sweet potatoes or rice as binders. Which, I personally think would be better than peas for sensitive tummies. I also use either pumpkin or chia when adding canned. And as I mentioned before I often use probiotics.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Shar, check out Victor. I’m surprised that C4C didn’t recommend it to you. She uses it for her 2 Labs with IBS. It has Montmorillonite Clay which is the ingredient that clears up diarrhea issues. It also works for my Moms sensitive stomach Sheltie. Here’s their site, they have a dealer locator at the top of their page. victordogfood.com I haven’t read thru all the posts, but if you need poultry free, their Yukon River is a good choice. And it’s grain, gluten, and GMO free. http://www.midamericapetfood.com/victordogfood/pdf/Brochure-GF-Yukon%20River%20Canine.pdf :)

  • Shar24

    Yikes, that sounds unpleasant, maybe that isn’t such a good idea then. I have read about the nutrisource but I was hoping to find something I can buy locally so we can try out a small bag first. I think we are going to put him back on the pro plan and if that clears up the stool issue we will just leave him on that until his next drs appointment which is on the 13th. If it doesn’t clear up his stool then we will bring him this week.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Shar-
    Have you had a fecal test done to rule out giardia, coccidia, and worms? Puppies are very prone to these. Many posters on this site recommend Nutrisource chicken and rice as a great transitional food. The Earthborn meadow feast did not work for my two. I think it was the peas that caused mushy green poop. I sure hope you find something that works. I know what it like struggling with this issue.

  • Shar24

    I am thinking about giving the Earthborn grain free lamb formula a try

  • Shar24

    Puppy is still having loose stools so the vet says to mix some of the Pro plan back in to see how he does. bummer

  • http://batman-news.com Keri Hill

    Wellness (Complete Health Dry) just came out with a new Toy Breed line that features three products: Adult, Healthy Weight, and Senior. It is separate from the Small Breed line that has already been reviewed on this site. I was wondering if it would be possible to add the reviews for these products to this page? “Wellness Small Breed Complete Health Toy Breed” is listed, but that product has been discontinued with the release of the separate Toy Breed line. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!

  • Kimi_Forever

    Fromm is a really good company. You made the right choice. I hope he likes it as well.

  • Debra Linari

    Thanks for the advise. This can get confusing and I keep second guessing myself. I am going to get the Fromm LBP tomorrow and hopefully he likes it.

  • Crazy4cats

    No problem, I’m glad you are having some progress! Puppies are a lot of work. But, just like human babies, they are SO precious, especially when sleeping. LOL!

  • Shar24

    Thank you for the suggestion with the fruitables supplement its definitely something I would like to try in the future. For now I think we are going back to just the dry and to give him a month or so to adjust to the new dry formula before making any other changes. I did give him plain white rice mixed in with some dry kibbles last night, and he had no interest in eating that so I mixed in a teaspoon of plain greek yogurt and that made it very high interest to him, he gobbled it up and this morning his stool was firmer than it has been since we started the kibble transition so it worked its magic. It seems like we have had this puppy longer than 2 weeks , we love him ever so much, but 2 weeks is all its been.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Shar24-
    Too bad the canned gave him loose stools. I’m transitioning to a new dry food right now and I’m using the Fruitables Pumpkin Digestive Supplement along with a little canned food and it seems to really help. You could also try just plain pumpkin, but I’ve had even better luck with the Fruitables supplement. Of course, it is a little more expensive as it also contains some other ingredients as well. I can find it at our feed store and the smaller specialty pet stores. Good luck with your transition

  • sue66b

    Wellpet also makes Holistic Select They have the Grainfree puppy health that is 4.5 stars he mite like that one better..

  • Shar24

    I started adding a couple of table spoons of the complete health puppy canned food to the dry and his stool has been getting softer, tonight it is liquid. So I guess its just back to the dry. We only just switched him to the Wellness dry less than 2 weeks ago, transitioned him over 5 days so I guess I should let him get adjusted to being on that food for awhile. Too bad that he isn’t crazy about it. :(

  • Kimi_Forever

    I used to feed Innova back when natura pet was independent but stopped trusting them when they sold to P&G and now they are being sold again as i understand to MARS. Personally i would not trust Innova any longer…Fromm is a trust worthy brand and Wellness i’ve learned now also makes most of it’s stuff in house too and i trust them now as well. However that being said, the wellness you speak of did not make HDM’s list of approved foods for large breed growth, while the Fromm did and does have appropriate calcium levels so i would suggest it over the wellness for that simple fact…I would steer clear of Blue but thats just me, for some of the reasons you mentioned…You could also consider trying a GF formula (with higher protein then 26%) for your LBP, i would suggest Wellness Core puppy (it’s on HDM’s list) and would be appropriate for a LBP, or Fromm GF surf and turf, or Annamaet Salcha or Aqualuk…you may also want to stop by the forums section to check the thread on Large and Giant breed puppy nutrition http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/large-and-giant-breed-puppy-nutrition/

    And make sure no matter what when you select a food for your LBP to make sure it’s on this list of approved foods for them, due to calcium levels:
    https://docs.google.com/viewer?srcid=0BwApI_dhlbnFTXhUdi1KazFzSUk&pid=explorer&efh=false&a=v

  • Debra Linari

    I am getting a bernese mountain dog puppy. I am deciding between Wellness large breed puppy, Innova large breed puppy (heard they had several recalls), or Fromm lg breed puppy. Not sure about Fromm as they use duck as the 1st ingredient and I would like to stay with chicken.
    I hear Blue is starting to have problems outsourcing out of the country which I don’t like even though I still use their cat food. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Crazy4cats

    I am definitely the wrong person to ask about the technical stuff. lol! But, you are not the only one using two different names. I believe they are actually two different sites. And, no, it’s not always simple finding the right food. Good luck with the search!

  • Shar24

    my cats love wellness canned foods and the regular core dry food, although they aren’t crazy about the indoor core. Our new puppy just transitioned off of Pro Plan to Wellness complete health puppy, and the one thing I will say is that he seems to find it a little less palatable, although he is the only animal in the house now, and in my experience a little competition for food makes everything seem to taste better to them.

  • Shar24

    definitely Wellness… where I live the CORE seems to be just a little more expensive than the Wilderness, the Complete Health though is about the same for a bigger bag. Anyway, I don’t like that Blue subcontracts their manufacturing, I used to feed my cats wilderness until I learned that. Basically everything Betsy said I enthusiastically second….it is a very concise summary of the reasons I chose Wellness after scoping out my options.

  • Shar24

    I am puppy sitting so I took the liberty to mix in a tablespoon of canned wellness complete puppy but this is my parents dog and my mom is really really wary about creating a super finicky dog which is what our last dog was especially in the last couple years of his 15 year life. The breeder had this puppy on the proplan grain free adult maintenance which he seems to like a little bit more than the wellness complete so I mixed in a handful of that and he liked that a little bit more, but boy did he love that canned food mixed in. I don’t want to give him all of his meals that way while they are gone because my mom will be really mad, and will blame it on me if he doesn’t want to eat his kibble when they get home. lol

  • Shar24

    seems like puppy doesn’t really like the wellness so much after all. it never really is just that simple I guess is it? Also, I don’t know why but on the discussion boards here it uses my disqus profile Ithink, but in the actual forums, its using the account I registered on this site wtih. I am not really tech savy so I don’t know how to reconcile this, but I don’t want to be simultaneously posting on two boards under two different names without saying so. I have been posting about cat food under SharonJ, hmmm

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Brittni,

    Good job! Glad to hear you’re switching!

    I’d choose Wellness, no question! I trust the brand and they have a wide variety of excellent quality products to choose from. Years ago, when Diamond was still manufacturing some products for Wellness, and they had another recall, Wellness immediately severed ties with Diamond. The manufacture all of their own products at their Wellpet plant.

    I’ve used several of their products and have been very happy with all of them.

    I wouldn’t use Blue Buffalo and can’t recommend it at all. They use multiple co-packers and there are inconsistencies between bags and the company won’t reveal who manufacturers the food.

    If I were you, and assuming you’re thinking eventually going grain free, I’d probably choose a grain inclusive Wellness product to start to make an intermediate increase in quality.

    Good luck!

  • Brittni Nicole Goodman

    I am about to switch my dogs (who are currently on purina pro plan) to a better quality food. I have narrowed it down to either wellness or blue wilderness. Any thoughts on these two? Im leaning more towards wellness because they have a bigger bag for the same price as wilderness, and I have 2 large dogs and 1 small one. (The dogs are a lab/german shepherd cross, a siberian husky/timber wolf cross, and a chihuahua/daschund cross) Any thoughts?

  • Crazy4cats

    You are lucky to have a vet you trust. Have fun with your pup!

  • Shar24

    My vet is awesome, I trust him implicitly, including for nutritional advice and when I told him that the breeders instructions were “no puppy food no matter what” he said “its hard to believe this kind of stuff is still going around” Especially weird since they are a very medium size dog breed…max 50lbs. Everything about this breeder checked out, totally legit except this weird advice that apparently came from other breeders. The good news is he was on the Pro- Plan puppy after being weaned up until a little more than a week before he came home so he wasn’t off of puppy food for very long.

  • Crazy4cats

    I remember when my previous extra large dog was a pup, a vet told me to start feeding adult food so he wouldn’t grow too fast. Of course, I did it. Now I realize it probably wasn’t for the best. There are probably still people recommending this. I’m glad you know better! Have fun with your pup!

  • Shar24

    Just added an 8 week old standard schnauzer to the family (9 weeks now) For whatever misinformed reason, the breeder had recently switched his whole litter over to Pro Plan grain free adult maintenance. After extensive research I decided on Wellness complete health puppy and just finished transitioning him over. My cats have both done really well on primarily Wellness grain free canned, supplemented with Core Indoor dry, and one is highly sensitive. I like that it is GMO free, that they manufacture their own food, are a pretty well established brand at this point and not a tiny brand new start up, and very importantly their products are much more budget friendly than others I might consider feeding. Puppy has accepted the transition without any issues and seems to be doing well on just the kibble. Vet says to hold off on adding in canned food for now.

  • sue66

    Probably the Wellness is filling her up more, did you read how many cups to give per day My boy is on the Eukanuba Intestinal, & for his weight I have to give 3 cups but in the Wellness Deboned Chicken oatmeal, I had to give only 2 cups,

  • MommaB

    I just finished switching my Australian cattle dog over from Iams sensitive to the Wellness complete Senior. At first she would eat the Wellness before the Iams and now that we have completely switched I find she is leaving it in her bowl longer. I am not sure if she likes it anymore. Or could it possible that the Wellness fills her up more. Any ideas?

  • LabsRawesome

    My 3 love Victor. Here’s their site- victordogfood.com If you want 3 free samples go here. https://www.facebook.com/sportdogfood?ref=br_tf I pay $38.99 for 30lbs of GF Ultra Professional Formula. They have a dealer locator on their site.

  • Sami

    I am trying to find a dog food that will help with my dogs’ shedding and keep them healthy since they are both barely over one. One of them is a border collie/pit bull mix and the other is a maltese mix (I really don’t know what all he has in him), I know it is going to be difficult finding a dog food to fit both needs but any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

  • Jeannette Siukola Chwaliszwski

    I use the super 5 mix complete Health weight dry food.(healthy weight)

  • englishanne

    My Coton de Tulear snubs his nose at Wellness Super5/Complete, but gobbles up Wellness Core. I bought the Complete because it was on sale…we’re back to Wellness Core and he loves meal time.