Weruva Human Style Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Weruva Grain Free Steak Frites
- Weruva Grain Free Wok the Dog
- Weruva Grain Free Amazon Liver
- Weruva Grain Free Funky Chunky
- Weruva Grain Free Marbella Paella
- Weruva Grain Free Peking Ducken
- Weruva Grain Free Cirque de la Mer
- Weruva Grain Free Jammin’ Salmon
- Weruva Grain Free Bed and Breakfast
- Weruva Grain Free Paw Lickin’ Chicken
- Weruva Grain Free Green Eggs and Chicken
- Weruva Grain Free Grandma’s Chicken Soup
Weruva Grain Free Bed and Breakfast was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Weruva Grain Free Bed and Breakfast
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken (boneless, skinless, white breast), water sufficient for processing, egg, pumpkin, sweet potato, ham, potato starch, sunflower seed oil, dicalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), nicotinic acid (vitamin B3), ferrous sulfate, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, potassium iodide, manganese sulfate, vitamin D3 supplement, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin D2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.4%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||60%||12%||20%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||55%||27%||18%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.2
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.
The third ingredient is eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The fourth ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.
The fifth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.
The sixth ingredient is ham. Pork can be defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered pork” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.3
Pork is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The seventh ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.
The eighth ingredient is sunflower seed oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.
Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.
The ninth ingredient is dicalcium phosphate, likely used here as a dietary calcium supplement.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With one notable exception…
The minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.
Weruva Human Style Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Weruva Human Style looks like an above-average canned dog food.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 59% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 17% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 27%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing an abundance of meat.
Weruva Human Style is a grain-free meat-based canned dog food using a generous amount of chicken, fish or beef as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.
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Notes and Updates
09/06/2014 Last Update