Wellness Core Hearty Cuts Dog Food Review (Canned)

Wellness Core Grain Free Hearty Cuts in Gravy Beef and Venison Wet Dog Food

Review of Wellness Core Hearty Cuts Canned Dog Food

Rating:

Wellness Core Hearty Cuts Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Wellness Core Hearty Cuts product line includes the 4 canned dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

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Product Rating AAFCO
Wellness Core Hearty Cuts Turkey and Duck 5 A
Wellness Core Hearty Cuts Beef and Venison 5 A
Wellness Core Hearty Cuts Chicken and Turkey 5 A
Wellness Core Hearty Cuts Whitefish and Salmon 5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Wellness Core Hearty Cuts Beef and Venison recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Wellness Core Hearty Cuts Beef and Venison

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 50% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 25%

Ingredients: Beef, beef broth, venison broth, beef liver, dried egg white, venison, potato starch, sweet potatoes, green beans, guar gum, tricalcium phosphate, carrots, apples, blueberries, broccoli, kale, parsley, spinach, canola oil, salt, sodium phosphate, ground flaxseed, natural flavor, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, inulin, Yucca schidigera extract, dried kelp, choline chloride, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, cobalt proteinate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis50%17%25%
Calorie Weighted Basis43%35%22%
Protein = 43% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 22%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The next two ingredients are beef broth and venison broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.

The fourth ingredient is beef liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fifth ingredient is dried egg white. Eggs are highly digestible and an excellent source of usable protein.

The sixth ingredient is venison. Venison is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” venison and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.2

Venison 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 next 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 ninth ingredient includes green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.

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 WellPet product.

With 5 notable exceptions

First, we find flaxseed, 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.

Next, this recipe includes canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact that canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

We also find salmon oil in this recipe. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

In addition, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.

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.

And lastly, this food 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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Wellness Core Hearty Cuts Dog Food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 50%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 25%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 47% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 27% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 38%.

Which means this Wellness product line contains…

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a generous amount of meat.

Our Rating of Wellness Core Hearty Cuts Dog Food

Wellness Core Hearty Cuts is a grain-free canned dog food using an abundance of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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References

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for beef published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition

01/18/2021 Last Update