Wellness Core RawRev (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

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


The Wellness Core RawRev product line includes 3 dry dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Wellness Core RawRev Original [M]
  • Wellness Core RawRev Wild Game [M]
  • Wellness Core RawRev Small Breed Original [M]

Wellness Core RawRev Original was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Wellness Core RawRev Original

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 40% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 34%

Ingredients: Deboned turkey, turkey meal, chicken meal, peas, potatoes, dried ground potatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), freeze-dried turkey, tomato pomace, chicken liver, natural chicken flavor, ground flaxseed, salmon oil, spinach, vitamin E supplement, broccoli, carrots, choline chloride, parsley, apples, blueberries, kale, sweet potatoes, taurine, mixed tocopherols added to preserve freshness, zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, calcium carbonate, niacin, ferrous sulfate, iron proteinate, beta-carotene, vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, manganese sulfate, d-calcium pantothenate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, chicory root extract, Yucca schidigera extract, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, calcium iodate, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), 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, spearmint extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis36%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis40%18%34%
Calorie Weighted Basis34%37%29%
Protein = 34% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 29%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Although it is a quality item, raw turkey 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 turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.

The third ingredient is chicken meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The fourth ingredient lists peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth ingredient is dried ground potato, a dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, dried potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can have a slight affect on our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.

The seventh 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.

The eighth ingredient is freeze-dried turkey. Freeze-dried turkey can be considered a raw meat “concentrate” that contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey meat.

In addition, freeze drying tends to preserve and protect perishable nutrients.

The ninth 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.

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 four 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, we note the inclusion of salmon oil. 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, 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.

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.

Wellness Core RawRev Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Wellness Core RawRev 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 40%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 34%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 34% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 43%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and flaxseed in this recipe and the pea protein contained in another, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Wellness Core RawRev is a meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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

05/05/2017 Last Update

  • lulub

    They usually go on sale at petsmart or petco you just need to keep an eye on it. Also if you time it correctly with promos and coupons you can get a good deal. For example 2 weeks ago wellness had a coupon for free 6lb bag of any type of dog food. Granted my dog is small and 6lbs goes a long way, but I’m pretty stocked up for a good 6 months on free dog food.

  • Kasia Rozowski

    Orijen 25lb costs $116, thankfully my dog is small. I am in the process of looking for a new food because they shifted their plant to Kentucky and the food is crappy quality now.

  • BethStLouis

    I’ve found Wellness to be one of the more affordable 5-star foods. The 24lb. Wellness Core is usually $56 – $60 here. I saw the RawRev on sale, for a bit less but I wanted to check here before I purchased it. It lasts my 2 med dogs and large huskey two weeks, but I also feed them a pumpkin/egg concoction with their dry food so they get a little less dry.

  • haleycookie

    I’m convinced wellness will be the first brand to have a 100$ 20 lbs bag of dog food someday. An 18lbs bag of this is over 70$ where I work. It’s a shame. The brand already didn’t sell well.