Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Dog Food Review (Canned)

Rating:

Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Dog Food receives the Advisor’s lowest tier rating of 1.5 stars.

The Wellness Ninety-Five Percent product line lists 5 canned 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 Ninety-Five Percent Beef [S]
  • Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Turkey [S]
  • Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Salmon (2.5 stars) [S]
  • Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Chicken (2.5 stars) [S]
  • Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Lamb (1 star) [S]

Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Chicken Dog Food was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.

Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Chicken

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 46% | Fat = 46% | Carbs = 1%

Ingredients: Chicken, water sufficient for processing, natural flavors, cassia gum, carrageenan

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis10%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis46%46%1%
Calorie Weighted Basis29%70%1%
Protein = 29% | Fat = 70% | Carbs = 1%

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”.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 appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list.

Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, Wellness Ninety-Five Percent looks like an above-average wet product.

But being 100% meat, the product was never intended to be fed as a complete and balanced canine diet.

Wellness Ninety-Five 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 46%, a fat level of 46% and an estimated carbohydrate content of 1%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and an average fat level of 52%. Together, these figures suggest an overall carbohydrate content of 0% for the full product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 119%.

Above-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.

However, with 70% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 29% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.

Bottom line?

Wellness Ninety-Five Percent is a grain-free canned dog food using an abundance of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1.5 stars stars.

Not 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

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

09/15/2019 Last Update