Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 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.
Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.
- Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Beef [S]
- Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Turkey [S]
- Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Salmon [S]
- Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Chicken [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 Formula
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
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|
|Dry Matter Basis||36%||27%||28%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||28%||51%||22%|
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 dog food looks like an above-average canned 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 35% and an average fat level of 32%. Together, these figures suggest an overall carbohydrate content of 26% for the full product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 92%.
Below-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
With not enough carbohydrate ingredients present to account for the carb reading on the dashboard, one must assume the protein or fat content has been significantly understated on the label.
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 51% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 28% 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.
Wellness Ninety-Five Percent is a grain-free meat-based canned dog food using an abundance of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars stars.
Highly recommended for supplemental feeding only.
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.
Wellness Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- Wellness Dog Food Recall of March 2017 (3/18/2017)
- Wellness Dog Food Recall October 2012 (10/30/2012)
- Wellness Dog Food Recall May 2012 (5/5/2012)
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Notes and Updates
03/11/2018 Last Update
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