Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.
The Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole product line includes 4 grain-free, recipe cups.
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 Petite Entrees Casserole with Roasted Turkey, Duck, Carrots & Peas [M]
- Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole with Tender Chicken, Green Beans, & Carrots [M]
- Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole with Roasted Lamb, Peas & White Sweet Potatoes [M]
- Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole with Braised Beef, Salmon, Green Beans & Red Peppers [M]
Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole with Tender Chicken, Green Beans, & Carrots was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole with Tender Chicken, Green Beans & Carrots
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, green beans, carrots, tapioca starch, natural flavor, tricalcium phosphate, guar gum, potassium chloride, salt, carrageenan, magnesium sulfate, minerals [ferrous glycine complex, zinc glycine complex, manganese glycine complex, copper glycine complex, sodium selenite, potassium iodide], vitamins [vitamin E supplement, niacin, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin], thiamine mononitrate, zinc oxide
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||27%||23%||42%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||22%||44%||34%|
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 chicken 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 third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fourth ingredient includes green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.
The fifth ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The sixth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
After the natural flavor, we find tricalcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorous. In addition, this additive is used in canned foods as an emulsifier — an agent designed to disperse a food’s fats more evenly in water.
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 two notable exceptions…
First, carrageenan is 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.
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 Petite Entrees Casserole Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole Dog Food looks like an above-average wet 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 23%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 42% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 83%.
Below-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.
However, with 44% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 22% 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 Petite Entrees Casserole is a meat-based wet dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 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.
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
11/17/2018 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩