Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole (Cups)


Rating: ★★★☆☆

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 wet 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 Petite Entrees Casserole with Roasted Turkey, Duck, Carrots & Peas [U]
  • Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole with Tender Chicken, Green Beans, & Carrots [U]
  • Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole with Roasted Lamb, Peas & White Sweet Potatoes [U]
  • Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole with Braised Beef, Salmon, Green Beans & Red Peppers [U]

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

Protein = 27% | Fat = 23% | Carbs = 42%

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 items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis6%5%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%23%42%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%44%34%
Protein = 22% | Fat = 44% | Carbs = 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 includes 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
The Bottom Line

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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 27%, a fat level of 23% and estimated carbohydrates of about 42%.

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.

Bottom line?

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.

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Notes and Updates

05/16/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • pulsk1

    I work closely with my vet. She assures me there is nothing wrong with my dogs mouth. On other websites, other people have complained about the smell. This is a real complaint. Stop trying to say my dog is sick.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    How old is the dog? Were dental x-rays done?
    Periodontal disease stinks, you can’t tell by looking. I would put a call into your vet…..
    Food is not powerful enough to cause a gross odor. Something else is going on. Further diagnostic testing will find it (imo)

  • pulsk1

    Done all that. She eats it gleefully. Her tongue doesn’t work well so she gets it everywhere. I have to wash her down from nose to waist. Not just from the mess but because of the smell! If I don’t get every bit of it she is rank. She loves it but the smell is horrible. I’m not sure what is in this stuff that does that but whew! I am looking for a less odorous food. Would still have to wash her down, but maybe could stand the smell. Rereading this it sounds like a joke, but believe me, it is a real problem.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Bad breath? Rule out dental issues. Have the dog examined by a vet (if you haven’t done so recently).
    Just took one of my dogs in for a dental extraction, one bad tooth, way in the back 🙁
    I brush my dogs teeth daily, so a full dental cleaning was not indicated.
    Once medically cleared, then take another look at the food.

  • pulsk1

    any problems with bad breath?

  • Kirsti

    This may not be the highest rated Wellness food, but I give half a container with Wellness Core dry to my 11-year old Bichon Frisee every night and he is acting like a puppy again! He’d been getting lethargic, so much so that I’d brought him to his vet. The vet found he has a somewhat low thyroid level, not yet low enough to be treated but he was definitely acting slower. However, 11 is still pretty young for a Bichon. He can eat almost anything without problems so I change the type of food from lamb to duck etc. to keep it interesting for him. Since I’ve been giving him this new combination, he’s been back to his old (young) playful self once again – chasing fisbees, balls, leaping on and off the furniture… He also lost the extra pound that needed to go.