Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets product line includes 4 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.
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- Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets with Roasted Beef, Carrots & Red Peppers [M]
- Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets with Roasted Chicken, Carrots, Red Peppers [M]
- Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets with Roasted Chicken, Beef, Carrots & Green Beans [M]
- Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets with Tender Turkey, Green Beans & White Sweet Potatoes [M]
Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets with Roasted Beef, Carrots & Red Peppers was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets with Roasted Beef, Carrots & Red Peppers
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken broth, chicken, dried egg product, tapioca starch, pea protein, beef, carrots, red peppers, chicken liver, natural flavor, tricalcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, guar gum, calcium sulfate, 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) = 5.6%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||44%||11%||37%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||41%||25%||34%|
The first ingredient in this dog food 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 second ingredient 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 third ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.
In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The fourth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The fifth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.
Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.
And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The sixth ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The seventh ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The eighth ingredient includes red peppers, a carotene-rich member of the bell pepper family. Red peppers are high in fiber and antioxidants.
The ninth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
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 one notable exception…
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
Mini Filets Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets 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 44% and a mean fat level of 11%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 36% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 25%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea protein, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.
Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets is a meat-based wet dog food using a notable amount of named meat as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 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
11/15/2018 Last Update