Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets Dog Food Review (Cups)

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Review of Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets Dog Food Cups

Rating:

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 the 4 recipe cups listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

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Product Rating AAFCO
Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets with Roasted Beef, Carrots & Red Peppers 4.5 M
Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets with Roasted Chicken, Carrots, Red Peppers 4.5 M
Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets with Roasted Chicken, Beef, Carrots & Green Beans 4.5 M
Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets with Tender Turkey, Green Beans & White Sweet Potatoes 5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets with Roasted Beef, Carrots & Red Peppers was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets with Roasted Beef, Carrots & Red Peppers

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 44% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 37%

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
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%2%NA
Dry Matter Basis44%11%37%
Calorie Weighted Basis41%25%34%
Protein = 41% | Fat = 25% | Carbs = 34%

Ingredient Analysis

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 next 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 next 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, which are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The eighth ingredient lists 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 Wellness product.

With 2 notable exceptions

First, 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.

And lastly, this recipe includes sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets Dog Food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 44%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 36%.

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%.

Which means this Wellness product line contains…

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Even 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.

Our Rating of Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets Dog Food

Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Filets is a grain-free wet dog food using a notable amount of named meats and egg as its dominant source of animal protein, thus receiving 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

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References

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials

11/08/2021 Last Update