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Wellness Petite Entrees Grain Free Shredded Medley Dog Food Review (Cups)

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Updated: May 15, 2024

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Our Verdict

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Wellness Petite Entrees Grain Free Shredded Medley Dog Food earns The Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 5 stars.

The Wellness Petite Entrees Grain Free Shredded Medley product line includes 5 recipe cups listed below.

Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Wellness Petite Grain Free Casserole Tender Chicken, Green Beans & Carrots 3 U
Wellness Petite Grain Free Mini Fillets Roasted Beef, Carrots & Red Peppers 5 U
Wellness Petite Grain Free Mini Fillets Roasted Chicken, Beef, Carrots & Green Beans 5 U
Wellness Petite Grain Free Mini Fillets Roasted Chicken, Carrots & Red Peppers 5 U
Wellness Petite Grain Free Mini Fillets Tender Turkey, Green Beans & White Sweet Potato 5 U

Recipe and Label Analysis

Wellness Petite Grain Free Mini Fillets Tender Turkey, Green Beans & White Sweet Potato was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Wellness Petite Grain Free Mini Fillets Tender Turkey, Green Beans & White Sweet Potato

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

44.4%

Protein

16.7%

Fat

30.9%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken broth, water sufficient for processing, chicken, turkey, potato starch, green beans, white sweet potatoes, natural flavor, chicken liver, eggs, salt, potassium chloride, tricalcium phosphate, guar gum, xanthan gum, sodium carbonate, magnesium sulfate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine hydrochloride, niacin, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, choline chloride, minerals ferrous glycine complex, zinc glycine complex, manganese glycine complex, copper glycine complex, potassium iodide, sodium selenite


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 8% 3% NA
Dry Matter Basis 44% 17% 31%
Calorie Weighted Basis 38% 35% 27%

Ingredients Analysis

The first 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 next ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The third 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 fourth ingredient is turkey, another quality, raw item.

The fifth ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

Next, we find green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.

The sixth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The seventh ingredient is natural flavors, this doesn’t give us much information about the particular ingredients included in this dog food for flavoring purposes.

We’re pleased that the flavorings used are natural, but more details are required to give any further information about these natural flavoring ingredients. Flavorings are used to make the foods more appealing and tasty for our dogs.

The eighth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The ninth ingredient lists eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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 Shredded Medley looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 44%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 31%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 11%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 40% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 26%.

Which means this Wellness product contains…

Near-average protein. Below-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 food containing a notable amount of meat.

Wellness Dog Food Recall History

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls related to Wellness through June 2024.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.

Our Rating of Wellness Dog Food

Wellness Petite Entrees Shredded Medley is a grain-free wet dog food using a notable amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Highly recommended.

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Highly Recommended

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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