Weruva Caloric Harmony (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Weruva Caloric Harmony Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Weruva Caloric Harmony product line includes 3 dry 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.

  • Weruva Caloric Harmony Chicken Dinner Grain Free [A]
  • Weruva Caloric Harmony Venison and Salmon Meal Dinner [A]
  • Weruva Caloric Harmony Chicken, Turkey and Salmon Dinner Grain Free [A]

Weruva Caloric Harmony Venison and Salmon Meal Dinner was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Weruva Caloric Harmony Venison and Salmon Meal Dinner

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 38% | Fat = 14% | Carbs = 40%

Ingredients: Venison, venison meal, salmon meal, herring meal, oatmeal, barley, whole eggs, pumpkin, split peas, chickpeas, canola oil (stabilized with mixed tocopherols), natural flavors, lentils, salmon oil, dehydrated alfalfa meal, apple pomace, tomato pomace, dried seaweed meal, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, carotene, inositol, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, phylloquinone), minerals (zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, manganous oxide, selenium yeast, calcium iodate), choline chloride, taurine, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, Yucca schidigera extract, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis34%13%NA
Dry Matter Basis38%14%40%
Calorie Weighted Basis34%31%35%
Protein = 34% | Fat = 31% | Carbs = 35%

The first ingredient in this dog food is venison. Although it is a quality item, raw venison contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is venison meal. Venison meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh venison.

The next two ingredients are salmon meal and herring meal, additional protein-rich meat concentrates.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The fifth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The sixth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient includes whole eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The eighth ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

The ninth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The next ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The eleventh ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

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 seven notable exceptions

First, we find lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, this recipe includes alfalfa meal. Although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

In addition, tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

We also note the use of apple pomace, which includes the pulpy solids that remain after pressing apples to extract the juice. It is most likely used here for its fiber content.

Next, this recipe contains dried fermentation products. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

Additionally, 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 also includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

Weruva Caloric Harmony Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Weruva Caloric Harmony looks like an above-average dry 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 38%, a fat level of 14% and estimated carbohydrates of about 40%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 36% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 36%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, chickpeas, lentils and alfalfa meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Weruva Caloric Harmony is a meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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

09/20/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Hello Chris,

    You said, “I must point out the Carb content is actually much lower than this report indicates.”

    I agree with your point. However, your assumption that this discrepancy is caused by the fact we did not use the Modified Atwater Method to compute the carb content is not correct.

    It’s actually associated with the way Weruva and nearly every pet food manufacturer is compelled by Federal labeling law to report the protein and fat content of their products.

    I explain how we estimate the carb content of every product reviewed on this website in the following article:

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/dog-food-carbohydrate-content/

    In “An Important Caveat” section near the end of that post, I write:

    “…keep in mind, when using a pet food’s “Guaranteed Analysis” as a product’s protein and fat content, you’re not using the true percentages of those nutrients.

    You’re using the minimums — the amount each manufacturer is willing to “guarantee” to be the minimum protein or fat found in the recipe.

    For example, if a label claims a food includes a minimum fat level of (say) 15%, it could — and nearly always does — contain a fat content notably higher than that stated amount.

    So, by the laws of basic mathematics…

    Since protein and fat are nearly always understated on the label, the estimated carbohydrate figure must also be automatically overstated.”

    And in “The Bottom Line”, I conclude by reminding readers that:

    “The more a company understates a food’s protein or fat content, the more overstated you should expect your estimate of its carbohydrate content to be, too.”

    By the way, we do indeed use the Modified Atwater Method to compute the “Calorie Weighted Basis” of each example product we review which can be found in the “Estimated Nutrient Content” table in the yellow dashboard within each review.

    Hope that helps clear up this issue. Thanks for taking the time to post your thoughtful comment..

  • Chris

    Quite a good review – as this site is known to provide.

    Although, I must point out the Carb content is actually much lower than this report indicates. The Atwater Method for Carb calculation does not seem to have been fully utilized. The full formula is as follows = Carb (weight) = 100 – (protein+fat+moisture+fiber+ASH).

    (leaving moisture and ash out of the calculation is a convenient short-cut. However, that short-cut can lead to falsely-high carb values.)

    In the case of the venison, the ash content is around 10.4 (after asking the customer service woman at Weruva). This actually brings the carbs number down (using the full ATWATER method) to: 100 – (34(protein)+13(fat)+10(moisture)+3.5(fiber)+10.4(ASH)) = 29.1 …

    Even lower!

    EASILY one of the lowest carb contents on the market.

    Thus, the calorie content (using the Guaranteed Analysis numbers) is as follows:

    Protein: 36%, Fat: 33.3%, and Carbs: 30.7%!

    Again, I spoke to Weruva’s Customer Service and they told me the following:

    Weruva’s Website uses AS-FED analysis (an extremely accurate – and more detailed – measurement of individual nutrients) as a basis for their caloric calculations: Their ratios are reported as follows…

    Protein: 38.3%, Fat: 34.4%, Carbs: 27.4%

    Still, though, a very nice and thoughtful review.

    All of us Pet Parents really appreciate all you do here!

    Thank you for all the hard work you do at Dog Food Advisor!

  • Chris

    Quite a good review – as this site is known to provide.

    Although, I must point out the Carb content is actually much lower than this report indicates. The Atwater Method for Carb calculation does not seem to have been fully utilized. The full formula is as follows = Carb (weight) = 100 – (protein+fat+moisture+fiber+ASH).

    (leaving moisture and ash out of the calculation is a convenient short-cut. However, that short-cut can lead to falsely-high carb values.)

    In the case of the venison, the ash content is around 10.4 (after asking the customer service woman at Weruva). This actually brings the carbs number down (using the full ATWATER method) to: 100 – (34(protein)+13(fat)+10(moisture)+3.5(fiber)+10.4(ASH)) = 29.1 … Not 40.

    EASILY one of the lowest carb contents on the market.

    Thus, the calorie content (using the Guaranteed Analysis numbers) is as follows:

    Protein: 36%, Fat: 33.3%, and Carbs: 30.7%!

    Again, I spoke to Weruva’s Customer Service and they told me the following:

    Weruva’s Website uses AS-FED analysis (an extremely accurate – and more detailed – measurement of individual nutrients) as a basis for their caloric calculations: Their ratios are reported as follows…

    Protein: 38.3%, Fat: 34.4%, Carbs: 27.4%

    Still, though, a very nice and thoughtful review.

    All of us Pet Parents really appreciate all you do here!

    Thank you for all the hard work you do at Dog Food Advisor!

  • Chris

    Quite a good review – as this site is known to provide.

    Although, I must point out the Carb content is actually much lower than this report indicates. The Atwater Method for Carb calculation does not seem to have been fully utilized. The full formula is as follows = Carb (weight) = 100 – (protein+fat+moisture+fiber+ASH).

    In the case of the venison, the ash content is around 10.4 (after asking the customer service woman at Weruva). This actually brings the carbs number down (using the full ATWATER method) to: 100 – (34(protein)+13(fat)+10(moisture)+3.5(fiber)+10.4(ASH)) = 29.1 … Not 40.
    EASILY one of the lowest carb contents on the market.
    Thus, the calorie content (using the Guaranteed Analysis numbers) is as follows:

    Protein: 36%, Fat: 33.3%, and Carbs: 30.7%!
    Again, I spoke to Weruva’s Customer Service and they told me the following:
    Weruva’s Website uses AS-FED analysis (an extremely accurate – and more detailed – measurement of individual nutrients) as a basis for their caloric calculations: Their ratios are reported as follows…

    Protein: 38.3%, Fat: 34.4%, Carbs: 27.4%

    Still, though, a very nice and thoughtful review.
    All of us Pet Parents really appreciate all you do here!
    Thank you for all the hard work you do at Dog Food Advisor!

  • sandy

    We’re going to give this one a try this weekend.