Weruva Dog Food Review (Canned)

Rating:

Weruva canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Weruva product line includes 14 canned 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.

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Weruva Grain Free Bed and Breakfast was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Weruva Grain Free Bed and Breakfast

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 57% | Fat = 10% | Carbs = 25%

Ingredients: Chicken (boneless, skinless breast), chicken broth, egg, pumpkin, sweet potato, ham, potato starch, sunflower seed oil, xanthan gum, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), nicotinic acid (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, potassium iodide, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.6%

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Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%1%NA
Dry Matter Basis57%10%25%
Calorie Weighted Basis54%23%23%
Protein = 54% | Fat = 23% | Carbs = 23%

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 component in many canned products.

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

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

The fifth 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 sixth ingredient is ham. Pork can be defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered pork” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.2

Pork is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

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

The eighth ingredient is sunflower seed oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

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

The minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.

Weruva Canned Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, Weruva canned 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 57%, a fat level of 10% and estimated carbohydrates of about 25%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 58% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 20% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 24%.

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

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Weruva is a grain-free canned dog food using a generous amount of named meats as its main source 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.

Those looking for additional selections from the same company may wish to read our reviews of Weruva Kobe and Weruva Kurobuta dog foods.

Weruva Dog Food
Recall History

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.

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Notes and Updates

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of meat by the Association of American Feed Control Officials

03/17/2019 Last Update