Weruva Human Style (Canned)


Rating: ★★★★★

Weruva Human Style Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Weruva Human Style 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.

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 Grain Free Steak Frites [U]
  • Weruva Grain Free Wok the Dog [U]
  • Weruva Grain Free Amazon Liver [U]
  • Weruva Grain Free Funky Chunky [U]
  • Weruva Grain Free That’s my Jam! [U]
  • Weruva Grain Free Marbella Paella [U]
  • Weruva Grain Free Peking Ducken [U]
  • Weruva Grain Free Cirque de la Mer[U]
  • Weruva Grain Free Jammin’ Salmon [U]
  • Weruva Grain Free Bed and Breakfast [U]
  • Weruva Grain Free Paw Lickin’ Chicken [U]
  • Weruva Grain Free Hot Dayam! (2.5 stars) [U]
  • Weruva Grain Free Green Eggs and Chicken [U]
  • Weruva Grain Free Grandma’s Chicken Soup [U]

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 = 60% | Fat = 12% | Carbs = 20%

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

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis9%2%NA
Dry Matter Basis60%12%20%
Calorie Weighted Basis55%27%18%
Protein = 55% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 18%

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

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.

The ninth ingredient is dicalcium phosphate, likely used here as a dietary calcium supplement.

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. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Weruva Human Style Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Weruva Human Style looks like an above-average canned dog food.

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 60%, a fat level of 12% and estimated carbohydrates of about 20%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 57% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 15% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 34%.

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 Human Style is a meat-based canned dog food using a generous 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.

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

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Notes and Updates

09/16/2017 Last Update

  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
  • Natan Lupan

    melatonin helps reduce the cortisol levels which also helps her hair from falling out. also it calmed her down and helped her sleep through the night. it has worked out very well without going to pharma meds. Our vet gave us, whatever works best approach.

    best of luck. I hope everything works out

  • anon101

    excerpt below

    Melatonin Side Effects in Dogs

    While melatonin is regarded as safe for most dogs, it’s still important to talk to your veterinarian before administering it to your pet.

    Dosage will depend on the size of the dog and his sensitivity to the drug. It’s also important to run the supplement’s ingredient list by your veterinarian. Some brands of melatonin contain xylitol, which is poisonous to dogs, Haynes says.

    The biggest side effect to melatonin is drowsiness. It can also cause digestive upset and, in some animals, an increased heart rate. It may also affect the reproductive cycle of female dogs and can cause insulin resistance in diabetic animals.

    It’s also important to speak to your veterinarian to make sure the supplement doesn’t interact with other medicines your dog is taking.

    And just like any medication, melatonin could cause an allergic reaction in your dog, Morgan says. “I’ve never seen it happen, but it’s something to watch out for.”

    PS: Regarding the other supplements mentioned, just check the ingredients (print them out) and share them with your vet before spending the money.
    Not all supplements are benign, some interact with the prescription meds that actually do help your dog.
    Best of luck.

  • Crazy4cats

    Melatonin for Cushings? Interesting. Glad to hear your dog is still going strong. 🙂

  • Natan Lupan

    Adrenal Harmony Gold, Life Gold and Joint Support and I give her melatonin 3mgs 2 times per day with grain free food. 3 years into this and she is still going strong thank God. it is well worth the $90 every 2 months.

  • what did you wind up doing? my dog is on prescription w/d as well

  • thanks! my dog has pancreatitis and diabetes. thinking about either weruva or the honest kitchen. whatever is cheaper. on a budget

  • anon101

    Sounds like phony baloney stuff.
    Please continue to work closely with your veterinarian.
    Use the search engine at the above site to look up specific topics.

  • my 13 year old cairn terrier has cushings and diabetes. he’s on expensive cushings meds daily and insulin. i’ll have to check out the drops. which ones do you use?

  • Natan Lupan

    Check petwellbeing.com for some holistic drops you can add to your dogs food. I have my dog on their products for cushings and it works wonders 3 years and still going strong.

  • Susan

    Hi Steph, I know your post is 1 yr old, yes Weruva food is on the Diabetic low fat food list & is suppose to be good for Diabetic dogs & dogs with Pancreatitis….

  • Keep the Peace
  • Keep the Peace

    For those of you crying about it being made in Thailand. Here you go!

  • Keep the Peace


  • Keep the Peace

    The pet food IS perfectly fine.

  • Keep the Peace

    Do you research please! Thailand has stricter guidelines than the USA and Canada! State of the art facilities. I feed my dog Acana and top of his food with Weruva. I have no issues with the one being made in Thailand.

  • anon101

    Prescription food, under the guidance of a veterinarian.

  • anon101

    I agree. It is culturally acceptable to eat cat and dog in a lot of Asian countries.
    The pet food might be perfectly fine, who knows….
    I don’t go to Thai restaurants and am very careful about what I order on the rare occasion I find myself in a Chinese restaurant.

  • Susan

    Yes I’ve heard the same thing, our Aldis in Australia wet tin food is made in Thailand…

  • haleycookie

    Thailand actually has pretty stringent pet food standards. Probably better then the US tbh

  • Timothy Shortnacy

    This food is made in Thailand. I have an issue with that.

  • Lilly

    Late reply I know, but Lotus is very sloppy compared to Weruva. My dogs hate Lotus as it was like broth. Weruva is better all around.

  • Linda Balas

    My dog was diagnosed with beginning kidney disease… any suggestions on dry food?

  • Pam

    My dog needs a low sodium diet because of a heart problem, and Weruva “That’s My Jam!” fits the bill.
    It’s 0.17% sodium (on a dry matter basis), and 32mg. of sodium per 100 kcal. That translates to extreme sodium restriction!

  • aobrien1

    Try ordering through Chewy.com. If you order more than $40 at one time, you get free shipping and you can get Weruva by the case. I get the Steak Frites for my guys and they love it.

  • Man Prichard

    Good suggestions ! I learned a lot from the analysis – Does anyone know where my business might be able to get access to a sample USDA PA PN 290 copy to edit ?

  • jerky for all

    Hi steph

    Check out this blog on diabetes. The guy who runs it really knows his stuff!
    Dog rap dot com

  • steph

    Does anyone have a diabetic dog and feed this food?I was going to switch to the paw lickin chicken as I think the food my dog is on now is too high in carbs(merrick). Just seeing if anyone has any experience with diabetic dogs and this brand?

  • Cheryl Hanson

    Thank you!

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Cheryl:
    I feed a few recipes from that line. My dog loves them too and I also feed a few from the Cats in the Kitchen line to my cats.

    I am not sure how new it is, I think the line has been out for a few years. I am sure it is on the list to be reviewed. Here is a short form to fill out to request a review:

  • Cheryl Hanson

    I see that the Dogs in the Kitchen line is not reviewed here. Is it new? I’ve tried some of the small pouches mixed with my dog’s kibble and he seems to love them.

  • Bobby dog

    You’re welcome. Life’s Abundance and Tiki dog have pics on their websites of their food, maybe that will help.

  • Sadie

    Thank you. Maybe try Earthborn.

  • Sadie

    Thanks. I found plastic in the canned Lotus. Ugh.

  • Sadie

    Thanks. I got a can of the turkey style and upon stirring it today, I found a bright blue plastic like object. I also didn’t like the texture. It’s too soupy, more so than Weruva. My dogs have digestive issues with runny food.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Sadie:
    I used to feed Lotus stews and just juicy recipes. My dog liked them. I don’t anymore only because my local store stopped carrying them.
    Some others along the lines of Weruva I feed are Tiki Dog, Red Barn stews, Fromm’s Four Star shredded stews, Wellness, and Life’s Abundance. I also like Weruva’s Dog’s in the Kitchen line.

  • Have you checked out the Wellness Stews, Wellness TruFood, Tiki Dog or Hound and Gatos?

  • Sucker4Rescues

    I use Earthborn tubs for a topper. Looks and smells good. The dogs love it. My personal favorite is Castor & Pollux Indulgent Mix. C&P was part of the Purina buyout earlier this year so I am keeping an eye out for any ingredient changes. I try to use 3 different wet brands to rotate between. The brands vary depending on what sales I find on 4 and 5 star foods.

  • Sadie

    I’m considering adding Lotus human style canned food to their rotation. Thoughts?

  • Sadie

    OK people, I am still searching for a canned food to add to my rotation. I am feeding human style weruva, different varieties. Everytime I find one that sounds OK, i research it and it’s made by Evanger’s or it is just nasty. I don’t want to feed raw anymore and a couple of them vomit when they eat The Honest Kitchen. I don’t want to make their food as I’d rather just buy it already balanced. Any ideas? I thought about the Earthborn food. It’s slightly more expensive than the expensive Weruva though and I have FOUR mouths to feed. However, I am ok with it if it’s good. Please give me ideas. I don’t think it’s good that I’ve been feeding them Weruva, the same brand, for 6 months. Thanks.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Sadie:
    Have you looked at their website? Not sure what recipe you’re feeding, but if you’re feeding the Human Style line you can find that info by clicking the nutrition chart on each of the individual recipe pages. For Dog’s in the Kitchen click the nutrition information box on that page. I don’t see detailed info for the Kobe/Kurobuta line so I would contact Weruva with your questions if that is what you’re feeding. They have always responded quickly to any questions I have regarding their food. Good luck with your dogs!

  • Sadie

    My dogs have been eating Weruva for a while now. One senior dog just got his labs checked and all is pretty good with the exception of higher glucose and low phosphorus. It is my understanding that the low phosphorus can be due to a food that is also low phosphorus. Can anyone help me out on the amount of phosphorus in this food? Thanks so much.

  • Crazy4dogs

    It is pricey! I think the new formulas like you mentioned cost more. I haven’t bought it recently, but I had an old dog I had to coax to eat. ; )

  • Stuart Goldstein

    If not opened, bacteria would not have chance to get into food. Ask the manufacturer first.

  • Stuart Goldstein

    People use weruva as a topper because it can cost as much as $5.00 per can. C’mon!

  • Stuart Goldstein

    A bit on the expensive side? “Wok the dog” costs $5 per can on Long Island! I don’t eat that well. LOL

  • Judy Barnes

    How much to feed?? I’m in such a dilemma about this. I have three dogs, one with diabetes so she gets prescription w/d. The other two girls, ages 7 and 8, I have been giving Farmina grain free dry topped with Weruva. I wrote to Farmina to ask how much to feed a 10 and 12 lb dog but no response. Can anyone help me with this? Thank you so much.

  • Kris Hancock

    I feed my 20 month old Boxer, Weruva for a topper over her dry Life’s Abundance for large breed puppies. The breeder recommended she stay on puppy food until 2 years of age. She loves both of them, I’ve used the Jammin Salmon and it really does look good!

  • Sadie

    I’m curious also.

  • Pat

    could someone comment on how important is it that this food’s minerals are not chelated

  • Pitlove

    I did Sadie. I use Tractor Supplie’s 4Health, Whole Earth Farms, Wellness CORE, Solid Gold Green Beef Tripe, Pure Balance Stew’s from Walmart and a few others that I dont get quite as often because they are more expensive.

  • Crazy4cats

    It stands for Whole Earth Farms. It is Merrick’s value brand.

  • Sadie

    What is WEF?

  • Sadie

    Did you find a good food? I’m in same dilemma with the Stella and Chewy’s recall. I have one on Weruva.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Has it really? Out by me WEF has pretty much stayed the same price. Of course, when it first came out they always have those crazy promotional sales, which I usually take full advantage of! 🙂

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi pitlove-
    I use budget friendly 4-5 star canned foods such as, Kirkland(Costco), Pure Balance Stews(Walmart) and 4Health Stews(Tractor Supply or Del’s). I was using WEF when it first came out, but it has already just about doubled in price!!

  • pitlove

    Yeah, it was and I think I got the cheapest can the store had and it was still over 3$. I’m still on the hunt for a good canned food for my dog. Mainly I’ve been doing WEF but a lot of people on this site seem to have a lot of issues with Merrick in general and WEF. I have tried the Wellness Core 95% as well but those are fairly expensive too

    Edit: I should have said I’m still on the hunt for several different good canned foods as I would like to rotate them

  • Crazy4dogs

    Yeah, my dog like it too. Just a bit on the expensive side.

  • pitlove

    Thank you Sandy and C4D! I did eventually read further and find the previous mention of the Thailand thing. I know Weruva is a reputable brand. Just fed the can I got for him. He loved it!

  • Crazy4dogs

    They do claim to use human grade protein and are processed in a Human Grade Facility. Tiki is also made in Thailand.
    If you have any canned fish in your pantry, many of those are a product of Thailand as well, even if they are technically canned in the USA. I know almost all of the clams I buy are from Thailand. They supposedly have state of the art manufacturing equipment but there’s a lot of fighting about child labor laws. This link is from WSJ regarding tuna:


  • If you read through the older comments, this has been brought up a few times. This food is made in a human food facility with certain certifications. I believe information about the manufacturing is also on Weruva’s website. It’s uses human grade ingredients.

  • pitlove

    Not sure if this has been addressed, but I was dying to try a can of this for my dog so I picked one up today while I was getting his Orijen. It says “Product of Thailand” on it. Any thoughts on that? Not really sure if Thailand is trustworthy (like China)

  • bindydee

    I feed this food to my Beagle and use Fromm grain free food as his dry food. He loves this food and I use it to mix a powder medicine he takes.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I have used Weruva as a topper for my dogs’ kibble (I have Cavaliers). You can feed it solely if you want, as well. It is a complete and balanced food. Anyway, if you do want to use a kibble with it I’d suggest looking at this site’s 4 and 5 Star foods and see which are available to you. You can also order online. That said, I do recommend some brands. I love the Wellness Small Breed lines for mine. They have grain inclusive and grain free foods, as well as one limited ingredient flavor. I tend to use the Simple Small Breed food. It’s a limited ingredient Salmon and potato based, grain free food. I’ve also used the Small Breed Senior (not grain free and only comes in small bags) and Wellness Core Small Breed, high protein and grain free. I also like Fromm 4Star foods for small dogs. Annamaet and Dr. Tim’s are two great brands and Victor is also very popular. You could check into all of these. Oh, and lot’s of people here recommend Nutrisource, though I’ve never fed it myself. Good luck!

  • Judy Barnes

    I have just started feeding my two miniature poodles Weruva. I read here that many of you are using it just as a topper. I would appreciate suggestions on a good dry food I could use with their Weruva. They are 7 and 8 years old and not too active. Thank you for your suggestions!

  • sue66b

    Hi Carly I wouldnt give them to my dog, especially if its been hot, if its been cool days & car was parked in shade they’ll be OK, but if car has been in the sun & hot I’d throw away….

  • Carly

    I left the cans (unopened) in the car for a few weeks. I have the paw lickin chicken kin. Do you think that it’s still okay?

  • Genevieve Snow

    I used to run a pet supply store and I only feed weruva and b.f.f. cans to my cat after the sales rep ate a bite himself! I also use Orijen dry. My cat has absolutely no dandruff, hardly sheds, and just generally looks amazing. He has a ton of energy and only throws up once or twice per year. I highly recommend it.

  • Woody7

    Lotus canned dog food is also human-grade.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Any cat food that contains 25% or more of seafood on a dry matter basis and is to be labeled as complete and balanced must contain a certain level of vitamin k. The only approved source of vitamin k for pet foods is menadione.

    “Clinical signs of vitamin K deficiency have been observed in cats offered two commercial canned diets high in salmon or tuna…canned commercial diets formulated primarily with fish should contain more than 60 micrograms K1/kg diet.”

  • Bobby dog

    Hi nectarmom:
    Weruva has K3 in several of their cat foods. I haven’t really looked at all the recipes as I avoid cat food with gravy and heavy sauces. They also include it as an ingredient in the cat food they make for Petco, Soulistic. It is an ingredient that is “red flagged” on DFA.

  • nectarmom

    I noticed on the cans of cat food at a local feed store looking at this brand that in the can cat food it has a form of Vitamin K added? Isn’t this suppose to be a red flag?

  • theBCnut

    C4C is right. If you are feeding it as less than 20% of the diet, it won’t hurt anything, but I think calling the company and letting them know that there is a concern about the discrepancy is still a good idea.

  • jay

    Thanks so much 😀

  • Crazy4cats

    No problem. You are doing great. I think your puppy is very lucky!

  • jay

    Yes i am just confused about that and yes i am using it as a topper i guess i will call and see what they have to say. Thanks alot you always help me 🙂 im kinda new at caring for dogs i always loved them and i recently decided to get one of my own so thats why i ask alot :/

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi jay-
    You could always try to contact the company if it is worrying you. If I remember correctly, you are using it as a topper. I’m going to guess that if that is the case, it will still be safe to use in small amounts with your puppy kibble. Good luck.

  • jay

    i dont understand on the cans it says for adults but on others site its says for all life stages the same goes with tiki dog on the can it says adult but on the tiki website it says for all life stages

  • Hound Dog Mom

    If there is a difference between what’s on the label and what’s on the website I’d suggest contacting the company directly.

  • Kim Grindle

    I have a question about fat & protein for Paw
    Lickin Chicken: the label on the can says says protein 10% fat 1.4% but on the website it says 11.49% & 2.5%… What’s up with that? Which is it? I have a dog with hypothyroidism and went with this food thinking it was only 1.4% (based on the vets recomendations)

  • Tobysmom

    I just fed my dog the chicken thinking it was made here in Natick MA. Now I see on the other side of the can, product of Thailand. Which is it?

  • It’s one of the few wet foods made in a human food factory actually.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Pat,

    That little face in your avatar is precious!

    Thailand actually has very high standards for the manufacturing of this product. Weruva is only one of two products that are truly human grade. You can feel confident feeding Weruva.

  • Pat

    worried about this being from thailand

  • Jda
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  • Madreena Gotzoni

    Great, thank you so much!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Not canned, The Honest Kitchen.

  • Madreena Gotzoni

    Patty, what is the other human grade brand of canned food? my chi is in love with simply nourish, which is also made in thailand. i’m fine with thailand from everything that I have read. and my dog has absolutely not had any issues with the food. she happily cleans her plate which was becoming a problem for a while and a huge waste of money to find something that she would gladly eat.

  • I think there are a couple foods made in Thailand – some of the tubbed foods that have come out recently are from Thailand. Although I don’t know which facility – human or not.

  • Laura P.

    Thank you for the link, Hound Dog Mom. 🙂

  • Pattyvaughn

    Weruva is one of 2 pet foods that can legally say they are human grade, because it is made in a human food commercial kitchen with human grade ingredients and human grade handling methods according to USDA rules.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Actually, Thailand has very high standards and produces some high quality canned pet foods. If you’re concerned, you may wish to read this: http://petshops.about.com/od/petfood/f/Pet-Foods-Made-In-Thailand.htm

  • Laura P.

    Thanks, Sugar. I’ve been trying so hard to NOT buy any food n’ treats that aren’t made in the USA (or Canada). And a lot of packaging/labels can be misleading at times. I also use Merrick as a topper (Wing-a-ling for the wiiiinnnnn), but my corgi REALLY likes the Weruva because it’s all small bites and the meat is “shredded”. What a bummer, about it being a product of Thailand. Go figure, all the foods he’s enthusiastic about are either not the best quality or not made in the USA. *facepalm* (^o^)

  • Sugar

    You are right. That is one of the reasons I don’t use it. Beside, my dogs don’t like it. The FDA states that they use in these cans from Asia and South America certain chemicals…Weruva claims that ‘they are safe’, but I wonder what they do differently than everyone else then? They never explained it. Verus claims to use BPA free cans in the line they have from NZ and Merrick canned food is -I believe- BPA-free. Merrick uses a natural lining. I do use on occasion the Thanksgiving dinner and these cans (the Thanksgiving Dinner) have been consistently great for the past 7 years.

  • Laura P.

    Anybody have any issues with this food? My dog seems to REALLY like (he’s very picky) and we merely use it as a food topper to get him to eat his Orijen, but I was concerned when I recently looked closer at the can and saw it says “Product of Thailand”.

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  • Shadow

    I meant Doggiefood.com

  • Shadow

    dogfood.com ships free certain dollar amount and has fabulous discounts 15%, 20% and 25% depending on how much is ordered. I usually order $300 and include with my Weruva canned dry Acana and Orijen – cans then are ~$2.40 each which is below most retail.

  • Weruva can be bought online and with free shipping. I’ve bought it from Amazon before.

  • diana

    UPDATE: I actually went to Weruva website and they said they are BPA free. I also read that people are spreading rumours about their cans not being BPA free so I went straight to the source. Unfortunately petsmart doesn’t carry it so I bought wellness instead which is also 5 star dog food.

  • diana

    So sad, as soon as I think i made my decision to buy a good decent pet food, I hear about something that’s wrong with it like for example BPA for weruva. I wonder what other dog foods have this problem, Does blue, bil jac grain have this issue as well? And why wasn’t this mention in this article. Here I am trusting the 5 stars but it would have been nice to have known of the BPA. I know it’s hard to catch every single thing wrong with a particular dog food though.

  • diana

    Thanks, i was going to get weruva but since sweetness mentioned BPA forget it. I’m looking elsewhere.

  • Jill

    Thank you Melissaandcrew! That makes complete sense. I am going to follow your lead on this! Thank you again. I hope I can turn to you for advice if needed later. Have a great weekend! Jill

  • Melissaandcrew

    Hi Jill-
    My crew eats dry food in the range of 30-33 % protein-unless I am mixing in some Orijen which is higher. They also get toppers-home cooked, canned, commercial raw etc which brings it up higher than that. Not sure why someone said to keep the schnauzers under a certain protein as I have never had a problem with mine, except the occasional poop eater if its too high, or soft stool.
    Schnauzers are pone to pancreatitis and should have a lower fat food. With that said, mine stay in the 15%-16% range. Since the lower fat foods that meet my requirements are not plentiful, I tend to mix two brands together in order to lower the overall fat intake-For example, an 18% Orijen with a 15 % food(or lower)

  • Jill

    Hi I have been feeding my schnauzer dry, but, have been considering canned. My fear is the high protein. I was told to keep the protein below 25% and fat below 15%. Is it ok to fee double the protein? Please help!

  • Melissaandcrew

    HI Trevor-

    The feeding guidelines are just that-guidelines and you need to feed him depending on the calculator. My schnauzers eat anywhere from 400 to 600 calories depending on their activity levels.


  • Weruva suggests one ounce per pound of dog weight. However, at 248 kcal per 14oz can, that would be significantly fewer calories than I calculate for my 18 pound mini schnauzer. What gives?

  • JellyCat

    Sweetness_j81, if you want to feed canned but worried about BPA, you can take a look at ZiwiPeak canned as they don’t use BPA. This food might be a little more expensive though.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Sweetness_j81 –

    So you’re concerned about BPA in canned foods and looking for something better than Freshpet. I would recommend homemade or commercial raw, homecooked or a dehydrated food such as The Honest Kitchen or Grandma Lucy’s.

  • Sweetness_j81

    Hi all,

    I have been using frespet with blue blasics for my 7 year old pointer x (who has addison’s disease). We just recently adopted a pointer chocolate lab x who is currently on what the shelter had given him, Royal Canin which I would like to switch from in a month or so. My old girl had abandoned her wellness, blue wilderness and now blue basics. There are others which I have forgotten. Now we are looking for something of better quality than freshpet.

    I just checked the Weruva website after being worried about BPA in their cans. Unfortunately their once deemed BPA free cans are no longer ruled out as BPA free. This is frustrating and upsetting as we were almost certain that this food was for us. I would hate to have caused sickness in my dogs from BPA unknowingly.

    I have been researching this website, which has been really helpful… BUT I am still overwhelmed by all of the choices. There seem to be so many questions about all of these dog foods and little solid answers.

  • Pugsonraw

    Wow….. mine says best by Oct 2012 and it has a blurb on the front that states “made with whole grains”.  Looks like I got an old one…. My pet store usually has a good turnover of their products but this must have been pushed to the back.  No worries… I only have one can left.

  • Mary Lou

    Hi Pugsonraw ~

    I picked up quite a few of the Funky Chunky just yesterday.  Mine all say grain free with an expiration date of Feb 2015.  Just curious as to the expiration date on yours.

  • Pugsonraw

    They changed the funky chunky recipe for dogs. I bought a can this week and when opened it had rice in it. The outside of the can was not marked grain free. I thought I grabbed the cat one at first, but it clearly said dog food.

    Just be careful when grabbing them. I love the product- and will continue to use. Just using grain free.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Dee –

    As long as the foundation of the puppy’s diet is going to be a food appropriate for puppies it’s fine to mix in this food.

  • Dee

    As this is for adult maintenance, is it appropriate to feed to a puppy if mixed with puppy kibble or ALS kibble?

  • SanDnMila

    This food is ok to give to my puppy as a topper even though it’s for “adult maintenance”, right? It’s listed as a 5-star puppy food!? I’ve been giving it to her for the past week or two.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Hi all!  I’ve been using canned foods forever to top my dogs’ kibble.  I’ve narrowed the brands down to about 2-3 now that I’m gonna use.  Weruva Human style is at the top of the list!  What’s not to like lol.  Meat is first, no carageenan (at least in the flavors I’m choosing), non BPA cans and easy to mix with kibble.  My local Pet People store carries 3 flavors and I bought all 3 to mix.  Paw Licken’ Chicken, Steak Frites and Cirque de la Mer.  It is pricey, but I don’t use alot (tblsp. each dog per meal) so it’s great.  I also like Fromm Gold cans, Mulligan Stew and Simply Nourish.  But, I may cut out Mulligan Stew (hard to get) and Simply Nourish (love Weruva so much better and Weruva actually costs similar).  We have finally found our new kibble….Pinnacle!  They love it and no rumblies at all.  Oh, and with the new grandbaby….life is good!! 

  • Toxed2loss

    I should add that there are much better brands of feed than the one we fed all those years ago. It was a big name brand. Now there’s a lot more conciencious manufacturers out there. Though I checked real quick and that brand we used to use for chicken feed, doesn’t even list the ingredients of their grow mash on line. Interesting.

    But, what you feed them does make a huge difference in the taste!

  • Toxed2loss

    They aren’t but if they’re given cattle wate, treated with hormones… They’re in there. It’s a lot like the other labeling was. Loop holes are exploited. 🙁

  • Mary Lou

    Love you, too, and will do for Dupes.  ; )

    I am so thankful that you are helping our other friend.  To me ~ that’s what this is all about!!  You, and our other doggy mommy friend, are doggy angels!!  No doubt in my mind!!

    I’ll email you later.  Actually cooked a turkey breast and need to figure out what I’m going to have with it.  Haha!  Later!

  • Shawna

    Thanks Toxed!!  I thought it was arsenic but I knew you would know :)..  I thought chickens couldn’t be given supplemental hormones? 

  • Shawna

    LOL!!  He’s an only child!!  What do you expect?  Hee hee hee 😉

    I’m so glad you have it figured out!!  My kids sure did appreciate Dupree’s cast offs but they’d rather see him happy and healthy I’m quite certain 🙂

    I noticed you mentioned in another post that he is having less issues with fleas too!! YIPPEEEEEEEE

    I’m glad I was able to help 🙂  I made a wonderful friend out of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  A certain little Schnauzer’s mommy and I are becoming quite close too :)…  You are a good person Mary Lou!!!!!!!!!

    Give little man Dupes 🙂 a hug and kiss from his fans in Nebraska 🙂

    Love you!

  • Mary Lou

    Toxed ~ I can honestly taste the difference between different brands of chicken.  It’s got to be what they are feeding them.  I can’t stomach some brands.  : )

  • Mary Lou

    He would have Dr. Becker’s “Stress” bites for lunch while I was gone.  Hubby thought they helped.  They have Chamomile, L-Theanine & Rhodiola.  I gave him some today in anticipation of taking D to see Madagascar.  I didn’t see any difference.  ; )  He is so jealous when we go without him.

    I ordered some Stella & Chewy’s Surf & Turf.  Gave him that for dinner a few minutes ago.  He loved it.  Our local store doesn’t carry the Surf & Turf.  I will probably order a larger bag. 

    You will be happy to know that Dupree has his basis of S & C and Weruva, but I am giving him a lot more variety.  I finally “know” what will and will not set him off.  It’s going well.  It sure was hit and miss for such a long time.  Tell your pups they probably won’t be getting anymore of Dupree’s cast offs.  ; )

    Definitely couldn’t have done it without you, my dearest friend!!  : )  As much as some foods sounded good on paper ~ they just weren’t for this boy.  I know Nutrisca Salmon has it’s pitfalls, but it’s one kibble we can use without issues ~ when we do use a kibble ~ which is not often.  I have also found that we can use it after two weeks, or whenever, without using it, and have no issues with it. 

    Dupree (Dupes) sends his love.  ; )

  • Toxed2loss

    Arsenic. They also get a soy based grow mash laced with hormones and antibiotics. It probably,contains “waste material.” (poop) which I was reading yesterday is legal in animal feed. It certainly smells like it. I once tried to raise meat chickens on that stuff. The meat smelled like the feed: didn’t eat a one of them. And that was before TI.

  • Shawna

    LOL!!!!  You crack me up :0)

    You might have to fly Victoria Stilwell in to help with Dupree’s new behavior :)..  Poor little man..  Hubby may not let you leave again???  I sure wish you had a holistic vet near by..  I bet there is a homeopathic that would help him..  Just don’t know which??

    I whole heartedly agree…  Not only what they eat but what they might be given too..  I used to fudge quite a lot and eat conventionally raised meats over organic..  At 35 I started having hot flashes and was told by my M.D. to eat ONLY organic.  I still have conventionally raised when we go out but only organic at home..  Now 45 and haven’t had a hot flash once since making the change..  YET 🙂

    If I remember correctly, chickens are given some form of toxic heavy metal in their feed too??  Will have to look that up again..

  • Mary Lou

    Shawna ~ I know YOU know that was for you ~ forgot to hit reply.  : )

  • SanDnMila

    It’s been difficult to find where I live also, many stores that I have looked at locally carry the Weruva cat food but not the dog food. But I was lucky enough to find it at a pet store nearby and picked a can of the Steak Frites 🙂

  • Mary Lou

    Hi sweetie!!

    Tuna ~ no way!!  : )   I personally love tuna, but the thought of giving it to Dupree makes me cringe.  I give him salmon out of a foil pack, or from my dinner plate.  ; )  I bought a can of sardines, probably 6 months ago, and I cannot bring myself to give it to him.  Might make me gag.

    Funny you should ask if he is back to himself.  NO ~ his separation anxiety is worse than ever,  I can’t even go to the bathroom without him at the door.  Haha!  Now he has started this yapping when I come home.  Hubby informed me today that “I” need to do something about that.  hee hee  How do you retrain an almost six year old??

    That’s great news about Gizmo!!  I didn’t know they grew that large until I saw a pic online reading something the other day.  So……NO chicken it is.

    I did break down and give Dupree a little Nutrisca Salmon last night because I wanted him to have an egg.  That didn’t bother him at all.  I have read that it may not be the chicken as much as what the chicken ate??  I am beginning to think there is a lot of truth to that. 

  • Shawna

    Thanks for the tip Addie!!  Weruva Home Style foods are on the pricey side but as long as I can afford them I will continue using..  Coupons would be GREAT :)…

  • Shawna

    Hi my dear friend 🙂

    Mr. Dupree back to himself after having to live without mommy?

    I’ve decided to quit feeding any chicken too (at least to Gizmo)..  I’ve noticed that her lipoma has shrunk to pea size (and stayed there) after inadvertantly eliminating chicken for a week.  The lipoma has been as large as marble sized before.

    Mine all LOVE the Steak Frites as well and also the one with tuna (mercury ughhh 🙂 and a few others..  They do look good enough to eat!!

    I highly recommend too..

  • Mary Lou

    Mataviam ~ I purchased the large cans from Wag .com, but then found you could get the smaller size on Amazon. I just placed an order. Our Bichon has allergies to chicken, but absolutely LOVES the Steak Frites.  I highly recommend it!

  • Addie

    You can use the store locator on their site to see if anywhere nearby sells it: 
    http://www.weruva.com/stores.php. If you can’t find a seller though, they also have a list of online retailers on their site. They even list coupon codes for some of the sites, so you can receive a percentage off your order.

  • Mataviam

    This food looks so yummy. I just wish I could find it for my extremely picky Yorkie. 

  • Hi Ed,

    Because of its weak hormone like effects, Bisphenol-A (BPA) has become a controversial chemical in can liners and other uses (even in some dental fillings).

    So, it could be a long term problem for both human and pet foods.

    However, the topic itself deserves more attention. So, BPA is now on my list for a future report.

    Thanks for your timely question.

  • Mike – I’m currently in the mode of switching foods – AGAIN – for my 4 malamutes.  Weruva seems to be a great choice, but I’m concerned about the fact that they cannot certify their 14oz. cans as BPA-free.  I found the answer on their Tid Bits page to be a bit vague, so I called them and they indeed confirmed that due to the dual layer structure of the 14oz. can, they are unable to state with certainty that the can is BPA-free.  Do you have any insight into this potential concern?  I would hate to pass up a quality product but also want to ensure my kids get the best possible food.  Thanks for your insight and the great job you do with this site.

  • Rheseyj

    That is what my dog does with campfire trout feast ! She ate all the chunks but none of her orijen !

  • Weruva is for adult maintenance, not puppies.  The fat content is low. 

  • Rheseyj

    Right now my dog , a 4 and a half month old husky . Right now I am feeding her merrick canned food . Is this better in general ? I know every dog reacts differently to a food . But is weruva better than merrick ?

  • Joey

    My picky JRT LOVES Weruva. It looks great; like fresh, high-quality meat.

    My dog will not tough the “loaf” style, only the human style. It’s not cheap, but mixes well with dry food.

    I was nervous initially that it’s made overseas, but I did some research, and it’s made in a human food factory, which eased my mind.

    Tiki dog food is very similar and is sometimes a little cheaper if you’re worried about cost.

  • Laura

    Yes Sandy thanks for the info! Its for my schnauzers, I like everything I’ve read about weruva but with practically no knowledge of nutrition for my dogs just wanted to clarify that, that makes sense that it would be better. Actually when we got our first schnauzer as a puppy (the one who passed away) we bought merrick turduckin from someone who raved about it at a dog bakery. Then after a few months my boy schnauzer started having stomach problems (gas, vomitting,etc) and our vet reccomended the purina en which is how i ended up using that for both. Maybe the turduckin fat content was too much for him but either way i was too scared after that to try anything other than the EN. Now im reassessing bc my girl is healthy and after researching I feel there are low fat options that are better than what we have. It’s just scary and overwhelming for me because I am not an expert and I feel like vets only want to sell what they carry (again at least in my experience). Thanks for all the info, going to keep reading!

  • sandy

    No. Dogs are made for eating meat. It’s like giving him a chicken breast or steak. How can that be wrong? Is this Laura with the schnauzer? My dogs love this food. They eat Weruva, Addiction and Merrick cans. There is more meat in this food as it is not overly processed down into meat meal and made into kibble which needs a “binder” where alot of the carb content comes from. Can food is a more appropriate food for dogs than kibble as it contains less filler and more meat and is high in moisture. Well I should qualitfy that and say the better brands have more meat and less filler. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/karen-becker-best-worst-dog-food/

    Be sure to browse through the library. Lots of different topics in there.

    I’ve probably been through 10 different foods in the past 2 years. But I’ve narrowed my “rotation” down to just a few.

  • Laura

    The protein content in the bed and breakfast is about double what our current dog food contains. Does that pose any issues for a healthy adult dog?

  • Barb

    I have been feeding my Great Dane all of the different Weruva, grain-free products mixed with “Taste of the Wild” High Prairie dry dog food. He is so much happier and has stopped the constant licking and “worrying” of his legs. I enthusiastically support a grain-free diet for him.

  • Gordon

    I honestly think standards for pet food are shamefully poor internationally! AAFCO standards in the US are based on the bare minimum, and is not far dissimilar in Australia either. I think to those companies setting their own standards to far exceed such minimal standards, such as most of the raw food manufacturers and many of the high end canned versions like this one, are at least much better options, barring ones own home prepared raw formulas or even cooked preparations using fresh ingredients.

  • I found this food when a person asked what was a good dog food available in Thailand, I must say I am very very impressed with this food. As mentioned standards for pet food in the USA are shamefully poor, this food is way better than most food in USA.

  • Hi Mike and Gordon,

    Weruva’s president responded our vet’s questions about nutrition and I am personally satisfied that Weruva is an outstanding product. I am proud to associate with Weruva and feed it to my dog. I am also very pleased that the president of the company took the time to write the following to my vet:

    AAFCO Feeding Trials – We conduct thorough feeding trials, however, we do not utilize AAFCO’s parameters. For our cat food, for instance, approximately 60 rescued cats are fed products from our brand as well as others produced by our manufacturing partner on a daily basis. They are fed a rotation of the ingredients used in our products. The feeding is ongoing, and the cats are monitored under veterinary supervision. I believe the AAFCO feeding trials only require a sampling of 8 cats (where 25% are allowed to drop out), and the requirement is that the cats eat the same food for every meal for six months. As a company, we do not believe feeding cats or dogs the same meal for every meal, every day, over the course of 6 months is healthy. We therefore do not conduct AAFCO feeding trials.

    Veterinary Nutritionist – We hire veterinarians on a consulting basis to help us develop formulas. There are also the aforementioned veterinarians at the place of manufacture as well as nutritionists. We do not, however, have a veterinary nutritionist on staff.

    Dry matter information – We do not have this information on hand, but I have attached information on our guaranteed analysis as well as actual analysis for cat. We do not believe too much in dry matter numbers. The inclusion of any filler can skew the data. For instance, in some of our chicken formulas, the dry matter of phosphorus is around 0.65%. If we added in 10% filler to the formulas (in the form of carbs, bones, etc.), we could slash this number to 0.43%. While we could achieve such a low number, we believe it is best to keep the fillers out. We instead urge a focus on actual numbers.

    I hope this is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions or comments.

    Best Regards,

    David Forman
    President and co-founder
    Weruva Because Weluvya!
    Fax: 646-688-6865

  • Gordon

    Ahh OK, I misunderstood you Ruth. Actual field testing brands on pets, is what you meant. Anyway, this is also rare in Australia. I would never feed Hills, Purina, Iams, P&G, or Mars either Ruth.

  • Mike, I appreciate your constructive comments. I certainly will never choose Hills or Purina. And, I understand that field testing is rare. I love Weruva because my dog attacks it, consumes a 14 ounce can in under a minute and begs for more. She’s the apple of my eye and just like my human children, I want the very best. Vets apparently see the field testing as the end-all-be-all and maybe that’s because they receive so many freebies from the corporate pet food manufacturers or maybe it’s because they are scientists and trained to believe that scientific testing of a product is best. Field testing may be expensive but so is Weruva. I don’t know of many average families in America who can afford to spend $300+ on dog food. Many of those lower-to-middle class American families barely have that to spend on feeding themselves. I commend Weruva for its high quality ingredients and its high rating on dogfoodadvisor.com and my husband and I will most likely continue to purchase it. I still think an expensive brand of dog food that sells for $3+ a can should consider field testing. I realize that food of lesser quality meet the field testing requirements. What I’d like to see is the difference between meeting the basic field testing requirements (say a 2 or 3 on your rating scale) and exceeding those requirements (getting a 4 or 5 on your rating scale). Field testing by AAFCO would be more credible and meaningful if it were able to differentiate in this way. I’m not convinced that Weruva doesn’t have now or will not have (in the future) enough deep pockets to do the testing and to blow away the competition. It would be interesting to see the comparisons.

  • Hi Ruth… Your point is certainly a reasonable one. However, by narrowing your choices to field tested products only, you’re limiting your dog’s choices to just a few. Hill’s. Purina. Iams. You may be eliminating more than 95% of the choices out there.

    Only the very largest pet food conglomerates can afford this kind of “testing”. As demonstrated by their labels, these “field tested” brands are some of the most cheaply made dog food products on the market. Mostly average to below average meat content and apparent ingredient quality.

    The fact a dog can survive on these field tested products doesn’t necessarily make them the best diets for your pet. There are many conscientious pet parents who feed their dogs raw, fresh-from-the-farm foods that have never been field tested. And the same for other commercial recipes, too.

    Yet most of these untested products still meet AAFCO nutrient standards for growth or maintenance. And many are very likely even superior to the human-engineered, factory-made, field-tested food pellets made by the likes of Hills or Purina. Or Royal Canin for that matter.

    Or whoever has the pockets deep enough to be able to afford such costly testing.

    As a consumer, you have the right to buy whatever you’d like. But by limiting your choices to the truly rare field-tested brands, you’d be shielding your dog from what many believe are some of the very best products and menus out there.

  • Mike, standards are good and meeting them means something. However, in scientific inquiry, testing is also good and if Weruva actually tested its products on dogs, I think this would be a higher indication of quality and would also remove any doubts about whether the product meets the strictest nutritional guidelines.

    It would be reassuring to know whether the good is easily digestible, it has a balance among or between the main nutrients (ex: between calcium and phosphorus), and it meets the upper food limits for some minerals and vitamins. Trial tests on actual dogs would be most useful in determining whether all the AAFCO criteria are met. Wouldn’t actual testing on real dogs be more accurate than simply analyzing the ingredients in a can of food?

  • My vet did not recommend Beneful or Pedigree. She did say that Royal Canin met the field test requirements by AAFCO. If my vet had recommended Beneful or Pedigree, I would have ignored any other advice she would have to offer. I like Weruva a lot. I spend over $300 a month on Weruva dog food (human grade products). Over the past year, I have been a loyal supporter of Weruva. With over a thousand dog food products on the market, it is hard to determine what is a market ploy and what is the truth. I only want the best for my dog–that’s it, no other hidden agenda, no malice intended.

  • Hi Ruth… Your veterinarian seems to suggest field tested dog foods are the norm. However, very few dog foods sold in the US and Canada meet the AAFCO “field test requirements” you mention in your comment. In fact. dog foods undergoing actual field testing are the exception rather than the rule.

    Most Americans are not aware that some non-US manufacturing standards (such as European Union) are actually more stringent than our own. That is why our ratings are based upon the label information only. You may wish to check out my response to a similar question dated October 28, 2010 (right here in this comment thread).

    To learn more about this topic, please visit my article, “Understanding Dog Food Nutrient Profiles“. Hope this helps.

  • Gordon

    Ruth Ann Strickland – At the top of this review it states, “The Weruva Human Style product line includes twelve canned dog foods… each meeting AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.” So I would assume that Mike, has confirmed this from Weruva’s website?

    At any rate, would your Vet recommend Pedigree or Beneful as a trusted dog food with adequate nutrition? Ask her that next time. I’d be interested in knowing what her answer is.

  • My question is: has Weruva met the AAFCO field test requirements specified below? My husband and I recently took our sheltie to a new vet and she raised questions about whether Weruva met the field test standards. She also warned that the Weruva may be using excellent marketing but the product itself may not be nutritionally sound. I read the AAFCO standards below and do not see the AAFCO label on Weruva. This concerns me greatly as my dog loves the food. I love junk food but I wouldn’t feed it to my dog. Please advise on Weruva’s status.

    The AAFCO as we all know gives practical guidelines to pet food manufacturers. They consider the following about pet food ingredients:
    • the digestibility of the ingredients;
    • the balance among or between the main nutrients (ex: between calcium and phosphorus),
    • upper limits food should meet for some minerals and vitamins.
    If a manufacturer that sells a pet food formulated by reference to the “AAFCO Nutrient Profile” for a designated life stage, it may mention this on the packaging. However, the the “AAFCO label ” is the best evidence of quality. This label is obtained by conducting appropriate feeding trials to corroborate nutritional adequacy. AAFCO has elaborated different protocols, corresponding to different life stages: maintenance, growth or reproduction. By submitting a food to these long-term protocols, a manufacturer can verify that the product really upholds its claims. Examples of AAFCO feeding protocols include:
    (1) AAFCO requires a minimum testing protocol for proving an adult maintenance claim for a dog/cat food.
    (2) The manufacturer must test a minimum of eight healthy adult dogs/cats (at least 1 year old) who are exclusively fed with the test diet. The test runs for a minimum of 26 weeks.
    (3) An individual physical examination takes place before and after the test. Each animal is evaluated to ascertain general health, body weight, and some blood parameters (including taurine in cats). Only small changes in these features are tolerated. The diet fails if any animal shows clinical or pathological signs of nutritional deficiency or excess.
    (4) AAFCO requires a minimum testing protocol for proving a growth claim for a dog/cat food.
    (5) Eight weaned puppies/kittens from three different bitches or queents are required to start the test. They must not be older than eight weeks of age, and an equal sex distribution is recommended. They are exclusively fed with the tested diet during ten weeks minimum. At the same time, eight puppies/kittens are selected according the same criteria to form a concurrent control group. This last group receives a diet that already demonstrated that it meets the growth requirements as determined by AAFCO protocols. The same observations that in the first example are recorded. The average body weight gain is compared to the growth of the control group.
    (6) AAFCO requires a minimum testing protocol for proving a gestation/lactation claim for a dog/cat food. A minimum of eight pregnant bitches/queens over one year old are required to start the test. (For dog breeding, the male must belong to the same breed as the female). A concurrent control group of eight pregnant females receives a diet that already passed successfully this specific AAFCO protocol. The feeding of the test diet starts at or before estrus, and is completed when the puppies are four weeks old, six weeks for kittens. For larger litters, puppies/kittens may be transferred to females with smaller litters. For example, a bitch under 13 kg should not suckle more than five puppies, and five kittens should be a maximum for a queen.
    – Observations concerning females: general health, food consumption, body weight evolution, blood parameters ;
    – Observations concerning the litters: litter size, stillbirths and congenital abnormalities, body weight gain and general health. Data are recorded for the control group are used as references to interpret the results of the test.
    (7) A manufacturer desiring to prove an unqualified claim for nutritional adequacy must use the litters obtained from performing the gestation/lactation protocol for the growth protocol. If both tests are positive, the diet is qualified as “complete and balanced for all stages of life”.

  • Hi Rain… Many Weruva formulas have changed to grain free. However, it could be a while longer before I’m able to update them. Thanks for the reminder.

  • sandy

    They are all grain free now.

  • Rain

    If it’s not too much trouble, could you star the ones that are grain free?

  • Lorn

    My dog has been eating the paw lickin chicken canned food for a couple months. I noticed that there was a black substance in the food. It does not look like mold but I have emailed a picture to Weruva for further information. I was wondering if you ever came across this and know what it is. I am very concerned and hope it does not make my sensitive dog sick!

  • Glenda

    Our 4 year old Peekapoo has had digestive problems since we brought her home at six weeks and she has always been VERY finicky about food, even about her treats. Her doctor had previously suggested that we try special food for dogs with sensative stomachs, but she flatly refused to eat any of these we put before her. We finally tried Weruva about a year ago and we are so happy that we found a dog food that she loves! We’ve tried almost all of them, but Bed & Breakfast, Funky Chunky, Paw Lickin’ Chicken, and Wok the Dog are her preferences (she loves chicken). Best of all, this food doesn’t seem to cause digestive problems compared to other foods we’ve tried. Finding a store that sells Weruva is not convenient in our area, so we have to make special trips to stock up, but it’s always worth it to see how satisfied our little girl is!

  • Karen Gordon

    I also noticed in the video that Dr. Karen Becker was reading the ingredients from a can of Weruva Jammin Salmon yet she was talking about how important it was to buy a food that was made in the USA. I don’t understand this contradiction? Can you explain?

  • Mary Lou

    Mike ~ it appeared to me that Dr. Becker was looking at this wet food in her video. So, my question is, how important are chelated minerals in a wet food? Even though you rate it 5 stars, would this make it less preferable? Thanks, as always.

  • Karen

    I don’t understand why they don’t have the calories listed on the website. I need to know how many calories are in each can as my dog has a weight problem.

  • HI Terri… I don’t see any reason at all to ignore your dog’s favorites. She’ll only love you more. By the way, smaller multiple daily feedings are always far healthier than one large one. Especially for little dogs and puppies. 🙂

  • Terri

    I just introduced my 6 month old toy poodle to Bed and Breakfast and she LOVES it! She gets fed twice a day but is always looking for more. I do keep a handful of her holistic dry food out during the day but would it be better to feed her smaller portions of the Weruva 3 times a day? Being a novice at puppy owership, I’d like to know if there are certain flavors I should avoid feeding her? Are there some that are preferable or should I just go by what she likes?


  • Ruth Ann Strickland

    We recently introduced Weruva human grade to our Sheltie, a very picky eater. We’ve tried all sorts of high end dog food and eventually she refused to eat it. However, with Weruva (funky chunky, bed and breakfast and steak fricas), we hit the gold mine. She won’t eat pate-like foods (Newman, Wellness, even Korebuta) but she eats human grade as if I were feeding her treats. I was initially fearful about the food being manufactured in Thailand but since reading the analysis of its ingredients and seeing how our sheltie responds to it, I’m very enthusiastic about this food. My husband and I plan to buy additional flavors and will probably only feed our sheltie this food with the occasional use of Orijen as a snack. I hope Weruva continues to produce this high quality food and doesn’t allow its company to be merged or bought out by some large corporate entity.

  • Carol

    Here is some information David Forman, President of Weruva had written to me – perhaps of interest –

    At Weruva, we produce our pet food in a state of the art human food facility in Thailand, using the precise quality raw materials that are used to produce the human food. We also utilize the same production processes as that of the human side, including a system of quality control that exceeds the standards demanded by international markets. The end result– our pet food is not only human grade and safe for pets, it is fit and safe for humans just the same.

    The process begins with our rigorous quality control standards that include keeping the factory in a condition where it can pass approximately twenty annual inspections performed by international governmental agencies and third party auditors, each under the scrutiny of human consumption standards. Such inspections ensure that we abide by Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) regulations and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems, meeting the demands promulgated by the United States, European Union, Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan. Under the strict British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global standard, the factory earned an A-Grade European Food Safety Inspection Service (EFSIS) certificate.

    The factory also has certificates of accreditation by the International Organization For Standardization (ISO), HALAL and Orthodox Kosher. Additionally, under similar guidelines, several third party inspectors, including the leading provider of human food safety services, Cook and Thurber, examine the plant regularly throughout the year. And the factory, which is FDA approved and USDA registered, performs an internal audit every two months. The inspections cover everything from top to bottom, including examinations of pest control, food safety and heavy metal and histamine testing procedures. The audits also ensure environmental control, including such detailed assurances that all work stations are cleaned every four hours and that each employee’s hygiene meets the requisite standards.

    After ensuring quality control procedures within the factory, the process continues with a thorough examination of our suppliers, which includes outside audits of their facilities as well as an inspection of each arriving container of raw material. The incoming food is tested for pathogens and contaminants, the inspections including an antibiotic, heavy metal and pesticide analysis. Upon passing inspection, the food is then produced according to an internal Specific Quality Control Procedure HACCP system. After production, in order to import the food, we must notify the Thailand Department of Livestock Development (DLD) and meet their exportation requirements.

    During this entire process, the factory operates according to a Social Accountability International management system (SAI), SA8000, as per the Ethical Trading Initiative. Designed for independent third party certification, SA8000 is promoted as a voluntary, universal standard for companies interested in auditing and certifying labor practices in their facilities and those of their suppliers and vendors.

    Marking the final point of our quality control and safety procedures, our factory features a “cat house,” a place where dozens of rescued cats are fed and examined under veterinary supervision. This ensures the utmost safety for our pets, not to mention, unparalleled palatability.

    What makes us the best? Well, we do process our foods in a human food plant according to international human food processing standards. We also use ingredients that are actually and truly used in products for people, such as the aforementioned boneless, skinless chicken breast. The chicken is also free of added hormones and antibiotics. Cats and dogs are part of the carnivora family which means they are meat eaters. Calories for people and pets come from 3 places: protein, fat and carbohydrates. The first 2 are in meat…In that regard, dogs and cats need protein and fat, they do not need carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are not metabolically necessary. All of our foods were formulated with this in mind, meaning carb content is quite low. In our “human style” formulas, we do not blend them into loaf style pate. It is a cliché, but “what you see is what you get”. You can read the ingredient statement, and see and identify everything we put into the can.

    We have never been affiliated with any recall.

    eruva sent to me – could be of interest.

  • Hi Sondra… Unfortunately, we do not review each recipe within a given product line. But you should be able to find the information you’re looking for on the Weruva company website. Hope this helps.

  • It seems that all of the Weruva HUMAN STYLE cans are low in fat, according to their website: http://www.weruva.com/
    I’d go with the Grandma’s Chicken Soup which is grain-freee and is listed as 1.2% min fat. It looks like all of the HUMAN STYLE are 1.4% min fat or less.
    Weruva KOBE/KUROBUTA cans are higher in fat, although still superior quality.
    Weruva looks like an all around 5-star!

  • Sondra

    Can anyone tell me which can has the lowest fat percentage?


  • Kathleen

    THANKS, Mike, for looking into this.
    I agree the quality is still high. IT is just that Weruva should have informed people, via their website info, what the actual ingredients of the food are and the facts on fats, protein, carbs, calories, etc. I was really researching this and even after emailing back and forth, I was never informed (until I complained about the 2nd order) that the formulas were now different. I am really glad I did not order 10 cases from the supplier I get my dog food! Particularly when you are dealing with any kind of health problem, it is really not good to not know what you are feeding your dogs. I am looking into using TIKI products as I like the ingredients, and if one does not object to a more varied diet with some starches (sweet potatoes) and grains (actually grains are still starches!) like brown rice with possibly a little bit of veges or fruits, they may very well be a super-high quality item.
    Here is the problem I am having in choosing TIKI – I emailed them last week via their website http://www.petropics.com and received no answer, so I emailed them again today asking for the actual as-fed and dry matter numbers of the fat & protein content of their foods. I hope to receive an answer. The problem with the minimums quoted on the cans/website is that the percentage could be 2 or 3 percentage points higher (or maybe more?) which could make a big difference.
    ANYWAY you could find this INFO from TIKI????
    I figured you calculated your dry matter percentages by using the published numbers on the cans/website – or did you contact the company?
    Any more info you could provide would be wonderful!
    I am hoping they are just on vacation or something & will get back to me.

  • Hi Kathleen… Weruva company president, David Forman, has provided us with his newest ingredient lists. However, to prevent confusion in the marketplace, we’ve decided to delay any update to these reviews until a good portion of the current retail stock of these products has been consumed (and once the Weruva website has been updated).

    In any case, from our standpoint, both the older and newer formulations still represent top-quality products.

    As with all recipe changes, our decision is designed to reflect the most accurate description of the products currently available to consumers. Hope this helps.

  • Hi Kathleen… Just received the following response from David Forman, president of Weruva:

    “We are currently going through some formula changes and we are also in the process of updating our website. We have changed all dog food formulas to be grain free. Some flavors had the change first and then other followed. Out in the market, there is likely the supply of both the old and new for most flavors. When the new website is complete, it will contain ingredients of all of the new formulations.”

    I’ve requested an update and will post a corrected review just as soon as I receive and can act on the updated information. Thanks again for the tip.

  • Hi Kathleen… Thanks to your comment, I’ve written to Weruva asking the company to confirm the accuracy of their website information. I’ll post my findings as soon as I receive a response. Thanks for the tip.

  • Kathleen

    WELL…another pothole in the road! The first case of Weruva Human Style Funky Chunky I purchased had white rice in it & the can was full of food & chunky as it states. A week later I purchased another case (from same store) – and the formula is WITHOUT rice & nearly half of the can was just liquid! I contacted Weruva and was told that I the first case must have been over a year old because they changed their formula about a year ago. NOW…their website does not reflect this – obviously, the ingredients, calories, and other percentages are not up-to-date and accurate. HOW IS ONE SUPPOSED TO CHOOSE from inaccurate information? Why does it take more than a year to up-date the info? I was also told that the rice and thickening starch had adsorbed the liquid in the can because the food was older – my expire date was October 2011. And that the second newer batch really still had the same amount of liquid!!?????? Yeah, but less actual food???? Am I really that dense that I don’t get it. There was not more chicken meat – the percentage of protein & fat had not changed???? Just very strange. Will have to find yet another food as they supposedly have taken all this line of food to NO GRAIN – have they just left out the additional food (such as rice) & not replaced it????
    Going to look into TIKI food – but then again maybe they are going to go all NO GRAIN. I do not believe it is necessary to make all their choices of foods all no grain! Dogs with very high lipids/digestive disorders are often put on a simple chicken/rice diet. Very sad that their food does not have more variety. Will be trying Weruva’s Cirque de la Mer with tuna meat & sweet potatoes (newest version) as soon as I can find it. And hopefully find a TIKI with very low fat and not 1/2 fluid.

  • Kathleen

    Here is the 2nd part of my post – a follow-up to what I found out and am doing about my schnauzers high lipids & prevention of pancreatitis. Will post again in a month on further results.
    I have decided to switch from Halo Spot’s Stew Original Chicken Formula to Weruva human style mixes, starting with Funky Chunky chicken and Jammin Salmon. The fat level is very low in the HUMAN STYLE versions of WERUVA canned dog foods. Many so-called low-fat canned dog foods are not nearly as low as these.
    I have only been mixing it in with Spots Stew for 6 days now – no problem so far. I am amazed at the quality of this food. I thought it was going to be really soupy by looking at the photos. The can is jam packed with solid food!! It is mostly chicken and these versions have the white rice which is really well cooked (which is great for dogs, especially with pancreatitis or digestive problems), and small chunks of carrots and more peas that I thought it would have. These foods are high protein (from animal flesh sources using chicken mainly and adding salmon, duck, beef and some mixes are tuna and mixed sea animals). The dogs are absolutely crazy about this food. ANd it is very low fat – which for dogs that need to watch their fat, this is great. You can always add more fat to the diet if you wanted to, or more carbs such as sweet potato, pumpkin, etc.
    NOTE: WERUVA’s KOBE versions are HIGHER FAT – more in the NORMAL RANGE of fats for dogs without problems with high fat.
    My cost is only a couple of bucks more per case of 12 cans than Spots Stew. I have come to the conclusion that Spots Stew is way overpriced – where is the meat & why so much noodles!!!?????
    Spots Stew ticked me off when I ordered my last 10 cases and was unaware that they had jumped the FAT PERCENTAGE from a dry matter basis for the canned food from ~12% to ~17%. That is a big jump. And they only increased the protein by 1%. THEIR PROTEIN IS JUST TOO LOW – I have often wondered where the meat is. And it appears to have more “noodles” in it! Don’t understand the need for so much wheat noodles!!! Except lowers cost drastically. I was mixing their food with Castor & Pollux Organix canned food – which is a high fat food & caused an overload of fat for my male 12 yr old schnauzer and he had a mild attack of pancreatitis (first one). So I had to read a lot – because I did not want to feed him the garbage that the “nutritionist” at the Univ. of TN wanted to feed him (you know, the sweepings off the floor). I learned that moderate protein & low fat & moderate carbs are good for recovery. (He recovered very quickly.) ANd then higher protein, low fat, low carbs are best. Schnauzers are prone to very high lipids in their bloodstream – not always resulting in pancreatitis, but pre-disposing them to it.
    Here is what “nutritionist” at university recommended – actually insisted upon:
    The food was Royal Canin Vet Diet – Digestive Low Fat LF (canned) – listen to what is in it – not that I am ignorant about this problem – but it never ceases to astound me as to their ignorance and/or greed!
    Water, Pork by-products, pork liver, corn grits, rice flour, chicken by-products, GELATIN BY-PRODUCTS, Powdered Cellulose, NATURAL FLAVORS, dried beet pulp, guar gum, fish oil, then the huge list of vitamins & supplements.
    P.S. I never knew there was such a thing as GELATIN BY-PRODUCTS – I thought it was a by-product!
    Most of your dog’s nutrition OR your own nutrition should come from FOOD!!! I know they have to add all these supplements to qualify for AAFCO label.
    So Goodbye to Spots Stew. They really need to improve their product – want to actually see the chicken & forget the noodles. If using carbs, use less & shoot for sweet potatoes maybe. But now, their food is too high fat for schnauzers anyhow. And the chicken is the lowest fat, the others are much higher.

    This is the 1st part I had posted under Spot’s Stew – gives you idea of problem I was having with my adopted schnauzers with high lipids (common in this breed). PLEASE ADOPT a SCHNAUZER if you want a schnauzer. They are in desparate need of homes. Best one I know of in Southeast is: http://schnauzerrescueofthecarolinas.com/ – We have two from them & SRC does wonderful work!
    WOWWEE! I am getting concerned about feeding Spot’s Stew. Thought perhaps if Ellen bought into it, the product would get better. They did change their formulation a bit, increasing the protein just a bit, but also increasing the fat. If this is true about Science Diet former exec now CEO of HALO – that could possibly be very bad. I wouldn’t feed Science Diet if it were free. And I certainly don’t want foods from China being fed to my dogs or anyone’s dogs or cats. My dog had a minor bout with pancreatitis – and at over 12 years had never had one before, but I was trying to switch from Spot’s Stew combined with Organix to Party Animal with a little bit of Organix & bang my schnauzer got sick – they cannot handle this much fat, even when fat is considered “normal amount.” But, I am concerned about Halo being too low protein & the protein sources. The wheat noodles are also contributing to the protein–possibly even more than the peas, as peas are actually low in protein and wheat noodles have a decent amount of protein. All plant foods have protein – question is how much, beans are as much as cattle flesh, and fruits have tiny amount. Many plant foods have ALL the amino acids necessary for HUMANS; I am still very unsure that true omnivores can digest the foods well enough to absorb these proteins (amino acids). (their digestive tracts from the mouth to the end product are very different from human animals) True carnivores must have their animal flesh.
    I have spent hours & hours on this subject & decided I will talk with the local nutritionist at the Univ.ofTN – even though I won’t feed from their recommended lists (of crap). I need to know if there is a certain level of protein that is just too high for these schnauzers (I have 2 adopted at ~12-1/4 yr old) – one has an enlarged heart with heart valve disease & other I have to watch for bladder infections (she has being doing great since I fired a vet 2 yr ago). My female also threw up when she ate the Party Animal canned dog food. There are some really low fat diets out there like Weruva & Tiki – but are they too high protein (very high) and possibly too low fat.
    And how do I then find out where anyone else gets all their ingredients??

  • Hi Joan… Because all foods (even human foods) contain varying amounts of moisture, we use dry matter basis to report the nutrient content of every dog food we review. This method mathematically removes all the water from a food. Be sure to read my article about how and why we do this. Hope this helps.

  • Joan McKibbin

    I have a 55 lb dog with a history of health problems. I am feeding Grain Free Paw Lickin’Chicken and Grain Free Funcky Chunky. While your review gives a protein content of 69% and a fat content of 9%, the cans say protein 10% and 8% respectively and fat 1.4% and 1.2% respectively. Is this because the grain free is not at all the same as the human style you’re reviewing, or is there something about these readings I don’t understand? Thanks. Your site is highly informative.

  • Hi Ruth… In many ways, dogs are a lot like people. Each responds to a particular food in its own unique way. So, be sure to transition very slowly to any new diet with patience. Start with about 20-25% new food and gradually increase it to a full 100% over a 7 to 10 day period.

    Weruva is a very good product. But no dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. If after giving your dog a reasonable amount of time to adjust to the new food you still notice the same symptoms, it may be necessary for you to consider switching. Unfortunately, choosing the right dog food still involves some trial and error. Hope this helps.

  • Ruth Crossgrove

    We have been feeding our dogs (8 and 23 lb) Weruva for two weeks without knowing anything about the company because they immediately loved Bed and Breakfast and Grandma’s Chicken Soup. I worried about the nutritional value, weight gain, and quality and am so pleased to find this site. The only problem is gas, which they have never had before. I’m hoping their digestive systems will adjust soon but am wondering whether we should do more than hope right away. They are 11 and 7 years old and a little over-weight.

  • Hi Sonya… The average protein in our database for canned foods is about 39%. This is not really high protein but rather a moderate level. If you feel you need a low protein dog food you may consider visiting my report, “Low Protein Dog Foods“. But please be aware, low protein (necessarily means high carbohydrate. Be sure to check with you vet. This principal is the same for every food (both human and dog). Hope this helps.

  • Sonya


    My little 2yrs old maltese recently had his annual blood work done. It turned out that all other tests except AST level (liver enzyme) were normal. His AST, however, is 550- 5 times the normal count. His vet has scheduled additional tests but in the meantime I researched and found out that I should give him a low protein (high quality protein at that) diet. The pet store owner has recommended Weruva but as I read your description it said high protein. Does that mean Weruva is not suitable for my baby?

  • Hi AJ… We find it nearly impossible to judge the quality of a product based solely upon the manufacturing location of a dog food. Some of the worst quality dog foods are made right here in North America.

    For example, Walmart boasts its Ol’ Roy Soft and Moist is 100% made in the USA. Whereas Weruva is produced in a human-grade Thai facility meeting the ultra-rigid quality control standards of the International Organization For Standardization (ISO9001).

    There’s simply no comparison between the apparent quality of these two brands.

    That’s why we try to stick to the only information we feel we can reliably trust: Government-regulated pet food labels.

    In any case, after reading a letter from Weruva posted on Tracie Hotchner’s Dog Talk blog, I only wish all dog foods were manufactured with such care as Weruva takes at its Thai facility. Please read this letter. If you’re like me, you’ll be favorably reassured. Hope this helps.

  • AJ

    Should there be any concern that this food is made in Thailand ? Our dog loves it also, I sometimes use a little bit as a “topper”, but I always am worried that is is made overseas.

  • Janice

    My two “picky” shelties have been eating Weruva (usually Paw-lickin’ Chicken or Amazon Liver) mixed with dry food (usually Innova, but recently using Orijen Six Fish) and they LOVE it. It has the best consistency I’ve found for mixing with dry — pretty expensive, though — I sometimes replace it with something a little less expensive like Merrick, but they are always THRILLED when the Weruva returns. An excellent product.