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Weruva Dog Food Review (Canned)

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Weruva Dog Food Review

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Which Weruva Classic Recipes Get Our Best Ratings?

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

The Weruva Classic product line includes the 14 canned dog foods listed below.

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

Recipe and Label Analysis

Weruva Paw Lickin’ Chicken was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

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

Weruva Paw Lickin' Chicken

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

66.7%

Protein

9.3%

Fat

16%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken (boneless, skinless breast), chicken broth, sunflower seed oil, potato starch, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, 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), folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 10% 1% NA
Dry Matter Basis 67% 9% 16%
Calorie Weighted Basis 63% 22% 15%

Ingredient Analysis

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 10 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 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 fourth ingredient is potato starch, a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

The fifth ingredient is tricalcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorus. In addition, this additive is used in canned foods as an emulsifier — an agent designed to disperse a food’s fats more evenly in water.

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 Weruva product.

With 1 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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Weruva canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 67%, a fat level of 9% and estimated carbohydrates of about 16%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 57% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 21% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 25%.

Which means this Weruva product line contains…

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.

Our Rating of Weruva Dog Food

Weruva Classic is a grain-free canned dog food using a generous amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.



Weruva Dog Food Recall History

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Weruva.

No recalls noted.

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

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More Weruva Reviews

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Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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