Wellness Core dog foods, including Wellness Core Turkey, Chicken Liver and Turkey Liver, are among the more expensive canned dog foods available, but they make up for that by offering a product that's high in meat and free of grains. Carbohydrates are drawn from high-quality sources such as sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, spinach, parsley, blueberries, broccoli and kale. Top ingredients are chicken, turkey, chicken liver, chicken broth, chicken meal and turkey liver. The nutritional profile is excellent. If price is a concern, Canidae Chicken, Lamb and Fish All Life Stages (*Est. $1.70 per 13 oz. can) uses grains, but they are higher quality. The food draws kudos for its otherwise excellent ingredients list at a more nominal price.
Foods are tested, and drawn from the same ingredient sources as those used to make foods for human consumption, advocates say. No artificial preservatives are used. Some Wellness dry foods were part of the 2012 salmonella recall, but canned varieties, including Wellness Core Turkey, Chicken Liver and Turkey Liver, were not affected.
We found feedback for Wellness Core Turkey, Chicken Liver and Turkey Liver at a few sites. The most complete is Mike Sagman's ingredients-based analysis at DogFoodAdvisor.com. Additional insight can be found at DogAware.com and About.com.
Mike Sagman gives Wellness Core Turkey, Chicken Liver and Turkey Liver his highest 5-star rating and says that the food is "enthusiastically recommended." Meat levels are appropriately high. Ingredients and their importance are well discussed.
Review: Wellness Core Dog Food (Canned), Mike Sagman, June 7, 2011
Wellness products, including the company's Core varieties, are included among the canned dog foods Mary Straus judges to be the best. The quality of the ingredients, which are described as "human-grade," and the company's testing programs are cited.
Review: Canned Dog Foods and Refrigerated or Frozen Cooked Foods, Mary Straus, Aug. 14, 2011
This list, put together by a veterinary technician, includes Wellness dog foods among the better choices available. Jenna Stregowski says that ingredients are of better quality with those of dubious benefit excluded. However, the write-up is very brief. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top Natural and Holistic Dog Foods, Jenna Stregowski