Weruva takes "people-quality pet food" to a whole new level. It's actually made in a human-food factory -- the same one that supplies tuna to Subway restaurants -- and dog owners say this meat-rich dog food looks and smells better than canned soup for humans.
Mimics a dog's wild diet. An "abundance of meat" makes Weruva one of Mike Sagman's favorite dog foods at DogFoodAdvisor.com. "For those looking to mimic a dog's natural ancestral diet, Weruva Human Style makes an excellent choice," Sagman says after analyzing the Bed and Breakfast flavor.
It's a pretty simple recipe: boneless, skinless chicken breast with egg, pumpkin, sweet potato and ham. The other flavors are equally minimalist and grain-free. There's even a Kobe beef version ("American-style," not the pampered, massaged Japanese kind). The only flaw? The added minerals aren't chelated for easy absorption.
Made right alongside human food. Weruva is made in Thailand -- not a detriment, points out Tracie Hotchner (author of "The Dog Bible" and host of the radio show "Dog Talk"), as it's a human-food factory that has passed inspections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and British Retail Consortium.
Weruva's ingredients come from various countries, a top source points out -- chicken and farm-raised tilapia from Thailand, beef from Australia or New Zealand (no source is given for the vitamin mix). Like virtually all large-size cans of dog food, the can lining is not free of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to cancers, reproductive problems and other diseases. BPA levels are low enough, however, to fall within FDA guidelines for safety.
We found no recalls for Weruva pet food on the FDA's website, which tracks pet food recalls back to 2007.
High water content, so you may need to feed more. Weruva costs about the same per ounce as the top-rated Fromm Family Gold Salmon and Chicken Pate (Est. $2.50 for a 13-oz. can) and other super-premium canned dog foods. But, other than the Kobe variety, Weruva is so moisture-rich that "you will likely have to feed more than with other canned foods," DogAware.com's Mary Straus points out.
Susan Thixton rates many dog food brands and varieties (including multiple Weruva varieties) based on ingredient quality and safety. Canned foods can earn a maximum score of 4.
Review: Weruva Bed and Breakfast Dog Food Can, Susan Thixton, Not Dated
With its "abundance of meat," Weruva Human Style mimics a dog's wild diet, Mike Sagman says. He analyzes the Bed and Breakfast flavor, awarding it -- and the entire brand -- a full 5 stars.
Review: Weruva Human Style (Canned), Mike Sagman, Updated March 10, 2013
Mary Straus names Weruva to her list of recommended canned dog foods. She notes that Weruva is "approved for human consumption." All varieties except Kobe are very high-moisture, though, so Straus says you may need to feed more.
Review: Canned Dog Foods and Refrigerated or Frozen Cooked Foods, Mary Straus, Updated Jan. 3, 2014
4. Whole Dog Journal
Whole Dog Journal advocates wet food for dogs. This article explains why, with a list of the best canned dog foods.
Review: Whole Dog Journal's 2013 Canned Dog Food Review, Nancy Kerns, December 2013
Tracie Hotchner, author of "The Dog Bible" and host of the syndicated radio show "Dog Talk," recommends Weruva as one of her favorite canned dog foods. Here, she thoroughly answers a listener's concern that the food is made in Thailand.
Review: "Investigating" Weruva's Pet Food Plant, Tracie Hotchner, Nov. 16, 2009
Weruva Paw Lickin' Chicken canned dog food earns a perfect 5 stars from all 11 customers who review it here. This flavor has the most reviews, but other flavors rate just as highly.
Review: Weruva Paw Lickin' Chicken in Gravy Canned Dog Food, Contributors to Chewy.com, As of January 2014