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Wellness Pet Food was founded in 1997 and is owned and produced by WellPet LLC. The company’s headquarters are in Massachusetts, and some of their products are manufactured in Mishawaka, Indiana.

WellPet LLC is a large pet product conglomerate that owns several other pet food brands. Examples include Old Mother Hubbard, Eagle Pack, and Holistic Select.

Wellness Pet Food is found at almost all large pet retailers, such as PetSmart and Petco, small independent retailers, and massive online sellers such as Chewy and Amazon.

Wellness Product Range

Dog Food

Wellness has an extremely large range of dog food products, one of the largest in North America.

This range includes almost every niche and sub-variety you could imagine. Examples include puppy food, senior dog food, dog food for small and large breeds, raw dog food, wet dog food, and more.

Cat Food

Wellness Nutrition

Dog Food

Given the extremely large range of dog food products that Wellness produces the nutrition they provide varies dramatically.

However, despite this variety, the nutrition provided by Wellness dog food recipes is usually above-average.

However, there are some recipes which could be described as below-average or average and there are others which could be described as significantly above-average. For this reason, its important to evaluate the nutrition of the recipe you are considering and not the brand as a whole.

Below is an example of a Wellness recipe which provides above-average nutrition.

Wellness Core Ocean Formula Calorie Breakdown Chart

Cat Food

Wellness Ingredients

High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Beef
  • Venison
  • Whitefish
  • Salmon
  • Herring

Given Wellness’s extremely large product range it will come as no suprise that they use a huge variety of meat and fish ingredients in their recipes. Some of these are listed above.

While each ingredient has its advantages, they are all excellent sources of animal or fish-based protein and fat. This should be at the core of every dog and cats diet.

Other Notable Ingredients

Wellness has a large number of grain-inclusive recipes and they choose to use a variety of grains within these recipes. Examples of grains that can be found in Wellness recipes include Oatmeal, Barley, and Quinoa.

While the popularity and nutrition provided by grains varies, most of the grains used by Wellness are considered to be some of the best available. This is as they are not heavily processed and include additional nutrition such as fiber and micronutrients. For example read more about Barley in our article Barley In Dog Food.

Peas, Chickpeas, and Lentils are all legumes and are some of the most common plant-based ingredients found in pet food. This is as they are relatively inexpensive and can provide high levels of plant-based protein.

However, there has been growing concern at a link between canine heart disease and high legume use in dog food. You can read more about this in our article Best Dog Foods Without Peas.

Pea Protein

Tomato Pomace is added to pet food to provide soluble fiber. Soluble fiber can be important to some pets to ensure they have regular digestion and stools. Tomato Pomace provides little nutrition beyond its fiber content. Learn more about Tomato Pomace in our article Tomato Pomace as a Pet Food Ingredient?.

Chicken Fat

Flaxseed

Canola Oil

Wellness Animal Testing

We have no information on whether Wellness participates in invasive or laboratory style testing of animals.

We strongly believe that invasive or laboratory style testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice and one which we hope will see significant decline in the coming years.

Wellness Recalls

Based on our resarch (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor) we have information that leads us to believe that Wellness products havebeen recalled multiple times.

In total we could find information on five separate instances where Wellness products were recalled. Please see the below for more details.

March 17, 2017 – The most recent of Wellness’s recalls was in relation to elevated levels of a naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone. The recipe in questino was Wellness 95% Beef Topper.

Many consumers would not be familiar with the effects of a high level of beef thyroid hormones but they can include increased thirst or urination and weight loss.

February 10, 2017 – The second most recent recall from Wellness concerned the presence of foreign material in some non-WellPet products manufactured in the same facility as Wellness canned cat food.

Foreign material is a concerning and serious issue and Wellness did the right thing to recall all related products. This included quite a few wet/canned cat food recipes including the below.

  • Chicken & Herring Canned Cat Food
  • Chicken Canned Cat Food
  • Chicken & Lobster Canned Cat Food
  • Turkey & Salmon Canned Cat Food
  • Turkey Canned Cat Food
  • Beef & Chicken Canned Cat Food
  • Beef & Salmon Canned Cat Food

October 30, 2012 – This recall was due to moisture content in a dog food recipe that was higher than expected. The main risk of high moisture content in dry dog food is that it can cause mould and other growth. This could lead to illness if consumed.

Thankfully this recall only effected a single small breed dog food recipe.

May 4, 2012 – This recall was related to a possible Salmonella contamination and only effected a single large breed dog food recipe. The recall was voluntary and was prompted by the discovery of Salmonella in another brands recipe produced at the same facility.

Recalls due to possible Salmonella contamination are one of the most common types of recall. This is as almost all dog food is tested for Salmonella before it is distributed.

February 28, 2011 – The earliest Wellness recall we could find information on regarded insufficient levels of thiamine in some of their cat food recipes. While the majority of recipes tested with sufficient levels, some did not and Wellness did a voluntary recall as a precaution.

Thiamine is a critical component of a cats diet and consuming low levels of it for a sustained period can cause adverse effects such as decreased appetite, vomiting, and weight loss.

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Wellness Full Products Range

Dry Dog Food

Complete Health

Lamb & Barley

Whitefish & Sweet Potato

Senior

Deboned Chicken & Oatmeal

Healthy Weight

Puppy

Turkey & Oatmeal

Small Breed Puppy

Small Breed Healthy Weight

Small Breed Senior

Toy Breed

Small Breed Whitefish, Salmon Meal, & Peas

Large Breed Adult

Large Breed Puppy

Complete Health Grain Free

Deboned Chicken & Chicken Meal

Whitefish & Menhaden Fish Meal

Lamb & Lamb Meal

Puppy

Small Breed

Large Breed

Core

Original

Puppy

Ocean

Wild Game

Lamb

Reduced Fat

Senior

Small Breed Original

Small Breed Puppy

Small Breed Healthy Weight

Large Breed

Large Breed Puppy

Core RawRev

Original + 100% Raw Turkey

Small Breed + 100% Raw Turkey

Wild Game + 100% Raw Lamb

Puppy Original + 100% Raw Turkey

Healthy Weight + 100% Raw Turkey

Core Wholesome Grains

Original

Ocean

Small Breed

Puppy

Core RawRev Wholesome Grains

Original + 100% Raw Turkey

Ocean + 100% Raw Fish

Small Breed + 100% Raw Turkey

Puppy + 100% Raw Turkey

Core Six

Cage Free Duck

Free Range Lamb

Sustainably Sourced Salmon

Small Breed Sustainably Sourced Salmon

Complete Health Limited Ingredient

Salmon & Potato

Deboned Turkey & Potato

Simple

Duck & Oatmeal

Lamb & Oatmeal

Simple Grain Free

Salmon & Potato

Turkey & Potato

Small Breed

Healthy Weight

Core Air-Dried

Original

Ocean

Puppy

Wet Dog Food

Complete Health Pate

Chicken & Sweet Potato

Lamb & Sweet Potato

Duck & Sweet Potato

Just For Puppy

Senior

Turkey & Sweet Potato

Complete Health Limited Ingredient

Turkey & Potato

Homestyle Stews

Grain Free Beef Stew With Carrots & Potatoes

Grain Free Chicken Stew With Peas & Carrots

Turkey Stew With Barley & Carrots

Grain Free Turkey & Duck Stew With Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries

Lamb & Beef Stew With Brown Rice And Apples

Venison & Salmon Stew With Potatoes & Carrots

Petite Entrees

Roasted Chicken, Carrots & Red Peppers in Gravy

Tender Turkey, Green Beans & White Sweet Potatoes in Gravy

Roasted Beef, Carrots & Red Peppers in Gravy

Roasted Chicken, Beef, Carrots & Green Beans in Gravy

Tender Chicken, Green Beans & Carrots

Roasted Turkey, Duck, Carrots & Peas

Braised Beef, Salmon, Green Beans & Red Peppers

Roasted Lamb, Peas & White Sweet Potatoes

Braised Lamb, Venison, White Sweet Potatoes & Carrots

Roasted Chicken, Beef, Green Beans & Red Peppers

Tender Chicken, Turkey, Carrots & Green Beans

Roasted Chicken, Duck, Peas & Carrots

Core Pate

Turkey, Chicken Liver, And Turkey Liver

Whitefish, Salmon, & Herring

Puppy

Beef, Venison & Lamb

Weight Management

Turkey, Pork Liver & Duck

Core Hearty Cuts

Beef & Venison

Turkey & Duck

Whitefish & Salmon

Chicken & Turkey

Core Chunky Centers

Beef, Lamb and White Sweet Potato

Chicken, Chicken Liver and Spinach

Turkey, Duck and White Sweet Potato

Salmon, Tuna and Spinach

Lamb, Turkey and Kale

Tuna, Chicken and Kale

Core 95%

95% Chicken with Broccoli

95% Turkey with Spinach

95% Beef with Carrots

Core Small Breed Mini Meals

Pâté Chicken Entrée

Shredded Chicken & Turkey Dinner in Gravy

Shredded Chicken & Lamb Entrée in Gravy

Chunky Chicken & Chicken Liver

Chunky Chicken & Tuna

Pate Beef & Chicken Dinner

Simply Pate

Turkey & Potato

Duck & Oatmeal

Lamb & Oatmeal

Dry Cat Food

Complete Health Grain Free

Adult Deboned Chicken & Chicken Meal

Kitten Deboned Chicken & Chicken Meal

Indoor Salmon & Herring

Indoor Deboned Chicken & Chicken Meal

Indoor Healthy Weight Chicken

Adult Salmon & Salmon Meal

Senior Recipe Deboned Chicken & Chicken Meal

Complete Health With Wholesome Grains

Adult Salmon & Salmon Meal

Adult Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal & Rice

Indoor Deboned Chicken & Chicken Meal

Hairball Chicken Meal & Rice

Core

Original Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal & Chicken Meal

Kitten Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal & Deboned Chicken

Adult Turkey, Turkey Meal & Duck

Indoor Deboned Chicken, Turkey and Chicken Meals

Indoor Salmon & Herring

Core RawRev

Original + 100% Raw Turkey

Indoor + 100% Raw Turkey

Wet/Canned Cat Food

Complete Health Pate

Chicken & Herring

Turkey & Salmon

Chicken

Beef & Chicken

Turkey

Chicken & Lobster

Salmon & Trout

Kitten

Beef & Salmon

Complete Health Gravies

Chicken Dinner

Turkey Dinner

Tuna Dinner

Salmon Dinner

Complete Health Minced

Tuna Dinner

Turkey Entree

Chicken Dinner

Salmon Dinner

Turkey & Salmon Entrée

Complete Health Sliced

Turkey Entree

Salmon Entree

Chicken Entree

Turkey & Salmon Dinner

Complete Health Morsels

Tuna Entrée

Turkey & Salmon Entrée

Turkey Dinner

Salmon Dinner

Chicken Entree

Healthy Indulgence

Chicken & Turkey

Tuna & Shrimp

Chicken & Chicken Liver

Tuna

Chicken & Salmon

Salmon & Tuna

Turkey & Duck

Chicken & Turkey

Chicken & Turkey

Tuna & Mackerel

Core Pate

Chicken, Turkey & Chicken Liver

Whitefish, Salmon & Herring

Kitten: Chicken & Turkey

Beef, Venison & Lamb

Indoor Chicken & Chicken Liver

Turkey & Duck

Core Tiny Tasters

Chicken & Beef

Chicken & Turkey

Chicken

Duck

Tuna & Salmon

Tuna

Core 95%

95% Beef & Chicken

95% Chicken

95% Chicken & Salmon

95% Turkey

Core Hearty Cuts

Chicken & Turkey

Chicken & Tuna

Whitefish & Salmon

Indoor Chicken & Turkey

Core Signature Selects

Shredded Chicken & Turkey

Shredded Chicken & Chicken Liver

Shredded Chicken & Beef

Flaked Skipjack Tuna & Shrimp

Flaked Skipjack Tuna & Salmon

Chunky Chicken & Turkey

Chunky Chicken & Salmon

Chunky Beef & Chicken