Nutrition - 10/10
Ingredients - 10/10
Wellness Core – 95% Turkey with Spinach is a high-quality wet dog food. It has significantly above average protein and fat content and a significantly below average carbohydrate content. Its nutrient profile is extremely satisfactory and suitable for the vast majority of dogs. It contains a small range of high-quality ingredients and limits its meat content to Turkey. The Turkey ingredients do contribute a very high proportion of fat which may make this formula unsuitable for dogs attempting weight loss. Beyond Turkey, this formula contains a few minor ingredients such as Spinach and Gum. The very limited number of meat ingredients may make Wellness Core – 95% Turkey with Spinach suitable for dogs with serious dietary sensitivities or allergies.
Very Satisfactory Nutrition Profile High-Quality Meat Ingredients No Grains or By-products
A Full review of Core – 95% Turkey with Spinach by Wellness
The ideal nutrition for a dog is entirely dependant on their unique circumstances. However, a high proportion of protein and fat combined with a lower proportion of carbohydrates is most appropriate nutrition profile for the vast majority of dogs. Dog’s are very capable of consuming a high proportion of carbohydrates, but a diet high in protein and fat is more appropriate and a better reflection of their natural ancestral diet.
Carbohydrate Content Analysis
Dogs use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Dogs do not require significant carbohydrates in their diet and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 5% of Wellness Core – 95% Turkey with Spinach calories are derived from carbohydrates. Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower. This is significantly below average for a Wet Dog Food.
This is an extremely low level of carbohydrates and very accurately mimics a dog’s natural carbohydrate intake. In fact, there are no ingredients that significantly contribute carbohydrates and this proportion is a mix of Spinach, Gum, and Minerals. Given that this percentage is an overestimate, the actual carbohydrate proportion is likely lower and quite close to zero.
Protein Content Analysis
Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 32% of Wellness Core – 95% Turkey with Spinach calories are derived from protein. Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is significantly above average for a Wet Dog Food.
This is an adequate level of protein and suitable for the majority of dogs including those who are active. Turkey is the source of protein in this formula and is considered a high-quality source and will provide your dog with the full range of amino acids.
Fat Content Analysis
Dogs use fat as a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 63% of Wellness Core – 95% Turkey with Spinach calories are derived from fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be a lot higher. This is significantly above average for a Wet Dog Food.
This level of fat is extremely high but is still satisfactory and can provide dogs of all activity levels with an abundant source of highly concentrated energy. In addition, this fat content appears to be sourced from animal fats. Animal fats such as Turkey fat are considered high-quality sources and are a natural part of a dog’s diet. Due to the extremely high-fat levels, this formula may not be suitable for dogs attempting weight loss.
Overall Wellness Core – 95% Turkey with Spinach contains an average of 1,436 kcal/kg or 508 kcal/ 12.5 oz.can
Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most dog foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every dog food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.
Guaranteed Analysis – Wellness Core – 95% Turkey with Spinach
Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.
- Crude Protein (Min) – 10.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 9.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 1.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 78.00%
The ingredients of pet food are disclosed on the packaging of the product as a list in descending order. Therefore the ingredients at the start of the list make up the bulk of the pet foods content. As a consequence, the quality of these primary ingredients is the most significant factor in determining the quality of pet food.
However, ingredients listed further down the ingredient list should not be ignored, especially if they could have adverse or harmful effects on a pet.
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat and fish ingredients of dog food are without a doubt the most important. They are critical as they provide the majority of the protein and fat that dogs desperately need. Also, these ingredients would have made up the bulk of dogs ancestors diet. Therefore, the quality of a dog food formulas meat and fish ingredients is crucial. Wellness Core – 95% Turkey with Spinach contains a single source of meat or fish.
The primary meat source present is Turkey. Turkey is a considered a high-quality source of protein. Some of the beneficial nutrients contained in Turkey include Vitamin B6 and Niacin.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Spinach is a leafy green vegetable rich in beneficial Vitamins and Minerals such as Vitamin A, B, C, and K as well as Iron and Beta-Carotene. Spinach also contains fiber to aid digestion. Spinach in very high quantities can be dangerous but this proportion is nothing to be concerned about.
Flaxseed is a beneficial ingredient that is commonplace in higher quality dog food. Flaxseed contains high levels of the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids which provide a range of health benefits such as healthier skin and fur and improved cognitive function. Also, Flaxseed contains high levels of protein for a plant-based ingredient. Finally, Flaxseed provides Lignans which can help reduce inflammation and cholesterol.
Full Ingredient List – Wellness Core – 95% Turkey with Spinach
Turkey, Water Sufficient For Processing, Spinach, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Chloride, Ground Flaxseed, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide), Vitamins (Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Choline Chloride.