- Nutrition - 9/109/10
- Ingredients - 10/1010/10
Weruva – Harmony – Chicken, Turkey, and Salmon Dinner with Pumpkin is a high-quality dry dog food. Its nutrient profile is significantly above average and it provides significantly above average quantities of protein and fat. The protein proportion is so high that we consider it excessive. It contains well sourced high-quality ingredients and limits its meat and fish ingredients to Chicken, Turkey, and Salmon. It contains Lentils, Chickpeas, Peas and Pumpkin which are considered high-quality sources of carbohydrates. In addition, they provide fiber for healthy digestion. Weruva – Harmony – Chicken, Turkey, and Salmon Dinner with Pumpkin contains a large range of vegetables and sources of meat, this means it may be suitable for dogs that suffer from allergies or sensitivities.
Full review of Harmony – Chicken, Turkey and Salmon Dinner with Pumpkin by Weruva
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, 23% of Weruva – Harmony – Chicken, Turkey and Salmon Dinner with Pumpkin calories are derived from carbohydrates. Please note that unlike the majority of our reviews, Weruva reviews contain an accurate nutritional breakdown. This is because Weruva provides accurate nutritional values instead of us calculating estimates via a Guaranteed Analysis. This carbohydrate proportion is significantly below average for a Dry Dog Food.
The carbohydrate content present appears to be from the large range of vegetable ingredients. This includes a range of legumes such as Chickpeas and Lentils and other vegetables like Pumpkin. These will be discussed in more detail later on. This is slightly above what we would consider the ideal proportion of carbohydrates. That being said, they are from a variety of high-quality sources and this is a small overestimate.
Protein Content Analysis
Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, 43% of Weruva – Harmony – Chicken, Turkey and Salmon Dinner with Pumpkin calories are derived from protein. Please note that unlike the majority of our reviews, Weruva reviews contain an accurate nutritional breakdown. This is because Weruva provides accurate nutritional values instead of us calculating estimates via a Guaranteed Analysis. This protein proportion is significantly above average for a Dry Dog Food.
The protein proportion of this dog food is vastly higher than any dog will need including those who are extremely active. A protein proportion this high is excessively and would be better replaced with additional fat. This protein appears to be sourced from poultry and fish ingredients which are high-quality sources. However, some of this protein is from the range of legumes present. Plant-based protein such as this is not quite as optimal as animal protein but given the extremely high levels of protein, it is not significant.
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, 34% of Weruva – Harmony – Chicken, Turkey and Salmon Dinner with Pumpkin calories are derived from fat. Please note that unlike the majority of our reviews, Weruva reviews contain an accurate nutritional breakdown. This is because Weruva provides accurate nutritional values instead of us calculating estimates via a Guaranteed Analysis. This fat proportion is above average for a Dry Dog Food.
The fat present in this dog food appears to be sourced from poultry and fish ingredients which are considered high-quality sources. This low estimate of fat content is sufficient to fulfill the energy needs of most dogs including those who are active.
Guaranteed Analysis – Weruva – Harmony – Chicken, Turkey and Salmon Dinner with Pumpkin
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) – 39.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 14.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 5.50%
- Moisture (Max) – 10.00%
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 2.7%
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 0.5%
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.
- Salmon Meal
- Turkey Meal
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. Weruva – Harmony – Chicken, Turkey and Salmon Dinner with Pumpkin contains six sources of meat or fish.
The primary meat source present is Chicken. Chicken is considered a high-quality source of protein. In addition to being a fantastic protein source, chicken has high levels of Niacin and Vitamin B6. Unfortunately Chicken does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Chicken. However given that Chicken is the first listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.
The secondary fish source present is Salmon Meal. Salmon Meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Fish Meal is a concentrated form of fish that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Salmon Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Whitefish but in higher concentrations. This includes Vitamin B12 and Selenium.
Another meat source present is Turkey Meal. Turkey Meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Meat Meal is a concentrated form of meat that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Turkey Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Turkey but in higher concentrations. This includes the high levels of Niacin and Vitamin B6.
Another 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. Unfortunately, Turkey does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Turkey. However given that Turkey is not one of the primary ingredients, its proportion will be relatively low after the cooking process.
Another fish source present is Salmon. Salmon is considered a high-quality source of protein. Salmons most abundant minerals are Vitamin B12 and Selenium. Just like other fish, Salmon contains a large quantity of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Unfortunately just as with meat, Salmon contains a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Salmon. Given that Salmon is not one of the primary ingredients, its quantity after cooking is likely to be relatively low.
Eggs are a highly nutritious pet food ingredient and are considered a high-quality source of protein. Eggs contain a huge variety of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin B2 and B12, Selenium, Phosphorus and many others. In addition to this, they contain a high proportion of protein and healthy fats such as the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Lentils, Chickpeas, and Peas are members of the legume family of vegetables. Legumes are famous for having a relatively high amount of protein for a vegetable. Legumes also contain a high amount of fiber, which is important for healthy digestion. Pet foods often use legumes as a replacement for in grain-free pet food. Protein from vegetables such as legumes should not be a replacement for protein from meat. Instead, it should act as an additional protein source.
Pumpkin is a high-quality vegetable ingredient and a beneficial addition to a dogs diet. Pumpkin contains high levels of a variety of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Potassium. However, Pumpkin is probably best known for the Dietary Fiber it can contribute. This fiber can improve and regulate digestion. Finally, Pumpkin does not contain significant levels of plant-based protein. This lack of protein prevents Pumpkin being used solely to inflate protein levels like other vegetables, such as Peas, often are.
A noteworthy ingredient present in this formula is Tomato Pomace. Tomato Pomace is made up of tomato skin, seeds, and pulp. Its most beneficial feature is that it contains very high levels of soluble fiber which can aid and regulate digestion. Those high levels of fiber are the primary motivation behind this ingredients inclusion in most formulas as Tomato Pomace has little nutritional value.
Salmon Oil is a reliable source of the Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids. In fact, Salmon Oil is particularly high in the Omega 3 Fatty Acid which is considered to be the more beneficial of the two. The Omega Fatty Acids are essential for an extensive range of reasons. They can help maintain a dogs skin and coat, they can reduce inflammation and they can help fight heart disease. The full list of potential benefits of the Omega Fatty Acids is far too numerous to list.
Alfalfa is a flowering plant that is closely related to Peas and other legumes. Alfalfa has a long history of use in livestock feed and as a supplement for humans. It has a similar proportion of protein to other legumes which means it can contribute to a minor sum if there is a sufficient quantity used. Alfalfa’s greatest strength is the vast range of vitamins and minerals it provides including Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Beta Carotene, Potassium, and Calcium. Find out more about Alfalfa in our article Alfalfa In Dog Food.
Full Ingredient List – Weruva – Harmony – Chicken, Turkey and Salmon Dinner with Pumpkin
De-boned Chicken, Salmon Meal, Turkey Meal, Lentils, Chickpeas, De-boned Turkey, De-boned Salmon, Whole Eggs, Green Peas, Split Peas, Pumpkin, Chicken Fat (Stabilized with mixed tocopherols), Natural Flavors, Salmon Oil, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Tomato Pomace, Apple Pomace, Chicken Cartilage, Dried Seaweed Meal, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Carotene, Inositol, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Phylloquinone), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Selenium Yeast, Calcium Iodate), Choline Chloride, Taurine, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract