Nutrition - 9/10
Ingredients - 7/10
Weruva – Harmony – Venison and Salmon Meal 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 above average quantities fat. This protein proportion is so high that we consider it excessive. It contains well sourced high-quality ingredients and limits its meat and fish-based ingredients to Venison, Salmon, and Herring. It contains Lentils, Chickpeas, Peas and Pumpkin which are considered high-quality sources of carbohydrates. In addition, they provide fiber for healthy digestion. Unfortunately, this formula also contains Oatmeal and Barley which are grains. We consider them of a lesser quality to whole vegetables. Weruva – Harmony – Venison and Salmon Dinner with Pumpkin contains a large range of vegetables and grains. In addition, it also contains a variety of meat and fish sources, this means it may not be suitable for dogs that suffer from meat allergies or sensitivities.
Very Satisfactory Nutrition High-Quality Meat and Fish Ingredients No By-products
Contains Low-Quality Grains Low Level of Omega Fatty Acids
Full review of Harmony – Venison and Salmon Meal 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, 27% of Weruva – Harmony – Venison and Salmon Meal 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 of this dog food appears to be from a range of legumes and grains. Grains are a controversial ingredient and they will be discussed 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 an overestimate.
Protein Content Analysis
Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, 38% of Weruva – Harmony – Venison and Salmon Meal 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.
This protein proportion will be sufficient for all dogs 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 Venison and Salmon 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 already 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, 35% of Weruva – Harmony – Venison and Salmon Meal 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 the Venison and Salmon ingredients which are ideal sources. This low estimate of fat content is sufficient to fulfill the energy needs of most dogs including those who are more active. The salmon provides higher levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are known to provide a variety of health benefits.
Weruva – Harmony – Venison and Salmon Meal Dinner with Pumpkin contains on average 3320 kcal/kg or 348 kcal/cup.
Guaranteed Analysis – Weruva – Harmony – Venison and Salmon Meal 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) – 34.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 13.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 3.5.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 10.00%
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 2.1%
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 0.7%
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.
- Venison Meal
- Salmon Meal
- Herring Meal
- Salmon Oil
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 – Venison and Salmon Meal with Pumpkin contains five sources of meat and fish.
The primary meat source present is Venison. Venison is considered a high-quality source of protein. Venison has lower levels of saturated fat than other red meats. It also contains a similar range of vitamins and minerals such as Iron and Vitamin B6. Unfortunately, Venison does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Venison. However given that Venison is the first listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.
The secondary meat source present is Venison Meal. Venison 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. Venison Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Venison but in higher concentrations. This includes Vitamin B6 and high levels of the Iron.
Another 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.
Herring Meal is considered a high-quality source of fish. It is a concentrated form of Fish that has already had most of its moisture removed. Fish Meal tends to be highly rich in protein which is ideal for a dog’s diet.
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
Oatmeal is made from the grinding of Oats. Oats are a grain and in their pure form do not contain gluten. However, oats and oatmeal are considered one of the better grains for a dogs diet. Oats are high in fiber, very high in plant-based proteins and have some vitamins like Vitamin B5 and B9.
Barley is a grain containing gluten and can be considered a low-quality ingredient in dog food by some. It is very high in carbohydrates and can be difficult to digest. The fact that it is challenging to digest could lead to constipation or other symptoms. However, Barley does contain high levels of selenium and manganese. Learn more about Barley in our article Barley In Dog Food.
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.
Canola Oil is derived from a modified version of Rapeseed. Canola Oil is most commonly added to dog food to supplement the levels of the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids. These Fatty Acids are crucial for a dogs skin, coat and brain development. While Canola Oil is not the ideal source of the Omega Fatty Acids, it does have a high ratio of Omega 3 Fatty Acids to Omega 6 Fatty Acids. Sources with high ratios, such as Canola Oil, are considered superior. However, Canola Oil can be a controversial ingredient due to the fact it is genetically modified.
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 – Venison and Salmon Meal with Pumpkin
Venison, Venison Meal, Salmon Meal, Herring Meal, Oatmeal, Barley, Whole Eggs, Pumpkin, Split Peas, Chickpeas, Canola Oil (Stabilized with mixed tocopherols), Natural Flavors, Lentils, Salmon Oil, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Apple Pomace, Tomato Pomace, 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