Wellness Core Dog Food Review: Another High Quality Wellness Product?

Wellness Core Dog Food

Wellness Core Dog Food

Overall Rating



  • Deboned Turkey is the first ingredient
  • Quality protein sources used
  • Mostly positive reviews from pet owners
  • Only quality ingredients used in this food


  • Not available in 30 pounds or larger
  • Expensive

In this honest Wellness Core dog food review, we will be looking in depth at Wellness Core dog food by looking carefully at its ingredients, its overall availability and actual reviews left by actual pet parents.

When I first came across Wellness Core, it was the moment they first launched the product. I remember talking to a variety of representatives from the company at my old pet supply shop job and remember them claiming how much protein this food is packed with. They also went on to continuously claim how much healthy this particular formula is to any other dog food on the market.

So, how healthy is Wellness Core dog food? Let’s dive right into my honest Wellness Core dog food review to find out!

For this particular review, we will look at the Wellness Core Original Dry Formula.


Name: Wellness Core

Website URL: www.wellnesspetfood.com

Flavors Available: Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal and Chicken Meal, Whitefish, Herring Meal and Salmon Meal, Duck, Lamb Meal, Wild Boar and Rabbit and Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal and Turkey Meal

Formulas Available: Original, Reduced Fat, Ocean, Small Breed, Puppy, Wild Game and Large Breed

Sizes Available: 4 Pounds, 12 Pounds, 22 Pounds, 24 Pounds and 26 Pounds

Price: Varies

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Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein (Min)34.00%
  • Crude Fat (Min)16.00%
  • Crude Fiber (Max)4.00%
  • Moisture (Max)10.00%
  • Calcium (Max)2.00%
  • Phosphorus (Max)1.40%
  • Vitamin E (Min)400 IU/kg
  • Omega-6 Fatty Acids* (Min)3.25%
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (Min)0.50%
  • Glucosamine* (Min)250 mg/kg
  • Chondroitin Sulfate* (Min)200 mg/kg
  • Beta-Carotene* (Min)5 mg/kg
  • Total Lactic Acid Microorganisms* (Min)+80,000,000 CFU/lb



Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Peas, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Chicken Liver, Natural Chicken Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Spinach, Vitamin E Supplement, Broccoli, Carrots, Choline Chloride, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Kale, Sweet Potatoes, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.


1. The first ingredient in this food is Deboned Turkey. Deboned Turkey is a lean protein source used in this food. It contains an adequate amount of protein. However, keep in mind that during the cooking process the amount of protein is reduced by at least half.

2. The second ingredient is Turkey Meal. Turkey Meal is yet another lean source of protein in this food and contains as much as 300% more protein than Turkey itself contains alone.

3. The third ingredient in this food is Chicken Meal. Chicken meal is another high-quality source of protein used. In this regard, it contains as much as 300% more protein than Chicken contains alone.

4. The fourth ingredient is Peas. Peas are a highly beneficial ingredient included in this food as it contains not only protein, but it also contains important carbohydrates, vitamins and various minerals.

5. The fifth ingredient in this food is Dried Ground Potatoes. While this ingredient is made from refined potatoes, it contains at least 10% protein and is a wonderful ingredient for dogs who suffer from grain based allergies. This ingredient is packed full of starch, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins such as Vitamin A and C.

6. The sixth ingredient is Chicken Fat. This ingredient happens to be a healthy source of fat for your dog and is loaded with Omega 6 fatty acids. This ingredient can help to promote a shiny coat and healthy looking skin.

7. The seventh ingredient in this food is Tomato Pomace. While this ingredient is slightly controversial this ingredient contains healthy antioxidants and fiber. So, not only will this ingredient help to boost your dog’s immune system, but it will also help to promote a healthy digestive tract.

8. The eighth ingredient is Chicken Liver. Chicken liver itself is an organ meat that is nutrient rich. It contains plenty of protein, healthy sources of fat, copper, iron, B Vitamins, zinc, phosphorus, Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids, important amino acids and Vitamin A which of course are highly beneficial for your dog. Of course, in order to be beneficial for your dog, you need to make sure that this ingredient is not consumed in excess.

9. The ninth ingredient in this food is Natural Chicken Flavor. Natural Chicken Flavor is nothing but an extract or spice that is use to add some flavor to the food. However, in this case, while it is listed on the actual label, it will have no effect on your dog and their health whatsoever. I honestly wouldn’t be too concerned about it.

10. The tenth ingredient is Ground Flaxseed. While this ingredient is still considered to be somewhat controversial, it is a source of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, meaning it will help to promote a shiny coat and healthy looking skin. This ingredient is also packed with Alpha-Linoleic acid, which can help to boost your dog’s immune system as well as contain some anti-inflammatory properties.

11. The eleventh ingredient in this food is Salmon Oil. Salmon oil is a healthy fat source used to not only boost the amount of protein in this food but is also packed with nutritional Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids meaning that it can help to promote a shiny coat and healthy looking skin.

12. The twelfth ingredient is Spinach. While spinach itself can prove harmful to your dog if fed in a massive quantity at once due to oxalates which can be found in spinach, it is an ingredient that can be very beneficial for your dog. Spinach itself contains high levels of Vitamin K which can aid in health bone health.


 Flavors Available

The flavors that are available with this food, include:

  • Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal and Chicken Meal
  • Whitefish, Herring Meal and Salmon Meal
  • Duck, Lamb Meal, Wild Boar and Rabbit
  • Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal and Turkey Meal

Sizes and Price

As for the various sizes and price that are available with the Wellness Core line of dog food, it will vary according to the formula and flavor that you purchase. However, a list of sizes and price are listed below and each differs based on the website you purchase it from. Check the price comparison chart to see what the current prices are listed for this dog food. Keep in mind that prices are subject to change at any time.

Original Turkey and Chicken Formula:

  • 4 pound bag
  • 12 pound bag   
  • 26 pound bag

Ocean Whitefish, Herring and Salmon Formula:

  • 4 pound bag
  • 12 pound bag
  • 26 pound bag

Puppy Formula:

  • 4 pound bag
  • 12 pound bag
  • 26 pound bag

Reduced Fat Formula:

  • 4 pound bag
  • 12 pound bag
  • 26 pound bag

Wild Game, Duck, Turkey, Boar and Rabbit Formula

  • 4 pound bag
  • 12 pound bag
  • 26 pound bag



Wellness Core Dog Food Review and Complaints

When it comes to finding several Wellness Core dog food reviews and complaints left by actual pet owners, most of what I was able to find have been very positive and it is no surprise why. Just take a look for yourself what pet owners are saying about this food below.

A dog I just adopted loves this food. I’m extremely happy knowing he is eating a high quality dog food. My neighbor is the reason I turned to this food and I’m glad she let me in on this hidden secret. Thanks! -Amazon Customer, April 20th 

I am the owner of two dogs, a shepherd/bull dog mix and a rotty/black lab mix. My rotty mix has a bit of a stomach issue when it comes to eating but it wasn’t until we adopted him that we realized this brand of food wasn’t going to work for him. My bulldog mix suffered from very itchy skin and his hair fell out in waves. It wasn’t until we switched to this food that his skin issue was able to be resolved. -Shane G, April 20th

My dog loves the taste of the chicken formula. And even I have to admit, it compliments her coat beautifully. -C A, April 15th

Upon trying this brand of kibble for my dogs, it seems like a high quality dog food. However, I don’t think chicken is the right flavor for my pup. It gave her a lot of diarrhea from the first bite. But I still don’t say it’s a bad kibble, just not right for my dog. -Taekwonv23, April 15th

Both of my dogs have thrived on this brand of food. One of my dogs suffers from horrible allergies to many different things, but the moment we switched to this food, his allergies have all but disappeared. -Pamela B., April 21st

My Final Opinion

In my honest opinion, Wellness Core dog food is one of the healthiest foods I have seen on the market. There are plenty of nutritious and high-quality ingredients used, most of the reviews left from other pet parents are very positive and it is available in a variety of different flavors and formulas. However, the only downside to this food is the small sizes available and the expensive price. For some pet parents, the price of this food may be inconvenient and out of their price range.

Regardless, this is a high-quality dog food that I would have no problem recommending to others.

Final Verdict:

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High-Quality Dog Food and Recommended

Have you fed your dog Wellness Core Dog Food? If so, what do you think of this food? Let me know in the comments below.


Vanessa is a Certified Vet Tech in the state of Colorado and has over 10 years of experience in animal nutrition. She owns two dogs: a Siberian Husky mix and a Beagle Black Lab mix.

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