Wellness Core dog food

November 7, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Wellness

Wellness Core Dog Food

Wellness Core dog food is made and manufactured by Old Mother Hubbard.  Wellness Core is a food that dog owners often feed that want to feed a raw diet but don’t have the means to. Wellness Core dog food comes in 4lbs, 12lbs and 26lbs.

Wellness Core Dog Food Review

When it comes to dog food Wellness Core is one of the best brands on the market. Wellness Core dog food is a great breed for dogs over a year old that are active, such as hunting dogs, agility dogs and competition dogs. Due to the high protein this formula is not recommended for dogs under the age of 1 and inactive dogs. Wellness Core is a Grain Free dog food.

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Wellness Core First Five Ingredients Review:

  1. Deboned Turkey
  2. Deboned Chicken
  3. Turkey Meal
  4. Chicken Meal
  5. Potatoes

The first two ingredients are both inclusive of their water content. This means that after they have been cooked and and turned into a dry product they weigh less, thus making them fall furthur down in the ingredients list.

Due to the third and forth ingredients being named meat products in the form of a meal make us feel more comfortable and the meat content in this food. We believe that all four meat ingredients are truely in the first five ingredients.

Potatoes are the fifth and final ingredients in the first five. Potatoes offer a great source of carbohydrates to fuel your dogs active lifestyles.


Wellness Core Ingredients:

Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potato, Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Canola Oil, Chicken Liver, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Vitamins & Minerals, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus

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Wellness Core Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude Protein min.- 34%
Crude Fat min. – 14%
Crude Fiber max. – 4%
Moisture max. – 10%
Calcium max. – 2%
Phosphorus max. – 1.4%
Vitamin E min. – 150 IU/kg
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* min. – 3.25%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* min. – 0.70%
Glucosamin Hydrochloride* min. – 250 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate min. – 200 mg/kg
Total Micro-organisms* min. – 80,000,000 CFU/lb
Crude Protein min. – 5 mg/kg
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

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45 Responses to “Wellness Core dog food”
  1. Bill Marshall says:

    You know, I dont understand Vets. I was talking with a friend today about dog food and his Vet recomended Beniful(sp) for his 130lb Chocolate Lab. Mine recommended the Royal Canin. Why to they push such crap on unsuspecting people who follow the Vets advice and feed their pets this junk??

  2. Jess says:

    Money talks and don’t think for one second that Vets are not being paid off. Just like our government, why do you think that illegals are here taking decent paying jobs from Americans and putting US citizens on the unemployment roles?? PAYOFFS, IT’s EVERYWHERE IN OUR SYSTEM….Look at the drugs like oxycotton, HUGE PAYOFFS…And don’t think for a second that the drugs coming into this country aren’t being brought in by our government,, PAYOFFS!!

  3. John says:

    @Bill Marshall…you’ve probably figured our by now that Vets are given “incentives” for pushing certain dog food brands. You’ve probably seen the Hills Science Diet ads that state…”Vet’s #1 Choice for their own pets”. Hills has the budget to send reps out to visit vets in the field in order to persuade them to recommend their product(s). Vets receive “incentives” in return. It’s all a marketing ploy. A regular person like you or I hear a vet recommend something, we automatically think it’s legit. Not so.
    Products like Orijen, Solid Gold, Evo (If P&G doesn’t destroy it) and other premium brands that don’t waste money on marketing hype are trustworthy sources of good nutrition for our dogs.
    It’s kinda like gardening products. I was always dumb enough to believe everything I read or saw about Scotts brand garden products. I always wondered why the soil underneath my lawn and garden was always dead looking, even though the grass and plants looked healthy. I discovered true organic lawn and garden products and saw my soil gradually return to a rich and healthy condition. The grass and plants now thrive in a healthy environment.
    Previously, my plants and lawn were nothing more than “drug addicts”, dependent on the chemicals to survive and thrive.
    Same with dog food….the big names that advertise on tv and pay off vets are using nothing more than junk and chemicals in their “dog foods”.

  4. Netto says:

    As for food companys being owned by large conglomerates (“EVO” Proctor and Gamble) Wellness is also owned by a large conglomerate… (Berwind Corporation(

  5. Jess says:

    Thanks for the heads up. Wellness Core just dropped 2 spots because of this.

  6. Teej says:

    I agree with Jess also.

    Wellness Core Adult ingrediants and analysis look very good, I just bought a 4lb bag to mix with my pups Orijen Puppy and Nature’s Variety Instinct Rabbit formula

    He already consumes Wells Canned Puppy Food and loves it.

    I have emailed Wellness a couple of times and signed up for their mailers, they are very happy to respond, assist with returns/replacements (dog didnt like wellness core fish) and have been very happy to earn our business.


  7. Laina says:

    I have a lhasa/maltese mix i switched from nutro lamb and rice formula because it was 90% rice and 10% lamb. Cotton loves wellness core i pay 35 dollars for a 12 lb bag but she only eats 1 cup a day so it lasts me a while. When i first got her, she was eating pedigree because i didnt know any better, then switched to nutro, and now wellness. She used to never eat pedigree and even with nutro she was really picky her bowl would be half full by the end of the night. Now with wellness her bowl is always empty by the end of the night. I love wellness and will be feeding it to her for the rest of her life. We feed original formula

  8. Kelly says:

    I have 5 dogs who eat this food, they range in age from 1.5 yrs. to 10 yrs. We had problems starting to occur with a brand of dog food we had been feeding for quite some time, all of a sudden three of our dogs were developing skin allergies. Our terrier, who is 10 yrs, had it the worst and was losing most of his fur along his back and underbelly. Our two youngest labs, both 1.5 yrs, were also losing spots of hair. After trying lots of different medications we weren’t sure what would fix this or even what was causing it. The vet told us the problem was a flea allergy, however none of our dogs had fleas or even flea dirt. I was a little floored our vet wouldn’t budge on their diagnosis. Needless to say, the condition of their skin and coats did not improve until I bought Wellness Core. I originally bought Core because of my high-energy, picky eating, agility dog who I noticed wasn’t doing well digesting the Kirkland(Costco brand) dog food we had been buying for her since she was a pup. Well, as soon as I switched her over to all Core, her digestive issues stopped and her energy level increased as well. I decided if the food worked so well for her, then I should try it with the other four dogs, including our little terrier. Everyone is eating Core now and everyone has perfect health. Within a week and a half the patches of coat which had been missing on our youngest labs and terrier began to grow back and the itching ceased. I’m very, very pleased with this product and wouldn’t think of switching their food again (unless Wellness decides switching ingredients, I hope they don’t!)

  9. Amy says:

    I’m thinking about switching my dog to Wellness Core and came across this site. When we adopted her, she was on nasty food so we slowly transitioned to regular Wellness but it didn’t seem to sit well with her stomach (or it may have just been the stress of a new environment since it was her first month here.) Then we switched to Natural Balance Ultra which she was on for almost two years. She developed some weird skin issues so we tried Natural Balance Sweet Potato and fish but saw no improvement. Now we are considering a very gradual switch to Wellness Core. The above info says it’s not good for inactive dogs. Well, our dog is a 4 year old Carolina Dog mix who gets a daily walk and runs around the yard briefly each day. But that’s about it. If I feed her a high protein food, like Wellness Core, is that bad? If so, why?

  10. Holly says:

    We used Wellness Core Oceana wet along with the Wellness dry whitefish and Sweet Potato and had horrible results as soon as we added the Core. We have two Pits and our youngest began to refuse to eat…went from 85 to 60 pounds within months and was diagnosed with diabetes insipidus. After spending a fortune at the vet, we spent months trying to get her appetite back and finally achieved it with BB. Now BB is not the end all be all either…she sheds horribly and her stools are usually not solid, but her coat is as soft as cotton and she loves to eat again. Unfortunately we are stuck with the diabetes insipidus which costs us $100 a month for eye drops. Look at some other websites for reviews because I wasn’t the only one who had this issue but because it’s hard to find a vet that will contribute anything to the food Wellness didn’t believe us.

  11. S says:

    I have a year old pomeranian, he is around 4-5lbs, runs a round the house a lot but I’m not sure if that is acount as “active” or not. He is currently eating Wellness CORE Ocean Formula; I read some reviews about it being high on protein and therefore should be fed to inactive dogs. Should I switch to the Poutry formula instead? Thanks in advance for the advice.

  12. Jizelle says:

    I have had my 2.5 year old lhasapoo on Wellness Core dry food and Wellness 95% Turkey canned food, for almost a year now. I switched him to this after he started to get some food allergies. After trying a couple different other brands that are considered 6 star as well, Wellness Core has been the best for him! The itching has stopped and he is doing so well on this food!! I highly recommend Wellness.

  13. Annette says:

    On paper, I like Wellness products but find my dogs lose interest in them even though they normally have great appetites.

  14. Roger says:

    Is wellness core have any affiliation with Diamond?? If they do, certainly will cease for purchasing any more of their dog food

  15. Lolita's Mom says:

    I’ve been feeding Wellness Core Reduced Fat Dry to my little Chiweenie for 2 years along with Merrick 5-Star Canned Food as a topper…she is VERY healthy and everyone (including the vet) compliments her on her soft and shiny coat and bright eyes….she has no digestive or urinary problems whatsoever and her breath is so sweet, never stinky …I think this is the BEST food combination one can give their dogs.

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