Borne from a biscuit company started in the 1920s named Old Mother Hubbard, Wellness dog food was first crafted by an animal nutritionist who transformed the manufacturer from treats to total meals in the 1960s. Over the years, it has become one of the first to really pioneer natural, holistic nutrition for our canine companions. Wellness now has a multitude of different recipes from dry kibble and canned wet food to air-dried and baked blends. The manufacturer, WellPet, claims that all of their formulas are made with human grade ingredients, a fact that sets them apart from so many other dog food makers. Human grade is simply above and beyond the quality of feed grade, which is used by most major players in the pet food industry. Wellness Complete is the brand’s most popular line of foods and their puppy formula doesn’t disappoint.
Pros: Wellness Complete Puppy has everything we want to see in a puppy food. High amounts of quality protein, complex carbohydrates, lots of healthy fats and oils, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It also contains probiotics to help sensitive puppy digestion, as well as nice supplements including green tea extract and taurine. There is no wheat, corn, soy or artificial additives.
Cons: There aren’t any major issues with Wellness Complete Puppy and you won’t find any harmful ingredients on the label, though there are some items that some dog owners don’t prefer. Tomato pomace is very common in dog food and adds vitamins, minerals and fiber, though many dismiss it as cheap filler. Secondly, this food does have added salt, though overall sodium content is well within a healthy range.
Ingredients: Chicken and chicken meal are the first two ingredients, making excellent animal protein the foundation for this recipe. Oatmeal, sweet potatoes and ground barley add complex carbohydrates, while peas, carrots, spinach, apples, blueberries and more lend this recipe a strong antioxidant blend. Another thing that is so critical for puppies is omega fatty acids, which aid in brain development as well as support healthy skin and coat. Wellness includes chicken fat, salmon oil and flaxseed to ensure this formula has high levels of those essential fats. Probiotics are included, along with plenty of supplemental vitamins and minerals. Taurine and green tea extract boost immunity and support lean muscle mass. As we mentioned, this food does have added salt, though not enough to make it unhealthy.
Price: Wellness is priced fairly on the quality dog food market, which means that it is certainly more expensive than a lot of other options, but the ingredients make the price completely justifiable.
Ideal Diet For: Wellness Complete Puppy is recommended for all young, growing dogs. This is a very good puppy food with a solid base for all breeds, though Wellness does offer puppy foods specifically for both large and small breeds. With that in mind, Wellness Complete Puppy may be best for all mid-sized pups.
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