Chewy.com sent the collies an entire case of Wellness Core Grain-free canned dog food!
We received the Wellness Core Turkey Lovers Variety Pack. They are 100% grain and gluten free, and full of high quality ingredients. There are no meat by-products, artificial colors or flavors, no preservatives, corn or soy. So far this all sounds pretty great to us!
But let's take a look at the ingredient list:
Turkey, Pork Liver & Duck: Turkey, Pork Liver, Turkey Broth, Duck, Chicken Meal, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Kelp, Alfalfa Meal, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement.
We love seeing how much meat is in this canned food, and other great ingredients like carrots, kale, broccoli, spinach, apples and blueberries! But we were disappointed to see Carrageenan and Sodium Selenite added to this dog food. Carrageenan is added to many canned dog foods to thicken the food. It is linked to gastrointestinal disease, including gastrointestinal cancer. Sodium Selenite can cause toxicity issues for dogs. A safer supplement is Selenium yeast, as it does not cause toxicity in dogs. This is a cause of concern for us, so we wouldn't feed this everyday or in large quantities. But since we are only giving our collies a spoonful added to their kibble, we felt it was safe in such small doses.
I really like what Wellness is trying to do with these Core varieties of canned food. I love seeing quality meat, fruits and veggies included in the ingredient list. There are so many dog foods available for our best friends, it's hard to know what to choose, what is safe and what isn't. And Wellness is one of the dog food companies that is really striving to provide us with healthy alternatives for our dogs. But until they remove the carrageenan and sodium selenite from their product we can only give them three out of four paws up. We are hoping that Wellness will remove these from their products in the future, as they seem to really care about dogs and their wellness.