Wellness CORE Grain-Free Salmon, Whitefish & Herring Formula

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  • Wellness CORE Grain-Free Salmon, Whitefish & Herring Formula
  • Published on: July 3, 2015
  • Last modified: July 4, 2015
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Review Summary:

Four fish types control the top five ingredients that provide meat protein with all the essential amino acids that a dog needs, and healthy Omega-3 fatty acid too. There are a good variety of vegetables and fruits further down the list that provides diverse nutrients. To finish, the minerals are “protienate” to help assist absorption by the body easier. Overall, this recipe is excellent.


  • Excellent top 4 fish ingredient combo
  • Relatively higher in protein
  • Good variety of wholesome vegetables and fruits
  • Minerals are chelated
  • Cons

  • Contains added Tapioca starch
  • Editor’s Taste Rating


    Not so great tasting. The fish flavor is strong, but in an unpleasant way.  The texture is rough because there are semi-hard pieces of fish meal in it. Some of it felt like bone particles, but never felt sharp enough to puncture — It should be safe. Bottom line, this one is hard to down and keep down because of the taste..

    Nutritional Breakdown:

    Guaranteed Analysis

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    12% (min) 7% (min) 0.5% (max) 78% (max) 5.4% (est.)

    Dry Matter Analysis

    Protein Fat Fiber Dry Matter Carbs
    55% (min) 32% (min) 2.3% (max) 22% (max) 2% (est.)

    *Estimated Carbs do not include fiber


    Calories 590 (per lbs)

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Salmon
    2. Whitefish
    3. Herring
    4. Mackerel
    5. Salmon Broth

    Salmon, Whitefish, Herring, and Mackerel are an excellent start; all are great sources of protein with all the essential amino acids a dog needs. Also, they  offer healthy Omega-3 fatty acid too. Please note, each contain about 70% or more water when accounted for the order in the ingredients rank list.

    Salmon broth adds flavor

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Sweet potatoes contains an abundant amount of vitamin A and beta–carotene, which are important for the eyes / vision. It is also a good source of fiber and be aware that it does offer carbohydrates, since it is a starchy food type.

    Carrageenans or Carrageenins is extracted from red edible seaweeds. For both humans and animal feed it is used in the food industry, for their gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties. For humans the FDA regulations deemed it to be considered safe for as a direct food additive, and also safe for infant formulas. The EU takes greater precaution by prohibiting its use in infant formula and organic food claims, but it does permit it for other foods. The potential concern for use of Carrageenan is it may be linked to cancer for humans and various animals, but at the present this is still debatable and not clear. Many companies use it in wet dog food, thus it is relatively hard to avoid if you desire to do so.

    All Ingredients

    Salmon, Whitefish, Herring, Mackerel, Salmon Broth, Salmon Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Salmon Oil, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Ground Flaxseed, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Carrots, Apples, Spinach, Parsley, Blueberries, Broccoli, Kale, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Potassium Chloride, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Manganese Proteinate, Folic Acid, Niacin, Sodium Selenite, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Biotin

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Diamond Dog Food
    Location(s): USA


    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture or parent from 2013.


    *Recall information from FDA website.


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