Wellness CORE Reduced Fat Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

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Wellness has redefined the world of grain-free, high-protein dog food! CORE Original Formula is a more thoughtful alternative to grain-free diets in the marketplace delivering the meat content consumers are looking for, without the excess fat, calories or minerals their dog doesn’t need. CORE is a grain-free choice for dogs over 1 year who need to maintain optimal daily health.

What is Protein-focused Nutrition?
Wellness CORE is based on the raw feeding philosophy of providing nutrient-rich, high-quality meat to a dog’s diet. Each grain-free kibble is packed with meat from deboned turkey and chicken, turkey meal, chicken meal, whitefish meal and chicken liver along with a proprietary blend of fruits, vegetables, oils, botanicals that nurture your dog to the core.

Why is CORE different?
In a word…balance. When you add more meat to your dog’s daily feeding program, you also add more protein, fat, calcium, phosphorus and calories. And since daily health requires a delicate nutritional equation, these levels must be managed to create balance, not excess-especially when fed everyday as the sole source of your pet’s nutrition.

More Meat from Only the Highest Quality, Human-Grade Sources

  • 80% more meat than traditional dog foods that are formulated with grains, while still controlling mineral and fat levels!
  • 5 Different Animal Protein Sources - USDA grade, Ethoxyquin-free, Deboned Turkey & Chicken and with high quality (low Ash) Turkey & Chicken Meals and Chicken Liver

Grain-Free and Lower Carbohydrates

  • 100% Grain Free
  • Contains 35% less carbs than traditional Reduced Fat diets
  • Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes provide energy giving carbs and help keep the kibble firm

Carefully Regulated Mineral Levels to Support Overall Metabolic Function

  • Controlled minerals by using expensive lower ash, higher-quality meats that are carefully chosen and screened for the calcium and phosphorus levels
  • High levels of Calcium and Phosphorus interfere with the absorption of trace minerals like Zinc and Iron. Over time, this can lead to deficiencies and result in poor growth rates, skin lesions, and red blood cell levels and many other health conditions
  • Guaranteed maximum levels of calcium and phosphorus on every bag, unlike competitors who either do not list these numbers in the GA or simply put minimum amounts where actual levels can fluctuate above AAFCO maximums

Preventative Health Benefits

  • Fish & Flax Omega Blend provide a rich supply of Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids from salmon oil, flax and canola oil. This blend nutritionally supports healthy skin to produce a glossy coat at guaranteed levels on every bag.
  • Herbs, Botanicals, Fruits & Greens provide Phyto-Chemicals, Micro-Nutrients and Antioxidants
  • Living Food - Our ActiCoat System applies living, heat-sensitive Probiotic micro-organisms after cooking to support digestive health at a guaranteed levels on every bag
  • Hip & Joint Health – Glucosamine and Chondroitin to help support long term bone and joint health at guaranteed levels on every bag

Incredible Taste!

  • Real meat provides the all natural mouth-watering taste that dogs love

Designed for Everyday Feeding

  • Carefully controlling the levels of fat, calories and minerals support the most important part of an animal...the CORE and allow the pet parent to safely feed everyday
  • Great for dogs of all lifestyles: for working and highly active dogs or dogs with a more sedentary lifestyle.

Comprehensive “NO” List

  • No Meat By-products, No Wheat or Wheat Gluten, No Soy, No Dairy, No Corn, No Artificial Colors, Flavors or Preservatives

Wellness CORE Original Formula Adult Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AFFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Review Rating: 4.5

Country of Origin: USA

Manufacturer: Wellness

Ingredients - Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potatoes, Pea Fiber, Whitefish Meal, Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Chicken Liver, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Vitamins, Minerals, Choline Chloride, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract

Calories Analysis (on an as fed basis)
3270 kcal/kg
350 cal/cup ME

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 33%
Crude Fat (min) 9%
Crude Fat (max) 10%
Crude Fiber (max) 8.5%
Moisture (max) 10%
Calcium (max) 1.9%
Phosphorus (max) 1.3%
Vitamin E (min) 500 IU/kg
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* (min) 2.2%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* (min) 0.50%
Glucosamin Hydrochloride* (min) 250 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate* (min) 200 mg/kg
Beta-carotene (min) 5 mg/kg
Total Micro-organisms* (min) 80,000,000 CFU/lb

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles.

Feeding Guide

When to feed CORE
Perfect for everyday feeding, mixing with raw, supplementing raw or replacing raw while traveling.

Who Should Eat CORE
The nutrient levels of this food are appropriate for adult dogs over 1 year. We do not recommend feeding this formula to puppies as they have special nutritional requirements during their growth stage. Please try our Wellness Puppy Food to meet these unique needs.

How to Feed CORE

  • CORE is highly palatable, so your dog may tend to eat more of this food.
  • Watch initially to see if you need to adjust regular eating patterns.
  • Please give your dog access to clean, cool fresh water at all times.
  • It is important to slowly transition your dog from his/her current diet as it takes awhile for the body to adapt to the new nutrient levels.
  • To transition, gradually mix in the new food over a 5-7 day period, increasing the amount of Wellness CORE each day, so that you are feeding 100% new food by day 7.
  • Based on a standard 8 oz. dry measuring cup
  • Optimal feeding amounts may vary with age, size and activity level.
  • Please use the information below as an initial recommendation only.
  • If feeding with wet food, reduce dry amount fed by œ cup, for every 6.0 oz. of wet food.

Weight of Dog Cups per Day
5 - 20 1/4 - 1 1/4
20 - 35 1 1/4 - 1 3/4
35 - 50 1 3/4 - 2 1/4
50 - 65 2 1/4 - 2 3/4
65 - 80 2 3/4 - 3 1/4
80 - 95 3 1/4 - 3 3/4
95 - 115 3 3/4 - 4 1/4
115+ add 1/4 per additional 10 lbs.

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Wellness CORE Reduced Fat Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

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  • Dog likes it (33)
  • Nutritional (31)
  • Easy to digest (28)
  • Tasty (22)
  • Improves coat (20)


  • Pricey / poor value (5)

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  • Older dogs (14)
  • Special needs (14)
  • Larger dogs (13)
  • Active dogs (8)
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excellent food

By jackielee

from Rhode Island, United States

Comments about Wellness CORE Reduced Fat Grain-Free Dry Dog Food:

my lab\boxer mix is prone to pancreatitis, and has food allergies. this is the only food that works for him. as a veterinary technician for over five years, i see the result of pets on poor diets daily. i am thankful i found this high quality food to keep my boy happy and healthy. every pet is different, but balanced nutrition is one of the most important things you can o to ensure a long healthy life for your pet.

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Great for Dogs with digestive problems...

By Carol

from Puerto Rico

Comments about Wellness CORE Reduced Fat Grain-Free Dry Dog Food:

My baby Diamond(7 year old Yorkie) was diagnosed with pancreatitis 2 years ago. Before that, he was always healthy. I've always fed him a good high quality kibble. But when he turned 5 he got really sick, he threw up blood and had really bloody stools. I freaked out and took him to the vet. His vet said it must've been something he ate. So he put him on antibiotics, nausea medication for a week, gave him an IV and sent us on our way. A few weeks later, same thing happened, and it was much worse than the first time. I rushed him to the Vet ER and thats where they found he had GI problems and his pancreatitis test came back inconclusive. Long story short, I started him on Wellness Core Reduced Fat, and thank God, it's been 2 years and he hasn't had any other pancreatic attacks. (Knock on wood) And another plus is that he really enjoys the taste. I DO NOT give him any treats or anything else besides his Omega3 chewy vitamin and his food. And he is a healthy, happy, fun loving little guy. Thank you WC because you have given my baby another chance at living...

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Great food

By Milosmon

from Oregon, United States

Comments about Wellness CORE Reduced Fat Grain-Free Dry Dog Food:

My dog is diabetic. We use to cook his food but have put him on wellness core reduced fat. He loves it! But I agree with another post - there is a lot of dust in the bag.

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Boxer has yeast infection after half way thru 2nd

By SummersMum

from SC

Comments about Wellness CORE Reduced Fat Grain-Free Dry Dog Food:

Hi, My Boxer has been eating Wellness for years now. She is 8 yrs old and for the past 4 yrs has been eating Complete Health Chicken Reduced fat. About 2 months ago I switched her to Core reduced fat and she is not even half way thru her 2nd bag and she has a yeast infection in her ears and on her skin underneath her body. This has been verified by a Vet thru a culture. The Core is the only thing that has been changed. Now i am searching for another food to switch her to. I want to keep her grain free, and I am very disappointed that I have so much food left that I paid $62.00 for that i will now be unable to feed her. She is my helper dog so it is very important to me that she is healthy and happy.

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Wellness Core Reduced Fat Dog Food

By Carlag1313

from Illinois, United States

Comments about Wellness CORE Reduced Fat Grain-Free Dry Dog Food:

We tried this as our old dog used to eat this. I am not sure if this is a new formula as Sara (who eats everything), refused to eat it. I even tried hand feeding and Sara spit it out. We returned it to Petco.

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Core - Dry formula Reduced Fat

By Drea

from Akron, OH, United States

Comments about Wellness CORE Reduced Fat Grain-Free Dry Dog Food:

My dog really enjoys the food. I like the fact that it's grain free and high in nutritional value.

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Zoe gets it for breakfast and dinner

By ofer

from Hollywood, FL, United States

Comments about Wellness CORE Reduced Fat Grain-Free Dry Dog Food:

zoe chose Core over other brands. breakfast (stand alone) and for dinner we mixed the kibbles with roasted chicken and sweet potato. Zoe is Havanese and just celebrated her 11 birthday.

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Core-Dry Formula Reduced Fat

By Coda

from Halifax, NS, Canada

Comments about Wellness CORE Reduced Fat Grain-Free Dry Dog Food:

My dog loves his all natural dry food which I consider the best on the market.

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CORE Reduced Fat kibble

By Miss Lucy

from Courtenay, BC Canada

Comments about Wellness CORE Reduced Fat Grain-Free Dry Dog Food:

Lucy likes this food (almost as much as treats, but not quite) & has stayed in good health eating it.

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Wellness....the very best !

By Dawgdad

from Waleska, GA, United States

Comments about Wellness CORE Reduced Fat Grain-Free Dry Dog Food:

Wellness offers the very best pet food made. I have had my two sweet "Rescues" on the CORE or SIMPLE diets and both are excellent. Both Pups are (were) so healthy and their coats are like silk. On my second Pup Tybee, she came with a food allergy and after two weeks on the Wellness CORE reduced fat, it totally disappeared.

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