Wellness Dog Food Ingredients

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Wellness manufactures roughly 147 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Wellness ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Wellness uses roughly 214 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Wellness, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken meal
  3. water sufficient for processing
  4. pea
  5. pea

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Wellness is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken meal, followed by water sufficient for processing, pea, and pea.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Wellness does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 147 Wellness dog foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most dogs consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, Wellness does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including Wellness have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are animal-based ingredients which do not provide the source animal's name. These ingredients are controversial because they can come from almost any animal.

In addition, anonymous animal-based ingredients are very inexpensive and often the lowest quality meats that are still allowed to be used in pet food.

In general, we do not recommend feeding any products which contain anonymous meats. When in doubt, always contact the brand's customer service desk for further clarification.

Unfortunately, we've identified 1 anonymous meat ingredient used by Wellness.

cooked bone marrow
2 Recipes

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 6 controversial ingredients inside Wellness products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

garlic powder
18 Recipes
caramel color
2 Recipes

Caramel color is a concentrated form of caramel, a natural food colorant. Caramel color has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals. Since our pets do not care about food color, caramel color is an unnecessary addition with possible health risks.

The following recipes contain caramel color:

canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
19 Recipes

Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.

The following recipes contain canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols):

tomato pomace
54 Recipes

Tomato pomace is a by-product of tomato manufacturing. It's considered a controversial ingredient because many people believe it is an inexpensive low quality filler. However, tomato pomace provides a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, Lycopene, and vitamin A. Although it is a very inexpensive ingredient, it is not nutritionally empty.

The following recipes contain tomato pomace:

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the Wellness ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

Wellness Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Wellness Complete Health Deboned Chicken & Barley Recipe For Senior Dogs

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Wellness Complete Health Deboned Chicken & Oatmeal Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Wellness Complete Health Deboned Chicken, Oatmeal & Salmon Meal Recipe For Puppies

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Wellness Complete Health Grain Free Deboned Chicken & Chicken Meal Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Wellness Complete Health Grain Free Lamb & Lamb Meal Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Wellness Complete Health Grain Free Whitefish & Menhaden Fish Meal Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Wellness Complete Health Grain Free Deboned Chicken & Chicken Meal Recipe For Large Breed Dogs

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Wellness Complete Health Grain Free Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal & Salmon Meal Recipe For Puppies

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Wellness Complete Health Grain Free Deboned Turkey, Chicken Meal & Salmon Meal Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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Wellness Complete Health Healthy Weight Deboned Chicken & Peas Recipe

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Wellness Complete Health Lamb & Barley Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Wellness Complete Health Limited Ingredient Deboned Turkey & Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Wellness Complete Health Limited Ingredient Salmon & Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Wellness Complete Health Whitefish & Sweet Potato Recipe For Adult Dogs

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Wellness Core Tender Bites (Air Dried) Ocean - Whitefish & Salmon Recipe

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Wellness Core Tender Bites (Air Dried) Original - Turkey & Chicken Recipe

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Wellness Core Tender Bites (Air Dried) Puppy - Chicken, Turkey & Salmon Recipe

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Wellness Core Grain Free Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal & Turkey Meal Recipe For Large Breed Puppies

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Wellness Core Grain Free Healthy Weight Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal & Chicken Meal Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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Wellness Core Grain Free Lamb & Lamb Meal Recipe

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Wellness Core Grain Free Puppy - Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal & Salmon Meal Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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Wellness Core Grain Free Senior - Deboned Turkey, Chicken Meal & Turkey Meal Recipe

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Wellness Core Grain Free Large Breed Formula - Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal & Turkey Meal Recipe

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Wellness Core Grain Free Ocean Formula

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Wellness Core Grain Free Original Formula - Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal & Chicken Meal Recipe

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Wellness Core Grain Free Puppy Formula - Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal & Turkey Meal Recipe

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Wellness Core RawRev Original - Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal & Chicken Meal Recipe With Freeze-Dried Turkey

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Wellness Core RawRev Small Breed Original - Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal & Chicken Meal Recipe With Freeze-Dried Turkey

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Wellness Core RawRev Wild Game - Duck, Lamb Meal, Wild Boar & Rabbit Recipe With Freeze-Dried Lamb

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Wellness Core Grain Free Reduced Fat Formula

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Wellness Core Six Grain Free Cage-Free Duck & Chickpeas Recipe

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Wellness Core Six Grain Free Free-Range Lamb & Chickpeas Recipe

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Wellness Core Six Grain Free Sustainably-Sourced Salmon & Chickpeas Recipe

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Wellness Core Six Grain Free Sustainably-Sourced Salmon & Chickpeas Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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Wellness Core Grain Free Original Formula For Small Breed Dogs

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Wellness Core Grain Free Wild Game Formula - Duck, Lamb Meal, Wild Boar & Rabbit Recipe

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Wellness Complete Health Deboned Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Large Breed Adult Dogs

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Wellness Complete Health Deboned Chicken, Brown Rice & Salmon Meal Recipe For Large Breed Puppies

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Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Duck & Oatmeal Formula

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Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb & Oatmeal Formula

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Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Healthy Weight Salmon & Peas Formula

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Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Salmon & Potato Formula For Small Breed Dogs

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Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Salmon & Potato Formula

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Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Turkey & Potato Formula

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Wellness Complete Health Deboned Turkey & Oatmeal Recipe For Small Breed Adult Dogs

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Wellness Complete Health Healthy Weight Deboned Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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Wellness Complete Health Deboned Turkey & Peas Recipe For Small Breed Senior Dogs

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Wellness Complete Health Deboned Turkey, Oatmeal & Salmon Meal Recipe For Small Breed Puppies

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Wellness Complete Health Whitefish, Salmon Meal & Peas Recipe For Small Breed Adult Dogs

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Wellness Complete Health Deboned Chicken, Brown Rice & Peas Recipe For Toy Breed Adult Dogs

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Wellness Core RawRev Healthy Weight - Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal & Chicken Meal Recipe

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Wellness Core RawRev Puppy - Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal & Turkey Meal Recipe

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Wellness Homestyle Stew Beef Stew With Carrots & Potatoes

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Wellness Homestyle Stew Chicken Stew With Peas & Carrots

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Wellness Complete Health Chicken & Sweet Potato Formula

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Wellness Complete Health Duck & Sweet Potato Formula

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Wellness Complete Health Just For Puppy

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Wellness Complete Health Lamb & Sweet Potato Formula

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Wellness Complete Health Limited Ingredient Turkey & Potato Formula (Canned)

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Wellness Complete Health Limited Ingredient Whitefish & Potato Formula (Canned)

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Wellness Complete Health Senior Formula

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Wellness Complete Health Turkey & Sweet Potato Formula

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Wellness Complete Health Venison & Sweet Potato Formula

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Wellness Complete Health Whitefish & Sweet Potato Formula

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Wellness Core 95% Beef With Carrots

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Wellness Core 95% Chicken With Broccoli

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Wellness Core 95% Turkey With Spinach

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Wellness Core Grain Free Beef, Venison & Lamb Formula

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Wellness Core Chunky Centers Beef, Lamb & White Sweet Potato

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Wellness Core Chunky Centers Chicken, Chicken Liver & Spinach

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Wellness Core Chunky Centers Lamb, Turkey & Kale

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Wellness Core Chunky Centers Salmon, Tuna & Spinach

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Wellness Core Chunky Centers Tuna, Chicken & Kale

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Wellness Core Chunky Centers Turkey, Duck & White Sweet Potato

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Wellness Core Hearty Cuts In Gravy Beef & Venison Recipe

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Wellness Core Hearty Cuts In Gravy Chicken & Turkey Recipe

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Wellness Core Hearty Cuts In Gravy Turkey & Duck Recipe

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Wellness Core Hearty Cuts In Gravy Whitefish & Salmon Recipe

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Wellness Core Mini Meals Beef & Chicken Dinner Pate For Small Breeds

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Wellness Core Mini Meals Chicken Entree Pate For Small Breeds

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Wellness Core Mini Meals Chunky Chicken & Chicken Liver Entree In Gravy For Small Breeds

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Wellness Core Mini Meals Chunky Chicken & Tuna Dinner In Gravy For Small Breeds

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Wellness Core Mini Meals Shredded Chicken & Lamb Entree In Gravy For Small Breeds

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Wellness Core Mini Meals Shredded Chicken & Turkey Dinner In Gravy For Small Breeds

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Wellness Core Grain Free Puppy Formula

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Wellness Core Grain Free Whitefish, Salmon & Herring Formula

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Wellness Core Grain Free Turkey, Chicken Liver & Turkey Liver Formula

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Wellness Core Grain Free Turkey, Pork Liver & Duck Formula

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Wellness Core Grain Free Weight Management Formula

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Wellness Homestyle Stew Lamb & Beef Stew With Brown Rice & Apples

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Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole With Braised Beef, Salmon, Green Beans & Red Peppers

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Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole With Roasted Lamb, Peas & White Sweet Potatoes

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Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole With Roasted Turkey, Duck, Carrots & Peas

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Wellness Petite Entrees Casserole With Tender Chicken, Green Beans & Carrots

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Wellness Petite Entrees Mini-Filets With Roasted Beef, Carrots & Red Peppers In Gravy

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Wellness Petite Entrees Mini-Filets With Roasted Chicken, Beef, Carrots & Green Beans In Gravy

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Wellness Petite Entrees Mini-Filets With Roasted Chicken, Carrots & Red Peppers In Gravy

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Wellness Petite Entrees Mini-Filets With Tender Turkey, Green Beans & White Sweet Potatoes In Gravy

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Wellness Petite Entrees Shredded Medley With Braised Lamb, Venison, White Sweet Potatoes & Carrots

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Wellness Petite Entrees Shredded Medley With Roasted Chicken, Beef, Green Beans & Red Peppers

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Wellness Petite Entrees Shredded Medley With Roasted Chicken, Duck, Peas & Carrots

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Wellness Petite Entrees Shredded Medley With Tender Chicken, Turkey, Carrots & Green Beans

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Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Duck & Oatmeal Formula

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Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb & Oatmeal Formula

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Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Whitefish & Potato Formula

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Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Turkey & Potato Formula

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Wellness Homestyle Stew Turkey & Duck Stew With Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries

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Wellness Homestyle Stew Turkey Stew With Barley & Carrots

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Wellness Homestyle Stew Venison & Salmon Stew With Potatoes & Carrots

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Wellness Core Simply Shreds Boneless Chicken, Beef & Carrots Recipe In Broth

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Wellness Core Simply Shreds Boneless Chicken, Chicken Liver & Broccoli Recipe In Broth

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Wellness Core Simply Shreds Boneless Chicken, Wild Salmon & Pumpkin Recipe In Broth

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Wellness Core Simply Shreds Flaked Tuna, Beef & Carrots Recipe In Broth

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Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Beef

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Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Chicken

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Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Lamb

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Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Salmon

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Wellness Ninety-Five Percent Turkey

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Wellness Core Marrow Roasts Beef Recipe

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Wellness Core Marrow Roasts Turkey Recipe

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Wellness Core Pure Rewards Beef Jerky Bites

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Wellness Core Pure Rewards Beef & Venison Jerky Bites

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Wellness Core Pure Rewards Chicken & Lamb Jerky Bites

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Wellness Core Pure Rewards Turkey Jerky Bites

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Wellness Crunchy Puppy Bites Chicken & Carrots Recipe

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Wellness Petite Treats (Crunchy) With Chicken, Cherries & Spearmint

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Wellness Petite Treats (Soft) With Lamb, Apples & Cinnamon

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Wellness Petite Treats (Soft) With Turkey, Pomegranate & Ginger

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Wellness Soft Puppy Bites Lamb & Salmon Recipe

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Wellness Crunchy WellBars Chicken & Cheddar Cheese

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Wellness Crunchy WellBars Peanuts & Honey

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Wellness Crunchy WellBars Lamb & Apples

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Wellness Crunchy WellBars Whitefish & Sweet Potatoes

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Wellness Crunchy WellBars Yogurt, Apples & Bananas

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Wellness Soft WellBites Beef & Turkey Recipe

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Wellness Soft WellBites Chicken & Lamb Recipe

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Wellness Soft WellBites Chicken & Venison Recipe

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Wellness Soft WellBites Lamb & Salmon Recipe

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Wellness Soft WellBites Turkey & Duck Recipe

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Wellness Core Bowl Boosters Pure Freeze-Dried Beef

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Wellness Core Bowl Boosters Pure Freeze-Dried Turkey

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Wellness Core Bowl Boosters Tender Turkey & Chicken Recipe

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Wellness Core Bowl Boosters Tender Whitefish & Salmon Recipe

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Wellness Core Grain Free 100% Beef

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Wellness Core Grain Free 100% Boar

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Wellness Core Grain Free 100% Salmon

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Wellness Core Grain Free 100% Turkey

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