Foster Pup Sal has terrible teeth--he'll need several extractions and some major cleaning when he's strong enough for surgery--so we've entered the new territory of wet dog food. While the majority of his meals consist of dry food, he gets several spoonfuls of wet food to make it easier to eat and to encourage him to eat so he puts more meat on his bones. When our friends at Chewy.com asked us if we wanted to try Wellness Complete Health wet food, we jumped at the chance!
We chose the Poultry Lover's pack, which comes with three different flavors: chicken and sweet potato, duck and sweet potato, and turkey and sweet potato. Since you never know what Sal's forever family will want to feed him, I try to give him a rotation of different proteins for his wet food so he'll be ready for anything!
The Wellness Complete Health wet food is a paté style--even though I've been feeding Soth this style of wet food for years, paté food always grosses me out a little bit. Sal didn't care, though, and it was actually even better for him because there weren't large chunks of things that he had to chew. He tends to make a big mess with wet food with chunks, leaving bits of it on the floor and I end up stepping on them in the dark with bare feet. We didn't have that issue with Wellness Complete Health. It's easy to mush up over his kibble so that he gets some softer bites with the crunchier stuff.
We started with the turkey and sweet potato formula. The cans are 12.5-oz and each pack comes with 18 cans (6 of each flavor). I was pleasantly surprised to see that you could still see some chunks of sweet potato in the formula--when I open a can of food, it's always nice to be able to identify what's in there, so seeing some of the individual ingredients made me happy.
Sal doesn't get excited about much--his interests are limited to playing with balls and eating--but he was really excited about trying Wellness Complete Health.
|He was really excited to get a second afternoon snack this day.|
So excited, in fact, that he forgot all of the manners we've been working on and dove into his bowl before I set it on the ground for him.
Barley doesn't eat much wet food--mostly because I've finally got her regular food portions figured out to help her maintain a healthy weight and I'm too lazy (and hate math too much) to do the calculations to mess with that system--but she occasionally gets a fun seasonal flavor or some as a special treat.
|Like when she's stuck inside watching her foster brother struggle with a photoshoot she could do in her sleep.|
|She apparently forgot her manners, too.|
Wellness is a brand that we're familiar with from using some of their treats, but we'd never tried their actual dog food. After having a chance to examine each of the different flavors, this is definitely a brand I feel confident feeding to Barley and especially her foster brother Sal.
Wellness is committed to providing holistic nutrition. They use fresh, healthy ingredients that give dogs many different health benefits. The first ingredient in each of the formulas is the protein and in the turkey and sweet potato formula, the first three ingredients were turkey, turkey broth, and turkey liver. That is the number one requirement I have for any food I feed the pets.
The next ingredient is ground barley (which is a little weird to feed Barley because, well, you know)--once I get past the idea of Barley eating barley, though, it's an ingredient that's extra important for dogs like Sal. Sal came to me emaciated, and as food gets reintroduced, all kinds of things can get out of whack if you're not careful. Barley (the grain, not the dog) helps regulate blood sugar. Now, we're starting to increase the amount of food while decreasing the number of meals, so instead of four tiny meals, he's getting one normal one, one afternoon snack, and two small meals later in the evening. It's too early to tell if the barley's making much difference for Sal, or if he's just getting used to his new feeding schedule, or if it's a little bit of both, but it's definitely something that can't hurt! I feel better knowing he's eating a food with ingredients that help keep all of his systems in check. The other ingredients are all packed full of vitamins, fiber, and other goodies that help with skin, coat, digestion, and overall wellbeing.
Wellness Complete Health Poultry Lover's wet food has definitely earned a spot in Sal's wet food rotation. It's a brand I can trust and a food that he can't help but dive into.
Disclaimer: We were provided with a Wellness Complete Health Poultry Lover's variety pack from Chewy.com in exchange for our honest review, but all opinions are my own and we only share information we think is relevant and valuable to our readers. Chewy.com and Wellness are not responsible for the content of this post. Always consult with your vet before starting your pet on a new diet.