Wellness CORE Grain-Free Original Formula Dry Dog Food

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It's time to go back to the basics, and CORE Grain-Free Original Formula Dry Dog Food from Wellness is just the meal to help your best buddy get there. The deboned turkey, turkey meal, and chicken meal formula is full of proteins that are easy to digest, making sure the nutrients are absorbed instead of lost in the stool. Probiotics aid the digestive and gastrointestinal system, and the grain-free formula is perfect for pets that suffer from food-related allergies or stomach sensitivities.

Key Benefits

  • Grain free formula, rich with delicious premium proteins including turkey and chicken
  • Yucca Schidigera extract helps reduce odor in stool
  • Glucosamine protects the joints and increases mobility
  • Wellness CORE Original Formula Dog Food contains no meat by-products, grains, or fillers
  • Enhanced with antioxidants and probiotics

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  • Brand
    Wellness CORE
  • Breed Size
    Small, Medium, Large, All Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    Grain-Free, Gluten Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy

Nutritional Info


  1. Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Peas, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potatoes, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Chicken Liver, Natural Chicken Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Spinach, Vitamin E Supplement, Broccoli, Carrots, Choline Chloride, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Kale, Sweet Potatoes, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols Added to Preserve Freshness, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

Caloric Content

  1. 421 kcal/cup
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 34.0% min
Crude Fat 16.0% min
Crude Fiber 4.0% max
Moisture 10.0% max
Calcium 2.0% max
Phosphorus 1.4% max
Vitamin E 400 IU/kg min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 3.25% min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.5% min
Glucosamine 250 mg/kg min
Chondroitin Sulfate 200 mg/kg min
Beta-Carotene 5 mg/kg min
Total Lactic Acid Microorganisms 80,000,000 CFU/lb min

Feeding Instructions

Weight Daily Feeding (Cups)
6 - 20 lbs ¼ - 1¼
20 - 35 lbs 1¼ - 1¾
35 - 50 lbs 1¾ - 2¼
50 - 65 lbs 2¼ - 2¾
65 - 80 lbs 2¾ - 3¼
80 - 95 lbs 3¼ - 3¾
95 - 115 lbs 3¾ - 4¼
Dogs over 115 lbs Add 1/4 cup per additional 10 lbs

Combination Feeding: If feeding with wet food, reduce dry amount fed by ½ cup, for every 6 oz of wet food.

Transition Instructions

This food is formulated for adult, non-reproducing dogs over one year old as puppies and pregnant or nursing mothers have special nutritional requirements. It is important to slowly transition your dog from his/her current diet as it takes a few days for the body to adapt to new nutrient levels. To transition, gradually mix in the new food over a 5-7 day period, increasing the amount of Wellness® each day, so that you are feeding 100% Wellness® CORE® by day 7.

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. Give your dog access to clean, cool fresh water at all times and feed Wellness® CORE® wet food in combination whenever possible, to increase the level of water in your dog's diet. Nutrition is the foundation of wellbeing, but be sure to give your dog plenty of love, exercise and see your veterinarian regularly!

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The CORE Difference

Why is CORE Different?

Unlike many grain-free diets, Wellness CORE considers your pet's whole health by ensuring the overall nutritional equation remains appropriate for everyday feeding. Higher protein can also mean higher fat, minerals and calories. By thoughtfully selecting specialized ingredients and managing nutritional ratios, CORE delivers protein-focused nutrition thoughtfully - with balance, not excess.

Fresh, Whole Food Ingredients

Wellness CORE provides a balanced profile of high-quality, natural ingredients appropriate for everyday feeding. These grain-free recipes contain absolutely no meat by-products, artificial colors, flavorings, preservatives, corn, wheat or soy.



Great source of fiber and vitamin C and boosts the immune system, supports skin and heart health and helps the body release toxins.



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Highly nutritious vegetable which is high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin and also a good source of calcium.



Good source of antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C and dietary fiber, which helps with joint problems and promotes overall gastrointestinal health.



Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which improve the shine of the pet's coat and high in fiber which helps move food through the digestive system.

About Wellness

As a pioneer in holistic nutrition, Wellness is always looking for new ways to help pets thrive. Their diverse team of animal lovers, nutritionists and vets has only one mission: to help you provide your pet a healthy, happy, long life through the power of natural nutrition. They're passionately picky from the first step to the last so they can guarantee each recipe delivers the Wellness Promise

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Customer Reviews

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Original Formula Dry Dog Food is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 408.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome food. I know this food looks very expensive but it is so worth the price. I have a 7 yr old Cocker Spaniel that has almost exclusively been on CORE and she has never really had any vet issues. Cockers are VERY prone to ear infection and skin infections and mine has not had either. I am not very good about cleaning her ears either (sorry to say). The only time she has ever had a bad check up was when I had to buy her cheaper food and gave her pro plan. She started to show signs of an ear infection after a month on that food. I put her back on this and have never had an issue again. I took her to a new vet when I moved and the vet had to ask me how old she was because she was so healthy looking for a 7 yr old dog. I only feed her what the bag says and rarely give her treats other than bully sticks. I will feed her this food till the end. Oh and it dramatically reduces the ummmm "out put" to be cleaned up.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Quality Food at a Great Price! As usual, chewy.com excels at fast service, food delivered to my door in a couple of days! You can't ask for much more than that. Wellness Core is an excellent food and quality is very important to me. I actually feed 3 different foods at a time and so having the flexibility to order when I need to, as such amazing prices, is what makes chewy.com my go to source for everything DOG.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Core Wellness My dog loves Core Wellness. I like how easy it is to deal with Chewy. I may only be saving a couple of dollars per bag, but it gets delivered to my door. I do not like shopping, so this is a big plus for me. I called customer service to change the date of my monthly delivery. The representative was very friendly and helpful. I will recommend Chewy.com to my friends. I'm glad my sister recommended Chewy to me.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Low fat grain free Our dog tends to gain weight quickly and this dog food helps keep her weight down. Most of the sites can not beat these prices. I like the convenience of the ship to home in a short period of time. Thank you
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased!!!! We have been giving our dog Core Wellness since she was about 10 weeks old. Before we adopted her, she was on Royal Canine and her stools were kind of runny and she never seemed to want to eat. After transitioning to Core Wellness she enjoys eating, her stools are firm each time and we have no issues with gas. She's a golden doodle and I've heard they can be picky eaters and sensitive to various ingredients, but we have not encountered this at all. When we recently switched from puppy to the adult formula and it was a seamless transition for her.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality for the money Not only does this food smell good to me but the dogs love the flavor and are excited to eat. The changing over of the food lasted about 5 days and by the 5th day they were picking out all of the CORE and leaving their old food. End of change-over. I am impressed with the ingredient quality for just over $2 / lb. it is an affordable food. Just wish it came in bigger bags.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A1 product My terriers were having major skin issues. I switched to Wellness Core and issues resolved. Never an issue with no appetite or upset stomach.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Food; just a few things to note, however. After receiving my guide dog (and even beforehand), I did a bit of research into the type of food I wanted to feed him/her. By the time I'd received Kinley, I had settled on a few brands, Wellness being one of them. He was switched from Iams Lamb and Rice (what they fed him at the training school) to this particular formula. I chose to go the seven-day transitional route just to be safe. Wellness is truly a great brand--the ingredients are amazing, and best of all, there is no bi-product in the formulas. With that said, Kin's digestive tract seemed to have issues with it. Ever since we switched, he's had much softer stools, and they were definitely not as bulky. I decided to wait it out to see if perhaps it would improve, but it really hasn't, and we actually had to get his glands expressed yesterday because of it. I'm giving the food a good review because the ingredients are wonderful and it truly is a good brand. Kinley definitely enjoyed it; it's just that his system didn't. My hypothesis is that it has much more protein than he was used to--but again, I'm certainly no vet. Anyway, Wellness is truly a great food if you can afford it and your dog does well! :)
Date published: 2016-12-04
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