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Wellness® CORE™ Original Dog Formula
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Grain-Free, protein-focused nutrition with nothing in excess and everything in balance. 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. A grain-free choice for dogs over 1 year who need to maintain optimal daily health.


  • Crude Protein, min
  • Crude Fat, min
  • Crude Fiber, max
  • Moisture, max
  • Calcium, max
  • Phosphorus, max
  • Vitamin E, min
    150 IU/kg
  • Omega 6 Fatty Acids, min
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids, min
  • Glucosamine HCl, min
    250 mg/kg
  • Chondroitin Sulfate, min
    200 mg/kg
  • Total Micro-organisms, min
    80,000,000 CFU/lb
  • Crude Protein, min
    5 mg/kg
  • Calories/kg
    3600 kcal
  • Calories/cup ME
    430 cal
Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potatoes, Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Chicken Liver, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Vitamins [Beta-Carotene, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement], Minerals [Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite], Choline Chloride, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Products, Rosemary Extract. This is a naturally preserved product. Wellness®uses Ethoxyquin-free protein sources.

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

CONTAINS NO: Meat By-Products, Wheat, Soy, Dairy, Corn or Corn Gluten, Artificial Preservatives, Colors or Flavors.

Calorie Content: This food contains 3,600 kcal per kilogram or 430 kcal per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).


Instructions for Use:

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.
RECOMMENDED FEEDING PORTIONS (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.
5-20                            ¼-1 ¼
20-35                          1 ¼- 1 ¾
35-50                          1 ¾- 2 ¼
50-65                          2 ¼- 2 ¾
65-80                          2 ¾- 3 ¼
80-95                          3 ¼- 3 ¾
95-115                        3 ¾- 4 ¼

Combination Feeding: If feeding with wet food, reduce dry amount fed by ½ cup, for every 6.0 oz. wet food.
Dogs over 115 lbs.: Add ¼ cup per additional 10 lbs.

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    Wellness® CORE™ Original Dog Formula is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 32.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I love that Smartpak offers such a high quality food at what I consider an extremely affordable price! Our adopted Great Pyrenees can be a picky eater and he seems to really like this Wellness food, and I have the peace of mind knowing it has no grains, even though he's never exhibited an allergy, any dog with that long hair and floppy ears I believe can just benefit from grain free!
    Date published: 2016-08-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I have a 1 year old toy poodle that has been very sick since we have had him from 8 weeks. When he would eat his Nutro he would have non stop runs till he was emptied out. His fur was dull and very dry, and kept loosing weight. After numerous vet visits the doctors did not know what was wrong with him. Since switching his food one month ago to the Wellness Original he is a happy boy. No more diarrhea, his fur is soft and shiny. He has put his weight back on and is up to his 10 pounds. I'm now into switching the food on my other poodle. After one week with her on this new food her fur is beautiful, very silky and shiny. Both of my babies love the food and Im a proud momma who is glad I made the switch from Nutro to Wellness Original.
    Date published: 2016-03-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dogs love it! I've been feeding this to both of my dogs for at least a couple years now and am extremely satisfied!One dog is a 10+ year old Lab mix that has been slightly picky about his dry food in the past and prone to being overweight. He does GREAT on this food! Always excited about meal time and eats it right up. He's at an excellent weight for his build/size which is especially important since he's a senior and I want him to be able to stay active! Carrying too much weight makes it harder for him to move around, but on this food he does NOT look or act his age! That is priceless to me.My other dog is a 4 year old herding breed type that I rescued. He was starved and doesn't have the best appetite (he wouldn't even take treats when I got him) but he seems to really like this food. He won't eat individual "meals" like my other dog, but prefers to have a full bowl and eat when he wants. This is the only food he seems to really like and it keeps him in a good weight! He would take days to finish other brands of food, but I fill his bowl up regularly with this food so he definitely eats it.Both have good coats, never have digestive issues, are in great weight for their respective sizes/breeds, and have great energy. Couldn't be happier.
    Date published: 2014-11-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My dog LOVES it! My dog loves this food and actually comes to his bowl twice a day now requesting his meal when before we would have to call him over. He actually reminds us! He has hip issues and we've been able to back off his glucosomine pills as this food is wonderful. it's a little on the pricey side but I think it's worth it.
    Date published: 2014-03-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good food My dog seems to like the flavor and seems to do well on this food. She was already on a grain free food prior to switching to wellness so we didn't see any real changes in stool or coat condition or such.
    Date published: 2012-09-18
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