Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review: Wellness TruFood Dry Dog Food & Treats

Jada next to bags of Wellness TruFood Products

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If you haven't noticed, dog food has been transforming. We now have so many options on what to feed our furry companions and it has become so much healthier which improves and lengthens their lives. 

I'm sure you have seen Wellness® brand dog food around your local pet supply store. This brand has been around since 1997 but has older roots with the dog treat brand Old Mother Hubbard which dates back to the 1920's. I was surprised to learn that they never use artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, corn, soy, wheat. Pretty awesome!

Wellness TruFood Living Nutrition

Wellness recently came out with a new line of pet foods called TruFood® which focuses on using whole foods and using a slow-baking process. This baking process allows the food to have 70% more protein and even a richer flavor.

We were given a bag of their Lamb, Chickpeas, and Turkey Liver recipe to try out, and some treats from this line as well.

Wellness TruFood Baked Blends Adult Dog Food Natural, Grain Free, Lamb, Chickpeas and Turkey Liver

TruFood dog food

Lamb, Turkey Meal, Peas, Tapioca Flour, Chickpeas

First look at the ingredients and I am pretty impressed. All of the long words at the bottom of the list are live yogurt cultures which help with gut bacteria. Purple carrots and broccoli are not usual dog food ingredients I see, but I love that they are there!

Trilogy blend of trufood kibble

Whole-Prey Protein Bites, Living Superfood Nuggets, and Assorted Veggie and Fruit Pieces

There are three different types of kibble that make up this TruFood dog food. There are Whole-Prey Protein Bites, Living Superfood Nuggets, and Assorted Veggie & Fruit Pieces.

Whole-Prey Protein Bites

These include raw lamb, turkey hearts, and turkey liver which provide sources of minerals that are food-based and that reduces the use of additional supplements.

Living Superfood Nuggets

The red bits are colored from beets and the yellow bits are colored from turmeric. These also contain superfoods like blueberries and kale, with yogurt cultures coating the outside. Lots of antioxidants!

Assorted Veggie & Fruit Pieces

This dog food actually contains air-dried green beans and apples!

Also, this food is grain, potato, wheat, corn, soy, and filler free! They use chickpeas and lentils to keep their food together instead. There is also no meat by-products, artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. 

Now, let's see how our awesome canine taste testers think of this food...

TruFood lamb and turkey recipe

Love that you can see the green beans in the food!

Dottie helping herself to some Wellness TruFood

Dottie ate it so fast I could barely get a picture taken! So I am assuming she liked it ;)

Dibble enjoying some Wellness TruFood

Dibble loved the food as well! He was so funny just staring off into space while he was eating. It was like his taste buds were mesmerized!

Dibble eating kibble that had fallen out of the bowl

And of course, he had to clean up all the kibble that had fallen out of the bowl, hehe.

Wellness also have treats to compliment the food. Let's take a look at what we got...

Wellness TruFood CocoChia Bakes Natural Grain Free Chicken Dog Treat

Baked Superfood Dog Snacks

Chickpeas, peas, chicken, tapioca, dried beets, flaxseed, coconut oil, chia seeds

Right off the bat I like the ingredients. It is pretty simple and looks good and healthy! These are grain-free so they use peas and chickpeas to keep it all together. The beets make these treats a red color which is neat.

A pile of Wellness TruFood CocoChia Bakes Dog Treats

All of the treats are uniform in size and I like that you can see bits of the ingredients in them.

So what do our taste testers have to say about these whole-prey treats?

Dottie begging for a Wellness TruFood CocoChia Bake Treat
"Can I please have the treat?!"

Dottie sniffing a Wellness Trufood CocoChia Bake Dog Treat
"Smells so good I gotta give it an ear up!"

Dibble eating a Wellness TruFood CocoChia Bake Dog Treat

Bailey about to eat a Wellness CocoChia Bake Dog Treat
The look before the bite

Dibble standing up to eat a Wellness TruFood CocoChia Bake Dog Treat
Standing up to take the treat

So as you can see, the dogs really loved these treats! I thought it was surprising because it doesn't have a strong smell or anything, but they still went after it nonetheless. 

Because of the ingredients, I let my rats try these out as well and they really enjoyed them. I frequently give my rats dog treats but only if the ingredients are good quality like these CocoChia Bakes.

In a Nutshell...
  • Wellness has been around since 1997
  • They have come out with a new line of food and treats for cats and dogs called TruFood which focuses on using whole-prey protein, a slow baking process, using antioxidant rich super foods with probiotics, and being grain-free.
  • This brand has great ingredients like coconut oil, purple carrots, chia seeds, and green beans.
  • There are many others varieties of the food and treats to suit the needs of your dog
  • Both products are a decent price and can be found on Amazon.com, PetSmart, Petco, and Chewy.com.
  • You can click here to find a retailer near you for Wellness TruFood products! 

I am very impressed with Wellness's TruFood food and treats and would suggest this brand to anyone looking for a new food to try out for their pet. I also really love the Velcro Press-Lok which you use to close the bags of food. It really helps keep the food fresh for longer! We will be reviewing the TruFood wet dog food later on so stay tuned!

Jada balancing Wellness CocoChia bakes dog treats

Click here to learn more about Wellness TruFood!

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