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Pet Food Ingredient Guide

At Wellness, we believe that the food that you give to your pets should do more than just satisfy their appetites. It should provide the foundation of whole-body health your pet deserves. That’s why Wellness natural pet food for dogs and cats provides much more than just the minimum nutritional requirements. In addition to our carefully selected all-natural ingredients, we add beneficial nutrients like glucosamine, probiotics, omega-fatty acids and anti-oxidants for a lifetime of health for your pet. Without the use of fillers or artificial additives, our specialized natural nutrition gives cats and dogs more in their food so they can get more out of life.

See which ingredients we give the "paws up," and which ones are "paws down" in our Pet Food Ingredient Guide.

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Here's a sample of some of the good stuff you’ll find in Wellness® Natural Pet Food.

Here are some things we'd avoid when it comes to your pet's food and are not found in Wellness® Natural Pet Food.


Apples are an excellent source of pectin.


Blueberries are rich in Vitamin A & C, potassium, fiber and various carotenoids which are valuable anti-oxidants. Blueberries provide flavor, taste and color.


Carrots are an excellent source of fiber and minerals. Also a good natural source of beta carotene, an antioxidant essential for neutralizing free radicals.


Cranberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C and unique natural source of tannins (astringents found in plants).


Docosahexaenoic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid important for neural development. DHA is a major structural component of the brain as well as the most abundant fatty acids in the brain. It plays a vital role in the development of the central nervous system and retinal function.


Also known as linseeds, flaxseeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. It also aids in the movement of food through the digestive system. Flaxseeds are high in fiber that adds bulk to the diet. Omega-3 fats in flaxseed also improve the shine of the pet’s coat.

Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract is a herbal extract from green tea leaves, a natural source of antioxidants.

Ground Barley

Pearled barley is produced from whole seeds that have been scoured to remove the seed hull and bran. An excellent choice for specialized obesity and diabetic pet diets due to its unique nutritional make-up, modest amounts of slowly digested starch and the soluble fiber ß-glucan.


Dried Kelp is the dried product from two families of seaweed. It is an excellent natural source of iodine and also provides beneficial fiber.


Oatmeal is an excellent source of highly digestible carbohydrates, protein and nutritional fiber.


Probiotics are natural micro-flora (friendly bacteria) that may help the digestion process, thus providing more efficient utilization of food and produce bacteriocins which act as natural antibiotics.


Spinach is exceptionally rich in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lutein. Spinach is also a good source of magnesium, manganese and iron.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes are excellent source of complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and Beta Carotene.

Yucca Schidigera Extract

Yucca is a desert plant. It is a natural source of digestive aid. It is also known to reduce fecal odor.

Artificial Colors

Artificial Colors are synthetic pigments.

Artificial Flavors

Artificial Flavors are synthetic flavors.

BHA (butylated hydroxytolulene)

BHA is a chemical preservative.

BHT (butylated hydroxyanisole)

BHT is a chemical preservative.

Bone Meal

Bone Meal results from wet cooking with or without steam, under pressure of undecomposed bone. It may or not contain fat, gelatin, and meat fiber.


By-product and by-product meals are secondary products produced in addition to the principal product.

Corn Gluten Meal

Corn Gluten Meal is the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran.

Soybean Meal

Soybean Meal is made from finely powdered material extracted from the screened and graded soy after removal of the oil from dehulled soybeans.

Soy Flour

Soy Flour is a fine sifted hull-free soybean meal.


Any type of caloric sweetener, such as cane sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, etc.

Wheat Gluten

Wheat Gluten is made by washing wheat flour dough with water until all the starch dissolves, leaving insoluble gluten as an elastic mass which is then cooked.

Wheat Middlings

Wheat Middlings consists of fine particles of wheat bran, wheat shorts, wheat germ, wheat flour and some of the offal from the “tail of the mill”.