Dogs are hardy animals which makes them easy to abuse nutritionally. Working dogs get the brunt of that abuse as they can be pumped full of carbohydrates which they’ll more likely burn off before it turns to cancer-promoting sugars.
For a pet food manufacturer it’s meat which costs money, so the more carbohydrates (i.e. grains) they can put in a food the cheaper it is to make. Most working dog foods capitalise on this, allowing the manufacturer to sell really cheaply made food targeted at people who believe it’s good for their active working dogs. It’s not.
The main ingredient in Wagg Complete Worker is Cereals. That most likely means wheat (which is actually what it used to be listed as on older bags). Given the composition percentages (over 50% carbs) it’s likely this amounts to the bulk of the food.
The meat content is ambiguous, listed as Meat and Animal Derivatives. The pretty packaging may say “Beef”, but the reality is we have undisclosed and poor quality meat from a variety of animals. Who knows what animals? They state beef amounts to only 4% which is very insignificant.
The bag says “Beef & Veg”, but the veg is way down the ingredients after oils and fats (note this is also ambiguous). The food is low in fat at 8%, so that ensures the vegetable content is rather sparse. It’s listed as derivatives of vegetable origin which is a swanky name for vegetable by-products or vegetable waste. To be clear I mean anything that can’t be sold for human consumption.
It’s a stereotypical formula from the dark ages of pet food manufacturing when they could get away with anything… and sadly they still can.
Cereals, Meat and Animal Derivatives (of which 4% Beef in Red Kibble), Oils and Fats, Derivatives of Vegetable Origin, Vegetables (4% Peas in Pea Kibble), Minerals, Yeasts (0.08%), Citrus Extract (0.04%) & Yucca Extract (0.01%)