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Wainwright's Trays Adult Grain Free Review

Type of food

Complete wet paté

Dog types

Pet dogs

Breed sizes

Suitable for toy breed dogs
Adult weight 1-4kg. e.g. Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier
Suitable for small breed dogs
Adult weight 4-10kg. e.g. Beagle, Dachshund, Jack Russell
Suitable for medium breed dogs
Adult weight 10-25kg. e.g. Border Collie, Staffie, Springer, Vizsla
Suitable for large breed dogs
Adult weight 25-45kg. e.g. Boxer, Labrador, Greyhound
Suitable for giant breed dogs
Adult weight 45kg+ e.g. Bernese, Great Dane, Mastiff

Dog ages

From 12 months to 7 years

Pack sizes

395g trays


395g trays = £2.69

Exclusive to

Pets at Home

AADF rating


At a glance

Natural: Free from added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings or other controversial synthetic ingredients
High meat content: Contains at least 30% meat ingredients (on a dry matter basis)
Not hypoallergenic: Contains wheat, maize, dairy products, soya products and/or artificial additives or has an ingredient list that is too unclear to rule out their presence
Clearly labelled: Each ingredient is clearly and individually stated and there is at least a reasonable indication of the percentages of the main ingredients
Certified nutritionally complete: This food complies fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO

Price per day




Mixing bowl:

Lamb (70%), Sweet Potato (4%), Dried Peas (2.5%), Dried Carrots (1%), Butternut Squash (1%), Minerals, Dried Alfalfa, Apple, Dried Seaweed (0.12%), Dried Herbs (Parsley, Rosemary, Fennel, Marigold Flowers), Flaxseed Oil (0.08%), Chicory Root Powder (0.05%), Yucca Extract (0.005%).

As fed (BETA):

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamin a 2500iu, Vitamin D3 200iu, Vitamin E 30mg, Zinc (as Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate) 50mg, Iron (as Iron II Sulphate Monohydrate) 10mg, Copper (as Copper II Sulphate Pentahydrate) 5mg, Iodine (as Calcium Iodate Anhydrous) 0.5mg.

Technological additives


Typical Analysis

Protein 10.0%, Fat 8.5%, Fibre 0.7%, Ash 6.5%, Moisture 71.0%.

Dry weight nutrients

Above average


Below average

* NFE carbohydrate level (i.e. not including fibre). Level estimated from available data.


395g trays RRP


Grams per day


Cost per day


Approved supplier:

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Company info
Name: Pets at Home
HQ: Cheshire, UK
Brands: Ava3131 Ava foods listed
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Manufacturer's product description

" Exclusive to Pets at Home, Wainwright's recipes are proudly developed in the UK and aren't like other dog foods, we don't use any ingredients known to commonly cause allergies in dogs such as wheat or mixed meat proteins. In fact, everything that goes into Wainwright's is nutritious, delicious, easily digested and hypo-allergenic. The result provides all the proteins, fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals your dog needs. No wonder Wainwright's is a dog's best friend.

Wainwright's Grain Free Adult Wet Dog Food with Lamb and Vegetables is a complete balanced dry food that your dog will love. Made with a hypo-allergenic recipe with no added wheat, beef, pork, dairy produce, eggs, soya or fillers and no unhealthy additives, you can be assured the highest quality natural ingredients have been chosen with care.


-Lamb: the natural goodness of lamb a delicious source of protein;

-Yucca: may help control stool odour;

-Sweet potato: highly digestible carbohydrates for slow-release energy;

-Vegetables: a natural source of essential vitamins;

-Herbs: a good source of vitamins and natural antioxidants;

-Alfalfa: crammed with natural beta carotene;

-Chicory root: containing fructooligosaccharide a natural prebiotic;

-Flaxseed oil: a great source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

Suitable for adult dogs 1-7 years old. Not suitable for puppies under 6 months old. "

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Lisa 67 4 months ago

What is the best dog food to give my dog who has recently been diagnosed with Addisons disease.please?

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SJPepp 10 months ago

We fed our dog this food for a couple of years. Early part of 2023 it suddenly started going right through him. Nursed him back on bland diet and tried him back on this about 3 times. Each time just a touch of this food cleared him out. Ended up taking the large multipack back to the store to ask for a refund which thankfully they did.

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PJR one year ago

They've changed their recipes, increased prices almost 50%, and are getting hammered with reviews. I've switched to Lovejoys trays until they sort themselves out.

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SteveB one year ago

What has Wainwright done to its variety pack with brown rice & vegetables recipe?

They announced that they were improving their recipe a few months ago, which they did along with increasing the price per box.

I have been feeding my 11 year old Cocker Spaniel on a mixture of wet and their dry foods for most of his life. However since the improvement to the recipe of the wet food, many of the trays are pure slop! When trying to cut the food into bit size pieces, the food purely sticks to anything it touches and resemble wall paper paste. My dog now has to be persuaded to eat it and often prefers to go hungry rather eat this s**t.

Can anyone recommend a quality grain free dog food that we can use instead?

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PJR SteveB one year ago

I've switched them to Lovejoys Complete Wet Adult Dog Food. On Amazon. Bit more expensive, but only a little, seeings as Wainwrght's is now £28.

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Julia Verity Clarke one year ago

Tried my Welsh Springer Spaniel on the Wainwrights wet food trays grain free variety pack. She had the Turkey one. 20 minutes later her face swelled up, left eyelid and nose, she was trying to itch her face and then became lethargic. We rushed her to the out of hours vet and had to pay £230, for an emergency injection and consultation. The food will be returned or binned and we are writing a complaint letter to Wainwrights requesting the vets bill to be paid. I DO NOT ADVISE BUYING THIS FOOD! 

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Tracey Dooley 5 years ago

Hello, does anyone know if this food contains Carrageenan or any other thickening agents?

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All About Dog Food Tracey Dooley 5 years ago

I have sent a couple of emails to P@H on the subject but no reply just yet

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Tracey Dooley All About Dog Food 5 years ago

Hmmm, maybe that says it all... ;)

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Katie Tanner 6 years ago

Having been giving my 2 long haired dachshunds wainwrights trays for a while now, but was concerned when the last box I bought, nearly all the trays of meat had pieces of bone in them, after picking numerous pieces out, I was concerned about giving it to my dogs as some of the bones were quite sharp, hopefully I got them all, has any one else found bones please? Also sometimes their poops seemed very dry and chalky, and have trouble passing them, didn't know if they had changed the recipe, I am currently reviewing other wet foods for them, any recommendations welcome please?

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Lucy Proctor Katie Tanner 6 years ago

Hi Katie, having dry and chalky poo shows how good the quality food is. Dogs should produce poos like that. All my dogs are on a raw diet and their poos are the same, dry and chalky.Putting it simply, dogs in the wild can't cook and they don't go in to a field and start eating crops because they can't digest them and there is nothing of nutritional value in it either. The grains in food is a cheap way to bulk up the food for manufmanufacturers but does the dogs no good.The less rubbish that they consume, the less rubbish comes out the other end. It will also have less odour and the hard chalky consistency naturally squeezes their anal glands keeping everything in order naturally. Natural foods, ie, 80% meat and 20% veg/fruit, is what they are designed to eat, not rice or grains etc. Those ingredients, along with other non essential additives are the culprits for allergies, volumous and smelly poos, flatulence and has an effect on their general behaviour too. (Akin to kids eating blue Smarties.)You can tell how healthy a dogs diet is by the colour, odour, volume and consistency of the poo. Hard and chalky is what every dog needs.What I would say is that the bone present isnt good because it's been cooked, if it were raw it would be fine. I'd continue to pick it out and either grind and then put back, or replace with 1 x crushed/ground egg she'll instead. The calcium from both/either are essential.I hope this is useful. You can always add a teaspoon of fish oil or omega 3 oil to help your dog pass a stool. Good luck.

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Pauline Edmonds 7 years ago

Asking on behalf of a friend - she has a 3 year old female spayed Chihuahua that weighs 5.2 kg, it's not a tiny little dog but a larger boned chi, (they come in all shapes and sizes lol) the vet has said it is overweight however vet also said that when she was overweight at 3.0 kgs! My friend is currently feeding 100g of either Wainwrights grain free or wet (quarter of a tray) just once a day only and the dog is constantly looking for food and crying for food. I have recommended splitting the food into two so that she has two feeds a day to sustain her but would be grateful if any member on here could give me guidance as to how to advise her please

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Rachel Ireland Pauline Edmonds 7 years ago

It's probably a bit too late but I thought I would reply. I have a half chihuahua who is definitely built like one and very fine boned. She weighs 4.8kg which is perfect weight for her, I can feel her ribs easily and she has a taut tummy. On the Wainwrights Grain free dry she eats 60g which lasts her two days. She gets no wet food and her treats are dried sprats.If the vet says your friends dog is overweight then I would be inclined to believe it since Owners see their pets everyday and don't notice that their pet is fat. Get another opinion maybe from a Nurse who has the time (and won't charge for their advice).Try splitting the feed into 2 or 3 meals and use a maze feeder to slow the dog down when eating so it has more time to hit the stomach. It may also be an idea if she is stilling crying for food to change the food to a higher protein content but do this as a last resort as changing foods can cause digestive upsets. If giving treats make her work for them by using a kong or some other toy that dispenses treats and use treats like fish skins or whole protein dried meats.

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nikki 8 years ago

I used to really like this food but recently the poops produced seem very dry and chalky. They didn't used to be this way, wondering if their has been a change in production? Has anyone else noticed this?

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Almo nikki 8 years ago

I've noticed the exact same. The 'output' just doesn't look very healthy now at all, it's very chalky. My dog has also really gone off this food lately (only eating a small amount about once every three days!) so I'm thinking that something probably has changed? I am currently looking for an alternative but there is so much choice I can't decide what to go for.

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nikki Almo 8 years ago

I had the same problem, been looking at different foods for ages. I've just got some Wolf of Wilderness tins from Zooplus, ordered a multipack so could try all the flavours and it seems to be going down well. It looks much nicer than the Wainwrights and no chalky poos!

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Rachel Chalmers 9 years ago

I changed my 3 Jack Russells on to this 3 weeks ago and I am thrilled with the results. One of my dogs had terrible toilet issues (IBS/colitis) and after a couple of days on this food I was so impressed when he did his number 2 I almost took a picture of it!! He is so much happer as am I :) My female JR has issues with her skin and she has now started to scratch a lot less. They absolutely love it too and I have tried my share of dog foods with them. Their coats are very shiny and they seem a lot happier. Wish I had changed their diet sooner.

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Chez 9 years ago

The fibre content on this product is really low. Should dogs be getting more fibre than this?

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Gary Palmer 9 years ago

What grain free mixer do people use with wainwrights food?

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Cial Bedford Gary Palmer 6 years ago

I get grain free step up too naturals and mix its cheap but very good only thing it misses is actual meat which the wet food gives

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Paul 9 years ago

My dog has always been fed a mixed diet of wet and dry foods because she is a rather fussy eater.Unfortunately, she has suffered from dozens (and I REALLY mean dozens) of bouts of colitis over the last five years or so, and despite countless visits to the vets (and far too many repeat antibiotic prescriptions to mention), nothing has been able to keep her stools solid for more than a few weeks at a time. The vet never once mentioned that wheat could be a problem in any of these visits and I feel seriously annoyed about this.A few months ago, there was a TV documentary about pet foods and it highlighted that practically all main and complimentary dog foods contain wheat in one form or another, and that colitis is often attributed to the high wheat content found in most dog foods. The next day, I looked at the labelling of loads of dog foods in the local Tesco and was shocked to see that all the mainstream manufacturers listed foremost was: moisture, ash, and oil as the ingredients. It is supposed to be meat, so where the hell is the meat and where did it come from? In dismay, I went to a 'proper' pet store and bought a box of Wainright's assorted flavours wet food and a bag of their grain-free dry food.Roll on abut 5 months now on the same diet and the colitis issue has not been an problem since, which is somewhat of a record. She no longer seems to have stomach gripes, and on walks, it is a pleasure to pick up dog poo (like you do with in a bag) and kind of admire a brown solid mass, not a load of mush covered in disgusting green slime.Honestly, I cannot recommend Wainright's highly enough because their food has made such a difference to my dog's life. I've recommended it to three other people so far, and although their dogs have never suffered from colitis, they don't have any problems with leftovers.

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Beck 9 years ago

Excellent wet food. I bought Forthglade (excellent food) first. I then switched to Wainrights it has a slight edge ( for my 2 dogs ) over Forthglade. Wainrights is also slightly cheaper for me to buy online from Pets at Home. None the less they are both EXCELLENT food. Please see my review of Nutrivet Dry Complete.

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Jane Shackleton 9 years ago

Hey, Charlotte, you'll get this food at Pets At Home here in the UK :-)

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Charlotte 10 years ago

Hi, does anyone know if this food is manufactured in the UK? I have tried contacting PAH but not heard back.

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Pat Beadle Charlotte 9 years ago

Yes, I asked them as it just says manufacture in the UK on the box so I was a bit suspicious. Most of it comes from the UK and some from Norway I think she said.

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lizzie 10 years ago

My dog loves this and the "output" is very good - have switched from Eden which I think was too rich for him.

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Lisa 10 years ago

I thought dogs couldn't have garlic?? Its in the ingredients.

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All About Dog Food Lisa 10 years ago

Hi Lisa. Check out our article on garlic for dogs here: http://www.whichdogfood.co....

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Karen 10 years ago

I have a Jack Russell that was diagnosed with colitis and have tried most natural foods.Since putting him on this food he has no colitis and he absolutely loves the taste (He is an extremely fussy eater).Also tried him on the rabbit and the lamb which he also loves.The food is full of meat and tasty vegetables and is an excellent quality food!!

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Davina Grant 10 years ago

I usually feed my dogs Wainwrights reduced fat turkey with rice as my bitch has Addison's disease and gets on better with a lower fat diet. This food is only 4% fat which is ok and I was really impressed with the quality of the ingredients - especially the vegetables (sweet potatoes, peas and carrots) and the meat content which must be providing extra goodness. I have only been feeding it for a week but have already noticed much shinier coats (hope it's not my imagination) and my dogs absolutely love it. So far so good but would be even happier if they produced one for older dogs as my two are over 7 now and this one is supposed to be for dogs between 1 and 7.

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