Best Low Fat Dog Foods


The best low fat dog foods can be beneficial for pets suffering from specific health conditions like:
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  • Pancreatitis
  • Obesity

However, finding a quality low fat dog food can be difficult.

That’s because to cut back on fat, pet food companies are inclined to design dog foods that contain less meat.

So, most low fat dog foods also tend to be low in protein and high in carbs, too.

How We Select
the Best Low Fat Dog Foods

The average fat content1 and arbitrarily chosen low fat limit2 of all dog foods currently stored in The Dog Food Advisor database are included in the following table:

Table of Dog Food Fat Content

Best Low Fat Dog Foods

The following low fat dog foods have been selected by The Dog Food Advisor because they each meet three criteria:

  • Below-average fat content
  • Above-average protein content
  • Product rated 4 stars or higher
Acana Light and Fit (Dry)39113605
Annamaet Grain Free Lean Low Fat Formula (Dry)33103505
Castor and Pollux Indulgent Mix All-Beef Sausage Links and Sweet Potato (Canned)47163475
Dr. Tim’s Metabolite Weight Management (Dry)33112865
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Shredded Chicken Entree (Canned)4473114.5
Fromm Gold Coast Weight Management (Dry)28113414
Halo Spot’s Stew Grain Free Healthy Weight Turkey Liver and Duck (Dry)31133584
Premium Edge Healthy Weight I (Dry)49133475
Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon (Canned)44173735
Victor Senior/Healthy Weight Formula (Dry)30133604.5
Wellness Core Reduced Fat (Dry)37133605

A Low Fat Compromise Worth Considering

In our efforts to list only dog foods rich in meat-based protein, we have intentionally omitted some good candidates that are lower in fat content than the examples listed above.

So, if you’re looking for a dog food with a fat content even lower (say below 10%), you may have to settle for a recipe with less meat and more carbs.

And for especially sick animals, this could be a compromise worth considering.

A Final Word

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The Dog Food Advisor does not test dog food products.

We rely almost entirely on the integrity of the information posted by each company on its website. As such, the accuracy of every review is directly dependent upon the quality of the test results from any specific batch of food a company chooses to publish.

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Each review is offered in good faith and has been designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food.

However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.

For a better understanding of how we analyze each product, please read our article, "The Problem with Dog Food Reviews".

Remember, no dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. So, choose wisely. And when in doubt, consult a qualified veterinary professional for help.

In closing, we do not accept money, gifts or samples from pet food companies in exchange for special consideration in the preparation of our reviews or ratings.

However, we do receive a fee from for each purchase made as a direct result of a referral from our website. This fee is a fixed dollar amount and has nothing to do with the size of an order or the brand selected for purchase.

Have an opinion about this dog food? Or maybe the review itself? Please know we welcome your comments.

Notes and Updates

The Advisor would like to personally thank research assistant, Sandy Brown, for her generous help in researching the low fat dog foods included on this list.

  1. Dry matter basis
  2. Significantly below-average
  • Susan

    Read Aimee post wet tin food raw foods the fat % isn’t as dry matter ( kibble) so you think its low…6% fat in a wet tin food is very high be careful, with Vet diets they have already converted the fat in the wet tin foods for you….You
    need around 2% max fat & under in wet tin food & raw…

  • Susan

    Hi Bek5, can you cook for your dog cause he’s so small you’d be able to cook enough meals 1 month & freeze the food.
    Your better off feeding wet foods for Pancreatitis or look for a kibble that is very easy to digest & the fiber isn’t high nothing over 4% in fiber I always do my kibble test get a cup or glass of very warm water drop about 2-3 kibbles in the cup of warm water, a good kibble will float & only take about 20mins-40mins to go soft all the way thru… “Holistic Select” Senior is very good it digest very easy & the fat is 10% min I don’t know the max fat % you can email Holistic Select they will tell you…I feed kibble for breakfast & lunch a cooked meal for dinner…

  • Bek5

    Vet prescribed Royal Canin Canine Gastrointestinal Low Fat Canned to my chihuahua after diagnosed with pancreatitis and he ate 2 tablespoons once I opened the can, but he won’t eat it after it’s been refrigerated 🙁 and I always heat it…never cold. So I’m looking for dry dog food that is low in fat

  • Anni Young

    Thank you. Vet suggested their RC @ 8% fat or Hills @ 14%. Quite a span in fat content. Hills Science Diet Adult Large Breed is 8.9% from pet store. I will compare values of complete content of the 2 Hills/Science Diet options to really establish the difference between those two. I appreciate the help. Have always had healthy dogs that lived to old age.

  • Anni Young

    It is the lower fat they are pushing. I have found lower fat values in pet store brands than the Hills they are recommending.

  • Ryan

    I use the Royal Canin gastro low fat dry food. It’s purchased through a vet. The lowest fat I’ve found in a box store is blue buffalo basics weight control at 8%min fat but the gastro low fat dry is 4% min fat and 8%max. A few extra dollars on food is still far cheaper then a visit to the vet every couple months. Post from Ontario Canada

  • theBCnut

    Your vet may not know the their Zeal formula is low fat. Or he may have another reason.

  • aimee

    Hi Nonya,

    A canned food of 9% protein and 6% with a moisture content of 80 % would be 45% protein and 30% fat on a dry matter basis.

    This would be ~ equivalent to a 40 % protein and 27% fat diet dry diet. which would be much higher than desired ranges for dogs which have had pancreatitis.

  • Nonya Bizness

    On Friday a vet told me that my dog can not have The Honest Kitchen because she had Pancreatitis recently.My other dog eats The Honest Kitchen.The closest food I could find in lower fat and protein is Wellness Core Canned Beef flavor. 9% Protein,6%Fat.The vet I usually see wasn’t happy with those numbers,but said if that’s all she’ll eat feed her that. Friday a different vet in the same office told me Wellness doesn’t have anything low enough in fat for Pancreatitis, and the only thing that is low enough is Prescription. I’ll be receiving Royal Canin G/I low fat. Protein 6%.Fat1%.

  • Nonya Bizness

    The vet just prescribed this to my dog after she had one bout of Pancreatitis months ago. It’ should be arriving tomorrow. I hope my dog likes it, because she’s picky.

  • Nonya Bizness

    One of my dogs eats The Honest Kitchen, but the vet said my dog that had Pancreatitis can’t eat it.

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