Best Low Fat Dog Foods

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The best low fat dog foods can be beneficial for pets with specific health conditions like:
Scanning a Dog Food Label for Low Fat Content

  • Pancreatitis
  • Obesity

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

That’s because to cut back on fat, manufacturers intentionally design dog foods that contain less meat.

So, unfortunately, most low fat dog foods are also low in protein and high in carbs, too.

How We Selected
the Best Low Fat Dog Foods

The following low fat dog foods have been selected by the editor of The Dog Food Advisor because they each meet two criteria:

  • Fat content notably below-average
  • Product rated 4 stars or higher

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

Low Fat Dog Food Content Compared

Best Low Fat Dog Foods

Acana Light and Fit is a 5-star dry dog food containing just 11% fat and 39% protein.

Addiction canned dog food is a quality product. The Salmon formula contains 10% fat and 40% protein. The Venison and Apple as well as the Brushtail recipes each report 10% fat and 45% protein. All three are rated 5-stars.

Amicus Senior and Weight Management is a 5-star dry dog food with 12% fat and 33% protein.

Annamaet Adult Dog Food is a 4-star kibble with 11% fat and 26% protein.

Annamaet Grain Free Lean is a 5-star kibble with 33% protein and just 9% fat.

AvoDerm Natural Large Breed Adult Chicken Meal and Brown Rice is a 4-star kibble with 11% fat and 29% protein.

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Adult Small Breed Healthy Weight is a 4-star dry dog food containing 10% fat and 28% protein.

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Healthy Weight Chicken Recipe is a 5-star dry dog food containing 11% fat and 33% protein.

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Senior Chicken Recipe is a 5-star dry dog food containing 11% fat and 33% protein.

Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Canned Dog Food is a 5-star wet product. The Shredded Pork contains 15% fat and 39% protein, the Shredded Beef reports 12% fat and 39% protein and the Shredded Chicken lists a very low 7% fat and 44% protein.

Fromm Four Star Nutritionals Whitefish and Potato is a 4-star kibble with 12% fat and 26% protein.

Fromm Gold Nutritionals Reduced Activity Senior Gold is a 4-star kibble with 12% fat and 26% protein.

Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Chicken is a 5-star freeze-dried dog food with 10% fat and 36% protein.

Honest Kitchen Zeal is a 5-star dehydrated raw dog food with only 9% fat and 39% protein.

Horizon Complete Senior is a 4-star kibble containing 11% fat and 27% protein.

Nature’s Logic Canine Sardine Meal Feast is a 5-star dry dog food containing 40% protein and 10% fat.

Now Grain Free Senior Weight Management is a 4-star kibble with only 11% fat and 27% protein.

NutriSource Senior Chicken and Rice is a 4-star kibble with 11% fat and 29% protein.

OC Raw Dog Food is a 5-star frozen product. The Fish and Produce recipe contains 12% fat and 72% protein, the Rabbit and Produce reports 16% fat and 60% protein and the Goat and Produce lists a very low 9% fat and 77% protein.

Precise Holistic Complete Senior is a 4-star dry dog food with 11% fat and 28% protein.

Premium Edge Weight II Weight Control Formula is a 4-star kibble with 9% fat and 28% protein.

Primal Canine Rabbit Formula is a 5-star raw frozen dog food with 17% fat and 59% protein. Primal Canine Venison Formula also qualifies with 61% protein and only 16% fat.

Professional Senior Dog is a 4-star kibble reporting 11% fat and 29% protein.

Simply Nourish canned dog food is a 4.5 star wet dog food with just 8% fat and 59% protein.

Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream is a 4-star canned dog food with 15% fat and 38% protein.

Wellness Core Reduced Fat is a 5-star dry dog food with 11% fat and 37% protein.

Wellness Super 5 Mix dry dog food is a good quality kibble. The Large Breed Adult Recipe contains 12% fat and 28% protein and the Small Breed Healthy Weight reports 10% fat and 31% protein.

A Low Fat Compromise Worth Considering

In our efforts to list only dog foods rich in meat-based protein, we may have inadvertently omitted some good candidates that might be lower in fat content than those suggested here.

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

The descriptions and analyses expressed in this and every article on this website represent the views and opinions of the author.

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.

Although it's our goal to ensure all the information on this website is correct, we cannot guarantee its completeness or its accuracy; nor can we commit to ensuring all the material is kept up-to-date on a daily basis.

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.

To learn how we support the cost of operating this website, please visit our public Disclosure and Disclaimer page.

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. Notably below-average
  • Mary Greco

    My dog is doing well with wellness healthy weight…it has a low fat content…my dog had a severe case of pancreatitis…her gallbladder ruptured n had to be removed…she was hospitalized for weeks….She was on the rx science diet for a while…the vet wants her on a low fat diet n recommended science diet light dry but it made her sick and set her back for a few days

  • Shari Wolfe

    Shirley, I absolutely agree with you! I’ve been feeding them HK for over a year, and so far, so good. This is what’s important for our fur kids.

  • Shirley

    Hi Shari,
    I feel really, really good feeding my girls these foods and it is made in a human manufacturing company with all human grade food. Finally someone took the first step in changing the way for excellent dog food that is digestible for their stomach.

  • Shari Wolfe

    Yes, I know, great website, and it’s good information to have. Also, if you call them, they are very knowledgeable and helpful in addressing all questions or concerns.

  • Shirley

    This is great information on “The Honest Kitchen” website about nutrient profiles of all their food. Shows each food when dry and then after re-hydration. Read and open each page for each food they carry. http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/help-center/nutrient-profiles this is great information at our fingertips.

  • Shirley

    I would change her to Wellness Core grain free protein focused reduced fat withTurkey & Chicken. All grains are not equal though. Some grains for dogs are easy for them to digest. CORN is not one of them… LOL Oats, flaxseed etc are much easier for them to digest.
    I give Icy the Wellness Core I mentioned above for her pancreas along with Enzyme Miracle each feeding which helps with digestion.

  • Shirley

    Dori, Yes I love The Honest Kitchen food and Zeal is great and so is the Turkey. I feed both my girls only grain & gluten free dog food 99% of the time. Only occasionally I feed the beef or duck which do have some grain in them but no corn. They have listed for grain these which are good: organic oats, organic buckwheat and organic flaxseed. So once in a while they get a treat of digestible grain. Works very well for me.

  • Shirley

    Ashley, My lab has had pancreatitis since she was about 1 year old. I started her on WELLNESS CORE reduced fat turkey and it’s be great. She just turned 6 years old.
    Also, I read from a vet where his specialty is dog pancreatitis and he said they NEED enzymes to help digest the food they eat & my vet said the same thing.
    I purchased ENZYME MIRACLE from amazon. Just follow the directions and boy what a difference it has made. I didn’t want to give her the hot enzyme’s from pork pancreas so Enzyme Miracle was a God send.

    She has been on the Enzyme’s for about 4 years and it works great. My other lab is fine but I also give her the enzyme’s so her pancreas doesn’t have to work so hard to digest the food she eats.
    I also purchase “the honest kitchen fish and their turkey for variety and mix a little in with the dry. I find adding water to the dry then sprinkle the enzyme on and stir works great.

    I feed them both 7:30 in morning and around 5 at night. Icy my chocolate lab with the problem is about 110 lbs and I feed her a cup in the morning with about 3/4 cups of water plus enzyme and a tablespoon of mixed “the honest kitchen” turkey morning and night. Austi my yellow lab is about 90 lbs and she gets 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons of honest kitchen with 1/2 cup water and the enzyme.
    THE MAIN THING IS…. DO NOT OVER FEED it puts a burden on the pancreas. I have noticed since dog food hit the market whether dry or wet there have been tons of dogs with over worked pancreas, problem starts as a weened puppy that gets feed manufactured dog food. Never was much of a problem in the old days when there wasn’t manufactured dog food except sometimes the dog received to much table fat. The pancreas was able to digest left overs.

    I hope this was some help for you. I know what you are going through but I had to find out about the ENZYMES and the pancreas all by myself, my vet should have told me long, long ago. When I brought it up to him about the enzymes he just said, oh yes dogs with pancreaitis should have enzymes for digestion. My girl suffered but I wasn’t going to quit til I found out why and what to do about it …a lot of sleepless nights til I did.

  • Shari Wolfe

    I thank you for your reply, and have sifted through all the comments. I’d like to think I did my research in choosing this food – the NL sardine – with the assistance of two holistic vets, my own vet, and a wonderful nutritionist, who helped me with my Brittany several years ago, and was right on target. I don’t think there is such a thing as a perfect food, across the board. I was feeding one of the best, Orijen, and changed. Honest Kitchen may be the best that I, personally, have found. Having said this, I chose to go with what the above mentioned recommended, based on the fat content, and the needs of my dogs. Hence, Nature’s Logic Sardine at night, soaked in water, with added pumpkin, an enzyme and a probiotic. I never say never to changing foods, and will ultimately feed whatever works best for the health of my Cavaliers. Thanks again!

  • Bobby dog

    No, I have never considered NL due to how they list GA’s for their foods and other concerns brought to light by several posters on DFA. If you scroll down and keep loading comments on the “Nature’s Logic (Dry)” review page you can read several discussions on the subject. Here’s a few comments and a forum discussion about NL:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/natures-logic-food-fortifier-supplement/
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/natures-logic-dog-food-dry/#comment-1138453081
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/natures-logic-dog-food-dry/#comment-1095247238

    DFA ratings are just a starting place for me. The foods I feed range anywhere from 2.5 – 5 stars depending on what I am looking for in a food. The foods I looked into for my friends dog were available locally, she needed something ASAP.

  • Shari Wolfe

    It is, thank goodness, they love it, and it agrees with them. What you’re doing is good, as well!

  • Crazy4dogs

    I didn’t realize Zeal was that low in fat. That’s the only THK grain free I haven’t used as it is so expensive and I use sardines and kibble formulas that have fish, when feeding fish.

  • Shari Wolfe

    Yes, I’ve used Preference, as well. I actually started with that, then changed to Zeal, which is still very low in fat – 8.50%. My girls love it, and it was also recommended.

  • Shari Wolfe

    Absolutely, with pleasure!

  • Shari Wolfe

    Dori, I highly respect what you’re doing, and understand. It’s so difficult when our dogs are ill, and need special attention, including foods. We will do anything within our power and means to help them.
    Before my Cavaliers, we had a beautiful Brittany, Suzi. She was a certified therapy dog, and active in the field, excelling in agility. Suzi also had severe food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, plus a sensitive tummy. She had one episode of pancreatitis at age 6. After months of working with our vet, specialists, extensive testing, enzyme levels and blood tests too numerous to count, we were able to devise a diet, which agreed with her. It was very costly, but it worked, and she ate this, 4 times a day, along with a careful and safe protocol of medication. This lasted 14 1/2 years, when Suzi sadly left us. I would not have changed a thing for her, nor would I, for whatever my Cavs may need.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Sorry, I know you are using some THK, but not sure if you’ve ever used the premix. They are pretty low in fat and if you used chicken breasts or drained the fat off of whatever meat you cook, that would be considerably lower fat that could work. Preference is only 6% fat in the base mix.

  • Dori

    You’re very welcome. We all try to help each other out with the different issues that come up with our dogs. At some point in time you too will be “paying it forward” as we have.

  • Shari Wolfe

    Thank you, Dori, I absolutely agree, and thought the protein in NB is just too low. I will take a look at NV Healthy Weight.
    I am finding this wonderful discussion group to be so knowledgeable and helpful, and so I appreciate all your comments and of course, your recommendations.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I know it’s a bit high @ 12%, but I know a couple of people with chronic pancreatitis dogs that feed up to 14% fat in their kibble and the dogs have done well. It might not be right at the recovery stage, but could possibly work.

    Earthborn has a weight control that’s only 7% fat, but it has a lot of fiber. Here’s the G/A:

    Earthborn Holistic® Weight Control Natural Dog Food: Guaranteed Analysis
    Crude Protein, not less than25.00%
    Crude Fat, not less than7.00%
    Crude Fiber, not more than9.00%
    Moisture, not more than10.00%

  • Dori

    The fat might be too high for her dog that is recovering from pancreatitis.

  • Crazy4dogs

    It’s in a different spot on DFA:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/natures-variety-instinct-raw-boost/
    Sometimes I use it in the frozen tundra months, when exercise is low.
    I never used Natural Balance because the protein is so low & the carb is 1st. They do have some brand new formulas that look decent.
    Thanks on the ☆! Gotta love a cell phone! :)

  • Dori

    Hi c4d. I may need glasses but where are you finding the review on NV Healthy Weight. I just edited my post to her to let her know that I wouldn’t feed Natural Balance, I didn’t realize how low the protein is in that food. I’ve never fed Natural Balance.

    By the way I like that “star”.

  • Dori

    Shari, I was just looking at the Natural Balance and I agree with you that the protein is much too low to feed. At least I wouldn’t. I’d advise you to go with NV Healthy Weight if they have it in a protein you’re able to feed. Crazy 4 Dogs suggested it. Much better company and better food. Just check the ingredients first.

  • Dori

    One of my girls is highly intolerant of anything that contains fowl. She’s the dog in our life that started the quest onto DFA, grain free, then eventually onto raw. Too many dry foods contained something or other that she couldn’t tolerate somewhere on the ingredient list. It’s much easier for me to manage her food issues with the commercial raws. It’s been a challenge but we finally made it.

  • Dori

    Oh, I get it. I wasn’t thinking of it as a limited ingredient food I was thinking Healthy Weight as a weight loss food. Yes, I do think it would work as a replacement for the Natural Balance. I certainly like the company better than Natural Balance or she can just add it as a fourth food for rotation. The more foods you have in rotation the better as far as I’m concerned.

  • Dori

    I don’t feed any kibble at all. I only feed my three commercial raw frozen diets, the occasional freeze dried (Primal and Vital Essentials) and THK. Nothing wrong at all with Nature’s Logic or their kibble I just don’t feed kibble anymore. I do use their frozen raw diets in rotation.

  • Shari Wolfe

    Thank you for replying! I feed different foods for breakfast and dinner, as you’ve read. I’ll transition only, as I introduce new proteins in their diet. One thing that still concerns me is the considerably lower percentage of protein in a good like Natural Balance Limited Ingredient recipes, regardless of the protein – they are all low. Are they TOO low? I like the fact that there are fewer ingredients, but I still have concerns about this food and protein. I welcome anyone’s comments here.

  • Shari Wolfe

    I’m curious. Did you check Nature’s Logic? I was led to this by a nutritionist, who has experience with several dogs who have had pancreatitis. Also, a holistic vet. What is your opinion, if you have one about this food? It does have 5 stars.

  • Shari Wolfe

    Susan, I’m not familiar with this food, but will explore. Thank you!

  • Shari Wolfe

    Sandy, I have done this, using Weruva, and now Nature’s Logic Sardine, the same as you. Works well for them, with dry. I also always soak the dry, using 1/4 cup of water, to their 1/4 cup of food at night.

  • Shari Wolfe

    No oils for my pancreatitis girl, at this point. I also have two, who are sensitive to poultry, and will not use this protein source at all.

  • Shari Wolfe

    I agree, which is why I’ve chosen all the foods I’ve fed in the last six years. I always research to see if any of the companies outsource. If they do, it’s a no for me.

  • Shari Wolfe

    Why did you discontinue NL Sardine?

  • Shari Wolfe

    I did check into this, as I like Orijen. Right now, they’re just completing a transition to one premium food. I need to give this a little time, along with their Honest Kitchen, and then will explore more good choices, but I appreciate your suggestion. I must tell you that I am not a huge fan of Wellness Cors, from past experience. I believe they changed their recipe, at one point. They have also eaten Venison, which is an excellent protein.

  • Crazy4dogs

    NV Healthy Weight Isn’t a limited ingredient formula & gets 5☆ on DFA.

  • theBCnut

    I use as many different high quality foods as I can find that my dog tolerates. For one of my dogs, this is only about 3 different foods, but for the other 2, I think I have about 20 foods on their rotation. Variety promotes good health.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I was thinking of this as a replacement for Natural Balance in the rotation. Just not a fan of NB.

  • Dori

    I don’t think it would necessarily hurt, but as you know I’m not particularly an advocate for specific diets. I have never believed, in my experiences with canines and in my opinion, that specific diets work for specific conditions. If research is done by the individuals and a high quality company with high quality, non garbage food, high protein, moderate to high quality fats, and low carb diets a variety of illnesses can be checked, if not reversed. I’m very diligent with any and all foods that I feed my three dogs. But I do research not just the ingredients, but the companies and where they source their ingredients and, if given the opportunity from their web sites, I research the companies that they source their ingredients.

  • Dori

    I do give my dogs 1/4 tsp. on a regular basis once a day, but if that is not recommended for a dog that has pancreatitis, than please don’t. I divide a can of sardines in with no salt in water once or twice a week split amongst my three dogs. Because I feed raw commercial frozen diets in rotation (I rotate brands and proteins with the exception of any fowl as I have a food sensitive girl) I don’t feel the need for supplements other than my soon to be 16 year old (Maltese, Hannah) in September with multiple cancers (diagnosed a little over a year ago). She gets whole food supplements from Standard Process.

  • DogFoodie

    I agree with Dori. I’d look for some other proteins to rotate that aren’t fish based. If you’re wanting some more low fat dry foods, take a look at Orijen Senior, Go! Senior and Wellness Core Reduced Fat. All are lower fat, but still have higher protein than some other kibbles.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Dori, do you think the NV Instinct Healthy weight I suggested on an earlier post might work here as well in this situation?

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Shari, I know Dori has been helping you and she’s done a good job.
    I just wanted to let you know that I also rotate my dogs’ food on a regular basis. I do kibble/canned for breakfast and raw/fresh with a premix for dinner. My dogs are all doing well.

  • Shari Wolfe

    Thank you, Dori. This is good for thought. I would certainly do anything to help prevent another bout of pancreatitis, or chronic, heaven forbid. The girls have not shown an allergy to fish so far, and have eaten it since they were puppies – Fromm salmon before Orijen. They have also eaten venison medallians, another great protein.
    Do you use marine oils – salmon, krill, as well? Once in a great while, coconut, but rarely, as it is not recommended for dogs who have had pancreatitis. I also use probiotic and enzyme powders twice a day, mixed with their food.

  • Dori

    Once you know all is well with the Nature’s Logic you can then transition to Natural Balance and with every bag just switch. I rotate with 9 different foods. Two are freeze dried raw and another is THK Zeal. The other 6 are commercial raw diets, so 3 is definitely not too many. I have been feeding my dogs this way for over 3 1/2 years. Just feed the Nature’s Logic Sardine and before you finish the bag start the transition with the Natural Balance that you have chosen. With time, the more often you transition with foods that your dogs do well on the healthier their guts get and the easier they take to transitioning. You’ll get to a point that you won’t have to go through the transition phase. One more thing I wanted to point out is that as your already feeding THK Zeal, and now the Nature’s Logic Sardine, I would encourage you to find a different protein for the Natural Balance. You don’t want fish to be the only protein they are eating. It’s healthier also. FYI when I did have a kibble in rotation it was Nature’s Logic Sardine.