Best Low Fat Dog Foods

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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
ProductProFatCalRtg
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

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 entirely on the integrity of the information provided by each company. As such, the accuracy of every review is directly dependent upon the specific data a company chooses to share.

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.

We rely on tips from readers. To report a product change or request an update of any review, please contact us using this form.

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 Chewy.com 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

    Hi, go on the Australian Earthborn Holistic F/B page & send a msg asking is their food money back refund? It use to be cause i use to feed Patch Ocean Fusion & when he was eating the same batch he did well then i bought the Ocean Fusion 13kg bag from Pet Quarters & Patch got bad gas & diarrhea so I emailed US Earthborn Holistic told them what happened & the lady said they buy their potatoes by the truck load sometimes they’re brown, red, rustic,white etc I think green?? she said Earthborn is money back…..if your dealing with Pet Circle some of their kibbles you don’t have to send back… Just take photo of bag of kibble send in a email & they refunded my money for Artemis Turkey but I always contact the kibble company first ask is your kibble money back guaranteed then I ring Pet Circle…they know Patch now lol I’ve only delt with My Pet Warehouse once & I had to pay the postage to send back the kibble..I like Pet Circle better they are based in Sydney

  • Pitlove

    Here in the US, the laws for new drugs entering the market are really strict. Most of the people who have discovered a new drug will be dead by the time it passes the FDA trials and makes it to the market.

    I’ve heard EU is much less strict and many drugs make it to the market in less than half the time a drug comes out in the US. So it doesn’t surprise me that you’ve had some problems with new drugs.

  • Amateria

    Well he still reacted to something in the Earthborn and I’ve decided to give the food to a friend as she feeds cheap junk so he may as well get some expensive cuisine from time to time because why not? since Christmas is close it can be as a kind of present as well.

    They should trial some of the drugs we commonly use for nerve pain and stuff a little longer and on a wider array of people as I’ve had some undocumented, unheard of reactions to them and even reactions to some foods that I could not for the life of me find any bad reactions for and yet I had them.

    Prf was offered to me for my nerve supposedly no one had a worsening of symptoms and it was a 60% success chance, well I can tell you I got worse, I couldn’t walk or sit anymore and somehow I felt really stupid for making a decision based off of maybe 20 or less test subjects, most of that got fixed when they removed the huge amounts of scar tissue I had and moved the nerve away from the ligaments, but what I’m trying to say is they simply don’t test these things enough and than we pay for their incompetences.

    Derp night time madness, when I had the surgery I improved, but I went through hell for about 3 years before I had that done, I’m never blindly going to allow that doctor to use me as a test subject ever again, either what he has for me thousands of people have tried or I am going to live with this and at the very least have somewhat of a life.

  • Pitlove

    The link Susan gave you is discussing the possible side effects of humans taking it orally or parenterally by IV injection as some type of medication or supplement.

    Don’t forget, any time they do drug trials every single reaction must be documented. Doesn’t matter how small or insignificant.
    I would not overreact to that information as the route of administration and dosage is very very different in dogs.

  • Amateria

    Asked for a refund or send the bag back, but they told me they can’t do it, no idea why, they asked that I drive to St Peter’s to give the bag back, yeah no.

    Not going to drive all the way to Sydney to give a bag of food for a refund lol.

    Another disappointing email from pet warehouse.

    Because Mel gives her dog Optimum I’m going to give her the bag later on and she can try it on her dog and see how he does, hers is a pitbull mix I think, never seen him.
    All I know is anything I buy is better than Optimum.

  • Amateria

    He’s never had it before, so it’s likely that’s what the cause was, thanks Susan I’ll read that in the car, I have to get ready to go out for now.

  • Susan

    Hi, I just looked at Earthborn Holistic weight control kibble & the Kcals are low only- 325 Kcals per cup, Does Rusty eat many foods with L-Carnitine?? Side effects to L-Carnitine is nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, heartburn, diarrhea, seizures, I would be questioning the L-Carnitine, here’s the link http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1026-l-carnitine.aspx?activeingredientid=1026

  • Amateria

    He’s doing better now that he’s on his usual home cooked thanks for asking, I don’t know what the kcal of Earthborn is but I was reading about tapioca in dog food this morning off the Wysong website and realised I made a big mistake in thinking that tapioca wasn’t going to hurt Rusty, I don’t doubt that both the tapioca and fibre had their parts to play in him feeling awful.

    I will stick to what I know he does well on in the future and if I want to try any other foods, no tapioca, low fibre and fat and maybe even medium protein not too high and preferably from the brands you mention and use instead.

  • Susan

    Hi, I was wondering how your dogs have been going, Rusty needs to rest his Pancreas now, eat easy to digest foods, home cooked foods is best, I have found you lower the Kcals, I have to stay under 360 Kcals per cup & Patch doesn’t get his Pancreas pain.. Taste Of The Wild, Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb, is just 338Kcals per cup, “Canidae” Life Stages Platinum is low in fat-8.5%min & protein-20%min & is 342Kcals per cup… When I’ve feed kibbles over 400Kcals per cup after 1 month Patch is at the vets with Pancreatitis or the vet say’s it’s his IBD playing up & yes Patch can not eat real high fiber diets, dogs don’t need a high fiber diets, their bowel is small made to digest raw meat, humans have a real big bowel to digest high fiber foods….
    I’ve just Started Patch on “Holistic Select” Adult/Puppy Salmon, Anchovy & Sardine Grain Free kibble, 341-Kcals per cup, I can’t feed the Holistic Select wet tin they’re too high in fat at 6% when converted to dry matter that’s around 30%-fat….
    I cook instead of buying wet tin foods, I buy the Coles Lean Pork mince or the Extra lean Beef 5 stars both have 5% fat, it says the Fat % on front packet, I buy 2 x 500gm packets of mince, add 1 x whisk egg, cut up parsley about 1 teaspoon, cut up a few small broccoli heads, 1 small grated carrot, either a spinach leaf or a kale leaf from the veggie patch finally chop up mix thru the pork mince & make 1 cup size long rissoles, like a fat sausage, bake on an baking tray with foil, after cooking for 15mins take out & drain any water fat turn them all over put back in oven, they’re ready in about 30-40mins, cool & freeze individually, you can also buy the 99% fat free Turkey mince in Woolworths & add grated chopped up veggies & bake in oven, I found you don’t need to add an egg to the 99% fat free turkey cause it has a lot of water & becomes too soggy when a egg is added, then I add about 1/3 cup boiled sweet potato mash thru the cut up rissole, I do this every 8 days, I get 8 x 1 cup rissoles out of 1kg mince….
    I hope Rusty feels better soon, Staffy’s don’t show their pain, they can hold a lot of pain before you know something is wrong, so its hard sometimes working out are they OK…

  • aimee

    Hi Pitlove,

    Both partially digested fats and proteins stimulate cholecystokinin( CCK) CCK is thought to play a role in the induction of pancreatitis. This is why you can find that it has been recommended to avoid high protein foods in pancreatitis prone dogs.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Pitlove:
    I think aimee has posted info about protein and dogs with a history of pancreatitis before. Not positive, but maybe she’ll be by if she reads this post.

  • Amateria

    I still don’t think it was the ziwi or the K9 either way it’s just way to coincidental with the Earthborn, I should just use what I know he does well on rather than changing what doesn’t need to be changed in the first place, rotating of treats and foods should be based on what you’ve found to be beneficial and not causing problems, not constantly trying new things and than wrecking the progress you made simply because you couldn’t help yourself.

    I tend to do that a lot with my food and I pay for it every time, you’d think I’d have learnt by now, but I guess I’m passed that.
    Stupid will always be stupid and I accept that that’s what I am right now, until I change it.

  • Pitlove

    No offense but the Ziwipeak people aren’t really qualified to make a claim like that. I highly doubt any vet or nutritionist would agree.

  • Amateria

    He’s never had a problem with it before, however I guess you could see it as a “it will happen just never know when” type of situation.

    It seemed to oddly happen after the Earthborn weight food, it’s got like 9% fibre and I read that that’s not a good amount for pancreatitis or pretty much any dog, not sure how true that is, but besides the fibre I don’t know what other ingredient could of done it and if it’s merely a coincidence and not linked to the food at all but rather my dads scraps or stuff that fell to the floor, really have no way of knowing.

    He’s also eaten several freeze dried foods which have a lot of fat, but upon entering water it says they lower to much more appropriate amounts and he’s been eating those for awhile as well.

    By the way Ziwipeak on their website do mention their venison food as being appropriate for dogs with pancreatitis and you do have to take into account the food is dried so it will be more fatty, especially if the cuts of meat they use aren’t fully trimmed, same with freeze dried.
    The way kibble is made and the way the ingredients are made, makes it very easy for kibble to have low fat formulas.

    I guess if you prefer raw type diets the best way is to simply make them yourself that way you choose the cuts and simply add a kibble for nutrients and tripe for enzymes and what not.

    Once he gets better I’ll do a slower intro of the kibble I didn’t really transition him onto it thinking he was going to be ok, should of taken my own advice and gone slow.

  • Pitlove

    I’ve had customers come in looking for low fat and low protein diets for pancreatitis before after seeing the vet. I’m not quite sure about the low protein. i’ll see if i can find anything in my big textbook for you later today. On my phone atm lol.

  • Amateria

    So Rusty had quiet a severe attack of pancreatitis last night and is sick all of today with pain, my mum took him to the vet as I wanted to be 100% sure it wasn’t anything else, they said he can’t have high protein anymore? Personally never heard of this but there are certain stages to each disease, which one does Rusty have that requires the restriction of protein?

    This kind of ruins everything, does it mean he can’t have any of that beautiful food I always buy him? Cause darn it if that’s true.
    Food like freeze dried raw or dried foods like Ziwipeak.

  • Susan

    Hi again, I just looked at the HK Zeal it’s 437Kcals (Calories) per cup.. look for foods that are under 360Kcals per cup & see how your dog goes, it’s taken me 3yrs to realise this with my dog..

  • Susan

    Hi Niko, my boy has IBD & Pancreatitis he does the same, after about 5-7days of eating a new food he starts getting his pain & lifts up his front paw, at first I thought gee he’s shaking hands until he started pulling his paw away when I’d shake it lol, then I worked out he wants me to rub chest/stomach area & he’s lifting up his front paw…I have found its not the fish, lamb rabbit etc its the Kcals per cup have a look at the Kcals per cup & when Patch stays under 360Kcals per cup he seems OK, if I buy a kibble that’s over 370Kcals per cup he gets his bad pain…read what the Honest Kitchen Zeal is per Kcals per cup are & see is it’s over 360Kcal per cup….The Kcals are normally under the “Feeding Guidelines” Oh also HK is freeze dried, I don’t feed Patch any freeze dried foods, I think they’re harder to digest…..

  • Amateria

    Our old guy has pancreatitis and I feed him a lot of fish, they say fish doesn’t trigger pancreatitis like fatty meats do and I guess they were right because he’s been eating fish heavy foods the last year and a bit and nothing, instead he’s got spunk now and super slick fur haha

    Well he had super slick fur up until like a week ago, because I stopped giving him the K9 cans as I can’t give him too much of those, hopefully the oil heavy food that he’s had before will bring his sheen back I miss it :p.

  • I bought HK Zeal for our dog with pancreatitis and he eats it for about a week and then refuses; he’s not a picky eater so I think the fish might be hurting his gut. I’ve ended up cooking the majority of his food, a mixture of brown rice risotto cooked with chicken broth, liquid eggs, shredded white chicken, pumpkin, frozen peas & carrots and curcumin. I’ve tried adding a cup of the Zeal to this mixture but then he’s more reluctant to eat his food.

  • Crystal Pearl

    Yes, my vet said the same. He also has pancreatis.

  • Arlana Cranston

    Thank you for your kind response! He has cil or canine intestinal lymphagiectasia. He is currently on prednisone but requires a low fat diet. He has gained so much weight from prednisone that he right now is shaped like a pot belly pig. I am definately looking for pointers. My boxer also currently has lymphoma which I have been cooking for her regularly.

  • Susan

    Hi Arlana vets are not food nutritionist, follow your instincts & if possible cook some meals & freeze, I cook enough for 2 weeks & freeze, 1 meal is a cooked meal & the other meal is a limited ingredient kibble….I love following “Rodney Habib” the Pet Nutrition blogger on Face Book, I’ve learnt so much, dogs that have cancer shouldn’t be eating these high carb diets full of fillers, cancer loves carbs & thrive’s on sugary carbs, also Chicken is very high in omega 6 & low in omega 3 & a lot of kibbles aren’t balanced properly & very high in omega 6 causing skin problems, IBS, joint problems etc.. What health problem does your dog suffer with??

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    If your dog requires prednisone to be comfortable, I would ask the prescribing veterinarian for a referral to a specialist, asap.
    Environmental allergies respond to steroids (prednisone) if the dog has food sensitivities/allergies(rare) you would note no improvement on the prednisone. Go to forums and search allergies. It may have nothing to do with the food.
    Best of luck.

  • Arlana Cranston

    I am not worried about cost. My dog is currently on acana which is 80 a 26lb bag. I don’t like the two the vet recommmends as they are full of filler and unsatisfactory ingredients. I always go to my vet and do whatever they say. If I listened to everything on the internet my dog wouldn’t be on prednisone and he is. I just like to hear experiences from other people. Also vets always recommend science diet or royal canin because that is what they are trained from the reps. Please don’t imply I am a bad dog owner. Thank you for your opinion and have a wonderful day!

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    I would go by what the veterinarian that has examined and diagnosed your dog advises before listening to anonymous folks on the internet that may or may not have a medical background. Sometimes it is true, you get what you pay for.

  • Arlana Cranston

    I am also wondering the answer to this question.. I got recommended science diet or royal canin but i do not like either of those brands…

  • Fluffy Net

    Anyone have experience/suggestion for CIL dog? canine intestinal lymphangiectasia and low fat diets

  • Diane Ryan

    I have a dog with chronic pancreatitis that does very well on Honest Kitchen Zeal (fish based} He stays quite lean on it but I do add boneless, skinless boiled chicken or sometimes a little My Perfect Pet (Boomers blend.} The difference between fat content on dog food bags/boxes are often very different from the actual fat content. When choosing a low fat food, my vet taught me that it’s important to find the actual fat level by using a Dry Matter Basis Calculator (available online). These high moisture foods seem to reduce his attacks far more than when we fed kibble…no matter how high the quality. In my opinion, the prescription foods for pancreatitis are really lacking in nutrition and quality. Read the labels, especially the first five ingredients.

  • 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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