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
  • Cheryl Pepper Millie Sophie

    I give them treats from a company called cocotherapy-the fruit & veggie,& stars. I don’t buy any other treats commercially. they love carrots blueberries apples( I peel them) green beans-the veggies i lightly steam. When pepper was alive would cook them more so she digested them better.Bones are difficult, when the weather gets cooler here,I might have to consider raw meat bones.
    How old is Bella?
    Mary I would stop the rice, just stick with the boiled ground turkey or chicken with sweet potato & pumpkin. I wouldn’t give her anything else right now, maybe a tsp of unsweetened applesauce as a treat. It’s so hard cause they don’t understand why they aren’t getting anything else.
    Please keep me posted. I will help in any way that I can. I highly encourage you to stop the rice. The cocotherapy treats can be purchased on Amazon, when & if you want to look into them at some point when Bella is all aok.

  • Mary Ellen

    I am sending my husband this morning to pick up the pumpkin and a couple of sweet potatoes too, thank you. Bella is getting better but this morning she thru up again some some milky bile. I am thinking it is too much rice. Her enthusiasm is coming back, and she is alert again to which I am thankful. If you can think of anything else please let me know. Thank you

  • Mary Ellen

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  • JeremyScott10

    I get the organic canned pumpkin from Whole Foods and keep it in freezer bags. I flatten the pumpkin in the freezer bags so pumpkin ends up very thin when frozen and it’s easy to break off pieces when needed. It defrosts quickly but you can also put in a dish then put in a pan with hot water. I don’t use microwave b/c it changes the molecular structure of the food, along with nutrients. My dogs are small and I give 1-2 teaspoons in their meal once a day.

    Good to hear your pup is recovering.

  • Cheryl Pepper Millie Sophie

    Mary,
    I have 2 mini’s & 3 toy schnauzers.
    My late angel Pepper (who is pictured,my silver fox) had everything but pancreatitis -she had inflammatory bowel disease,so i am a pumpkin ,sweet potato old hand.
    I would get the organic pumpkin puree in a can-not pie filling. whole foods fresh market carry it or your local vitamin store,online vitacost.com has the best prices. I would serve it to her room temp. of course you have to keep it in the frig., so i would take a few spoonfuls out and microwave to get the chill out. I used to microwave a swat potato and depending on the size scoop out 1/2 & serve it with her boiled ground breast. If you can get some ground white meat turkey breast you can offer that as an alternative to the chicken. Of course no beef, I didn’t use rice at all because it is inflammatory. If i were you just try the seer potato and the pumpkin for a few days.
    When I first got pepper i really had to learn fast, I was pushed all the EN etc. With the guidance of the wonderful people on this site NO VETERINARY PRODUCTS WERE EVER FED AGAIN TO PEPPER, nor god willing will Millie, Sophie, Abe, Murray & Marlie ever be fed that.
    I feed the various grain free Honkest Kitchen varieties for breakfast with a topper of boiled grass fed beef & at nite they all get commercial raw.
    Every once in a while I give them some orijen kibble.
    All you need to do now is get your baby well.
    Hope this helps. I jet thought of something else,maybe some unsweetened apple sauce as a little treat on a tiny tsp.
    Good luck. keep me posted.

  • Mary Ellen

    Can you please share a recipe for how you fix the pumpkin or sweat potato I have a small miniature schnauzer with pancreatitis that is now getting back to normal. I have been boiling white rice and giving her 2 to 1 part parboiled chicken breast. She is bouncing back. The vet gave me EN purina but she will not have any part of it.

  • Mlynnrod

    Does anyone know why Weruva is no longer on the list? I have been feeding it to my pacreatitis prone girl for years. She loves it and is doing great. Hope nothing has changed!

  • Shawna

    I agree with you on protein. I have not seen any data directly relating protein either. AND I haven’t seen any medical sites suggesting the restriction of protein (amino acids).

    I posted this link below to Pitlove. They state protein (amino acid) needs may actually increase with pancreatitis. https://www.accp.com/docs/bookstore/psap/p5b7sample04.pdf

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Shawna,

    You are probably right about that and I probably used the wrong “wording” to the OP, but the question was regarding restricting protein for pancreatitis and I’m not aware of the benefit of restricting protein for pancreatitis, only fat. Have you seen any research on this?

  • Shawna

    I have yet to find any research linking dietary fat as a cause of pancreatitis. Of course, once the pancreas is inflamed, reducing dietary fat is important to prevent symptoms – much like protein with kidney disease. Doesn’t CAUSE kidney disease but does help reduce symptoms when they appear.

    Some holistic vets like Dr. Karen Becker and Dr. Fox feel that carbohydrates are the real cause of the inflammation that becomes pancreatitis. We know that grains are inflammatory so this makes sense to me. There have not however been any research, that I can find, linking carbs to pancreatitis. There has been to other issues with the pancreas though pancreatic acinar atrophy and type 1 diabetes (in humans at least).

    Dr. Becker writes
    “As a holistic veterinarian, I don’t think it’s a fluke or happenstance that the pancreas has become more and more attacked as an organ. We know that the high carbohydrate-based diets that most dogs and cats eat are extremely taxing to pets’ insulin levels, which are, in turn, taxing to the pancreas.

    In addition, the foods that we feed our dogs and cats are entirely processed and devoid of natural enzymes, which help supplement your pet’s diet and reduce pancreatic stress. So, the pancreas really may live in a state of chronic inflammation and stress because the average American pet diet is dead (processed at high temperatures to create an extensive shelf life) and is therefore devoid of any naturally occurring amylase, lipase and protease enzymes that would naturally be found in raw foods. The canned or kibble (dry food) diet that you feed your pet
    causes the pancreas to have to secrete an abundance of digestive enzymes. If the pancreas fails to perform adequately, pancreatitis results.” http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2009/12/16/dont-let-this-organ-ruin-your-pets-life.aspx

    I don’t know that these vets are right but it does seem quite plausible, to me at least.

  • Shawna

    This research paper, Nutritional Management in Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis, based on humans with pancreatitis, they did not find a correlation to protein – “The amount of protein given (10–40% of the total calories) has not been associated with a significant difference in pancreatic enzyme secretion”

    It also states that protein protein (amino acid) needs may actually increase with pancreatitis. “These changes in amino acid release and metabolism have led to the belief that branched-chain amino acid and glutamine-enriched amino acid solutions might be of particular benefit in patients with pancreatitis. Although this idea makes sense from a physiological standpoint, controlled, clinical trials are still needed to confirm this theory.”

    Lastly, it states that medium chain triglycerides, digestive enzymes and hydrolyzed proteins are helpful in reducing pain associated with eating.

    “Exogenous pancreatic enzymes and EN with medium-chain triglycerides and hydrolyzed proteins have a role in reducing pain in these patients with chronic pancreatitis” https://www.accp.com/docs/bookstore/psap/p5b7sample04.pdf

  • Pitlove

    thank you!

  • Crazy4dogs
  • Bobby dog
  • Pitlove

    I’m not aware of any studies that say that protein can cause pancreatitis.

    Where is Aimee when we need her?!

  • Bobbie Chuck

    She says newest studies advise higher protein can kick of pancreatitis too. So looking to keep it around 20% give or take. So i guess it would be moderate protein rather than low. But thank you so much for your contact us and helping!! Appreciate that very much!!!

  • theBCnut

    Most commercial canned foods are under reporting their fat content, so you need to be really careful with that. Have you looked at The Honest Kitchen Zeal? It’s dehydrated rather than canned, but it is low fat, around 7%.

    Hmm, nevermind, I just saw that you are looking for low protein too. Why does your vet suggest low protein?

  • Bobbie Chuck

    OH WOW thank you so much! We will be getting on this info ASAP ! Appreciate this so very much!

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Bobbie Chuck:
    I don’t know if you are going to find something OTC that falls within the parameters you are looking for. I have a list of low fat canned foods available at my pet stores and the lowest on a DMB is 11%, but the DMB for protein falls between 30-40%. I think those are the ranges you will probably find for low fat OTC canned foods.

    Here are some companies that will work with your Vet that can formulate fresh customized Rx foods:
    Here are some Veterinary schools that have nutrition services:
    You could also look at other brands of Rx foods too. Good luck with your search!!

  • Crazy4cats

    You are welcome. You might want to give a base mix that you can mix with low fat turkey a try. Finding such a low fat canned food is going to be quite a challenge. Good luck! Your pup is lucky to have such a caring owner.

  • Bobbie Chuck

    Hi Crazy4cats! Thanks for your input. We are supposedly trying to get below 10% on the fat content. But also found out the latest bout of pancreatitis (worse one yet) might have been kicked off because of a special food the vet ordered (only one she could find that fit the criteria and avoided the allergies) was a kibble and it only came in kibble. So we have to try and stick with a wet food. Checked out Whole Earth Farms and the wet foods are about 15% dry matter content for the fat. but thank you so very much for your help!!

  • Bobbie Chuck

    Hi Susan thanks for the info. I checked and found at Wellness the fat content is still too high. the Wellness Complete Senior which is 3% comes out converted to 13.65 % fat dry matter content. Still have to try and get below 10% dry matter content. Roxie is a mini dachshund but is a large mini. Not fat, just bigger 14 lbs. We just tried a kibble soaked etc. as prescribed by our vet, in fact the only one she could come up with to eat and we almost lost her 2 nights ago because the kibble seemed to kick off the pancreatitis even though soaked. Horrible, the worst bout she has ever had. So yep we will try and stay with wet food for sure, you are right. You are right I did find the one Petite Entrees wet which is 2% fat. Converts to 11% dry matter fat which is better. BUT, the protein converts to 44% dry matter. Apparently it has come out that a high protein can kick off pancreatitis as well and we are supposed to find a food that is about 20% protein. Yikes… we are going crazy! LOL Anyway, thanks so much for your info!! Appreciate that so very much!!

  • Susan

    Hi wet food is best for Pancreatitis look for a wet tin food with the fat 3% & under 3% fat in wet tin food when converted to dry matter (Kibble) is around 7-9% fat, if you do feed a kibble just remember when the fat say Fat- 12%min add another 2% for the max fat% also soak the kibble in water until soft then fully drain all the water, then after squeezing out all water I put thru a blender for about 3-5sec..even thought you have soaked the kibble & soften It, its still kibble & harder to digest then a wet tin or cooked food, I use to boil chicken breast & pumkin or sweet potatoes & freeze little meals, you have a small dog so you wouldn’t have to cook much, I was cooking once a fortnight & making little meals & freezing them that way you know what is in her meals… Wellness has their little Petite Entrees wet tin food but only get the flavours in gravy the fat% is 2 % the Petite Entrees casseroles are 5% fat… & the Wellness Complete health Senior fat is 3% http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/recipes.aspx?pet=dog&ft=2#Petite

  • Crazy4cats

    Whole Earth Farms has a pork, beef and lamb recipe that has 26% protein and 13% fat. Are those percentages too high?

  • Bobbie Chuck

    We are so desperate. We have a 14 year old mini dachshund; She is post pancreatitis (just had anothert bout) She had been on Sojos with our own venison since that is pretty low fat. Anyway we just found out from testing she is allergic to: Corn, rice, Venison, Kangaroo and just below the 100 number is chicken. She isn’t allergic to beef, pork or lamb BUT of course we need low fat so that leaves out pretty much everything else including pork and lamb. Our vet says we need low fat and LOW PROTEIN. Put he on Hills food before finding out about the allergies and that food is mainly rice and corn so we have to get her off it. We can’t find a low fat, lowish protein dog food without grains!!!! We are desperate. Any ideas folks, we need help. Thank you

  • Dori

    I guess my first thought would be, was he throwing up before you started adding the enzymes? I would stop adding the enzymes and see if he continues to vomit. Some dogs can’t tolerate all enzymes. It took me a few years to find one that one of my dogs could tolerate.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Have you talked with your vet recently regarding the vomiting? Pancreatitis is a serious issue, so I’d check with him first.

  • Janet Hart

    My head is swimming with all the details on dog food! :) I have a 7 year old Yorkie who was diagnosed with Pancreatitis about 2-3 weeks ago. I have been feeding him Hills Prescription ID GI Restore canned food. By reading another post below, I have been adding Enzyme Miracle powder over his food. He has thrown up twice (once on Saturday and once last night – this being Monday). I am at a total loss on which is the best food for him. Could this food just not be agreeing with his system? I am hesitant to switch foods, even gradually, with his system already being vunerable. Can anyone please help me on what I need to be doing, if it’s something different? I don’t know that it’s the food or just side effects of having pancreatitis. HELP please!

  • Shirley

    That sounds great, good luck and yes please stay in touch if you can.

  • Jo

    Thank you! I’m cooking lean ground Turkey for him now and giving him kibble. I will slowly switch him over to the Wellness Core and let you know. Thank you

  • Shirley

    OH my GOD…. He is adorable to say the least.

    Well I hate to tell you but you should start him out on the Wellness slow as not to upset his bowels first. Changing all at once might give him the runs. Some dogs do just fine and others get the runs so to speak. LOL
    Next, what calms dogs down and is natural is Melatonin. Vet told me to give my labs a 3mg per day a week before the 4th of July to keep them calm. The 4th of July really upsets them. Next time you see your vet ask him to look up the dose for your little boy.
    Next, the prebiotic and enzyme is both for digestion. I do not like other things added to enzymes that I use for Icy. My opinion is separate is best so you can stop one and keep using the other if you have to.
    As for his teeth, what I get my girls are “bully sticks” which are low fat and good for them. Since Austi has been chewing on the bully stick her teeth are very clean now. I give them one maybe every week or so.
    Four months ago the vet wanted to clean them and I said no because they but the out and I don’t like doing that unless absolutely needed. I have had tons of dogs through my life, I am 68 now and none needed their teeth cleaned because they always had something to chew on. Anyway, you can try the OptaGest but in my opinion I would keep everything separate that you give him, keeps it manageable if one or the other doesn’t agree, imo.
    By the way, when the vet does blood work does she check his thyroid level???? Very important for the pancreas and other organs.
    Icy hardly had a Thyroid count when she got her first pancreas attack, now she is on thyroid pills and right where she should be on the count… in the middle 2.0 by the way Austi is on thyroid also, females are prone to it because of being spaded I think. Will have to as next time at the vets.

    All in all, I would keep things separate and as simple as possible. Add one thing at a time and don’t over load him. LOL
    Keep in touch please, would love to know how the little guy is doing.
    Hugs,
    Shirley

  • Susan

    Hi, Hills converts all their wet foods to dry matter (kibble) so the fat has been converted already…The Hills I/d Low Fat Gi Restore is 1.7% fat converted its 8.5%fat there’s the Hills I/d Gastro fat-13% converted But they all have corn so does the Royal Canine intestinal Low Fat at 1.7%-fat converted to 8.5%-fat
    .. The Wellness Core Grain Free weight management is 3.5%min fat so add another 1-2% on for fat for max % converted that’s around 8-11%-fat, but the Core is higher in fiber-2%.. so I looked & looked & the Wellness Petite Entrees Mini Fillets in Gravy have 2%-fat converted is around 9%-fat the Petite Entrees Casserole has 5%-fat so becareful getting the casseroles instead of the Mini fillets…or there’s the Wellness Complete health Senior fat-3%min but the fiber is 3%max…if you can cook a lean white meat like turkey & potatoes, carrots, broccoli, beans etc..that way you know its fresh & what’s in it…

  • Jo Comai McGinn

    Cute!
    Thank you for getting back with me so fast. The good thing is I can get my money back on the Id so, I will take it back. I’ll get the Wellness Core Reduced Fat. What canned food should I get? He isn’t too keen on dry. However, if I give him only canned he gets the runs. He never had those problems on raw. Part of his problem is he is very up tight and too much going on gets him upset then he gets sick. We also try to keep him calm. However, he is a active dog and once you get him moving he get hyper. I should tell you, his teeth are really bad but, the vet will not clean them until we get this other issue in control. I wonder if we are in a vicious circle. I wonder if his teeth are part of his problem. I haven’t been very happy with this vet. She keeps wanting to keep taking blood and I can’t pay for anymore to be taken. I told her he can’t have corn, she gives him food with corn…. Ugh!
    When I read his blood work when it was at his worst his teeth were also on the list of reasons why the levels were so high.
    The pet supply store gave me OptaGest, I haven’t given it to him yet. It’s a PreBiotic Enzyme Blend made by: Inclover have you heard of it?
    Thank you,

  • Shirley

    Yes you are very correct in rotating and giving variety of foods to our pets. I told a friend once, hey, come live with me for 2 months and I will feed you fish everyday and night for your entire stay… she said, I get the picture and no thanks…. LOL we both laughed but she understands now. We still joke about it even though at the time that was the only way I could explain to her what the dogs system was going through.

  • Shirley

    Janet,
    I know what you are going through. I refused to give my girl Hills ID period so I looked at every food that was out there. I really swear by Wellness Core Grain Free Reduced Fat… It has made a wonderful difference and now I give even give her choices with their canned food. I put a spoonful of different flavors every now and then. She is doing great.
    Also, look into enzymes as I said before I use Enzyme Miracle by nusentia that I purchase on Amazon and all I can say is ….. she is so much more healthy now in every way.
    Shirley

  • Shirley

    Rebecca, Has the vet told you what could be the problem with your Shih Tzu? It’s odd that feeding her three times a day and she still vomits bile. What is his take on her problem?

  • Shirley

    Rebecca, I would get her off all foods with wheat, corn, grains etc… that is where the more poo comes from. My two labs do go about 3 times a day but I also feed them twice a day and a bite at lunch time so that is not unusual.
    I feed, Wellness Core Reduced fat Grain Free and protein focused.

  • Shirley

    Hi Jo,
    First off, 3% fat is way to low for any dog whether the dog has a bad pancreas or not.
    First I would get some enzymes for his food. What I use for Icy is “Enzyme Miracle” vegetarian pet digestive enzymes. Follow the direction on the container every time you feed him.
    Second, my vet said 10% fat is fine so I put Icy on Wellness Core Reduced Fat, which is around 10% and this has been working wonderfully. It is a high end dog food that is made here in the states and all the ingredients are from USA sources no where else. It has NO meat by-products, wheat-gluten, corn, soy, artificial colors, Flavors or Preservatives in it. First ingredient is Turkey. My other girl Austi is on this also.
    I put the food in their bowl, put the Enzymes on Icys, add filtered water and stir, then I put a little Wellness Canned food and mix in. Icy has been doing really great with this food and am able to give her a little variation with different flavors of their canned food they make.
    I really love Wellness Dog Food and am able to purchase at Petsmart or Petco.
    Icy is 104 lbs and I only have to feed here about a cup in the morning and night, it really keeps her and Austi satisfied.
    If you have more questions about the Enzyme Miracle please let me know, I purchase it at Amazon. I had to find out the hard way about Enzymes and the Pancreas because my vet didn’t tell me exactly what the pancreas does and how it works. I think I know more than him about the pancreas now..LOL Just kidding but with all due respect vets sometimes leave important things out of the equation.
    I sourced and sourced on the net until I found a vet that specializes in problems with animals with Pancreatitis. He wrote that all animals with this problem need Enzymes to help digest their food and he was correct. It will help calm his stomach down some also.
    The food is also very nourishing and yes my vet tried to get me to give Icy the ID food and I said no way. :>)
    Please if you have more questions just let me know, we can work through this I know for sure.

    Shirley
    PS… Picture of Icy and Austi, chocolate is Icy …yellow is Austi

  • Jo Comai McGinn

    Shirley,
    My vet put my Pomeranian on Id formula. I told the vet he has a problem with corn and I see corn meal in the ingredients. He has pancrtitus. Originally he was fed a raw diet. He is not happy about this new diet,I need to find him something without corn and low in fat. Do you think the Wellness Core reduce fat would be better? The vet also told me 3% fat. Yet the Id has 10% on the ingredients.
    I know part of the dogs problem is if he gets too upset the next day he has a upset! Plz help!

  • 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.