Suggested Weight Loss Dog Foods


In her new article, How to Help Your Overweight Dog Lose Weight, Dr. Donna Spector, a well-known veterinary specialist, shares the secret to predictable weight loss…

Dogs that consume fewer calories than they burn… lose weight

Dr. Spector suggests feeding your pet a dog food containing…

  • Above-average protein1
  • Below-average fat2
  • Below-average calories3

How We Selected Our Recommended
Weight Loss Dog Foods

If you believe your pet is overweight, here are a few weight loss dog foods for you to consider.

To be included on our list…

Suggested products must meet all three conditions mentioned above. They must contain above-average protein, below-average fat and 250 to 350 calories per cup of kibble… or per 13-ounce can.

Of course, this list should not be considered a complete catalog of all the weight loss dog foods on the market.

For there are others. Many others. We provide this small group only as a starting point.

As a matter of fact, if you know of a specific dog food you believe we should have included on this list, please feel free to share your suggestions in the Comments section below.

Or if you’re looking for some suggestions yourself, be sure to look through our readers’ Comments to find more good ideas.

Suggested Weight Loss Dog Foods

The following suggested weight loss dog foods contain links to the reviews they can be found in. The article itself may or may not be associated with the actual products listed here.

A Final Word

This article is designed to help you make a more informed decision when choosing dog food. However, it is certainly not our intention to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific health benefit for your pet.

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 veterinarian for help.


  1. Average protein: 29% (dry) and 40% (canned)
  2. Average fat: 16% (kibble) and 23% (canned)
  3. 250-350 calories per 8-ounce cup kibble or per 13-ounce can
  • disqus_hXes7c8OH3

    Male purebred labs can be anywhere between 65-80 lbs. How tall is he? Try googling Purina body condition score chart and see where he fits there.

  • esquiggles

    Premium Edge Healthy Weight Reduction (Dry), suggested here is reasonably priced. 44% protein and 12% fat at $1.40 / lb is really good. I’m trying to rotate foods, and have moved on from that to the Wellness Core Reduced Fat (definitely a big price jump). Feed your dogs twice a day, keep them separated, and take away the bowls when they’re done.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi java1010, here are some more options for low fat foods.

  • java1010

    Thanks! We’ll look into those.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I know that Annamaet has a grain free food called Lean that is low fat, but still a higher protein. It was formulated for weight loss and dogs with pancreatitis problems. Also, Wellness Core has a reduced fat food that many people use and like. Perhaps you could check into these and let your vet know about them.

  • java1010

    Hi everyone,
    I’m looking for some advice regarding my 4yr old Beagle… Since Romeo was a puppy we started him out on Orijen, and then a year or so ago we transitioned him to Canni Source after he apparently lost his appetite for basically all Orijen dry foods. While on Canni Source he seemed to be doing quite fine and really enjoying the food and above all he seemed to have a very healthy metabolism which was always an issue with Orijen. Anyways, long story short, there was apparently a quality issue with some of the last batches of Canni Source produced at the end of 2013, so we decided to look at changing his food. After doing some reading, we decided to switch over to Blue Wilderness Healthy Weight, as he is also a bit overweight mainly due to our wonderful yet very long Canadian winters. So after nearly a month of transitioning to Blue, our beagle seemed to become quite sick often with tummy troubles until he got progressively worse during the last few days. We brought him to the vet today and he apparently has Pancreatitis and was very dehydrated! The vet said that Blue was the cause and due to his weight issue recommended Purina Veterinary Diets OM. Now that we came home and I’m going over OM’s ingredients I realize that it is primarily corn based with pretty much no meat based proteins! I’m wondering what other low fat/low glycemic index, grain free, weight management, high quality food alternatives should I discuss with the vet about?
    Any help/recommendation is highly appreciated!

  • LoveSasha<3

    Hi all! I have 2 rescue dogs a male 3 yrs old and a terrier/schnauzer mix, a female 1 1/2 yorkie/chihuahua. My male dog is 14.5# and should be around 12#, my female is at last weigh 14# (I’m sure she weighs more she’s a chunker!) they’re both on nature valley instinct. I should state that when I rescued my chunk she was 3 months old and 4.5# and the vet told me she would probably double her weight full grown. My male dog has a very sensitive stomach and is allergic to chicken. They both get out and run and play, though more play time outside would be beneficial. I feel awful for my baby girl she can’t be comfortable with all that weight on. Any food suggestions that will benefit both my babies.
    Thanks in advance!

  • Crazy4cats

    Well, that’s good, anyway. I know that goldens and labs are prone to hypothyroidism. And I also know they are prone to just be chubby! My previous dog was part retriever and he also got too chubby (actually fat). I’m going to try to be more careful with my current pups. They are 2 1/2 and so far so good. I carefully measure out how much I feed them. But, they could eat 24-7 and I’m usually more than willing to share my food with them. So, I give them a little less than recommended at their meals to make up for the snacks they get during the day. Good luck.

  • InkedMarie

    As C4C said, Wellness Core reduced fat. I used it with great success for an obese dog we adopted.

  • Stacie

    Yes he had everything checked and came back fine, he’s just chubby

  • Crazy4cats

    I have heard a lot of people have had good luck with the Wellness Core reduced fat formula. Have you had his thyroid levels checked?

  • Stacie

    What’s the best food to feed my 7 year old golden he is overweight and on the hills weight loss food but after reading reviews I don’t wanna keep him on it. Any help???