Best 4-Star Wet Puppy Foods


The following is a list of 4-star dog food brands… each containing at least one wet puppy food.
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To qualify, each puppy food must meet AAFCO nutritional profiles for either all life stages or growth.

Or it must be recommended for puppies by the manufacturer.

If you know of a puppy food you believe we should have included on this list, please feel free to share your own 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.

Other Puppy Food Lists

For even more ideas, you may want to check out one of our other puppy food lists or articles we’ve created…

How to Find the Best 4-Star
Wet Puppy Foods

The following is a list of 4-star wet dog food brands that have been found to contain at least one puppy food. Within each brand, look for products that include the word “puppy” in their names.

In addition, many other products are designed for all life stages… a group that also includes puppies.

Best 4-Star Wet Puppy Foods

  • theBCnut

    I would way rather give a dog real bacon than bacon flavored dog treats. Those things have some really iffy ingredients in them. Just give small pinches. Dogs don’t really care about the amount they get so much as having the smell right in front of their nose.

    She sounds like she prefers a healthier diet. You might want to read up on making homemade food for her.

  • Pitlove

    the easiest way to stop her from eating bacon is to not give it to her…

  • PAT G’orge-walker

    I wish I could get my 8 month old Shitui off bacon. She literally loses her puppy mind at the smell. I try giving her puppy bacon treats but she rarely eats it. She also likes fresh chicken, which I shred for her and add green apple bits and freshly grated carrots. She is beyond picky.

  • Elena S. Wolf

    Can you tell me where?

  • Elena S. Wolf

    What would you give a 7 wk old puppy? It needs to be decent priced yet good for her.

  • Treasurer

    I foster puppies for a nearby shelter. They are all usually younger than 6 months. I usually buy Taste of the Wild Puppy, but one of my foster dogs got salmonella poisoning from some of their food at the new owner’s house. I’m not sure I want to give up on that brand because it has been so good for my dog, but I wonder if I should. Also, I am feeding my current foster a mix of wet and dry puppy food: Taste of the Wild dry and Wellness Puppy wet. I notice that none of the foods above have ‘puppy’ in the name. Does that mean the dogs will be fine with adult food?

  • alucard

    I felt the same way specially when a small bag of one of the top rated ones at petsmart is like $40 or more. Hpwever i found a store that sells the big bags of the 5 star at reasonable prices. I can get a big bag of them for less than $30. And though I have raised many a healthy pups on cheap food and have had them live for 20 or so i can understand a persons desire to do what seems like best for their furry child. I bought a big bag at pet food depot of wellness core for my red heeler pup for pretty cheap. And a big bag of the cat food one for my hedgehog lol

  • InkedMarie

    You’re welcome, it worked for one of mine!

  • sue

    I never thought about that helpen dogs thank you so much ill definetly try that

  • InkedMarie

    Betsy already talked about food, I want to tell you what worked for one of my dogs: ginger snaps. Yes, human cookies (ginger calm the stomach). Give him a couple before you leave.

  • Betsy Greer

    Great suggestion, Patty! Earthborn would also be less expensive than some of the other brands I mentioned.

  • Pattyvaughn

    She may be having trouble digesting the grains.
    In addition to the foods that Betsy mentioned Earthborn Holistic is also good. Lightly cooked scrambled eggs are a very healthy addition, but leave off the bacon.

  • sue

    thanks so much ill try that with her

  • Betsy Greer

    Then my guess is, it’s the food.

    Like I mentioned, just keep the extras to no more than 20% to avoid throwing off the essential nutrient balance in the commercial food.

    Some additional extras she’d like would be some tinned sardines or some leftover lean meats from your dinner.

  • sue

    thanks betsy i really appriciate that when she at home she doesn’t get sick iv had her checked over for interear infections the vet. says she is great with no infections i worrie because she is a Minnie rat terrier she want get any bigger vet.says she was the runt of the litter owh she loves bacon and eggs and homemade chicken noodle soup not on a regular bases in sperts i let her have that and it don’t make her car sick

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi sue,

    I would start be getting her off of the Purina, it doesn’t sound like it’s agreeing with her. Are there ever days when she doesn’t ride in the car at all and still gets sick?

    If you’re going to be feeding canned exclusively (which is great) you need to make sure you’re feeding canned foods which are AAFCO certified as complete and balanced as opposed to those which are marked “for intermittent or supplemental feeding only” and therefore lack certain nutrients. Good complete and balanced wet choices are: ZiwiPeak; Addiction; Nature’s Logic; Nature’s Variety Instinc; and Merrick.

    And, by the way, as long as you’re keeping the extras to no more than 20% of your dogs diet, “people food” is great for her.

  • sue

    I have a 6lb rat terrier she is 6 months old very active my vet. recommended the pro plan focus she has been getting car sick a lot with this brand she loves to ride but she cant keep her food down I wait 6 hours after I feed her so she can digest it but i end up wearing it iv tried a carrier for her but still she gets sick any suggestions would be great she loves canned food and she was born loving people food i don’t try to get her on people food for the reason she so little and young when i got her the person was feeding her ol’ roy big bites for large dogs i managed to get her at 5 weeks to put her on milk supplement she is very heathy but i don’t know what is a good wet food to get her

  • Harry

    Any advice on 5* dry and wet foods to feed my 4mth..4lb…

    Shorkie? He’s eating Orijen and Solid Gold as well as “home cooked” organics. He’s a bit finicky with both kibbles and I’m wondering if anyone has had any luck with foods for Shorkie’s.

  • Check out Amicus for toy breeds.  And Merrick also has low glycemic canned foods.

  • You could check out a freeze-dried (Grandma Lucy’s) or dehydrated (The Honest Kitchen) food. You can add a little more or a little less water depending on your dog’s preference, and also help control the moisture content to help with the stool. 

    Just a thought.

    BTW, feeding your dog anything is better than nothing. Just like feeding your kids anything is better than nothing. But would you feed your kid McDonald’s all the time? I hope not. On top of that, there are ways to give your dog better food without paying much more than you would for the cheapest stuff at the supermarket. Sometimes it just takes more work, which some people clearly are not up for.

  • Bunnies1252

    I have a tea cup yorkie. She is border line diabetic.She is on a dry puppy food but is not crazy about .the vet said to put her on wet food but I am not sure what to put her on I am afraid to put her on something to rich for her that will not cause we to have to many wet stools

  • For someone like me who is on a fixed income these expensive foods you are speaking of are way out of my price range. I’ve honestly never even heard of some of these brands. YOU CAN still raise a happy, healthy animal without spending an outrageous amount of money. Purina is a great name brand and can be found at your local super-market. You should post more information on reasonable priced foods also. Not all of us are Rich!!

  • automan_1954

     I need a little advise, I used to use Nutro Natural Choice small bites[3*], but my dogs (5 Yorkie- Shih Tzu
    mix)(age 2-8 yrs) all started to get inflamed intestine with bleeding
    and were changed to Science Diet ID by our Vet. We now have an English
    Cream Golden Retriever and a Bouvier puppy also a 1 yr old Golden Retriever and 2yr old Border Collie
    and are feeding Bil-Jak[2*](dry & canned), but would like to feed a
    better food[4* or 5*]. However we are afraid that the puppies may start
    having the same problem as the Yorkie- Shih Tzu’s did if we go back to Nutro.

  • Finnessence

    Whole Earth Farms canned puppy by Merrick is wonderful!! So palatable to puppy and smells like a delicious home cooked stew on the stove. I had to mix it with the dry my pup didn’t go for to get him to eat it. That’s the Halo puppy dry. My guy just didn’t go for the teeny tiny sized kibble so once I get near the end of the bag I’m going to transition him to the Whole Earth Farms puppy dry with the help of the yummy WEF that he already loves!!!

  • Hi John… According to the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, small to medium breeds may be considered adults after about six months of age. But large and giant breeds shouldn’t be fed as adults until they reach about one to two years (depending upon the breed).

    For more information, you may wish to read my article about choosing puppy foods in our library. Hope this helps.

  • John Tewell

    At what point should you switch a German Shepherd pup to adult dog food. They take so long to fully grow and mature that size alone may not be the determining factor. The pup could be only 7 months old and still weigh 75 lbs. Adult or pup food?
    Thanks. JT

  • Michelle

    karen, take a look at some of the reviews at the top of this page, they are the best 4* puppy foods. 4health is a really good one, it is available at Tractor Supply for 99 cents a can. The dry puppy food is excellent also, at a reasonable price. The ingredients in 4health are superior to all the foods that you mentioned.

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  • sandy

    Wow!! I don’t mean to be rude but all that food is mostly garbage. Have you looked at the ingredients? Feeding stuff like this is dog abuse!!

    Those foods are not nutritious and not species appropriate and you’ll end up with a sick dog that will cost you in vet bills. It will catch up to him eventually. Can you look into maybe at least a good 3-star food with few red ingredients if not 4 or 5 star?

    For the sake of the dog – get more educated about dog nutrition and I mean that nicely. I have 4 dogs and I love them to death.

    Somebody else help her please!!

  • karen

    I have a Shorkie puppy, he just turned 4mos on Aug. 28th, The breeder gave me Bill-Jack dry puppy food. I add a little wet food (Ceaser or Paul Newman,Beneful,etc.) He eats this combination better and his stools seem softer. How much should I feed him daily, I have heard 1/2 cup to 1 cup daily, is that correct.
    We walk him every morning for 15 to 20 min, and in the evening around 10 min. We are in Az, it is too hot to walk very long in afternoon or evening.