Best Wet Puppy Foods for 2019

Best Wet Puppy Foods

Choosing the best wet food for your puppy is one of the most crucial decisions you can make.

That’s because feeding a canned dog food that contains too much calcium… can significantly increase your puppy’s RISK of developing a crippling form of hip dysplasia… especially for larger breeds.1

On this page… our editors will share with you The Dog Food Advisor’s 10 best wet puppy foods for 2019. Each is labeled “Best for” to help you find a food that’s safe for your particular puppy.

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The Best Wet Puppy Food
for December 2019

Here are The Dog Food Advisor’s 10 best wet puppy foods for December 2019.


Wellness Just for Puppy

Wellness Complete Health Just for Puppy

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Wellness Just for Puppy is one of 8 canned recipes included in our review of the Wellness Complete Health product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken broth, chicken, chicken liver, salmon, ground barley
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (barley)
  • Life stage: All life stages
  • Best for: All puppies including large breeds
  • Price: $$

Wellness Just for Puppy derives the bulk of its meat protein from chicken and chicken liver. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 41% protein, 27% fat and 24% estimated carbs… with a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

An exceptional wet puppy food. Highly recommended.

Sample buyer review… “I’ve spent so much money on various foods for my Yorkiepoo. She is the most finicky eater! I’ve tried various canned foods, many different kibble types, and even freeze dried food all to no avail, until she tried Wellness Just for Puppy. I had been using Wellness Soft Puppy Bites for training which she ate with vigor and enjoyment, so I figured maybe food from the same company would be in keeping. It was the right move. I highly recommend products by Wellness.”

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Instinct Original Wet Puppy Food

Instinct Original Grain Free Wet Puppy Food

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Instinct Grain Free Real Chicken Recipe for Puppies is one of 8 wet recipes included in our review of the Instinct Original product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, beef liver, salmon, carrots
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Life stage: Growth
  • Best for: Small and medium breed puppies
  • Price: $$

This specific Instinct Original recipe derives the bulk of its meat protein from chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 46% protein, 27% fat and 19% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 60%.

An excellent formula by an established company.

Sample buyer review… “I feed my 5 months old Shih Tzu 8 times from one can. I use it as a topper on dry food. He loves it!”

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Canned Puppy Food

Chicken Soup for the Soul Canned Puppy Food

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Puppy is one of 3 canned recipes included in our review of the Chicken Soup for the Soul product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken liver, turkey, chicken broth, turkey broth
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (brown rice, oatmeal, ground barley)
  • Life stage: Growth
  • Best for: Small and medium breed puppies
  • Price: $

This Chicken Soup for the Soul product derives the majority of its meat protein from chicken, turkey and chicken liver. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 41% protein, 27% fat and 24% estimated carbs… which results in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

An impressive growth formula. Highly recommended.

Sample buyer review… “I love the healthy ingredients of this moist food for puppies; the ingredients seem comparable to more expensive dog food brands, but at a better price. My puppy seems to enjoy it. He’s pretty picky, so for the benefit of his health and my wallet, hopefully he will continue to enjoy it!”

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Merrick Puppy Plate Chicken

Merrick Grain-Free Puppy Plate Chicken

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Merrick Grain-Free Puppy Plate Chicken is one of 11 wet recipes included in our review of the Merrick Classic product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken broth, duck, sweet potatoes, carrots
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Life stage: All life stages
  • Best for: All puppies including large breeds
  • Price: $$

This Merrick Grain-Free canned food recipe derives the bulk of its animal protein from deboned chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 53% protein, 26% fat and 13% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

An exceptional grain-free canned puppy food. Highly recommended.

Sample buyer review… “This food is high quality and my 11 week old Shih Tzu loves it! So much comes in the can and it’s such a great price. I bought can covers to keep it fresh and one can will last me about a week! Definitely recommend!”

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Nulo Freestyle Puppy Turkey

Nulo Freestyle Grain-Free Wet Puppy Food

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Nulo Freestyle Puppy Turkey, Cod and Sweet Potato is one of 11 canned recipes included in our review of the Nulo Freestyle product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Turkey, turkey broth, salmon broth, turkey liver, cod
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Life stage: Growth
  • Best for: Small and medium breed puppies
  • Price: $$

This Nulo Freestyle formula derives most of its animal protein from turkey. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 43% protein, 23% fat and 26% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Sample buyer review… “I love research and spreadsheets, and we committed to giving our rescued pup the best life possible. These two factors combined has got me researching fat, proteins vs carbohydrate content, ingredients, and of course recalls on every dog food our pup has tried. (I promise I’m fun at parties). Like humans, there is “junk food” for dogs. I have noticed some of the best dog food out there doesn’t come with in your face marketing, and Nulo is definitely one of those brands. The quality in their food is top notch, and I have yet to find a recall on their dog food. Best of all, our pup loves this food! Based on excitement level, this is definitely her favorite! I feel fortunate to have found a company that truly cares about making quality products for our pets, from quality sources, and making them easily accessible.”

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Eukanuba Wet Puppy Food Mixed Grill Recipe

Eukanuba Puppy Mixed Grill Chicken and Beef Dinner

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Eukanuba Puppy Mixed Grill is one of 7 wet recipes included in our review of the Eukanuba product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Water, chicken, beef liver, beef, wheat flour
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (wheat flour)
  • Life stage: Growth
  • Best for: All puppies including large breeds
  • Price: $$

This Eukanuba recipe derives the bulk of its animal protein from chicken, beef liver and beef. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 50% protein, 22% fat and 20% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 44%.

An affordable, grain-inclusive recipe. Highly recommended.

Sample buyer review… “My puppy LOVES this food! I have been adding a bit of this to her dry food (also Eukanuba Puppy) at night and she devours it. She gets excited when she just sees the can. The food looks like good quality too – looks like actual food instead of ground up mush – and smells pretty good. I’m pleased, and so is my pup.”

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Nutro Grain Free Wet Puppy Food

Nutro Puppy Grain Free Tender Chicken and Sweet Potato

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Nutro Puppy Grain Free Tender Chicken and Sweet Potato is one of 2 canned recipes included in our review of the Nutro Puppy product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, pork broth, chicken broth, sweet potatoes, chicken liver
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Life stage: Growth
  • Best for: All puppies including large breeds
  • Price: $$

This Nutro recipe derives the bulk of its meat protein from chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 53% protein, 17% fat and 23% estimated carbs… which yields a fat-to-protein ratio of about 32%.

An exceptional brand offering several wet puppy options. Highly recommended.

Sample buyer review… “I feed this to my puppy mixed in with her dry dog food for dinner. I started with 1/3 of the can but now that she is 6 months and over 50 pounds I use half the can. The food is chunky and not all pureed which I like better. You can see the meats and vegetables (depending in the flavor you order) which is great to see real ingredients. I usually order her this flavor. She loves it!”

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Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Wet Puppy

Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Wet Puppy Food

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Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Puppy is one of 15 wet recipes included in our review of the Whole Earth Farms product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, turkey, chicken liver, salmon
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Life stage: All life stages
  • Best for: All puppies including large breeds
  • Price: $$

This Whole Earth Farms canned recipe derives most of its meat protein from chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 41% protein, 30% fat and 22% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 72%.

An excellent, budget-friendly option. Highly recommended.

Sample buyer review… “What is not to love about this food? Grain free, no overly processed mystery meat, blueberries and veggies that you can actually SEE and made in America. It got 2 thumbs up from my vet and 2 paws up from my Aussie pup!!”

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Solid Gold Love at First Bark

Solid Gold Love at First Bark Canned Puppy Food

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Solid Gold Love at First Bark is one of 12 wet recipes included in our review of the Solid Gold product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, beef, beef liver, potatoes, dried egg whites
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Life stage: Growth
  • Best for: All puppies including large breeds
  • Price: $$

This Solid Gold formula derives the majority of its animal protein from beef and beef liver. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 50% protein, 17% fat and 25% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 33%.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Sample buyer review… “We have a 12 week spinger spaniel and she was having sligh tummy issues so we were told that giving her some wet food along with kibble would help her with the digestion. After doing a lot of research , I ordered this one.. Our puppy absolutely loves it ..i recommend it because………. Limited ingredients unlike a lot of high end brands which has all kinds of unreconizable ingredients. Reasonably priced. Puppy loves the taste Not heavy on stomach so easily digested.”

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AvoDerm Natural Chicken and Rice Puppy

AvoDerm Natural Wet Puppy Food

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AvoDerm Natural Puppy Chicken and Rice is one of 6 canned recipes included in our review of the AvoDerm Natural product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, salmon, rice
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (rice)
  • Life stage: Growth
  • Best for: Small and medium breed puppies
  • Price: $$

This AvoDerm Natural wet formula derives the majority of its meat protein from chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 41% protein, 27% fat and 24% estimated carbs… which results in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

A superior balanced growth formula. Highly recommended.

Sample buyer review… “After all the foods I have gone through for my German Shepherds (any shepherd owners know what a nightmare this can be) I found Avoderm, love and I recommend it all the time to people. We had pups and I put them on this as soon as they were ready.”

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References

  1. Richardson DC, The Role of Nutrition in Canine Hip Dysplasia, Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract, 1992 May;22(3):529-40.