Top 10 Best Wet Dog Foods

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Compared to kibble… the best wet dog foods contain more protein, fewer carbs and no cancer-causing preservatives. Plus they’re easier to chew.

Which makes canned foods a smart choice for puppies, smaller dogs and seniors.

On this page… we’ll share a list of The Dog Food Advisor’s top 10 best wet dog foods… and we’ll also answer the 6 most frequently asked questions about feeding a wet diet.

So, let’s get started.

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Top 10 Best Wet Dog Foods
for December 2019

Here are The Dog Food Advisor’s top 10 best wet dog food brands for December 2019:



Taste of the Wild High Prairie Wet Dog Food

Taste of the Wild Wet Dog Food

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Taste of the Wild High Prairie with Bison is one of 5 canned recipes included in our review of the Taste of the Wild product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Beef, lamb broth, vegetable broth, lamb liver, dried egg product
  • Texture: Chunks in gravy
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Life stage: All life stages
  • Best for: Adults + all puppies
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Taste of the Wild High Prairie derives the majority of its meat protein from beef. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 44% protein, 22% fat and 25% estimated carbs… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

A superior all life stages recipe. Highly recommended.

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Merrick Grain Free Classic

Merrick Classic Canned Dog Food

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Merrick Cowboy Cookout is one of 11 canned recipes included in our review of the Merrick Classic product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned beef, beef broth, chicken broth, beef liver, peas
  • Texture: Chunks in gravy
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Life stage: All life stages
  • Best for: Adults + all puppies
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Cowboy Cookout takes the lion’s share of its animal protein from fresh beef. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 47% protein, 16% fat and 29% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 33%.

A healthy, grain-free food for adults or puppies. Highly recommended.

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Halo Wet Dog Food

Halo Wet Dog Food

Rating:

Halo Lamb is one of 8 canned recipes included in our review of the Halo canned product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Lamb, chicken broth, beef liver, barley, carrots
  • Texture: Multiple options (pate or stew)
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (barley, rolled oats)
  • Life stage: Maintenance
  • Best for: Adults only (not for puppies)
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Halo Lamb Recipe derives the majority of its animal protein from lamb and beef liver. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 50% protein, 28% fat and 14% estimated carbs… which yields a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.

An exceptional, grain-inclusive option for adult dogs.

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Weruva Canned Food

Weruva Wet Dog Food

Rating:

Bed and Breakfast is one of 14 canned recipes included in our review of the Weruva product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, water, egg, pumpkin, sweet potato
  • Texture: Chunks in gravy
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Life stage: All life stages
  • Best for: Adults + all puppies
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This Weruva recipe gets the bulk of its meat protein from fresh chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 57% protein, 10% fat and 25% estimated carbs… which yields a fat-to-protein ratio of about 18%.

An exceptional, grain-free formula. Highly recommended.

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Wellness Stews

Wellness Stews Canned Dog Food

Rating:

Turkey and Sweet Potato is one of 6 canned recipes included in our review of the Wellness Stews product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Turkey, turkey broth, turkey liver, ground barley, sweet potatoes
  • Texture: Chunks in gravy
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (ground barley)
  • Life stage: All life stages
  • Best for: Adults + small or medium breed puppies
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This specific recipe acquires the greatest part of its animal protein from fresh turkey. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 36% protein, 23% fat and 33% estimated carbs… which yields a fat-to-protein ratio of about 63%.

A high-quality canned formula. Highly recommended.

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Instinct Original Wet Dog Food

Instinct Original Wet Dog Food

Rating:

Original with Real Beef is one of 8 canned recipes included in our review of the Instinct Original product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Beef, beef liver, beef broth, tricalcium phosphate, ground flaxseed
  • Texture: Fine-chopped pate
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Life stage: All life stages
  • Best for: Adults + small or medium breed puppies
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This Instinct recipe derives the largest share of its meat protein from fresh beef. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 52% protein, 34% fat and 6% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 65%.

A nutritionally balanced wet dog food. Highly recommended.

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Whole Earth Farms Canned Food

Whole Earth Farms Canned Dog Food

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This Chicken and Turkey formula is one of 15 canned recipes included in our review of the Whole Earth Farms canned product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, turkey, chicken liver, peas
  • Texture: Multiple options (pate or stew)
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Life stage: All life stages
  • Best for: Adults + all puppies
  • See all 15 available recipes

This Whole Earth Farms formula takes the dominant share of its meat protein from fresh chicken and turkey. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 43% protein, 27% fat and 22% estimated carbs… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of about 63%.

A superior all life stages canned formula ideal for both adults and puppies.

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Nature Recipe Dog Food Trays

Nature’s Recipe Dog Food Trays

Rating:

Nature’s Recipe Chicken and Wild Salmon is one of 3 canned recipes included in our review of the Nature’s Recipe product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, pumpkin, salmon, brown rice
  • Texture: Chunks in gravy
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (brown rice)
  • Life stage: Maintenance
  • Best for: Adults only (not for puppies)
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Nature’s Recipe Chicken and Wild Salmon derives the bulk of its meat protein from chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 65% protein, 12% fat and 16% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 18%.

An exceptional wet option. Highly recommended.

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Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipes

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipes Wet Dog Food

Rating:

Chicken Dinner is one of 14 canned recipes included in our review of the Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipes product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, carrots, peas
  • Texture: Fine-chopped pate
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Life stage: Maintenance
  • Best for: Adults only (not for puppies)
  • See all 14 available recipes

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipes Chicken Dinner derives most of its animal protein from chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 39% protein, 27% fat and 26% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 71%.

A nutritionally complete canned formula ideal for all adult dogs.

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Eukanuba Wet Dog Food

Eukanuba Canned Dog Food

Rating:

Eukanuba Beef and Vegetable Stew is one of 7 canned recipes included in our review of the Eukanuba product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Water, chicken, beef, beef liver, pork plasma
  • Texture: Chunks in gravy
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (wheat)
  • Life stage: Maintenance
  • Best for: Adults only (not for puppies)
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Eukanuba Adult Beef and Vegetable Stew derives most of its animal protein from chicken and beef. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 44% protein, 22% fat and 25% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

A superior formula for adults.

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How much wet food should I feed my dog?

Determining how much wet food to feed your dog is a processNOT a one-and-done decision.

Since the size and activity level of every dog is unique

And because every wet food contains a different number of calories per can…

It’s best to start with the recommended feeding amount printed on the label. Then, adjust that amount up or down… to keep your dog at her ideal weight.

Here’s an example:

Wet Food Recommended Feeding Amount


Wet food or dry… which is better for your dog?

In many ways, canned food can be superior to kibble. In fact, wet foods typically contain more meat protein than dry recipes.

What’s more, wet foods add natural moisture to a dog’s diet. And because they’re pasteurized and sold in a sealed can, they contain no preservatives.

They’re easier to chew… a welcome advantage for older pets.

And wet dog foods taste better, too.

Unfortunately, there’s a downside. Wet dog foods can be more expensive than dry kibbles… which can make them less affordable when feeding larger dogs.

Here’s a feature-by-feature comparison between wet and dry foods.

Canned versus Dry Dog Food Compared


Is it OK to mix wet and dry dog foods?

In a word… yes.

One way to enhance your dog’s appetite is to add a tasty wet food topper to her dry food.

Mixing a few tablespoons of one of the flavorful wet foods on this page with your dog’s kibble can make a big difference.

Just be sure both foods meet your dog’s nutritional needs… and are suitable for the same stage of life.

In other words… you don’t want to mix a puppy food with an adult formula… as this can upset the delicate nutrient balance of the complete meal.


How long does wet dog food last if it’s not opened?

Depending on the brand, wet dog food can have a shelf life of up to 3 years. However, it’s good practice to note the manufacturer’s “Best By” date.

The “Best By” or “Best Before” date printed on the bottom of the can indicate the point in time when the product no longer contains the specified nutrients.

Canned Dog Food Unopened with Best By Date


How long can wet food remain in the bowl?

Once open, a wet food can quickly become contaminated with disease-causing bacteria.

So, empty your dog’s bowl of all wet food not eaten within 4 hours… especially at room temperatures over 50°F.


How long does canned food last once it’s open?

Open cans of dog food should be covered and stored in the refrigerator… for a maximum of 5 days.

Any wet dog food remaining after that should be discarded.

Canned Dog Food Covered and Store in a Refrigerator

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