Best Wet Dog Foods

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What’s the Best Wet Dog Food?

In addition to meeting our 9 guidelines for finding superior brands, the best wet dog foods contain:

  • No cancer-causing chemical preservatives
  • No anonymous meat ingredients
  • No high risk coloring agents
  • No generic animal fat
  • Above-average meat content
  • Favorable fat-to-protein ratio
  • Modest carbohydrate content

Best Wet Dog Food Brands
December 2018

Here are The Dog Food Advisor’s top 15 best wet dog foods for December 2018:

Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canned Dog Food

Taste of the Wild Canned Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Taste of the Wild High Prairie
  • First 5 ingredients: Beef, lamb broth, vegetable broth, lamb liver, dried egg product
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All dogs including large breed puppies

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 44%, a fat level of 22% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 25%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipes Wet Canned Dog Food

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipes

Rating: ★★★★½

  • Example: Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Beef Dinner
  • First 5 ingredients: Beef, beef broth, beef liver, parrots, peas
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: All adult dogs

Label analysis of example reveals a dry matter protein content of 39%, a fat level of 27% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 26%.

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Instinct Original Wet Canned Dog Food

Instinct Original Canned Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • Example: Instinct Original Duck Recipe
  • First 5 ingredients: Duck, duck broth, turkey liver, ground flaxseed, dicalcium phosphate
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All dogs excluding large breed puppies

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 48%, a fat level of 39% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 6%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Nature's Recipe Grain-Free Wet Canned Dog Food

Nature’s Recipe Grain-Free Wet Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • Example: Nature’s Recipe Grain-Free Chicken and Venison
  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, sweet potatoes, venison, green beans
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: All adult dogs

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 61%, a fat level of 11% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 20%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Whole Earth Farms Canned Wet Dog Food

Whole Earth Farms Canned Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Whole Earth Farms Chicken and Turkey
  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, turkey, chicken liver, peas
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All dogs including large breed puppies

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 43%, a fat level of 27% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 22%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Wellness Core Grain-Free Wet Canned Dog Food

Wellness Core Canned Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Wellness Core Turkey, Chicken Liver and Turkey Liver
  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, turkey, chicken liver, chicken broth, chicken meal
  • Profile: Varies per recipe
  • Best For: Varies per recipe

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 55%, a fat level of 36% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 1%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Crave Wet Dog Food Trays

Crave Wet Dog Food Trays

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Crave Turkey and Lamb Recipe
  • First 5 ingredients: Turkey, chicken broth, chicken, chicken liver, lamb
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: All adult dogs

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 55%, a fat level of 32% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 6%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Merrick Grain-Free Wet Canned Dog Food

Merrick Classic Canned Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Merrick Classic Grain-Free Cowboy Cookout
  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned beef, beef broth, chicken broth, beef liver, peas
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All dogs including large breed puppies

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 47%, a fat level of 16% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 29%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Weruva Canned Wet Dog Food

Weruva Canned Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Weruva Bed and Breakfast Recipe
  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, water sufficient for processing, egg, pumpkin, sweet potato
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All dogs excluding large breed puppies

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 60%, a fat level of 12% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 20%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Halo Wet Canned Dog Food

Halo Canned Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • Example: Halo Lamb Recipe
  • First 5 ingredients: Lamb, chicken broth, beef liver, barley, carrots
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: All adult dogs

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 50%, a fat level of 28% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 14%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Candiae Grain-Free Pure Elements Limited Ingredient Kamb, Turkey and Chicken Wet Dog Food

Canidae Grain-Free Pure Wet Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • Example: Canidae Grain-Free Pure Elements Formula
  • First 5 ingredients: Lamb, lamb broth, turkey, turkey broth, chicken
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All dogs including large breed puppies

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 41%, a fat level of 36% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 15%.

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Earthborn Holistic Wet Canned Moist Dog Food Stew

Earthborn Holistic Moist Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★½

  • Example: Earthborn Holistic Pepper’s Pot Roast Stew
  • First 5 ingredients: Beef broth, beef, dried egg product, beef liver, pea protein
  • Profile: Maintenance
  • Best For: All adult dogs

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 44%, a fat level of 22% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 25%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Zignature Wet Dog Food Lamb Formula Canned Limited Ingredient Grain-Free

Zignature Canned Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Zignature Lamb Formula
  • First 5 ingredients: Lamb, lamb broth, lamb liver, peas, carrots
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All dogs excluding large breed puppies

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 43%, a fat level of 25% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 24%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


I and Love and You Gobble it Up Stew Wet Canned Grain-Free Dog Food

I and Love and You Stews

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: I and Love and You Gobble It Up Stew
  • First 5 ingredients: Turkey, turkey broth, vegetable broth, turkey liver, dried egg whites
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All dogs excluding large breed puppies

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 44%, a fat level of 17% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 31%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


Holistic Select Grain-Free Beef Pate Wet Canned Dog Food

Holistic Select Grain-Free Canned Dog Food

Rating: ★★★★★

  • Example: Holistic Select Grain-Free Beef Pate
  • First 5 ingredients: Beef, beef broth, pork liver, whitefish, ground dried peas
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All dogs including large breed puppies

Label analysis of our example recipe reveals a dry matter protein content of 55%, a fat level of 27% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 10%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Highly recommended.


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