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Best Dog Food for Sensitive Stomachs

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Finding the best food for a dog with a sensitive stomach can be tricky. That’s because even though some digestive problems can be controlled with a simple change in diet…

Others can be caused by something far more serious… which would require professional help for proper diagnosis.

Once your vet has ruled out a serious medical condition, you may wish to see if your dog’s digestive issues may be caused by either a food allergy… or a food intolerance… and if your pet might benefit from a simple change in diet.

On this page… we’ll share with you The Dog Food Advisor’s 10 best foods for a dog with a sensitive stomach… and we’ll answer the 7 most frequently asked questions about feeding dogs with food-related digestive issues.

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Best Dog Food for Sensitive Stomachs July 2024

Here are The Dog Food Advisor's best dog food brands for sensitive stomachs for July 2024.

  • 1. We Feed Raw Turkey Patties

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    Turkey Patties is one of 6 frozen raw recipes included in our review of the We Feed Raw product line.

    This We Feed Raw Turkey Patties derives most of its animal protein from turkey. Dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 49% protein, 25% fat and 18% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 52%.

    High quality ingredients. Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full We Feed Raw Dog Food (Raw Frozen) range here

    Main Ingredients Turkey tails, turkey gizzards, turkey wings, turkey liver, WFR vitamin + mineral mix
    Type Grain-free, raw
    Protein Percentage 49%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Puppies and adults

    Sample buyer review...

    "I have been feeding my dogs We Feed Raw for 3 years now and they love their food, their coats are always shining. They are active, happy, healthy dogs."

    Read more buyer reviews at WeFeedRaw.com
  • 2. The Farmer's Dog Fresh

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    Fresh Pork is one of 4 fresh recipes evaluated in our review of The Farmer’s Dog product line.

    This Farmer’s Dog recipe acquires the majority of its animal protein from fresh pork. Dry matter label analysis confirms the recipe contains 36% protein, 28% fat and 28% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 78%.

    A fresh, human-grade recipe custom designed and packaged to fit the nutritional needs of all puppy breeds. As close to a homemade dog food as you can get. Not cheap. Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full The Farmer’s Dog (Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients USDA Pork, sweet potato, potato, green beans, cauliflower
    Type Grain-free, fresh
    Protein Percentage 36%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Puppies and adults (including large breed puppies)

    Sample buyer review...

    "We have noticed clearer eyes, shinier coat, and much more energy!"

    Read more buyer reviews at TheFarmersDog.com
  • 3. JustFoodForDogs

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    Just Food For Dogs Pantry Fresh product range received the Dog Food Advisor’s rating of 4.5 stars. 

    However, you will notice this particular recipe Balanced Remedy is unrated. This is because our review methodology is designed for foods which support everyday feeding of healthy dogs. Foods which are designed for a particular nutritional purpose or veterinary condition can contain ingredients or nutritional values which align with a lower rating, but are necessary and appropriate in formulas which tackle certain issues or concerns.  We’ll leave these unrated whilst we consider how best to fairly rate this specialized area of the dog food market.

    It is one of nine recipes in this range made by Just Food For Dogs, a company founded in 2010 by entrepreneur Shawn Buckley.

    Just Food For Dogs Pantry Fresh Balance Remedy derives the bulk of its protein from turkey, which is naturally rich in the 10 essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a wet recipe containing 20% protein, 4% fat and 68% carbohydrates. . . with a fat to protein ratio of 20%.

    This Pantry Fresh range is vet-recommended, fresh, human-grade food. They can be stored safely for up to two years (refrigeration is only required once opened).

    Read our review of the full JustFoodForDogs Pantry Fresh Dog Food range here

    Main Ingredients Water, turkey, rice, rice starch, sunflower oil
    Texture Wet
    Type Fresh
    Protein Percentage 20%

    Sample buyer review...

    "My dog needs a low fat/low protein diet & can be picky as of lately. She loves balanced remedy & begs for it hours before mealtime"

    Read more buyer reviews at JustFoodForDogs
  • 4. Diamond Care Sensitive Stomach Formula for Adult Dogs

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    Diamond Care Sensitive Stomach is one of 4 dry recipes rated in our review of the Diamond Care product line.

    Diamond Care Sensitive Stomach derives the bulk of its animal protein from highly digestible dried egg. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 28% protein, 14% fat and 50% estimated carbs… with a fat-to-protein ratio of about 52%.

    A complete and balanced, limited ingredient recipe… safe for daily, long-term feeding.

    Diamond Care Sensitive Stomach Dry Dog Food

    Read our review of the full Diamond Care Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Potatoes, Egg Product, Potato protein, tomato pomace, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
    Texture Dry
    Type Grain-free
    Protein Percentage 28%
    AAFCO Standards Maintenance
    Best For Adult dogs only

    Sample buyer review...

    "My dog is an old girl and suffers with stomach issues. This has helped her with that. I recommend it to anyone with pets who have stomach issues. And it smells good too. No grains. It's a great dog food."

    Read more buyer reviews at Chewy.com
  • 5. Raised Right Dog Food

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    Raised Right Beef is one of 11 fresh recipes included in our review of the Raised Right product line.

    Raised Right Beef derives the lions share of its animal protein from fresh beef. Dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 61% protein, 24% fat and 8% estimated carbs… delivering a fat-to-protein ratio of about 39%.

    One of the best fresh, human-grade dog foods on the market. Unusually wide recipe selection can be a major plus… especially for picky eaters. Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Raised Right Dog Food (Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients Beef, beef heart, carrots, beef liver, cranberries
    Type Grain-free (carrots, cranberries)
    Protein Percentage 61%
    AAFCO Standards Maintenance
    Best For Adult dogs only
  • 6. Hill's Science Diet Sensitive Stomach & Skin

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    Hill’s Science Diet Sensitive Stomach and Skin is one of 4 sensitivity recipes covered in our review of the Hill’s Science Diet Adult product line.

    This Science Diet formula derives the lion’s share of its meat protein from fresh chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 22% protein, 14% fat and 55% estimated carbs… creating a fat-to-protein ratio of about 65%.

    A balanced option that includes prebiotic fiber to encourage the growth of natural gut bacteria and help regulate stools. Recommended by veterinarians.

    Read our review of the full Hill’s Science Diet Dog Food range here

    Main Ingredients Chicken, chicken meal, yellow peas, cracked pearled barley, brown rice
    Texture Dry
    Type Grain-inclusive
    Protein Percentage 22%
    AAFCO Standards Maintenance
    Best For Adult dogs only

    Sample buyer review...

    "My 13yr old corgi has been having stomach issues for a couple years and I have tried all sorts of things. She loves this food and so far, no issues. No more nausea and vomiting and better stools! Very pleased."

    Read more buyer reviews at Chewy.com
  • 7. Wellness Core Digestive Health

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    Digestive Health Wholesome Grains Chicken and Brown Rice is one of 6 dry recipes evaluated in our review of the Wellness Core product line.

    Wellness Core Digestive Health derives the bulk of its animal protein from fresh chicken, turkey meal, and chicken meal. Dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 33% protein, 13% fat and 45% estimated carbs… with a fat-to-protein ratio of about 40%.

    A highly digestible, probiotic-coated dry kibble formula, enhanced with digestive enzymes, prebiotic fibers and probiotics to support optimal gut health. Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Wellness Core Digestive Health Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Deboned Chicken, turkey meal , chicken meal , brown rice, barley, oat groats
    Texture Dry
    Type Grain-inclusive
    Protein Percentage 33%
    AAFCO Standards Maintenance
    Best For Adult dogs only

    Sample buyer review...

    "My dog has some digestive issues and this was recommended to us by our veterinarian. Ever since making the change we've had zero issues. I cannot say enough good things about this food. We even moved our senior furbaby to their formula and she's been acting so much younger ever since."

    Read more buyer reviews at Chewy.com
  • 8. Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Gastrointestinal Low Fat Kibble

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    Royal Canin Gastrointestinal is one of 5 dry digestive recipes included in our review of the Royal Canin product line.

    Royal Canin Gastrointestinal gets the bulk of its meat protein from chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 22% protein, 9% fat and 60% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 43%.

    A highly digestible, low-fat formula that’s ideal for treating a wide array of canine digestive disorders. Recommended by veterinarians.

    This dog food is not rated due to its intentional therapeutic design.

    Read our review of the full Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Gastrointestinal Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Brewers rice, chicken by-product meal, wheat, barley, natural flavors
    Texture Dry
    Type Grain-inclusive
    Protein Percentage 22%
    AAFCO Standards Maintenance
    Best For Adult dogs only

    Sample buyer review...

    "This is a quality dog food. My dog had very bad digestive issues. Since we switched her to Royal Canin Gastrointestinal she has been doing very well. Plus, she loves it."

    Read more buyer reviews at Chewy.com
  • 9. Wellness Simple Ingredient

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    Wellness Simple Ingredient Turkey & Potato is one of 6 dry recipes contained in our review of the Wellness Simple Ingredient product line.

    This Wellness recipe derives the major part of its meat protein from fresh turkey and turkey meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 29% protein, 13% fat and 49% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 46%.

    With no grains, gluten or wheat, this limited ingredient diet makes an affordable option for both skin and stomach sensitivities. Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Deboned turkey, turkey meal, potatoes, peas, dried ground potatoes
    Texture Dry
    Type Grain-free
    Protein Percentage 29%
    AAFCO Standards Maintenance
    Best For Adult dogs only

    Sample buyer review...

    "My dogs have stopped itching and chewing and they both love this food!"

    Read more buyer reviews at Chewy.com
  • 10. Nulo Freestyle Limited+ Puppy and Adult Dry Recipe

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    Nulo Sensitive Digestion is one of 4 limited ingredient recipes rated in our review of the Nulo Freestyle Limited Plus product line.

    This Nulo Freestyle formula takes the greatest share of its meat protein from fresh salmon and salmon meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 33% protein, 20% fat and 39% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 60%.

    Boasts a single source of animal protein… which helps eliminate a number of potential allergens, like chicken, eggs or peas. Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Nulo Freestyle Limited Plus Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Deboned salmon, salmon meal, chickpeas, chickpea flour, canola oil
    Type Grain-free
    Protein Percentage 33%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Puppies and adults (including large breed puppies)

    Sample buyer review...

    "My dogs have been eating Nulo for about 2 years now and they love it! One on my dog was always super picky but also has allergies. My other one had a sensitive stomach. Both have had no issues since switching to Nulo. It’s a bit pricey but I think it’s worth it."

    Read more buyer reviews at Chewy.com
  • 11. Hill's Prescription Diet I/D Digestive Care

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    Hills Prescription I/D Digestive Care with Turkey is one of 5 wet recipes covered in our review of the Hills Prescription Diet product line.

    This Hill’s prescription formula of its meat protein from fresh turkey. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 23% protein, 9% fat and 60% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 40%.

    A professional veterinary design with a long-term, proven history. Highly recommended.

    This dog food is not rated due to its intentional therapeutic design.

     

    Read our review of the full Hill’s Prescription Diet I/D Dog Food (Canned) range here

    Main Ingredients Water, turkey, rice, pork liver, egg product, corn
    Texture Wet
    Type Grain-inclusive
    Protein Percentage 23%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Adult and medium/small breed puppies

    Sample buyer review...

    "My fur baby was having problems with his bowel movements, and his vet prescribed this for him. He devours his food (especially) with this food, but it helped with his digestive issues. I saw an immediate difference."

    Read more buyer reviews at Chewy.com
  • 12. Go! Sensitivities Limited Ingredient Diet

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    Go! Sensitivity and Shine Salmon is one of 6 dry recipes analyzed in our review of the Go! Sensitivities product line.

    Created as a limited ingredient option with no by-product meals, wheat, corn or soy. The addition of probiotics also promotes digestive health, while omega 3’s help maintain a healthy skin and coat.

    This Go! limited ingredient formula gets the lion’s share of its animal protein from fresh salmon and salmon meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 27% protein, 13% fat and 52% estimated carbs… which produces a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

    This is a great option for dogs with both skin and stomach sensitivities. Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Go! Solutions Sensitivities Limited Ingredient Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients De-boned salmon, salmon meal, tapioca, peas, lentils
    Texture Dry
    Type Grain-free
    Protein Percentage 27%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Puppies and adults (including large breed puppies)

    Sample buyer review...

    "My English Bulldog Ruth seemed to be allergic to everything. She kept getting rashes on her underbelly and ear infections. We had her on royal canine Rx special food but she hated the taste of it. It was always partially eaten. We heard about this and thought to give it a try. She liked it from day 1 and her rashes cleared up within days. No problem with stool either. I feel like we won the lottery with this dog food."

    Read more buyer reviews at Chewy.com
  • 13. Instinct Raw Boost Gut Health

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    Raw Boost Gut Health is one of 12 dry recipes evaluated in our review of the Instinct Raw Boost product line.

    This Instinct product acquires the major part of its meat protein from fresh chicken and chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 34% protein, 19% fat and 39% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 55%.

    A highly digestible formula containing no corn, wheat or soy. Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Instinct Raw Boost Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Chicken, chicken meal, peas, tapioca, canola oil
    Texture Dry
    Type Grain-free
    Protein Percentage 34%
    AAFCO Standards Maintenance
    Best For Adult dogs only

    Sample buyer review...

    "My dog loves it! We were trying to find the best type of meal for him, and rawboost was a life changer!"

    Read more buyer reviews at Chewy.com
  • 14. Canidae Grain Free Pure Dry Dog Food

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    Canidae Pure Lamb and Pea is one of 10 limited ingredient recipes included in our review of the Canidae Grain-Free Pure product line.

    This Canidae formula gets most of its animal protein from both lamb and poultry meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 36% protein, 20% fat and 36% estimated carbs… which produces a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.

    A popular, limited ingredient diet that’s free of gluten, grain, wheat and soy. Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Canidae Pure Grain Free Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Lamb, chicken meal, turkey meal, sweet potato, peas
    Texture Dry
    Type Grain-Free
    Protein Percentage 36%
    AAFCO Standards Maintenance
    Best For Adult dogs only

    Sample buyer review...

    "Dog with allergies to gluten and several other things LOVES this food, and it loves his stomach! No allergic reactions! We are now sporting clear skin, a healthy shiny coat, no itching, no odor and happily moving forward with life! Great dog food! And very reasonably priced."

    Read more buyer reviews at Chewy.com

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if my dog has a sensitive stomach?

Some of the most common signs your dog may be suffering from a sensitive stomach include one or more of the following:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas or bloating
  • Decrease in activity
  • Gurgling noises
  • Signs of abdominal pain

In the following video, Dr. Al Townshend, staff veterinarian at Wellpet, discusses the signs of food allergy or ingredient intolerance in dogs… and how the right diet can help control a sensitive stomach.

What type of dog food is best for a sensitive stomach?

There are 3 types of food that may help a dog with a food-related digestive problem:

  • Limited ingredient dog food
  • Hypoallergenic dog food
  • Prescription GI dog food

What is a limited ingredient dog food?

Limited ingredient diets are dog foods that contain fewer components… which can help you pin down the specific ingredient to which your pet may be sensitive.
The best limited ingredient dog foods typically contain:

  • Single novel protein
  • Limited number of ingredients
  • Most protein sourced from meat
  • Low to moderate fat
  • Probiotics (to aid digestion)

What should I avoid in a limited ingredient dog food?

Avoid feeding any limited ingredient recipe that contains any of the following low quality items:

  • Excessive fillers (soybean hulls, wheat mill run, corn bran, etc.)
  • Artificial flavors
  • Coloring agents
  • Controversial preservatives
  • Chemical additives

What is hypoallergenic dog food?

Hypoallergenic dog foods are made by using proteins that have been chemically “split” into their basic amino acid building blocks.

That way, the offending ingredient becomes virtually “invisible” to your dog’s immune system… so your dog is less likely to have an allergic reaction to the food.

What are prescription GI dog foods?

Prescription GI (gastrointestinal) dog foods are special purpose diets made for dogs suffering from digestive problems. These recipes typically include similar limited ingredient or hypoallergenic designs.

However, in addition, they also include ingredients specifically designed to support healthy digestion.

How do I safely transition to a new food if my dog has a sensitive stomach?

If your dog has a sensitive stomach, be patient. Don’t rush the transitioning process. Take your time to minimize the chance of GI upset.

Start with about 20-25% of the “new” food and 75-80% of the “old” food. Then, slowly increase that amount to a full 100% over the next 7 to 10 day period.

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