Best Dog Foods for Weight Loss

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What’s the best dog food for weight loss?

In her popular article, veterinary specialist, Dr. Donna Spector, recommends feeding your overweight dog a food that contains:

  • Above-average protein1
  • Below-average fat2
  • Below-average calories3

Important: Weight loss dog foods are designed for adults and should not be fed to puppies.

Top 10 Best Dog Foods
for Weight Loss

Here are The Dog Food Advisor’s top 10 best weight loss dog food brands for December 2019.


Dr. Tim's Metabolite Weight Management Kibble

Dr. Tim’s Metabolite Weight Management Dog Food

Rating:

Dr. Tim’s Metabolite is one of 8 recipes included in our review of the Dr. Tim’s dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, whole oat groats, dried field peas, powdered cellulose
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (brown rice, whole oat groats)
  • Calories: 269 kcal/cup
  • Profile: Maintenance
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Dr. Tim’s Metabolite derives most of its animal protein from chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 33% protein, 11% fat and 48% estimated carbs… which results in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 33%.

An excellent low-fat grain-inclusive dog food.

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Victor Senior Dog Food

Victor Purpose Senior Healthy Weight Dog Food

Rating:

Victor Purpose Senior Healthy Weight is one of 6 recipes included in our review of the Victor Purpose dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Beef meal, whole grain brown rice, whole grain millet, grain sorghum, chicken fat
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (brown rice, millet, sorghum)
  • Calories: 360 kcal/cup
  • Profile: Maintenance
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Victor Purpose Senior Healthy Weight derives the majority of its meat protein from beef meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 30% protein, 13% fat and 50% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 43%.

An affordable protein-rich recipe. Highly recommended.

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Orijen Fit and Trim Kibble

Orijen Fit and Trim Dry Dog Food

Rating:

Orijen Fit and Trim is one of 8 recipes included in our review of the Orijen dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken liver, turkey liver, cod liver, cage-free eggs
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Calories: 402 kcal/cup
  • Profile: Maintenance
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Orijen Fit and Trim derives most of its animal protein from chicken, as well as chicken, turkey and cod livers. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 48% protein, 15% fat and 30% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 31%.

A quality, controlled-calorie recipe. Highly recommended.

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Wellness Core Reduced Fat Dog Food

Wellness Core Grain-Free Reduced Fat

Rating:

Wellness Core Grain-Free Reduced Fat is one of 12 recipes included in our review of the Wellness Core dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned turkey, turkey meal, chicken meal, potatoes, peas
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Calories: 360 kcal/cup
  • Profile: Maintenance
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Wellness Core Grain-Free Reduced Fat derives the bulk of its meat protein from deboned turkey, as well as turkey and chicken meals. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 37% protein, 11% fat and 44% estimated carbs… which yields a fat-to-protein ratio of about 30%.

Superior dog food brand. Solidly recommended.

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Nutro Ultra Small Bred Weight Management Dog Food

Nutro Ultra Small Breed Weight Management

Rating:

Nutro Ultra Small Breed Weight Management is one of 10 recipes included in our review of the Nutro Ultra dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, whole brown rice, rice bran, brewers rice
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (brown rice, rice bran, brewers rice, oatmeal)
  • Calories: 288 kcal/cup
  • Profile: Maintenance
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Nutro Ultra Small Breed Weight Management derives the majority of its animal protein from chicken and chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 27% protein, 11% fat and 54% estimated carbs… which yields a fat-to-protein ratio of about 42%.

An exceptional reduced fat formula for small breed dogs.

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Simply Nourish Healthy Weight Large Breed Kibble

Simply Nourish Healthy Weight Large Breed Dog Food

Rating:

Simply Nourish Healthy Weight Turkey and Brown Rice Large Breed is one of 13 recipes included in our review of the Simply Nourish dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned turkey, turkey meal, brown rice, oatmeal, dried peas
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (brown rice, oatmeal, rye flour)
  • Calories: 350 kcal/cup
  • Profile: Maintenance
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Simply Nourish Turkey and Brown Rice Large Breed derives the bulk of its meat protein from turkey and turkey meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 29% protein, 15% fat and 48% estimated carbs… creating a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.

A budget-friendly choice for a large breed adult dog.

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Canidae Pure Healthy Weight Recipe

Canidae Grain-Free Pure Healthy Weight Dog Food

Rating:

Canidae Grain-Free Pure Healthy Weight is one of 11 recipes included in our review of the Canidae Grain-Free Pure dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, sweet potatoes, peas
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Calories: 409 kcal/cup
  • Profile: Maintenance
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Canidae Grain-Free Pure Healthy Weight derives most of its animal protein from chicken, chicken meal and turkey meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 31% protein, 10% fat and 51% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 32%.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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Health Extension Lite Dog Food

Health Extention Lite Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food

Rating:

Health Extention Lite is one of 6 recipes included in our review of the Health Extention dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Organic deboned chicken, chicken meal, ground brown rice, oatmeal, chicken fat
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (brown rice, oatmeal)
  • Calories: 365 kcal/cup
  • Profile: Maintenance
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Health Extention Lite derives the bulk of its meat protein from chicken and chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 27% protein, 10% fat and 55% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 38%.

A more affordable low calorie option. Highly recommended.

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Brothers Complete Advanced Allergy Goat Meal Healthy Weight Formula Dry Kibble

Brothers Complete Healthy Weight Control Dog Food

Rating:

Brothers Complete Healthy Weight Goat Meal and Egg Formula is one of 3 recipes included in our review of the Brothers Complete Advanced Allergy dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Goat meal, whole eggs dried, turkey meal, cassava/tapioca, peas
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Calories: 400 kcal/cup
  • Profile: All life stages
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Brothers Complete Goat Meal and Egg derives the majority of its animal protein from goat meal, whole dried eggs and turkey meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 33% protein, 17% fat and 42% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.

A quality, controlled calorie recipe. Highly recommended.

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Wellness Complete Health Healthy Weight Deboned Chicken

Wellness Complete Health Healthy Weight Dog Food

Rating:

Wellness Complete Health Healthy Weight is one of 14 recipes included in our review of the Wellness Complete Health dry product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, oatmeal, ground brown rice, ground barley
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (oatmeal, brown rice, barley, rice)
  • Calories: 405 kcal/cup
  • Profile: Maintenance
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Wellness Complete Health Healthy Weight derives the majority of its meat protein from chicken and chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 27% protein, 11% fat and 54% estimated carbs… which results in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 42%.

A quality, low-fat diet for adult dogs. Easily recommended.

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What’s the Ideal Rate
of Weight Loss for Dogs?

Be patient!

A dog that loses weight too quickly can develop serious health problems.

Which is why…

It’s important to keep the rate of weight loss to about 1-2% of your dog’s total body weight per week.4

For example…

If you’re feeding a 100-pound German Shepherd, your pet should be able to safely lose about 1 to 2 pounds per per week.


References

  1. Average protein: 27% (dry) and 38% (canned)
  2. Average fat: 16% (kibble) and 23% (canned)
  3. Modified by The Dog Food Advisor: no more than 400 calories per cup of dry dog food or 350 calories per 13 ounce can of wet dog food
  4. Linder DE, “How Fast Is Too Fast For My Pet To Lose Weight?“, Petfoodology (October 9, 2018), Clinical Nutrition Service, Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University