Best Dog Foods for Weight Loss


Dog at the Table Faced with Weight Loss

What’s the Best Dog Food
for Weight Loss?

In her article, How to Help Your Overweight Dog Lose Weight, Dr. Donna Spector, a respected veterinary internal medicine specialist, shared her secret to canine weight loss.

Dogs that consume fewer calories than they burn lose weight.

To lose weight, Dr. Spector suggests feeding your pet a dog food containing:

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

What’s the Ideal Rate
of Weight Loss for a Dog?

A dog that loses weight too quickly can develop serious nutritional issues.


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.

How We Selected Our
Best Dog Foods for Weight Loss

If you believe your pet is overweight, here are a few weight loss dog foods for you to consider.

Suggested products must meet all three conditions mentioned above.

To qualify…

Each must contain above-average protein, below-average fat and must not exceed 400 calories per cup of dry dog food or 350 calories per 13-ounce can of wet food.

Best Dog Foods for Weight Loss
November 2018

The following table of weight loss dog foods includes a number of excellent candidates. Each is rated 4 stars or higher by The Dog Food Advisor.

Protein and fat content are presented on a dry matter basis.

Use links below to compare price and package sizes at an online retailer.

Annamaet Grain Free Lean Low Fat Formula (Dry)33%8%350
Blue Wilderness Adult Healthy Weight Chicken (Dry)33%10%353
Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Weight Control (Dry)28%8%325
Dr. Tim’s Metabolite Weight Management (Dry)33%11%269
Merrick Grain Free Healthy Weight (Dry)36%9%360
Solid Gold Fit and Fabulous Weight Control (Dry)29%7%370
Victor Select Senior Healthy Weight (Dry)30%13%370
Wellness Complete Health Small Breed Healthy Weight (Dry)31%11%341
Wellness Core Reduced Fat (Dry)37%11%360
Weruva Caloric Harmony Chicken with Pumpkin Grain Free (Dry)42%14%360


  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