Best Dog Foods for Weight Loss


Dog at the Table Faced with Weight Loss
In her popular 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

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. They must contain above-average protein, below-average fat and not exceed 400 calories per cup of dry or canned dog food.

If you know of a specific dog food you believe should be included on this list, please share your suggestions in the Comments section below.

Best Dog Foods for Weight Loss
September 2018

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

Use links below to compare price and package size information 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
Castor and Pollux All-Beef Sausage Links and Sweet Potato (Canned)47%16%303
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
Welness Core Reduced Fat (Dry)37%11%360

Special FDA Alert

The FDA has announced it is investigating a potential connection between grain-free diets and a type of canine heart disease known as dilated cardiomyopathy. Click here for details.

A Final Word

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Each review is offered in good faith and has been designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food.

However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.

For a better understanding of how we analyze each product, please read our article, "The Problem with Dog Food Reviews".

Remember, no dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. So, choose wisely. And when in doubt, consult a qualified veterinary professional for help.

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  1. Average protein: 29% (dry) and 40% (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 or canned dog food