The Best Dog Foods for Losing Weight

October 4, 2021

What is the greatest dog food for losing weight?

Dr. Donna Spector, a veterinary specialist, recommends feeding your overweight dog a meal that contains:

  • Protein that is above-average
  • Lower-than-average fat
  • Lower-than-average calories

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Healthy Weight

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Natural Adult Healthy Weight Dry Dog Food, Chicken and Brown Rice 30-lb
  • REAL MEAT FIRST: Blue Buffalo foods always feature real meat as the first ingredient; High-quality protein from real chicken helps your dog build and maintain healthy muscles; Plus they contain wholesome whole grains, garden veggies and fruit
  • WEIGHT MANAGEMENT DOG FOOD: Formulated with reduced calories from fat, BLUE Life Protection Formula Healthy Weight dry dog food provides a fully satisfying meal while helping dogs achieve and maintain healthy weight
  • ANTIOXIDANT-RICH LIFESOURCE BITS: A precise blend of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals carefully selected by holistic veterinarians and animal nutritionists to support immune system health, life stage needs and a healthy oxidative balance
  • A NATURAL DOG FOOD: BLUE dry dog foods are made with the finest natural ingredients enhanced with vitamins and minerals; BLUE contains NO chicken (or poultry) by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors or preservatives
  • Contains one (1) 30 lb. Bag of BLUE Life Protection Formula Healthy Weight Adult Dry Dog Food, Chicken and Brown Rice

The first five elements are as follows: Chicken deboned, chicken meal, brown rice, barley, and pea fiber

Grain-inclusive is a type of grain (rice, barley, oatmeal)

326 kilocalories per cup

Price: $ The majority of the animal protein in this Blue Buffalo formula comes from both fresh chicken and chicken meal. According to our dry matter label analysis, the recipe has 22% protein, 10% fat, and 60% projected carbohydrates... As a result, the fat-to-protein ratio is roughly 45 percent.

A cost-effective, grain-free choice. It comes highly recommended.

Victor Purpose Senior Healthy Weight Dog Food is a high-quality dog food that is suitable for seniors.

Victor Senior Healthy Weight is one of six dry recipes included in our Victor Purpose product line evaluation.

The first five elements are as follows: Beef meal, whole grain brown rice, whole grain millet, sorghum grain, and chicken fat

Grain-inclusive is a type of grain (rice, millet, sorghum)

Calories per cup: 360 kcal

Victor's price is $ Beef meal provides the majority of Healthy Weight's meat protein protein. According to our dry matter label analysis, the recipe has 30% protein, 13% fat, and 50% projected carbohydrates... resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of roughly 43%

Fit & Trim Dog Food by Orijen

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ORIJEN Dog Fit and Trim Recipe, 25lb, High-Protein Grain-Free Weight Management Dog Food, Packaging May Vary
  • ORIJEN Fit & Trim dog food delivers a diet rich and varied in fresh, whole animal ingredients from free-run chicken and turkey, wild-caught fish, and cage-free eggs
  • With 85% quality animal ingredients, ORIJEN nourishes dogs according to their natural, biological needs
  • Using fresh and raw animal ingredients, including meat, organs, cartilage, and bone, ORIJEN is the Biologically Appropriate, grain-free diet that dogs have evolved to eat
  • Our Fresh Regional Ingredients are supplied by people we know and trust, and are delivered to our kitchen fresh or raw, in their most natural and nourishing form

In our assessment of the Orijen product line, we included 8 dry recipes, including Orijen Fit and Trim.

The first five elements are as follows: Chicken deboned, chicken liver, turkey liver, cod liver, and cage-free eggs

Grain-free is a type of cereal.

Calories per cup: 402 kcal

The cost is $$$.

The main bulk of Orijen Fit and Trim's animal protein comes from fresh chicken, as well as poultry and fish livers. According to our dry matter label analysis, the dish has 48% protein, 15% fat, and 30% projected carbohydrates... resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of around 31%

A high-quality, low-calorie recipe.

Adult Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight

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Hill's Science Diet Wet Dog Food, Adult, Perfect Weight for Weight Management, Hearty Vegetable & Chicken Stew Recipe, 12.5 oz Cans, 12-pack
  • Breakthrough weight management dog food clinically proven for adult canines
  • Over 70% of dogs lost weight within 10 weeks
  • Give your grown dog long-lasting weight support
  • A good source of protein to help your grown dog maintain lean muscle
  • Made with natural ingredients

Hill's Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight is one of two dry recipes reviewed in our Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight product line evaluation.

Chicken, cracked pearled barley, brown rice, pea fiber, and corn gluten meal are the first five ingredients.

Grain-inclusive is a type of grain (barley, rice, oats)

291 kilocalories per cup

Price: $$ The majority of the animal protein in Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight comes from fresh chicken. According to our dry matter label analysis, the dish has 29 percent protein, 12 percent fat, and 52 percent projected carbs... resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of roughly 42%

A tried-and-true brand with a variety of weight-loss formulas. It comes highly recommended.

Merrick Grain-Free Healthy Weight

Merrick Healthy Grains Dry Dog Food Healthy Weight Recipe - 25 lb. Bag
  • One (1) 25 lb Bag - Merrick Healthy Grains Dry Dog Food Healthy Weight Recipe
  • Merrick Healthy Grains Dry Dog Food Healthy Weight Recipe
  • Healthy weight dry dog food with high-quality protein, real produce, and a blend of whole grains including ancient grains for optimal protein and fiber
  • Real deboned chicken is the number 1 ingredient in this dog food with healthy grains
  • Dry food for dogs made with L-carnitine to support a healthy metabolism, plus glucosamine and chondroitin to support healthy hips and joints and omega-6 and 3 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat

Merrick Healthy Weight is one of 14 dry recipes reviewed in our Merrick Grain-Free product line review.

The first five elements are as follows: Beef deboned, chicken meal, peas, sweet potatoes, and potatoes

Grain-free is a type of cereal.

350 kilocalories per cup

Fresh beef and chicken meal provide the majority of the animal protein in this Merrick dish. According to our dry matter label analysis, the dish has 38% protein, 9% fat, and 45% projected carbohydrates... As a result, the fat-to-protein ratio is roughly 24 percent.

A high-protein, low-fat formula. It comes highly recommended.

Wellness Core Low-Fat Dog Food

Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Dry Dog Food, Reduced Fat, 12-Pound Bag
  • ADVANCED NATURAL NUTRITION TO FUEL YOUR DOG'S BEST LIFE: Premium protein expertly balanced with nutrient rich superfoods for a complete and balanced dog food, with guaranteed levels of all the nutrients your dog needs to thrive and no fillers
  • SAVORY FOOD DOGS LOVE: Wellness CORE is available in grain and grain free recipes, as well as limited ingredient diets for dogs with food sensitivities
  • LEANER BODY MASS AND MUSCLE TONE: Wellness CORE dog food is made with a high concentration of protein from fresh meat ingredients
  • SUPPORTS HEALTHY SKIN AND COAT with guaranteed levels of omega fatty acids from ingredients such as flaxseed and salmon oil
  • WHOLE BODY HEALTH: Supported by omega fatty acids, antioxidants, glucosamine, probiotics and taurine for a healthy heart

Wellness Core Reduced Fat is one of 12 dry recipes featured in our Wellness Core product line review.

The first five elements are as follows: Turkey deboned, turkey meal, chicken meal, lentils, and peas

Grain-free Calories per cup: 360

Price: $$ Well-being Reduced The majority of Fat's meat protein comes from deboned turkey, as well as turkey and chicken meals. According to our dry matter label analysis, the dish has 36% protein, 11% fat, and 45% projected carbohydrates... This results in a fat-to-protein ratio of roughly 30%.

A fantastic weight-loss formula. It comes highly recommended.

Fat Dogs with a Natural Balance

Natural Balance Fat Dogs Low Calorie Dry Dog Food, Chicken Meal, Salmon Meal, Garbanzo Beans, Peas & Oatmeal, 28 Pounds (Packaging May Vary)
  • Contains (1) 28 pound bag of dry dog food. For a limited time, you may receive either bag while we update our packaging
  • Made with targeted levels of L-carnitine to help maintain a healthy weight
  • Contains a special fiber and protein blend to help your dog feel full and satisfied
  • Includes wholesome grains with fiber to help support healthy digestion, plus added vitamin E, C and zinc to help support immune health
  • Complete, balanced nutrition for adult dogs

Natural Balance Fat Dogs is the only dry food in our Natural Balance Targeted Nutrition product line evaluation.

The first five ingredients are as follows: chicken meal, salmon meal, chickpeas, dried peas, and oat groats.

Grain-inclusive is a type of grain (oat groats, barley)

Price: $$ Natural Balance Calories: 315 kcal/cup The majority of Fat Dogs' animal protein comes from chicken meal and salmon meal. According to our dry matter label analysis, the recipe has 29% protein, 8% fat, and 55% projected carbohydrates... resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of roughly 29%

It also contains l-carnitine, an amino acid supplement that is thought to aid in fat metabolism. A well-balanced, nutritionally complete weight-loss formula. It comes highly recommended.

Purina Pro Plan Weight Control

Purina Pro Plan Weight Control Dog Food Wet Gravy, Weight Management Turkey and Rice Entree - (12) 13 oz. Cans
  • Twelve (12) 13 oz. Cans - Purina Pro Plan Weight Control Dog Food Wet Gravy, Weight Management Turkey and Rice Entree
  • High protein wet dog food made with real turkey is full of the flavor dogs love and helps maintain muscle mass during weight loss
  • Healthy weight dog food with 25 percent less fat than Pro Plan Complete Essentials Classic Chicken and Rice Entree for Adult Dogs is an ideal option for overweight or less active dogs
  • Low fat dog food is 100 percent complete and balanced for adult dogs and delivers 23 essential vitamins and minerals to help him thrive
  • Turkey dog food with gravy and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives helps support a healthy immune system and nourishes his healthy skin and coat

Weight Management is one of 19 dry recipes featured in our Purina Pro Plan product line evaluation.

The first five elements are as follows: Rice, whole grain corn, chicken by-product meal, and corn germ meal

Grain-inclusive is a type of grain (rice, corn, corn germ meal)

330 kilocalories per cup

Price: $ The majority of the meat protein in this traditional weight loss recipe comes from fresh chicken and poultry by-product meal. According to our dry matter label analysis, the recipe has 31% protein, 10% fat, and 51% projected carbohydrates... resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of roughly 33%

Eagle Pack Low Fat Dog Food

Annamaet Grain-Free Lean Reduced Fat Formula Dry Dog Food, (Chicken & Duck), 5-lb Bag
  • FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED: Annamaet Pet foods, a truly family owned and operated company, has been providing optimum nutrition to dogs and cats for over 30 years, Our mission is to maximize the health and well-being of our beloved pets while preserving our environment and natural resources for future generations
  • PREMIUM NUTRITION: Our products are holistic and GMO free as Annamaet maintains strict standards of quality control, All meat and fish used in our formulas are passed fit for human consumption, All of our products are corn, wheat, and soy free, Annamaet uses an artisanal production, allowing for small batches and a slow cook
  • SUSTAINABILITY: Annamaet is dedicated to a more sustainable future and the wellbeing of our environment, Our commitment to sustainability includes not only our new packaging, but what’s inside the bag as well, Annamaet now uses sustainable packaging, made with Bio-Flex materials that are specifically engineered to biodegrade in landfills
  • Annamaet GRAIN-FREE FORMULAS: Part of the Grain-Free line, these formulas use proteinated (chelated) minerals to help support the immune system and optimal mineral absorption, Also contains L-Carnitine which is associated with better fat utilization and helps to maintain lean body mass
  • SOLVING A REAL PROBLEM: At Annamaet, we feel there needs to be a feeding option for those dogs prone to being overweight, After consultation with a veterinary nutritionist, we formulated this high protein, low fat weight control diet using additional carnitine and Omega 3 Fatty Acids, without all of the added fiber

Eagle Pack Reduced Fat is one of seven dry recipes included in our Eagle Pack product evaluation.

Pork meal, dehulled barley, peas, ground brown rice, and oatmeal are the first five ingredients.

Grain-inclusive is a type of grain (barley, rice, oatmeal)

343 kilocalories per cup

Eagle Pack costs $. Reduced Fat gets the majority of its meat protein from pork meal. According to our dry matter label analysis, the recipe contains 27% protein, 7% fat, and 59% estimated carbs... resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 25%

A low-cost weight-loss dog food that does not sacrifice quality. It comes highly recommended.

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