Wet Dog Foods That Work

September 29, 2021

When compared to kibble, the best wet dog diets include more protein, less carbohydrates, and no cancer-causing preservatives. They're also easy to chew.

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Halo Dog Food, High Protein Wet Dog Food, Adult Dogs, Chicken Stew 5.5oz Can
  • ONLY WHOLE MEAT HERE – We proudly give your dog delicious and healthy whole meat - never any of that rendered "meat meal," like "chicken meal" or "fish meal"
  • MADE IN THE USA: Halo uses non-GMO fruits and vegetables along with other quality ingredients sourced from US farms and around the world; All Halo products are made in the USA
  • HIGHLY DIGESTIBLE WITH HEALTHY GRAINS – Our healthy and holistic wet dog food is highly digestible since there are no rendered meat meals, artificial ingredients, or preservatives. We also use healthy, wholesome grains as a source of energy, fiber, and for digestive health.
  • DESIGNED FOR ADULT DOGS – Give your pet the nourishment they need with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat, plus whole meat to help adult dogs maintain their strength and energy level.
  • SMOOTH AND TASTY – Only premium ingredients to see here. Our delightfully tasty chicken stew recipe has a smooth texture with tender bits of colorful vegetables plus the benefit of added hydration, with an aroma and taste that dogs love. Even picky eaters can’t help but dig in.
Weruva Classic Dog Food, Steak Frites with Beef, Pumpkin & Sweet Potato in Gravy, 14oz Can (Pack of 12)
  • Steak Frites (14oz can, Pack of 12) Great for dogs with poultry allergies. Featuring grass-fed Australian beef, with pumpkin, and sweet potato in gravy.
  • Weruva Classic Dog Food - Our premium lineup of artfully-crafted recipes with high-quality ingredients you can actually see and your dog will love
  • Grass-fed beef shredded to perfection, with pumpkin for added fiber. Our most popular flavor for picky pups!
  • Chicken -Free. Grain-free, Gluten-free, Chicken-Free, Poultry-Free & Carrageenan-free. No corn, wheat or soy. Free from any artificial colors & preservatives.
  • Produced in Human Food Facilities under the Strictest B. R. C. Global Standards for Foods with responsibly sourced ingredients
Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Red Meat Recipe Canned Dog Food - (12) 12.7 oz. Cans
  • Twelve (12) 12.7 oz Cans - Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Red Meat Recipe Canned Dog Food
  • Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Red Meat Recipe Canned Dog Food
  • Real meat dog food with perfectly balanced nutrition from the farm, starting with USA raised beef, pork and lamb
  • Our Wholesome Harvest Blend provides the fiber, vitamins, minerals and nutrients your dog needs to be their best self
  • Developed with veterinarian and nutrition experts, this corn free dog food is also made without soy or wheat ingredients

As a result, canned foods are an excellent choice for puppies, tiny dogs, and senior dogs.

On this page, we'll present The Dog Food Advisor's picks for the best wet dog meals... and we'll respond to your most often asked questions about wet feeding.

Canidae Canned Dog Food for All Life Stages

Canidae All Life Stages Premium Wet Dog Food for All Breeds, All Ages and All Sizes, Chicken and Rice Formula, 13 Ounce (Pack of 12)
  • Contains 12- 13 Ounce Cans of Canidae All Life Stages Chicken and Rice Formula Wet Dog Food
  • Nutritionally dense wet food, crafted with chicken along with wholesome grains and simmered in broth for great taste, made without corn, wheat or soy
  • Complete and balanced goodness for all ages, breeds and sizes. Our wet dog food recipes, crafted for multi-dog homes, makes meal time a breeze
  • Formulated with antioxidants and probiotics to support a healthy digestive and immune system, along with a nutritious blend of vitamins and minerals to support healthy joints, skin and coat
  • Canidae is creating a world of goodness for pets and the planet. Premium proteins and regeneratively farmed ingredients nourish pets and planet in every bowl, setting a new standard for pet food. Everything we do results in a bowl full of goodness

All Life Stages Chicken and Rice is one of four canned meals included in our Canidae product line assessment.

The first five elements are as follows: Brown rice, chicken broth, chicken liver, dried egg product

Pate is finely chopped.

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

Life stage: All stages of life

Adults and all puppies are the best candidates.

The majority of the meat protein in this recipe comes from fresh chicken. According to our dry matter label analysis, the dish has 41% protein, 30% fat, and 22% projected carbohydrates... resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of roughly 72%

A superb wet formula for all life stages. There is no maize, wheat, or soy in this product. It comes highly recommended.

Merrick Classic Canned Dog Food

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Merrick Grain Free Wet Dog Food Cowboy Cookout - (12) 12.7 oz. Cans (Adult Favorites)
  • Twelve (12) 12.7 oz Cans - Merrick Grain Free Wet Dog Food Cowboy Cookout
  • Merrick Grain Free Wet Dog Food Cowboy Cookout
  • Real deboned beef is the first ingredient
  • Grain free wet dog food also contains carrots, green beans and granny smith apples
  • No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or by-products

Merrick Cowboy Cookout is one of 11 canned dishes reviewed in our Merrick Classic product line review.

First 5 ingredients: Beef deboned, beef broth, chicken broth, beef liver, and peas

Chunks in gravy are the texture.

Grain-free

Life stage: All life stages

Best for: Adults + all pups

Cowboy Cookout gets the majority of its animal protein from fresh beef. According to our dry matter label analysis, the recipe contains 47 percent protein, 16 percent fat, and 29 percent estimated carbs... resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of around 33%

Ollie Fresh Dog Food  

Ollie Turkey is one of four human-grade recipes reviewed in our Ollie fresh dog food product range review.

Turkey thigh, pumpkin, turkey liver, turkey heart, and carrot are the first five ingredients.

Coarsely ground texture

Type: Grain-free

Life stage: All stages of life

Adults and all puppies are the best candidates.

The majority of Ollie Turkey's animal protein comes from fresh turkey and organ meat. According to the dry matter label, the dish has 44 percent protein, 28 percent fat, and 20 percent projected carbohydrates... This results in a fat-to-protein ratio of roughly 64%.

Each unique feeding plan is created based on your dog's weight, age, breed type, activity level, and allergies... and then recommends a specific portion size based on the number of calories required to maintain your dog's desired weight.

Wet Dog Food Halo

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Halo Dog Food, High Protein Wet Dog Food, Adult Dogs, Chicken Stew 5.5oz Can
  • ONLY WHOLE MEAT HERE – We proudly give your dog delicious and healthy whole meat - never any of that rendered "meat meal," like "chicken meal" or "fish meal"
  • MADE IN THE USA: Halo uses non-GMO fruits and vegetables along with other quality ingredients sourced from US farms and around the world; All Halo products are made in the USA
  • HIGHLY DIGESTIBLE WITH HEALTHY GRAINS – Our healthy and holistic wet dog food is highly digestible since there are no rendered meat meals, artificial ingredients, or preservatives. We also use healthy, wholesome grains as a source of energy, fiber, and for digestive health.
  • DESIGNED FOR ADULT DOGS – Give your pet the nourishment they need with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat, plus whole meat to help adult dogs maintain their strength and energy level.
  • SMOOTH AND TASTY – Only premium ingredients to see here. Our delightfully tasty chicken stew recipe has a smooth texture with tender bits of colorful vegetables plus the benefit of added hydration, with an aroma and taste that dogs love. Even picky eaters can’t help but dig in.

Halo Lamb is one of six canned meals included in our Halo canned product line evaluation.

The first five elements are as follows: Lamb, chicken broth, liver of cattle, carrots, and barley

Texture: Several options are available. (either a pate or a stew)

Type: Grain-inclusive (barley, rolled oats) (barley, rolled oats)

Stage of life: upkeep

Only suitable for: Adults (not for puppies)

The majority of the animal protein in Halo Lamb Recipe comes from lamb and beef liver. According to our dry matter label analysis, the recipe contains 50% protein, 28% fat, and 14% estimated carbs... This results in a fat-to-protein ratio of roughly 56%.

A fantastic grain-free option for adult dogs.

Weruva Wet Dog Food

Weruva Classic Dog Food, Steak Frites with Beef, Pumpkin & Sweet Potato in Gravy, 14oz Can (Pack of 12)
  • Steak Frites (14oz can, Pack of 12) Great for dogs with poultry allergies. Featuring grass-fed Australian beef, with pumpkin, and sweet potato in gravy.
  • Weruva Classic Dog Food - Our premium lineup of artfully-crafted recipes with high-quality ingredients you can actually see and your dog will love
  • Grass-fed beef shredded to perfection, with pumpkin for added fiber. Our most popular flavor for picky pups!
  • Chicken -Free. Grain-free, Gluten-free, Chicken-Free, Poultry-Free & Carrageenan-free. No corn, wheat or soy. Free from any artificial colors & preservatives.
  • Produced in Human Food Facilities under the Strictest B. R. C. Global Standards for Foods with responsibly sourced ingredients

Bed and Breakfast is one of 14 canned recipes included in our Weruva product line review.

The first five ingredients are chicken, water, an egg, pumpkin, and sweet potato.

Texture: Chunks in gravy

Grain-free Lifestage: All Life Stages

Adults and all puppies are the best candidates.

The majority of the meat protein in this Weruva recipe comes from fresh chicken. According to our dry matter label analysis, the recipe contains 57% protein, 10% fat, and 25% estimated carbs... This results in a fat-to-protein ratio of roughly 18%.

A fantastic grain-free recipe. It comes highly recommended.

Canned Wellness Stews Dog Food

Wellness Turkey Stew is one of six canned dishes included in our Wellness Stews product review.

The first five elements are as follows: Turkey, meat broth, enough water to digest the turkey, turkey liver, barley

Chunks in gravy are the texture.

Grain-inclusive is the kind (barley)

Life stage: All stages of life

Adults and small or medium-sized puppies are the best candidates.

The majority of the animal protein in Wellness Turkey Stew comes from fresh turkey. According to our dry matter label analysis, the recipe contains 44 percent protein, 17 percent fat, and 31 percent estimated carbs... This results in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 38%.

A super-healthy, moist formula with an outstanding fat-to-protein ratio. Highly recommended.

Fresh Farmer's Dog Dog Food

Milk-Bone Farmer's Medley Dog Treats, Lamb & Spring Vegetables, 12 Ounces (Pack of 4), Grain Free
  • Contains (4) 12 Ounce Bags Of Grain Free Dog Treats
  • Made with real USA-sourced lamb as the #1 ingredient
  • No fillers, no wheat, no corn, no artificial flavors or preservatives
  • Baked biscuits with lamb and spring vegetables for dogs of all sizes
  • Resealable packaging to preserve freshness

This Turkey Recipe is one of four human-grade wet formulas we tested as part of our review of The Farmer's Dog product line.

Turkey, parsnips, chickpeas, carrots, and broccoli are the first five components.

Texture: Coarsely ground

Grain-free Lifestage: All Life Stages

Adults and all puppies are the best candidates.

Pork, beef, and turkey recipes (Ratings may differ)

The majority of the animal protein in the Farmer's Dog Turkey Recipe comes from fresh turkey. Dry matter label research reveals the dish includes 32 percent protein, 18 percent fat and 42 percent projected carbs… This gives a fat-to-protein ratio of roughly 56 percent . Other flavors are available.

A board-certified veterinary nutritionist created the entire product line... and all recipes use human-grade ingredients.

All Farmer’s Dog formulations are 100 percent complete and balanced and fulfill AAFCO nutrient guidelines for all life stages… As a result, each dish is appropriate for puppies, adults, or elderly.

Instinct Original Wet Dog Food

Instinct Original Grain Free Real Chicken Recipe Natural Wet Canned Dog Food, 13.2 oz. Cans (Case of 6)
  • GRAIN FREE DOG FOOD WITH CAGE FREE CHICKEN: Instinct Original is made with 95% chicken, turkey & chicken liver, 5% vegetables, fruits & wholesome ingredients. This is high protein dog food with responsibly sourced cage free chicken as the #1 ingredient.
  • CANNED DOG FOOD WITH NO FILLERS: Instinct Original wet dog food is high protein dog food. Made without grain, potato, corn, wheat, soy, carrageenan, by-product meals, artificial colors or preservatives - ingredients known to trigger food sensitivities.
  • NATURAL DOG FOOD: Made from real meat & whole food ingredients, our grain free wet dog food is packed with animal protein for strong, lean muscles. Served as a meal or topper, this delicious loaf texture is a taste that small dogs to large dogs crave.
  • RAW INSPIRED WET DOG FOOD: Our canned dog food offers complete & balanced nutrition from real ingredients to support your dog's health from puppy to senior. Made in the USA with the finest ingredients from around the world.
  • INSTINCT, THE RAW BRAND: We craft wet & dry dog food from real ingredients. Compare Instinct to Blue Buffalo, Rachel Ray, Hills Science Diet, Purina One, Taste of the Wild, Merrick, Natural Balance, Wellness, Orijen, Royal Canin, Fromm, Acana & Nutro.

Original with Real Beef is one of 8 canned recipes included in our review of the Instinct Original product line.

The first five elements are as follows: Beef, beef liver, beef broth, tricalcium phosphate, flaxseed ground

Pate with a finely chopped texture

Type: Grain-free sLife stage: All life stages

Best for: Adults + small or medium breed pups

The majority of the meat protein in this Instinct recipe comes from fresh beef. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the dish contains 52 percent protein, 34 percent fat and 6 percent projected carbs… This results in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 65 percent.

Wet dog food that is nutritionally balanced. It comes highly recommended.

Canned Dog Food from Whole Earth Farms

Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Red Meat Recipe Canned Dog Food - (12) 12.7 oz. Cans
  • Twelve (12) 12.7 oz Cans - Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Red Meat Recipe Canned Dog Food
  • Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Red Meat Recipe Canned Dog Food
  • Real meat dog food with perfectly balanced nutrition from the farm, starting with USA raised beef, pork and lamb
  • Our Wholesome Harvest Blend provides the fiber, vitamins, minerals and nutrients your dog needs to be their best self
  • Developed with veterinarian and nutrition experts, this corn free dog food is also made without soy or wheat ingredients

This Chicken and Turkey formula is one of 15 canned recipes featured in our study of the Whole Earth Farms canned product range.

The first five elements are as follows: Chicken, chicken broth, turkey, chicken liver, peas

Texture: Multiple options (pate or stew)

Grain-free Lifestage: All Life Stages

Adults and all puppies are the best candidates.

This Whole Earth Farms formula takes the dominant share of its animal protein from fresh chicken and turkey. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the dish has 43 percent protein, 27 percent fat and 22 percent projected carbs… generating a fat-to-protein ratio of roughly 63 percent .

A great all life phases canned formula ideal for both humans and puppies.

Trays for Nature's Recipe Dog Food

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Nature's Recipe Wet Dog Food, Chicken & Turkey in Broth Recipe, 2.75 Ounce Cup (Pack of 12)
  • Contains (12) 2.75 Ounce Cups of Wet Dog Food
  • Real chicken is the No.1 ingredient
  • High-quality protein from premium sources, such as turkey, helps support lean muscles
  • With wholesome sweet potatoes and barley, a source of energy-supplying carbohydrates
  • No beef, corn, or wheat, and no artificial flavors or preservatives

Nature’s Recipe Chicken and Wild Salmon is one of 3 canned recipes included in our review of the Nature’s Recipe product line.

The first five elements are as follows: Chicken, chicken broth, pumpkin, fish, brown rice

Chunks in gravy are the texture.

Grain-inclusive is the kind (brown rice)

Stage of life: upkeep

Best for: Adults only (not for puppies) (not for puppies)

Nature’s Recipe Chicken and Wild Salmon get the majority of their meat protein from chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the dish contains 65 percent protein, 12 percent fat and 16 percent projected carbs… This results in a fat-to-protein ratio of roughly 18%.

An fantastic wet alternative. It comes highly recommended.

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