Best Canned Dog Food: 6 Tasty And Nutritious Products (Reviews For 2017)

There are hundreds of brands of canned dog food but often pet owners wonder: What is the best canned dog food? While there isn’t one option that works for every breed and age of dog, we’ll take a look at the top contenders, list their pros and cons, and let you make the right decision for your pooch.

Quick Comparison: Best Dog Can Food in 2017

Dog FoodQualityOur Rating
Purina ALPO Chop House Brand Wet Dog FoodA-
Natural Balance Ultra Premium Wet Dog FoodA
Taste of the Wild Wetlands Grain-Free Canned Dog FoodB+
Kibbles 'n Bits Wet Dog FoodB+
Pedigree Choice Cuts Dog FoodB+
Merrick Whole Earth FarmsA-

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Below you’ll find in-depth reviews of each of the above products.

Editor’s Choice – Best Canned Food For Dogs

Here’s our pick of some of the best brands in the market.

#1 – Purina ALPO Chop House Brand Wet Dog Food

Purina is well-known brand of dog food and their Chop House Brand Wet Dog Food is one of the top sellers.

Purina ALPO Canned Food

What We Like

  • Ingredients include protein-rich foods like roasted chicken, bacon, and fillet mignon.
  • Purina creates this food to be good for dogs of all ages – from puppies to senior dogs.
  • It’s a complete and balanced food that does not require supplements or dry dog food.
  • This is one of the most affordable options out there.
  • It’s easy to find in most major supermarkets and pet stores.

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What We Don’t Like

  • The protein count is just 9%. That’s much lower than other brands.
  • While it’s made to work for dogs of all ages, some pet owners prefer a formula balanced specifically for their puppy or senior dog. That’s not an option with this line.
  • This food does contain gluten and wheat, which some dogs are sensitive to.
  • Unlike some higher priced, higher quality brands, Purina’s canned dog food comes out from the can in a solid piece – as opposed to individual pieces of meat.

#2 – Natural Balance Ultra Premium Wet Dog Food

Natural Balance offers five different varieties of wet dog food:

  1. Beef
  2. Chicken
  3. Lamb
  4. Liver
  5. Vegetarian

Natural Balance Canned Dog Food

What We Like

  • Their food is formulated to work well for seniors, adults, and puppies.
  • Carbohydrates come from high quality ingredients like oat bran, potatoes, and brown rice.
  • No artificial colors or flavors are used.
  • Natural Balance prioritizes good digestion when choosing their ingredients.
  • This is one of just a few vegetarian options available.

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What We Don’t Like

  • Potatoes are a high quality carbohydrate but they can be gassy and difficult for some dogs to digest. Other dogs have an allergy to potatoes.
  • While it does have “minimal BPAs” – which is better than many brands – it does contain trace amounts.
  • The food has a stronger odor than most canned dog food.
  • It’s on the more expensive end of the price spectrum.

#3 – Taste of the Wild Wetlands Grain-Free Canned Dog Food

Taste of the Wild offers a unique Wetlands Grain-Free Canned Dog Food. It’s available solely in their original flavor.

Taste Of Wild Canned Dog Food

What We Like

  • It’s grain-free, which many consumers are looking for today.
  • Duck and chicken are the main proteins.
  • Fruits and veggies are also included for their antioxidant properties.

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What We Don’t Like

  • These all-purpose formulas are not always the best options for puppies or senior dogs.
  • They are also not always the best option for small breeds or large breeds.
  • The formula contains quite a bit of potato. This can be an issue for the digestive tract of some dogs.

#4 – Kibbles ‘n Bits Wet Dog Food

Kibbles ‘n Bits is one of the most well-known wet dog foods on the market.

Kibbles 'n Bits Canned Dog Food

What We Like

  • This is by far one of the most affordable wet dog foods on the market.
  • It’s widely available at online retailers as well as local supermarkets and pet stores.
  • Variety packs are available with numerous flavors together.

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What We Don’t Like

  • In this case, it’s true that you get what you pay for: the ingredients are less than optimal.
  • This food contains quite a few fillers.
  • It can cause loose stools for some dogs.

#5 – Pedigree Choice Cuts Dog Food

Pedigree Choice Cuts canned dog food is another affordable, easily accessible canned dog food.

Pedigree Canned Dog Food

What We Like

  • Like Kibbles ‘n Bits, this is one of the most affordable canned dog foods on the market.
  • It’s very easy to find at local retailers and online.
  • The food is manufactured in the U.S.

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What We Don’t Like

  • The quality of ingredients is in line with the price. This food contains many fillers and artificial flavors and colors.
  • While the food is manufactured in the U.S., some ingredients do come from overseas – including China.
  • Some ingredients include waste products from meat manufacturing plants.

#6 – Merrick Whole Earth Farms

Merrick Whole Earth Farms offers several types of stew-style canned dog foods with flavorful herbs like rosemary and thyme,  including:

  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Chicken pate
  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Salmon

Merick Whole Earth Canned Dog Food

Things We Like

  • The food is made in the USA.
  • There are no ingredients sourced from China.
  • This is a fairly affordable canned dog food.
  • It’s AAFCO

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Things We Didn’t Like

  • As with many of the canned dog foods we reviewed, this option contains a lot of potatoes, which are notoriously difficult for some dogs to digest. This is not of course true of all dogs – or even most dogs.
  • There are no specific options for larger or smaller breeds, or puppies or senior dogs.
  • While it’s referred to as a “stew” with “gravy,” the texture is much more like pate. This is not a problem for some owners – and some dogs – but it is not exactly as advertised.

The Final Choice

When you’re asking yourself, “What is the best canned dog food?” you must consider your own dog’s unique needs. If high-quality ingredients are your top priority then your top choice would likely be Natural Brand Ultra Premium Food.

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For those looking for the most affordable wet dog food, Purina ALPO is our top choice of the bargain brands. While the ingredients aren’t of the quality the more expensive foods are, and the protein count is low, the quality of the proteins is good and it’s a balanced option for your dog.

For those dog owners who want an option between these two extremes, our top choice is Merrick Whole Earth Farms. They manage to offer some truly high-quality ingredients without the super-high price tag you’ll find with other wet dog foods.

Other Types of Dog Food

If you’d like to know a bit more about dog food be sure to read some of our other articles: