The 8 Best Wet Puppy Foods

By Kevin Myers | 2021 Update

✓ Reviewed by Dr. Sara Redding Ochoa, DVM

Ready to grab high-quality wet food for your pup?

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In today’s post, I’ve listed the best-wet puppy foods after spending several weeks on research, consumer reviews, ingredient analysis and more (here is my 40 point inspection list)

And if you want to know more about puppy foods, check out these frequently asked puppy food questions here.

Let’s get started…

The 8 Best Wet Puppy Foods

Best Wet Puppy FoodsRatingTop Ingredients
1. Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Canned Dog Food
(Editor’s Choice)
4.9Real Chicken, Liver, Rice
2. Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Canned Dog Food4.9Chicken, Cracked Barley, Soybean Meal
3. Royal Canin Puppy Canned Dog Food4.8Chicken, Pork By-Products, Salmon
4. Wellness Complete Health Just for Puppy4.7Chicken, Salmon, Sweet Potatoes
5. Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Puppy Chicken Dinner4.7Chicken, Chicken Liver, Carrots
6. Pedigree Puppy Chopped Ground Dinner4.6Chicken, Meat By-Products, Beef
7. Solid Gold Love At First Bark Canned Dog Food4.4Beef, Potatoes, Dried Egg Whites
8. Wellness Core Grain Free Puppy Formula4.6Turkey, Chicken Liver, Ground Dried Peas

How to Switch Dog Food Without Getting Your Pup Sick


Wet Puppy Foods Reviews

1. Purina Pro Plan — Focus Puppy Classic Chicken & Rice Entree Canned Dog Food

If you understand the importance of your puppy’s mental development along with the physical growth, here is a perfect option. Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Classic contains the right amount of brain-healthy nutrients such as DHA. which is essential for cognitive development and healthy vision in growing puppies.

Moreover, it is rich in quality proteins from real chicken meat as well as easily digestible carbohydrates from rice. I love how this combo provides puppies with physical strength and energy to play all day. This puppy food by Purina is one of the best wet puppy food available.


2. Hill’s Science Diet — Puppy Chicken & Barley Entree Canned Dog Food

Sometimes puppies can be picky, they won’t settle for anything that doesn’t taste delicious.  If this describes your four-legged friend, you need to bring home the Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Chicken & Barley. It is a delicious treat that doesn’t compromise on nutrition . This  balanced formula offers high-quality proteins and other essentials to ensure a healthy immune system. The formula also promotes better mobility as well as healthy digestion.


3. Royal Canin — Puppy Canned Dog Food

The healthy growth of your puppy requires food that is precisely balanced. Royal Canin is one of the few products that actually deliver just that. It contains high-quality proteins from various sources along with a number of essential nutrients such as Taurine, an essential ingredient for vision development.


4. Wellness — Complete Health Just for Puppy

You want your puppy to enjoy all the delicious and beneficial ingredients without upsetting their sensitive tummies, Wellness Complete Health Just for Puppies is a great option. Aside from chicken and salmon, it has a beneficial blend of fruits and vegetables. This means your puppy will get an appropriate amount of carbs, vitamins, and minerals as well. It is free of common allergens such as corn, wheat, and soy. This Wellness food is among the best-wet food available online.


5. Blue Buffalo — Homestyle Recipe Puppy Chicken Dinner

Your puppy needs a balanced diet with nutrition extracted from a variety of natural sources. That is exactly what you get in a can of Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Puppy Chicken Dinner. Your little one gets a good dose of high-quality protein from chicken, and that’s not all.  This food is rich in DHA and essential fatty acids. It contains the essential carbs needed to keep playful puppies moving throughout the day.


6. Pedigree — Puppy Chopped Ground Dinner

If minced meal is your puppy’s favorite, then treat your baby with this delicious canful of healthy nutrients. The formula is easy to digest for young and sensitive tummies. Yet, it’s  full of high-quality proteins, minerals, and vitamins. It has a good percentage of Calcium and Phosphorus, two nutrients that ensure healthy bone growth and development. Like all of my picks , this one is also rich in DHA, sourced from fish oil.


7. Solid Gold Love At First Bark Beef, Potatoes & Apples Puppy Recipe Grain-Free Canned Dog Food

Top 5 Ingredients: 1. Beef, 2. Beef Liver, 3. Potatoes, 4. Dried Egg Whites, 5. Menhaden Fish Oil

Formulated for delicious taste and maximum nutrition, Soild Gold Love At First Bark Canned Food is an ideal choice for growing puppies. Beef meat and potatoes are the main ingredients in the recipe to promote muscle growth and high-energy levels. It also includes beef liver and apples to give your puppy a nutrient boost along with a burst of flavors.

Moreover, Solid Gold has fortified the recipe with a bunch of micronutrients that promote head-to-toe nourishment. The list includes vitamins, minerals, DHA, EPA, omega fatty acids, and bunch of other nutrients. Most of these micros are derived from real fruits and vegetables such as spinach, blueberries, and pumpkin. It’s also worth noting that the food is free from fillers, corn, wheat, soy, grains, gluten, and other harmful or unnecessary additives.


8. Wellness — Core Grain Free Puppy Formula

If you are looking for a high-protein formula, Wellness Core Grain-Free is a great option. This one has 30% more protein than their own regular formula and most of the products from other brands as well. What you get is a protein and nutrient-rich meal without grain and fillers. The overall balanced formula is great for a puppy’s core strength and development. It is highly recommended for larger breeds that require more protein.


9. Blue Buffalo — Wilderness Turkey and Chicken Grill Grain-free

Give your puppy and an incredible mix of healthy ingredients to ensure both healthy physical and cognitive growth. Blue Buffalo Wilderness Turkey and Chicken Grill Grain-free will give your puppy  all the nutritional power without the risk of indigestion. Your pup will get enough DHA and fatty acids from the meal so you won’t need to add a lot of supplements to their diet.


10. Merrick — Grain-Free Puppy Plate Recipe Canned Dog Food

If you are looking for something different and delicious for your picky pup, you need to give Merrick Grain-Free Puppy Plate a try. But be warned,  it may become your puppy’s favorite. But don’t worry, it has all a growing puppy needs to stay healthy and active, minus common allergens such as grain. It provides t a healthy and tasty dose of proteins and fiber; the fiber comes mainly from Granny Smith apples and ensures easy digestion.


11. Iams — Proactive Health Puppy Chicken and Rice Pate

What makes Iams Proactive different from most puppy food is the way all the nutritious ingredients are slow-cooked in real broth. The procedure retains the nutritional value as well as the taste of every ingredient. Your puppy gets a rich blend of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids.


12. Blue Buffalo — Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Puppy Grain-Free

I like Blue Buffalo Wilderness range because it’s very close to the dog’s ancestral diet. . Blue Buffalo Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat is full of red meat protein, yet it is easy to digest because of its quality fiber content. Additional B12 supplement improves the overall gastrointestinal function. Not to mention there are a plethora of other vitamins that ensure the strong immune system for your pup.


13. Instinct Original Puppy Grain-Free Real Chicken Recipe Wet Canned Dog Food

Top 5 Ingredients: 1. Chicken, 2. Chicken Broth, 3. Salmon, 4. Carrots, 5. Flaxseed

If you’re confused about choosing the right puppy food, go with Instinct’s Original Puppy Chicken Dog Food. It’s packed with natural ingredients from top to bottom, and features real protein from chicken, salmon, and beef. All this whole meat and liver is added to the food as loaf so your puppy can enjoy a meaty, flavorful meal.

Fruits and vegetables like cranberries, pumpkin, blueberries, carrots, and peas make the food antioxidant-rich and further elevate its taste. DHA promotes brain and vision development so your puppy becomes sharp and healthy. To avoid triggering stomach problems, the brand exempts grains, potatoes, corn, wheat, soy, and artificial preservatives from their food.


14. Nutro Ultra — Puppy Chunks in Gravy Canned Dog Food

Nutro Ultra Puppy Chunks in Gravy is a healthy option for puppies because it contains quality sourced lean proteins from  farm-raised chickens. While proteins ensure good muscle growth, a healthy blend of vitamins , minerals, and DHA to support cognitive development. Containing a mix of superfoods like cranberry and avocado, it’s a perfect meal for active pups.


15. Whole Earth Farms — Grain-Free Puppy Recipe Canned Dog Food

Whenever my pups are being too picky, I like to treat them with Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free pate. It is a grain-free whole meal formula with balanced nutrition, plus a flavorful blend of blueberry, rosemary, sage, and thyme. It is like a tasty treat with all the healthy essentials. Your pup might eat more than it needs but it is okay because it is super gentle on the tummy. Overall, a great grain-free option for the little ones.


16. Eukanuba — Puppy Mixed Grill Chicken & Beef Dinner in Gravy Formula Canned Dog Food

Rich in essential amino acids and antioxidants, Eukanuba Puppy Mixed Grill Chicken & Beef Dinner will keep your puppy’s immune system strong. It is a delicious chunk-in-gravy  meal prepared from real chicken and beef. A healthy mix of vegetables adds a lot of vitamins to promote cognitive development while managing a healthy weight.


17. Nulo — Freestyle Turkey, Cod & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free Puppy Canned Dog Food

If your puppy is a fan of Turkey, you can make meal time more nourishing and delicious with Nulo Freestyle Turkey, Cod & Sweet Potato Recipe. This grain-free formula is great for sensitive tummies and puppies that requireextra coat and skin care. It is rich in proteins for muscle growth, calcium, and phosphorus for strong bones, and antioxidants for a better immune system. Despite the powerful punch of nutrients, it is a low glycemic meal perfectly suitable for sensitive stomachs.


Wet Puppy Foods FAQs

1. How do puppies’ nutritional needs differ from adult dogs?

The nutritional needs of puppies are in accordance with their development stage. This is when they’re developing organs, building muscles and bones, and growing. On the other hand, adult dogs require nutrition to maintain their already grown bodies. Naturally, the nutritional requirement of puppies is higher than adult dogs to fuel their growth and development.

2. What’s the right time to start feeding solid food to my puppy?

After about four weeks, puppies required nutrition is not fulfilled from their mother’s milk. That’s a good time to introduce them to solid food. By the sixth week, puppies are weaned off. However, feeding kibble directly can be a little harsh for their soft teeth. You may need to moisten dry food with water or a wet food blend to make it soft and spongy. You can even stick to a nutritious wet food formula to ensure your little pup gets all the required nutrition through flavorful, soft meals.

3. How do I ensure I am feeding the right food according to my puppy’s needs?

The AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) has set the standard nutrient guidelines that most manufacturers follow. Companies that follow these standards often have the AAFCO approved label on the packaging, which means that the pet food formulated according to the guidelines and offers complete and balanced nutrition.

In addition to this factor, make sure you’re giving your pup food that’s specifically designed for their life stage. Puppies should be fed food that’s suitable for pups or for all life stages.

4. How often should I feed wet food to my puppy?

Puppies should be fed three to four times a day between four and six months. Adjust the frequency to twice a day after six months. Just make sure you divide the wet food according to their daily caloric requirement.

5. Is wet food a better option than dry food?

Some wet food options are definitely denser when it comes to nutrient value. Pups are particularly fond of the texture and flavors of wet food options. This makes introducing new food easier to little puppies. However, it doesn’t mean wet food is better than dry food. They’re both great options as far as they’re good quality and fulfill your pup’s nutritional requirements. You can opt for a wet food option based on your and your pup’s preferences.

6. How much should I feed my puppy?

You need to be particularly careful about the calories and nutrient requirements when feeding wet food to your puppies. Since puppies require a lot of food to fuel their growth and development, you must divide the meals accordingly.

You can also refer to the feeding charts available on the puppy food labels for a better idea.

7. What’s the right time to switch my puppy to adult food?

The answer to this question is quite subjective as it is based on the puppy breed you own. Different dogs mature at different ages. Once your dog reaches 90% of their expected overall adult weight, you can switch them to a diet that’s suitable for adult dogs for optimal maintenance. Small breeds mature early between nine and twelve months. Larger breeds can take twelve to eighteen months to enter adulthood.

8. What wet food should I never feed my puppy?

Not all foods designed for humans can be fed to dogs. While you can treat them with healthy leftovers, fruits, and vegetables occasionally, it is important to steer clear of options that could be harmful to your pup. Avoid feeding them avocados, grapes, chocolates, macadamia nuts, raisins, and raw bread dough. Also avoid ingredients like garlic, onions, and chives. If your dog is allergic to dairy, keep them away from milk and cheese as well.  


Buyer’s Guide

There are several factors that come together to keep your puppies happy and healthy. This includes giving them the right diet, plenty of exercise and playtime, and unconditional love and care. But when it comes to the food, you have to be particularly cautious because that’s what going to help your puppy to grow and develop. It’s the food and the adequate level of exercise that would decide how healthy your dog’s going to be.

This article would discuss what a good puppy diet should look like and how you should set up a right feeding pattern according to their age. So without further ado, let’s dive in!

Ingredients to look for in puppy food

  • Real meat protein: Premium-quality meat protein is the foremost requirement for growing puppies. It’s also the most protein-dense portion of an animal and is easiest to digest. When choosing a puppy food, make sure meat makes up the majority of its protein content and is listed amongst the first few ingredients.
  • Whole grains: To stay active and maintain healthy digestion, a puppy needs whole grains in their diet. Oatmeal, barley, and brown rice as great examples of fibrous whole grains that promote healthy stools and maintain energy levels in puppies.
  • Fruits and vegetables: Puppies need multiple vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for proper growth. And there’s no better source for micronutrients than natural fruits and vegetables. Compared to artificial supplements, they’re easier to digest, more nutritionally diverse, and taste better. Our favorite ones for puppies include blueberries, cranberries, pumpkin, apples, carrots, and beet root.

Ingredients to avoid in puppy food

  • Rendered meats and fats: Some manufacturers use meat by-products and rendered fats to make their food cheaper. Both of them are derived from dead or sick animals, so they contain toxins and few nutrients. We would recommend staying away from foods that list generic fats like ‘animal fat’ and meat by-products.
  • Wheat and corn: Both wheat and corn are used as fillers in puppy foods to pump up their calorie content. Wheat gluten is also a common ingredient used as a protein source in some recipes. Unfortunately, all of these ingredients are difficult to digest and provide little nutritional value to your puppy.
  • BHT and BHA: BHT and BHA are used as preservatives in dog foods, especially for fats. However, both of them have been linked to allergies and are classified as possible carcinogens.

What Can My Puppies Eat?

Depending on the size and breed of your dog, you should allow your dog to feed on his mother’s milk for the first 4 to 6 weeks. The mother’s milk provides the adequate nutrients required to keep the puppies healthy and protect them from diseases. During this time, you don’t have to worry about feeding any other puppy food.  

After six weeks, try and wean your puppy off the mother’s milk and introduce them to the new food. This transition phase can take 2 to 3 weeks. You have both kibble and wet food options to start from. The only thing you need to make sure is that the food you pick should be formulated for puppies. High-quality puppy food will include all the nutrition they need at this lifestage for optimal growth and development.

If you’re new to this, you can always seek assistance from your vet. If you opt for kibble, always moisten it or blend it with a milk replacer to adjust the consistency for your dog’s soft teeth. On the other hand, you can serve wet puppy foods as it is as they’re already soft for easy eating. You can eliminate the milk replacer after around 8 weeks.

Can Puppies Eat Adult Dog Food?

Let’s find out!

Different Nutritional Needs

Pups have different nutrient needs as compared to their adult counterparts. While puppies need sufficient nutrition for growth and development, adult dogs require nutrition for maintenance. As a result, puppies require more protein, carbs, and micronutrients. Puppies also need more calories for optimal growth. Therefore, it is not suitable for puppies to eat adult dog food.

The Right Kibble Size

The kibble size of dry food and the chunks in wet food are also larger for your puppy’s mouth. Large chunks and hard texture are not easy for your puppies to chew. So it’s great if you pick a wet puppy food or mix it with kibble to soften the texture. Giving your puppy adult dog food is not only harmful to the health but can also be damaging to the jaws and teeth.  

If you’re looking for the most suitable wet food options for your pup, don’t forget to check out the best wet puppy foods list we have shared in this article.

Puppy Feeding Chart

You can find feeding guidance on the food bags to help you get started. You can check with the vet for more professional advice. We have compiled a basic puppy feeding chart below for your assistance. You can always make changes according to your dog’s specific breed and size.

The food quantity stated below should ideally be fed to your dog over a 24 hour period.  

  • Weight: 5lbs, 1/2 cup to 5/8 cup
  • Weight: 10lbs, 3/4 cup to 1 cup
  • Weight: 20lbs, 1 1/4 cups to 1 3/4 cups
  • Weight: 40lbs, 2 1/4 cups to 3 cups
  • Weight: 60lbs, 3 cups to 4 cups
  • Weight: 80lbs, 3 2/3 cups to 5 cups
  • Weight: 100lbs, 4 1/4 cups to 6 cups

Use this as a basic guideline and feel free to adjust based on your dog’s preferences.

The Nutritional Benefits of Wet Food Options for Pups

As difficult as you find picking the right dog food, the truth is that dog nutrition has never been easier. With so much information in hand and a variety of products available in the market, it is possible to find the perfect meals for your furry friend.

Kibble, however, is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about a puppy’s nutrition. Canned food was often put on the sidelines. While dry food is a more convenient option, wet foods have an excellent nutritional value, which makes it a great diet option for your growing buddy.

Here are all the reasons what makes wet food distinctly beneficial:

Higher Meat Protein

Canned food options are generally higher in meat protein content as compared to kibble diets. These foods are also an excellent source of nutrition for dogs that require grain-sources carbs. It is, however, important to check the food labels and opt for only high quality canned food.  

Lesser Carbs

Kibble usually contains more carbs as compared to wet food because carbs work as binders required for maintaining the hard texture and consistency.  While there’s carb content in wet food as well, the amount is significantly less than dry food. Always check the labels!

Fewer Preservatives

The canning process naturally preserves wet food and therefore has lesser preservatives. On the other hand, dry food actually needs preservatives to increase shelf-life. Wet food is also fresher as compared to kibble because a container would only last a few days at max, unlike a kibble bag that would take weeks to a month to finish. All these factors contribute to fewer overall preservatives in the canned food.  

More Flavorful

The canned food is more palatable because it is made from real meat and contains higher meat protein content. Canned food naturally has a stronger, more flavorful taste. This is the main reason why most dog owners pick canned dog food for picky eaters. This is also a great option for young puppies who are just introduced to a new, solid diet.



Check out this list of the other related categories of puppy foods as well:


Conclusion

The facts about wet puppy foods shared in this article should convince you why including canned food to your pet’s current diet is a great idea. Even if your precious pooch loves a straight dry diet, introducing canned food as a topper or a part-time meal is a great way to include healthy, nutritious, and flavorful food to your dog’s diet.

Adding variety is always a great way to enhance your dog’s overall growth and health with wet food options. And if you’re looking for the best wet puppy foods available out there, we have you covered. The list shared in this article is surely going to narrow down your options so you can try out the best ones available for your furry buddy.  

So try one today and let your little one enjoy more than just great flavor!

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