While dry foods suit some dogs and raw foods others, wet dog foods provide a convenient solution for both you and your pet. There is a wide variety of complementary and complete wet dog foods on the market to suit a range of nutritional and dietary requirements.
Whether your dog eats only wet food or has both wet and dry, we've compiled a handy buying guide to help dog owners in the UK find the right food for even fussy dogs or sensitive stomachs. We've reviewed and ranked our top 10 favourites to buy online from popular brands Pedigree, Lily's Kitchen and Butchers. All are available on Amazon, Tesco and Asda so you can happily shop from the comfort of your own home!
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of wet dog food available and understand how our ranking was determined.
Grain Free Chicken & Potato With Vegetables
Chicken & Turkey Casserole
Duck Complete Meal
Tripe Grain Free Dog Food
It's Only Natural Jelly Collection
Turkey, Vegetable & Potato
Lamb & Beef
Adult Grain-Free Vegan Wet Food for Dogs
Beef & Vegetables in Gravy
A High-End, Minimally Processed Food That's Affordable Too
For Those Looking for an Organic, Grain-Free and Natural Food
Made With Single-Source Protein to Suit Dogs With Allergies
The Ideal Superfood if You Want to Boost Your Dog's Nutrition
Gently Cooked With High-Quality Meat to Appeal to Fussy Eaters
A UK-Made Food With Health-Promoting Prebiotics
A Tasty, High-Protein Pâté Perfect for Active Dogs
A Good Choice if Your Dog Has a Sensitive Stomach
A Tempting and Nutritionally Complete Food for Vegan Households
Complete Dog Food From One of the UK's Most Popular Brands
|Meat Content||60 %||60 %||75 %||50 %||Minimum 60 %||65 %||67 %||18 % plus meat and animal derivatives||0 %||39 % meat and animal derivative, including 4 % beef|
|Protein Source||Chicken||Chicken and turkey||Duck||Chicken, beef tripe and beef||Chicken, beef||Turkey and chicken||Lamb, beef, and pork||Fish, chicken and derivatives||Lentils||Unspecified|
|Grains||Grain free||Rice and barley||Grain free||Grain free||Grain free||Grain free||Grain free||Cereals||Grain free||Grain free|
|Key Supplements||Omega 6, multi-vitamin, iron, magnesium, and zinc||Omega 3 and 6||Prebiotic, multi-vitamin and glucosamine||Vitamins A and D3, Omega 3 and 6||Unspecified||Multi-vitamin, prebiotic, glucosamine, Omega 3 and 6||Omega 6||Omega 3 and 6, multi-vitamin, zinc, and iron||Omega oils, multi-vitamins||Omega 6|
|Flavour||Chicken and potato with vegetables||Chicken and turkey casserole||Duck||Tripe||Assorted||Turkey, vegetable, and potato||Lamb and beef||Unspecified||Vegetable||Beef and vegetable|
Protein is an essential nutrient for dogs that provides energy and promotes the building and repair of body tissues such as muscle, skin and hair. Dogs aren’t able to store protein, so they need an adequate source of protein in their diet every day. This can be derived from ingredients such as chicken, beef, lamb and fish.
The European Pet Food Industry (FEDIAF) recommends that adult dog food contains a minimum of 18% protein, with the optimal amount for long-term health being at least 22%. If your pup doesn’t get enough protein in their diet, they can lose weight and generally become very unwell.
The protein source - the type of meat from which the protein comes - could be chicken, beef, lamb or fish. Many dogs do very well eating diets comprised of multiple protein sources, but single-source proteins can be particularly useful if your dog has any intolerances or allergies. Dogs with sensitive digestive systems sometimes do not do well with particular protein sources, so switching to an alternative single protein source can help.
Whether you go grain-free or not is purely down to preference and what works best for your dog - many owners have success with this diet if their pet is a picky eater or has allergies or sensitivities. However, while dogs don’t have a dietary need for the carbohydrates found in grains, they do benefit from the fibre and vitamins found within.
Whole grains provide many benefits for your dog, but be aware that cheaper refined grains, often listed as “cereals” on the ingredients list, are used as fillers and can be difficult for some dogs to digest. As with any drastic change to your pet's diet, please make sure to consult with a vet before making any changes.
Just as you would take a multivitamin to supplement your diet, most dog foods contain extra added vitamins and minerals to make sure that they are getting everything they need to stay healthy. Popular supplements include fatty acids such as omega fish oils, glucosamine and vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K.
There is no set rule as to which supplements your dog should have in their food - usually, the supplements that are added will be tailored to the life stage and function of the food. For example, joint supplements could be found in a senior diet, or heart-healthy supplements in active dog food. But, as ever, consult your vet if you have any concerns or questions.
Older pets need specific diets, so take a look at the best dog food for seniors
Complete and complementary are two main types of diet available when choosing wet dog foods. Complete diets contain all the nutrition your dog needs within their formula, providing a convenient way for you to make sure their daily needs are met.
Unlike complete diets, complementary foods are nutritionally incomplete and should form only part of your dog’s diet. Complementary wet foods are a good option for pets that have their main diet composed of dry food, but have wet food for additional vitamins and hydration.
While dogs have the same basic tastes as humans (sweet, salty, bitter and sour), their sense of taste is much less refined. Dogs have fewer taste buds than humans, with 1,700 compared to 9,000 respectively.
That being said, dogs have taste buds that are specifically for tasting meats and their fats, which means that they are particularly aware of the taste and smell of meat or meat products. This is why you may find your dog will prefer one flavour over another.
Although some dogs can be picky eaters, the flavour of their dog food should be primarily influenced by what suits their digestion and their health. For instance, certain meats like beef and lamb are higher in fat and can aggravate sensitive stomachs or affect certain health conditions, such as pancreatitis.
For extra good boys and girls, reward them with delicious dog treats!
While there is a lot of debate about the ethics surrounding Vegan pet foods for carnivores, the simple fact is that vegetarian and vegan pet foods are safe and nutritionally complete options for your dog. Just as with other dog foods, your dog may show a preference for the taste of certain foods over others.
Vegetarian and vegan dog foods are noticeably more expensive than the market average, but this is mostly reflected in their quality and nutritional content. As with any other changes to your dog's diet, make sure to get a vet's approval before switching their food.
Check out some other healthy dog foods here!
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Meat Content||60 %|
|Key Supplements||Omega 6, multi-vitamin, iron, magnesium, and zinc|
|Flavour||Chicken and potato with vegetables|
|Meat Content||60 %|
|Protein Source||Chicken and turkey|
|Grains||Rice and barley|
|Key Supplements||Omega 3 and 6|
|Flavour||Chicken and turkey casserole|
|Meat Content||75 %|
|Key Supplements||Prebiotic, multi-vitamin and glucosamine|
|Meat Content||50 %|
|Protein Source||Chicken, beef tripe and beef|
|Key Supplements||Vitamins A and D3, Omega 3 and 6|
|Meat Content||Minimum 60 %|
|Protein Source||Chicken, beef|
|Meat Content||65 %|
|Protein Source||Turkey and chicken|
|Key Supplements||Multi-vitamin, prebiotic, glucosamine, Omega 3 and 6|
|Flavour||Turkey, vegetable, and potato|
|Meat Content||67 %|
|Protein Source||Lamb, beef, and pork|
|Key Supplements||Omega 6|
|Flavour||Lamb and beef|
|Meat Content||18 % plus meat and animal derivatives|
|Protein Source||Fish, chicken and derivatives|
|Key Supplements||Omega 3 and 6, multi-vitamin, zinc, and iron|
|Meat Content||0 %|
|Key Supplements||Omega oils, multi-vitamins|
|Meat Content||39 % meat and animal derivative, including 4 % beef|
|Type of Diet||Complete|
|Flavour||Beef and vegetable|
This will greatly depend on your dog's size, body weight, age, breed and activity levels. However, according to various pet websites, dogs should have roughly 1 cup of food for every 7kg of weight in a 24 hour period. If you’re unsure, you can find handy calculators online to help you figure things out.
By mixing wet and dry food, your dog will get the best of both worlds and provide them with all the nutrients they need to keep them healthy and zooming around the garden. The extra crunch from the dry food will also help with maintaining dental health.
Wet dog food has a higher moisture content and will provide your dog with some hydration, however, it should not replace the hydration that water can provide. Nevertheless, increased water intake will benefit your dog as it helps take the pressure off of major organs and keeps things ticking along.
Written and researched by Catherine Torrance
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