Last updated: August 8, 2021

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Welcome to our big wet dog food test 2021. Here we present all the wet dog foods that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best wet dog food for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of when buying wet dog food.




Summary

  • Meat should always be the main ingredient of the food. If the food is labelled as a complete food, your dog will not normally need any other supplements.
  • The amount of food your dog needs depends on the breed, size, age and activity level of your dog.
  • Among the analytical ingredients are crude protein, crude fat, crude ash and crude fibre. Inferior ingredients may be hidden behind the term by-products.

The Best Wet Dog Food: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying wet dog food

What are the differences between wet and dry dog food?

There are some differences between the two types. Here we have compiled a small overview:

Wet food Dry food
High water content Low water content
Low energy content High energy content
Large portions Small portions
Not long shelf life Long shelf life

If you feed wet food, your dog will need larger portions than with dry food. Opened tins must be used up more quickly.

Wet food has a higher water content and a lower energy content than dry food. So when feeding wet food, larger portions are needed. It also does not keep as long and opened tins should be used up quickly. If you want to feed your puppy more often on the go, a dry food is more suitable.

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Every four-legged friend has his or her favourite wet dog food.

For which puppies is a wet dog food useful?

Contrary to many owners, most dogs prefer wet food to dry food. It covers the liquid requirement better and tastes better to them.

Many dogs prefer to eat wet food. There are several reasons for this. It is soft and contains a lot of liquid, so the dogs don't have to chew as much and get some of the liquid they need. It also tastes better to puppies than dry food and the consistency is more pleasant for dogs. So for dogs that are very picky about their food, it can be a better choice.

It is also good for dogs that don't drink much because of the high water content. Due to the low nutrient content, it can also be suitable for puppies that weigh too much, as they need to eat large portions to meet their energy needs.

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Many dogs prefer to eat wet food because it is soft and contains enough liquid. Dry food, however, is better for on the go. (Photo: Omerlavon / pixabay.com)

How much food should you give your dog?

The indicators that determine the amount of food are:

  • Size
  • Activity
  • Age

The number of meals per day should be reduced as the dog gets older. At two to three months a dog can be fed four times, from three months onwards three meals are already sufficient and from six months onwards two meals.

Most of the time, the cans indicate how much a dog of a certain weight needs per day. If the dog weighs too much or too little for its age, you should check with a vet.

How much does wet dog food cost?

In general, feeding wet food is more expensive than feeding dry food.

However, prices vary greatly depending on which brand you should choose. They range from about €3 per kilogram to €10 per kilogram. However, the most expensive varieties do not necessarily have to be the best varieties, even inexpensive varieties can be of high quality.

What should be considered for the individual dog breeds?

The size of the breed is an important factor when choosing the type of food. It also determines how long a dog should be fed a puppy food. You should take special care when choosing food if you have a puppy of a large breed.

Large breeds can develop problems with bones and tendons if the dog grows too fast. For these dogs, make sure that the food is not too high in energy. Or choose a dry food that has been specially developed for large breeds. This food should not be given for too long. At 6 months , you can switch to a food for adult dogs.

Small dogs can also be fed a puppy food for longer, their food should be changed at the latest at one year.

When buying, you should pay attention to the ingredients of the food, especially if you have puppy. It is important for the puppy to have a proper ration.

How can you tell if a puppy does not tolerate the chosen food well?

There are also more and more allergies and food intolerances in dogs. If your dog is affected, you should change the food after consulting a veterinarian.

If a dog is allergic to an ingredient in the food, it may develop diarrhoea or flatulence. Skin problems can also be a sign of an allergy. If a puppy grows too slowly or too fast, you should watch it.

Frequent exhaustion of the puppy may indicate malnutrition. If you feel that your dog is not tolerating the food, you may want to visit a vet to find a suitable different food.

Decision: What types of wet dog food are there and which is right for you?

Basically, a distinction can be made between four different types of wet dog food:

  • Wet food for puppies
  • Wet food for young dogs
  • Wet food for adult dogs
  • Wet food for senior dogs

Which type of wet dog food is best for your four-legged friend depends on the age of your dog. For all age groups, however, special feeding requirements due to breed, body size or possible diseases or allergies should be taken into account when choosing canned food.

When is wet food for puppies fed and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

As the name suggests, puppy food is canned food that is specially adapted to the nutritional requirements of baby dogs.

There is a good reason why wet dog food is specially adapted to the needs of puppies. Balanced feeding is especially important at a young age. An incorrect nutrient intake can have serious and long-lasting consequences for the dog's health.

So, especially when choosing the right puppy food, you should look for the indication "complete feed". This ensures that all the necessary nutrients, minerals and trace elements are included in the correct concentration.

Advantages
  • Specially produced for the needs of puppies
  • Provides the growing dog with the necessary energy in an ideal nutrient composition
  • No supplementary feeds necessary
  • In many cases provided with specific age information.
Disadvantages
  • More expensive than food for adult animals
  • Only suitable for puppies

Puppies need to be fed more often than adult dogs. Ideally, they eat between eight and twelve meals to keep their energy levels up. That's why you should look for relatively small or resealable tins when choosing puppy food. After all, wet food spoils relatively quickly and you certainly don't want to create a reservoir for germs and diseases in the dog's bowl.

When should wet food for young dogs be fed and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Special canned food for young dogs meets the needs of growing animals. It is fed during the dog's second year of life.

Young dogs have the difficult time of weaning from their mother's milk behind them. After about the first year of the animal's life, the need for digestible crude protein decreases. And the general energy requirement in relation to body size and weight also changes.

Advantages
  • Specially adapted to the needs of young dogs
  • Lower fat and protein content than puppy wet food
  • Can also be purchased in larger doses
  • No feeding of supplementary food necessary
Disadvantages
  • Relatively expensive
  • Not suitable as wet food for puppies

There is now no need to provide extra small meals. The bottom line, however, is that your best friend will now need significantly more food than he did in the beginning. And because of the longer feeding intervals, you will need to store opened cans less often. So you can now confidently buy larger units and, depending on the size of your four-legged friend, also order cans with a lot of content.

When is wet food for adult dogs fed and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

It goes without saying that canned food for adult dogs is intended for adult animals. These products are often labelled "Adult". This means canned food for dogs that do not have any special feeding needs due to their age.

In most cases, wet food for adult dogs can be used from the age of about two years. However, even though the normal food may seem suitable for the majority of dogs, there are significant differences. In addition to age, very different factors, for example body size, must be taken into account for healthy feeding.

Advantages
  • Suitable for many dogs
  • Suitable for your four-legged friend over a long period of time
  • Usually cheaper than the other types of wet dog food
  • Available in many flavours
  • Also available for special feeding requirements of adult dogs
Disadvantages
  • Not suitable for very young or old dogs
  • Feeding must be adapted to many factors

In addition to the size of your dog, you should take individual characteristics into account. Many dogs suffer from allergies. Symptoms can include flatulence, digestive problems, dull, flaky coat, skin rashes but also behavioural problems such as excessive licking.

The food industry has recognised this problem and accordingly low allergen moist food for dogs is now offered in every online shop and pet supply shop. And for overweight dogs, there is now so-called diet food.

When is wet food for senior dogs fed and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Dogs approaching their twilight years also need special food. Fortunately, there is a whole range of wet food on offer that takes into account the age-related complaints of four-legged friends. The products can usually be identified by the words "Senior", "Ageing" or similar. Their composition is adapted to the needs of older four-legged friends and enriched with certain minerals.

When dogs get old, they often tend to put on fat. Wet food for senior dogs is therefore in many cases somewhat lower in calories and thus meets the requirements of elderly four-legged friends and their humans.

Advantages
  • Can minimise or prevent many age-related complaints in dogs
  • Keeps dogs healthy longer
Disadvantages
  • Not always sufficient without supplementary feed
  • More expensive than food for dogs without special requirements

Senior dogs often suffer from digestive problems and therefore need easily digestible wet food. At the same time, the seniors' kidneys and liver need to be relieved. For the composition of the food, this means that the fibre content must be higher and the protein content lower than in food for younger dogs. In this way, flatulence, constipation and other symptoms can be avoided or at least reduced. Kidney damage is also less likely.

Much like ageing people, many older dogs experience joint problems. Adding cartilage-building and anti-inflammatory substances helps to keep the musculoskeletal system intact for a long time.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate wet dog food

In the following, we will show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate wet dog food. This will make it easier for you to get an overview and decide on a suitable wet food for your dog.

In summary, these are the following criteria:

  • Meat content
  • Animal and vegetable by-products
  • Analytical ingredients
  • Preservatives and colourings
  • Milk and dairy products

In the following, you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to buy wet dog food according to these criteria or not.

Meat content

A high meat content is particularly important, as it provides the puppies with an optimal supply of energy. It should be at least 70%. This is especially important for growing puppies. The proportion of grain should be as low as possible, as it does not contain important nutrients for dogs and sensitive dogs can develop allergies.

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Every dog food contains different amounts of meat.

Animal and vegetable by-products

Often the ingredients list includes the ingredients animal or vegetable by-products. These formulations are imprecise and do not provide any information about exactly which ingredients are contained.

Animal by-products can contain offal, horns or fur. Vegetable by-products may contain cereals, vegetables or legumes. If there is a large amount of by-products in a food, you should monitor your puppy's development and feed a different food if there are problems, to avoid feeding too many indigestible ingredients.

Analytical ingredients

The analytical components include crude protein, crude fat, crude ash and crude fibre. The following table gives you an overview of the analytical components in dog food and what proportions they should have in wet food. This information will help you to assess the quality of the food.

Component Description Ideal proportion in food
Crude protein Indicates protein content of the food, the type of protein is also important, vegetable protein proportion should be as low as possible, protein from different types of meat recommended for varied protein intake In wet food should be at least 5%
Crude fat Can come from different sources, should not be considered in isolation 1-5% in wet food, very active puppies can tolerate a somewhat higher proportion
Crude fibre Proportion of plant fibres in the food, aids digestion, can also occur in food made from pure meat (due to nutritional residues in the rumen) Wet food should contain 0.5-1%
Crude ash Describes the proportion of minerals and trace elements, important minerals are e.g. magnesium, iron and phosphorus. Magnesium, iron and phosphorus Value in wet food should be below 2%
Moisture Dog food with over 14% water content must also contain information on moisture, ratio of other ingredients can be calculated by this proportion Wet dog food has between 70 and 85% moisture

On all dog food packaging there is a section on analytical ingredients. With this information, the quality of the food can be assessed at a glance.

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The quality of meat is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. Your pet can also have intolerances, which is why you should take a close look at the ingredients of the food. (Photo: kalhh / pixabay.com)

Preservatives and colourings

As with our diet, you should also make sure that dog food contains as few preservatives and colourings as possible. Sensitive dogs can react with skin problems or digestive issues. For these reasons, it is best to avoid additives completely.

Milk and dairy products

Milk and dairy products are not necessary for a puppy's diet after it has been weaned. Only very young dogs need puppy milk. Older dogs cannot tolerate lactose, so milk and dairy products should be avoided in the diet because they can cause diarrhoea in dogs.

It is very important to observe the storage conditions. In suitable conditions, the shelf life of the food will be longer.

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