The Best Low-Fat Dog Foods Available in the Market

Has your doggy friend gained a few extra pounds?

Well, as your puppy grows up, his metabolism decreases---which is something which also happens with us, humans!

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Anyhow…

That added to the lack of activity can make your four-legged friend a little more...fluffy.

As your dog’s owner, it is your responsibility to feed him the right and nutritious food so that your dog remains happy and healthy.

In today’s blog post, I’ll be going over four low-fat dog foods which I’ve found to be of the highest quality.

So, let’s get started, shall we!?

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Why Macros Are Important

Are you a fitness freak? Or do you know someone who is?

If your answer is ‘yes’ to either of the questions, I bet you know that counting the calories doesn’t really matter if you’re not eating a healthy and balanced meal.

The nutrition that we (and your canine friend!) get from our food comes from three vital macronutrients---carbs, proteins, and fats. To function properly, the body needs the right balance of all these.

So, let’s take a look at what’ll suit your dog.

However, keep in mind that these macros need to be adjusted keeping in mind your doggy friend’s height, age, level of activity, etc.

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Protein
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Carbohydrates
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Fats
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Vitamin & Mineral

Protein

The best dog food needs to have at least 30% amount of protein. Anything lesser is just unacceptable.

Fat

12-20% is the ideal amount of fat that should be in a dog’s diet. You may think that fat is the enemy but, it is needed by the body to perform optimally.

Carbohydrates

Carbs need to be adjusted according to the dog’s level of activity and age. A good dog food must contain a minimum of 30-35% carbs.

Another tip: Feeding your dog foods that are rich in omega fatty acids help keep your doggy friend’s coat shiny and healthy.

So, now that we’ve got this cleared, let’s move on…

What to Look for in a low-Fat Dog Food

What would you look for if you were on a diet?

Let me guess, healthy ingredients, right?

Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to talk about in this section.

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When you look at the ingredients, make sure to pick up a dog food that:

  • Contains maximum protein from animal meat (whole or meal)
  • Sources its carbs from good sources such as oats, brown rice, sweet potatoes, etc.
  • Contains good sources of omega fatty acid such as flax or fish
  • Contains healthy produce---such as fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, etc.

The 20% Rule

What most dog owners don’t realize is that the calories coming from treats also need to be counted! So, treats should account for only 20% of your dog’s daily caloric intake. The rest MUST come from the kibble.

The Best Low-Fat Dog Foods

I get it, keeping an eye on all the ingredients, macros, etc. of the low-fat dog foods options available in the market is time-consuming.

So, I’ve decided to help you out in making your mind up about a certain brand.

And I also get that sometimes you’re just simply too busy to even be able to take a look at the dog food labels---we all have those days.

So, sit back and relax as I do the research part and tell you what I’ve found.

Let’s take a peek:

Keep in mind that macros alone don’t count. Following are a few things that you should also look for:

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    The grade of ingredients used
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    The nutrition you get from the ingredients
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    The content of meat

Never judge a dog food by its macros!

Assessing this on the basis the quality of ingredients used, the Earthborn Holistic Dog Food is an above-average kibble.

Let’s take a peek at the macros, shall we?

This dog food contains:

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    Protein: 38%
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    Fats: 20%​​​​
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    Carbohydrates: 34%

Confused?

 Well, I’ll help in figuring out what these numbers mean.

Basically, this Earthborn Holistic Dog Food contains above-average protein, a near-average fat, and below-average carbs.

This’ll help keep the weight off!

Other than that,

This food also contains a notable amount of meat after singling out the protein you get from plant-based ingredients.

Great deal, right?

Pros:

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    Above-average amount of protein
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    Near-average fat

Cons:

  • Kibble is colored pale and dry

The bottom line:

I feel that this kibble is one of the best low-fat dog food options available to buy in the market.

I feel it is worth the money you put down for it.


Moving on...

Assessing this on the basis the quality of ingredients used, the Taste of Wild, Canine Formula is an above-average kibble.

And, this is a really popular choice among dog owners looking for a low-fat food option.

Following are the macros:

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    Protein: 38%
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    Fats: 20%​​​​
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    Carbohydrates: 34%

What does this mean?

Well, let me just help you out.

When comparing it to normal dog kibble, Taste of Wild contains above-average protein, an average amount of fat and below average carbs.

Other than that.

This low-fat dog food also has a moderate content of meat in it but also contains other rich sources such as

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    Flaxseed
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    Garbanzo beans
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    Peas

So, it is a good deal.

We should now take a look at the pros and cons!

So, here’s the deal:

Pros:

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    Low carbs
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    Above average protein
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    Moderate meat

Cons:

  • Causes itching in dogs

The bottom line:

I feel that this dog food is one of the best low-fat dog foods you can buy. I also like how it has plant-based sources of meat as well.


On to the next one...

If you take a look at the quality of the ingredients used to make this dog food, I can assure you the Wellness CORE Dog Food is an above-average one.

And it’s also low in fat content!

Let’s take a look at the macros, shall we? The dog food has:

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    Protein: 38%
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    Fats: 13%
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    Carbohydrates: 41%

Don’t worry, I’ll explain what these numbers are trying to tell…

When you compare it to a standard dog food, the Wellness CORE Natural Dog food contains a below-average amount of fat and carbs, and an above average amount of protein.

So, it is filled with goodness.

Other than that…

This dog food also contains a significant amount of meat in it as well.

A good option, isn’t it?


Pros:

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    Significant  meat
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    Less fat
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    High protein
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    Average carbs

Cons:

  • May upset the tummy

Assessing this on the basis the quality of ingredients used, the Canidae life stages is an above-average kibble.

Let’s take a look at the macro levels.

The food contains:

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    Protein: 27%
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    Fats: 16%
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    Carbohydrates: 49%

Let me use my magic and turn these numbers into something easily understandable.

Hold on…

So, the Canidae life stages contain above-average carbs, and below-average protein as well as fats.

That’s a great thing, right?

Now, let’s take a look at the meat content.

After singling out the protein content you get from plant-based meals, this dog food contains moderate amounts of meat.


Pros:

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    Moderate meat content
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    low-fat

Cons:

  • Low protein
  • May upset the stomach

All in all, I feel that this one’s  a great option if you’re looking for a good-quality low-fat dog food.

The Bottom Line

Always remember that before you make any changes to your doggy friend’s diet, you should clear things up with the vet first---that’s because the vet is a trained professional who knows far more about your dog’s body and needs than anyone else you know.

Other than that…

Make sure you introduce your dog to a new kibble and switch over to a new brand gradually in order to avoid a stomach upset and keep an eye on your dog’s reaction to the new food.    

Let’s take a final look at the best low-fat dog foods available in the market:

Have I helped you figure out the best low-fat dog food for your four-legged friend? Well, tell it to me in the comments section!

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