Zignature canned dog food gets the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

Nutro Max canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
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Pet food is regulated at the national level by the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine. Much of what you see on pet-food labels is defined by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), which sets standards for pet-food manufacturing.

The 95 percent rule
(Beef for Dogs). Named ingredient(s) must account for at least 95 percent of the product by weight.

Dinner. Also Entreé Formula, Nuggets, Platter, Recipe (Chicken and Salmon Dinner for Cats). The named ingredients together must make up at least 25 percent of the product by weight, not counting water. Each individual food must make up at least 3 percent.

"With …". (Gourmet Fillets with Turkey for Dogs). Contains 3 percent or more of the named ingredient.

Flavor. (Beef flavor). No specific percentage required, but the product must contain enough of the food to impart the claimed flavor, or another substance that tastes like it (beef stock, for instance).

Guaranteed analysis.
Mandatory guarantee that the food contains the labeled percentages of crude protein, fat, fiber, and moisture.

Light, lite, low-calorie. Meets AAFCO limits for a reduced-calorie diet for overweight dogs and cats. "Lean" and "low-fat" have a similar meaning for fat.

Natural. Technically, food has few or no synthetic ingredients. But the claim is loosely defined.

Grain-free. Protein in the product comes from nongrain sources (perhaps for people who want pets to eat more animal protein). It's not clear whether there's any benefit to a diet high in animal protein.
Retriever canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.
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Low carb wet foods with medium fat content would be a good choice in my opinion. Low carb because carbohydrates are what a diabetic dog is unable to process properly, wet, because dry foods can be harder on the kidneys and proper hydration is very important in diabetic dogs, medium fat because diabetic dogs are prone to pancreatitis. Nutro Ultra canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
Photo provided by PexelsPurina One SmartBlend canned dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.
Photo provided by FlickrCanidae Life Stages canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
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There are hundreds of different canned dog food brands out there. So what’s the best? We narrowed it down to the top 10 best canned dog food brands based on natural ingredients, product rating and price. *Each product must of received an average of at least 4 stars out of 5 to qualify.


My dogs love Merrick dog food. I hope they keep the quality level up so they can maintain their 5 star rating so I won’t be looking for a different food.Wellness wet canned dog food is sold at the same price for all its varieties. It comes in various preparations appropriate for unique dog needs, such as puppy nourishment and adult weight management. It is also available in tasty choices of (a) Turkey and Chicken, (b) Whitefish, Salmon and Herring, (c) Beef, Venison and Lamb, and (d) Turkey, Pork and Duck.The label makes you think it is 96% meat in the can but in reality it is only 50% meat and 50% fat? The price is high enough to make you think it is all meat. How does this get a high rating of 4 stars when it has so much fat in it? I’ve read high fat is fine for cats but what about for dogs? What would be an optimum percentage of fat to look for in a canned dog food?Hi Catherine… Wellness Senior is a very good canned dog food. But unfortunately, it contains less protein (meat) than the other products in the line. So, we’re compelled to lower its rating to 3 stars. I wouldn’t stop feeding this food if your dog is doing well on it. Hope this helps.So if anyone can confirm this new product too, please let Mike know! I would like to know the ratings for this new product. This brand new Kirkland canned dog food sounds promising so far.