Best Wet Dog Food

Last updated: March 18, 2020 at 21:23 pm

Our Top Pick

Forthglade 100% Complete Meal

Why you should buy

Forthglade 100% natural grain free complete meal, we have found, has helped our dog get shiny coats and have healthy energy. The ingredients are all organic and natural and our dogs absolutely love the taste and have never had any problems. Highly recommended.

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Orijen Regional Red Dog Food, 2.27 kg
Fish4Dogs Salmon Mousse 4 dogs, 100 g, Pack of 6
Lily's Kitchen Grain Free Multipack Wet Dog Food, 12 x 400 g
Orijen Regional Red Dog Food, 2.27 kg
Fish4Dogs Salmon Mousse 4 dogs, 100 g, Pack of 6
Lily's Kitchen Grain Free Multipack Wet Dog Food, 12 x 400 g
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338 Reviews
22 Reviews
298 Reviews
Orijen Regional Red Dog Food, 2.27 kg
Orijen Regional Red Dog Food, 2.27 kg
Star Rating
338 Reviews
Where to buy
Fish4Dogs Salmon Mousse 4 dogs, 100 g, Pack of 6
Fish4Dogs Salmon Mousse 4 dogs, 100 g, Pack of 6
Star Rating
22 Reviews
Where to buy
Lily's Kitchen Grain Free Multipack Wet Dog Food, 12 x 400 g
Lily's Kitchen Grain Free Multipack Wet Dog Food, 12 x 400 g
Star Rating
298 Reviews
Where to buy

Best Wet Dog Food Brands in the UK

For wet food for sensitive stomachs see here.

Dogs love to eat, and that’s a fact! But also, dogs have a reputation for eating almost anything – but eating almost anything isn’t a good thing – dogs don’t think about what they put in their bellies too much and whether or not it’s good for them. That’s our job! A great wet dog food pick ca be an instrumental part of a pooches diet and as such we often think of the wet part of a dog’s meal as the best part because of how important it is. To a dog it’s certainly the best part, notice how quickly they will get through the wet food as opposed to dry dog food or dry puppy food.

Many brands of best dog food is mass produced and very low quality, leaving dogs with poor health, an unhealthy coat and in some cases allergies. Here at Jug Dog  we’ve compiled a handy list of some of the best recommended wet dog food money can buy in the UK.

Best Wet Dog Food Reviews

1. Forthglade 100% Natural Dog Food

Forthglade make dogs dinners from Devon and we have to say that they are some of the best wet dog food currently available to buy in the UK. This food is more akin to a pate than what image you’d probably have in your mind when you think of ‘wet’ food. They are big moist chunks in BPA free packs which are rammed full of flavours and there is a large amount of choice of flavours available. Flavours include:

  • Beef
  • Chicken (on its own, with heart or liver or tripe)
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Turkey

Forthglade’s dog food is also grain free which means it’s suitable for dogs with sensitive tummies and hounds 2 months and above. This food is 90% meat and the other 10% being minerals making it as pretty natural choice and giving you the peace of mind that you’re feeding your dog some quality food. We mentioned earlier than this is more of a pate than gravy/jelly munch and that’s because it’s gently steamed – they add a little water to help cook everything slowly and at a low temperature to retain all the natural goodness, this leaves you with a great dish that’s easy to digest, highly palatable and bursting with flavour.

We strongly recommend considering this stuff when looking for a new wet food solution for your furry friend.

2. Orijen Regional Red Dog Food Review

Orijen Regional Red Dog Food is one of the highest rated wet dog food online. It’s freeze-dried so technically not really wet food but it would have felt wrong to not to list it here. It includes some really exotic ingredients which would beor fit for a posh human let lone a dog such as ranch raised angus beef, wild boar, lamb, heritage pork & bison… I know, right?

Advertised as biologically appropriate dog food Orijen is exactly what your dog needs from a nutrition perspective. It’s the sort of food that is perfect for their digestive system which means they will thrive when eating this stuff. You’ll start to notice a shinier coat, sharper eyes, cleaner teeth and a dog full of positive energy in general. It’s true for humans that a good diet can do wonders and its true for dogs as well.

Anyway, Orijen dog food is exceptionally nutritious, natural and supper yummy.

3. Nature’s Menu Choice Pouches

Natures Menu Choice Food

Nature’s Menu Choice food pouches are one of the highest rated wet dog food on Amazon at time of writing and testing. Made using natural locally  and ethically sourced (to them) ingredients, hearty vegetables for those vitamins and minerals and of course free from artificial colours and flavourings. The source of their massive rating is the blend of two facts: one, Nature’s choice is tasty and a healthy wet food alternative and two, Nature’s choice is one of the cheapest on the list making it overall a bit of a beast. It’s probably not the “best” wet food we have on the list but it certainly one of the most popular choices due to the above points.

If your on a budget but still don’t want to feed your dog ‘supermarket’ brands then this is the one for you. We have tried this and Jeff loved it, the flavour we had for testing was Turkey/chicken. Also available are: Beef/triple vegetable and rice, chicken vegetable and rice, chicken and duck, chicken and lamb with rice, chicken with rabbit, lamb with chicken vegetables and rice. This food is suitable for dogs aged 20 weeks and above so it is not suitable for puppies.


  • Healthy ingredients
  • Natural ingredients
  • It’s cheap
  • Free from artificial colours and sweetners
  • Tastes great
  • Plenty of flavours available


  • Not suitable for puppies
  • There are tastier and healthier options
  • Ingredients list is not thorough


The following ingredients list is a generic list, for specific ingredients check the label on that flavour.

  • Protein 10%,
  • Oil 7%,
  • Fibre 1%,
  • Ash 2.5%,
  • Moisture 75%

4. Harrington’s Wet Dog Food

Harrington's Wet Dog Food

Harrington’s is quickly becoming a household name in the field of dog nutrition and offer premium quality foods with healthy ingredients at supermarket prices. As they’ve gained more awareness they’ve been able to lower their prices and appear in supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. As such, they are now one of the cheapest providers of quality foods – we like to think of them as the Skoda of the pet brands.

Their offering of wet food is similar in texture as Forthglade’s which is like a solid paste. Not dripping wet like tinned food but moist chunks. It smells great to us which usually translates to tastes great for our dogs. The ingredients for Harrington’s wet food is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives and offer a few different flavours – chicken, duck, salmon and turkey so there’s a bit of everything available. They also offer a mixed pack so you can have some of all – this can be handy if you’re buying for the first time to know which one your dog loves the most.

As an added bonus and if you’re very interested in what your dog gets it has green lipped mussel which provides the omega 3 fats, green tea which acts as an antioxidant, kelp for some more minerals and rosehips for vitamin C. This is quite a lot of effort from Harrington’s considering their angle is good value for money and not ‘to be the best’. Either way, our dog loved this and the effort they’ve put in to the nutrition is certainly obvious as our dogs behaviour was excellent and their stools were exactly as you’d hope to find them.

To conclude, Harrington’s wet food is definitely a brand you should be checking out and a strong contender as the best rated wet food thanks to quality ingredients and a very generous price point.

5. Lily’s Kitchen Wet Food for Dogs Review

Lily’s Kitchen as a brand is fast growing throughout the UK and you can find it in most well-stocked supermarket these days. Similar to Orijen it’s made with natural ingredients but it is meat based – this one is venison, pheasant and salmon. A combination which would please any human let a lone a pooch! The common denominator with the wet dog foods included in this page is that they aren’t horribly mass produced with waste cuts of other meat products. You’re keeping your dog in good shape with this selection.

6. Naturediet Chicken with Vegetables and Rice Dog Food Review

Naturediet’s Chicken with Vegetables and Rice does come in other flavours but this was one was particularly popular with our Jug. Ticks all the boxes of things to look for in dog food and doesn’t have all the bad stuff. All of Naturediet’s packs contain at least 60% real meat, vegetables and other natural goodness which is exactly what your dog needs to be fit and healthy.

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7. Fish4Dogs Salmon Mousse 4 dogs Review

Jeff absolutely loves Fish4Dogs stuff, wet and dry. But what he loves in particular is the mousse. Rich in Omega 3 and made with salmon and seaweed extract this mousse is packed with vitamins, minerals and of course protein. Fish is particularly good for a healthy coat. Lastly, the Fish4Dogs mousse is extremely easy to consume so it can be a great addition for an elderly dog.

8. Barking Heads Wet Dog Food Fusspot Salmon Review

Another salmon based dog food here and one where our Jug, Jeff has tried himself and is absolutely bonkers for. The Barking Heads salmon pot is a mousse like food, easy to eat even for a small dog and I assume it tastes great as it is wolfed down as soon as it’s served! It ticks all of the boxes and has vegetables and plenty of protein it’s also free of artificial colouring’s, artificial flavourings, artificial preservatives and no GM ingredients.

9. Yarrah Dog Food Alu Cup Organic Vegetarian Chunks

Here’s a good wet food option if your dog is a vegetarian or you’d like your dog to be a vegetarian. Perhaps you are a vegetarian or vegan and feel strongly about animal rights. The Yarrah Alu Cup contains soya, peas, carrots in a tasty gravy. It’s free of meat (obviously) contains vegetables and soya. It does contain protein but not as much as the equivalents which include meat. Yarrah also do a meat version if you’re interested!

What is wet dog food?

Wet dog foods are soft moist chunks (usually meat) that come in a plastic containers, cans or pouches. They’re super tasty, full of protein (most of their protein will come from the wet part) and easy for dogs to consume due to a lot less chewing. Usually, wet dog food is added on top of kibble (dry dog food) for complete nutrition. Although wet dog food (even the best ones) is very nutritious it does lack a lot of minerals and nutrients such as fibre – so it is advised to not just feed your dog just wet food. Plus, it’s expensive on its own!

Wet food is called wet food usually because the soft chunks of meat is surrounded by a liquid of varying thickness – this is most often gravy or jelly; gravy being the wetter of the two. Having wet food mixed in with the dry kibble makes it easier to eat for your dog as well as tastier as flavour is better tasted when it’s wet.

What to look for in great wet dog food?

Not all wet dog foods are made equal, sadly. There are some that are so processed and awful that it would be dangerous to feed to a dog regularly and akin to eating McDonal’s as every meal, every day- think Super Size Me. So here’s a list of what you should look for to always be included in the best wet dog food.


Protein is the building blocks to a body. Protein is used to maintain, repair and build muscles in a dog. The more active the dog the more important protein will be. Protein is a part of what a dog’s natural diet would be before domestication and their bodies have not evolved enough to not still require it. When assessing a new wet dog food make sure it contains a lot of protein and from a clearly explained source such as chicken, fish, beef and so on. Protein from sources such as egg, tofu and peas is not good enough.


Grains will almost definitely be included in the dog food but what you need to take a look at is to make sure they are whole and unprocessed.

Why are grains such a touchy subject? Many dogs can be allergic to grains with can manifest in all sorts of ways from skin, eye and digestive problems. Not only that but grains also offer very little nutritional value to a dog over meat and vegetables.

Read more about our best grain free dog foods here


Yes, really! Dogs loves vegetables and it is an often overlooked ingredient in their diet. You may be feeding your dogs vegetables separately as treats (we do here at Jug Dog) but it’s a major bonus if some good veggies are included in the wet food.

As carnivorous animals dog don’t need fruits and vegetables in their diet but a little helping in their meat based food can go a long way. If you don’t feed them vegetables and vegetables are not present in the wet or dry food then as a responsible owner you’d need to find that elsewhere.

Complete and Balanced

Check to see if it has been certified by the AAFCO or the FSA. Many brands will state “Complete and Balanced” if they do, but always check the small print. The reason why complete and balanced food is so important is because a dog may only eat the same thing over and over again. If there’s a vital nutrient they’re missing then it will manifest itself in an illness or perhaps via their skin, nails or hair.

What to avoid in good wet dog food

Byproducts of other food

You should feed your dog quality food just like you would feed yourself or your children. Flat out avoid any dog food whether it’s wet or dry when they’ve been made using byproducts or cut offs from other source. It should be whole, natural ingredients all the way.

Non-specified ingredients

If the label doesn’t describe what’s in it, don’t buy it. Always question what’s going to go into your dog’s body and if it’s good for them. If the ingredients label doesn’t add up it’s because there’s something they want to hide – and if they want to hide it then it won’t be ay good for them.

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners aren’t exactly great for humans but our digestive systems are better used to it when compared to dogs. Artificial sweeteners in wet dog food can cause digestive issues and even lead to obesity as sweetness trigger the same hormones as real sugar which can lead them to develop a sweet tooth and be hungry even when they’re full.

Food binders

Food binders are used to literally bind the ingredients together so that it resembles what the food should actually look like. If it needs binders to look edible then it isn’t edible in our book.

Your Thoughts

We are always looking to improve our website to make it even more informative to our readers. If you disagree, agree or feel the list is missing an important wet food that you and your dog love then why not let us know in the comments below. We will get in touch with the brand and get a taster sample. In the event you have a complaint or want to let everyone know of a problem with one of the choices then we will investigate and make any changes necessary.

Thank you for reading.

Last update on 2020-04-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

9 thoughts on “Best Wet Dog Food”

  1. I have a 4 month old Labrador and have started feeding her a little pedigree chum puppy with her Kibble (Skinners Field & Trial) but only because my husband bought it when she was getting bored with her food. 40 years ago all I fed my dogs was Pedigree Chum, but not convinced it has the best nutritional content these days. Pedigree Chum is probably one of the best known wet foods on the market, so wondered why this has not been reviewed?

  2. Hello, Pedigree is well known for being a cheap, mass-produced food which we try to avoid hence why it has not been reviewed. Most well known does not mean it’s good.

  3. I used to feed my dog Forthglade wet food until I found out they use carrageenan to bind their wet food.

  4. Lots of information on the internet to suggest carrageenan could be harmful, not a weak reason, I want to know what I am feeding my dog & any potential risks.
    Risks of Carrageenan
    Some studies have shown that Carrageenan can cause Gastrointestinal Inflammation as well as increased rates of intestinal lesions, ulcerations, and in extreme cases, malignant tumors. These malignant tumors can be cancerous.

    A by-product that is produced from this process is poligeenan. Poligeenan is a low-molecular form of Carrageenan which can be harmful. Poligeenan is supposed to be separated and removed. Poligeenan is the cause of the symptoms mentioned above.

    The symptoms are due to the immune response some dogs will inhibit after digesting Carrageenan. This immune reaction is the cause of the inflammation. Sustained inflammation is then the cause of the more severe side effects.

    There are strong opinions by some pet food bloggers and enthusiasts that Carrageenan has no place in dog food and would go as far to say that it should be banned.

    One example to support this sentiment is that Carrageenan has been banned for use in baby formula or baby food in the European Union. While this ban was precautionary and not fully substantiated, it does give a strong suggestion that Carrageenan could be harmful.

    Dog Food Brands That Use Carrageenan

    Carrageenan is used by a number of dog food brands. Examples include FreshPet, Wellness, Newman’s Own, Nutro, Purina, and Hills Science Diet.

    However, Carrageenan’s use has seen some decrease as some brands have chosen to move away from it and use alternatives that are deemed safer or more natural.

    Some brands have gone as far as to display or advertise that their products are Carrageenan free.

  5. The science behind the carrageenan “scaremongering” was initially introduced by the researcher, Joanne Tobacman who has since even herself conceded that Carrageenan and Poligeenan are two totally different substances. Carrageenan is a natural substance from seaweed whereas Poligeenan has been created through chemical processes including exceptionally high heat. Poligeenan is not a food substance, it is used in scientific imaging. Carrageenan, used as a thickener, cannot be digested anyway due to its high molecular weight and for it to even remotely turn into Poligeenan (a low molecular weight, as you say), the digestive tract of humans and animals alike would have to reach non survivable temperatures like that of a kiln! Bad science has created a myth that has escalated to a ridiculous extent and is no more than scaremongering.

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