Best Wet Dog Food

Dogs love to eat. As a pet owner, you will want to make sure that your dog doesn’t just love their food but that it is high quality and nutritious; this can be hard to find and can require some research. Wet dog foods are an important part of your pet’s meals. 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. This is our guide to the best wet dog foods on the market; we hope you find the perfect option for your pet.


Many brands of best dog food are mass-produced and very low quality, leaving dogs with poor health, struggle with passing stools, 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 foods money can buy in the UK.

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Best Overall
Forthglade
Best For Veggies
Fish4Dogs Mousse
Best Canned
Lily's Kitchen
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Forthglade Natural Grain Free Complete Wet Dog Food Poultry Variety 395 g (Pack of 12)
Fish4Dogs Salmon Mousse 4 dogs, 100 g, Pack of 6
Lily's Kitchen Grain Free Multipack Wet Dog Food, 12 x 400g
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Best Overall
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Forthglade
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Forthglade Natural Grain Free Complete Wet Dog Food Poultry Variety 395 g (Pack of 12)
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Where to buy
Best For Veggies
Name
Fish4Dogs Mousse
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Fish4Dogs Salmon Mousse 4 dogs, 100 g, Pack of 6
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Where to buy
Best Canned
Name
Lily's Kitchen
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Lily's Kitchen Grain Free Multipack Wet Dog Food, 12 x 400g
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Where to buy

Best Wet Dog Food UK Reviews

1. Forthglade 100% Natural Dog Food

Forthglade Wet Dog Food

Forthglade is a UK company based in Devon. They create some of the best grain free dog foods currently. This wet dogs food is more akin to a pate; the cartons contain big moist chunks in BPA free packs which are rammed full of flavours. Options include:

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

Forthglade’s dog foods are also grain free which means it’s suitable for dogs with sensitive tummies aged 2 months and above. This grain free wet food contains 90% meat and 10% minerals; making it a high quality natural choice and giving you the peace of mind that you’re feeding your pet some quality food. We mentioned earlier that this is more of a pate consistency 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  process leaves you with a great dish that’s easy to digest, highly palatable and bursting with flavour.

2. Pure Dog Food

pure dehydrated dog food

Yorkshire based pet company, Pure, have a fantastic pioneering approach to support you in providing your pet with a nutritious meal easily. This air-dried food contains only the best fresh and raw ingredients. You will add the water yourself to create a healthy meal for your dog. 

Pure are an innovative company; each bag of dog food are personalised to your pet and their needs. Although this isn’t the typical dog wet food; once you add water to this grain free mix you will create a delicious meal that your pet will love. The fact that it is dry actually gives it a longer cupboard life and makes it easier to store.

3. Nature’s Menu Choice Pouches

Natures Menu Choice Food

Nature’s Menu Choice food pouches are one of the highest rated options on Amazon currently. Made using locally and ethically sourced  natural ingredients: natural meat, hearty vegetables and is also free from artificial colours and flavourings. Nature’s choice is tasty and a healthy option and it is one of the cheapest on the list making it overall a bit of a beast. It’s probably not the best we have on the list but it certainly one of the most popular choices due to the above points.

If you’re 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 and chicken meat. There are many other meat options available. This food is suitable for dogs aged 20 weeks and above so it is not suitable for puppies.

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 offers premium quality foods with healthy ingredients at supermarket prices. These are now a well known pet brand featuring in supermarkets up and down the UK; the price on Amazon is competitive though. 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 is similar in texture as Forthglade which is more like a pate. Not dripping wet like tinned food but moist chunks. It smells great to us which usually translates to tastes great for our dogs. Harrington’s is grain free and free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives and offer a few different meat 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 into the nutrition is certainly obvious as our dog’s behaviour was excellent and their stools were exactly as you’d hope to find them.

To conclude, Harrington’s is definitely a brand you should be checking out and a strong contender as the best wet dog option 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 supermarkets these days. It is grain free and made with natural ingredients with so many meat options to choose from – this one is venison, pheasant and salmon. A combination that our dog really seemed to love! The common denominator with the products 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 Chicken with Vegetables and Rice Dog Food Review

Naturediet’s Chicken with Vegetables and Rice does come in other meat flavours but this one was particularly popular with our Jug. Natureduet ticks all the boxes when it comes to a high quality and healthy dog food. 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.

7. Fish4Dogs Salmon Mousse 4 dogs Review

Jeff absolutely loves Fish4Dogs stuff, wet and dry. But what he loves in particular is the mousse. This grain free salmon meat mousse is rich in Omega 3 and made with 4 simple ingredients: salmon, water, seaweed extract and carrageenan. This mousse is packed with vitamins, minerals and of course protein. Fish meat is particularly good for a healthy coat. Lastly, the Fish4Dogs grain free 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

Barking Heads Wet Dog Food Fusspot Salmon Review

Another salmon based dog food here and another favourite for our Jug, Jeff. The Barking Heads salmon pot is a mousse consistency and is easy to eat even for a small dog. We can only assume it tastes great as Jeff wolfed this down as soon as it was served! It ticks all of the boxes: it’s grain free, packed with vegetables and plenty of protein. This option is also free of artificial colourings, flavourings, preservatives and no GM ingredients.

Read the Barking Heads Dog Food Review

9. Yarrah Dog Food Alu Cup Organic Vegetarian Chunks

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 follow a vegetarian diet. 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. Not only is this option meat free but it is grain free too and contains vegetables and soya. It does contain protein but not as much as the equivalents which include meat. Yarrah also does a meat version if you’re interested!

What is wet dog food?

Wet dog foods are soft moist chunks (usually meat) that come in 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 are 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 the best wet dog meals?

Sadly, not all wet dog food is made equally. There are some that are so processed and awful that it would be dangerous to feed a dog regularly and akin to eating McDonald’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 options.

Protein

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 new wet dog foods 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

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 which 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

Vegetables

Yes, really! Dogs love 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, dogs 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 pet 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 sources. It should be whole, natural ingredients all the way. Despite how bad a food will be, a dog will never starve themselves.

Non-specified ingredients

If the label doesn’t describe what’s in it then 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 any 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 sweeteners 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 dog 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 2020-10-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

9 thoughts on “Best Wet Dog Food”

  1. Sarah Dopson

    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. susan colclough

    I thought so but there has been a lot of bad press on this food. Not so pedigree it seems.

  3. The Jug Dog

    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.

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

  5. The Jug Dog

    Interesting, but I feel that’s a pretty weak reason

  6. 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.

  7. 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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