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(8,412 posts)
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 09:29 AM Feb 2021

Canned dog food advice?

We have two small dogs. I usually make our dogs’ food but realized during food shortages last year that finding ingredients could be challenging. Food is now back on the shelves, but we just had an ice storm with a power outage at home and all the dog food (that I just made and froze last week!) may be spoiled. We won’t know until we return back home in a few hours.

I’d like recommendations for a good canned dog food. I had previously used Merrick years ago.

Thanks in advance!

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Canned dog food advice? (Original Post) phylny Feb 2021 OP
I got recommendations from my vet Rhiannon12866 Feb 2021 #1
My dog is super picky mdelaguna Feb 2021 #2
Actually full name is Blue Buffalo brand mdelaguna Feb 2021 #3
More mdelaguna Feb 2021 #4
Thanks everyone! phylny Feb 2021 #5
I feed my Docker sagesnow Feb 2021 #6
Are you near a Tractor Supply? I feed my cats their 4Health brand of cat food... the large cans Karadeniz Feb 2021 #7
When I had 5 cats we used their dry cat food happybird Feb 2021 #8
Thanks! phylny Feb 2021 #11
So, if the poster wants moist food, just soak the dry food. We soak Trixie's food overnight for her Karadeniz Feb 2021 #12
This website is great: happybird Feb 2021 #9
Thanks! phylny Feb 2021 #10
Weruva makes great wet food. JackBeck Feb 2021 #13


(209,320 posts)
1. I got recommendations from my vet
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 09:42 AM
Feb 2021

I initially started with California Naturals, but when they stopped making the canned, she gave me a list of suggestions - and I went with Wellness since it's not tough to find and my dog really likes it. There are 3 varieties, chicken, turkey and beef and he seems to like all 3, plus it's highly rated from what I've read. Plus, he's doing very well on it and my dog is 14.

P.S. And I almost forgot, it's chicken and broccoli, turkey and spinach and beef with carrots. My dog is also small, he's a Brussels Griffon.


(471 posts)
2. My dog is super picky
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 09:44 AM
Feb 2021

So I have to move through brands or he will hunger strike (not bad for him I’m sure as he has about 5 extra pounds in his 25 pound frame). Right now he really likes Blue brand canned foods. A variety of flavors. It costs a bit more but with small dogs a can lasts longer than one day.


(471 posts)
4. More
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 09:50 AM
Feb 2021

Well I now see there’s different types of “Blue” he also likes a side of the Beneful dog food which comes in reusable plastic containers. And rotisserie chicken and shrimp!


(2,826 posts)
6. I feed my Docker
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 10:19 AM
Feb 2021

1/2 container of Rachel Ray's Nutrish wet food and 2/3 cup Blue dry dog food from The Blue Buffalo Co. or Royal Canine dry. I add 2 TBSP pumpkin to the wet food now and then to keep his bowels regular. He's still happily going for daily 1-2 mile walks with me.


(22,831 posts)
7. Are you near a Tractor Supply? I feed my cats their 4Health brand of cat food... the large cans
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 11:46 AM
Feb 2021

Won't send you to the poor farm. My vet and I had had a talk about how to feed a cat and what values to look for... values not listed on the label...so I called the company and they routed me to the right people to talk to. The 4Health canned was perfectly acceptable.

I know you asked about dogs. I'd imagine that the brand would also be acceptable.


(4,797 posts)
8. When I had 5 cats we used their dry cat food
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 01:14 PM
Feb 2021

It’s a super price for the quality! Ingredient-wise, it’s right up there with many of the expensive, premium foods (and better than several well-known premium foods, who shall remain nameless). My cats liked it, too.


(22,831 posts)
12. So, if the poster wants moist food, just soak the dry food. We soak Trixie's food overnight for her
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 05:10 PM
Feb 2021

Breakfast, then soak again for her dinner. It's never gone bad.


(4,797 posts)
9. This website is great:
Sun Feb 14, 2021, 01:24 PM
Feb 2021

Dog Food Advisor


They explain all the ingredients, how they are processed, if it adds to the nutritional value of the food or is filler, or even harmful, etc, etc. It’s been a huge help to me when searching for new pet foods.


(12,359 posts)
13. Weruva makes great wet food.
Thu Feb 18, 2021, 01:32 AM
Feb 2021

They also package their food in smaller cans as well as pouches which is awesome for people who have smaller dogs.

Make sure to incorporate dry food as well, which will help with oral hygiene.

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