10 low-fat foods your dog will actually want to eat

As a mom of a fur baby that suffers from pancreatitis, I know all too well the struggle of trying to find a food that they like but won’t wreak havoc on their digestive systems or your wallet!

Feeding dogs with pancreatitis can prove to be tricky. So, I set out to find a couple of over the counter, non-prescription, dry commercial dog foods that fit the bill and this list is what I came up with.


How was this list compiled?

1. General Consensus

I searched high and low for the best foods that owners have had the most success with, and that kept their pooches flare-up free from pancreatitis. Many of the foods listed below were mentioned many times over and the general consensus was that these were great foods for dogs with pancreatitis.

2. Fat, Protein, & Fiber content

I also looked at the fat content and calculated the dry matter so that you would have the actual fat content minus the moisture content (which is pretty important when comparing dog foods). Want to know why this matters? Read this article about why you are choosing your dog food improperly.

3. Personal Experience

The third way I chose these foods is through personal experience. I had my dog with pancreatitis on Royal Canin Low Fat Gastrointestinal and understandably, he grew tired of it after years of eating the same thing over and over. I would see his reluctance to eat and anti-climactic feedings. He began to lose weight and I knew I needed to find something that I could incorporate into his diet that would entice him to eat and keep him at a healthy weight. I personally chose to go with Solid Gold but will also try Dr. Harvey’s in the future.


Here are my top picks for the best commercial non-prescription dry foods for dogs with pancreatitis

1. Solid Gold – Fit & Fabulous

Crude Protein26%
Crude Fat6.5%
Crude Fiber9.5%
Dry Matter Analysis 7.22%

2. Wysong Anergen™

A hypoallergenic canine/feline diet formulated with alternative protein sources to address food allergies/sensitivities.

Crude Protein30%
Crude Fat14%
Crude Fiber5%
Dry Matter Analysis 15.56%

3. Nulo Adult Trim Weight Management

A grain Free, Low Carb Kibble Diet Helps Promote Healthy Weight

Crude Protein30%
Crude Fat7%
Crude Fiber6%
Dry Matter Analysis 7.78%

4. The Honest Kitchen Human Grade Dehydrated Grain Free Dog Food Grain Free Fish

Crude Protein32%
Crude Fat8.5%
Crude Fiber5.8%
Dry Matter Analysis 9.33%

5. Dr. Harvey Canine Healthy Weight

Crude Protein23%
Crude Fat11%
Crude Fiber28%
Dry Matter Analysis12.36%

6. Rayne Kangaroo low-fat maintenance

Crude Protein31.2%
Crude Fat7.7%
Crude Fiber2.2%
Dry Matter Analysis8.4%

7. Zignature Goat Formula

Crude Protein30%
Crude Fat15%
Crude Fiber5%
Dry Matter Analysis16.67%

8. Earthborn Holistic Weight Control

Crude Protein25%
Crude Fat7%
Crude Fiber7%
Dry Matter Analysis7.78%

9. Acana Light & Fit Formula

Crude Protein33%
Crude Fat10%
Crude Fiber8%
Dry Matter Fat Analysis11.11%

10. Wild Earth Clean Protein

Crude Protein31%
Crude Fat10.5%
Crude Fiber5%
Dry Matter Fat Analysis (10)1.67%