It happens every year: Winter comes, and the next thing, you’re surrounded by doughnuts and bowls of pasta.
Chances are that as a dog owner, you also let your pet nibble these meals along with you.
But this means that one or both of you will have to go on a low-carb diet.
You decide to have your dog test it out first, to get their feedback and see if it’s for you.
Therefore, in these reviews, we’ll help you navigate the increasingly large market of low-carb dog foods.
A Quick Look at the Winners of 2020:
|Salmon & Peas||4.70/5|
|Dr. Harvey's Paradigm|
(Best for Puppies)
|Beef, Egg & Peas||4.40/5|
The 6 Best Low-Carb Dog Foods:
1. Nulo Adult Grain Free Dog Food – Best Overall
Nulo understands that the best recipes are simple recipes. This product clearly reflects that, as it has all natural ingredients with no fillers or preservatives. Nulo also knows that many dogs have specific protein allergies, so it left out eggs and chicken and used only easily digestible meats. While some companies will try to sell you on what isn’t in their food, Nulo knows that the trick is what is in the food. Let’s take a look.
This recipe is loaded with all sorts of good stuff to keep your dog at the top of their game. This is a grain-free, clean ingredient product that is meant to keep your dog healthy, happy, and full of energy. The energy comes from all the protein. Made with a BC30 probiotic, this is a wonderful dinner for your dog’s digestive health.
Omegas 3 and 6 top off the list of healthy ingredients, ensuring that your dog will have healthy skin and a healthy fluff of fur for life. The fatty acids also help promote good brain function. It may seem hard to believe that all those healthy things could be in something so delicious, but whether it is due to the lamb, salmon, or turkey, dogs absolutely love it.
Most buyers we’ve heard from have stuck with Nulo since switching to it, saying that their search for the right dog food is over. Some dogs have a bad reaction to this food, but they are few and far between.
2. Ketona Chicken Low-Carb Dog Food – Best Value
If you are looking for low carbs, then this just might be the end of your search. Ketona boasts a dog food that has 85% less carbohydrates than other grain-free brands.
This is another instance where we could talk about what is and what isn’t in the food. This product is made with less than 5% starch and .5% sugar. All the protein used in the Ketona recipe was raised by ranchers in the United States, so you don’t have to worry about odd antibiotics.
What is in the food, then? To start, there’s 46% more protein than in leading brands. This food is packed with so much protein, you can expect lean, energetic muscles in your pup. This is a raw diet food and, as the company name implies, a Keto diet product.
There have been few reports of dogs having adverse reactions to this food, so if you are thinking of switching your dog over to it, you should contact your vet first. For the most part, though, buyers absolutely love it, and their dogs do too! You can see why we think that this is the best low-carb dog food for the money.
Dr. Harvey thought that dry food wasn’t good enough for the dogs we all love, so the company went out and did something about it, creating a meal that is fitting for a canine king!
There is preparation involved here. You will also have to provide your own protein, whatever you choose that to be. The preparation is simple, though. All you have to do is add hot water to the premade mix, let it sit for eight to 10 minutes, and then stir. After that, just add the protein and your doggo is good to go!
The mix itself is loaded with good stuff for the health of your dog. This is a green food that is 100% grain free and low carb. There are no fillers, preservatives, or artificial coloring. The base recipe is made of six different high-nutrition fruits and veggies.
This is a wonderful food for weight management or dogs with diabetes. This is also good for dogs who have allergies or sensitive tummies. This product is low carb for an optimal ketogenic diet.
While most users report loving the effect that this food has had on their dog, there are other benefits. Those who have dogs diagnosed with cancer report that their doggo has a little more pep in their step after switching to this food.
If your dog is a picky eater, however, they might not like this stuff.
4. Solid Gold Protein Dry Dog Food – Best For Puppies
This is a food meant for dogs with high energy levels. It doesn’t matter their age or size — if they have tons of energy, this is a good food for them.
Solid Gold has made a gluten-free recipe that is loaded with protein, which is meant to stimulate lean muscle growth. This natural holistic grain-free recipe gives your dog a simple dish that is high in protein (41% crude protein, in fact). The meat used is high quality and responsibly sourced. The egg adds amino acids, which are wonderful for your dog’s metabolism.
Prebiotics and probiotics combine for a one-two punch of good gut health, as they both promote good digestion and a high metabolism.
Most users report that their dog absolutely loves this food. Even picky eaters seem to slurp it up. Unfortunately, it might not be the best food for dogs with sensitive stomachs.
5. Wellness Core Grain Free Dry Dog Food
This is a grain-free food meant to sustain a healthy weight for your dog. There are no fillers in this food, so you won’t have to worry about any corn, wheat, or soy. It does, however, have chicken, turkey, and salmon oil.
This is another food that requires preparation, which means that you will have to buy other products from Wellness Core. The prep is simple enough. You start with dry food, add a topper, and then throw wet food on top. Your dog’s tail will be wagging with excitement once dinner time nears!
This seems to be a food best suited toward weight loss, though some dogs actually gain weight when this is put into their diet.
There have been reports of food being delivered moldy, so you might want to open up the bag and check before feeding this to your dog.
6. Nulo Small Breed Grain Free Dog Food
As with our top pick, this is a grain-free offering, a low-carb food that has 84% animal-based protein as part of the recipe. The smaller kibbles are made specifically for little cuties. They are easier to chew and promote good digestion. L-carnitine encourages a steady weight for your dog, while lactic acids help regulate metabolism. On top of that, this is made with a BC30 probiotic to make sure that your dog is in tip-top shape.
Buyers who give this to their dogs report that they generally love it, though some complain that the kibble pieces are still too big.
So, you’ve talked to your vet, and now your dog needs to be on a low-carb diet. Such diets can be useful in a pup maintaining their weight, and certain studies have shown that dogs who have a proper weight can live up to two years longer than dogs who don’t.
What are things to look for when shopping for a low-carb meal for your dog? Let’s take a peek.
Since a low-carb diet is normally protein heavy, you’ll want to make sure that you are only getting the best for your fuzzy friend. Doing research, you can learn what farms the meat comes from and how they are raised. Certain proteins are better for dogs than others, but that is specific from dog to dog.
While fruits and veggies are wonderful, you want to seek out food that is loaded with meat. You also want to avoid fillers like corn, wheat, or soy.
There is a list of health benefits that your dog can get from a low-carb diet and includes all the wonderful vitamins and minerals that can come with it. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are great for skin and fur, while L-carnitine and BC30 probiotics can be crucial for gut health.
Why Go Low Carb?
The main reason is to watch the weight of your dog. A little secret of the dog food industry is that most dogs don’t actually need a lot of carbs, but they are easy to get and cheap to use, so many manufacturers like to load up their food with them. We call this filler.
A low-carb diet, therefore, has plenty of benefits. Lean muscle growth can be one, as can good skin, fur, and brain health.
Talk to your vet!
We always recommend talking with your vet before changing your pet’s diet, unless it is an emergency. While we are happy to make this guide for you, it does not replace the knowledge of a professional veterinarian.
With low-carb dog food, your pup will be a lean, mean, ball-chasin’ machine in no time. If they already are, then they’ll be able to stay that way! These reviews were meant to help you navigate the large world of dog food to make life a little simpler. Did you find the food that you’ll be serving up for your dog’s dinner? Maybe you are interested in our top pick from Nulo, which is completely packed with good stuff. Of course, you can’t go wrong with the offering from Ketona, which also packs a healthy wallop. Whatever you choose, it is sure to make your dog’s tail wag!
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- A Quick Look at the Winners of 2020:
- The 6 Best Low-Carb Dog Foods:
- Buyers Guide