We’re all looking to lead healthier lives, and that usually includes eating a more natural diet with fewer processed foods. As pet parents, we want the same for our dogs, and feeding a natural diet can offer up similar benefits. But how do you pick the best natural dog food for your pup?
First, you need to know what constitutes natural pet food. Natural pet food should contain ingredients derived from plant, animal or naturally occurring mineral sources, in their natural state or without having been produced chemically, according to the Association of American Feed Control Officers, which sets forth pet food’s nutritional standards. Though the “natural” label isn’t currently regulated by the FDA, choosing a natural dog food should help eliminate ingredients like artificial colors and flavors and man-made preservatives from your pup’s diet, making sure they get more whole ingredients and fewer chemicals.
We spoke to the experts to narrow down the vet recommended dog food options and help you find the best natural dog food for your dog. Just remember to consult with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pup’s diet.
This lamb and pumpkin combo is a winner, according to Dr. Katy Nelson, Chewy’s senior veterinarian. Pumpkin is great for pet digestion, and high-quality lamb makes up about 60 percent of the ingredients. Plus, this dry food contains whole grains like oats and sorghum to give your dog plenty of prolonged energy.
Sensitive Stomach Win
By Angela on Nov 9, 2023
My GSD has a super sensitive tummy.. and this limited ingredient kibble has been helpful to keep his stomach issues in check. Definitely recommend.
Was hesitant but dog is doing great
By Amy on Oct 24, 2023
4 yo Belgian Malinois with a sensitive stomach. Originally bought a small bag for training treats to use with his raw food but now we’re mostly using this and some raw. Was hesitant to try acana WG given the issues with the grain free variety but this stuff is exceeding all of my expectations. My dog is not getting bloated after every meal and his acid reflux is really manageable on this food.
By Abby on Oct 10, 2023
My Weimaraner has struggled to eat since we have had her. Two years I have tried multiple dry dog foods. Ultimately the only way she will eat is if I add wet food to the top and she still won’t eat her full serving. She loves the dog treats so I decided to give the food a try and she is eating. She is eating the whole bowel in one sitting. She also suffers from a sensitive stomach and we have had no problems. A happy Weimaraner mommy.
For a grain-free dry food option, Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM, recommends this Nature’s Recipe diet. She likes that the first ingredient is salmon, a high-quality protein source that helps support muscle development. This natural food for dogs also contains sweet potatoes and pumpkin, good sources of carbohydrates for added energy and good digestion.
My dogs love it!
By Lanette on Dec 6, 2023
I mixed a small portion of the previous dog food in with the new. My dogs pick through it to get to Nature’s Recipe!!
By lisa on Dec 1, 2023
My dogs ate victor dry food for years until the recall, then i tried the salmon Nature's recipe and they love it, i have to get another bag. Great fot sensitive stomach
surprisingly helpful for pet with food allergies
By Tracy on Nov 21, 2023
We have a lab mix with several allergies that create rashy tummy or upset tummy. We've had a hard time with food that doesn't make his tummy break out in a rash and risk infection. I was using blue buffalo for most of his 4 years... but this seems to both him far less. Both dogs enjoy it and it doesn't stay in their dish long.
This canned dog food is made with real meat, fruits and vegetables. With cage-free chicken as the first ingredient, you can count on it being a good source of protein. It also has natural sources of omega fatty acids for healthy skin and a shiny coat. Dr. Nelson says a grain-free wet dog food like this one can be used alongside a healthy kibble as part of a complete and balanced diet.
Happy with this food.
By Debbie on May 13, 2023
Im trying to pick the healthiest foods I can for my dog and cats. This is one of the foods that fit the bill for me. And he likes it :)
Instinct Can Food
By Katie on Aug 30, 2021
I had to change food for my dog because her immune system is changing.
This was recommended by a Naturalist that we see & our dog loves it & can't wait
til I get it in the bowl. Within about 10 days she showed improvement. No additives, grains, wheat or corn. Our furry one is very happy!
By Walker on Jul 26, 2021
Our dogs love this food. I pair it with Instinct kibble and the bowls are licked clean. Also they don’t poop as much as they used to on other food.
If you’re looking for low-cost, high-quality dog food, Dr. Coates recommends this beef, potato and green bean canned blend from Purina. It’s loaded with good stuff like vitamins, minerals and Texas-raised beef.
Jack Sparrow's Favorite
By Laura on Nov 29, 2023
Jack doesn't like chicken at all. Most stores in my area are all stocked with chicken dog food. So i was happy to see this Beef one on chewy. For at least a week, i won't have to run to many stores trying to find a non chicken option. I will be buying it again. Chewy please do not stop carrying this. Thanks
By Briana on Nov 21, 2023
The pups enjoyed it! I like that it’s a nice pairing with their grain free food. We only give them a few tablespoons per day so the cans last a bit longer. It was nice to order this along with one of the sales - made it cheaper than the per can price in stores.
An excellent product
By Alacia on Nov 17, 2023
A great food that my dogs love. Contains no grains, no alfalfa and no beet pulp, only quality meats and a veg or two, plus vitamins and minerals. Simple, healthy and highly palatable. Beyond canned food is the best product Purina has ever created.
Dr. Coates recommends this high quality dog food as an excellent affordable choice, especially if you have a large dog who regularly goes through kibble. Made with steroid-free, white meat chicken, this limited ingredient food is rich in nutrients and full of natural probiotics for healthy digestion.
Why is this dry food no longer available ?
By eclaire27 on May 3, 2023
My dogs loved this dry food and I would like to know the reason this was discontinued. I don't know which dry dog food to order now. Sad
Beyond Dry Dog Food
By Edward on Mar 4, 2023
I rely on your company for my dogs needs. Grateful you provided me with 5 small packages. But hoping next time I can go back to the 24 lb bag.
Dogs loves it!
By Amy on Feb 13, 2023
Dogs have been eatting the Purina Beyond for a few weeks, and they love it. They both have more energy, and my Zowie's allergy symptoms have improved.
If you want an affordable way to incorporate natural dog food into your pet’s diet, Dr. Nelson says natural dog food toppers are a great option. She recommends these freeze-dried morsels which are made from cage-free turkey and organic fruits and vegetables. Bonus: You can feed these nuggets as a complete meal, too.
great noon time small meal
By Dixie on Nov 17, 2023
we have a 14 year old lab who is enjoying old age, slower walking, always hungry which is typical for a lab, so I cut the topper cubes in half and mix a bit of homemade bone broth to moisten the food chunks. She wants to eat too fast so by cutting them smaller and moisturizing them makes it easy to eat. She is on a special diet for vintage old dogs and has put weight back on and is moving about great without so much stiffness. We love using stella & Chewy's for noon meal and some snacks.
Best product and employees
By Opie on Sep 24, 2023
Chewy has treated me and my dog well! Products are excellent and competitive with pricing. If something is wrong let them know and it will be taken care of!
Stella & Chewy product
By Golden on Aug 24, 2023
Chewy was so helpful finding a product for my golden doodle who was refusing to eat after the loss of our retriever and so quick in getting it to us. The product and customer service was tremendous!!! Thank you!!
Natural freeze-dried dog foods like these chicken dinner patties are an easy way to feed your dog a raw diet. Serve as-is or rehydrate with water. They can also be used as a topper. Dr. Nelsons uses Stella and Chewy’s freeze-dried biscuits as a topper for her dogs’ diet of kibble and fresh foods.
My dog loves Stella and Chewy's
By Gary on Oct 6, 2023
My dachshund has renal issues and it's hard to get her to eat certain food or any.
I bought Stella and Chewy's and she loves the chicken patties, she eats them dry.
My dogs love these patties
By Jo on Aug 19, 2023
My dogs love these patties! I crumble a little bit on top of their regular kibble, and they eat it all up.
Stella and Chewy dinner patties
By Jazzy23 on Aug 15, 2023
A small amount crumbled on top of my puppy’s kibble seems to be the incentive she needs to to eat.
This whole grain dehydrated healthy dog food has an ingredient list of words you can actually pronounce, starting with chicken. “The Honest Kitchen does a great job of creating human-grade meals for pets with healthy proteins, grains, fruits and vegetables—pets feel like they’re eating Thanksgiving dinner every day … but it’s good for them!” says Dr. Nelson. If you have a picky eater, add this to their meal for an extra flavor boost.
By Walker on Nov 25, 2023
Our Morty was having trouble liking food. We tried about 10 different types. He was not Interested. We tried Honest Kitchen and he started eaten no again. Wonderful result.
By Kymberli on Nov 25, 2023
This little box of powder packs a ton of nutrients for my dogs and costs half the price of Farmers Dog! It makes around 40lbs of food. It's easy to make and store and the best part is when my babies go absolutley crazy over it!
Great quality and price
By Tracey on Nov 22, 2023
Great quality food for our older dog with stomach issues, and very easy to prep. Price point here is better than in store pricing.
Dogs heading into their golden years may have some specific dietary needs for their all natural dog food. Dr. Nelson recommends this food for seniors because it’s made with high-quality animal protein. The formula also uses GMO-free spelt and oats to fuel your elder pup for plenty of steady energy.
my dogs love Farmina!
By Sydney on Jul 19, 2023
both of my large dogs (ages 7 and 8) do great on this! i love farmina as a company and feel so comfortable feeding my dogs this food based on their ingredient sourcing and food processing.
my dogs are getting a little older, plus one of them has somewhat of a sensitive stomach, so i like that the senior version has little bit lower protein and fat and more fiber. prior to switching to the senior version, we were just feeding the original chicken and pomegranate but my dogs do seem to do better with this formula at their age and with their current moderately active lifestyle!
Sam likes it
By Sigi on Mar 6, 2023
I've been feeding my Golden, Sam, this food for a few months now, he seems to like it a lot. I mix it with his "The Farmer's Dog" food and he seems to like that combination, he barks at me as I prepare this food:-)
Top Quality Dry Dog Food!
By Andrew on Dec 15, 2022
This is the highest quality dry dog food I have ever used. Our dog has maintained a healthy weight, coat, and general wellness. The impact was immediate once we switched. Of note, there is a senior option that has higher fiber for senior dogs, or a normal (non-senior) option.
Dr. Nelson recommends this whole grain kibble and raw freeze-dried blend for growing pups. Good for both their body and brain, the formula is made with all-natural, minimally processed chicken as well as natural DHA (docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid) from chicken eggs to help support brain and eye development.
Puppy loves it!
By Orion on Sep 10, 2023
After doing lots of research on different dog foods, I ended up selecting this one. Although expensive, the reviews online were all incredible and it was recommended by so many people.
My puppy is in LOVE with this food. She's very healthy, has solid stool, and is anything but lethargic! She gets so excited when I set down her freshly filled food bowl!
By Stephanie on Jan 12, 2022
We love this food for our pup until we can transition him to a homemade raw diet when he's old enough. He has been very healthy and full of energy with this food.
By geri on Oct 23, 2021
I have always had dogs in my life and have never considered ordering pet supplies online. I recently adopted a puppy and found I did not have the time to go to the pet supply store in my area. I went online to chewy.com and also arranged to have the puppy food put on auto re-order.
the puppy loves it.
When choosing the best natural dog food for your pet, there are more than a few good choices on the market, and your veterinarian can help you find the ideal diet for your pup. “Your veterinarian is going to know what sort of specific conditions, dietary needs and lifestyle your pet may have. Work very closely with them on choosing the right food,” says Dr. Nelson. With your vet’s guidance, you can transition your dog to one of the best natural dog foods for many years of health and happiness by your side.