The 9 Best Dog Foods for Sensitive Stomachs to Buy in 2018

Ease tummy troubles with these gentle formulas

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Canidae All Life Stages Dry at Amazon

“Many owners say the single protein varieties have cleared up both skin and stomach issues.”

Best Dry Food: Purina Pro Plan Focus at Amazon

“Salmon, a protein source that’s generally fairly mild, is the number-one ingredient.”

Best Wet Food: Natural Balance Limited Ingredients Diet at Amazon

“The texture if finely ground, which is great for seniors or puppies as well as adults.”

Best for Seniors: Blue Buffalo Basics Limited Ingredient Diet at Amazon

“Amazon reviewers note that this food helped to eliminate itchy skin and upset stomachs in their aging pups.”

Best for Puppies: Nutro Wholesome Essentials at Amazon

“It comes in chicken and lamb varieties, and in versions specifically created for large and small breeds.”

Best Grain-Free: Iams ProActive Sensitive Grain Free at Amazon

“Provides your dog with a well-rounded diet without (any added) preservatives, corn, wheat, soy, or grains.”

Best for Low Fat: Royal Canin G.I. Low Fat Dry at Amazon

“This food is not only formulated to target those troubled areas, but will also keep your pup from packing on extra pounds.”

Best Treats: Nutro Ultra Dog Biscuits at Amazon

“They’re made with oatmeal and pumpkin, two ingredients known to aid in digestion.”

Best Supplement: Halo Holistic Whole Food Supplement at Amazon

“Shake it over your dog’s dry or wet food to help with everything from gassiness to constipation to digestive issues.”


  • 01 of 09

    Best Overall: Canidae All Life Stages Dry Dog Food

    Canidae All Life Stages Dry Dog Food

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    One of the best ways to eliminate food sensitivities is to start by withholding specific ingredients as you figure out what causes your dog’s issues. Canidae All Life Stages Dry Dog Food offers two varieties—lamb meal and rice and chicken meal and rice— with only a single animal protein. Often, foods with multiple ingredients are found to exacerbate stomach issues. Canidae is made up of 23% protein, 12.5% fat, 4% fiber, and 10% moisture. This dry food is appropriate for all life stages, which makes it a great choice for multi-dog families whose pets like to graze (or sneak each other’s food). It contains no soy, wheat or corn, and has added glucosamine and chondroitin, which help your dog’s joints stay healthy.

    Amazon reviewers appreciate how versatile Canidae is, saying it eliminates issues with their pups going after the wrong food at dinner time. Many owners say the single protein varieties have cleared up both skin and stomach issues, and attest that their dogs love to gobble this food down. If you are looking for a great all-around dog food no matter the age of your pup, Canidae is a great choice.

  • 02 of 09

    Best Dry Food: Purina Pro Plan Focus Sensitive Skin & Stomach Dry Dog Food

    Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Skin & Stomach is another great dry food for nearly every dog. Salmon, a protein source that’s generally fairly mild, is the number-one ingredient. It doesn’t contain soy, wheat, corn, by-products or artificial flavors or colors, and it has a healthy dose of prebiotic fiber to aid in digestion. Purina Pro Plan’s analysis is made up of 26% protein, 16% fat, 4% fiber and 12% moisture.

  • 03 of 09

    Best Wet Food: Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Wet Dog Food

    There are many benefits to feeding your dog wet food, especially if you have a picky eater. Wet food is often more palatable than dry varieties, and made with more protein. If your sensitive dog is wet food eater, the Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Wet Dog Food is our pick. A limited ingredient food allows you to manage what goes into your dog’s food. The Natural Balance wet food comes in seven different flavors, each including a single protein and carbohydrate source, such as chicken and sweet potato and lamb and brown rice. You can buy either 2.75, 6 or 13-ounce cans, and each flavor is free of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.

    Owners say it’s an easy-to-digest food that their dogs love. The texture is finely ground, which is great for seniors or puppies as well as adults.

  • 04 of 09

    Best for Seniors: Blue Buffalo Basics Limited Ingredient Diet Senior

    As your dog ages, his or her allergies and sensitivities may become more pronounced. If you’re hunting for a food formulated for seniors, the Blue Buffalo Basics Limited Ingredient Diet Senior is a great choice. Another limited-ingredient food, this dry food contains real turkey (a protein not commonly used in mass-produced dog foods) and potato. It also contains pumpkin to help your senior pup’s digestive tract work its best. Like a lot of senior dog foods, Blue Buffalo contains glucosamine and chondroitin for joint and hip health, and taurine to help maintain heart health. It’s made up of 18% protein, 10% fat, 7% fiber and 10% moisture.

    Your senior dog needs a specially formulated food to keep him healthy, but that can be difficult when he suffers from digestive issues. This Blue Buffalo Basics food is a great solution. Amazon reviewers note that this food helped to eliminate itchy skin and upset stomachs in their aging pups. They also note that the bites are small and easy to chew, even for sensitive mouths.

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  • 05 of 09

    Best for Puppies: Nutro Wholesome Essentials Puppy Food

    Though Nutro Wholesome Essentials Puppy Food is not a food formulated specifically for sensitive stomachs, the high-quality ingredients and lack of additives make it great for all pups, even those with stomach issues. It comes in chicken and lamb varieties, and in versions specifically created for large and small breeds. The chicken recipe is made from non-GMO protein, brown rice, and sweet potato and is made up of 27% protein, 16% fat, 3% fiber and 10% moisture. It also contains Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat, along with added calcium to help your puppy build strong bones and joints.​

    Nutro Wholesome Essentials Puppy Food has a lot of fans. One owner’s veterinarian commented on how great a Nutro-fed pup’s coat looked. Another review notes that the food is highly appealing to dogs (which is key when it comes to hyperactive puppies who get distracted easily) and easy to digest.

  • 06 of 09

    Best Grain-Free: Iams ProActive Sensitive Skin & Stomach Grain Free Dog Food

    Though dry food is a very convenient choice, especially for active dog owners, many dry foods contain grains which can upset sensitive stomachs and add to weight gain. Iams ProActive Health Sensitive Skin & Stomach Grain Free Dog Food provides your dog with a well-rounded diet without added any preservatives, corn, wheat, soy, or grains. It comes in either chicken with peas or salmon with lentils, giving your dog a clean source of carbohydrates if typical grainy foods cause issues. It’s made up of 24% protein, 13% fat, 4% fiber and 10% moisture, and the added Omegas help keep your pup’s skin and coat shiny and itch-free. You can choose from a 4.4, 10.3 or 19-pound bag.

    Many Amazon reviewers’ say their dogs struggled with endless hot spots, itching, and indigestion prior to eating Iams ProActive Health Sensitive Skin & Stomach Grain Free Dog Food, and found it did wonders for their pups’ health. A couple of reviews note that their picky dogs weren’t thrilled with the food, but most gobble it down.

  • 07 of 09

    Best Low Fat: Royal Canin Canine Gastrointestinal Low Fat Dry

    As with humans, your dog may have multiple health priorities at the same time. If your veterinarian has suggested your pup shed a few pounds, the Royal Canin Canine Gastrointestinal Low Fat Dry Food is a great choice. Fatty dog foods can upset an already sensitive stomach even more, and this food is not only formulated to target those troubled areas, but will also keep your pup from packing on extra pounds. The rice and chicken flavor is well liked by most pups and each serving is made up of 20% protein, between 4.5% and 8.5% fat and 3.6% fiber.

     

    Many owners say their veterinarian prescribed this food for pancreatitis or other stomach issues, and many say it helps tremendously.

  • 08 of 09

    Best Treats: Nutro Ultra Dog Biscuits

    Everyone wants to reward your good dog when he’s been a very good boy—but if he has a sensitive stomach, everything he eats needs to be carefully monitored. Nutro Ultra Dog Biscuits are a great choice for stomach issues; they’re made with oatmeal and pumpkin, two ingredients ​known to aid in digestion. The protein is made up of three sources, including lean chicken, lamb, and salmon. They contain no wheat, corn, gluten, soy, or fillers, and are naturally preserved. Each 16-ounce bag contains about 20-30 pieces and can be given to your dog up to five times a day, depending on his size.

    Amazon reviewers said they purchased Nutro Ultra Biscuits after endless stomach issues caused by other treats. Though a few say they’re not as tasty to their pups as the less healthy options, the tradeoff is worth it to avoid unpleasant surprises.

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  • 09 of 09

    Best Supplement: Halo Holistic Sensitive Stomach Whole Food Supplement

    This Halo Holistic Whole Food Supplement for Dogs is targeted toward dogs with sensitive stomachs and digestion issues. Simply shake it over your dog’s dry or wet food to help with everything from gassiness to constipation to digestive issues associated with aging or disease. The supplement includes whole food, natural ingredients such as coconut, turmeric, and sweet potato, without any fillers, sugars or artificial additives. Each jar come with 3.5 ounces of supplement powder.​

    Even if you feed your dog a sensitive stomach-friendly food, adding a supplement can help meet his overall nutritional needs and keep things smooth and regular.