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Saving Money on Dog Food

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Whether you buy in bulk or make it from scratch, every dog needs to eat quality dog food every day. This is a guide for saving money on dog food.


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By 10 found this helpful
March 8, 2012

One of my dogs has an allergy to corn grain. For many years I thought she was just really itchy from fleas. I would comb her every night, sprayed the yard, and had her on Frontline Plus, and she still chewed on herself and had an awful coat.

Without going into much detail, I changed her to lamb and rice food, and she now has a gorgeous coat that is super soft and thick. The only problem was my other two dogs were absolutely positive that Rosie was getting something so much better than they had. So now all 3 of my dogs now get lamb and rice, which is pretty darn expensive.

I went from paying $22.00 for 40 pounds of dry dog food to $50.00 for 35 pounds of dry food. I tried all different brands of lamb and rice, and the only difference was some were more expensive than others.


I met a lady in the grocery store who told me that she buys her dog's food at the same place she buys her horse feed, so off I went to the Mill and bought a 40 pound bag of Diamond Lamb and Rice for $27.

My dogs love it and I noticed an even bigger difference in all their coats. I have to admit it was a very fascinating place to wander around with all sort of animal, farm, and gardening supplies. Their prices were half the price on the same items that I use to buy at PetSmart.

I don't know if there's a technical name for places that sell horse feed but I was completely overwhelmed with all the cool stuff. I sort of felt like I was stepping back into the 60s, and I'm really looking forward to the next time I need to go buy some more dog food.

By CaroleeRose from Madison, AL

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February 27, 20130 found this helpful

Just wanted to mention, we were at a Feed Store last month, and they sold raw food, with no grains, ground with the bone and organs in it for dogs. Some had veggies added. The price was decent. $2 a pound.

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November 27, 20042 found this helpful

We have two large breed dogs and so it does get quite expensive to buy dog food at times. We don't like to buy the generic brands because they are full of nothing but filler. Even though they may get full, it takes more of it to fill them up than the more expensive, higher quality brands. The higher quality brands are so expensive, though, that I have found a good alternative. Try buying your dog food from a feed store. They carry several different brands and they usually very good quality and a much better price!


By Robin

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August 25, 20130 found this helpful

Another good place to buy dog food is Costco, the Costco brand. It rarely gets recalled, as do many "name" brands do. Check the ingredients against whatever brand you are buying now for quality. most likely Costo brand is higher in quality. The have many Kirkland dog food types to choose from. I have been happy with them for years (no, I do not work for Costco).

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By 1 found this helpful
October 27, 2011

While I wish I could have afforded the top of the line for my dog, but I could not. We fed our Rottweiler a store brand dog food comparable to the major name brands. Now, Rotts eat a lot of food and we fed him no table scraps.

My baby lived to be 10 years old and then we had to put him down due to cancer. I can't blame the dog food, because prior to his death, he was never sick in his life. I raised him since he was six weeks old. The picture I uploaded was taken on the day that he passed away. Beautiful dog.

By Alison from Warren, MI

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October 27, 20110 found this helpful

Alison, your story brought tears to my eyes because you are right. The dog food and the expensive ones too are made in china and they proved a few years ago they were poisoning our animals. Yes the stuff you buy at the vet too. I have lost 4 in 15 years to the same cancer and all were different breeds and different ages. None lived past 10 years and all were with the cancerous tumors. Vets just say no cure. As a child we fed our dogs cornbread we made and scraps and never had worms or unhealthy dogs. Sorry about your loss as I am facing again the same thing with my Dobie. Tasha the first tumor came up 2 months ago and she is 10 or 11 yrs old.

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December 4, 2006

It really pays to hang on to those high-value coupons! A dog food manufacturer put this one out a couple of weeks ago. It is good for a free four-pound bag up to $5 OR $5 off an 8-pound or larger bag.

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By 0 found this helpful
October 21, 2011

I have a 13 year old Boxer (who thinks she is 5, very playful still) and I have 2 Frenchies, 8 months and 1 year old. Buying three different kinds of food is breaking me. All three of them seem to hate dry food. Is there anything out there all three of them can eat, or is there a homemade food I can make and give to all three of my females?
Help please!

By Shery from Inglewood, CA

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October 23, 20110 found this helpful

When you can afford it, it's nice to have a senior food, an adult food and a puppy food. I usually just do weight management for all though, as that is the biggest issue in my house, and that usually has the highest amounts of protein so you get more for your money.

The different levels of protein, carbs and fat are more pronounced in dry food; not so much wet, since it's mostly broth. I like it for hydration more than the main meal. What brand of dry have you tried, some are so much more palatable than others, especially if you're buying the cheapest you can find. Some are 100% guaranteed so if your dogs don't like it, you can return what's left for a full refund. If you do homemade, you will have to add vitamins and monitor the amount of protein etc, it's a lot of work and not cheap either.

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October 28, 20110 found this helpful

There is too much being put into kibble these days to warrant feeding any of your dogs kibble or even canned food for that matter. I have an ACD and 2 Pugs. The easy answer is, feed them people food. I have a crockpot and put whatever is on sale, chicken thighs (bone in, skin off), hamburger, pork. You name it, along with veggies (no grains). My dogs are so healthy the vet doesn't get it and we have no teeth cleaning issues. Those come from carbs and grains.

There are lots of homecooking recipes on the web, just Google it and your dogs will be the winner. Bottom line is they can eat everything you eat with the exception of chocolate and high fat foods. They also need to eat less as there will be no fillers in your cooking. Remember, you dogs' menu doesn't have to be balanced everyday, just over all, just like ours. And most of all, remember that dogs are carnivores and need species appropriate food, not a dog I know goes into the field and harvests corn or wheat to make into a meal.

Pet food companies use corn and wheat for fillers and tons of dogs are allergic to both these grains. Also, high carbo food is turning our pets into insulin dependent diabetics with shortened lifespans, yet another reason to take the grain out of their diets. If you don't want to cook, use hamburger, eggs, cheese, canned mackerel, corned beef, etc or look to some one like Honest Kitchen that offers people grade food for dogs.

It is worth it in no vet bills and longer lives for our companion animals. You will be amazed how happy a boiled chicken breast makes your dogs after they have been eating commercial food. It is a joy to watch them eat. Good luck and hope this helps start you thinking away from commercial dog food.

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April 6, 20120 found this helpful

Feed and seed store. Diamond lamb and rice. about $25. Really good food. No corn, wheat or soy. Clean food. Lots of inspections. Well balanced.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 1, 2010

Where can I buy Pedigree Complete Nutrition adult dog food in bulk, with free shipping?

Thank you.

By Howie from Van Nuys, CA

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March 3, 20100 found this helpful

Really lousey food. Check internet about euthanized cats/dogs being part of the protein (including the poison used to euth them) check all purina and grocery store pet foods. 95% of them are loaded with corn which is a health menace. Go to specialty store like a good groomers. Spend more on their food per pound but less at the vets plus the animals seem to require less of the good food because nutritional needs are met and their system is not crying out. Good home recipes are available on the internet. Lots less expensive and so much better if you care about your pet.

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