Right now I feed my dogs Beneful by Purina because it seems like the best quality I can find for the price I can afford. I've done all the label reading and found that most of the garden variety dog foods that you can buy at the grocery store have the same stuff in it. I used to feed them Iams, but heard so much bad stuff about them that I just decided it doesnt really matter what brand I feed them, it's all junk anyways. Well, I do care about their health, and want them to live longer and healthier. They are both very active - everyday its either the beach or the park - and they both have compromised immune systems (puppy demodectic mange). But, I simply can't afford the whole organic free-range preservative free no-filler fancy dog food. I want to, but I just can't right now. I feel awful for giving them crappy grocery store dog food (it's sold at dollar stores, too!) so I try to mix in other stuff like table scraps to give them variety and vitamins. (BTW, my amstaff will not eat raw turkey necks. I can't figure it out.) So.....down to the question....what is the best dog food out there for the least amount of money?
I was feeding Eukanuba, now I'm feeding Eagle Pack. I went through Merrick's (dry) and Innova along the way. I don't know what area you live in but in Kitsap Co. WA I can purchase a 33# bag of Eagle Pack for under $32.00. I was paying over $33.00 for the 40# bag of Euk. Yes, I'm getting a little less in weight, but my girls don't eat as much (or leave as many piles - and they are finally piles, not puddles). I have three Siberian Husky females, all right around the eight month old mark. A 33# bag lasts me close to two weeks. The hardest thing is finding a place that sells it. I lucked out and there is a Pet store locally that carries all the top brands, but even places like Petsmart and Petco have started carrying Royal Canin.
Benefulls no good. I think corns the main ingredient right? If you have a costco pick up kirklands,if not try diamond. Its the same thing. Its about the same price but they will eat a lot less of it too. We had fifty lb pedigree bags that only lasted a week with my four and the kirklands 40lb bag can last almost twice that. All of their skin has improved and my dobe isn't gassy anymore :)
I've been told to stay away form nutro because for that price you can get a much more high quality food. http://www.mordanna.com/dogfood/ You can email the girl that runs this site and she will answer your questions.
***Edited By: joce on 7/12/2005 7:58:02 PM*** Reason: ert
Surprisingly, Costco's Kirkland signature line of dog food is extremely good for the price. The first ingredients are chicken or lamb (on the canned) and I've been told by trainers that it's very good. Totally forgot about it on my prior post. My bad.
Hi. I feed my chocolate lab puppy Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy and Nutro Natural Choice Ultra. It can only be found in pet stores. The cost is higher than brands found in grocery stores, etc. I probably will have my dog on the Nutro Ultra Puppy foods after her food supply runs out since they have more nutritious ingredients that Max and Natural Choice don't have. My puppy looks very healthy.
Nutro is committed to using the finest, costliest natural ingredients, highly digestible proteins, added vitamins and minerals, and specialized nutrients found only in Natural Choice Ultra. Also, Nutro never uses ingredients like by-products (head, feet, intestines) or ground corn. There are no chemicals added. The Ultra has chicken meal, lamb meal, and salmon meal. There are other numerous beneficial ingredients such as flax seed, sunflower oil, whole brown rice, glucosamine & chondroitin sulfate, cranberry, kelp, oatmeal, garlic, lutein, tomato pomace, etc.
You can register at www.Nutroproducts.com, and they'll send you $20 worth of coupons. I just got mine yesterday.
My friend uses beneful. It's high quality? that stuff was the greasiest stuff I have ever seen, YUCK!!! I got her to switch to Merricks. I think most will say Chicken Soup though I can't find it here in Hawaii. I use Merricks and wellness.
I use Lamb and Rice from Food Lion… Corn is not the first on the list… my 3 do great on it… and it’s only 7.99 for a 20lb bag. ( I have used the more commercial brands and exclusive brands .. I really like this one.) Of course they also have dinner with me as well :)
I've used Diamond for my dogs,and they did great on it. It was the Beef and Rice.I wanted to go better,so now i'm feeding Canidea,33.00 for 40 pounds,and pretty high end food.One time my dogs ran out of their food,I grabbed a bag of Beneful for a quick fix,omg the gas. My dogs would clear a room. The stuff is garbage.
I just switched to Eagle Pack here recently and I'm really liking it a lot - and my dogs love it (which helps), but I've already noticed changes in their coats (much softer and more shiny). Their stools are better (keep in mind I switched slowly - over a 3 week period to make sure that no one got an upset tummy. I went from Science Diet to Eagle Pack and the Eagle is richer). They aren't as hungry as they were (I had some dogs that were a little food aggressive) and I'm feeding less food. I'm paying $24.50 for a 50 lb page of food - but I'm also buying right from a distributor so I get it at wholesale prices. I was paying over $1 a pound for the Science Diet.
I wouldn't feed anything Purina or Pedigree if you paid me to. It's a personal opinion, but they are low end foods and what you should feed if you're dead broke - and at that point I'd really look at whether you can afford a dog. You feed over double the Dog Chow that you would feed Eagle Pack - which tells you right there that there is less nutrients per pound in the food. This also means more stools from your dog.
The thing to watch out for with "low priced" foods is that while it looks like a deal, you usually feed A LOT more of the food in order to give your dog what it needs. So you might pay double the price for a Premium food that you pay for Purina, but you're also going to feed half of what you would feed - so you're really paying the same price, but giving your dog a better food.
Most "low priced" foods have a really high (bad) fat/calorie content for the amount of nutrition that is in it. So you either have to feed a lot of food in order to give the dog the nutritional intake - and the dog gets fat because there are too many calories - or you feed enough to keep the weight in line and the dog is malnutritioned because it isn't getting the proper nutritional intake.
Something for you to look into - Eagle Pack has a line of foods called "Prism" that they sell as well. It is basically the same as the Eagle Pack except it doesn't have as high of ratios of "supplements" as the Eagle Pack. The Prism runs about .20-.40 cents a pound cheaper than the Eagle Pack. It's also a good food.
Here is the Eagle Pack website - www.eaglepack.com - check it out. They have a really good Holistic line as well and the prices are about even with the regular Eagle Pack. It's really worth it to feed a good food. And like a said - don't just look at the price per pound - look at how much you have to feed of the food in order to have a healthy dog. I'd rather give my 20 lb dog 1 1/2 cups of food a day than give than 3 cups of food a day to achieve the same thing - or worse.
And I can say from personal experience - I'm not a fan of Iams at all. My dogs coats were breaking (I mean hunks of fur just broke off!) when I was feeding Iams (before I knew better).
Another tip - the more you spend on dog food, (or the better the food) the healthier your dog will be and the lower your vet bills typically are!