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    Best cheap dog food?

    My friend used to feed her dog purina. Bleh. And at that time I switched from diamond to Canidae and I gave her the rest of my diamond because I like her two little dogs. Leevi and Lulu. Lee I is overweight. I've convinced them to start walking the dogs too. So anyways I told them they should think about switching dog foods, and a few weeks later she said she thought about it and at SAMs club there was Iams, and I was kind of excited. I fed my dog iams at the very first, but now I did research and I, getting the memo that iams is no better than purina?

    So.. *Sigh* is there anything sold at SAMs club that's around the same price but better quality by any chance? It doesn't have to be good..l just not purina bad.


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    Re: Best cheap dog food?

    Their store brand premium food (used to be Member's Mark but I think they changed the name) isn't terrible. . .it does have corn but has chicken meal as the first ingredient, and no artificial colors. They also sell Purina ONE, which is about the same, but it costs more. Iams isn't great but I would rate it higher than Dog Chow because at least it doesn't have colors. Sam's honestly doesn't have a very good selection. If she also has a Costco membership, their Kirkland Signature foods are pretty good (about the same as Diamond Naturals). Walmart has Rachel Ray's Nutrish (they recently came out with a grain-free formula) and Pure Balance.

    If she's willing to shop elsewhere, Diamond Naturals is my choice. It's cheaper than Iams, too. Tractor Supply has it for sure, and some hardware stores carry Diamond foods.

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    OK, I'm at Sam's Club now, and it's called Simply Right Exceed. It does NOT have corn, but the 3rd ingredient is soybean meal, and 4th is wheat. But it is still better than most dog foods. About $5 cheaper than Iams.

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    Re: Best cheap dog food?

    Do you have a Tractor Supply? Their 4 Health is reasonably priced and has no corn, wheat, or soy. They also have a grain free that's also very reasonably priced.
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    Re: Best cheap dog food?

    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    OK, I'm at Sam's Club now, and it's called Simply Right Exceed. It does NOT have corn, but the 3rd ingredient is soybean meal, and 4th is wheat. But it is still better than most dog foods. About $5 cheaper than Iams.
    That might be good, ill mention it to her


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    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    OK, I'm at Sam's Club now, and it's called Simply Right Exceed. It does NOT have corn, but the 3rd ingredient is soybean meal, and 4th is wheat. But it is still better than most dog foods. About $5 cheaper than Iams.
    I just looked up the ingredients online, and it says that the first ingredient is ground yellow corn..


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    Quote Originally Posted by V-paw View Post
    I just looked up the ingredients online, and it says that the first ingredient is ground yellow corn..
    Was it the the Exceed? They do have a lower-quality food called Complete Nutrition, that says "compare to Purina Dog Chow!" on it. Let me see if I can find the ingredients for Exceed. . .OK, this is the Sam's Club page: http://www.samsclub.com/sams/sr-exce....ip?navAction=

    Andhere's the dogfoodadvisor review, 3 stars--not great, not terrible: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-fo...ceed-dog-food/ The chicken formula has the same ingredients as the lamb formula, except chicken instead of lamb, LOL.

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    Re: Best cheap dog food?

    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    Was it the the Exceed? They do have a lower-quality food called Complete Nutrition, that says "compare to Purina Dog Chow!" on it. Let me see if I can find the ingredients for Exceed. . .OK, this is the Sam's Club page: http://www.samsclub.com/sams/sr-exce....ip?navAction=

    Andhere's the dogfoodadvisor review, 3 stars--not great, not terrible: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-fo...ceed-dog-food/ The chicken formula has the same ingredients as the lamb formula, except chicken instead of lamb, LOL.
    That's the site I looked at. Ok I guess it was the lower quality one,nit had only 1 star! Then iams had 2.5 and this one has 3. ill look into it >.<

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    Haha, my first dog's name was Willow, that's why it's my username (with modification because Willow was already taken). I think that's 3 dogs I've heard of with the name now.

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    Re: Best cheap dog food?

    If you're able to get it, the Kirkland brand food has quite good reviews for the price point.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-fo...ture-dog-food/


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    Re: Best cheap dog food?

    Quote Originally Posted by ireth0 View Post
    If you're able to get it, the Kirkland brand food has quite good reviews for the price point.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-fo...ture-dog-food/
    Ya, it's pretty good but probably not what the owner would buy. I don't think they have a Costco membership anyways.


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    Re: Best cheap dog food?

    Assuming a person doesn't have access to one of the big club type store, I would say that the best cheap food is probably the grain inclusive 4Health brand at Tractor Supply; 18 lbs. for $21.99 ($1.22/lb.) is a very good price and it is considered a 4 star food at the Dog Food Advisor Website. It is probably followed by the Pet Smart grain free Authority brand at $18.99 for 15 lbs. ($1.27/lb.) and then the Diamond Naturals grain inclusive brand 24.99 for 18 lbs. ($1.38/lb.) at Tractor Supply; these are also considered 4 star foods at the Food Advisor website. They all don't contain soy, corn or wheat.

    The Lamb variety in the 4Health and Diamond seems to have a little less protein in it - around 21-23%; the others seem to have about 26-29% protein, a little higher which can be a good thing. If you can find the Diamond Naturals Lamb in the small breed package that will have about 27% protein.

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    Re: Best cheap dog food?

    Taste of the wild may be a little pricey. Here the prices sound higher though,so even pro plan costs $27 for a 18ib bag,and can't find anything cheaper while the same or better quality. Taste of the wild is about $30 for a 16ib bag so moved to that. After all the recalls with Kirkland and my other dogs hating it,I'm not trying that again either. At that time dogs where dropping dead left and right,and worried my dog might of got kidney failure relating to bad food.

    My dog actually did well on Pro plan,In good shape,active and healthy,better off then with Blue buffulo,wilderness or chicken soup for the dog lovers soul food.
    I also added a little meat and quality treats to his past pro plan diet though.
    Just look around and try different food.
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    Re: Best cheap dog food?

    Quote Originally Posted by Foresthund View Post
    After all the recalls with Kirkland and my other dogs hating it,I'm not trying that again either. At that time dogs where dropping dead left and right,and worried my dog might of got kidney failure relating to bad food.
    I'm curious when that was. Dogs dropping dead from Kirkland? The recent recalls I can remember of Diamond foods have been for salmonella. Kidney failure and dogs dropping dead was with Chinese produced jerky treats and really had nothing to do with Diamond. The only issues with Diamond foods that I know of which might have resulted in actual deaths was a long long time ago when they had an issue with the aflatoxin content in their corn. Then I think it was wheat gluten where the people that sourced it had some kind of big conspiracy to contaminate it or something, but that was quite a while ago too.

    Btw, ToTW, Chicken Soup, and Kirkland are all Diamond. So is 4health.

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    Re: Best cheap dog food?

    Quote Originally Posted by zhaor View Post
    I'm curious when that was. Dogs dropping dead from Kirkland? The recent recalls I can remember of Diamond foods have been for salmonella. Kidney failure and dogs dropping dead was with Chinese produced jerky treats and really had nothing to do with Diamond. The only issues with Diamond foods that I know of which might have resulted in actual deaths was a long long time ago when they had an issue with the aflatoxin content in their corn. Then I think it was wheat gluten where the people that sourced it had some kind of big conspiracy to contaminate it or something, but that was quite a while ago too.

    Btw, ToTW, Chicken Soup, and Kirkland are all Diamond. So is 4health.
    Probably referring to the huge melamine contamination recalls of 2007.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathyy View Post
    Probably referring to the huge melamine contamination recalls of 2007.
    Ah yes melamine, that's what the wheat gluten one was. Couldn't remember for a minute. Yeah I guess that was kidney failure related. That makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by V-paw View Post
    Ya, it's pretty good but probably not what the owner would buy. I don't think they have a Costco membership anyways.


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    Kirkland Food is ~35/40lbs ($0.88/lb; on the Costco Website), but I don't know that would compare to the other options in your local area. (And is moot if the owner doesn't have a Costco membership).

    Snowball was on Kirkland when we first got him. We switched not because of the quality of the food, but because he didn't like it... and going through 40lbs of dog food with one dog who skips a meal once or twice a week takes a LONG time. He's now on the Nature's Domain Salmon formula (also from Costco, and also a Diamond product) and he loves it so much that we usually use it in place of fancy treats without any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTampa View Post
    Why oh why are people so concerned about price rather than a pets health?!? Sorry that is just so frustrating to me to hear.
    Because not everyone is very wealthy. I'm married to a paramedic - AKA, we're not rich. Just because someone can't afford the most expensive highest quality food does not mean they don't care about their pet's health.... If they didn't care about their dog's health, they wouldn't be on a dog forum asking for advice for decent quality food for an affordable price.

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    Re: Best cheap dog food?

    Fromm Gold is a hair over $1/lbs. Hamilton was eating that, though lately we've been rotating through the Fromm Four Star flavors, which are more like $1.80/lbs. They're both good foods, and Ham's done well on both of them. At least that's what it costs at the indy pet store here when you buy the medium sized bag. I've heard that it costs more in other places.
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    Re: Best cheap dog food?

    Quote Originally Posted by SydTheSpaniel View Post
    Because not everyone is very wealthy. I'm married to a paramedic - AKA, we're not rich. Just because someone can't afford the most expensive highest quality food does not mean they don't care about their pet's health.... If they didn't care about their dog's health, they wouldn't be on a dog forum asking for advice for decent quality food for an affordable price.
    Very much this. I'd love to feed top of the line $50-70 per bag food, but the reality is that I simply can't afford to do that. However, that doesn't mean I don't want to try and find the best food available for the price range I -can- afford.


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