help – if you had to feed your dog grocery store dog food…

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would take a look at They seem to do the best analysis of food to feed your dog, and most grocery store brands score really low even though they’re advertised to be so good for your dog. Costco dry food has 4  to 4.5 stars, which is really good for dogfoodadvisor, so if I had a choice, I would actually go with Costco brand because I really trust this website.

Post # 4
2062 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

chica95110:  after all the incidents with pets dying after consusing food/treats made in China, my #1 concern would be making sure the food was not manufactured there. Beyond that, look for foods that are not too heavily grain/wheat/corn based. You can also supplement with meat, veggies, etc. my dogs have always eaten a lot of chicken, beef, and veggies in addition to their dog food. Unfortunately I’m not familiar with the brands available in Mexico, so I can’t make specific recommendations for that. 

Post # 5
39 posts

The best thing to do is to look for dog food that has a meat as a first ingredient.  Try to avoid foods that have corn or other fillers high on the list.  I buy Blue Buffalo.  I’ve actually never been a fan of Science Diet and neither have holistic dog experts.  Lots of fillers.  Only if they have a urinary or kidney problem or something where they require a prescription diet from Science diet would I use it. Dogs have survived many years on all brands of food.  You want to do your best and give them a balanced diet, but what your dog likes and tolerates is the most important thing.  If I have to buy food at the grocery store, I will only get Newman’s Own but that’s just me.  Avoid Alpo, Beneful and others similar.  I’ve heard Purina One is not terrible but it’s not the best.  Wet food usually is a little better choice if you have to guy low grade but it’s good for puppies to have dry to help their teeth. Puppies usually need food formulated for growing puppies, since their nutrition needs are different.  And small bites help, too.  Here’s a link for dog food advisor:

Actually Kirkland (Costco) dry food is listed as a good food.  Just avoid food and treats that say “Made in China”.  Most issues with dog deaths are a result of overseas food and cross contamination.  Even the best brand of food can get contaminated with listeria or salmonella, maybe more so because they are more natural.  You just never know.

Post # 6
2279 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

chica95110: I just can’t bring myself to recommend feeding a dog either Purina or Pedigree of any variety. If I had to recommend a grocery store brand I guess I would probably say Iams and the grain free variety, but I know if you have that available. I don’t know if Iams if actually any better than the other two, but that’s what my family dogs ate growing up and they were generally fine on that.

That said, I would really try to find one that is at least 4-stars (maybe 3.5) on the Dog Food Advisor site, as PPs recommended. They give great food analysis, which leads me to… Costco food. If reviews are steering you away from Kirkland dog food (Costco’s brand) then just spend an afternoon googling Purina and Pedigree reviews. I have never known a dog who ate Purina One who DIDN’T have seizures. That said, I’ve only known three. But all three developed reoccuring seizures after switching to Purina brand food. I have never heard what you’re saying about Costco brand, although I’m sure there are issues with any food. I feed Kirkland’s grain free variety and I have fed their regular adult blend in the past with no issues. My dogs are healthy and love the way the food taste. I would absolutely buy Costco before Pedigree, Purina, or any other grocery store brand.

If you go to a pet shop and spend a lot of money on a food PLEASE do not spend it on Science Diet. That food is pure crap unless you’re getting an RX bag of it specifically prescribed by your vet (even then, it’s still crappy food, but it’s the lesser of two evils if your dog has reoccuring urinary stones, for example.)

Post # 7
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The Costco brand is highly rated! 

Post # 8
1287 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

chica95110:  In all the dogs we have owned, we have never fed them ‘high-end’ dog food.  We typically have always stuck with lamb/rice recipes (not sure why), and then purchased kibble from there, of which fit their age.  Puppy, adult, older dog, etc.  

I currently have a 13-year old German Shephard, whom we adopted at age 9.  We have no clue what brand she was being given before, but we immediately put her on the Costco Kirtland brand for mature dogs.  We also sprinkle Nupro for joints over each feeding we give her, which I purchase off of Amazon.  We have had zero issues with that brand of food, and her breed, but she also seems to not have senstivity to really anything.

The only recommendation I would make, as you trial different brands…always mix the ‘old’ brand with the ‘new’ brand you try for a few feedings, as to make a smooth transition.  

Post # 10
2052 posts
Buzzing bee

I agree with others, Costco brand dry dog food is surprisingly good quality for the price. They have had recall issues in the past though, so it would be something I’d keep an eye on.

And don’t buy jerky treats at all. About 3 factories in China make the jerky treats for basically every manufacturer out there, and so most are not even labeled as being from China.

Post # 11
220 posts
Helper bee

chica95110:  I buy my dog Purina Dog chow and she seems to wake up alive every day, lol. In fact, the vet always compliments us on how healthy she is. I also had two labs growing up that we fed Purina Dog Chow to religiously, and they were both extremely healthy dogs. 

Post # 12
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

My dog ate Iams for her entire 17 year life. We tried some expensive, fancy food once or twice but they always upset her stomach and we never had any issues with Iams, so we just stuck to that. Vet said it was fine.

Post # 14
643 posts
Busy bee

chica95110:  Kirkland dog food is rated 4 out of 5 stars on dog food advisor. That’s very comparable to the more expensive specialty brands. PC Nutrition First is also rated between 4 and 5 stars on the same site. Grocery store food has a bad reputation but I personally think those two are fine. I love my dog but I’m not spending more than I need to for comparable food. I don’t pay more for “brands” unless it’s necessary. 

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