Post # 1
DH and I get our fur-baby on Sunday (a 2 year old rescue) and I want to be prepared with food etc.
The current foster buys the really expensive, fresh, wet food that comes in those little sausage casings, not knocking it, but I cant afford to keep him on that stuff. She’s giving us a couple days worth so we can ween him off of it and onto the new stuff, so he doesnt get an upset stomach.
My mom has always purchased the Kirkland brand food from Costco for the family dogs
Any suggestions on brands/stores?
Has anyone purchased from Menards (mid-west dwellers) ??
Post # 3
I feed my pup wellness core ocean. She’s allergic to chicken so I have to stick to non-chicken options. Wellness core is a good brand though, also grain-free is best! I’m about to switch her to some duck stuff, I can’t remember who it’s by though since we haven’t gotten it yet.
We’ve also done castor & pollux grain-free poultry-free (again, the chicken =/) and innova prime but innova has had some serious recall issues for like 8 months straight
Post # 4
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We purchase ours from petsmart. We get the Eukanuba Adult Large Breed. Our boy is 70 pounds and he gets one scoop for breakfast and one for dinner (the scoop is about 1 and 1/3 cups). I think for the large bag we usually pay around $40 and it lasts 2 months. It’s got chicken (I think that’s the meat in his food) listed as the first ingredient, which is really important. If the first ingredient isn’t chicken/lamb/fish/etc, it’s not as high quality. Also, Blue Buffalo is supposed to be very good. It was too rich for our dog and it gave him some problems, but I’ve heard great reviews from others.
Congrats on the new addition! 🙂
Post # 5
I feed our dog Blue Buffalo
Post # 6
We do IAMS Large Breed Adult….we have a 90lb chocolate lab and the bag usually lasts us 1.5 months. I believe the bag at Walmart is $28. You can of course get the even larger bag at Costco or Sam’s Club for a small discount.
Post # 7
We use Nutro All Natural large breed (we also use the lamb & rice small bites for our smaller mixed breed dog)
I would suggest mixing together what he’s on with whatever you plan to feed to ease the transition.
Post # 8
We have a 65 lb pup and he gets various favors of Blue Buffalo kibble. Occasionally we’ll mix in half a can of BB wet food but it tends to upset his stomach at times because its so ‘rich’. We try to stay away from generic brands (not that there’s anything wrong with those that use it)
Post # 9
@blondie_bride: I do Nutro Ultra for my dog, great on her sensitive stomach and helps with skin problems.
Post # 10
@soontobemrsm11: +1 on dog food advisor. I don’t always agree with everything they have to say but in general they are a good resource.
I think you should purchase the best food you can afford in your budget. It costs me about $2.50 per day to feed my two cats Wellness (mind you it would be cheaper if I cut out the canned food) so their food for a large dog might be out of budget. I do think that a grainfree food with named meat ingredients is best (none of this mysterious “animal” meal etc) but not everyone can afford that.
Another thing to keep in mind, is that the foods without grains you can often feed less because they are more nutrient dense. I really want to feed Orijen when I get a dog, but it is not readily available everywhere so might get Wellness. A large bag is $80 which might seem like a lot up front, but when you look at the feeding guide you feed about 2/3 of what other foods recommend so it is more nutrient dense. So if a food is more expense, but it will last longer, the cost in the long run might not be as different as it seems.
Post # 11
We don’t Natural Balance. However, my dog is allergic to everything. But it’s great quality food.
Post # 12
we use blue buffalo basics (the turkey one). It curbed my dog’s allergies and sensitive stomach.
Post # 13
Kirkland brand is actually pretty good. In all of their types they list a protein as the top ingredient. (READ YOUR INGREDIENTS, PEOPLE! If a grain or vegetable is listed as the first ingredient, your dog food isn’t as nourishing as you think it is)
You don’t need to shell out bookoo bucks for a good dog food. Kirkland is good, obviously brands like Blue Buffalo are good (Although they are very expensive), we buy the petsmart brand Authority for the same reason we like Kirkland. My dog has a better coat, shits less often and the food lasts longer because it doesn’t have much in the way of fillers to keep him hungry. He’s a 90 pound 2 year old black lab.
Post # 14
Thanks everyone! i will do some digging and see what the local stores carry– maybe I can get my neighbor to get me into Sams/Costco with her to make our oversized bag of dog food purchase =)
Ill also read that dogfoodadvisor.com site for some references. thanks!
Post # 15
Hey there, we have a cat we adopted from the humane society.
He was fed Iams there, but we weaned him onto Blue Buffalo Wilderness for his kittenhood, and as he’s coming into adulthood, we are weaning him onto the Kirkland cat food.
Kirkland actually has a pretty good ingredients list, and has excellent reviews on reputable websites.
Also, I don’t know what dogs really need, but cats usually need a pretty regular supply of wet cat food too. So maybe if you save money most days on dry food, give your pup some wet food every now and then. (we give our cat wet cat food almost every evening).
Post # 16
We’re currently in the market for a new dog food brand too. I’m leaning towards Blue Buffalo – my parents’ dog eats it and she does really well with it. Innova used to be our main brand, but it keeps getting recalled and I’m not so sure about it these days. For moving to a new food, out vet suggested mixing in a little bit of the new food with the current food to ease him into it. If you buy food from Petco, get the rewards card. It’s free, and you get a $5 coupon for every $100 you spend. Even with 1 dog in the house, the rewards add up.