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Old 01-04-2009, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the best reasonably priced puppy food?

And where is the best place to get it?
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I dont feed puppy food, they get a good adult food from the get go, and I don't ever buy anything for my dogs based on price. They get what they need, cost is never a consideration, if I need to skimp somewhere I skimp on me, not them.
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We still using Pro Plan puppy food, but the more research I do .. I'm finding Pet Food Direct has some of the best prices going. And if your lucky {which appears to be often on their site} you get free shipping too. And they carry everything you can thing of, including the Primal & other pre-packaged raw.

PetsMart = 20lb bag of ours: $39.80

PetFood Direct = 20lb bag: $33.99

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I think most people will say proplan is a good food and resonably priced- there are lots of posts about reccomended foods on here as well.
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Pro Plan Selects, Blue Buffalo.
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i feed my dog purina puppy chow high protein 34lb bag walmart $20 it works fine for him. just depends on what you wantto spend.
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Arizona...I am from your area. If you have a Petfood Supermarket by you, they have a frequent buyer program as does Petco and Pet Supplies Plus. At Petfood Supermarket when you sign up for the VIP (frequent buyer program buy 10 of the same size/brand, get 1 bag free), they send you via email $5 off coupons every month. Those coupons can be used at any of the three stores I listed. Pet Supplies Plus I found does not support Wellness in their frequent buyer program. Once you decide on a food, check to make sure that vendor supports that food in the buyer program.

As Caelestis said skimp on yourself, not the pup.
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I really like the Avoderm food, they have recently added a large breed puppy food, which I am using with my young litter. I will probably do one maybe two more bags of it and then switch to the adult Avoderm, but the higher protein one, which is I think 25-15. In my area the Avoderm is found at feed stores. I am lucky enough that the boarding kennel/ Golden Retriever Show breeder, right down the street feeds Avoderm to all of the dogs they breed, raise and board. They give it to me for $33 for a 30 Lb bag. Normally it is about $40.

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i feed my dog purina puppy chow high protein 34lb bag walmart $20 it works fine for him. just depends on what you wantto spend.
Danny, Purina Puppy Chow is really a low quality food. On the surface it may seem like you are saving some money, but the fact is you have to feed more of it than you would a higher quality food. So you really do not spend less and actually are probably spending more because the bag will not last nearly as long.

Another factor here is you have to do a lot more clean up because, since it is a low quality food they cannot process as much of it and it all goes out their rear end. I have not looked at the ingredients in a long time but if memory serves me correctly it is mostly corn. So another issue that presents itself with that factor is the dogs will often want to eat it again after it comes out of them, so you then have a whole other issue of trying to get them to stop eating their own poop. Corn is the one ingredient fed to dogs that is most likely to cause coat problems and allergies.

In addition, you are increasing the chances of other health problems, which will end up costing you BIG bucks! If I was poor and had absolutely no other choice I would probably feed the Cosco Kirkland brand. The ingredients are surprisingly good for a cheap food, but I still feel my dogs deserve better.
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The price and availability is all going to depend on your area. I would find a food specialty store in your area and see what you can get. My feed store offers small free samples of just about every food so you can make sure your pup will like it first. Of course, what one dog will do well on the next may not, so it might be somewhat of a guessing game. I would also not feed "puppy food".
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Super Premium Dog Food and Dog Treats - Free Shipping always has free shipping on orders $50 or more, they have a ton of good quality food on there.
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i feed my new pup eaglepack puppy formula. pretty expensive but its all natural and highly reccomended by the breeder.
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Everyone here has a favorite brand...try a good quality food and let your pup determine what works (Good stools) Morgan does well on Pro Plan Performance, nice firm stools...on some others, it was loose...so try a quality food and see what works (also don't let price dictate what you buy, it's true,the cheaper the food...more fillers, you feed more of it. Good Luck!
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I don't base my food choice on cost but more by what my dogs do well on; however you have been given some good suggestions so far but I wanted to add that some pet food stores offer free samples if you are trying to decide which food you're dog will like and/or tolerate. I find that Taste of the Wild isn't too expensive for being a higher quality food, as well as Blue Buffalo. I don't know where you're located but I know Ryan's Pet Foods offers samples as well as a buyer program... for example, buy 10 bags of a certain type of food and get the 11th free which always helps financially.
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do some checking on what is a good food, some cheap foods are the equivalent to eating McDonald's! If using a puppy food but sure to use one intended for large breeds, puppy food is meant for growth but in large breeds you want growth to be slow. Cheaper foods full of fillers may also absorb more water, leading to greater risk of bloat. Price shouldn't be the bottom line.
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I think its very valid to keep cost in context, though I agree on good quality. A right balance of a quality diet at the most economical price would be a prudent decision.

I wish if we at this forum, can create a matrix of diets, with members assigning numbers (quality) and their experience on the food. And cost would be one column, and the place they buy it from, and then we could get the whole picture.

For my dogs, I use: SportMix - Energy Plus, my parents gift it to me free so far (they say its used for show dogs) though I'd love to hear first hand what you think about it (as parents would always brag - usual). As for pooh quality (lol), I'v not had any complain, they do it daily and it comes in solid pieces. Thanks.

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Ok, I have to agree cost should not be a factor but in reality it always is. SO, I would recommend weighing your options.

You could feed low quality now, and pay vet bills later, or feed good quality now and have a healthy happy dog :-)

I agree, more fillers, more kibble, more money~~

I think the best priced foos is Pro Plan from what I have seen, though I have never tried it the dogs I see do excellent on it!
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The best prices I've seen online are at Alpha Nutrition . I feed homemade raw, but occasionally purchase The Honest Kitchen and Abady/Merricks/Tripett canned foods. Petfooddirect has a larger selection and once you place your first order, they email you monthly 13-22% discount codes.

Healthwise, Premium Edge, and Chicken Soup are good foods at a nice price point. But I'm also a firm believer that a mediocre dry food that is supplemented with fresh ingredients daily, will be HEADS above a diet consisting of 100% "organic/grain free/etc etc" dry food only. Some healthful additives are raw or cooked meat, canned meat dog foods, eggs, fish, yogurt, fresh or canned tripe, etc. I, personally, would only add proteins as the dry food is already loaded with carbs. There are plenty of dog recipe books that include "kibble boosting" recipes that are meant to be added to dry diets.
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Ok, I have to agree cost should not be a factor but in reality it always is. SO, I would recommend weighing your options.

You could feed low quality now, and pay vet bills later, or feed good quality now and have a healthy happy dog :-)

I agree, more fillers, more kibble, more money~~

I think the best priced foos is Pro Plan from what I have seen, though I have never tried it the dogs I see do excellent on it!
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i feed my new pup eaglepack puppy formula. pretty expensive but its all natural and highly reccomended by the breeder.
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I wouldn't recommend feeding a puppy food at all but rather a high quality all life stages or adult food.
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The main reason you should take your puppy off of puppy food it will make him grow too fast cause joint problems. Fed adult food to your puppy even then most get Pano = growing pains and may become lame in one leg or it may move to a different leg.Buddy had it in all 4 legs off & on for about 3 months the extra vitamin C seemed to help get him though it.I also agree you will feed more of the cheap food than the better foods some times. Feed what works for your dog good poops & shinny coat. Good luck with your pup.
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My pups also get adult food from the getgo.
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I feed pro plan chicken and rice w/shredded bieces Sarge really likes it and is doing well (adult food) never had puppy formula. Candi is on Chicken Soup and it is also very good-But there are alot of good foods out there.
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