German Shepherd Dog > Best moderately priced dog food? (18 replies)

by ShellyK on 05 September 2009 - 23:09

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I am a volunteer foster home, and while I'd like to feed all my guests Taste of the Wild or Orijen, I can't afford it.

Can anyone recommend a quality food that is not full of filler? I have them on Costco's Kirkland Signature Lamb, but the stool volume and odor are something to contend with.

I need a national brand, I know there are some good regional brand but I'm interested in something I can get at a Petco or Petsmart.





by VonIsengard on 06 September 2009 - 04:09

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Do you have a Pet Supplies Plus? Check out your local feed store, they may have high quality kibble at lower prices than chain and holistic stores. All of our dogs are on Taste of The Wild and are doing great. Petco carries Natural Balance, which isn't a bad food, I fed it for a while and my dogs looked good and loved it.

by Idog on 06 September 2009 - 14:09

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Taste of the Wild here as well.....Several in my SchH club also feed Taste of the Wild.

by GSDtravels on 06 September 2009 - 15:09

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Blue Buffalo is moderately priced and a good quality.  I've been feeding Blue of a year now and although happy with it, will be switching to raw. 

by eichenluft on 06 September 2009 - 15:09

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IMO you can't find a better food for a more moderate price than TOTW.  It is lower-priced (and better quality IMO) than Blue Buffalo, and most other "premium" dog foods.  I just priced Purina Pro Plan, interested in using a better quality (but still cheap) dog food for my boarders - and it was within $2 of the TOTW.  So I feed my boarders (the ones who don't bring their own crap food LOL) and my rescues Diamond Maintenance - it's cheap and the dogs do fine on it.  My dogs eat TOTW.


by missyfly96 on 06 September 2009 - 16:09

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I too did a lot of research on price and quality of dog food.  In my area Blue Buffalo is more expensive than TOTW.  My dogs had very soft stools on Blue Buffalo.  The price in my area of TOTW is the just about the same as many grocery store and petsmart foods.  For the price and quality I believe TOTW is best.  My dogs eat the prairie (bison) formula and do VERY well on it.  All grocery store foods are full of filler.

by luvdemdogs on 06 September 2009 - 17:09

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TOTW is very expensive here - and the dogs get the runs from it.

I was feeding some high quality locally made (the 100 mile diet) organic dogfood, but again, the stools varied from watery to normal. 

I read a suggestion on here for the Kirkland brand from Costco.  I went to Costco, read the ingredients, and it looked pretty good.

I started feeing my dogs Kirkland brand about three months ago.  The dogs like it, and their coats and health are excellent.  The stool is also now uniformly firm. 

Saturday we all went to the vet for the routine check ups and immunizatons - vet's exact words " whatever you're doing, your dogs have exemplary health"  She repeated it three times because they are in such great physical health and their coats are lovely. 

I'll keep buying Kirkland. 

by gagsd4 on 06 September 2009 - 22:09

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I have heard good things about Healthwise, by Natura (make EVO and Innova).
Recently, I wanted a lower Calcium food, so went with Canidae chicken and rice.Found it at the local healthfood store. It is less than the TOTW that I feed the big dogs, and you may qualify for their rescues/breeders program--info is on their website.

by eddyhdy on 07 September 2009 - 02:09

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petco,  dick van patten natural balance, 33 lb bag for 49.00


by alaman on 07 September 2009 - 03:09

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Kirklands, Diamond Natural, TOTW, Chicken Soup

by Jyl on 07 September 2009 - 07:09

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We have our dogs on Premium Edge salmon....all their coats have improved. They have been on the food now for about a month.  I am very pleased with the improvement in the dogs coats.

by Larrydee on 07 September 2009 - 20:09

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This is a real good question.   I would recommend Vet's Choice not 100% grain free but an excellent food priced right.

by Ramage on 08 September 2009 - 02:09

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I buy my food from Sam's Club. They have a Member's Mark Lamb and Rice formula. It is similar to Purina Pro Plan, but much better IMO. It is also steriod and hormone free (supposedly). On top of that, I buy Fish Oil and Veg Oil in bulk. I add 3 capsules of fish oil and one cap of veg oil per day. The bag is either 45 or 50 lbs and here in Florida it runs $28.99 per bag. Compare this to Purina Pro Plan (which again is not as good IMO) that costs $32.99 for a 35 lb bag.

Why pay more for some of these foods that are only adding extra fatty acids? I can add that myself for less! Of course some foods are MUCH higher in quality, but is also seems like some just charge more for not much better of a quality rather than a few extras thrown in (such as fish oil, etc).

by SitasMom on 08 September 2009 - 03:09

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We've tried Royal Canin, Blue Buffalo, Eagle Pack, Science Diet ID, Solid Gold, Purnia Pro, raw for 2 weeks and TOTW.

TOTW is the only feed that all of our dogs can eat and none get the squirts.....we're staying with it. - Raw was THE worst what a stinky mess !......

If you have a Tractor Supply Company close by, its a little less expensive there.

Wish I could give you an alternative.

by Justk9s on 10 September 2009 - 23:09

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Kirkland Lamb and Rice.  Been feeding it for 10+ years..  My dogs speak for the food.  They look awesome.  NOT the Chicken and Rice.  Mine do not do as well on the Chicken.  No wheat, no corn, no by products.  Great food and awesome price.  They also carry canned.  I use it also. 
40# for $22.79 at Costco


by VonWal on 11 September 2009 - 19:09

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Kirkland kibble is manufactured by Diamond and sold under the Kirkland name. 

Dogs with food allergies/sensitive stomachs tend to do better on Lamb than they do on Chicken.

I second someone with "Diamond NATURALS" kibble if you want a low-priced/economical kibble.  I believe Tractor Supply Company in our area sells a 40 lbs bag for $23 ($1.74/lbs).  In Diamond NATURALS (not regular Diamond), there are no by-products or corn, but "white rice" is an ingredient immediately following "brown rice."

I think Tractor has started selling TOTW and Blue Buffalo as well now, and their prices are cheaper than PetCo/PetSmart. 


by ForFoxyRoxy on 13 September 2009 - 19:09

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Flint River Ranch is an all natural oven-baked dog food.  All ingredients are human grade, no bi-products or chemical preservatives.  Made in the USA.  Shipped to you.  Cost for 40 lbs. is $65.72 (inlcudes shipping).  Not the cheapest but not the most expensive either.  It is convenient to have is shipped. I have 2 GSD and order 40 lbs. every 23 days. I know a GSD who lived to be 14 and was on it his whole life. 

by 3crzygsds on 15 September 2009 - 21:09

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After going broke on Royal Canin and tired of giving all of the big companies our money we decided to
see what we could find local to us and reasonably priced.

Although we feed our dogs primarily raw we do mix in some kibble and we feed our customers dogs and sell them
Country Naturals.  Also with 5 dogs raw will make us broke so we kinda juggle who gets what...competitors and house dogs dont all eat the same shh dont tell them!

Not sure where you are located....but if you want to drive to drive to me in NJ we charge approx 33.00 for 35lbs.
Very palitable. We have had little or no issues with the food and had die hard evos and orijons switch over.

I would even sell you the big 50lb kennel bags they are plain white no lable at a discount cause I admire anyone that can and does foster!

Good Luck

by KileysHuman on 16 September 2009 - 07:09

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Pet Supplies Plus +1

PSP just started carrying Horizon which is very moderately priced for the quality.  You can also check out Triumph which is a good food for the money.  Granted there are much better foods, but since money can be a big concern for foster homes, I would check it out.  It's certainly nothing you have to feel guilty feeding like any of the grocery brands and I'd fit Triumph over Euk, Science Diet, Royal Canin or any of the other pseudo-healthy foods.

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