What is a nice decent brand of dry dog food that also won’t drain my bank account?

I have an active, high energy dog and I'm looking to switching his food to another kind that's more geared for an active dog and is a nice quality but I also can't be buying very expensive dog food every month (I'm on a budget as I'm sure most people are)

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  • I have researched this in depth since my poor dog died of kidney failure due to poor quality dog food!! (this is the only reason I answer these questions … to try and save a dogs life or at least to not let him/her suffer because of bad food)

    Fromm Dog Food is Great for dogs and cats …http://www.frommfamily.com/ $42- $45 per 30 lb bag

    NO fillers….some good quality grains….NO corn….gluten or by-products or wheat NO BHT, BHA OR ETHOXYQUIN

    ALL human grade food….fruits…veggies and probiotics!! WHOLE fruits and veggies!!!! Just like the kind we get at our grocery stores! MEATS ARE DEBONED BY HAND!!!! NOT BY A MACHINE

    check it out you wont regret it ! FROMM 4 STAR product line is the best!!!!!!! FROMM is a 100% holistic dog food. FROMM also has a grain-free option called surf & turf

    TOTWhttp://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/ … has a high protein content (not recommeded for non athletic dogs) Some TOTW choices have lesser amounts of protein.

    Taste of the Wild contains Ethoxyquin which is a toxic fish preservative. (TOTW says that the cooking process kills all of it but it scared me away from their product)

    around $42 for a 30 lb bag .... its the cheapest 6 star food ..

    http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ lots of great dog food choices on this site !! (keep in mind this site rates on high protein and grain free foods)

    Here are the best of the best: Fromm, Blue Buffalo, Canidae, Halo, Holistic Blend, Newmans Own Oranics, Wellness,

    (all the above mentioned foods have " ALL LIFE STAGES" formulas)




    Orijen and Welness are great but it is $60 - $80 for a 30 lb bag… high protein as well ..not good for non athletic dogs Orijen is WAY to high in protein for a non working/non-agility dog ..

    Fromm Is what my puppy gets it has a lower protein % and great ingredients! 5 outta 6 stars due to lower protein (but most dogs should not have high protein levels …. It makes their kidneys work overtime for no reason)

    You can get it online and if you go to the website you can find stores near you .. they wont be at walmarts and the like... they are in feed stores .. Agway..tractor supply stores etc

    IF your dog is not going to be a hard working/agility dog all this high protein can do more harm than good in the long run,,, you wont notice it now but it can take its toll on a dogs kidneys as it ages.


    there is also a brand called 4health at the tractor supply store.. it is only $30 for a 35 lb bag.. and it seems to be of good quality. (not as good as the foods mentioned above but it good for the price if you are on a tight budget.)

    It is very close in ingredients to the more expensive brands

    also if you go to http://www.tractorsupply.com/ you can get a printable $5 off coupon!!

    (they have Blue Buffalo, TOTW and 4Health)


  • Basically you don't want a food that has any corn, they can't digest it and it just ends up all over your lawn. Secondly stay away from by-products because it can contain euthanized animals, road kill, and carcasses, thirdly dried beet pulp is a stool firmer that counter acts the corn and acts like a dog form of msg. Unfortunately a TON of dog food brands carry these ingredients (Iams, Pedigree, Science Diet, Eukanuba... etc)

    Taste of the Wild is a great food and its also completely grain free so your dog will eat less and there will be less poop to pick up. Some other great brands are Acana, California Natural, or Innova

    (Evo or Orijen would be great; high protein and grain free however they are a little less budget friends, however if it's a small dog we're talking about then it would be fine)

    Taste of the Wild is probably you're best bet. They even have a Bison/Venison formula that is pretty cost effective considering the proteins used are usually really expensive. A 30lbs bag is $62 and a 5lbs bag is $16

    Acana is a Canadian food so if you're in the states it might be hard to find but its a super food with never frozen ingredients and everything is free range and a 30lbs bag of the adult goes for $49

    Good Luck

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    What is a nice decent brand of dry dog food that also won't drain my bank account?

    I have an active, high energy dog and I'm looking to switching his food to another kind that's more geared for an active dog and is a nice quality but I also can't be buying very expensive dog food every month (I'm on a budget as I'm sure most people are)

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    you can basically be sure that anything that is four star and above is a decent food for your dog..the more stars the better but we all know that dog food can get expensive...

    i personally feed my dog Taste of the Wild - Pacific Stream due to its high meat content, no grains or fillers and not overly high protein content. she is a large breed puppy and doing wonderful on this food. its not overly expensive...i pay $42 for a 30lbs bag but i know that i feed her less than the lesser quality foods so it really works out the same, if not cheaper due to the fact that by feeding her this i am lessening the chance of health problems down the road. i am a firm believe that prevention is much better than the cure...

    just check the site and see what you can find in your area that you can afford. make some calls about prices. you will probably end up finding the best deals at the feed stores or tractor supply or even your mom and pop hardware stores...

    hope this helps...

  • Use a high energy food. Diamond makes a high energy that's inexpensive. A real cheap dog food won't do an active dog very much good. Stay away from the Science Diet and big brand names. Compare labels, and stay with one that states it's for a high energy, sporting dog.

  • You know as much as I'd like to suggest something, I think you should keep quality a high factor for your dog. If it's high quality, I'm sorry to say, it's probably expensive. Keep your dog ice and healthy!

  • Avoid the dry food as a general rule. If you must feed dry, feed a good food like Orijen or Canidae. Think about it: you wouldn't feed an athlete TV dinners and McDonald's and expect him to thrive, would you?

  • gravy chrain i think its like 15 dollers for a extreamly big bag at walmart!! hope that helps my dog cloey loves it and shes raly active if you put water in it it makes it gravy like!!!

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