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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Originally Posted by HarleyTheGSD
I am looking to buy a cheaper dog food for my two adult German Shepherds. I currently feed them BilJac Sensitive Solution, but I have to buy a 30 lb bag every 2 weeks and I can barely afford it.
60 pounds of food a month for 2 dogs sounds like a lot. How many cups a day do each of them get? Often, with a better food you use less because it's more nutritionally dense, which helps offset the higher price. I looked up the ingredients in the food you're using, it has corn meal as the 3rd ingredient, and I saw on one site that it's about $45 per bag, which seems like a lot for a food with corn.
I agree with Chris, Beneful is terrible. Here are the ingredients:
Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), rice flour, beef, soy flour, water, meat and bone meal, propylene glycol, sugar, tricalcium phosphate, phosphoric acid, salt, animal digest, potassium chloride, sorbic acid (a preservative), dried peas, dried carrots, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, Red 40, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Vitamin A supplement, Blue 2, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, brewers dried yeast, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.
Any of the other options suggested so far would be much better - Taste of the Wild, the Costco foods, and Diamond. Sometimes you can get better prices buying online. I feed Orijen, Halo gets the Adult formula and Keefer the 6 Fish. It's one of the most expensive foods you can buy, but I've experimented with a few others and keep coming back to Orijen because they both do so much better on it. I'm saving about $50 with each order of a bag each from Chewy.com over buying it locally, and shipping is free.
Other online places you can try are Petflow.com, Wag.com, and Doggiefood.com. It's good to do a price comparison from time to time - I was buying from Doggiefood.com for awhile, but their prices started creeping up to where they were pretty much full retail, but Chewy.com is still a great deal. Some of them have better prices if you set up an auto-ship program. Chewy sends me an email about a week before they're going to ship my order, and if I'm not ready for it yet I can simply go online and bump back the ship date a week or two.