Taking the bite out of costly pet food

Taking the bite out of costly pet food

Pet food doesn’t come cheap. Pet owners know that when it comes to taking care of their pets, it can be costly—especially with regards to food consumption. With a plethora of pet food brands out there, from quality high-end organic meals to run of the mill dry kibble, choosing the right pet food can be tricky.

However, saving money can actually be quite easy! With some assistance from social media, online shopping aggregators, and with some plain old research, you can drastically reduce your expensive pet food bill.

Walk through any pet shop or the pet food section of a supermarket and you can see shelves stocked high with top-of-the-line meals, from frozen raw dog food to organic cat food. Even though the more expensive options might come with less filler and more protein, it’s not always required. It’s not necessary that cheaper food is of inferior quality. For most healthy pets, regular dry food and clean water ar more than sufficient. Your veterinarian or pet nutritionist can help you decide on the food to meet your pet’s nutritional requirements.

For healthy dogs with no medical condition, it should be enough to pick up a branded dog food from Wal-Mart or Costco. The bigger retail stores including Target and PetSmart, also tend to have better pricing.

Better deals may also be found online, but beware of delivery costs. Most sites charge shipping fee for orders below a certain level, while others charge a flat shipping fee. However, even with shipping costs included, online pet food can often be cheaper, if you do your research well enough.

Pet food brands and online stores often post discounts on their websites or social media pages. So be sure to your pet’s favorite brand on Facebook and follow it on Twitter. It’s best to do the same with online retailers and check on weekly newspaper circulars.

Utilize an online subscription to get pet food delivered regularly. Amazon, PetFoodDirect and Dog.com all offer discounts for subscriptions if you opt for automatic shipping to your house on a regular basis.

You can dig up lower prices online on pet product search websites such as DugDug.com. Such aggregators search several online pet retailers for multiple products and let you compare prices, including shipping costs. They may also list coupons you can use for purchases helping you save even more money.

A daily deal website or one specific for dogs like Coupaw, BarkingDeals and DoggyLoot update their sites regularly with new dog products at reduced prices. Shipping is often free, and with some products, you can choose to sign up to get them delivered automatically.

Prepping up a freshly cooked meal for your pet can offer up considerable savings, especially if the pet has a medical condition that influences diet. Specialty foods for dogs with specific medical needs can be much more expensive than regular food.

However, it is best to consult with a veterinarian or pet nutritionist before making the shift to a cooked diet. This will make sure that your pet is getting all the nutrients it requires.

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