questionsdoes anyone know where i can find the best deals…

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Good online vendors include dog.com, petflow.com and petfooddirect.com. Although if you use Diamond products I recommend against petfooddirect. There is a plant in South Carolina that appears to have some tenacious bacteria and is the source of several of the recalls. As far as I can tell, petfooddirect is getting their Diamond products from that plant, as I have had one bag of TOTW recalled and had to discard two others as they were making my dog sick. At $50 a bag I can't be doing that too often. I don't think it's petfooddirect's problem, I think it's a Diamond problem. I have never had a problem with food from dog.com. I haven't ordered food from petflow but I have gotten other things and they were fine. 75% off bully sticks right now at petflow.

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petco.com
petsmart.com
petpartners.com --apparently, this one doesn't exist anymore. You can skip it.
drsfostersmith.com
thatpetplace.com
petsuppliesplus.com
petfooddirect.com

Lots of deals to be found on MOST of those sites.

I used ThatPetPlace.com for my supplies when I had a giant aquarium (thatfishplace.com) and was happy. Between them and DrsFosterSmith.com, I had no problem finding good prices on most things

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I use Amazon subscribe and save for my kitteh food.

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@bsmith1: That is what I'm doing now. But I was wondering if there was a better deal. Because on Amazon I cannot find a huge variety of Senior Dog Food to subscribe. But thanks for the answer!

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@dcarioca: If you are looking for subscription, I think all three of the ones I listed offer subscription discounts.

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@dcarioca: Glad you clarified. I was going to suggest Samsclub or Costco, but they don't offer a good variety

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@capguncowboy: Costco's Nature's Domain is the best dog food deal I know of. Almost the same quality as Taste of the Wild, made by the same manufacturer, for about 30% less. I was trying to abide by the new online-deals-only rules. I don't know if you can get Costco to ship dog food.

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Honestly, I found that Three Dogs Bakery's baked adult dry dog food had better nutritional stats than any prescription brand that my vet tried to sell me.

Same for Simply Nourish can food - PetSmart's brand. That stuff looks exactly like they show it on the can. Huge chunks of meat.

Be sure to check out https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

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I'll throw in another vote for petflow.com there was a deal up for treats there not long ago so I stocked up. Got a BUNCH of goodies for less than $20. many were only $.01 I don't know about food but they were spot on with the price and and quality of their treats.

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@thunderthighs: do you mix dry and wet food? My wifes Pom keeps getting sick if she stays on a dry food diet for too long. Shes been on some extrodinarily expensive dry food as well as some common well known good quality foods. I was mixing in a bit of chicken and rice every now and then and she seemed better but now I'm wondering if there is a prescribed mixture of the two.

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I'm a veterinarian and I will put in another plug for Costco. Their Kirkland chicken based food is an outstanding value. For those critters that need grain free, their Nature's Domain is only a little more expensive. We tell all of our clients to shop Costco for their primary dog and cat foods.

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@nmchapma: I've always fed my dogs a bit of wet food in the morning for breakfast and then free fed dry if possible. I couldn't with my last dog though so she got a mix of wet & dry in the morning and just dry for dinner.

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http://www.upco.com/

I have used this company for years, and they are great! They carry pet supplies, but not dog food. Their shipping policy is different because the more you buy, the more you save. I used to place large orders by going in together with friends to buy $300.00 worth of supplies to get a 4% discount. Free shipping starts at $85.00.
http://www.upco.com/s/ShippingTerms

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@nmchapma: I posted that PetFlow.com deal you mentioned, and just posted another one a few hours ago.. So far I've only purchased treats and toys from them, loading up to take advantage of the flat rate shipping when a great special is offered, but today I decided to compare specialty dog food prices there. Specifically, my aging Border Collie eats Royal Canin Renal LP Modified (she's fighting heart failure) and it's the only low-salt option we can find that she will actually eat. (Forget the entire "just leave it out and she'll eat it when she's hungry enough." This girl is STUBBORN!). The price for this product at PetFlow is better than at our local PetSmart and PetCo, but just about the same deal our vet gives us. Worth price comparing!

And thanks for the Costco tip, @nortonsark! Our first Costco will be opening in a couple of months!

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I always turn to chewy.com
Great deals, the reviews are very helpful. $49 includes free shipping from Fedex. Good stuff.

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@belyndag: Your first Costco real soon? I couldn't survive without Costco, I don't know how you have managed so far. It will change your life.

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@nortonsark: Well, my life could certainly use some change, so that's good.

I've survived the lack of a Costco so far by spending too much time and money at Sam's. There are several here in town, including one about three miles from my house. I've never even been inside of a Costco, but I hear good things about it. Glad to hear that they have a good brand of dog food. Since my dog is on a special diet, I won't be trying that one soon, but hopefully the cat food will be just as good. Camry doesn't like whatever brand I just bought for her.

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@belyndag: Oh, thank goodness at least you have access to Sam's Club. Both stores are pretty similar so perhaps your local Costco will not really be life-changing. Sam's claims to have slightly lower prices than Costco, but I have found that to not always be true. Each carries slightly different products so I shop both frequently. Costco is much more numerous in my area. Pet food wise, the dog food is far superior at Costco. Sam's club has greater variety, but lower quality pet food items. I think Sam's Club may beat Costco in the cat food department. Neither carries special diets unless you want to count Costco's two flavors of grain free, which are outstanding. As a veterinarian, I rarely see a patient that I push toward the special prescription diets. I've found most of those foods to be way too expensive and unpalatable plus I question their efficacy. (Many of my colleagues will disagree with me, but then they are selling the stuff - I don't.)

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@nortonsark: Maybe I can pick your veterinary brain for a non-prescription alternative, then. We need a low-salt food, but pet foods don't generally include sodium content on their labels. Apparently Prescription KD and HD are both low-salt, but, as our vet says, they taste "yucky." The Royal Canin is more "yummy," but still saddles us with higher prices and limited availability. I actually cornered the Blue Buffalo rep at a recent PetSmart event and told him that they need to include sodium info on their product. He meekly agreed, but apparently I haven't changed the world on that point yet.

(sigh) I'm not a very high maintenance woman, but I seem to have a high maintenance furbaby.

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@belyndag: Many companies will give you the as fed values of all nutrients, including salt if you call the 800 number and ask.
Some are unhelpful. I boycott those.
Most food only lists min. and max value ranges on bags and cans.

No Sam's, no CostCo.. No Trader Joes.
But I do have a nice local feed store that will order what I need, deliver to the door, and has much better prices then Petco or anywhere else I have found. Ask around where you live, you might be surprised.

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I've found that my local pet store has the lowest price (the same price as what I find on the internet). I used to feed my dogs Taste of the Wild, but after the recall in May 2012, I switched them to EVO red meat. P&G bought out Natura Pet Products, and they've had two major recalls in the last six months, so now my dogs get [url=http://www.orijen.ca/blog/products/dry-dog-food/adult-dog-dry]Orijen Adult Dog Food.[/url] They seem to do really well on it and they are softer than ever.

@nortonshark: I'm curious what you think of Orijen..

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@intensesupernova: I know mine loves Orijen. Chewy has the best deal, as far as I can tell. I get the 6 fish flavor. My rott/shepherd mix almost bounces for the food, and with Orijen she stays full longer on less. For now, I am feeding her a bit more than 1 cup a day, and she is good. (2/3 in the morning about 8:30, half a cup at 5:30). Plus yeah, all the benefits of good coat and stuff.

After all, as humans we can make the choice to eat junk food because we know it is bad, but a pet will eat what you feed it. You can't feed them junk all the time, it isn't fair since they have their lives in your hands to do right by them. Orijen also kept my dog healthy when she was hurt and only ate a small handful of food a day. When her blood was drawn her levels were still healthy, which wouldn't have been the case with a store brand. I am convinced that Orijen kept her off needing expensive vet work done to keep her alive while we found the problem.

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@artimid: My vet said that she didn't care for the high caloric content from fat (41% in the regular Adult food). I look at it similar to how I look at human food. When I eat real stuff (which Orijen is), I feel better and when I eat full fat milk, I feel more full faster than when I eat lowfat stuff. If you read Dr. Travis Stork's "The Lean Belly Prescription", it explains what I'm talking about. I'd rather eat higher fat content, feel full and be able to burn it off easier than a lower far content, be hungry and have to work to burn it. My boxer (57lbs, needs to be 50lbs) is currently getting a cup a day. My boxer mix (about 70lbs) gets about 1.75-2 cups/day and maintains perfect weight. I think my boxer will probably end up eating about 1.25-1.5 cups/day for maintenance)

I noticed that my dogs rub their faces when I give them food with fish.

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@artimid: Oh, and my pet store charges the same amount as Chewy for Orijen, but I get the buy 12 bags and the 13th is free.

And if you like all natural stuff, check out Superior Farms Pet Provisions. My dogs love their lamb waffles. All natural freeze dried lamb lung. Smelly and tasty.

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@belyndag: My dog has recently also been on a "kidney diet", due to severe hypercalcemia, which is detrimental to the kidneys. (Many test$ and $urgical removal of a parathyroid nodule later, the hypercalcemia is now resolved.) Rico is okay with the "less yummy" Prescription KD, but prefers Purina Veterinary Diet NF. No idea how pricy that is, since it was purchased from the vet post-op, and price was not a consideration then. If he can't go back to regular chow soon, I'll need to shop around too.

ETA: Above comments all refer to canned food.

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@intensesupernova: Huh.. my dog rubs her face, but only after I pet her hard in the ears. Then she goes crazy like I have cooties. I didn't notice that, but I might go off fish for the next one and see if she still does it. Good observation.

My local pet stores only sell Taste of the Wild, Blue Buffalo, and then it goes from that to basic off the shelf stuff. If I could get Orijen locally, I would certainly do so. I'll check out the SFPP, I am pretty sure my dog would love some waffles one morning with us. We think her previous owners gave her tons of human food, so when we have things like pizza, she goes berserk. Giving her little human-looking treats might help tame that particular starving lion reflex.

If you get a chance though, and your dogs DO like fish: http://www.chewy.com/dog/honest-kitchen-beams-dehydrated-pure/dp/43598
These are her favorite chewy when she is in the mood for one. Stinks like all get-out, but very clearly real fish.

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@belyndag: I agree with your vet that the Hill's/Science Diet Prescription foods have poor taste and that Royal Canin scores much better in that regard. Actually, one of the ways to make a food taste better to a dog is to add more salt. Salt restriction is generally advised in heart disease cases, but the most recent nutritional research suggests that it really has no impact. One of the big problems with medical research is that what is good for you today seems to be bad for you tomorrow and vice versa. Heck, 100 years ago physicians would prescribe smoking for various ailments. I don't know the details of your dog's situation so I really cannot comment in detail. If you do want to restrict salt, you'll need to consult the manufacturers and your vet directly, but realize that unless they are specifically regulating it, the content may well vary wildly from batch to batch.

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@intensesupernova: I have heard good things about Orijen from some clients that feed it, but I have no real opinion since I have no direct experience with their products. The company claims its foods are made " with cage-free poultry, nest-laid eggs, wild-caught fish and free-range red meats" from specific supplier/farms that they approve and know personally. It's hard to know if that's marketing hype or even if it is important, but it does make it sound more expensive. I personally do not buy my own food with those criteria in mind.

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@nortonsark: Don't you hate it when people take advantage of your expertise like this? Sorry! I do appreciate the advice.

Poor Cuddles (dreadful name for a Border Collie, but my daughter was 10 when she got her). Even with lots of medication she fills up with fluid when she gets into the Shih Tzu's food or the cat's food. She hated Prescription food so much that she dropped down to about 30 pounds. She feels like a furry stegosaurus when I run my hand down her back. I tried cooking chicken breasts (salt-free) and other things for her, but it didn't help. I must say that the Royal Canin has put at least SOME weight back on her.

Lots of good info here!