PetFlow Shares How Spending Less can Cost Dog Owners More

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A Guest post by PetFlow.com

We have told many of our customers that spending a little more money for a high quality pet food may actually result in bottom-line savings, and with this post, we would like to demonstrate how this is actually possible.

You see, when you purchase pet foods, you shouldn’t only look at the prices, but also at the feeding requirements of those foods. Many brands that are sold at grocery stores simply have lower quality ingredients than those contained in higher-priced products that are available at your local pet store, or at PetFlow.com and as a result, you will need to feed more of these products to satisfy your pet’s cravings – and the more you feed, the more it costs on a per-feeding basis.

If you’re feeding a grocery-store brand, we would suggest you take a look at the amount of food they suggest you feed your pets, and compare it, to Blue Buffalo for example:

Blue Buffalo Feeding Chart:

We did a quick comparison against a very popular grocery-store brand, and here are their feeding instructions:

1-12lb: 1 ½ – 1 ⅓ cups

13-20lb: 1 ⅓ – 2 cups

21-35lb: 2-3 cups

36-50lb: 3 – 3 ⅔ cups

51-75lb 3 ⅔ – 4 ¾ cups

So, let’s say you have a 50lb dog… If you were feeding them a grocery store-bought product, you would have to feed almost 4 cups of food, however, if you were feeding Blue Buffalo, you would only have to feed your dog 2 ¾ cups, roughly 27% less food! Now, a 30lb bag of Blue Buffalo Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food costs $49.99 at PetFlow, around 30% more than you’d spend for a grocery store brand, but considering you can feed your pets almost a 1/3rd less of this product, the per-feeding cost is about the same, but you’ll be feeding your pets quality ingredients. The #1 ingredient in this product from Blue Buffalo is Deboned Chicken, not ground up corn as what you see in many lower quality products.

So, next time you’re considering which food you are going to feed your pets, don’t simply look at price. Focus on feeding requirements as well as ingredients, they all make a huge difference in both the amount you’ll spend on feeding your pets as well as your vet bills!

Bio of PetFlow.com founders:

Founded by Alex Zhardanovksy and Joe Speiser, PetFlow.com was started because of one simple reason – we hated hunting for and going to the store to find high quality foods for our pets. Let’s face it, we’re all very busy. We barely have time for ourselves, and feeding our pets products found at local grocery stores is just not an option because we care about what goes into their furry little bellies! At PetFlow.com, we carry almost 150 brands of pet food, treats and supplies including some of the highest quality brands that are not available locally. And we send all your purchases directly to your door with FedEx. For the majority of our customers, that means products arrive right at your doorstep in around 2 days. Plus, since the FedEx guy is now doing the carrying for you, you can go ahead and order the largest sizes of what you feed your pets, which usually means you can save as much as 20% just by purchasing a big 30lb bag instead of 2 15lb bags. And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Helping you save time and money while making sure you can keep your little furballs happy and healthy?

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    • I’ve discovered resistance to this too. People focus on the cost and don’t see that in the end, they save. Our dogs eat less, they’re in better health, and as they get older, there are a lot of issues we won’t have to worry about, because we’ve fed them quality food.

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  1. I recently switched my adult dog to premium food (and of course started the puppies out right) and the biggest change I’ve noticed is that she doesn’t attack her food any more! She eats more slowly, she eats less and her bowel movements are fewer and of a more healthy consistency. I didn’t think I was feeding her “crap” before, but I just went with what the vet suggested, having no idea about the difference. In our house now, though, we’re converts!
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    • That’s fantastic, Audra! I love that you’ve got all the dogs on better food. Hope the puppies are getting along.

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  2. You’ve made some good points, for sure. Unfortunately, with my dog no matter how much I feed her, it never seems like enough! People still tell me she looks far too thin. I feed her premium food in the amount at the high end of her weight scale and I still worry it’s not enough. Whatcha gonna do?
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    • I know the feeling-My dog cannot get past 50 pounds, and he’s taller than most labs! I wouldn’t worry about it, most people don’t know what a fit, healthy dog should look like and thinks fat dogs are normal.
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    • Kristine – if your vet says your dog is healthy, then you’re good. I see so many overweight dogs out there and our youngest will probably stay at 45 pounds even though he’s taller than Sydney who weighs 70 pounds.

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  3. So true! I have found it to be so anyway. Also, my mother-in-law has a diabetic cat (that now costs a fortune in medications) and I am convinced that is the result of her 9 years diet of garbage grocery-store food. (the cat’s that is, not my mother-in-law’s)
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    • I’ve been wondering the same thing. I read recently about the increasing number of cases of illnesses in pets and they’re being tied to diet. I can’t afford a chronically sick pet so I would rather spend money on quality food today.

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