Best Dog Food For Cheap


One of the biggest challenges pet owners face is finding high-quality food for their pets at an affordable price. Pigs ears and other harmful alternatives may seem to be a cheap alternative, but they can cause health problems down the road. In this blog, we will go over some healthy and cheap dog food options for your pup.

Best Dog Food For Cheap

Dogs can eat quite a bit, and it’s not surprising that someone might try to find a budget dog food that they can feed their pet instead of a higher-end brand. However, even the ingredients in high-end brands can vary dramatically, and it’s natural to be concerned about the quality of a budget brand.

We’ve chosen 10 different popular budget foods to review for you so you can see just how different one brand is from another. We’ll tell you what we like and didn’t like about each kind, and give you a little insight into the ingredients and health benefits each brand provides. We’ve also included a short buyer’s guide where we explain what makes one brand better than another and what each food should include among its ingredients.

Join us while we look at kibble size, ingredients, health benefits, cost, and more to help you make an educated purchase. Here are the best cheap dog food options this year:

A Quick Glance at the Winners in 2022

BEST OVERALLWinnerRachael Ray Nutrish NaturalUS farm-raised chicken is the number one ingredientHigh in fiberContains prebioticsCHECK LATEST PRICE
Second placePurina ONE SmartBlend Adult FormulaLamb as the first ingredientContains omega fatsNatural source of glucosamineCHECK LATEST PRICE
BEST FOR PUPPIESThird placePurina Puppy Chow CompleteFormulated for puppies under one yearHighly digestible recipe27% proteinCHECK LATEST PRICE
Gentle Giants Canine NutritionMade with limited ingredientsTurkey is the first ingredientContains complex carbohydratesCHECK LATEST PRICE
Iams ProActive Health Adult MiniChunksChicken as the first ingredientSmaller kibble sizeHigh in fiberCHECK LATEST PRICE

Best Affordable Dog Foods

This (updated) guide covers all the best inexpensive dog foods available this year.

Let’s get one thing out of the way first: Cheap doesn’t mean low quality.

You should always opt for a premium dog food, but that doesn’t mean it has to cost a fortune. I wouldn’t say price doesn’t have to do anything with quality, but there are plenty of good options that won’t put a dent in your wallet.

Before I share my list, let’s talk about what I mean by cheap dog food:

For average adult dogs, consider spending about $1 per pound so you can get a 32-pound bag for less than $40. For sensitive or highly active dogs, appropriate foods may cost $2 per pound. 

Best Cheap Dog FoodsRatingUnder
1. Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food4.9$60
2. CANIDAE All Life Stages Chicken, Turkey, Lamb Dog Food4.5$60
3. Taste of the Wild High-Prairie Grain-Free Dry Dog Food
(Editor’s Pick)
4. Diamond Naturals Beef Meal & Rice Formula Adult Dry Dog Food4.8$50
5. Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain Turkey & Potato Dog Food4.6$50
6. Iams ProActive Health Adult MiniChunks Dry Dog Food4.8$40
7. Nutro Wholesome Essentials Senior Recipe Dog Food4.6$50
8. American Journey Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe Dog Food4.6$50

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