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Many pet owners say you can’t put a price on the companionship their furry family members provide. But you can put a price on vet fees, medications, grooming, training, kennel stays, dog walkers—and replacing ruined rugs and furniture. Plus the everyday costs of food, treats, and litter.

Our articles and ratings of vets, groomers, and kennels (plus furniture stores and carpet and rug cleaners) provide pet-related money-saving advice. Here we tell you how to dish out Fido’s favorite food for a little less scratch.

We shopped area pet-store chains, big-box discounters, supermarkets, membership warehouse clubs, and a sampling of independent pet stores and online sellers for their prices for dry and canned dog and cat food, dog treats, and other supplies. Because the various stores often stock different sizes of packages of the same products, we shopped for the lowest prices on a per-pound or per-item basis for each product.

The table below shows that for pet food and treats, BJ’s, Costco, and Sam’s Club almost always offered the lowest prices, and prices often were considerably lower at these membership warehouse clubs than at other stores. Target and Walmart also generally had low prices (and no membership fees), and we also found some low prices at the national pet supply chains Petco and PetSmart.

You’ll save by shopping around and buying from a discounter: If your pooch eats 30 pounds of Iams ProActive Health Adult Large Breed dry food each month, you’ll pay $302 per year at BJ’s, but $473 per year at Kmart—a $171 difference.

A few local independent pet stores also offered low prices for some items on our shopping list, and these stores typically offer better advice and service than the behemoths—and you can get in and out quickly without accidentally buying a gallon of mayonnaise.

For many types of products we price, you can save a lot by buying from online retailers. But pet food and treats are an exception. Online retailers seldom offered the lowest prices, even before adding shipping costs.

On the other hand, online sellers tend to charge less for non-pet food items (e.g., heartworm and flea preventives) than their brick-and-mortar competitors.

If your pet prefers one brand of food, check whether its manufacturer offers a loyalty program offering additional savings. For example, Natura Pet, which makes the Innova, EVO, California Natural, HealthWise, and Karma brands, has a program that awards one free bag of food after you buy 10. Some stores—including Petco, PetSmart, and many independents—offer similar programs. By combining a manufacturer’s loyalty program with a store’s program, you can in some cases save as much as 20 percent.

When choosing pet food, keep in mind that protein content is key. A more expensive brand might actually end up costing you about the same as a less expensive brand if its substantially higher protein content lets you feed your critter less food each day.

Prices for Pet Food & Supplies

Dry pet food
(least expensive price per pound among available package sizes)
Canned food, treats, and preventives
(least expensive price per ounce or count among available package sizes)
Minimum order to get free shipping (for pet food and supplies)
AvoDerm Adult LambMeal and Brown Rice Eukanuba Adult Maintenance Iams ProActive Health Adult Large Breed Dog Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Purina Beneful “Original” Wellness CORE Grain-Free Original Formula Meow Mix Original Alpo Prime Slices canned dog food Fancy Feast Seafood Feast Variety canned cat food Greenies Dental Treats for Dogs Regular Milk Bone Large Dog Biscuits Pedigree Dentastix for large dogs Advantage II for Dogs 11-20 lbs Frontline Plus Flea Tick and Lice Control for Dogs 23-44 lbs Frontline Plus Flea Tick and Lice Control for Cats and Kittens
Local Stores
Acme     $1.26 $1.06 $1.03   $0.81 $0.07 $0.23   $0.11 $0.82   $16.66 $16.66  
Braxton’s Animal Works   $1.73 $1.15     $2.36       $1.41            
Concord Pet Foods and Supplies   $1.70 $1.00   $1.13 $2.38       $1.11 $0.10          
Diane’s Discount Pets                           $16.43 $15.56  
Genuardi’s     $1.26 $0.67 $1.09   $0.89 $0.07 $0.25   $0.09 $0.45        
Kmart     $1.31 $0.69 $1.10   $0.91 $0.07     $0.06          
Pet Valu   $1.39 $1.21     $2.67 $0.75   $0.18 $1.04 $0.09          
Petco $1.69 $1.21 $0.91 $0.25 $0.80 $2.46 $1.35   $0.22 $1.10 $0.11 $0.58 $13.25 $20.66 $17.67  
PetSmart   $1.23 $0.88 $0.53 $0.74 $2.42 $0.57 $0.04 $0.36 $1.11 $0.07 $0.56 $12.50 $20.00 $19.33  
Pickering Valley Feed $2.13 $1.21 $0.91 $0.82 $0.71 $2.69     $0.22 $1.48   $0.99   n/a n/a  
Target     $0.91 $0.50 $0.90   $0.68 $0.05 $0.19   $0.07 $0.43   $13.03 $13.66  
Walmart     $0.91 $0.50 $0.85     $0.05 $0.19   $0.06 $0.60   $13.00    
Warehouse Clubs (prices do not include annual membership fees)
BJ’s     $0.84 $0.50 $0.81   $0.65 $0.05 $0.18   $0.05 $0.41        
Costco         $0.77       $0.16   $0.04 $0.24   $11.67 $11.00  
Sam’s Club     $0.85 $0.47 $0.77       $0.17   $0.04 $0.36   $12.99 $12.99  
Online Stores (prices do not include shipping costs)
1800petmeds.com                         $9.40 $11.75 $11.67 $39
Amazon.com $2.46   $1.00 $0.79 $1.43 $2.21 $1.23 $0.08 $0.23 $0.71 $0.07   $8.62 $10.45 $10.00 $25
Amazon.com subscribe & save $2.34   $0.95 $0.75 $1.35 $2.10 $1.17 $0.08 $0.22 $0.86 $0.11         $0
Drsfostersmith.com                   $0.69     $8.50 $11.66 $11.08 $49
Pet360.com $2.12 $1.51     $1.08 $2.15 $1.17   $0.22 $0.93     $9.92 $12.33 $12.33 $60
Pet360.com auto ship $1.90 $1.44     $1.08 $2.05 $1.17   $0.21 $0.93     $9.92 $12.33 $12.33 $60
PetcareRX.com     $1.26   $1.55 $2.75   $0.08 $0.28 $1.17     $9.96 $12.17 $12.38 $49
Petco.com $1.94 $1.31 $0.91 $0.56 $0.80 $2.15     $0.19 $1.11     $9.22 $15.90 $14.85 $49
Petco.com repeat delivery $1.94 $1.31 $1.15 $0.79 $1.10 $2.21     $0.20 $1.21     $8.51 $15.37 $13.36 $49
PetFlow.com $1.85 $1.58 $1.33 $1.08 $1.29 $2.23 $1.06 $0.09 $0.24 $1.11 $0.09   $10.50 $14.66   $49
Petfood.com   $1.37 $1.09 $0.77 $1.12 $2.11   $0.07   $0.76   $0.89 $9.67 $12.00 $14.67 Varies
Petfood.com auto ship   $1.37 $1.09 $0.77 $1.12 $2.11   $0.07   $0.76   $0.89 $9.67 $12.00 $14.67 Varies
Petfooddirect.com $2.33 $1.51 $1.38 $0.85 $1.08 $2.31 $0.91   $0.23 $0.81     $9.92 $12.33 $12.33 Varies
Petfooddirect.com auto ship $1.75 $1.21 $1.17 $0.72 $0.92 $1.85 $0.77   $0.18 $0.69     $9.92 $12.33 $12.33 Varies
PetSmart.com   $2.20       $2.42 $1.35   $0.21 $1.11   $0.56 $12.50 $17.33 $17.50 Varies
Target.com                           $10.67 $14.02 Varies
Wag.com $1.73 $1.51 $1.27 $0.83 $1.22 $2.15 $0.91 $0.08 $0.22 $1.28 $0.09 $0.97 $9.82 $12.08 $12.50 $49