There's no controlling a dog's food preferences, but what owners can do is choose a brand that appeals to the pet and contains high-quality ingredients. That means proteins from named sources like chicken, lamb, beef, eggs, and organ meats; carbohydrates from sources like potatoes, legumes, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; and minimal fillers or unspecified meal or by-products. The best dog food need not gnaw holes in the household budget, either. Cheapism.com nosed through expert recommendations and user reviews to find the best wet and dry dog food for dog lovers who don't love exorbitant prices. We dug up six relatively inexpensive brands that keep dogs happy and well fed and meet veterinarians' standards. We also tracked down two affordable options that might appeal to those who want to treat their pooch to a little extra pampering.
Some of our picks highlight a brand's specific formula or product line and others encompass the full lineup of dry or wet options; prices quoted are broadly representative but reflect just one variety for each label. Prices per ounce for dry food are based on largest bag size available; smaller sizes will increase base cost.