I was curious to know where our readers and online friends buy pet food for their household, so I asked, “Where do you buy pet food?” Neighborhood grocery store, warehouse store, local pet supply store, pet supply store, online from a big business like Chewy.com, a small specialty business, or…another option ? Pet food = food for dogs, cats and other pets.
If you’re looking for some new pet food ideas for your family’s animals, I hope these answers suggest some possible sources you haven’t tried yet. We have so many choices, why limit our options?
Steven Cogwell (Colorado) I use a local pet supply store, Cosmo’s Dog Bakery and Pet Supplies. They offer a wide variety of high quality foods, from kibble to raw, for cats and dogs. The staff know me by name and are always happy to answer any questions I have. They make a wide variety of treats which I like because they are preservative free with limited ingredients. And their party cakes, also baked on site, are always a hit. At the start of the confinements, it was brutal; people stored food like it was paper towels and toilet paper. I was told by Cosmo’s staff that they received deliveries at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday they were stripped. Now it’s more intermittent. They deal with a lot of small distributors, which causes some fluctuation in availability. Also, they have a pretty impressive selection, but they can’t have 25 bags of each food on hand, so there are times when they don’t have what I usually buy. But they’re great at taking my name, putting a bag aside when it arrives, and calling me. Usually I only come in when I’m completely out of food, so I just choose a similar food. I trust the quality of food they carry so it wasn’t a big deal.
Photo by Steven Cogswell
Kate LaSala Ctc Csat (Connecticut) Mainly online at PetFlow, but I also buy treats and try small food bags at a local store.
Jaxon Riley (Washington) We purchase our pet food from a small local pet supply store, Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile. They offer high quality pet food and pet sundries. The staff are helpful, educated and focused on the health of dogs and cats. This little store is one of two locations in our town and also hosts puppy training classes.
Sheila Gomez (Washington) Urban Canine, a local business that opened in 2003. They sell the best brands of dog and cat food. Types of raw dog food, too. They have antlers, bully sticks, packaged pet snacks for training, and fun treats, as well as dog supplies like collars, leashes, and harnesses. Friendly and competent staff.
Sarah Adams (Oregon) Mellow. And I take cans from the grocery store to stuff the Kongs.
Janet Velenovsky (Virginia) Local raw food cooperative.
Christine Hale Vertucci (Illinois) Chewy for my Rx diet dog, and usually a neighborhood store (chain) for my non-Rx food. I sometimes rely on Chewy for non-Rx foods.
Amy Suggestars (Ohio) I bought my food on Amazon. The price was comparable to Chewy, my local pet store. and the only local big-box store (Menards) that carries the brand. With Amazon Prime, I get free shipping, so I didn’t have to buy a subscription like with Chewy or PetFlow. However, I recently switched to a raw food (Darwin’s) and buy directly from them.
Sandie Hanlon (Massachusetts) I use Chewy for prescription diets and pharmacy needs. I like the autoship option, which offers a discount. I also use a small local chain and two owner-operated pet supply stores. I can’t get everything I need from one place with my four dogs.
Linda Ehrenworth (New Jersey) Technically a supermarket, but not the pet food department. I make my own dog food.
Annie Zeck (Washington) From my vet. A dog eats a prescription food.
Kathleen Huggin (Washington) [I buy food] everywhere that [it’s] on sale and we also make homemade and add extras. Yes, with the vet’s blessing after a (now extinct) dog had diabetes a few years ago.
George Guba (New York) Soft. The nearest pet store is 30 miles away and has higher prices.
Flacortia Rosiea (Alberta) Pet food store. But that will change when I move.
Donna Furneaux (Ontario) Store specializing in food for dogs and cats. The owner has dogs and cats and knows his stuff. It also sells an assortment of raw foods. He is a source of knowledge.
Kenna Stonefern (New Hampshire) I created a buying group. I always have between six and nine dogs and the food is expensive. I found the local distributor of the various pet stores in my area and opened an account as if I were a pet store. I allowed my friends and friends of friends to join the buying group. We buy all of our food, toys, cat food and other supplies in bulk. Everyone donates a small amount of money for shipping, and we order about $2,000 worth of dog food every eight weeks. I split the order at the end of my driveway and text everyone to have their food available for pickup. It’s a bit of work, but it’s a win-win for everyone. I get my dog’s food VERY cheap and share the wealth with others so we can meet the minimum order.
Timothy Page (Oregon) I buy a lot of treats and food at Portland Pet Supply, a small family store. It’s a nice three quarter mile one way walk with the pups. They get their nails cut on the same trip to Portland Pampered Pets right next to the pet food store. I also get treats and “bones” from Chewy.
Lynn Ungar (Washington) Some at Costco. Some at pet food stores. Some online. Some I make at home.
Karen Schlosberg (Massachusetts) Chewy because Roo is on a special diet (not Rx) hard to find elsewhere.
Neighborhood Dale (North Carolina) Chewy. They have what I need 95% of the time and when they don’t I check Amazon or go straight to the company. I don’t go to the stores at all anymore.
Rebecca Piedad (California) Chewy, straight from my vet for Diet Rx, and groceries.
Olivia McCollum (Washington) I buy from Chewy because we live in a big city and the driving and parking is quite difficult. Also, we occasionally shop at our local pet supply store when we can!
Sandee Strobel Szabo (Virginia) We currently use Chewy for our dog, cat and bird foods. Prior to moving to our current location, we used a family owned pet store called Weber’s Pet Supermarket. They were great, with a great selection and excellent customer service. Chewy is convenient and easy to use for the automatic delivery of all our food. We love that they have autoship and free delivery to our doorstep. (Pick up big bags of dog food is a lot to carry for me.) We also use them for some of our prescriptions for our pets.
Peggy Frezon (New York) Soft. I started ordering from them 11 years ago when they started out as “Mr. Chewy” and their service is so good that I have stayed with them all these years.
Kelly Mose Cuilla (Washington) I used Chewy.com until I found out I could get the same food much cheaper at Costco. $1.81 a pound versus $1.44. All the savings add up.
Wendy Grier (British Columbia) Local pet store. As a parent of a small business owner who had to close, I will only buy local. It really isn’t much more expensive and the knowledge and service can’t be beat.
Sherry Al Mufti (California) I buy pet food and most pet supplies from Pet Food Express, a local chain. I buy from this chain for the following reasons (not necessarily in this order): they are local; they are a very good employer – they pay a decent wage, offer good benefits and generally treat employees well; they are very attentive and attentive to the quality of the products they offer; they train their employees thoroughly on the products they transport and the reasons why they choose to transport these products; if your pet doesn’t eat something you bought from their store, they’ll take it back and refund you the cost of the purchase; they have a buy three, get one free policy, so if you buy things in quantity, you can save up to 25%.
An ideal source for excellent pet food advice is a veterinarian with a keen interest and up-to-date training in animal nutrition. Ask about food when interviewing veterinarians for your family’s pets. Read the nutrition information suggested by your veterinarian. Each time you visit the clinic with your pet, ask your chosen vet, “How is what I’m feeding working for my pet?” »