This is a guest post from Virginia.
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A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in a predicament experienced by many a pet owner. I was out shopping and remembered that I was about to run out of pet food, and I needed to find something quick. The dogs won’t complain about having chicken nuggets again, but that’s for special or desperate times only. I was at Aldi already and decided to take a look at the dog food aisle.
I usually purchase giant, 50-pound bags of dog food for my medium-size dogs but had started running low the day before. My dogs have enjoyed grain-free food, but they have also eaten a bag of flour with no ill effects, so they can pretty much handle anything.
Rather than commit to a huge bag of dog food, I picked up the Pure Being Grain Free Natural Dog Food (Salmon and Sweet Potato) 4-pound bag for $5.89 ($1.47 a pound). [EDITOR’S NOTE: Aldi’s price for grain-free dog food is less than most other grain-free options out there, including Nature’s Recipe (24-pound bag — $1.77 a pound), American Journey (4-pound bag — $3.49 a pound), and Purina Beneful (12.5-pound bag — $1.50 a pound). As the numbers note, Aldi’s dog food comes in a smaller bag than many other grain-free dog foods, so you don’t have to spend as much in total to get Aldi’s lower price per pound.]
The ingredients looked all right and had 25% crude protein, 3% crude fiber, and 15% crude fat, which sounded good. The dry dog food has a slightly fishy smell and comes as small, round pellets. My two pooches (pit mix and labrasenji) both enjoyed it and there were not noticeable changes to their digestion.
This seems like a fine dog food but is really a place holder for a bigger bag for my household. My two dogs are around 50 pounds each, and the feeding table on the bag suggests about 3 cups a day each. So this bag is probably better for short feedings or exclusively for smaller dogs. The price per pound is equivalent to or cheaper than a lot of other grain-free dog food. I do like the resealable bag feature, which allows me to keep it fresh as a backup food bag in my pet closet for future emergencies.
Virginia is a current graduate student who likes to blog about grad life, travel, and frugal living at poquitomosquito.net. She has been a loyal Aldi shopper in the three states she has lived in as a student and doesn’t think this will change when she eventually graduates.