Ways to Save on Pet Food and Treats

November 16, 2011

By Julia Williams

Finding ways to save money is on a lot of people’s minds nowadays. Tough economic times call for figuring out how to stretch the budget. We all need to eat though, and so do our pets. With that in mind, here are a few ways to save on dog food, cat food, pet treats and even horse feed!


Until recently, I wasn’t much of a couponer because it didn’t seem worth the trouble. TLC’s Extreme Couponing show sparked my desire to begin using coupons, and once I saw how much I could actually save, couponing has become a way of life. Some people think you can only buy junk with coupons, but it’s not true. You can find coupons for just about anything – including healthy pet food.

Many pet food companies have coupons for dog food, cat food and pet treats on their website and/or their Facebook page. CANIDAE Natural Pet Food Company has several different high value coupons on their website that anyone can request. You can save up to $4 off FELIDAE pureELEMENTS or pureSEA dry cat food, and up to $5 off CANIDAE pureSKY or pureLAND dry dog food.

The CANIDAE website also has coupons for TidNips™ treats for both dogs and cats. These coupons are even better because they are BOGO (in couponing lingo, that means buy one get one). So, you buy one package of Tidnips treats (which my cats ecstatically endorse) and you get one free! If you happen to have a horse, CANIDAE even has a BOGO coupon for its line of horse feed called EQUIDAE. In a couponer’s world, free is the magic word. Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t get something good for free, because it’s simply not true!

Sweepstakes and Contests

Now that nearly every household has internet access, giveaways and contests for free pet food and pet-related goodies are plentiful. You can find opportunities to win free pet food on freebie and coupon sites, giveaway sites, pet blogs, and the websites of pet food companies. I enter at least a dozen giveaways every month just by reading other pet bloggers regularly. I’ve won a few things including kitty litter, toys, and some food which I donated to my sister’s 11 cats since I feed FELIDAE exclusively.

I also won a contest for a digestive supplement by writing a little story about the time my cat licked all the caramel off my cookies. Most of the time, though, all I do to enter a giveaway is leave a comment and/or contact info. CANIDAE has a unique, ongoing giveaway for a high value prize – six months worth of free dog food or cat food! Everyone who signs up to receive the Responsible Pet Ownership blog posts by email is automatically entered to win, and the prize is awarded every three months. If you’re not already a subscriber, just look for the sweepstakes info on the right hand side of the blog.

Loyalty Programs

Many retail stores and food establishments have incentive programs designed to encourage repeat patronage. I love punch cards almost as much as coupons, and currently have them for my favorite local pet food store, burrito place, coffee bar, sandwich shop and running shoe store. Some are literally a card that gets punched when I make a purchase while others are tracked electronically. Each place has different requirements – e.g., buy 10 and get one free, or spend $100 dollars and save $5 on your next purchase. If you’re going to buy something anyway, why not sign up for the loyalty program if it’s available, and enjoy the savings?

Get Free Samples

Your local independent pet shop or feed store will often have free samples available. They may even have manufacturer reps there to answer questions and tell you about their products. That’s how I found out about FELIDAE eight years ago! Ask the store if any events like this are coming up, and be sure to stop by on that date. In addition to the samples, they may also give out coupons.

Write a Product Review

Companies are always looking for bloggers to try their product and write a review. Of course, their hope is that you’ll love it and speak favorably of it, but even if you don’t like it, you still get to try it for free. In fact, if you have a pet and a blog (not necessarily a pet blog!) and would like to review CANIDAE dog food, FELIDAE cat food or TidNips treats, please leave a comment and your contact info below.  

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  1. Wendy Murray says:

    My 17 yr old lab Madison was allergic to everything. We started using the Canidae grain free Pure and she stopped itching, licking, and her skin and coat looked amazing. She is waiting at the rainbow bridge for us now, and we miss her terribly. We have a 5 yr old golden retriever and we will continue to keep him on Canidae because it is proven to be a wonderful dog food. Thank you for caring about our four legged kids as much as we do.

  2. Taylor says:

    Would love to review the dog food.

  3. Judy Howard says:

    When I adopted Pepsi, she just picked at the brand of food they had been feeding her. I wanted to change her food to a high quality brand that she would like. I did a lot of research before deciding on Canidae, and we are both very pleased with my choice. Pepsi no longer picks at her food, she eats it all. I would love to receive coupons now that I know I will be using them.

  4. I tried your canned cat food out of desparation because my 17 yr. old cat was throwing up and loosing weight. I am happy to report that she has stopped throwing up and her fur is looking better, I hope she will start to put on some weight. I read everything on your website and I am glad I tried Canidae. I am on disibility and sure could use some coupons. I would put my other 3 cats and 5 dogs on Canidae if I could afford it.

  5. I’m always open to trying new stuffs, especially foods!! You can contact me here: http://www.baileybegood.com/home/about/contact/

    Woofs & hugs, <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I’m a girl!)

  6. I would definitely love to try your product. I have a 2 shih tzu age 3 and 1. and 1 cat.

  7. Good suggestions, I’m a big-time coupon user.

  8. K9friend says:

    Excellent suggestion. I tend not to think about coupons for pet food/treats. Will have to see if Bogey’s brand has some. Indy gets home-cooked!

    Critter Alley

  9. Priscilla says:

    I’m not really a coupon person but I definitely love free samples : )

  10. My Human actually wants to spend MORE munnees on my fudz, but I keep refusing to eat the ‘spensive stuff. I haz my preferences and I don’t think she’s going to change me. She should be happy!

  11. I would like more details on the reviews so they contact me at diabeticsnacker(at)gmail.com
    http://www.diabeticsnacker.com/ is my site. Thanks!

  12. I have cut coupons like forever!!! I’ll get some of their coupons!!! Thanks!!
    Yes Zoie is the one!!
    xx, Zoie & Fern

  13. Brian says:

    Coupons are always fun, I love ripping them out of the newspaper on Sunday!

  14. Mr. Pip says:

    We would LOVE to review Canidae or Felidae. We have one dog (me) and two cats. You can contact us at mrpippip@gmail.com.

    We are big into coupons, too!

    Your pal, Pip

  15. Marg says:

    WE will be glad to do a review of Canidae food. We have 20 cats and 2 dogs, and 2 donkeys. So we should be able to test it quite well. Our email is margaretmsan@gmail.com

  16. I’d love to review any of the above. We’ve got two cats and three dogs, so there is definitely not a shortage of product testers! Here’s my blog: http://myhouseholdzoo.blogspot.com/ I can be reached via my e-mail, crzycoookies@yahoo.com.

    Another way to save is to sign up for your local pet store ad flyer via e-mail or snail mail. It lets you know what brands are on sale and when. Even if you only feed one brand of food, it may be on sale at one store and not at the other.