Who is Cheaper on Dog Food: PetCo or PetSmart?

Last weekend we focused our price comparison shopping on pet supplies. Today we focused on dog food, which Americans spent $19.5 billion on in 2011. If shelf space is any indication, there are a lot more families buying dry dog food than wet/canned, semi-moist or raw, so we limited this comparison to dry, bagged dog food including BilJack, Eukanuba, Hills Science Diet, Iams, Nutro Natural Choice, Purina One and Purina Pro Plan. With a shopping list in hand I went to see who is cheaper on dog food PetSmart or PetCo.

This time I went to PetSmart and PetCo in Burnsville, Minnesota. The two stores are 5 minutes and 1.1 miles apart.

Unlike the pet supplies, which didn’t have a clear cut price leader, in the case of who is cheaper on dog food PetSmart or PetCo, the hands-down winner is PetSmart. In fact, of the six dry dog food brands we compared, the only brand that PetCo sells for less than PetSmart is Purina.

Who is cheaper on dogfood: PetSmart or PetCo


The goal was to compare the same food in the same size bags, but there were a couple of instances where the stores didn’t have the same size bags. So we picked the closest size bag available for the comparison. In the instances where the bag sizes are different, we looked at the price per pound to determine which was cheaper. As you can see, Petsmart is cheaper on dog food than PetCo.

All of these brands, except BilJack, are owned by companies better known for their human food and packaged goods products. Nutro is owned by Mars, Purina is owned by Nestle, Hills Science Diet is owned by Colgate-Palmolive and Proctor and Gamble owns both Iams and Eukanuba.

Now you know who is cheaper on dog food between PetSmart or PetCo, will it affect your shopping behavior? Are you surprised or is this what you expected?  Check back for our next price comparison when we shop to see whether PetSmart or PetCo is cheaper for canned dog food.


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