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5 ways to save money on your dog

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When it comes to dog food, you can save money and still find a brand that's suitable for your dog.

Some dogs can't handle high-end food and are fine with grocery store dog food, he says. Pinney estimates that a 35-pound bag of dog chow on the lower end of the spectrum will cost about $20 to $25. But you could pay more than $70 for a higher-end bag.

Make sure you're not overfeeding your dog, Pinney says. Overfeeding can lead to obesity and other health problems, which can also drain money from your wallet.

There's a calculation you can make to determine how many calories your dog needs per day. Visit the American Kennel Club website to find your dog's ideal weight. Convert the weight into kilograms, multiply by 30 and add 70. That's the resting energy requirement, Pinney says.

If you have an adult dog that participates in normal activities, multiply the resting energy requirement by 1.8 to get the daily caloric intake. If your dog is a nursing mother or very active, multiply the number by 4, 5 or 6, depending on how active your dog is. If the dog has been neutered or spayed, multiply it by 1.6.




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