Best Affordable Dog Food in Australia

If you’ve come here from the best-rated dog food page then sorry, I know those brands are expensive.

Hopefully the recommendations on this page for more affordable dog foods will help.

There’s no reason to feel bad. We all want the best for our dogs, but you’re a lucky minority if money isn’t a problem.

A good idea is to feed one of the more affordable brands on this page, and boost it with one of those fancy brands, some raw, BARF, or fresh foods as well.

This is exactly what I do.

Try not to limit your dog’s diet to one particular brand of dog food. Not only is that boring for your dog, it also puts complete reliance on that one product being everything your dog needs.

Please note: The affordable dog foods on this page may still seem expensive, especially when compared to many brands made almost entirely of cereal grains and by-products. Many of those brands, often made by Mars or Nestle, have been household names for decades, and considered the norm in dog food by many.

But are they healthy?

Let’s take a look at more affordable dog foods in Australia:

Affordable dog food recommendations

2023 has sadly seen Healthy Everyday Pets close up shop, and Meals for Mutts run into similar issues – both as a result of rising costs and manufacturer issues. If you’re looking for an alternative to those brands, you should find the below recommendations very similar in price and quality.

Without further ado, here are recommendations for affordable dog foods in Australia. Let me know in the comments which one you feed, and why:

Open Farm

Open Farm Dog Food Review

Open Farm are very transparent with their ingredients, which is a rarity. Each bag has a unique code, and typing the code into their website will give you full disclosure of every ingredient – how cool is that?

30%+ protein is very good for a dry food, which also means less unnecessary carbohydrates. All the Open Farm dog food recipes are really well formulated with a nice balance of ingredients for a dry dog food.

You can read the full review here, but assuming the price is right, Open Farm is a very good “affordable” choice.

Diamond Naturals

Diamond Naturals dog food

Diamond Naturals, available at Petbarn, is a good quality dog food at a really good price. It’s cheaper than Open Farm, especially with the 15kg bags.

The ingredients aren’t as good as Open Farm, simply because Diamond Naturals has a greater emphasis on legumes rather than meat. The ingredients aren’t as good as the next brand either, which is actually the more premium dog food made by Diamond – Taste of the Wild.

Taste of the Wild

Taste Of The Wild review

Taste of the Wild is very popular in Australia for two reasons – (1) excellent reputation and feedback from dog owners worldwide, and (2) the price is very affordable considering the ingredients and quality.

I find Taste of the Wild very easy to recommend for those two reasons. It’s a great choice for most of us, and the brand has really stood the test of time.

It’s worth mentioning Taste of the Wild PREY as well. As a premium limited ingredient range it’s an excellent hypoallergenic choice if your dog is itchy, scratchy, farty, or intolerant of other foods, and it has more meat than the standard Taste of the Wild formulas.

The 18.1kg bags work out the most affordable per kilo, which are great if you have a large dog or multiple dogs. Recommended!

[Australian] Petzyo

Petzyo dog food review

I’ve come to like Petzyo dog food as a decent and affordable Australian brand.

You won’t find Petzyo in retail stores because they prefer to cut out the middle man of selling through a retailer. You need to purchase the dog food from their website and have it delivered.

Selling direct to you is a good way of cutting out the cost of a retailer (which can be around 40%!). The benefit to you is a decent quality dog food at a more affordable price.

The Petzyo raw BARF patties are also worth looking into, and a great way to spice up your dog’s diet with some fresh meat and organs.

If you want to try Petzyo, they offer 10% off to readers of Pet Food Reviews with this link and the coupon code PETREVIEW.

[Australian] SavourLife

SavourLife dog food

SavourLife are a good Australian brand of dog food, and they’ve stood the test of time.

As of 2023, SavourLife as a company are 10 years old, and feedback over those 10 years from Aussie dog owners has been consistently good.

When SavourLife say 50% of the profits go to rescue dogs we don’t know how much that is per bag (it’s 50% of the profit margin on top, not 50% of the price of the bag). Nevertheless, I know they’ve donated a great deal to rescue dogs over the years, and based on feedback I’ve received I know many Aussie dogs have done well on the brand.

Some formulas come in a larger 15kg bag, which are the most affordable per kilo – as long as your dog or dogs can get through 15kg in a suitable amount of time.

I really feel SavourLife is a good and affordable dog food.

[Australian] LifeWise

Lifewise Dog Food

Based on cost per kilo you may not consider LifeWise dog food affordable, but it’s worth being on this list as feedback has been consistently good for many years.

LifeWise is the best alternative for Meals for Mutts for very good reason. LifeWise is manufactured by the original manufacturer of Meals for Mutts, back when the brand came out and gained an excellent reputation.

Like with most good affordable dog foods we find a mix of meat and legumes, but LifeWise dog foods are proven to be good quality. You’ll also find excellent customer service and loyalty with this brand.

Canidae All Life Stages (ALS)

Canidae All Life Stages Multi Protein 13.6kg

Like Taste of the Wild, Canidae dog foods are both affordable and come with an excellent reputation worldwide.

The Canidae All Life Stages formula is the most affordable option, coming in big bags. The emphasis is more on grains than meat, which is the tradeoff you make for affordability, but Canidae is proven as a reliable brand and shouldn’t cause your dog any issues.

The All Life Stages formula has become harder to get hold of in Australia (2023), but the more premium Canidae PURE range is also worth looking into – another winner for dogs with sensitivities as it’s limited ingredient.

[Australian] Hypro Premium

Hypro Premium dog food

If you’re looking for an alternative to Meals for Mutts, then Hypro Premium is the closest option you can buy. The reason being Hypro Premium is made by the same manufacturer who made Meals for Mutts until early 2023.

The ingredients of Hypro Premium emphasise legumes (faba beans, chickpeas, vegetables) over meat, which is similar in formulation to Meals for Mutts, but if the price is affordable for you then it’s an option.

Kirkland Signature

Kirkland Signature review

Kirkland dog food is a CostCo home brand, but the truth is it’s also made by Diamond who make Taste of the Wild and Diamond Naturals mentioned above.

If you shop at CostCo then Kirkland is a good choice. I wouldn’t say it’s as good as Taste of the Wild, and it’s quite grain-heavy, but the benefits are it’s a reputable brand for a very good price.

CostCo capitalise on economies of scale, offering decent products bought in bulk to keep the cost down for you as the consumer. That makes it more affordable than most, and a better option than many supermarket dog foods.

The cheapest formula per kilo comes in an 18kg bag, which at the time of writing costs around $70. That’s under $4/kilo so one of the cheapest on this page.

[Australian] Vetalogica Naturals

Vetalogica Dog Food

Vetalogica dog foods aren’t the most affordable on this list, but as an Australian brand with a decent reputation might be a good choice.

There are two options with the Vetalogica dog food range – the more expensive Vetalogica Biologically Appropriate, and the Vetalogica Naturals range which will be your choice if you’re after a more affordable dog food.

The 13kg bags are the best bang-for-buck as a meat/peas/potato formula.

Wellness Complete Health

Wellness Complete Health

Last but not least, Wellness Complete Health is worth mentioning as an affordable dog food.

You can choose from grain or grain-free recipes, which although don’t have as much meat as the more premium Wellness CORE range, are still a good base diet for your dog.

Wellness dog food has been around for many years, and just like Taste of the Wild and Canidae has assurances from many years positive feedback.

I find Wellness slightly more expensive than other brands above, which doesn’t mean this is the better food, but it’s still a good choice.


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Be careful of cost cutting with big bags of dog food!

The larger the bag of dog food, the less you pay per kilo – fantastic!

However, keep in mind dog foods can and do spoil. Sometimes before you expect them to.

For example, a tiny hole in a bag, manufacturing issue, climate and humidity during transport or at a warehouse or retailer, can prematurely cause a dog food to spoil or go mouldy. This is not good news for your dog, and you may not realise a spoiled food is affecting them.

A dry dog food can be preserved naturally or unnaturally, and generally you should opt for the former as the healthier option for your dog. The downside of dog foods which are naturally preserved is they can spoil more quickly – especially in a hot and humid Australian climate.

As a general rule, try and feed a bag of dry dog food within 3 to 4 weeks max.

This may mean buying a smaller bag, and paying slightly more per kilo, but it’s safer for your dog.

I’ve known people to buy 20kg bags for small or toy breeds, and feed them for 6+ months. This is a terrible idea, even if you use a fancy air-tight storage container.

Air dried and freeze dried dog foods tend to keep far longer, but you’ll need to refer to the best-rated dog foods for those less affordable options!

What should you pay per kilo for a dog food?

Realistically with dry dog food expect to pay around $8 per kilo. Anything cheaper is cheaper for a reason, and you’re likely compromising the health of your dog.

Some of the dog foods on this list are cheaper, but contain less meat and more grain. They’re included as reasonable options for those who can’t afford to pay more, or those with multi-dog households.

Always keep in mind why commercial dog foods exist. Profit.

Some brands, such as those recommended on this website, put the health of your dog up there with profit, but I think it’s fair to say they wouldn’t exist if profit wasn’t a key motivator. That’s the nature of products.

These brands are few and far between, sadly, as it’s clear to me most dog foods sold in Australia put the emphasis well and truly on profit, producing what you could call a “minimum viable product” and selling it for the most profit they can.

A good way to tell if a dog food puts profit before your dog is a quick look at the ingredients.

Is it made from cereals? Cereal by-products? Wheat? Corn? Potato? Tapioca? With very little meat in comparison to what they make out on the front of the bag?

If the dog foods on this list are still not affordable, make sure you read How to Feed a Dog for tips on supplementing your dog’s diet cheaply with fresh meats, offal, raw meaty bones, and other species-appropriate foods.

Quick-fire feeding tips

To round off this list of affordable dog foods in Australia I’ll also through in some quick fire tips:

Feed a variety

Firstly, I personally see more issues arise with dogs fed a single brand of dog food than I do with those fed a variety. It’s perhaps common sense when you translate it to our diets, and common knowledge that we can easily become intolerant of a food we either don’t have in our diet for a long time, or also if we eat something all the time. This is in stark contrast to what pet food manufacturers tell us, which probably has more to do with them wanting you to feed their product for the life of your dog.

Best Affordable Dog Food in Australia

If you want a funny anecdote – when I studied pet nutrition I was taught to never change the brand of food, only the formula. The reason that’s funny is many brands of food, particularly cheaper brands, use the same ingredients yet sell it as multiple formula names. If you don’t believe me, read some ingredients labels – you will often find a meat ingredient combo of (poultry/lamb/beef) marketed as “Chicken”, “Lamb”, and “Beef” recipes.

Don’t be afraid to feed other foods

Kibble is a convenience food. A lot of “science” goes into ensuring all nutrients are catered for to ensure your dog has everything they need, but there’s also a lot of “marketing” – it’s a product after all.

Most of us depend on convenience, especially with our busy lives. Feeding a decent kibble over a poor one will go a long way, but there’s no reason it should be the only food you feed.

Personally I feed kibble, wet, barf, raw, and all manner of fresh foods and scraps which are species appropriate. I feed raw meaty bones for nutrition and dental health. I don’t feed anything to my dog which is unhealthy or unnecessary, especially given fresh meat will be appreciated the most.

There are many social media groups on raw feeding, fresh food feeding, and canine nutrition. I also have a list of great reading material which will really enlighten you! I highly recommend the first book on the list, “Work Wonders”.

Buy sensibly

Buying food in a bigger bag is usually more cost effective, but keep in mind a dog food will spoil over time due to moisture content. Kibble has a long shelf life, but at times mould can develop from a little bit of moisture in the bag, and that can make your dog sick.

Generally I aim to get through a bag of kibble in a couple of weeks, and for my dog that means buying around 12kg. If I have more free time to prepare food at home, such as meat and offal from the butchers, then I’ll buy an even smaller bag to make sure it’s not open for too many weeks.

Take advantage of deals

There are a number of large pet food retailers in Australia, and almost always they have a deal on one brand or other. Keep an eye out. Most of our reviews have a price comparison “Where to buy” which can point you in the right direction.

Most retailers, and also some mail-order dog foods, offer a repeat delivery discount. You can tailor the delivery to suit you, not have to worry about running out, and save some $ in the process.

Your local independent may also offer a similar service, so if in doubt ask them. In recent years many independents have also started to stock all manner of fresh meats, offal, and bones. A good question to ask is “is it human grade or pet grade meat”, or check customer reviews.

We hope our list of affordable dog foods in Australia has been of use. If you have any other suggestions of affordable dog foods then say so in the comments below! Thanks!

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David D'Angelo

David D'Angelo has worked as a scientist since graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2000. In addition, David holds a CPD accredited Diploma in Pet Nutrition as well as being CPD accredited VSA (Veterinary Support Assistant). However, his experience and involvement in the pet food industry for 15+ years has given true insight into pet food, formulations, science, research, and pet food marketing. Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Pinterest

26 Comments
  1. Will you be doing a review on Diamond natural?
    I feed taste of the wild and just bought a bag of Diamond to spin out the food.
    It smells like horse food and I’m interested in knowing where is rates as taste of the wild is a 9.2

    • Hi Amanda, Diamond Naturals is next on my list – long overdue a review. It’s made by the same company who make Taste of the Wild, and although isn’t as premium still offers good production standards with lots of proof of that worldwide.

  2. You can’t buy dry dog food good quality for $8 a kilo

  3. Do you have any conflicts of interest that you can disclose in the information and reviews you provide? What are your credentials or expertise in this area. I notice advertising on your site.

    • Hi Annette, my credentials and expertise can be found on the about page.

      Yes, there is advertising on the site – unfortunately running a website such as this takes a great deal of time, effort, and money, so Pet Food Reviews simply wouldn’t exist otherwise. If you’re concerned about a conflict of interest in the foods I recommend, then I understand that due to the advertising, but I always aim to be honest, use common sense, and only recommend foods which I would feed my own pets.

  4. These are listed as affordable but for only 3.5kg and around the $100 price point. Who’s world is that ‘affordable’ in?

    • “cheap” dog foods sold as more expensive dog foods – more expensive dog foods have the same cheap ingredients beefed (pun) up with lots of words marketing endorsements pretty pictures
      Buy cheap and add good quality human grade fresh to diet – still works out cheaper than “cheap” dog food or expensive dog food masquerading as better than cheap. Where is the evidence? All out of same factory, with different packaging.

  5. Really appreciate the work done to review all these brands. I have found your advice to be immensely helpful when shopping for my dog’s meals and have created a rotation system of Taste of the wild and Petzyo, using Absolute Holistic jerky as rewards. Our dog has a beautiful coat and is happy, healthy, active.

  6. Thanks so much for all the work you’ve done in providing this information! I’m constrained $wise, but I feed my collies different dry kibbles, cooked carrot or sweet oats or pumpkin and other veg, raw chicken necks or drumsticks, sardines in spring water, and regular raw bones. At the moment I can also give them fresh raw rabbit sometimes. My dogs seem to live long lives without issues, but reading this has made me realise I need to change it up more.
    Would be very grateful if you have any suggestions to improve on what I’m doing. Am about to go one of the links and get better kibble.
    Regards
    Lucy

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 13, 2023 at 10:33 pm

      Hi Lucy, from what you’ve said it sounds like your dogs are getting a pretty good diet with some decent variety. I feed my dog in a similar way to you – a variety of commercial dog foods (including kibble for convenience and keeping the cost down) plus a variety of meat, veg, appropriate table scraps, eggs, and anything else nutritious.

  7. your page https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/best-affordable-dog-food/ shows a link to price from recommended retailer, That link goes to CAT FOOD not dog food. The price is also significantly higher.

  8. We are embarking on a wheat/preservative free diet because our Maltese/Shih Tzu cross is constantly scratching. The vet said it could be a grass in the backyard irritating the skin, or it could be an allergy to wheat or preservatives in his diet. He proscribed a cream for the skin but the dog just licks it off.

    We have changed shampoo to an oat based one. We have changed bedding. We are trying wheat/preservative free foods and focusing on Kangaroo (we have been feeding him a variety of chicken/lamb/turkey/beef based foods).

    Is there a way to determine what exactly (if anything) is causing the constant itch/scratching without it costing an arm and a leg in vet bills?

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 28, 2022 at 12:52 am

      Hi Joyce, if the previous food was wheat or cereal based then my money’s on that, but if diet is the cause then it can also be a specific meat protein or, like you say, a preservative, antioxidant, or other additive in the food you were feeding.

      Try a different food, preferably without grains, for a couple of weeks and let me know how you get on!

  9. Are there any review blogs/rankings on your page for dry dog foods you’d typically find at PetBarn such as Royal Canin, Hills, BlackHawk, SavourLife etc.? Until your blog I hadn’t heard of the brands listed above and they are not typically stocked at my local pet shop. I know you have each brand individually reviewed but a ranking system like this would be great!

  10. I am on a low income and have a 30 kg dog. I feed Kirklands Natures domain when I can get it. and Applaws when out of stock. What is the best Australian supermarket brand of dry dog food please.
    jeanette.

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 12, 2022 at 5:07 pm

      Hi Jeanette, when it comes to supermarket dog foods Kirkland and Applaws are probably the top two. A variety is good, and even adding in other stuff like fresh mince or chicken necks etc from the supermarket + the odd can of tuna in spring water.

  11. I’m curious if you need to re-address the info on this page. You state: “Realistically with dry dog food expect to pay around $8 per kilo. Some of the foods on this list are cheaper, but contain less meat and more grain.”

    From the five options listed, only the one is even close to $8/kg – the Kirkland Signature. Unfortunately it is not available retail in the NT, and fairdinks seem to think the East Coast is the only part of Australia worth delivering to.

    I was hoping to find a reasonably healthy option for around the $8 a kilo, but this list hasn’t assisted. I wouldn’t rate the 4 products as affordable options at $12 – $18 a kilo (and that’s based on the bulk buy options).

    Have you any other thoughts on a reasonable option?

    Is there a comparison table available with product / health rating / average cost per kilo??

    Thanks.

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) September 28, 2022 at 10:13 pm

      Hi Tanya, thanks for your feedback, and I appreciate your points. I may add Applaws to the list as another option – good value for money and fairly easy to get hold of.

      I just did a quick check and Canidae All Life Stages works out under $7 per kilo with the 20kg bag, and Healthy Everyday Pets approx $9.50 per kilo with the 24kg bag and Taste of the Wild still under $10/kilo.

      Those prices are from Pet Circle who tend to be the most competitive, but it seems prices are going up with everything at the moment.

  12. I switched to taste of the wild buffalo for my chihuahua, he then started getting anal gland problems which went away when I switched him back to advance.
    So now I give him big dog raw in the evenings and advance with ziwi topper in the mornings. Does that sound like a decent diet?

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 15, 2022 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Kate, that’s interesting to know about the Taste of the Wild. Certainly adding the Big Dog and Ziwi Peak should really add benefit. I’m not overly keen on the ingredients of Advance dog foods as they seem to favour grains over meat, but the BARF and Ziwi counteracts that a bit!

  13. Very helpful, indeed. Thanks very much for doing this.

    • I buy my Chihuahua/Italian greyhound Ultimate dry food in Woolworths
      It’s grain free
      35% protein
      Small kibble
      Only comes in 1kg bags.
      It is now $9 kg.
      I also cook chicken mince veggies lentils oats and some pasta to go with dry kibble.
      He’s not overkeen on kibble or raw chicken necks.

  14. Thank you, a very helpful article.

  15. Thanks for the tips! Regarding feeding a variety, how does this work?

    Is it:

    • feeding a different brand every meal
    • mixing brands per meal
    • changing brands once you finish a bag

    My puppy is getting bored of her kibble and I made the mistake of buying a 9kg bag.

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