Buying dog food in bulk allows large-scale dog breeders and pet parents to make some substantial savings. It is not as tricky as it sounds and gets you incredible savings over your favorite pet food brands. All it requires is a simple calculation and a clear idea of your dog’s appetite.
Is bulk dog food really cost effective?
Buying your dog’s food in bulk from a trusted retailer will not just be convenient but also very cost effective. Over and above the actual applicable bulk rates, you may also request your seller for an additional discount – because that actually works
However, the one problem in buying food in bulk is that it is a perishable item. If it spoils, you will more likely have made a bigger loss than saving. Which is why you must always calculate your dog’s average food intake and then make a smart purchase. An opened bag of dry dog food lasts for about five to six weeks – so all you have to do is observe how much your dog eats, per meal. Multiply that by the number of meals you give them each day and then calculate the consumption on a six-week basis. Buying any more will go to waste.
Some things to keep in mind before buying bulk dog food – make sure to keep it stored in an airtight container and make sure you have enough space to place such a large container.
What’s the difference between wholesale and bulk dog food?
When bulk is when an end consumer buys a large quantity for their use to get a discount, and wholesale is when a vet, breeder, or a reseller buys in ginormous quantities to be able to sell it further to retailers for profits. This is more of a B2B arrangement. Buying wholesale refers to a much larger quantity than buying in bulk.
It is easy to get confused and use the words “bulk” and “wholesale” interchangeably. But there is a basic difference between both.
How much dog food qualifies as wholesale?
To understand how much qualifies as bulk and how much qualifies as wholesale, we must first understand the supply chain.
Usually, dog food manufacturers sell their goods in tons or pallets to wholesalers and distributors. The product is packed into bags and these bags are packaged into large cartons that go to the warehouses of the distributor/wholesaler.
These guys take it from there and sell the products to individual retailers (pet shops, small online stores, vet practices, groomers, etc). The retailer then stocks them in his shop and sells it to the end consumer – you, me, all of us!
As a consumer, you can request the retailer to sell you the dog food in bulk, for a discount, say 10% off on an order of six bags bought together.
What are the disadvantages of buying bulk dog food?
While cost-effective, bulk buying your dog’s food has its downside too. For one, like any other food item, dry dog food is also a perishable product. It molds and rots just as rapidly. You can tell that the food isn’t good to eat just by how much it stinks. The foul smell is because the fat in the food has gone rancid. It is important that you check for signs of stench because dogs are immune to the smell and will eat the food regardless, leading to various health risks like diarrhea, vomiting, and indigestion. Prolonged consumption could even lead to weakness, health deterioration and foodborne illnesses.
Another drawback of bulk buying is that closer to expiration, dog food loses its nutritive value, making it empty calories, posing as yet another health hazard.
An important thing to factor in is the fact that bulk-buying bags of dog food will also require that much space for storage. So unless you have a space that is cool, dark and away from direct sunlight – you are in trouble. You will also need an airtight container big enough to store the opened bag alongside the unopened ones. The opened bag cannot be exposed to moisture at all.
Can I buy bulk dog food directly from brands?
Unless you own a large farm with many dogs, a kennel or a store or you know someone really important at the dog food manufacturing unit – this is highly unlikely to happen. Brands will not get into a small-scale retail deal with end consumers and even if they do, it is likely to cause much administrative inconvenience to you.
For a retail order, brands may ask you to commit to a regular quantity and a long-term association. This will also entail signing an agreement on terms of payments, deliveries et al. Your life will be much simpler if you simply buy in bulk from your friendly retailer at a discount. Buying in wholesale for your domestic purpose will be more of a liability than an income saving opportunity.
Where to buy wholesale dog food in bulk?
A great way to start is to ask your regular retailer if they are willing to sell your kibble or canned food at bulk prices. If not, you could find out about memberships to stores like Costco or wholesale clubs like BJ’s that offer great discounts. They usually sell pet food in quantities of 25-30 kilograms at bulk, which works well for medium to large sized dogs.
Another way to gain access to bulk buying is to directly get in touch with the pet food brands and inquire about their wholesalers and distributors. Get the numbers of your preferred dog food brand off the net – Purina, Pedigree, Royal Canine, Orijen all have contact details on their websites. Request them to send you contacts of their distributors and find the one you’re located closest to.
You can even order dog food in bulk online from the following portals:
So get going and earn yourself some savings by bulk buying your pet’s favorite meals!