Can you buy dog food with EBT Card?

In this blog post, we will answer the question: Can you buy dog food with EBT Card? If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you would have read our other posts that answer specific questions from our readers on specific food items that they have questions about. So far, we have posted articles on the following:

Can you buy Energy Drinks like Red Bull with EBT?
Can you buy baby food or formula with EBT?
Can you buy hot food at the deli with EBT?
Can you buy coffee like Starbucks with EBT?

Today, we will answer a popular question of whether you can buy dog food or any pet food with your SNAP EBT Benefits card. However, just like the other posts, we first talk about the EBT Food List, so you know the complete list of what you can and cannot buy with your Food Stamps Card. Keep in mind that the purpose of food stamps is to help needy individuals and families buy nutritious food that they are going to take home and prepare or make. As a result, the list you see below, from the United States Department of Agriculture is meant to do just that. Purchasing food that is not on the list can land you in jail. Here is the list of what you can and cannot buy with your EBT Card:

"Can you buy dog food with EBT Card"

That brings us to the question we wanted to answer in this post:

"Can you buy dog food with EBT Card"

Can you buy dog food with EBT Card?

As you can see from the list below, it is clearly stated that you CANNOT use food stamps to buy pet food, including dog food because it is considered a nonfood item because it’s not for human consumption. If you are receiving food stamps, it means you need help meeting your food needs. Politicians get really testy when food stamps are used for items that are not aimed at helping those in need by food they need. That’s why the Department of Agriculture has been very aggressive in prosecuting EBT Card fraud. Don’t let that be you.

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