I recently received an email asking my estimation about a few several types of pet foods – what I thought about the grade of the foods. Both of the pet foods he asked about (which he was feeding his family) were what I regarded as being very inferior foods. I informed him of this and his response was which they probably couldn’t afford a much better food.
While I realize that better quality dog and cat foods can be two as well as three times higher priced than a number of the cheaper brands, folks who think they can’t afford it, unfortunately, will’pay’in the end. When a pet is sick with kidney or liver disease, whenever a pet must certanly be treated for skin irritations and ear infections – vet bills to’fix’the concern cost pet owners much more than the’few cents’a meal to feed them quality nutrition. And I’m often questioned about that’few cents a meal’theory – but when you question me too, let me explain.
Many pet owners suffer’sticker shock’when considering purchasing a higher quality food. They go through the cost and gasp when considering how fast Fido or Fluffy eats that bag of food. What they do not know is that with better quality pet foods, that you do not feed the maximum amount of – cheap foods have cheap’filler’ingredients that do not satisfy the nutritional needs of the pet, thus they eat A LOT more attempting to get the nutrition that their body is telling them they need. Higher quality foods/ingredients provide your pet with quality nutrition and they eat an average of 1/3 less.
So let’s break it down to cost per meal…
Let’s say your pet currently eats 1 cup of food per day. A 20 pound bag of food will provide you with about 50 servings. If the foodstuff costs you $15.00 for a 20 pound bag – that equals about .30 per meal.
Now with a good quality pet food – feeding about 1/3 less – a 20 pound bag will provide you about 80 servings. If the better food costs $30.00 for a 20 pound bag – that reduces to only a little significantly less than .38 cents a meal.
So even though the cost of the foodstuff reads to be twice as expensive – it’s actually not even close to the truth. Using the above example, at .30 cents per meal, two meals each day, in one month you are spending around $18.00 per month to feed a puppy with the inferior food. With the apparent twice as expensive high quality pet food, at .38 cents per meal, two meals each day, in one month you are spending around $22.80 per month shop dog. Less than $5.00 per month difference that can help you save tens of thousands of dollars in vet bills and add years for their life. You have to go through the cost per meal to totally give the price of the foodstuff consideration.
Here’s what has happened to us…for years and years we’ve watched the tv commercials of pet food. They emphasize the language’for your pet’s health or choice ‘. We’ve trusted them and we’ve followed their directions to feed our pet 2 or 3 cups of food per day. What we didn’t know was that those recommended 2 or 3 cups of food was necessary because the pet food contained cheap inferior nutrition sources like by-products, meat and bone meal, and grains.
So, it has become our habit to feed more – which they do need more with inferior ingredients. Then someone like myself occurs and tells you how horrible ingredients like by-products and meat and bone meal are – and you learn that grains such as for example corn, wheat, and soy are inferior – and since this recent pet food recall, you learn that chemicals can actually be included with variations of these grains (glutens)…so then you definitely go over your alternatives at the pet store or online. And you believe with regards to how much per’bag’of food. In the end, you’ve probably tried several several types of pet food previously – possibly even a couple of that cost a little more than the cheap brands – and you still wound up feeding the exact same 2 or 3 cups of food a day. Naturally, you go through the $30.00 for a 20 pound bag of pet food and gasp at the cost – you are thinking just the way they want you to think…in terms of the price of the bag, not the price of the serving.
The determining factor for the selection of pet food shouldn’t be cost or advertising. You have to look at and understand those first five ingredients. Obviously there is a whole lot more involved than the very first five ingredients, however in my research…if the very first five ingredients of a puppy food are good, so might be the rest of the ingredients. If a puppy food manufacturer cares enough to really make the first five ingredients quality – that is nearly all the food…they care enough to create all the ingredients quality. Don’t be mislead into any comfort zone of a puppy food manufacturers advertising…do your homework and read and understand at the very least the very first five ingredients of your pet’s food.
With better, more nutritious pet foods – they do NOT need around with the cheaper foods. Don’t allow old habit of feeding more sway you whenever you switch to a more nutritious pet food – again, with more quality ingredients they just don’t need the maximum amount of food just like inferior ingredients. If you switch your pet to a good pet food and continue steadily to feed the exact same amount while the lesser quality food you had been feeding – your pet will gain weight.
The daily level of food our pets require depends on several things such as for example activity level, age, breeding animals, or neutered animals. For instance, my 100 pound German Shepherd only eats two cups of food each day; 1 cup AM, 1 cup PM. My little guy (8 pound Papillion eats about 1/3 cup a day. Both dogs are active. However, my little guy is young and is pretty high energy level. My big guy is 12 years old and a whole lot more sedate. Considering his little size, the small dog eats much more for his size than the big dog. His energy and activity level requires it.
My cat on one other hand free feeds – he has access to a full bowl of food constantly and eats when he wants. He has never been an over eater and this is useful for him. I could never do the exact same with my dogs.
So meal for your pet is something you should experiment with. If your pet does not have any’figure’- shows no waist when taking a look at them from above – chances are they have to lose a few pounds. Scale back the serving size. When you can visibly see ribs – they probably need to gain a few pounds and you will need to slightly raise the serving size. Please be aware too that the cup of food a day at 2 years old will probably be a lot of food when they’re only a little older. Keep a consistent monitoring eye to them – a wholesome weight is a healthy pet.