I recently received an email asking my opinion about a few various kinds of pet foods – what I considered the quality of the foods. Both of your pet foods he asked about (which he was feeding his family) were what I regarded as very inferior foods. I informed him with this and his response was they probably couldn’t afford a much better food.
While I understand that better quality dog and cat foods can be two as well as 3 times higher priced than a number of the cheaper brands, people who think they can’t afford it, unfortunately, will’pay’in the end. Whenever 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’medical concern cost pet owners a lot more compared to’few cents’meals to feed them quality nutrition. And I’m often questioned about that’few cents meals’theory – but before you question me too, i’d like to explain.
Many pet owners suffer’sticker shock’when it comes to purchasing a better quality food. They go through the price tag and gasp when it comes to how fast Fido or Fluffy eats that bag of food. What they don’t know is that with better quality pet foods, you never feed as much – cheap foods have cheap’filler’ingredients that not satisfy the nutritional needs of your pet, dry foods thus they eat A LOT more attempting to get the nutrition that their body is telling them they need. Better quality foods/ingredients provide your pet with quality nutrition and they eat typically 1/3 less.
So let’s break it right 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 meals costs you $15.00 for a 20 pound bag – that equals about .30 per meal.
Now with a top quality pet food – feeding about 1/3 less – a 20 pound bag will give you you about 80 servings. If the higher food costs $30.00 for a 20 pound bag – that reduces to a little significantly less than .38 cents a meal.
So even though the cost of the meals reads to be doubly expensive – it’s actually definately not the truth. Utilizing the above example, at .30 cents per meal, two meals a day, in one month you are spending around $18.00 per month to feed a puppy with the inferior food. With the apparent doubly expensive higher quality pet food, at .38 cents per meal, two meals a day, in one month you are spending around $22.80 per month. Less than $5.00 per month difference that can help you save thousands of dollars in vet bills and add years with their life. You must go through the cost per meal to fully give the buying price of the meals consideration.
Some tips about what has happened to us…for years and years we’ve watched the tv commercials of pet food. They emphasize the language’for the 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 your pet food contained cheap inferior nutrition sources like by-products, meat and bone meal, and grains.
So, it is becoming our habit to feed more – that they do need more with inferior ingredients. Then someone like myself arrives and informs 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 because this recent pet food recall, you learn that chemicals can actually be added to variations of those grains (glutens)…so you then go over your alternatives at your pet store or online. And you believe with regards to just how much per’bag’of food. After all, you’ve probably tried several various kinds of pet food previously – maybe even 1 or 2 that cost a bit more compared to cheap brands – and you still ended 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 how they want one to think…in terms of the expense of the bag, not the expense of the serving.
The determining factor for your choice of pet food shouldn’t be cost or advertising. You must look at and understand those first five ingredients. Needless to say there’s a lot more involved than the first five ingredients, in my research…if the first five ingredients of a puppy food are good, so can be the remaining ingredients. If a puppy food manufacturer cares enough to help make the first five ingredients quality – that is the majority of the food…they care enough to make most of 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 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 the 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 as much food as with inferior ingredients. If you switch your pet to a good pet food and continue steadily to feed the exact same amount since the lesser quality food you’re feeding – your pet will gain weight.
The daily quantity of food our pets require depends upon a lot of things such as for example activity level, age, breeding animals, or neutered animals. For example, my 100 pound German Shepherd only eats two cups of food daily; 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 fairly high energy level. My big guy is 12 years old and a lot more sedate. Considering his little size, the small dog eats a lot more for his size compared to big dog. His energy and activity level requires it.
My cat on another hand free feeds – he’s use of the full bowl of food all the time and eats when he wants. He has never been an over eater and this works well for him. I really could never do the exact same with my dogs.
So serving size for the pet is something you will have to experiment with. If your pet doesn’t have’figure’- shows no waist when considering them from above – odds are they should lose a couple of pounds. Scale back the serving size. If you’re able to visibly see ribs – they probably need to achieve a few pounds and you will need to slightly boost the serving size. Take note too a cup of food a trip to 2 years old will probably be too much food when they’re a little older. Keep a consistent monitoring eye on them – a healthy weight is a wholesome pet.