I recently received an email asking my estimation about a couple of different types of pet foods – what I considered the caliber of the foods. Both of your pet foods he asked about (which he was feeding his family) were what I considered to be very inferior foods. I informed him of this and his response was that they probably couldn’t afford an improved food.
While I realize that higher quality dog and cat foods could be two as well as three times more expensive 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, each time a pet must certanly be treated for skin irritations and ear infections – vet bills to’fix’the concern cost pet owners far more than the’few cents’dinner to feed them quality nutrition. And I’m often questioned about any of it’few cents dinner’theory – but when you question me too, let me explain.
Many pet owners suffer’sticker shock’when contemplating purchasing a higher quality food. They look at the price and gasp when contemplating how quickly Fido or Fluffy eats that bag of food. What they do not know is that with higher quality pet foods, you never feed the maximum amount of – cheap foods have cheap’filler’ingredients that do not satisfy the nutritional needs of your pet, thus they eat A LOT more attempting to get the nutrition that their body is telling them they need. Better quality foods/ingredients provide the pet with quality nutrition and they eat on average 1/3 less.
So let’s break it down seriously to cost per meal…
Let’s say your pet currently eats 1 cup of food per day. A 20 pound bag of food will give you about 50 servings. If the food costs you $15.00 for a 20 pound bag – that equals about .30 per meal.
Now with a high 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 breaks down to only a little less than .38 cents a meal.
So even though the high cost of the food reads to be two times as expensive – it’s actually not even close to the truth. Utilising the above example, at .30 cents per meal, two meals a day, in 30 days you’re spending around $18.00 per month to feed a dog with the inferior food. With the apparent two times as expensive top quality pet food, at .38 cents per meal, two meals a day, in 30 days you’re spending around $22.80 per month pet toys. Significantly less than $5.00 per month difference that will save you thousands of dollars in vet bills and add years to their life. You should look at the cost per meal to completely give the price tag on the food consideration.
Some tips about what has happened to us…for years and years we’ve watched the tv screen commercials of pet food. They emphasize what’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 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 – which they do need more with inferior ingredients. Then someone like myself comes along and lets you know how horrible ingredients like by-products and meat and bone meal are – and you learn that grains such as for instance corn, wheat, and soy are inferior – and because this recent pet food recall, you learn that chemicals can actually be put into variations of those grains (glutens)…so then you definitely look over your options at your pet store or online. And you believe with regards to simply how much per’bag’of food. In the end, you’ve probably tried several different types of pet food in the past – maybe even 1 or 2 that cost a little more than the cheap brands – and you still finished up feeding exactly the same 2 or 3 cups of food a day. Naturally, you look at the $30.00 for a 20 pound bag of pet food and gasp at the price – you’re thinking just the way they want you to think…in terms of the expense of the bag, not the expense of the serving.
The determining factor for the selection of pet food should not be cost or advertising. You should look at and understand those first five ingredients. Of course there’s a lot more involved than the very first five ingredients, but in my research…if the very first five ingredients of a dog food are good, so can be the rest of the ingredients. If a dog food manufacturer cares enough to really make the first five ingredients quality – which can be nearly all the food…they care enough to produce all of the ingredients quality. Don’t be mislead into any comfort zone of a dog 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 when you switch to a more nutritious pet food – again, with an increase of quality ingredients they just don’t need the maximum amount of food just like inferior ingredients. In the event that you switch your pet to an excellent pet food and continue to feed exactly the same amount as the lesser quality food you’re feeding – your pet will gain weight.
The daily level of food our pets require depends on many things such as for instance activity level, age, breeding animals, or neutered animals. As an example, 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 lot more sedate. Considering his little size, the little dog eats far more for his size than the big dog. His energy and activity level requires it.
My cat on another hand free feeds – he has access to the full bowl of food at all times and eats when he wants. He never been an over eater and this works well for him. I possibly could never do exactly the same with my dogs.
So meal for your pet is something you will need to experiment with. If your pet has no’figure’- shows no waist when taking a look at them from above – odds are they need to lose a few pounds. Reduce the serving size. If you’re able to visibly see ribs – they probably need to achieve a couple of pounds and you’ll need to slightly increase 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 healthy weight is a healthier pet.