I recently received a message asking my estimation about a couple of various kinds of pet foods – what I seriously 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 they probably couldn’t afford an improved food.
While I understand that better quality dog and cat foods may be two or even 3 times more costly than a number of the cheaper brands, folks who think they can’t afford it, unfortunately, will’pay’in the end. Each time a pet is sick with kidney or liver disease, each time a pet should be treated for skin irritations and ear infections – vet bills to’fix’the health concern cost pet owners much more compared to the’few cents’dinner to feed them quality nutrition. And I’m often questioned about this’few cents dinner’theory – but when 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 look at the price 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 don’t feed just as much – cheap foods have cheap’filler’ingredients that do not satisfy the nutritional needs of your pet, thus they eat A LOT more attempting to have the nutrition that their body is telling them they need. Better quality foods/ingredients provide the pet with quality nutrition and they eat an average of 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 offer you about 50 servings. If the meals 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 greater 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 price tag 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 each day, in a month you’re spending around $18.00 monthly to feed a puppy with the inferior food pet foods. With the apparent doubly expensive high quality pet food, at .38 cents per meal, two meals each day, in a month you’re spending around $22.80 per month. Significantly less than $5.00 monthly difference that will save you thousands of dollars in vet bills and add years to their life. You need to look at the cost per meal to totally give the price of the meals consideration.
This is 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 glasses of food per day. What we didn’t know was that those recommended 2 or 3 glasses 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 comes along and informs you 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 since this recent pet food recall, you learn that chemicals can in fact be included with variations of the grains (glutens)…so then you go over your choices at your pet store or online. And you believe in terms of just how much per’bag’of food. In the end, you’ve probably tried several various kinds of pet food previously – maybe even one or two that cost a little more compared to the cheap brands – and you still ended up feeding the exact same 2 or 3 glasses of food a day. Naturally, you look at the $30.00 for a 20 pound bag of pet food and gasp at the cost – you’re thinking just how they want one to think…in terms of the cost of the bag, not the cost of the serving.
The determining factor for the selection of pet food should not be cost or advertising. You need to look at and understand those first five ingredients. Needless to say there’s much more involved than the very first five ingredients, in my research…if the very first five ingredients of a puppy food are good, so are the rest of the ingredients. If a puppy food manufacturer cares enough to help make the first five ingredients quality – which can be nearly all the food…they care enough to make most of the ingredients quality. Don’t be mislead into any rut of a puppy food manufacturers advertising…do your homework and read and understand at least the very first five ingredients of one’s pet’s food.
With better, more nutritious pet foods – they do NOT need as much as with the cheaper foods. Don’t allow the old habit of feeding more sway you when you switch to an even more nutritious pet food – again, with an increase of quality ingredients they only don’t need just as much food as with inferior ingredients. If you switch your pet to a quality pet food and continue to feed the exact same amount since the lesser quality food you had been feeding – your pet will gain weight.
The daily level of food our pets require depends upon several things such as for instance activity level, age, breeding animals, or neutered animals. For instance, my 100 pound German Shepherd only eats two glasses 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 rather high energy level. My big guy is 12 years old and much more sedate. Considering his little size, the little dog eats much more for his size compared to the big dog. His energy and activity level requires it.
My cat on another hand free feeds – he has access to a complete bowl of food all the time and eats when he wants. He hasn’t been an over eater and this is effective for him. I possibly could never do the exact same with my dogs.
So serving size for your pet is something you will have to experiment with. If your pet does not have any’figure’- shows no waist when considering them from above – chances are they should lose several pounds. Cut back the serving size. If you can visibly see ribs – they probably need to achieve a couple of pounds and you need to slightly boost the serving size. Take note too that the cup of food a trip to 2 years old will probably be an excessive amount of food when they’re a little older. Keep a consistent monitoring eye to them – a healthy weight is a wholesome pet.