Not All Pet Food Is Created Equal

What Kind of Pet Food Are You Feeding Your Pets?

When you take in a pet, you make a commitment to care for that pet to the best of your abilities. That means giving it proper food, shelter, medical care, etc. There are, however, vast differences between the different levels veterinary care, shelter and pet food. Just as there is a difference between a dog house with a chain and a pet bed next to the fireplace in the family room, there are huge differences between the pet foods on the market. If you want to make sure you're not shortening the life of your pet, you need to understand the differences.

Cheaper is Never Better

When it comes to pet food, remember that cheaper is never better and, in this case, it pays to pay more. Let's take dog food for example. You can get a 20-pound bag of generic store brand food for less than $10. On the other end of the spectrum, you can get a 20-pound bag of a brand like Canidae for about $25. That's more than twice as much.

Why the big difference?

When you buy pet food, the amount it costs the manufacturer to make the food plays a big role in the price you pay. The better the ingredients, the more money you're going to spend. Store brand pet food is never a good bet.

Your pet, whether it be cat, bird, dog or other exotic animal, has specific nutritious needs. Cheaper pet foods almost never meet these needs entirely. Over time, this can result in high vet bills and a shortened life span for your pet.

Determining What Pet Food Is Best For Your Pet

Before you even begin to look at the different brands of pet food out there, I suggest looking at the specific nutritional needs of your pet. This goes beyond just looking at cat vs. dog or dog vs. bird, but actually looking at your pet's species, breed, lifestyle and body type.

For example, let's say you have an African Grey parrot. Pet food created for parakeets isn't going to do your feathered friend much good. You need to find a diet specific to what your bird needs. This means looking at what your bird would eat in the wild, what nutrients it needs, etc. In the case of a parrot, you'd want to get a seed, nut and fruit mix along with some cooked food blends.

Getting the right pet food for your pet may not be easy and it probably won't be cheap, but if you want to provide your pet with the best life possible, it's your responsibility to make sure the pet food you feed him or her furthers that goal.


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