I recently received a contact asking my estimation about a few various kinds of pet foods – what I considered the caliber of the foods. Both of the 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 a better food.
While I realize that better quality dog and cat foods may be two as well as 3 x more costly than a few of the cheaper brands, people who think they can’t afford it, unfortunately, will’pay’in the end. Each time 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 health concern cost pet owners a lot more than the’few cents’a meal to feed them quality nutrition. And I’m often questioned about this’few cents a meal’theory – but when you question me too, let me explain.
Many pet owners suffer’sticker shock’when considering purchasing a better quality food. They go through the price and gasp when considering how fast Fido or Fluffy eats that bag of food. What they don’t know is that with better quality pet foods, you do not feed just as much – cheap foods have cheap’filler’ingredients that not satisfy the nutritional needs of the pet, thus they eat A LOT more attempting to have the nutrition that their body is telling them they need. Higher quality foods/ingredients provide the pet with quality nutrition and they eat normally 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 pet foods. 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 provides you about 80 servings. If the greater food costs $30.00 for a 20 pound bag – that reduces to a little less than .38 cents a meal.
So although the price tag of the foodstuff reads to be twice as 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 twice as 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 should go through the cost per meal to fully give the price tag on 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 what’for the 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 the 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 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 included with variations of those grains (glutens)…so you then look over your choices 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 various kinds of pet food before – maybe even a couple of that cost a tad bit more than the cheap brands – and you still ended up feeding the same 2 or 3 glasses of food a day. Naturally, you go through the $30.00 for a 20 pound bag of pet food and gasp at the fee – you are thinking just the way they want you to think…in terms of the cost of the bag, not the cost of the serving.
The determining factor for picking a pet food should not be cost or advertising. You should look at and understand those first five ingredients. Obviously there is much more involved than the first five ingredients, but in my research…if the first five ingredients of a puppy food are good, so might be the remaining portion of the ingredients. If a puppy food manufacturer cares enough to help make the first five ingredients quality – that will be nearly all the food…they care enough to create every one 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 the 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 old habit of feeding more sway you when you switch to a far 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 an excellent pet food and continue steadily to feed the same amount while the lesser quality food you’re feeding – your pet will gain weight.
The daily number of food our pets require depends on several things such as for example activity level, age, breeding animals, or neutered animals. For example, 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 fairly high energy level. My big guy is 12 years old and much more sedate. Considering his little size, the tiny dog eats a lot more for his size than the big dog. His energy and activity level requires it.
My cat on one other hand free feeds – he’s use of a complete bowl of food all the time and eats when he wants. He has never been an over eater and this is effective for him. I really could never do the same with my dogs.
So serving size for the pet is something you will need 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. When you can visibly see ribs – they probably need to achieve a few pounds and you’ll need to slightly boost the serving size. Please be aware too a cup of food a trip to 2 years old will most likely be an excessive amount of food when they’re a little older. Keep a constant monitoring eye on them – a wholesome weight is a wholesome pet.