When it comes to buying dog food, expensive brands may actually end up costing you less in the long run in terms of both time and money. This is because premium dog foods are full of more digestibles – solid, natural meat proteins – and contains fewer by-products.
By-products, which appear on the label as animal meal or simply animal by-products are cheaper than natural animal proteins, so they are used more often in low quality dog foods. By-products are harder for your dog to digest and contain fewer nutrients. Cheaper dog food brands also use more fillers, such as corn, which provide no nutritional value for your pet.
Because premium dog foods have more nutrients and digestibles per serving, your dog needs to be fed less than he would if you were feeding him a cheaper brand, which offsets part of the cost of the premium brands. Eating less also reduces the amount of waste your pet produces for cleanup.
Finally, premium dog food brands are simply better for your pet. Cheaper dog foods are comparable to junk food for humans – it will keep you full, but it probably won’t keep you very healthy. Consider instead purchasing a premium dog food for your family pet.