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Q: If you can't afford the very best in animal food, but don't get the worst, should you own a et?

May 2, 2008 | By Roxanne B. | 11 answers | Expired: 2287 days ago

Roxanne B.

I have heard that if you can't provide the absolute best in food then you shouldn't own. But I don't feed my kids filet mignon every night, does that mean I should'nt breed? I do the best I can, which isn't bad, and don't know what I would do without their love!

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Marta J.
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May 02, 2008

I'm sure many people are in your position. If you can't afford the best, just don't get the cheapest. Get something in the middle that won't strap your budget. Make sure you can at least afford vaccines and a once a year check up. Don't forget the spay or neutering! I always have a little emergency fund, just in case.

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Percysmom
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May 02, 2008

There are so many animals in need of homes out there. I'm sure many shelter animals looking for a home would trade places with your pets in a heartbeat. Decent food, a comfortable loving home and medical care are the most important things. If you're able to provide those don't let anyone knock you. There seems to be much debate over whether or not top of the line pet foods are any better than some other less expensive brands anyway. The recent pet food recall brought to light that many of the expensive and inexpensive foods are coming from the same factories with some ingredients even coming from the same suppliers. The best you can do is research what you're feeding your pets and try to make an informed decision on what to feed them. Price does not necessarily mean you're getting a superior product.

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Brian  K.
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May 03, 2008

Dogs will eat more low cost dog food than most higher cost. Per volume of consumption your best bet is the middle of the road dog foods. I use Nutro which is $32 a 40# bag. They ate Dog Chow at $22 a bag and the ratio was 3:1. In the long run I was saving 50% by spending the extra money up front.

Not just that, the dogs pooped less and it was more solid. The dogs also lost some unwanted weight and I was able to walk them longer before they got tired and crabby.

Good luck on your search for foods. You can ask your local pet store staff what they feed their personal dogs as well as your vets and their techs. That will give you a good idea of what you should do. Just read the labels.



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