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Pet food…What are you really spending?

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Earlier this week I posted a picture on Facebook showing a food comparison between different dog foods from grocery store brands to premium brands.  This post got quite a bit of attention so let’s talk about it for a minute.  What are you really spending on food?

It is often thought that if you buy a less expensive food you are spending less right?  The answer is no.  You see, many commercial pet foods (grocery store & big box pet stores) contain a high amount of filler such as by products, corn, wheat, & grain.  Let’s take a minute to talk about what exactly these fillers are.

Corn: This is a very cheap cereal grain used to fill pet foods & it provides very little if any nutritional value.

Corn gluten meal: This is what is left over from the cheap cereal grain.  It is the residue that is left once the carbohydrates have been taken out of the corn.

By products : One of the most disgusting things that are found in food.  By products can be one of many things such as, slaughterhouse waste, road kill, diseased animals, euthanized animals, ears, feet, & well the list goes on.

Animal digest: Another disgusting ingredient that is made up of chemically hydrolyzed animal by products.  They usually use this as a spray on the top of food to improve its taste…yuck.

Grains such as wheat- Another no nutrition cereal grain.

So as you see here with many of these ingredients they provide little nutrition for your pets so why use them?  These ingredients drive the cost down for manufactures therefore in the end making them more money.  How does this affect you?  In the end you feed your dog more food & buy more bags of food.  So when you thought you were saving money from buying a less expensive food, it turns out you are not.  For example let’s take a very popular food brand Beneful.  For a 50 lb dog he would eat 3.25 cups a day.  At $.25 a cup you are spending $.82 a day for a total of $24.60 a month.  Now let’s look at a premium food such as Acana.  For a 50lb dog he would eat 1.75 cups a day.  At $.60 a cup you are spending $1.05 a day for a total of $31.50 per month.  Now let’s compare those ingredients:

Beneful:  Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), rice flour, beef, soy flour, water, meat and bone meal, propylene glycol, sugar, tricalcium phosphate, phosphoric acid, salt, animal digest, potassium chloride, sorbic acid (a preservative), dried peas, dried carrots, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, Red 40, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Vitamin A supplement, Blue 2, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, brewers dried yeast, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.

Acana: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, green peas, turkey meal, chicken liver oil, field beans, red lentils, whole potato, deboned turkey, whole egg, deboned walleye, sun-cured alfalfa, pea ?bre, chicken liver, herring oil, whole apples, whole pears, sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, parsnips, carrots, spinach greens, cranberries, blueberries, kelp, chicory root, juniper berries, angelica root, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, lavender, rosemary.

Which would rather feed your dog?  Most would say Acana & you can with only spending an additional $6.90 a month.  Add your vet bills that accumulate from feeding a non-nutritious food & you will actually save money in the long run & have a healthier pet for it.

So there you have it.  Take it for what’s it’s worth and the next time you are shopping for your pet’s food read the ingredients, see how much you need to feed, & find out what you are truly spending on your pet’s food.

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