Dog Food: Commercial Or Premium?
What is the difference between commercial and premium dog foods? The difference between commercial dog food and high quality dog foods is quite extensive however, there are easy methods that we as dog owners can take advantage of to ensure that we offer the best possible diet to our faithful companions.
Commercial Dog Food
The commercial dog food market is heavily relied upon by wholesale and commercial stores as it is this type of product that contributes widely to the success of these consumer franchises.
For the production of a commercial dog food product, dog food manufacturers use a lower quality ingredient structure. This includes animal by product. Animal by products contain little nutrition and are thought of as fillers.
By doing this, the cost of production is low. The profit is high due to the public buying the product at a reduced price than that of the premium product. Most pet owners are not concerned with what the label on the bag reads. Many just buy their dog foods blindly and feel happy enough with what they are feeding their pet. Fillers (cheap additives) are included to make the food taste good.
Premium Dog Food
Premium dog food is exactly what it says it is. These are good, nutritious products that are safe to feed to your dog. They are good because they are:
- Products that are manufactured with your dog in mind instead of the dollar.
- Products that are properly nutritionally balanced.
- Products that contain high quality ingredients.
- Products that take due time to be created allowing for proper research to be conducted
- Extensive product testing, example, Taste trials.
Commercial dog food manufacturers gain from our ignorance! Would you as a parent feed your new baby a low quality formula, or would you go with the more expensive yet far superior brand? A good pet owner will opt for the latter every time! Knowing how important a healthy diet is to the present and future longevity of one’s dog makes the point for feeding premium dog food very well.
The below list is a simple guide containing things to consider the next time you go to purchase dog food for your dog:
- Commercial products are sold in commercial establishments such as grocery stores.
- Premium products are not sold in grocery stores.
- A lot of commercial products list whole meat of some kind as their first ingredient. This is
misleading due to the measurement being taken before the meat is cooked, reducing it drastically.
- Premium products will not list whole meat as their first ingredient.
- A lot of premium products contain specific breed formulas best suited for your breed of dog.
- When buying a premium dog food, you will pay for what you get. In order to ensure a quality product money is spent to research, test and tinker with the product to create the finished product.
Premium dog food is worth it’s weight in gold to your dog.
Dog Food: Buy Premium
Premium dog foods are the best foods for your dog. They do cost more because they are of high value and so pay off in the end both for your dog and for your pocketbook.
Premium dog foods do not contain harmful fillers and inferior ingredients. They are both sound and nutritious. There are no colors or preservatives so your dog will be fed nature’s finest.
Learn how to calculate to convert to dry matter when reading labels. This is the best value for your dollar and the best nutrition for your dog.
Taurine is an excellent ingredient in some dog foods. It is an amino acid and works to benefit the dog’s heart, kidneys and blood. It works to carry essential ingredients to and from cells. You should read labels carefully to see if Taurine is included in your dog’s food. Not all dog foods will. When so many dog food manufacturers are just in business for the buck, keep this in mind when you select your choice of dog food.
Some foods are poisonous to your dog. Every day table foods that you and your family enjoy, for example, can cause permanent damage to your beloved pet.
The only food that you should be feeding your dog is approved foods by your Veterinarian.
These come complete with sound nutrition.
Don’t think that you are doing your pet any favors by offering him a wee morsel of your own food. Doing this only now and then is forbidden and should never be entertained. After all, why would you want to feed your beloved pet something you know will harm him?
Feed your dog on a good schedule and limit the amounts. This is the best you can do for your dog and this is a responsible dog owner’s job.
In order for your dog to be at his best health it is important to keep your dog’s weight down. All of that extra weight is not healthy.
Choose dog foods according to your dog’s size, daily activity level and health conditions. When you are doing this you are doing the best you can to take proper care of your dog.
Avoid the cheaper brand dog foods as these are inferior choices for your dog’s best interest and help.
Your dog is an individual and so his needs won’t be exactly the same as your neighbor’s dog.
Take all of these factors into consideration and you will be proud to be a dog owner.
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