Common knowledge seems to suggest that feeding your pet a healthy diet is expensive – this is not necessarily the case.

When comparing pet foods, many consumers make their purchasing decisions based on the product price.

What many consumers don’t realize, is the purchase price isn’t the most accurate way to determine the cost of a pet food – consumers need to pay attention to the cost per meal.

Pet food manufacturers have feeding guidelines specific to their products, and the differences in feeding guidelines from one brand to another can vary considerably.

Pet foods also come in a wide variety of different sizes. Large bags of dog food can come in 40lb, 35lb, 33lb, 30lb, 28lb, 25lb, etc, so comparing one brand to another usually means comparing products of different sizes.

Now do you see why you need to look beyond the sticker price of your pets’ food?

In general terms, the better the quality of pet food, the lower the feeding guidelines.

Why? Because high-end pet foods use wholesome ingredients instead of fractions and fillers. This means the food has a higher caloric density, meaning your pet can meet his daily nutritional requirements with less volume – which also means less output from the other end.

Top quality pet foods may have a higher price tag than their discount counterparts, but when you factor in the potential variance in feeding guidelines, the price gap can narrow very quickly – and the bigger the pet, the bigger the variance.

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