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WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON DOG FOOD WITHOUT SACRIFICING QUALITY
Since dogs are man’s best friend, they certainly deserve the best we can offer them in terms of accessories, veterinary care, training, and of course, food. Unfortunately, there are times when taking care of your dog can be overwhelming and expensive, and you have to look for ways to minimize the expenses. However, as with human beings, food is vital for dogs’ health so getting poor quality food because it is cheaper is not a good option as it won't do much good for your pet's body. If you are looking for ways to save money on dog food without sacrificing quality, then this article will tell you everything that you need to know about it.
The first thing to know about pet foods is that the ingredients used in making them are what to look out for, not the brand name. The packaging and branding should be secondary because they are just marketing strategies. Some products contain the same ingredients, but they are pricier because of the brand that produced them. So, check for products with the same ingredients that are cheaper. That way, you buy the same quality for less.
The ingredients stated on the pack already tells you what the food contains, and so when you see foods that have grains or cereals as the major ingredient, that would mean poor quality food, regardless of the brand that produced it. Picking it over food with beef as the main ingredient because it wasn't produced by a known brand will be an unwise decision.
Also, learning how to read pet food labels would save you from confusion as different wordings convey different meanings. For example; a product with the name “Turkey for Dogs” is not the same as one with the name “Dog meal with Turkey”.
The first pet food has Turkey as the major ingredient (at least 95%) which is why it featured first in the name.
The second pet food where Turkey comes after “with” indicates that turkey is at least 3% of the food content. It follows a rule that the ingredient coming after the word “with” is at least 3% of the entire product. A pet owner who does not know how to read pet food labels can misconstrue such and pick the latter while wanting the former.
Another good way of saving money on your dog's food is by preparing the animal’s meals yourself. Not only is homecooked food cheaper, but it is also healthier and a lot better than what you will get at the pet store. When cooking for your dog at home, you get to make use of natural ingredients devoid of preservatives or any additives, and you are sure of what is going into your dog’s body, which will be better for his health in the long run. Also, purchasing proteins from a local butcher or nearby grocery store will be less expensive than buying packaged ones from chain stores.
A third way of reducing the money spent on dog food is by buying in large quantities and this works better for dry foods as they can be kept for a long time. Most things, including food items, tend to be cheaper and discounted when they are purchased in bulk and it is no different with dog food. Some pet stores offer promotions and discounts when you are buying in bulk. Also, some manufacturers have coupon offers and rebate deals that help you purchase dog food for less. You can make your findings, subscribe for emails and updates that tell you of such offers, and go for that which favors you.
Some pet owners indulge their pets and give them more than the required meal portion, but serving your dog exactly what he needs to eat will prevent his food from running out fast and save you from frequent buying. For instance, if your dog is supposed to have a cup of food per day and you go ahead and serve him two cups daily, not only will the food run out fast, you will also be overfeeding him which can lead to obesity that comes with its own health issues.
Owning a pet, in some ways is like having a baby and it sure comes with its expenses. However, with the right information, you can easily curb your spending while still giving your dog the quality life that he deserves.