Does what type of food I buy my dog or cat really matter?

Are expensive brands necessarily always better?

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It does matter to a degree, in that more expensive foods tend to have better quality ingredients. You can imagine that a food with lean cuts of meat is very likely to cost more than a food with meat offcuts, for example. However the price of different brands varies widely and there are some less expensive foods that are still perfectly suitable for your pet.

When you’re looking at foods, choose a food that has met AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) requirements because that indicates it has all the nutrients your dog needs in the right proportions. There are a number of dog food brands that meet AAFCO requirements so it’s likely you’ll find a food that still fits within your family budget.

If your vet has prescribed a therapeutic food to manage a medical condition, then it’s important that you do feed that food, even though it’s a bit more costly than non-prescription foods. | 03.15.16 @ 12:26
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