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Discount dog food may seem, at first glance, to be an acceptable way to save a little money on your pet care bills. In truth, though, discount dog food often uses inferior ingredients which can actually lead to poor health for your dog. Discount dog food, like better brands, comes in three main forms: dry food, canned food, or semi-moist food. The most inexpensive types of discount dog food are generally dry kibble.
Dogs are omnivores, meaning that in the wild they eat both meat and plant matter. As long as at least ten percent of his calories come from protein, it doesn't matter whether your dog's protein comes from animals or vegetables. Diets that are higher in protein, up to around 25%, are even better for your dog's health. Unfortunately, discount dog food often has a much lower level of protein than your dog really needs.
Discount dog food may be less expensive on a pound-for-pound basis than premium types of food. However, discount dog food usually contains a lot of fillers and meat byproducts. These are not only less healthy for your dog than real meat is, but they are often less filling as well. You may find that you need to feed your dog larger portions of discount dog food, since the inferior ingredients like meat by-products and fillers do not satisfy your dog the way quality ingredients do. On a meal-by-meal basis, discount dog food often doesn't provide any actual savings at all.
Before purchasing a discount dog food, it is important to read the list of ingredients. Ingredients are listed on dog food labels the same way they are on human food labels: in order of weight. Many brands of discount dog food list corn or wheat as the primary ingredients. Discount dog food often does not include real meat, but rather "meat by-products" which are not the same thing as meat. Meat by-products include intestines such as the lungs and spleen, as well as blood and bones of slaughtered animals. Discount dog food also often includes many different chemicals and artificial preservatives that are unhealthy for your dog.
Providing your dog with the best nutrition possible helps keep him healthy. Unfortunately, discount dog foods often provide a bare minimum of the nutritional needs of dogs, and do not offer benefits like additional vitamins and antioxidants that premium brands provide. In the long run, the savings you get from each bag of discount dog food may very well be spent on future vet bills.