When buying dog foods, the first thing we notice is its price (it’s damn expensive!). Although the food is packed with all the vital nutrients and all, the price tag can discourage us from touching the package any further. And bringing it home becomes a far cry! To keep a good balance between your budget and dog’s nutrition, you need to find a good brand that offers both. But, finding a top band with both great quality and an inexpensive price tag is not easy. That’s why we have created this post to help out all of you, frustrated pet parents.
While picking up a brand for your dog’s foods, there are certain things you should definitely consider. For starters, check out how authentic they are, see their budget, know your pet (their height, weight, age, physics, matter), and then you can go for one that suits all these needs. In other words, budget dog foods need to be nutrition-rich as well as affordable.
Tip 1- Remember Your Dog’s Age, Breed, and Build
Though all dog foods look similar, they have a whole lot of difference in them in terms of quality and values. Therefore, when you are choosing foods for your dog, you need to consider a few things first. Know your dog’s age, characteristics, and overall health. For instance, puppies and new mothers need more calories than any male dogs. Likewise, dogs that are physically active and aggressive in nature need more calories per day to keep their health in shape. Some dog food brands categorized their products into two separate parts, foods for small dog breeds and foods for active dog breeds. This difference is not noticeable at all, but if you consider this one, your pet will remain more healthy and active.
Tip 2- Check out for the Best Buy Date on Food Packaging and Other Buzzwords
Look for the foods that have at least 6 months’ validity from the day you are buying. The best buy date is the most helpful in finding out how recently the food has been manufactured. When you are shopping from your local store, this is the first thing you should notice. However, when shopping from an online store, manufacturers and retailers don’t offer expired products often. So, you are safe here. Again, when you are shopping for dog foods, buy the ones that are recently manufactured. The only way to understand this is by checking the expiration date. If the day is coming closer, the probability is it is an old product.
Another thing to consider is the buzzwords in the food labels. As per the FDA analysis, there are some common words for pet food labels. For example, the word Chicken Dog Food indicates that the product has around 95% protein in it. If mixed with water-based content, it would go around 70%. Likewise, if you find a dog food with the ‘Beef for Dogs with cheese’ label, the probability is there is only 3% cheese in it and 25% beef. Any label that has ‘with’ will only contain 3% of that ingredient, and the rest is protein.
Tip 3 – Don’t Ignore the Ingredients
The ingredients used in dog foods come from various parts of the world, but the ingredients used in foods made in some countries come with the same standards. Professionally, dog foods that are manufactured in the USA come with a higher standard than any country. However, the packaging and components used inside can be different. For example, the food brand is maybe American, but the components are from China. Always find the foods that have the same quality and come from a prestigious country.
Tip 4- Do a Trial Before Buying the Product
A well-known brand may offer free trial products to its customers to check the suitability of the ingredients used. They look for animal feeding test information by testing the newly produced items on appropriate pets. Based on the result coming from the trial, these brands then print the information on their food packaging to attract potential buyers.
You can look for the brands that are providing these types of trials. This not only saves a lot of money but also helps you choose the right product in the long run.
Tip 5- Don’t Forget to Prioritize Nutritional Adequacy
Every dog food contains nutritional adequacy at some point; otherwise, they wouldn’t be marketed. However, not every nutritional value is for all types of dogs. For example, there are some foods that claim to provide immense strength and build muscles; those foods do as they claim. If only you are looking for strength in your dog, you should buy that product. Otherwise, look for foods that provide balanced growth to your puppy.
Lastly, always make sure to consult your veterinarian before choosing the right food for your dog. He would know better than anyone else. Got a question? Drop them in the comment box below.