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Lacy being lazyI strongly recommend feeding your dog a premium dog food.  More than that, I suggest that you look at the ingredients list.  In my next post on nutrition we’ll go over ingredients.  This post is going to go over the major differences between Grocery and Premium dog foods.  The categories are self-explanatory.  Grocery foods are sold in grocery stores.  Premium foods, with only a few exceptions, are sold at specialty stores such as pet stores.  My favorites are Petsmart and Petco.

Here are the positives and negatives of Grocery dog foods:

  • They are usually less expensive per pound
  • They are sold everywhere
  • They use lower quality ingredients and fillers to keep prices down
  • Most are marketed as all-purpose dog foods
  • They may have a variable formula, which means that ingredients may vary from batch to batch and cause stomach upset.

Here are the positives and negatives of Premium dog foods:

  • The cost is higher.  Depending on the pet food they can cost between $0.10-$0.60 per pound.
  • They are usually only sold in pet stores or online.
  • They use higher quality ingredients packing more nutrition into less food, which means your pet needs to eat less.
  • They offer special formulas for dogs with allergies or age specific needs.
  • They do not use variable formulas so each batch of food is consistent and the ingredients don’t change.

Personally, I use ProPlan by Purina. I’m very satisfied with it.  The first thing I did when I learned about nutrition and dog food was to go home and look at the ingredient list.  I was feeding a grocery food and immediately switched foods.