Cheap natural dog food
Finding affordable, cheap natural dog food can be challenging for many dog owners. Faced with seemingly endless options, it can be difficult to know where to start, and what to look for. Finding healthy dog food doesn’t have to break the bank!
Here are a few tips to make the process of choosing cheap and natural food for your dog as easy as possible.
One of the most important aspects to choosing a dog food that is both cheap and healthy is to make sure that the food in question contains all the ingredients necessary for your canine companion’s diet.
Protein should generally constitute the majority of any good dog food. Healthy protein options for your dog include chicken, beef, salmon, and rabbit. Many dog foods also contain grains and other carbohydrates such as soy, beans, rice, oats, wheat and barley.
Pet food is regulated by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) according to the “95% rule,” requiring at least 95% of the product to agree with the labeled ingredients. For example, if the dog food in question is labeled “Beef Dog Food,” then 95% of the dog food must contain beef. The ingredients are always listed in order of predominance, with the first ingredient listed making up most of the product’s weight.
Keeping these regulations in mind, when attempting to find a cheap and natural dog food, it is especially important to check the dog food ingredients. Despite the effective advertising put out by some of the most popular (and expensive!) dog food companies, many dog foods on the market contain ingredients that can harm your pet.
Here are a few ingredients that you might consider avoiding when feeding your dog:
- Wheat (gluten)
- Preservatives such as butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), ethoxyquin, and propylene glycol (PG)
- Food dyes
- Rendered fat
Now that you know what to stay clear of, you still have quite a few decisions to make. Do you want to feed your dog wet or dry food?
If cost is a limiting factor, dry food will likely be your best bet. Dry food is cheaper, less messy, and even helps to clean your dog’s teeth. There are also several downsides to dry dog food. For example, dry dog food has a very low moisture content and can contribute to your dog being dehydrated. Furthermore, dry dog food often contains artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives, none of which are necessary in a healthy dog’s diet. So, when choosing a dry food, remember to pay attention to the ingredients!
Moist dog food is also an excellent option, if you can afford it. Moist dog food contains a much higher moisture content and can be easier for older dogs to chew, however, it can also contain additives. Additionally, moist dog foods can have much longer shelf lives than dry dog food. Make sure to check the ingredients of any moist dog food before deciding to buy it, and always check the expiration dates to be safe.