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If companies are concerned about providing the best nutrition possible, why do they make differently priced products? Is it possible that they are packaging the same food in every bag but just charging more to those who will pay it? Are they simply making foods to satisfy people’s budgets and sacrificing quality in the process? Consider the mixed messages that are being sent by companies who make differently priced products and of varying quality.

   VS.    

Both foods are marketed and sold as 100% nutritionally complete and balanced for the life of your pet, yet one is more expensive than the other.  What is the difference?  ProPlan is one of Purina’s more recent foods and is marketed as higher in quality.  Why hasn’t the cheaper, older formula been discontinued due to the latest scientific advancements contained in the more expensive formula?

By the way, both have similar ingredients…Corn, Wheat, Poultry By-Products, Animal Fat, Animal Digest.

VS.  Here we find two formula’s from Science Diet.  The first is their flagship maintenance food found in most veterinary offices and pet food stores.  The second is one of their later advancements called ‘Nature’s Best’. 

If you were to guess what the major difference is between the two, you would be correct in saying that one appears to be a natural formula while the other is not natural.  That being the case, which food do you feel is better in quality – Natural or Not Natural?  The answer is obvious. 

Why then do we still find the original Science Diet formula on sale everywhere when they have clearly made an advancement in technology by creating a more natural food?

By the way, both have similar ingredients…Corn, Wheat, Soy Bean, Animal Fat, Animal Digest.

In summary:  If both pet foods are of equal quality there is no need to spend money on the higher priced foods.  If both pet foods are not of the same quality, why would you ever buy from a company who knowingly makes inferior products?

-By Judy Bishop

There are a few premium pet foods available.  We use and recommend Life’s Abundance for all our dogs & cats.  We have seen first hand the difference it made in our dogs – they are healthy, beautiful coats, high energy, and our nursing mothers stay in great condition all the way through weaning.   While we understand that most people want to watch their budgets and not spend more than is necessary, we also understand that you get what you pay for.  Most people never consider that buying cheaper foods can lead to more expenses down the road with regard to vet costs, nutritionally related ailments and shortened life spans.  They may also not realize that you could easily feed twice as much of a cheaper food in an attempt to equal the nutrition found in a food like Life’s Abundance.

We believe that people who truly love their pets will feed them the very best, not what’s the cheapest.

Life’s Abundance Pet Foods – Helping pets live longer, healthier, happier lives!

-Janet Roberts

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Thanks to my friend Teresa at Holistic Pet Food Blog for the following article on safe pet foods.  I have to add – you get what you pay for, especially when it comes to quality pet food.   I didn’t know that until 5 years ago when I started researching pet food ingredients – wow, what an eye-opener!  I personally found HealthyPetNet to be right for my pets.  Here’s the article:

“If you really want the very best, the very safest foods for your pet, look for dog food and cat food that comes from USDA APHIS-certified plants.  These are high-end foods!

USDA APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) Registered – APHIS registry certifies that the pet food company purchases all of their meats from USDA registered suppliers who follow all USDA regulations for safe meat handling. USDA is, of course, US-sourced. It can apply to both the meat and the grains used in the pet food.

Many of these foods are only available at natural grocers or specialty pet products stores.  If you don’t have one of these stores nearby, try HealthyPetNet as they are mail order. 

Natural pet products company whose pet food is USDA APHIS certified:

Artemis

==> Fresh Mix Adult Dog Food 30 lbs for $41.99 to $51.99 = $1.40 – 1.73 per lb

Eagle Pack

==> Holistic Select Chicken Meal and Rice 16.5 lbs for $28.99 + $18.25 S&H = $2.86 per lb.

HealthyPetNet 

==> Life’s Abundance Health Food for Dogs 20 lbs for $35.25 plus $7.75 S&H = $2.14 per pound (autoship for 20% discount, reduce S&H by shipping multiple bags)

Kumpi

==> 20 lbs for $36, free S&H = $1.80

Natura Pet
==> They make Innova, Evo, Mother Nature, California Natural, Healthwise, and Karma.

Precise Pet Products

==> 30 lbs for $38.99 + 18.25 S&H = $1.91

This list is incomplete, please notify me via the comments when you find a pet food that is USDA APHIS-certified.”

-Janet

 

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I didn’t watch this Nightline story (I don’t watch the news, too depressing anyway).  But since I am a dog breeder (labradors), and register all my dogs and puppies with the American Kennel Club (AKC), I feel this needs to be given wide distribution.  The following is the AKC’s reponse to the Nightline story.

The American Kennel Club would like to correct

some misinformation that is

circulating within the fancy. We would

appreciate your assistance in

spreading the word about the facts on this

issue.

The AKC is aware that NIGHTLINE, which airs on

ABC, is pursuing a story on

canine health, including breeding. The AKC

welcomes all constructive

dialogue about the sport and on ways to improve

the health of dogs.

However, all indications are that the story will

not be a fair and balanced

look at the issues. With the guidance of our

advisors, the AKC declined to

participate but instead provided NIGHTLINE with

an official statement:

“The American Kennel Club is the nation’s

leading not-for-profit

organization devoted to canine health, breeding

and responsible dog

ownership. The AKC’s breeding policies and high

ethical standards have made

us the most widely respected registry in the

world. Each year, the AKC

performs approximately 5,000 kennel and breeder

inspections to ensure the

proper care and conditions of dogs and has led

the charge in regards to

advancing canine health, including founding the

AKC Canine Health

Foundation in 1995. Since that time, $22 million

has been given to more

than 500 research projects at 74 vet schools

and research institutes

worldwide to improve the health of all dogs.”

It has also come to our attention that some

individual AKC constituents

have been approached for interviews or may be

approached at dog shows. In

this event we recommend politely declining the

interview and referring

their requests to the AKC’s Communications dept

at communications@ akc.org

or 212-696-8343.

You may also direct those interested in this

topic to
http://www.akcdoghealth. com

for pertinent information.

American Kennel Club Communications

communications@ akc.org

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Hello & Welcome to my blog.  My friend Amelia suggested this, and I’ve been reading so much about wordpress.com on twitter, I decided to take the plunge.  I want to share information about pets, dog training tips, nutrition, and whatever else I come across.   Your suggestions and comments are appreciated.

I came across this article yesterday The World’s Ten Smartest Dogs by PetMD.  I can’t say I agree with labrador retrievers listed as #7, but I may be just a little prejudiced.  Labs are the best breed for me (yes, I know, not for everyone).  My labs love me unconditionally, are constantly by my side when I’m home, comfort me when I need it, act silly and funny other times, but do their “job” (hunting) when my husband takes them into the field.  Although I came late to being owned by a lab, just 15 years ago, I know I could never live without them now.  I’ve had my share of sorrow too.   I’ve lost some of my best friends over the years and the only thing that keeps me going is knowing I have other pups to care for.  They are my best buddies!  

How about you?  Are you owned by a dog?  Tell me about it

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