You know how the saying goes: “you get what you pay for.” Dog food is no different. Commercial pet foods range in price and with that price range is also variations in product quality. It is important that a pup gets a food that is made up of 60% meat and 40% vegetables and fruits. Most of the cheap dog food that is sold is stores had a high percentage of corn and grains (also labeled as wheat bran, corn bran, corn meal, wheat flour, corn cellulose and corn gluten) as the main ingredients. It is important to pay attention to what is in your pet’s food. Other fillers and additives are added in cheaper brands of dog foods which are not natural to a canine’s diet. A lot of the fillers, additives and unnatural main ingredients in cheap dog foods can cause allergies or intolerance in your pup. This can be true for many dogs with any commercial food. The addition of grains, dairy or other common allergens can cause your pet to become sick or itchy.

It can actually be cheaper and much more nutritious if you make your own dog food. A lot of times, you can even serve the same healthy steamed vegetables and meats you are eating with your family to your dog. If you make your own puppy food instead of giving your dog cheap dog food products, you can save money and save a trip to the pet store. When you make your own healthy pet food, it can take less food to fill your dog up with less fillers in his/her food.

You can even save money by making your own dog treats instead of buying cheap dog treats. Making your own pet food and dog treats can be a very rewarding task. Most of the time, it only requires items that you already have in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer to make a healthy and quick meal for your dog. You can save yourself the hassles and trips to the veterinarian by making your own food. You dog will be healthier. You should always consult a veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet and make sure no allergies are detected before making your own food. Make sure if your dog does have a food allergy, that you are not including the allergen type of food in your homemade dog food.