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Standard or Premium Pet Food?

candice0210

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Every pet owner wants to keep their pet safe and give back all the love they receive from them. They need walks, affection, veterinary attention and always a good food that really feeds them and suits their needs.

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Anyone who has a dog or cat must have wondered whether it is really worth it to seek out premium food. If you have never before considered premium food as an option to nourish your pet, today we give you several reasons to start doing it.

The correct feeding of our pets is not just a mere trend or a simple fashion, because their proper nutrition depends on fundamental aspects of their life such as their health and longevity.

Therefore, feeding them with quality nutritious diets, today more than ever, is an obligation and commitment that are a priority in the responsible ownership of a pet.

This is the reason why more and more people are using premium nutrition to ensure a long, happy and healthy life for their pet; to establish healthy eating habits, which, in addition to caring for their well-being, favor and promote the development of the famous human-pet bond.

We know thanks to veterinary science, the important role that a pet’s nutrition plays in determining their health.

This has made important institutions such as the VCA Animal Hospital, remind us to keep in mind at all times, that the best strategy to properly feed our friends, is to have the advice of a veterinarian.

High Quality

According to veterinarian and nutritionist Raquel Valim Labres, from Porto Alegre:

“Premium foods contain more fat and calories, as well as ingredients such as glucosamine and chondroitin, which protect the joints, and probiotics that improve intestinal health and facilitate digestion.

Because they are more nutritious, the animal doesn't need to eat as much and its stool is reduced, which is optimal for the owner."

The explanation for this, says Raquel, is that these diets, besides being more balanced, are made with high-quality ingredients and contain substances that, although not mandatory by law, prevent several diseases, especially when the pet is an adult.

Standard foods contain less fat and instead of using omega-3 from salmon, which makes the product more expensive, flaxseed is used, which is not very well absorbed by dogs and in the case of cats not at all.

"The protein is also of a lower quality, with a mixture of meat meal and bone powder, which is also not very well absorbed."

Some premium rations also offer other advantages, such as specific nutrition for neutered, renal or older animals "They have additional benefits, but do not lose the balance and essential nutrients."

Colorants and Flavorings

Another common thread among the most popular foods is the presence of colorants.

"Animals don't care about the color of the food. Colorants are just to get the owner's attention. Studies show that they have allergenic substances, so it is best to avoid them ", Valim Labres emphasized.

According to Veterinary Doctor Régis Christiano Ribeiro from Sao Paulo, who specializes in animal nutrition, it is common for standard foods to use many flavorings and aromatizers, substances that improve the aroma and taste of the food so that it is better accepted by the animal.

"This is why we see so many puppies ingesting their feces, because these substances remain in the feces and they confuse them with the food," he explained.

Benefits of feeding your pet with premium foods
  1. High nutritional efficiency:
Bymit's premium pet foods are elaborated with the best formulas, which promote maximum utilization of nutrients, offering a digestibility of more than 90%; this means that almost all the functional ingredients contained in our food are used by your dog's body.
  1. It is a pet with a lot of vitality:
By using premium food, it promotes a high level of energy and vitality compared to regular food.
  1. Optimal health and well-being:
Thanks to the optimal supply of nutrients offered by premium foods, they allow your pet to maintain muscle mass, vitality and a healthy coat.
  1. Less and firmer stools:
Premium foods, like the ones we offer in our entire food line, offer high digestibility, which helps your pet produce less stool with firmer, solid, well-formed stools, in small quantities and with low frequency, and premium foods also reduce the level of flatulence.

Homemade or premium dog food?

Homemade food is no better or worse than what you can buy. The distinction you must make is that dogs are not fed the same as humans. There are several ingredients in their meals that can be detrimental to the health of dogs.

So only people who know your dog's needs well are recommended to make food.

However, if you are a beginner, you can dedicate yourself to studying the premium foods, like the ones we offer at Bymit and its many benefits for the care of your pet's health.

Sometimes veterinarians even recommend supplementing premium dog food with the food you have at home. The intention is to improve the health and comfort of your pet.

What decision should I make?

Proper nutrition is an important part of keeping your pet healthy. Commercial dog food comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, but not all of them are created equal.

It's important to understand the differences before choosing a food for your friend. Premium dog and cat food brands often use higher quality ingredients than inexpensive or generic foods. Some contain fewer chemical preservatives.

Recognizing that more expensive does not necessarily mean better quality is part of the process of a premium pet food-based diet. This is why it’s still necessary to do research and check the ingredients.

With products like those we offer in Bymit, which improve the health and beauty of your pet from a conscious scientific nutrition that provides a better quality of life, you will notice that its coat and shine improve a lot and that the volume of feces decreases because it has more digestible protein.

There is no need to complicate it more, the proper way to offer good nutrition to a pet is through premium foods, which in addition to improving their health provide multiple benefits.

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chintumiya

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Premium pet foods – are they worth the premium price?​

Premium pet foods – are they worth the premium price?

Cailin R. Heinze, VMD, MS, DACVN

by Cailin R. Heinze, VMD, MS, DACVN​

OCTOBER 03, 2016​

IN FINDING THE BEST FOOD FOR YOUR PET, PETFOODOLOGY BLOG​


Premium! Super Premium! Ultra Premium! You are standing in an aisle at your local pet supply store, in front of a colorful shelf of pet foods, all of them vying for your attention and your hard-earned money. You wonder which food is the best. Surely the fancy ones up here are better, healthier, than the less expensive products in the back of the store, you think.
But is this assumption true? To address that question, we need to know what makes a pet food “premium” (or “super premium” for that matter). You might be surprised to learn that “premiumization” is a marketing term that was first used in the alcohol industry but has since spread to clothing, health and beauty, human foods, and now pet products. It provides a way for manufacturers to tap into consumer desire for luxury goods by presenting products that provide “tangible or imaginary surplus value” at a higher price range than typical products. These products may actually be higher quality than average, or they may just be perceived to be higher quality; one thing is for certain – they are always more expensive!
And it turns out that price can alter our perception of a product. A fascinating study in 2007 by the California Institute of Technology and Stanford University demonstrated that how a product is priced and marketed can alter our brain activity and how we perceive the product. In the study, volunteers were placed in an MRI scanner and given samples of wine, differentiated only by price. They gave participants samples of the same wines twice, pretending that they were different wines and describing each sample as either inexpensive ($5-10/bottle) or expensive ($45-90/bottle). The volunteers reported that the “expensive” wine tasted better than the same wine presented as an inexpensive product. Moreover, not only did the people report that the more expensive wine tasted better, MRI scans of their brains showed that activation of certain areas of the brain were also enhanced with increasing reported price of the wine. The volunteers really did perceive that the wine tasted better, just because of the higher price.
So, what about pet food? Obviously our pets are not influenced by the cost of their food, but we as their owners certainly are. The premium pet food market has been growing steadily. In 2001, it accounted for $5.7 billion (yes, with a B!) out of $12.9 billion in total pet food sales (44%). In 2015, premium foods accounted for $14.5 billion of the $23.7 billion in total pet food sales (61%). Clearly pet owners are paying more for their pet food in increasing numbers, but is this leading to healthier pets?
The challenge is that the designation of a pet food as “premium”, like with all other consumer products, is at the whim of marketing departments. There are no standards that need to be met other than to advertise the product in a way that will justify its higher cost to the consumer. In general, brands that market themselves in this category may follow a lot of the current trends – avoidance of certain ingredients such as grains or by-products, addition of ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, or herbs, inclusion of probiotics, meat-as-the-first-ingredient, and similar. But do any of these factors actually make the diet healthier?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a clear answer to this question. All pet foods that are presented as containing all essential nutrients (AKA “complete and balanced”) for pets must follow the same standards – they are supposed to have a minimum of each essential nutrient (see our discussion of nutritional adequacy standards). In theory, all commercial pet foods should keep your pet healthy but not all food manufacturers have the same knowledge, quality control standards, and attention to nutritional detail. For sure some pets do better on some brands and diets than others, but the difference often isn’t whether the product is designated as “premium” or not. Compared to less expensive brands that you might find at a grocery or big box store, some premium brands may have higher digestibility and higher amounts of more expensive ingredients such as animal fat, protein, and fish oil, or different amounts or ratios of other essential nutrients well above the required minimums. But that doesn’t mean that you can you judge a pet food by its label or price – some less expensive products may actually be better choices for your pet than more expensive options if the companies that make them have more experience or knowledge or do more testing of their products.
Many of the differences between these categories of foods are based on emotion, not nutrition or scientific evidence. And the difference is probably even less when you compare “premium” with “super-premium”. Sure, you pay more for blueberries, caviar, and smoked salmon in your dog food, but these ingredients are typically present only in small amounts and do not bring nutrients to the food that could not be obtained from less fancy sources. Similarly, there is no proof that including probiotics (live, beneficial bacteria) in pet food has many health benefits and one study showed that none of the diets tested actually had live bacteria present, despite being listed in the ingredient list. The manufacturer’s goal of using these ingredients may not be to make the diet healthier, it’s often to justify the higher cost, score higher on pet food rating sites, and, most importantly, to make you feel good about buying it for your pet. In many cases, the companies’ profits are higher, but your pet’s health is no different.
Therefore, rather than getting hung up on premium or not, you should have a heart-to-heart with yourself and anyone you share financial decisions with and figure out how much you can realistically afford to pay for your pet food. Once you know your budget, you should look for the best food available within that budget, regardless of how it is marketed. Worry about the company that makes the food, their track record, and their attention to quality control, and don’t be swayed just because the diet has a lot of great-sounding ingredients. Approaching pet food purchases in this way will help ensure that the food you purchase is a good value rather than just appealing to the part of your brain that assumes that higher-priced = better.
Happy Feeding!
 
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