June 2013 3
Owning a pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. The companionship and unwavering love they provide is not only fulfilling for the soul, but it is good for our health, too! In fact, studies show that owning a pet can boost your mood, immunity, and lower your blood pressure; those statistics underscore why nine out of every ten pet owners consider their pet as much a part of their family as anyone else.
That being said, owning a pet can be very expensive, too, and not every budget has room for a furry friend. According to the American Veterinary Association, Americans spend more than $50 billion annually on the approximately 78.2 million dogs and 86.4 million cats that live in our homes. And according to the American Pets Product Association, Americans spent an astounding 65 percent of that $50 billion on pet food and pet health care alone. Therefore, how do you cut corners without compromising the quality of the dog food you feed your pet, short changing your pet from proper healthcare, or negating other pet incidentals?
As far as what you feed your pet, the answer to affordability is to get creative with online recipes and deals from dog food coupons!
Dogs can be finicky eaters with very developed tastes, palates, and preferences. Just ask my beagle (may she rest in peace) about her utter disdain of carrots and green grapes! (She would literally spit them out and hide them behind the sofa.) There is a reason to their madness; the finickiness of canines is due in large part to the 1,700 taste buds that reside in the mouths of dogs. As such, the internet is bountiful with clever recipes for any dietary need (organic, vegetarian, gluten free) as well as dog food coupons for nearly any variety of manufactured dog food available on grocery store shelves. There are also dog food coupons for specialized brands that are often sold only by veterinarians.
It is important to know that dog food coupons may be available directly from the website of the food manufacturer. In addition, dog food coupons may be located online at sites that specialize in aggregating online bargains. When all else fails, dog food coupons may also be procured from your animal hospital (akin to the mouthwash coupons I get from my local dentist!)
The point is, dog food coupons or no dog food coupons, there are plenty of ways to maximize your budget so that it is animal friendly (and yummy for Fido)!
What kind of dog food do you purchase for your pet? Did you know that on average just in the United States people who own dogs spend 8.5 billion dollars on commercially manufactured food for their dogs. More importantly, there are many household foods that are dangerous and can lead to health problems and even in severe cases death if a canine were to consume the item in excess.
Some of these foods include garlic, grapes, macadamia nuts, green tomatoes, and raisins. Dogs also develop food allergies in some cases. In fact, the leading cause of allergies in dogs is wheat, and that is actually closely followed by soy beans. There are options for grain free foods at the market to address any allergen issues.
However, for dogs that are allergic to types of meats, there are vegetarian dog foods manufactured with the proper balance of proteins and nutrients. However, cases like this are extreme, though some owners choose to feed their dogs vegetarian foods because of ethical reasons.
There are also different kinds of dog food, and you can always find dog food coupons to get higher quality food that is better for your pet at a cost that won’t break your bank. There is obvious dry dog food available, and there is also a wet version, which is canned. However, there is a common misconception that because canned food is wet, it contains real meat and little or no grain products.
Unless it is stated on the label, it is likely that protein gels and grain gluten are used to make the meaty looking chunks. However, no matter what foods you choose to feed your dog, remember you can always save a few dollars using dog food coupons. And there’s no shame in that!
Many pet owners will find that their dogs become a beloved and integral part of their family. The reasons for this could vary, but it will likely have something to do with the fact that dogs often provide unconditional loyalty and companionship. In order to show their appreciation for that, owners will want to give their pets great dog food to eat every day. There are lots of benefits, besides quenching hunger, that the right dog food can provide. So taking the time to determine the specific dietary needs of a dog and finding the dog food that will best meet them is a good way for any owner to help their pet live a long and healthy life.
Some dogs have special dietary needs that means they will not be able to eat from every bag of food that owners can find in the grocery store. If that is the case, the owner might want to not only figure out what type of dog food they should give their pet, but also find the best place to buy it. Unfortunately, if a dog has certain restrictions, it might be difficult to find the right dog food for them. So searching online or even asking a vet is a good idea for any owner who wants to take proper care of their dog.
Many owners might just want to find dog food that is tasty and rewards a dog for good behavior, much like a treat. Though that kind of food might not be as nutritious as others, it can give dogs a bit of a break from the monotony of eating the same food every day. That should not only provide them with a nice treat, but also help keep them away from begging at the dinner table. So by finding some great tasting dog food owners will be able to give their pets something different and enjoyable every once in a while.
Though pet owners will want to provide their pets with the best dog food available, it is not always easy to afford. In fact, it can be quite expensive. Because of that, they might want to try to locate some dog food coupons. While there might be some available in coupon books that a store sends out every Sunday, pet owners might have to use the internet and pet websites in order to find coupons. Whatever the case may be, finding ways to save some money on great dog food is a good idea for any owner who wants to make sure that their pet is properly taken care of.
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