The value of "prescription" dog food is a hot topic these days. One reason is that prescription dog foods make powerful health claims but can be made with many of the same ingredients found in inexpensive grocery store dog food. Is it worth paying more for cheap ingredients?
Here is an example that someone on the COAST+RANGE team found that demonstrates this debate:
Below are the top 10 ingredients for two different brands of dog food made by one of the big 5 pet food companies. They look almost identical and both use really low-quality ingredients.
But brand A is a “prescription” dog food that costs $2.78 a pound and Brand B (with nearly identical ingredients) costs $1.20 a pound. Furthermore, the low protein levels and high levels of carbs cause us to question whether this is a quality food for your dog.
WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE
Pet food companies manufacturing “prescription” dog food should be required to run clinical trials to prove their food is helping our pets live longer, healthier lives. Until then we will continue to question the benefit of these expensive dog foods using similar ingredients as grocery store brands.