Well...whatever helps you sleep better at night. I'm not trying to talk you out of feeding whatever food you want. All I'm saying is if a dog is perfectly healthy on a quality cheaper food then you have no basis to say it will develop health problems later in life nor to tell people to prepare for high vet bills because of the food they choose to feed. There are plenty of dogs out there that live long happy healthy lives without feeding ultra expensive premium food.burt wrote:After reading this thread and the high cost of pet illness, I've decided to keep my dog on premium healthy food.guitarguy wrote:Nonsense. We have 2 dogs on cheap Kirkland dog food and both have zero health problems. 8 and 6 years old. Then again, Kirkland dog food has no bi-products and pretty darn good ingredients for a very reasonable price. So evaluate the ingredients as well as the price.burt wrote:The vet remarked that our dog (6 years old) is one of the few they see with no health problems.
We attribute this to a good healthy diet.
Dogs, like people require good food for good health.
Don't be cheap on dog food, or you will pay expensive health bills down the road.
But we're also lucky because again, it depends on the dog. Our dogs don't have particularly sensitive stomachs and do fine and have healthy coats and so forth without expensive grain-free food.
I can't afford to save anymore money.
Hopefully your dog(s) never develop any health problems or suffer any expensive injuries. But them being healthy is not solely attributed to high dollar food. Just like a very healthy person with a great diet can get cancer, break their leg, or develop arthritis, so it goes for a dog as well. Genetics, lifestyle, and a little luck all play a role.