I have had a lot of people ask me whether or not I think that premium pet foods are really that much better than the cheaper brands. Here is my answer:
Typically premium pet foods such as Iams or Science Diet have been formulated to provide a well balanced diet for your pet. These brands of pet foods do not contain as much "filler" as other brands. There are several benefits to this. First of all, you do not have to feed as much to your pets for them to get the same amount of nutrition. This actually lowers the cost to make the premium foods a little more comparable to the cheaper brands. In addition, the volume of feces that your pet will eliminate is significantly decreased when they are on a premium diet. This is due to the fact that you aren't feeding them as much as well as the fact that they have less "filler" in them. Finally, the consistency of your pets stools will be more solid. This is especially important for dogs. Dogs have glands that are naturally expressed when you pet eliminates. If the stool is too soft, then they will not be expressed. This can lead to problems if the glands become impacted.
So, to sum it all up. Do I think that premium pet foods are worth it? YES!