Over the course of my career, I have had a lot of people ask me whether or not I think premium pet foods are really that much better than the cheaper brands. By premium pet foods, I am referring to the more expensive brands of commercial dog foods, not the pet foods prepared by a pet food bakery.
Here is my answer:
Premium pet foods have been formulated to provide a well-balanced diet for your pet. These brands of pet foods do not contain as much "filler" as many of the less expensive or “off” brands. The lack of filler leads to several benefits. First of all, you do not have to feed as much to your pet for him to get the same amount of nutrition. This actually lowers the cost per feeding, making the premium foods a little more comparable to the cheaper brands. In addition, when your dog is on a premium diet, the volume of feces that he will eliminate is significantly decreased. This is due to the fact that you aren't feeding him as much, as well as the fact that the foods have less "filler" in them. Finally, the consistency of your pet’s stools will be more solid. This is especially important for dogs. Dogs have glands that are naturally expressed when he eliminates. If the stool is too soft, then the glands will not be expressed. This can lead to problems if the glands become impacted (See #9 Impacted Anal Glands).
So, to sum it all up, do I think that premium pet foods are worth it? Definitely!