When it comes to buying petfood, higher cost doesn't always mean higher quality, according to the March issue of Consumer Reports .

The article contends a higher price could indicate better ingredients and better quality control during and after manufacturing, but it could also just mean prettier packaging, more marketing or a fancy name. And despite food safety concerns that resulted from a recall of petfood tainted with melamine in 2007, Consumer Reports urges caution for consumers who are considering making their own petfood, a growing trend.  

Consumer Reports asked eight experts in dog and cat nutrition at seven top veterinary schools what consumers get by spending more for petfood. They were also asked what they served their own pets: Most of the experts said they use a variety of common brands sold at pet stores or supermarkets.

The full report is available in the March 2009 issue of Consumer Reports and online at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org (subscription required).