Petfood costs up 9%
Tight economy makes saving on nutritional petfoods important for pets and families.
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor's Consumer Price index, petfood prices for the second quarter of 2008 rose by an average of 8% to 9% compared to a year ago.
As corn crops have been diverted to ethanol production, corn prices have risen affecting the cost of petfoods that have corn and grains as a primary ingredient.
Veterinarian Joseph Wakshlag, who also holds a Ph.D. and is assistant processor of clinical nutrition at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, estimates that consumers are paying, on average, 80 cents to $1 more for low-end dry petfoods and $2 to $3 more for high-end petfoods.
An article on Foster.com offered steps to save money while maintaining quality nutrition in petfood purchases:
- Buy the best food affordable. Check the label and be sure meat products, not by-products, are included.
- Avoid any foods listed on the AVMA and FDA recall lists.
- Watch for sales on preferred brands and stock up.
- Buy case quantities of canned foods, typically sold at a
lower price, and larger size dry meals.