Is the Price of Dog Food Reflective of its Nutritional Value? Persuasive Essay by scribbler

Is the Price of Dog Food Reflective of its Nutritional Value?
A review of the literature on whether premium pricing of pet foods reflect superior nutritional content.
# 153165 | 877 words | 3 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 05, 2013 in Nutrition (Food)

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The paper relates that premium pet foods cost three to four times more than supermarket brands, and reveals the suspicion that products supposedly created specifically for certain ages, breeds, lifestyles and health conditions of pets all contain virtually identical ingredients. Furthermore, the paper discusses how veterinarians do not provide dog owners with adequate information about their pets' food and they often just take the word of the dog food manufacturer as to how healthy the food is. This author posits that the dog food companies jack up prices to exploit the fact that people love their animals so much they will pay anything to ensure their pets get the best. According to the author, it is a scam, and pet owners should do the research to find out what their pets really need, not what the pet food manufacturers say they need.


From the Paper:

"Journalist Jane E Brody wonders in The New York Times if "people who invest in high-end pet foods are getting their money's worth. Are their pets really healthier and happier?" After interviewing Dr. Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University - and author of Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat - Brody wonders if the high-end dog food products are "any better than the generic versions sold in supermarkets and big-box stories."
"People are willing to "spend anything on their pets," Nestle told Brody. That statement can be backed up by the fact that the $18 billion-a-year pet food industry is supposedly "recession-proof," Brody contends. The dog food industry may be recession-proof but according to Brody's report, during the current economic downturn, animal shelters "...have been overwhelmed with pets people could not afford to keep."
"In the Brody article there are disturbing statistics about the health of American dogs and cats; indeed, an estimated twenty to sixty percent of dogs and cats are "overweight or obese and at risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes" (Brody, 2010, p. 1)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brody, Jane E. (2010). The truth about cat and dog food. The New York Times. Retrieved Feb.7, 2011, from
  • Nestle, Marion, and Nesheim, Malden. (2010). Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative GuideTo Feeding Your Dog and Cat. New York: Simon and Schuster.
  • Strombeck, Donald R. (1999). Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets: The Healthful Alternative. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

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