Although pricier options might have less filler and more protein, and can be healthier, they are not always necessary, says Dr. Liz Hanson, a veterinarian at Corona Del Mar Animal Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif.
For most healthy pets, regular dry food and water can be fine.
Some people think that if it's cheaper the quality must be lower.
"That's not necessarily true," says Hanson
A veterinarian can help you check if the food will meet your pet's nutritional needs.
"If you have a healthy dog, with no medical condition, there is no reason not to pick up a brand-name dog food from Wal-Mart or Costco
," says Hanson
Those big retail stores, including Target
, tend to have better prices.
"The more boutique places are more expensive," says Hanson