"I've owned 6 dogs in my life. I've never bought premium food and they've all lived a full, healthy life."Veterinarian, Summer Heyerly says the average pet doesn't need a high-cost, high-protein diet, despite what TV commercials want you to believe."If your dog doesn't have a job, the protein typically is wasted. So we get soft stool, flatulence and more protein in the urine."Feeding Fido and Fluffy is big business. According to the American Pet Products Association, Americans spent 20 Billion dollars just on pet food last year.Check the label for 18-20 percent protein for adult dogs, and middle of the road cost is often your best choice."The ones that add in the by-products, some of the by-products, and the fruits and veggies, the carbohydrates, are better foods all around for the dog."There may be times when a vet will recommend a specific food for medical or other issues, and you should always get their advice.Bottom line... If pet food prices give you pause, then just take a look at the label.Look for the right amount of protein, carbohydrates and find the cheapest price you can on the food you need.Want more information?I've got it waiting for you right here at moneytalksnews.com. Just do a search for "Pets."For Money Talks News, I'm Stacy Johnson.