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Pricey Pet Food Isn't Better

Pricier pet food doesn’t mean it’s better, says Consumer Reports after consulting with eight experts in dog and cat nutrition.

That’s good to know, considering a recent survey shows that Americans may be spending less on themselves, but only one in seven pet owners scrimps on critter care. Look for pet food labeled “complete and balanced” (treats are not) and statements that nutritional adequacy was validated by animal-feeding tests based on protocols from the American Association of Feed Control Officials, a regulatory group.

Sid Kirchheimer writes about consumer and health issues.