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Some pet owners willing to pay extra for premium food

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We know humans are progressively becoming more health conscious and paying closer attention to the types of foods we are eating. That healthy trend is translating into what we feed our dogs and cats. Pet parents, myself included, are willing to pay a little more and spend extra time in the kitchen to give their four-legged friends the good stuff.

Pet owners know that feeding their furry friends properly is important, but with so many options, it's hard to figure out what is best for them.

Pet food companies like the Freshpet created a fresh pet food alternative made with real meat and vegetables and no preservatives. The company, based out of Secaucus, New Jersey, ships all of its dog and cat food to stores around the country. Prices can range anywhere from $2 to $20 and have about a 20-day shelf life. Pet owners seem to be willing to pay a bit more per meal.

Some people, myself included, are also spending more time preparing their pets food. Myla, my adorable 3-year-old Maltese-Yorkie mix, pretty much thinks she is a human (probably because I treat her like one). I heat up Myla's dog food and mix it with vegetables because it is healthy and she likes it.

More and more organic and specialty pet foods are hitting the market, but like Dr. Jenny Sing, of Rutherford Animal Hospital, says, you just have to figure out a brand that your pet enjoys and obviously will fit into your budget.

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