With the mass of brands, suppliers and diets on offer, choosing the right dog food to feed your pet can seem like an overwhelming task.

However, your pooch's diet can have a huge impact on their health, so owners should take the time and effort to ensure that their pet is receiving all the nutrients they need from their food.

"A high protein diet is essential for a dog's good health, says Sarah Gould of Monster Pet Supplies."Owners should always check the protein content displayed on dog food; the higher the protein content, the better the quality."

For a high-protein option, many owners are now choosing to feed their canine companions on the raw dog food diet. Not only do many owners find that their hounds are looking healthier and are more energetic having been fed this way, but many pet nutrition experts agree that this diet is closer to what your pup's ancestors would have munched on.

However, with many of us feeling the bite of the recession at the moment, feeding your pooch on premium dog food may seem like an unaffordable option.

"Some will start off with the very best of intentions and buy premium specialist veterinary foods, before realizing that their budget will not allow it," Sarah adds. "When they see the impact of the recurring monthly cost on their bank balance, they usually switch to a more economical option."

However, sticking to a budget doesn't mean that you have to compromise on your dog's food, as there are a number of foods available that will provide your pooch with a healthy, nutritional diet without breaking the bank.

Brands such as Burns Pet Nutrition are a good choice for pet owners as they offer alternatives to many prescription dog foods, which means that your furry-friend will be benefitting from a healthy diet but you don't need to worry about the added financial strain.

Written by: Hannah