Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Pets & Pet Care  > Dog Food

Dog Food Cost


How Much Does Dog Food Cost?

 
low costLow: $100-$250 a yearaverage costMedium: $200-$400 a yearhigh costHigh: $1,000 a year
post Post    
  Typical costs:
  • Basic dry kibble, on average, costs between $100 and $250 per year for a 30-pound bag every month to two months.
  • Premium or "holistic" dry kibble, on average, costs between $200 and $400 per year for a thirty-pound bag every month to two months.
  • Canned food or frozen raw food, on average, costs between $400 and $1,000 per year for one to three cases of 13-ounce cans per month or for one to three 10-pound bags of frozen raw food per month .
  • Cost varies widely based on the size, age and activity level of the dog. An elderly, sedentary toy breed dog might be able to eat for less than $100 per year, while it could easily cost more than $1,000 to feed a young, very active giant breed dog.
  • The price per day for any given brand is most expensive with the purchase of small bags and least expensive with large bags.
  • ConsumerSearch.com[1] offers a cost vs. quality comparison of various types and brands of dog food.
Related articles: Dog Teeth Cleaning, Dog Walker, Owning a Dog

What should be included:
  • Dog foods include one or more sources of: protein, fat, soluble carbohydrates, fiber and supplemental vitamins and minerals.
  • Some companies make grain-free foods of fruits and vegetables, designed to be mixed with raw meat and oil. The raw diet is controversial, so it is important for dog owners to do their own research.
Additional costs:
  • Treats can cost anywhere from $2 per bag for simple grain-based treats to $2-plus each for handmade treats from a dog bakery. HealthyPet.com[2] has a guide to using treats in a healthy way.
  • The average dog owner spends $77 per year on vitamins, according to the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association. HealthyPet.com[3] also has a guide to supplements, herbs and nutraceuticals.
Discounts:
  • Some retailers and manufacturers have frequent buyer programs that allow customers to receive a free bag of dog food after purchasing a certain number of bags -- usually 10 or 12.
Shopping for dog food:
  • Tip: Look at the labels for high-quality protein -- such as meat or fish -- at the top of the list. Federal law requires manufacturers to list ingredients by weight. PetEducation.com has a primer on choosing a dog food[4] and a guide to understanding dog food labels[5] .
  • It is important to consider the dog's life stage and health issues, such as obesity, allergies or other health problems. VeterinaryPartner.com has a detailed article on addressing allergies with diet[6] .
  • The Menu Foods pet-food recall that began in early 2007 has continuing implications for dog owners. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration[7] offers current information on the recall. And ThePetFoodList[8] offers a list of foods that were and were not part of the recall, including ingredient sourcing and manufacturing location information, to serve only as a starting point for consumers who want to do their own research.
  • For health reasons, and to avoid questionable ingredients and preservatives, some owners choose to make dog food at home using ingredients such as chicken, oats and vegetables.Amazon[9] offers books on how to make your own dog food, and HeraldNet.com[10] offers free recipes. For consumers interested in holistic or natural foods, DogFoodProject.com[11] offers a guide to which ingredients to look for and which to avoid.
post Post    
CostHelper News


7 Must-Have Tailgating Toys
Tailgating is an art form these days -- and a crazy one at that. There is an entire industry that caters to die-hard sports fans, providing all the comforts of home in a parking lot setting. || Posted September 12 2013


Boo! Don't Get Scared by Halloween Store Prices
Some people call me morbid. I call it a playful realism about human life expectancy. Either way, as soon as the local Halloween stores open, I'm in there checking out the inventory. || Posted September 4 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Dog Food
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  * per month
Breed: Type: 
Store:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.consumersearch.com/dog-food/dog-food-ingredients
  2.  www.healthypet.com/PetCare/PetCareArticle.aspx?title=Treating_Your_Pet_Right
  3.  www.healthypet.com/PetCare/PetCareArticle.aspx?title=Herbal_Supplements_and_Nutraceuticals
  4.  www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1661&aid=2661
  5.  www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1661&aid=668
  6.  www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=652&S=1&EVetID=0
  7.  www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/RecallsWithdrawals/ucm129575.htm
  8.  www.thepetfoodlist.com/
  9.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/002-1826029-4690440?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords...
  10.  www.heraldnet.com/article/20070331/NEWS01/703310718
  11.  www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=betterproducts
More Pets & Pet Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Pets & Pet Care How Much Does Raising Chickens Cost? How Much Does Owning a Dog Cost? How Much Does a Chinchilla Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Teacher was recommended from the schools and D teacher was recommended from the school’s conductor
Paid: 40.00
My son is in middle school and has been participating in his elementary school orchestra for two years. A lot of the kids were getting extra private lessons, and we can tell our son was a little bit behind the other students... [more]
-Ed L.
Violin Lessons Cost
Headstone foundation only
Paid: 995.00
Is this reasonable for just the foundation alone to be installed for a small market? I still have to pay for the market itself and it's installation!... [more]
-D. Jackson
Headstones Cost
TMJ Orthotic
Paid: 5500.00
Dentist made a custom made mouth guard or Orthotic on my lower teeth. It is only supposed to provide temporary relieve about 3-6 months. I have been using it for 8 months with no pain relief... [more]
-Mr
TMJ Treatment Cost
Head Gasket Replacement
Paid: 675.00
Realistically, $600-$700 is a reasonable amount depending on whether you are paying for parts and labor or just labor; and especially dependent on what other parts you are electing to replace when having the head gasket replaced... [more]
-S. William
Head Gasket Replacement Cost
Before and after School Care
Paid: 668.00
We live in the Bay area in California where everything is expensive. I am gratefull to have this so I can work... [more]
-T Lawrence
Before and After School Programs Cost
Shingles vaccination
Paid: 385.00
2019 Scripps charged over 600.00 for this. After Medicare and my part D insurance with blue Shield I paid $385.00 to Scripps. This is for the first vaccination... [more]
-Edie1949
Shingles Vaccine Cost