dog food cost

Dog Food Cost

Last Updated on February 2, 2021 | Written by CPA Alec Pow
First Published on March 10, 2015 | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popivker

Dogs sometimes seem to have a tough stomach and manage to eat objects and substances that may disgust us. It is true that our four-legged friends can eat a lot of things without problems, but it is also true that a sudden change in the main diet can affect your dog’s stomach and feeding habits. Changing your dog’s diet should be made gradually over a period of at least four days.

A low price for dog food is about $100 – $200 per year.
A medium price for your best friends’ food is about $200 – $400 per year.
If you wish to offer the very best to your dog, expect to pay for his food about $1,000 per year.

Don’t neglect the age factor when you buy food for your dog

Food should differ according to the dog’s age in order to respond to the real needs of its body.

Junior dog
Dog food in this period is essential to ensure it a good start in life. Therefore, it is necessary for a balanced diet, consisting of easily digestible food and rich in calcium and phosphorus. Your dog growing, rapidly developing, requires special energy supplies. Having a small stomach, the food should be easy to assimilate.

Adult dogCute puppy eating dog food - isolated over a white backgroundCute puppy eating dog food - isolated over a white background
You should provide to your adult dog high-quality food, delicious at taste so that it will boost its appetite. Foods must contain, equally, essential oils for skin and hair, natural fiber for a healthy gut, and vitamin E for a hardened body. An adult dog needs tailored nutrition to respond to his needs so that it remains in full health. To strengthen teeth you must maintain good oral-dental hygiene.

Senior Dog
Dog’s metabolism changes in time. The food it receives has a great influence on health. Its needing consists of: natural fiber for a healthy gut, vitamin E, and minerals to strengthen the body. Food should facilitate mastication and maintain teeth.

Typical costs:

The cheapest dog food, meaning one year worth of 30-pound bags of dry kibble, cost somewhere between $100 and $250, and a bag can last anywhere from one month to two months.
A premium 30-pound bag of dry kibble, or holistic dog food, will last one month to two months and one year worth of this type of food costs anywhere from $200 to $400 per year.
If you opt for frozen raw food or canned food, expect to pay from $400 to $1,000 per year, enough for 1 to 3 10-pounds bags of frozen raw food per month or 1 to 3 cases of 13-ounce cans per month.
Depending on the dog’s age, size, and activity level the food’s price varies widely. For example, a sedentary, elderly toy breed dog might eat the equivalent of less than $100 per year, while a very active, young, giant breed dog might eat the equivalent of more than $1,000.
If you wish to save some money do not buy the food per day because the dry kibble is less expensive with large bags than with small ones.

Additional costs:

An additional cost is the one for treats, so be prepared to pay at least $2 for a bag of simple grain-based treats.
Another cost you should be prepared to pay is around $77 per year fo vitamins.
Every dog owner wants his dog to be healthy and zingy, with thick and shiny fur, with good muscle tone and long life. A leading role in this is the dog’s food, which should provide the nutrients and energy needed by the body. For dogs, the individual differences in terms of energy requirements are high, given a large number of races and different lifestyles and activities (pet dogs, hunting dogs, racing dogs, herding dogs). Therefore, the dog food must be in harmony with the development stage, race, lifestyle, physiological and pathological condition of the dog.

We won’t ask ourselves if the average working Joe should get dog food, for obvious reasons: If you have a dog, you need to feed it, there’s no way around it. You could always feed it with your leftovers, but if you want a dog that’s healthy, strong, and full of energy, get dog food, and mix it in your dog’s daily diet.

Alec Pow
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  1. Jeffrey jennings
    Jeffrey jennings says:

    In my educated truth the industry of manufacturing dog food is that the CEO’s are criminals and stopping popple from adopting pets do to there unadulterated greed , damn them.


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