The answer to the question—how much do you spend on dog food a month can be a tad tricky, because it boils down to the weight of your dog, and the type of dog food—wet, dry, fresh, or raw your dog eats.
The amount of cash spent on dog food per month varies across dog owners, but works out to roughly $20 per month for high-quality kibble, $30 for wet dog food, and $200 for a monthly fresh dog food subscription per dog.
Keep Reading to Find Out About:
What are the Different Types of Dog Food?
I’m inundated with the different types of dog food available—kibble, canned, fresh pet food, raw, grain-free, and much more.
To avoid any confusion, and to help you determine a near-accurate cost of feeding your dog per month, I will only focus on the three common types of dog food—kibble, canned (wet), and fresh dog food.
Difference Between Fresh Dog Food and Raw Dog Food
The words fresh dog food and raw dog food are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same.
You’ve probably already seen ads for “fresh pet food” on your TV and social media feeds, but fresh is not the same as raw.
Fresh raw dog food has fewer or no preservatives, and is gently steamed at lower temperatures to protect the ingredients.
3 Top Rated Fresh Dog Foods
- Highest quality proteins and vegetables
- Each ingredient individually
- Portioned to perfection
- Food arrives safely at your doorstep
- Variety pack available
- Slow-cooked via sous vide
- Human-grade ingredients
- Non-GMO veggies
- Meat without antibiotics or growth hormones
- 11G protein per 100 calories
- Flavors - Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Lamb
- Vet-crafted recipes
- Delicious and nutritious
- Delivered fresh to your door
- No fillers, artificial flavors, human-grade
Raw food on the other hand is just that “raw” so it isn’t cooked at all! Think of it as raw muscle and organ meat straight from your butcher.
Raw Wild Box – https://www.rawwild.com/pages/become-an-affiliate
How Much Should You Feed Your Dog?
Veterinarians decide the number of calories your dog needs daily depending on his current weight, what it’s currently eating, and body condition (are they under-weight, overweight, or just right?).
However, you can use an online dog food calculator or simply refer to the dog feeding chart below for a head start to figure out how many calories to feed your dog.
What Happens if I Overfeed My Dog?
I’ve often heard dog owners say that the cost of feeding a dog per month also depends on how much their dog eats—but this is an irrational statement, and here’s why!
If I gave my dog a choice, he would happily munch on three to four bowls of kibble and/or an entire bag of treats in one go, but this could have grave consequences on his health.
Whether you’re feeding kibble, canned (wet) or raw, overfeeding your dog can have some serious consequences on Fido’s health!
Bloating is one of those conditions, and occurs when your dog’s stomach gets too full, causing it to expand.
And when your dog’s stomach expands, it puts pressure on the other organs, leading to restricted blood flow to the heart, difficulty breathing, and tears in his stomach lining.
Just like humans, overfeeding a dog can cause obesity, which is never a good thing, regardless of the breed.
This extra weight brings the possibility of several unwanted health conditions including heart problems, and diabetes.
Remember, a dog’s eyes are bigger than his stomach, so he will always think he needs more food than he actually does.
You can use an automatic dog feeder to ensure your furry pal gets the right amount of daily calorie intake.
Your dog also has no clue how much food he needs, so if there’s food available to him, he won’t think twice to eat it.
Therefore, you as a dog owner are responsible for making the right decision to feed the right portions, and best quality dog food for a healthy, long life.