In my home my pets are part of the family and with the customers I serve in our fresh pet food store, that sentiment is pretty common. Often people come in with the presupposed idea that fresh food is way to expensive for them to feed and that somehow kibble saves them money. I think this is exactly the kind of messaging we are given through pet food commercials.
I have to lay it out in terms that make sense to the common man.
1 – A 10lbs. dog costs less than a coffee shop coffee a day to feed fresh food. Usually about $1.50 – $2.00 a day to feed a 10lbs. dog and if you desired you could probably spend even less however the more variety you offer the better in a fresh food diet.
2 – A 25lbs. dog that eats about ½ a pound of food a day costs about the same as a Starbucks coffee a day or $2.00 – $3.00 you can and should occasionally spend more on things like red boneless meats and meaty bones.
3 – A 50lbs. average dog eats about 1lbs. of food a day costs from $3.00 – $4.50 a day to feed and the cost is similar to a 6” sub from your local submarine sandwich shop a day. Your pup weighs 50 lbs. and all they need is the equivalent in cost of a six in sub sandwich.
4 – A 100lbs. dog is a 100 pound carnivore living in your home. A 100 pound mature dog eats 2 – 2.5 pounds of food a day. That is between $6.00 – $8.00 a day. If you’re a smoker that is less than the cost of a pack of cigarettes a day. I consider owning a dog good for your health, so ditch the smokes and get a big dog, it’s cheaper.