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Pup food costs- approximate?

I'm trying to get an idea of how much I'll be spending on puppy food. For a good quality kibble like Orijen, what would the monthly cost be? I have no idea how long a bag would last. A 2kg bag is about $30 Canadian. If you use onLy a raw freeze dried food, what are your costs? Or if you use a combo of the two....

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I use a combination of kibble topped with raw. I buy the kibble in smaller size bags because I want to maintain freshness. The bigger bags save you the most money. I use Nature’sVariety Instinct kibble. A 4 lb. bag is about $22 US and the 11 lb. bag is about $40 US. I use the raw mixers to top the kibble. The freeze dried raw is about $32 US for a 12.5 oz bag (about 56 servings) but if you buy it frozen it is about half the cost at $16 US for a 2 lb. bag (about 58 servings).
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I forgot to say that my dog eats about 1/2 cup of kibble per day and about 1/4 cup of the raw mixers.
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Typically the amount of dog food required for health and weight control relates to the age of your dog, weight, amount of activity, and extras such as treats etc. Go to websites of good quality dog food manufacturers to see how much food is required, then go to distributors for cost comparisons. The main thing to keep in mind of MOST importance, is not the cost of the food, but whether the quality of food will keep your pet's health optimal and potential exorbitant vet bills low or non-existent as your dog ages.

YOUNG DOGS CAN APPEAR TO THRIVE ON MOST ANYTHING , BUT THE SLOW DEGRADATION OF ORGAN PERFORMANCE CAN BE UNSEEN FOR YEARS UNTIL THE DOG BEGINS TO AGE POORLY. GIVE YOUR DOG THE BEST QUALITY FOOD YOU CAN AFFORD. Avoid anything with grain fillers (meant to satiate the appetite but serving no nutritional purpose for a canine.)
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Gracie is a 6 year old Havanese, and weighs around 13 lbs. She has been eating Annamaet dry food for the past. 1 1/2 years. She eats 1/2 cup a day, with a few geeen beans and a couple shreds of chicken (or whatever meat is leftover). A 5 lb. bag lasts about a month and I pay between $15 and $20 per bag, depending on the flavor. I had been feeding her acana (which is a good quality dry food), but they switched from making it in Canada, to making it in Kentucky, along with changing the ingredients. I have noticed over time that since changing to Annamaet, she no longer has red whiskers!



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I'm feeding a mix of Orijen kibble and Stella and Chewy's freeze dried. I'm trying to remember how long a bag of each lasts. My best guess is about a month for each. A large S&C bag has about 32 patties and costs $30. And I think I pay around $23 for the Orijen.

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One thing Karen Randall has mentioned is that she buys the Honest Kitchen without meat and then adds her own chicken or other meat to the mix and freezes it into patties. That could be a way to get a high quality diet at a lower cost. Using the mix helps ensure a balanced diet. On Chewy's a 3 lb box is $30 and they say this will last a dog under 10 pounds about 2 months and you would need to add 1/4 cup meat daily. I'm still considering this.

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Typically the amount of dog food required for health and weight control relates to the age of your dog, weight, amount of activity, and extras such as treats etc. Go to websites of good quality dog food manufacturers to see how much food is required, then go to distributors for cost comparisons. The main thing to keep in mind of MOST importance, is not the cost of the food, but whether the quality of food will keep your pet's health optimal and potential exorbitant vet bills low or non-existent as your dog ages.

YOUNG DOGS CAN APPEAR TO THRIVE ON MOST ANYTHING , BUT THE SLOW DEGRADATION OF ORGAN PERFORMANCE CAN BE UNSEEN FOR YEARS UNTIL THE DOG BEGINS TO AGE POORLY. GIVE YOUR DOG THE BEST QUALITY FOOD YOU CAN AFFORD. Avoid anything with grain fillers (meant to satiate the appetite but serving no nutritional purpose for a canine.)
Thanks! I'm definitely going to go for the healthiest option I can. I'm thinking it will be a combination of a high quality kibble and freeze dried raw, or just the freeze dried raw (if I can afford the latter). Might I ask, what do you feed Tux? For Canada, one of the highest quality brands seems to be Orijen, and I think they make kibble and raw options.
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I'm feeding a mix of Orijen kibble and Stella and Chewy's freeze dried. I'm trying to remember how long a bag of each lasts. My best guess is about a month for each. A large S&C bag has about 32 patties and costs $30. And I think I pay around $23 for the Orijen.

hope that helps.

One thing Karen Randall has mentioned is that she buys the Honest Kitchen without meat and then adds her own chicken or other meat to the mix and freezes it into patties. That could be a way to get a high quality diet at a lower cost. Using the mix helps ensure a balanced diet. On Chewy's a 3 lb box is $30 and they say this will last a dog under 10 pounds about 2 months and you would need to add 1/4 cup meat daily. I'm still considering this.
Thanks for your response. That definitely helps, and seems like a reasonable cost to me for high quality food.
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I forgot to say that my dog eats about 1/2 cup of kibble per day and about 1/4 cup of the raw mixers.
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Typically the amount of dog food required for health and weight control relates to the age of your dog, weight, amount of activity, and extras such as treats etc. Go to websites of good quality dog food manufacturers to see how much food is required, then go to distributors for cost comparisons. The main thing to keep in mind of MOST importance, is not the cost of the food, but whether the quality of food will keep your pet's health optimal and potential exorbitant vet bills low or non-existent as your dog ages.

YOUNG DOGS CAN APPEAR TO THRIVE ON MOST ANYTHING , BUT THE SLOW DEGRADATION OF ORGAN PERFORMANCE CAN BE UNSEEN FOR YEARS UNTIL THE DOG BEGINS TO AGE POORLY. GIVE YOUR DOG THE BEST QUALITY FOOD YOU CAN AFFORD. Avoid anything with grain fillers (meant to satiate the appetite but serving no nutritional purpose for a canine.)
Most websites list how much to feed in terms of cups - but it's hard to figure out how many cups per pound (or KG) - however, I have had good luck in emailing the companies and asking them so you can figure out how long it will last.
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