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Cost comparison chart: raw vs kibble vs canned

Since we've been on the topic lately I made up a chart that should make it easy to see the cost differences between the various Havanese feeding regimens.

No one is judging and what you feed your dog doesn't represent how much you love it. Do some research and feed the best you can, based on what's available in your area, and what you can afford.

I picked these brands because I'm familiar with Darwin's, and Primal has been mentioned here often. I chose Canidae for the chart because it's considered a premium grain-free food that is well-reviewed and has a 5-star rating on Dog Food Advisor. I chose Beneful for the chart because it's readily available and I happened to see it at the grocery store.

One note: you can reduce the cost of Primal by doing as Dave T. suggests and forgoing the 'exotic' ingredients to hold out as alternatives in the event your dog develops a food allergy. In the case of Primal, the pheasant and rabbit are way higher than the beef and chicken and drive the average cost up.


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good stuff Gary.

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Muchas gracias Tio Gary. Your chart is very helpful.

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Gary - Great looking chart and detailed analysis. I didn't realize Primal was so expensive. I occasionally feed Emmie it but mainly feed her ZiwiPeak and Honest Kitchen. I'll have to cost them all out. I'm also thinking of trying Darwin's as their intro special is such a good deal but I don't have a large freezer so that could be a challenge.

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I'm also thinking of trying Darwin's as their intro special is such a good deal but I don't have a large freezer so that could be a challenge.
Hi Jeanne, I also don't have a large freezer; just one of the kind above the fridge. I had to cut out the Ben & Jerry's to make room, but it fits. This is a 10-week shipment:

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Hi Jeanne, I also don't have a large freezer; just one of the kind above the fridge. I had to cut out the Ben & Jerry's to make room, but it fits. This is a 10-week shipment:

Tio Gary, your freezer is a riot! Orowheat double fiber (good) and ham and cheeze scramble, pizza, and espagettis (maybe not so good, but I'm with you on thIs one amigo, tastier than doubler fiber cardboard). Buen provecho, bon appetit, enjoy! To bad you don't have a Darwin's diet for you peoples!

Tio Gary, you eat like mi Popi, you are a good peoples.

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Looks like Rory is eating better than you, Gary. Giving up your Ben & Jerry's, wow, what we won't do for our Havs!


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Thanks for the analysis! Very interesting. The other variable is vet bills. It would be interesting to compare the vet bills (outside of wellness) for dogs on raw versus kibble.

My hav is a little over two, he has never been to the vet outside of wellness. He's never had an ear infection, no allergies, nada (knock on wood).

I did have to take my lab (he's ten) to the vet this year for a stomach issue. With him though he has a tendency to eat things he shouldnt (toy parts, things of the ground etc.) so that could have been the reason. I try to keep close tabs on him but not always easy.

I dont give my dogs heartworm medication either, and their vaccination schedule is very limited. I do use flea protection from time to time but only when I feel like I have to when the holistic approach isnt working.
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Is Darwin as good as Primal. My local pet store has the Primal freeze-dried and I switched Sassy to that and she loves it. Licks the bowl clean, when I fed her the Acana she would only eat a little. Is the freeze-dried as good as the frozen?
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Is Darwin as good as Primal. My local pet store has the Primal freeze-dried and I switched Sassy to that and she loves it. Licks the bowl clean, when I fed her the Acana she would only eat a little. Is the freeze-dried as good as the frozen?
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Fresh food, raw
Fresh food, cooked
Frozen fresh prepared or raw, freeze dried, dehydrated
Canned food
Dry food

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