If your dog does not have a health problem, the number 1 expense item for your pet is undoubtedly food. But how much does it cost exactly?
Note that the average annual budget of the French for their dog’s food is around 500 euros. But this amount hides great disparities, depending mainly on the weight of your dog and the diet chosen.
Budget for feeding your dog according to its breed
The breed of your dog has a direct impact on your food budget. Obviously, a Chihuahua does not have the same nutritional needs as a Newfoundlander. The first weighs at most 3 kilos while the other weighs on average 68 in adulthood.
And the bigger your dog, the heavier he weighs, the more he eats, it is mechanical and essential for the proper functioning of his metabolism. Thus, if we take the example of our Chihuahua and Newfoundland dogs, the first is satisfied with around 40 grams of kibble per day while the second claims 1 kilo.
Therefore, we can consider that your food budget for Medor depends greatly on its breed, the costs being able between two extremes to be multiplied by 30. Thus, it is very important to choose your dog according to your financial possibilities and to keep it safe. mind that a large dog costs more than a small one in terms of food.
What budget for the diet of his dog according to the diet chosen?
There are many options available to you to feed your dog in a balanced way. They depend on your time, your budget, your habits. None is better than another, as long as they meet your dog’s needs and maintain his health.
The cheapest: the croquettes
Dry dog food is the cheapest alternative to feed your dog while covering his nutritional needs. Make sure you leave a large bowl of fresh water at your disposal at all times, as the kibbles are dry by nature.
Between the first-price supermarket brands, the premium croquettes available on certain specialized websites and the dry food offered by your veterinarian, it is not easy to find your way around.
The price of the croquettes can vary per kilo from simple to tenfold, in fact count between 1 euro and 10 euros per kilo. For the well-being of your animal, avoid low cost brands, which contain little quality meat and a lot of fat. They are certainly less expensive, but it takes more to satiate your dog, and they do not contribute to his good health.
To obtain quality kibble at a lower cost, think of so-called grain-free kibbles, containing a lot of animal protein, natural ingredients and very few food additives. Many “grain free” brands exist on the market today for average prices per kilo of 4 euros.
To reduce the budget, large bags of kibble can halve the price per kilo. In addition, properly closed and protected from humidity, your bag of kibble will keep without problem for several months, while preserving its nutritional qualities.
Be careful though, if your veterinarian discovers a problem with your dog such as diabetes or kidney failure, it will be important to introduce a diet adapted to his pathology.
The intermediary: wet food
Wet food is also well suited for your dog, but a bit more expensive, especially since the rations to be given are larger due to high humidity.
Between individual portions, fresh sachets, trays or large cans, wet dog food is just as similar to the jungle as kibble. But here, your choice will mainly depend on the size of your animal.
In fact, once opened, wet food can be kept for a maximum of two days in the refrigerator. So no need to take a one kilo box of mash if you are the proud owner of a Yorkshire!
Count here between 4 and 12 euros per kilo for a wet diet, with an average of around 6 euros per kilo. Of course, the smaller and more divisible the portions, the more the price per kilo soars. As with croquettes, you will have to be particularly careful of the composition and prefer a maximum of fresh meat, at least 50%.
The debate between kibble and wet food is far from being settled by veterinarians and scientists, do not hesitate to play on the alternation, with for example kibble during the day and mash in the evening. This will allow you to keep costs down while keeping your dog happy.
The balanced: household rations
Contrary to what you might think, making your own food for your dog does not cost less. Even with meats at 8 euros per kilo, between the preparation time and the energy used for cooking the food, homemade food is more expensive than the croquettes or industrial pâtés.
In addition, you must be particularly attentive to the composition of your dishes, keeping in mind 1/3 of proteins, 1/3 of cereals and 1/3 of vegetables and fruits. Organ meats or liver are also essential to create household portions adapted to the specific needs of your dog.
We advise you to have the assistance of your breeder and / or your veterinarian if you wish to opt for homemade food. He will give you the essential advice for a balanced diet on the one hand, and your veterinarian can verify that this diet is suitable for your dog on the other hand.
To keep costs down, it is essential to prepare large quantities of household rations and to freeze the portions that match just the needs of your four-legged friend so that you never run out of food.
Be careful, do not give your dog the same food as you do, he does not have the same needs as his human and some foods are downright dangerous for his health. In addition, giving the leftovers will tend to create overweight over time.
The most expensive: the BARF
The BARF, which comes from the English acronym meaning “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food”, refers to a specific diet adopted by certain dog owners.
It consists in feeding the dog only fresh and raw food, with a majority of raw meat, in accordance with the natural diet of the dog, which is above all a carnivore.
It is by far the BARF diet that is the most expensive of the feeding methods for your dog, since you will need to count on average 8 euros per kilo for good quality raw meat.
Add to that the way of preserving meats, going back and forth to the butcher or the supermarket, and you will quickly understand that it will cost you at least three times more than with croquettes.
Finally, BARF presents real health risks, for your pooch as well as for you, since it can transmit parasites and certain bacteria such as salmonella. This is a diet to mature with strength upstream, and with the support of a veterinarian.
As you will have understood, each mode of feeding induces different costs for feeding your dog. The good compromise is certainly located at 5 euros per kilo on average, which corresponds to around 900 euros per year for an adult Labrador.