How Much Does It Cost to Feed My Dog a Raw Diet?

Raw diets for dogs have so many benefits including better digestion and improved gut bacteria (1). However, feeding raw can be costly. There are SO many raw foods on the market, and it can be confusing to figure out how much it will cost each month.  In this article, I am going to break down the monthly cost of feeding a raw diet to your dog, based off of my favorite brands. 

Step 1: Calculate how many calories your dog requires. 

This isn’t always intuitive, and what’s written on dog food bags isn’t always right for your dog. To calculate the daily caloric intake that your dog needs, check out our blog here.

Using this food calculator, the chart below shows the estimated daily caloric intake for dogs based off of weight. Keep in mind this is just a guideline, and the best way to figure out how much your pup needs to be eating each day is by using the food calculator based off of their specific information.  

Pro tip: Always monitor your dog’s weight when switching foods, since the content of every diet will be different. For example, most kibbles are very carb heavy whereas raw diets are more protein heavy!

Step 2: Calculate the cost.

You need: 

  • Total calories your dog currently eats per day. You can find this on the bag of food if you are feeding a commercial diet. Multiply the number of cups you are feeding by the number of calories (kcals) in each cup. 
  • The number of calories (kcals) in each cup of food 
  • Number of cups in the whole package of raw food
  • Cost of raw food package

Let’s use my dog, Aspen, as an example. She is 50 lbs and I recently switched her to The Honest Kitchen, Whole Grain Chicken Recipe. Here is how I calculated the cost per month. 

  1. Aspen requires about 1000 calories per day. 
  2. Each cup of Honest Kitchen Whole Grain Chicken contains 485 calories (kcals). Aspen will require about 2 cups per day. 
  3. Each bag of the Honest Kitchen Whole Grain Chicken contains 40 cups. 
  4. Aspen will require 60 cups of food per month (2 cups x 30 days). 
  5. Therefore Aspen will require 1.5 bags of Honest Kitchen Whole Grain Chicken each month. 
  6. Each bag costs $59.99 plus tax. $59.99 x 1.5 = $89.99 plus tax.
  7. It will cost $89.99 plus tax each month to feed Aspen. 

There are so many great brands on the market, here are a few of my favorites. I have links and a comparison chart below. I have used the chicken recipe in each brand for the most accurate comparison. 

I and Love and You: 

Marty’s Meals

Stella and Chewy’s 

The Honest Kitchen 

Only Natural Pet

Primal

Freeze-dried Raw Foods

*formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages except growth of large size dogs (70 lbs., or more as an adult).

Frozen Raw Foods

*formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages except growth of large size dogs (70 lbs., or more as an adult).

I hope this helps! If you have any questions or need help figuring out monthly costs for a brand not listed, let us know in a comment below!

Love,
Madison


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