How to Determine the Cost of Pet Food?

How to Determine the Cost of Pet Food?

The cost of dog food can vary based on a number of factors, including the brand, type of food (dry, wet, or raw), the quality of the ingredients, and the size of the package. Here are some steps you can take to determine the cost of dog food:

  1. Determine the brand and type of food you want to buy. Different brands and types (kibble, raw, etc) of dog food can vary in price.

  2. Look at the price per unit or weight. Most dog food brands list the price per pound or kilogram on the packaging or on the store shelf tag. If they do not have this listed do some quick math - no two bags or boxes are alike usually.

  3. Calculate the cost per serving. Once you know the price per pound or kilogram, you can calculate the cost per serving by dividing the cost by the number of servings per package. This information is usually listed on the packaging. We have an online calculator that now does this FOR YOU - read to the bottom.

  4. Consider the nutritional value of the food. While cost is important, it's also important to choose a food that meets your dog's nutritional needs. Look for a food that has high-quality ingredients, a good balance of nutrients, and is appropriate for your dog's age and size. Consider your affordability in the FRESH category as that will always be the best for your pet to thrive - after that, work your way down through the dehydrated, freeze-dried, etc... dry kibble is always the least quality on the scale of pet food types. 

  5. Shop around. Prices can vary between stores, so it's a good idea to compare prices at different retailers to find the best deal. Consider frequent buyer programs, cash back programs like our Doodle Dogs Perks Program, our VIP status program and FREE DELIVERY options to make it more convenient for you.

  6. Consider buying in bulk. If you find a food that your dog likes and that meets their nutritional needs, buying in bulk can often save you money in the long run. Just be sure to store the food properly to keep it fresh. 


Doodle Dogs has built an online food calculator that does al the servings and math for you. Jump over to the calculator to see how much more fresh food would cost to give your pet the best chance to thrive.