Gracie is now 13 years old!

For nine years she's eaten REAL, HOMEMADE FOOD, NOT commercial dog food. This blog shows how easy it is to be a DOGGIE CHEF and how healthy a home-fed dog can be.

October 26, 2010

Is Homemade Dog Food Cheaper Than Commercial Dog Food?

Is homemade dog food cheaper than commercial dog food?
[See my next post for an actual cost comparison]

It depends what type of commercial dog food you're comparing it to. Also, to make a fair comparison, it's important to consider the amount of food used. Real food is a lot more nutrient-dense than commercial dog food. With real food, you get more for your money.

When considering the cost of dog food, keep in mind the cost of veterinary care and medicine when dogs are ill or plagued with chronic health problems. I'm certain homemade dog food improves and prolongs a dog's health better than commercial dog food.

I'm pretty sure Gracie's homemade food costs more than the commercial dog food available at my local grocery store. I'm going to work on comparing the price of Doggie Chef meals to commercial dog food meals. Hopefully I'll have some information to share in my next blog post.

Homemade dog food doesn't have to cost a lot more than commercial dog food. Sometimes it can even cost less.

Meat and fish are the most expensive components in Gracie's meals. Yet I don't feed Gracie fish that frequently and I usually purchase meat for her when it's on sale. A large freezer is especially helpful, as meat often costs even less when purchased in bulk. Oatmeal; brown rice; homemade wheat bread; peas; carrots and sweet potatoes cost little, per serving, for the nutrients they provide.

I didn't become a Doggie Chef to save money. I think of the cost as an investment. Gracie earns every penny I spend on her food. She's a contributing family member and more like a working dog than a pet dog.

Gracie is an excellent watchdog who protects our home and family. She's a devoted, fun companion whose loyalty is often unmatched; even by friends and relatives.
And, although it feels a little ridiculous to say this; Gracie, like all pet dogs, is the embodiment of love. I know I'm not alone in this opinion of my dog. Throughout the ages great poets and painters have immortalized their beloved dogs because they share this feeling. Ancient Egyptian royalty mummified their dogs and shared their tombs with them. I'm guessing they felt the same way about their dogs as I do about mine.

As soon as I can collect and organize the information, I'll do a post comparing how much it costs to feed Gracie versus how much it would cost to feed her commercial dog food.

Instead of wondering if homemade dog food is cheaper than commercial dog food, it makes more sense to wonder if it's worth the cost. Is it worth the extra time required to prepare the food? Is it worth the health benefits? Is it worth a hungry dog's pleasure?



  1. I have three dogs, so it would be hard to have to make them all meals. But I agree this is a wonderful idea. I hope Gracie spend many happy years with you.
    -Garden Girl

  2. Thanks Garden Girl!
    I, too, wish you many happy years with your three dogs.
    Whether the food is homemade or store-bought; the most important ingredient in any dog's diet is love.

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