Hi and welcome back. Today we will discuss Good Dog Food from Orijen vs Not So Good Dog Food from IAMS and determine what is the cost difference. With this information you will be able to tell if you can afford to feed your furry family member a better quality of food. We have been highlighting the differences in ingredients of various brands of dog food and the health problems associated with lower quality foods and the benefits of the premium brands. One of the biggest factors when a major manufacturer decides to use a lesser quality ingredient is cost. Higher priced ingredients would cut into profit margins. But do the savings to the manufacturer translate to you the customer? Well lets just do a comparison and find out! For today’s comparison I have chosen what is arguably one of the best and by reputation one of the most expensive foods on the market, and that is Orijen Regional Red. And the competition will be a product with a widely known name in the pet food industry with an average price that many millions of people feed their dogs everyday, and that is IAMS Veterinary Formula Skin and Coat.  And by the way make sure you read all the way to the end to get a very surprising result.

First before we can do a cost comparison we must determine how much food to feed our dog, and for that there is a simple formula that you can use.

  Target weight/2.2= X

X Multiplied by 30 = Y

Y added to 70 = Calories per day your dog needs.

Simple right? It really is. Let me show you using real numbers. First start with the target weight of your dog. For this example we will use a 40 Lb dog.

40/2.2 = 18.18

18.18 multiplied by 30= 545

545 + 70= 615 calories per day

 So now we have determined that a 40 pound dog needs 615 calories a day to maintain their weight. Lets find out how much it costs to feed this guy.

According to Orijen’s web site there are 3900 kcal/kg or 1769 calories per pound in the the Regional Red formula (3900 multiplied by.45359237). 1769 calories multiplied by 29.7 (the size of the bag) equals 52539 calories per bag. At a price of $90.99  that comes out to .0017 cents per calorie. Multiplied by 615 equals $1.05 a day, multiplied by 365 equals $383.25 a year.

According to IAMS website there are 3555 kcal/kg or 1612 calories per pound in the IAMS Veterinary Formula Skin and Coat. (3555 multiplied by .45359237). 1612 multiplied by 30 (the size of the bag) equals 48360 calories per bag. At a price of $63.63 that comes out to .0013 cents per calorie. Multiplied by 615 equals .79 cents a day, multiplied by 365 equals $288.35 a year.

Therefore our cost comparison for our food products is $383.25 – $ 288.35 = $94.90 difference a year. $94.90 divided by 12 equals $7.90 a month.

Now you are going to say hey genius I had to give up my Starbucks every morning  just so I could keep this dog in the first place. I can’t afford another $8.00 a month! Okay I get that. Remember we used Regional Red as our comparison factor? Regional Red is arguably one of the most expensive good dog foods on the market. But Orijen makes another formula with just as high of quality ingredients. Orijen Adult Dog Formula. And here is the comparison of Orijen Adult Dog to IAMS .

Using the same 40 pound dog we need 615 calories a day. According to Orijen’s web site there are 3900 kcal/kg or 1769 calories per pound in the the Adult Dog Formula (3900 multiplied by.45359237). 1769 calories multiplied by 29.7 (the size of the bag) equals 52539 calories per bag. At a price of 69.99  that comes out to .0013 cents per calorie. Multiplied by 615 equals $.79 cents a day, multiplied by 365 equals $288.35 a year.

Therefore our cost comparison for our food products is $ 288.35 –  $288.35 = $0.00 difference a year. ……SURPRISE!

You can feed your dog one of the very best good dog foods on the planet for same cost as using the junk that is mass marketed but is not any good for any dog. So there you have it, no more excuses. You can use the above math formula for any dog and any brand of dog food. Just plug in the variables and you can find out just how much more money a cheaper less quality brand of food actually costs you. (To convert kilograms to pounds multiply the kg by .45359237). I hope I made your day. Please check back often or grab our RSS feed to stay informed with all that is happening here at Good Dog Food Store. Also please remember to use the links on our pages so we can continue to bring you helpful, fun and interesting content.

And remember:       They are more than just pets……They are Family!

 

 

A note from Mike:

The prices stated are the full price for those products at the time this post was written. No one ever pays full price for any product recommended on this site because of the various promotions offered. The best way to ensure you get the best price is always to sign up for auto ship. Not only do you receive a discount price you earn different rewards that vary by the partner you select. All the auto ship features work the same. You can edit delivery schedules edit the products being delivered and you can cancel with no penalty at any time. Remember with online ordering in most cases there is no tax, no cost of gas, no waste of time in a store, all of which add to your real cost for those products. And with auto ship there is no running out of food because you kept forgetting to add it to your shopping list. Certain brands such as Acana and Orijen are sold only in specialty shops or at online retailers, you will not find those brands at PETCO or your local supermarket. So in short, the prices go lower and your real cost will go lower by taking advantage of the programs and discounts available to you from our partners.
This post is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to be a substitute for qualified veterinarian advice. Good Dog Food Store researches and reviews various brands of dog food. Only those brands that meet the standards we believe should be in good dog food will be featured for recommendation on our site. Until next time Happy Tails!

 

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