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This submit was initially printed March, 2016. It has been up to date with new info and republished.

Though I am not the one blogger who writes recurrently about uncooked feeding, I am one of many few who recurrently posts opinions about uncooked pet food.  My objective is to assist increase consciousness of uncooked, assist change the opinion that uncooked feeding is a “stylish new diet.”

That modified when a uncooked meals model that’s charging $15/pound for a protein that I can get for $5/pound informed me that what folks can afford relies on their priorities. Ummmm, what????

Are you saying that my canines aren’t a precedence, as a result of I will not pay for uncooked pet food that’s priced 200% increased than what I at the moment pay?

I am greater than optimistic that this is not the message the model was attempting to convey; possibly the particular person was saying that if I in the reduction of on different bills, I would be capable to afford their costly meals.  It is apparent that I am not the model’s goal market, and I do not assume my readers are both as a result of many of the pet mother and father I converse with are in search of methods to scale back their funds.

Are you able to afford $15/pound for uncooked pet food?

Personally, until the meals is 100% balanced, arrives at my door, and somebody stops by to select up and analyze our canines’ poop – giving me a weekly standing report for every canine – the meals is just too costly.

  1. I spend an inordinate period of time researching every thing in order that I can provide our canines the perfect life.
  2. We’ve two freezers devoted to their meals.
  3. I weblog about my canines’ uncooked meals diet and well being.
  4. I journey to expos and tradeshows seeking merchandise that will be good for my canines.
  5. I spend at the very least two hours weekly making pet food.
  6. Some days, I am a brief order cook dinner, due to Rodrigo’s meals allergic reactions.
  7. Our canines have two animal communicators; simply in case, they’ve one thing to say.
  8. Our canines have two important vets, and I seek the advice of with three different vets.
  9. When we’ve a windstorm, I sleep on the couch with Rodrigo (he is scared).
  10. When we’ve an influence outage, I enable Rodrigo and Zoey to crawl into my lap; that is 120+ kilos of canine.
  11. I take our canines to the pet retailer (one after the other) only for enjoyable.
  12. I’m a snob about pet shops, as a result of I need solely the perfect for our canines.
  13. I’ve negotiated offers with manufacturers in order that I can get the perfect meals and treats for our canines.
  14. I work so onerous constructing my weblog, as a result of I wish to work at home and be with my canines.
  15. My mom calls my canines her grand doggies.
  16. I’ve a meat grinder {and professional} knives for uncooked feeding.
  17. I belong to a uncooked meals co-op.
  18. I make a vegetable and fruit complement combine for my canines.
  19. All my associates are canine folks similar to me.
  20. I spent greater than three months researching uncooked earlier than I switched our canines.
  21. Right this moment, practically three years after switching, I am nonetheless researching their diet.
  22. I choose up poop every day to understand how our canines are doing; within the winter, I am outdoors with a headlamp and flashlight.
  23. I make plans round my canines’ schedule.
  24. I attend two on-line conferences yearly to be taught extra about feeding our canines.
  25. Rodrigo and Sydney turned six years outdated when this submit was initially written (right now, they’re 9-1/2 years outdated) and I nonetheless rejoice each birthdays and half birthdays with all of our canines.

Once I cannot afford a model’s meals, it is as a result of I do not make sufficient cash to justify the worth level.  Though my canines have meals sensitivities, I’ve entry to and may afford the feed quite a lot of proteins with out breaking the financial institution.  I am fortunate, as a result of there are lots of individuals who have needed to regulate their priorities to have the ability to afford novelty proteins not available the place they dwell.

I am lucky, as a result of I belong to an area uncooked meals co-op; this has given me entry to many proteins at an reasonably priced worth (considerably lower than $15/pound).  I used to pay between $2-$5/pound for uncooked (this consists of transport and tax). Right this moment, I pay $three or much less per pound.

30 Methods to Save Cash on Uncooked Canine Meals

The choice to alter my canines to uncooked was straightforward after months of analysis.  Had my first introduction been at a excessive worth level, I’d by no means have switched, labeling the diet as a “wealthy man’s luxurious” and continued feeding a high quality kibble.  My uncooked feeding journey lead me to make many modifications, each to my canines’ diet and to different merchandise I purchase (treats, shampoo, flea and tick repellent) to boost them naturally.

Would I’ve made these modifications if I had been turned off at first by a excessive price ticket?

I feed my dogs raw, because it's the best for them; not because I'm better than someone who feeds dry dog food.

One of many coolest issues about uncooked feeding is that you would be able to feed a pack of canines for much less.  When this weblog submit was initially printed, I used to be in a position to scale back my funds by shopping for in bulk and my funds was $125/month per canine.  

Once I was updating this weblog submit, I cracked up once I noticed what I thought-about to be an ideal funds. $125/month PER DOG!!! Wow! Right this moment, my funds is about $250/month for 5 canines (typically, it stretches to $300/month).

The easy reality of the matter is that pay as you go uncooked pet food is dear and lots of manufacturers cost $10 or extra per pound. I perceive why the meals is dear – we’re paying another person to do the sourcing, formulating, and, with some manufacturers, the meals is delivered to our door. Premade uncooked can be doable if I had one or two canines (small canines), however with 5 huge canines, premade uncooked is not in my funds. This does not imply that I’ve screwed up priorities; it implies that I must do DIY if I wish to feed my canines a uncooked meals diet.