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DIY on a Budget

Save with Stefs

So the question on everyone’s lips…. How much will it cost me to feed raw?

There’s a good reason why I cringe when I hear this, and its not because I don’t want to answer, but I need to get my detective hat on before I can give you a straight answer.

In reality there’s a couple of things I need to know first;

  • Does your dog suffer from intolerances
  • How much bargain hunting are you really willing to do
  • Do you have lots of freezer space
  • Are you wanting ethically sourced and slaughtered, wild, free range
  • Do you have time to prep

There isn’t such a thing as a average cost when it comes to raw feeding in my opinion, the reason why is that all of the above will contribute to finding what’s suitable for your dog.

We have all walked down the reduced isle in the supermarket, and looked and though who wants 15kg of sprats for 10p a kg! Reduced whole chickens £1, after Christmas whole ducks and turkeys at ridiculous prices.

Well let me tell you raw feeders. That reduced section can really lower your overall costs to raw feeding. There’s no substitute for that. Get your trolley at the ready and make sure you have freezer room, they are what I call my little gem bargains.

You can see how that will play out with the rest of the questions, so I’m going to do 3 diy menus that you can follow at home. I’m always keen to make sure there’s a play on textures within a dogs dinner as eating mince 100% of the time isn’t cleaning teeth, isn’t mentally stimulating them, doesn’t have real food enjoyment IMO.

So here’s what I have put together very quickly

Example of 10kg DIY Box bought from Stefs – £19.57

Sprats 1kg £2.70
The Dog and Bones Meaty Trachea Mince 1kg £2
Happy Hounds Chicken Thigh 2kg £4.80
Happy Hounds Chicken and Lamb 1kg £1.70
Southcliffe Duck 454g x3 (65p) £1.95
Southcliffe Turkey 454g x3 (65p) £1.95
Southcliffe Tripe 454g x3 (70p) £2.10
TDB Ox Liver 1kg (using 500g ) £1.05*
TDB Ox Kidney 1kg (using 500g) £1.32*

(*Offal there will be a spare 1kg, 500g liver and 500g kidney this can be reused next time, saving you the offal difference as you wouldn’t need to buy the offal at the full amount, £2.10 and £2.63.)

There’s Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Duck, Lamb and Oily fish. (not counting beef and tripe separately as they are the same) Now of course I could still make this cheaper by grabbing my reduced offal in the supermarket, or not have the chicken thighs and just sticking to minces, but think about enhancing the eating experience.

Its really important that your not done there, don’t forget about skin/fur plus here’s a small list of what you could possibly add too:

5% Veggies
-Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Pumpkin, Leafy Greens, Jerusalem artichokes, Asparagus, Butternut Squash, Mushrooms, Green beans,
2% Fruit
-Berries; Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Red Currents, Coconut, Melon, Avocado, Pomegranate, Pears, Pineapple, Orange, Pineapple, Papaya,
1% Seeds and nuts
– Sunflower, Pumpkin, Hemp (soaked), Chia (soaked), Flax (soaked), Sesame, Almond(soaked), Walnut, Hazels, Sprouting seeds
1% Herbs
-Parsley, Basil, Dandelion, Coriander, Sage, Thyme, Mint, Rosemary, Nettle
1% Extras
-Garlic, Ginger, Kefir, Bone Broth, Turmeric root, Seaweed, Pink Himalayan Salt, Algae

 

PIMP IT UP! Just have that moto in your head, whether your just feeding ‘completes’ or your going diy don’t just think it will do.

Much Love Stef

 

 

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Where it all began

My journey started with a Labrador called Skye. She was 9 at the time. My poor old girl was crippled with arthritis and spondylosis of the spine ( degeneration of the spinal column) this led to her having horrific pain in her rear end. Skye had been on all the usual pain relief for a while as well as the ‘best’ kibble foods. ( I was uneducated then) she couldn’t carry on like this, the pain relief wasn’t having much effect anymore. So my choices were pts or…… Find something else. I took to the Internet looking for a miracle cure. I came across ‘raw, barf diet’. Reading some of the fantastic stories online made me what to find out more. I bought books and read for hours.

This eventually lead to a very messy kitchen, and the worry of preparing a balanced diet.

Not forgetting the hours spent preparing the food, for not only Skye but the other 10 dogs I owned.  Fast forward 7 years to today, although I no longer have Skye, which is very sad but I am pleased to tell you I lost her a month before her 16th Birthday. Raw was my miracle.

Although I no longer prepare my dogs diet anymore I take advantage of the great prepared raw meals that are now available.  Today my dogs are the fittest and healthiest they have ever been. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for my dogs.