So, the question on everyone’s lips is…
How much will it cost me to feed raw dog food?
Now there’s a good reason why I cringe when I hear this and it’s not because I don’t know. It’s because 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 an intolerance?
- 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 ingredients?
- Do you have time to prep?
In my opinion, when it comes to raw feeding, there isn’t such thing as an average cost. That’s because all of the above will contribute to finding what’s suitable for your dog.
DIY on a budget
We’ve all walked down the reduced aisle in the supermarket, looked and thought ‘who wants 15kg of sprats for 10p a kg’? You might also find whole chickens reduced to £1, or whole ducks and turkeys reduced to ridiculous prices after Christmas.
Well, let me tell you raw feeders, that reduced section can really lower your overall costs of raw feeding. There’s no substitute for that. So get your trolley at the ready and make sure you have room in your freezer! That reduced section is what I call my little gem bargains.
You can see how that will come into play with the rest of the above questions so I’m going to show you some DIY menus you can follow at home. I’m always keen to make sure there’s a play on textures within a dog’s dinner as eating mince 100% of the time isn’t cleaning teeth, isn’t mentally stimulating and doesn’t have real food enjoyment.
So here’s what I’ve quickly put together:
Example DIY menus
Here’s an example of a 10kg DIY box bought from Stefs – £27.22 (which is £2.77 per kg for chunks, bones and offal)
Sprats 1kg £2.95
Rawtdoor Lamb Tripe Diced 500g x2 £2.70
Rawtdoor Tripe & Chicken Chunks 500g x2 £3.40
Nutriment Duck Necks 1kg x2 £3.80
TDB Ox and Lamb 1kg £2.90
FF Turkey Mince Boneless 1KG £3.30
Rawtdoor Beef Heart 500g x2 £3.80
TDB Ox Liver 1kg (using 500g) £1.05*
TDB Ox Kidney 1kg (using 500g) £1.32*
*With the offal, there will be a spare 1kg (500g liver and 500g kidney). This can be used next time, saving you the difference as you wouldn’t need to buy the offal at the full amount of £2.10 and £2.63.
So in that example there’s beef, chicken, turkey, duck, lamb and oily fish (we’re 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 having the chicken thighs and just sticking to minces, but think about enhancing the eating experience.
What’s more, it’s really important you’re not done there! Don’t forget about adding skin/fur too. In addition, here’s a small list of what you could possibly also add:
-Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Pumpkin, Leafy Greens, Jerusalem artichokes, Asparagus, Butternut Squash, Mushrooms, Green beans
-Berries; Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Red Currents, Coconut, Melon, Avocado, Pomegranate, Pears, Pineapple, Orange, Papaya
1% Seeds and nuts
– Sunflower, Pumpkin, Hemp (soaked), Chia (soaked), Flax (soaked), Sesame, Almond (soaked), Walnut, Hazels, Sprouting Seeds
-Parsley, Basil, Dandelion, Coriander, Sage, Thyme, Mint, Rosemary, Nettle
-Garlic, Ginger, Kefir, Bone Broth, Turmeric Root, Seaweed, Pink Himalayan Salt, Algae
PIMP IT UP! Just have that moto in your head. Whether you’re feeding ‘completes’ or you’re going DIY, don’t just think it will do.