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Postby DirtyKurty » Sun May 03, 2009 3:30 pm

WackyJacki wrote:
DirtyKurty wrote:i was doing all kinds of reading and alot are saying that feeding raw is cheaper than dry food, is this true? and where would a find good deals on raw food ?


It can be cheaper, or it can be way more expensive. There are a few factors here:

1) If you're feeding something like Pedigree or O'l Roy, well, it's probably going to be pricier to feed raw lol

2) You can feed raw way cheaper then "super premium" foods (and premade raw is ridiculously expensive)

3) How much time and effort are you willing to spend looking for good deals and suppliers

4) How much freezer space you have. Buying in bulk can save huge amounts of money.

I'm relatively new to raw, but most stuff I have been able to find for $1-2/lb. Some stuff even cheaper (I won't pay more then $2.25/lb MAX, and that's only on beef, but I can almost always get it cheaper).

I am getting a large chest freezer tm. that I found for $100 on craigslist, so I will be able to buy in bulk and get even cheaper prices.

So far, with a 53lb pit mix and an 18lb Boston Terrier, both young and highly active (and so eat closer to 3% of their body weight/day), I spend about $60/month. Not too shabby. And when I start buying in bulk next month, I hope to half that at least.


awesome info thank you ! the dry food we give them now is getting expensive because both dogs go through it so darn fast. so looks like i'm on the hunt for meats and i will need a scale to weigh it

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Postby CuriousMoves » Sun May 03, 2009 8:31 pm

I like to rotate kibbles. Right now my bully is eating Wellness CORE, and my bichon is eating Fromm. Next they will be getting Orijen for a while, then maybe Nature's variety or Go Grain Free. They also get a little bit of canned food with their kibble. I'm hoping to try out raw feeding this Summer.

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Postby WackyJacki » Sun May 03, 2009 8:38 pm

DirtyKurty wrote:
WackyJacki wrote:
DirtyKurty wrote:i was doing all kinds of reading and alot are saying that feeding raw is cheaper than dry food, is this true? and where would a find good deals on raw food ?


It can be cheaper, or it can be way more expensive. There are a few factors here:

1) If you're feeding something like Pedigree or O'l Roy, well, it's probably going to be pricier to feed raw lol

2) You can feed raw way cheaper then "super premium" foods (and premade raw is ridiculously expensive)

3) How much time and effort are you willing to spend looking for good deals and suppliers

4) How much freezer space you have. Buying in bulk can save huge amounts of money.

I'm relatively new to raw, but most stuff I have been able to find for $1-2/lb. Some stuff even cheaper (I won't pay more then $2.25/lb MAX, and that's only on beef, but I can almost always get it cheaper).

I am getting a large chest freezer tm. that I found for $100 on craigslist, so I will be able to buy in bulk and get even cheaper prices.

So far, with a 53lb pit mix and an 18lb Boston Terrier, both young and highly active (and so eat closer to 3% of their body weight/day), I spend about $60/month. Not too shabby. And when I start buying in bulk next month, I hope to half that at least.


awesome info thank you ! the dry food we give them now is getting expensive because both dogs go through it so darn fast. so looks like i'm on the hunt for meats and i will need a scale to weigh it


Before you go meat shopping, be sure to do a lot of reading on the subject of raw feeding. It doesn't take a degree in nutrition to raw feed your dogs, it's quite simple really (prey model is anyway), but it's essential that you know what you're doing.

Here are a few links to get you started:

http://www.rawlearning.com/

http://rawfeddogs.net/

http://www.rawfed.com/

I also recommend joining this Yahoo group. They have over 14,000 members now, and a lot of very experienced raw feeders.

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/join

Best of luck! :))

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Postby Deniselynn » Sun May 03, 2009 11:02 pm

TOTW kibble, various high quality canned food, canned salmon, canned mackeral, Natural Balance roll, and ground beef.

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Postby DirtyKurty » Mon May 04, 2009 5:23 pm

WackyJacki wrote:
DirtyKurty wrote:
WackyJacki wrote:
DirtyKurty wrote:i was doing all kinds of reading and alot are saying that feeding raw is cheaper than dry food, is this true? and where would a find good deals on raw food ?


It can be cheaper, or it can be way more expensive. There are a few factors here:

1) If you're feeding something like Pedigree or O'l Roy, well, it's probably going to be pricier to feed raw lol

2) You can feed raw way cheaper then "super premium" foods (and premade raw is ridiculously expensive)

3) How much time and effort are you willing to spend looking for good deals and suppliers

4) How much freezer space you have. Buying in bulk can save huge amounts of money.

I'm relatively new to raw, but most stuff I have been able to find for $1-2/lb. Some stuff even cheaper (I won't pay more then $2.25/lb MAX, and that's only on beef, but I can almost always get it cheaper).

I am getting a large chest freezer tm. that I found for $100 on craigslist, so I will be able to buy in bulk and get even cheaper prices.

So far, with a 53lb pit mix and an 18lb Boston Terrier, both young and highly active (and so eat closer to 3% of their body weight/day), I spend about $60/month. Not too shabby. And when I start buying in bulk next month, I hope to half that at least.


awesome info thank you ! the dry food we give them now is getting expensive because both dogs go through it so darn fast. so looks like i'm on the hunt for meats and i will need a scale to weigh it


Before you go meat shopping, be sure to do a lot of reading on the subject of raw feeding. It doesn't take a degree in nutrition to raw feed your dogs, it's quite simple really (prey model is anyway), but it's essential that you know what you're doing.

Here are a few links to get you started:

http://www.rawlearning.com/

http://rawfeddogs.net/

http://www.rawfed.com/

I also recommend joining this Yahoo group. They have over 14,000 members now, and a lot of very experienced raw feeders.

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/join

Best of luck! :))


Thank you thank you !!! that was the exact info i was looking for, browsing the web on raw feeding was giving me headaches lol

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Postby WackyJacki » Mon May 04, 2009 5:33 pm

Hahaha yes, it can be a bit overwhelming at first. But again, it's important to research research research... until your brain hurts lol

Another website with good info on raw feeding, as well as natural care, vaccines, etc.

http://www.thewholedog.org/id9.html#nutrition

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Postby Allie » Sat May 16, 2009 9:56 am

BUMP for newer members.
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Postby Mooresmajestic » Sat May 16, 2009 3:06 pm

I rotate between Taste of the Wild and Merrick all of the flavors, and the girls get a raw beef bone once a week.

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Postby Adrianne » Sat May 16, 2009 3:57 pm

Raw.. and whatever is going bad in my fridge :oops: lol

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Postby MissVicky » Sat May 16, 2009 4:54 pm

How do you guys go on about feeding raw? You guys buy meat from the supermarket or...... and just hand them the meat or cook it first?

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Postby MissVicky » Sat May 16, 2009 6:36 pm

Yes, the bacteria in raw meat might hurt your dog IF the dog already has an immunocompromised system or some underlying problem.


Well.. i must have him checked before even start raw feeding. The bf says he can get salmonella poisoning. :dunno:

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Postby FBODGRL » Sat May 16, 2009 6:38 pm

There is a sticky on feeding raw. Before you even consider it I would read that.

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Postby WackyJacki » Sat May 16, 2009 7:07 pm

It's not complicated, but it's not quite as simple as just throwing the dog whatever meat is in the fridge.

The prey model diet (which is was I feed and is based on nature) is about 80% muscle meat, 10% edible bone and 10% organs (5% of which is liver). That's it in a nutshell, and things don't have to be that precise.

It's important to read up on it before going ahead.

Here are some helpful links:

www.rawlearning.com
http://www.skylarzack.com/rawfeeding.htm
http://www.thewholedog.org/OptimumAnimalNutrition.html
http://www.thewholedog.org/feedingsarf.html
www.rawfed.com
http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html

And btw, unless your dog has a serious immune system issue, there is very, very little chance of him getting salmonella. In fact, if you Google dogs and salmonella, you're going to find a bunch of cases of dogs getting it from KIBBLE.

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Postby FransterDoo » Sun May 17, 2009 7:41 pm

Adrianne wrote:Raw.. and whatever is going bad in my fridge :oops: lol


We do the same thing. The other day everyone got a spoonful of refried beans and rice b/c it was the tail-end sitting in the fridge.

Veggie and Fruit scraps also get frozen - then I'll make "dog mush" from them later.

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Postby rambler72 » Mon May 18, 2009 4:53 pm

vadersmom wrote:I feed a prey model raw diet. Mostly beef when I'm working her out. Then chicken when I am leaning her out.


X2 except venison for the fattie and pork and chicken w/skin for the skinny boxer.


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