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Old 02-16-2013, 05:11 PM
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Hey everyone!! =D I thought it might be encouraging if those of us who fed our dogs a Raw Diet calculated what it cost us to feed raw diet for a week. I had done the math to give Carson's new owner an approximate idea, and wanted to actually get everything in writing. I decided to share it here as well; and would love for others who also feed Raw to do the same. Also if you could state a general location that'd help as well.

We feed each of our 4 to 7 pound dogs 4 ounces a day, divided into two meals. For one week's time feeding the typical 80/10/10 ratios of prey model, that's comes out to 4 oz of bone, 2 oz of liver, 2 ounces of kidney and 20 oz of muscle meat. That's just 1.7lbs total for one WEEK!!

On average, the "meat" we buy is beef at about $2.50 per pound. We rarely pay over a dollar a pound for organ or bone; as we can often snag things like chicken wings, kidney or liver for 69 cents per pound.

After all that math stuff; the result is that we spend about $3 a week on muscle meat; and less than a quarter each for bone and organ. That's per dog!!


It costs under $5 to feed each little dog for one whole week. No fillers, no junk, just what nature intended- simple ingredients. Even feeding eight dogs, the cost is still only about $30 a week. =) And in that eight dogs includes a young puppy, a dog with allergies, another with heart defects, and two with ultra sensitive stomachs. They all thrive wonderfully on the same diet; Prey Model Raw; which is one reason I believe strongly in it. =D


I'm located in northern Illinois. If anyone else would like to chime in please don't hesitate!! =D
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:33 PM
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Kat I actually posted in my raw diary the cost of raw feeding for each meal if you look in the first few posts: Star's nom nom diary

Unfortunally, right now she has to go back to the diet before because I cannot make her eat any organs. Going to try to dehydrate organs after we move and see if that works.
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Kat thank you for taking the time to break everything down!

I look forward to seeing all the numbers from everyone that feeds raw.


Do you buy your meats from a grocery store like Wal Mart or from a local butcher shop?
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That's a great idea, thanks for posting this Kat. Plus, if you think about it you will save a lot of money in vets bills in the long run!
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Living in a city, I actually found the pre-made raws @ $19.50 for 3kg = 6.5lbs a much cheaper option than buying all the gear from the butcher - about a 1/2 the price.

The box has 12 small 'loaves' inside and each one divided into x 4 portions will provide a single meal for my 4 chis. They, of course, do comprise 1 protein type, ground bone & organs.

I still spend a fortune at the butcher for chicken wings, beef tongue, lamb heart, raw meaty bones and then all the stuff I dehydrate myself such as liver, kidney, chicken fillet, steak etc.

I also buy 2kg bags of diced pet grade kangaroo for $16 that the little ratbags won't eat raw, but go mad for it once it's been cooked, which I just do in the microwave. I wouldn't feed it raw anyway, regardless of whether it was pet or human grade, it's full of nasties and I don't even trust 2 weeks freezing with roo meat. Same with other wild game such as deer and boar, I'd cook the bejeebers out of it - I consider those meals really just an 'in between meal that they love' because they're getting enough raw with the human grade pre-made & Ziwipeak.
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I actually just calculated this. I am in a bit of a winter down time for my usual under the table farmers market meat dealings and roadkill deer so I had to buy a bunch of stuff. I feed Copley 8 oz a day and Nova and Kerri each 4 oz a day. Unlike a lot of others I do feed some veggies but only 10%. I am filling the freezer with 60 days of food and just bought-

15lbs rabbit (from hare today)
5lbs rabbit organ
10lbs pork trim (small family farms, antibiotic free)
4lbs goat tripe (pastured)
5lbs beef gullet (local to me and pastured)
8lbs beef meat/bone/organ mix (this is the first time I ever bought a mix, but hare today tells you exactly what is in it as in percentage of liver and kidney and everything so I can actually calculate what they should be eating. This is for Nova because she is just driving me batty with her dangerous inhaling of food)

That is 47lbs of food for $148 including shipping on the hare today stuff so roughly $3.15 per pound. To balance out my bone/meat ratio I am adding to that 15lbs of bone in skin on chicken breast I picked up for 97c per pound plus eggs. I give 3 eggs a week and pay $3 a dozen for them from a neighbor with chickens. So now we have $2.25 a pound in dog food cost for meat/bone/organ. Now I feed 10% veggie and literally get that for free by using seconds farmers give me or cooking down stuff I buy for myself but never use right before it goes bad.

So now I have a grand total of 72lbs of meat/bone/organ and 7lbs of veggies for $170.

That puts me at a cost of $3.80 per Chihuahua per week for food! And I have splurged on novel meats, almost no feed lot items and I am mail ordering 30lbs of it!

And this is literally the most expensive meat order I will place in a year. Usually I get goat for very little, free eggs and deer for absolutely nothing. I pay around 50c a pound for pastured beef liver and other organs, often less than $2 a lb for heart but that is when I am not full of goat and deer meat. My problem with calculating that is I just sort of get the stuff and use what I have out of the freezer. It costs me so little I barely even notice the cost of feeding the dogs.

EDIT-Just wanted to add I never put the ratio of what I feed. It is 70/10/10/10 muscle/bone/organ/veggie. Basically prey model plus 10% veggie.

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Great thread! I don't have a numbers breakdown but just wanted to add that I feed Brody venison for FREE because we get it from a hunter that saves us the heart. Also a friend butchered a grass fed cow and gave us the tongue, liver, heart, and kidneys. Enough meat for at least 6 months!

Also, he is super easy because if we are having pork chops, for example, I slice off a chunk and voila - he is fed. Same with chicken, steak, or whatever other meat we are eating. Going to make a casserole or burgers on the grill? I just pinch off a corner of the raw burger and there's a meal. Throw in some cornish hen chunks or chicken wing tips and he is eating for pennies.
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Great thread! I don't have a numbers breakdown but just wanted to add that I feed Brody venison for FREE because we get it from a hunter that saves us the heart. Also a friend butchered a grass fed cow and gave us the tongue, liver, heart, and kidneys. Enough meat for at least 6 months!

Also, he is super easy because if we are having pork chops, for example, I slice off a chunk and voila - he is fed. Same with chicken, steak, or whatever other meat we are eating. Going to make a casserole or burgers on the grill? I just pinch off a corner of the raw burger and there's a meal. Throw in some cornish hen chunks or chicken wing tips and he is eating for pennies.
Exactly! One friend butchers a big animal and my little dogs are set for months. If I am eating meat that night and nothing is thaw I just hive them a little raw of what I'm eating. In the end I really think raw is way easier than kibble.
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