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Old 05-13-2015, 04:27 AM
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Default Ziwipeak is crazy expensive!

I know this stuff has the best stuff and is basically raw food. I don't know how some of you afford this for 1 dog, let alone 2+.

If I could, I wouldn't mind feeding it to my lil one...most people would think I've gone insane spending that much on such small quantity of food but I guess that is what we do for the love of our babies.

But again, IT'S CRAZY EXPENSIVE!
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It's expensive compared to many other dog foods, but I'm happy to pay more for a high quality food. It's lucky chihuahuas are so tiny though. I don't see how most people could afford to feed foods like that to bigger dogs, it would get ridiculously expensive!

1 bag lasts me about 2 weeks for 2 chis if I feed only that, but I tend to feed it for only one meal per day and give another pre-made raw food for dinner. That way a bag lasts one month for two and the other raw food (Natural Instinct) is a lot cheaper (but also 5 stars) so it's not too bad.
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1 bag lasts me about 2 weeks for 2 chis if I feed only that, but I tend to feed it for only one meal per day and give another pre-made raw food for dinner. That way a bag lasts one month for two and the other raw food (Natural Instinct) is a lot cheaper (but also 5 stars) so it's not too bad.
What size bag do you get?
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It's always cheaper to buy in quantity, so I buy the big bag. When feeding raw, it doesn't require as much to feed as kibble and non-raw foods so when you think about how many bags of kibble you have to buy and how frequently because you are feeding more, raw foods aren't really as crazy expensive as it seems. I often wonder how people can afford more than one dog too now that I've learned to feed my chi the best quality I can find. I do many things to cut cost when it comes to feeding like buying discounted meat from the local grocery.
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What size bag do you get?
I buy the 1kg bags.

Lisa, it's funny because the larger bags are more expensive than buying the same amount in 1kg bags on the website I buy mine from. I rotate between all the flavours though so it works well for me. And you're right, raw foods may be more expensive, but we also don't need to feed as much. Following the feeding guide, my chis only need about 38g of Ziwi per day each.
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Well maybe my kibble lasts longer cuz my pup tends to skip meals...mostly breakfast. She sleeps most of the morning. Mine gets 1/4 cup of kibble each meal and a 4 pound bag can last about a month for me...I know it doesn't seem like a big deal since I only have 1 pup but that is how it is for me. Idk how different the prices are on different sites but the site I saw the prices on was chewy.com and i think they were even marked down prices. 11 pound bag for over $100...since I've had my puppy, I haven't even been able to spend that much money on my own food...actually in reality, she has been eating better than me in the almost 2 months I have had her. :P
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The quality, and hence, cost of your dog food will be offset by the little you will spend in vet bills.

When my hubby was in chiropractic school they had a vet clinic on campus and the vet was a chiropractor and a vet and he was doing a research study on the quality of pet food versus health and medical costs of keeping a pet (dogs and cats). The findings were pretty conclusive - higher quality foods significantly decreases the cost of vet bills.

Pay now, or pay later - but you still pay.

He was also big on very little vaccination and or invasive treatments as well.
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Well I got the best I could afford and that I feel comfortable feeding my puppy. This would literally be my second dog ever...unless I guess you count when my first dog accidentally got pregnant and had 5 adorable little ones. I went from non-existent experience to having all the info at my fingertips (online or people that I know, never had animal lover friends when I was young). My puppy gets Wellness but I always wonder from time to time if I could do better but still not break my tiny lil bank. Especially when I come across forums like these and people are feeding their dogs even better stuff, either out of choice or they have to (for health issues).

My first dog was relatively healthy being on the lower quality foods like Pedigree or Eukanuba. She was tad bit overweight, could of benefited losing a couple pounds.

Once I get on a better financial standing, I hope to get my new puppy better and new stuff (better quality foods, more toys for her enjoyment, antlers to chew on, and essential things I currently can't afford like crates and stuff). Vet bills would be my nemesis if I had to deal with them in my current situation.

I know I shouldn't really have a pet until I can afford anything that they need but I couldn't help rescuing her from the streets that I found her. Plus she has been good for my own personal problems (anxiety, stress from drama, etc). Anyways, I'm trying to do the best for her and love her to bits & she seems to appreciate me as well.
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