Saving Money by Making Your Own Dog Food

Here's George at 3 months old - he may look tiny, but he was quite big for a doxie pup

When a family considers adding a new pooch to home, rarely do they think about the costs involved, including veterinary visits, medicine from the Simply Pets Reviews and food. Usually love at first sight comes into play when choosing the perfect hound. However, don’t let those sweet puppy dog eyes fool you, they come with a price.

 

Making Your Own Dog Food – Is It Worth It

Both of my dogs have had a lot of sensitivities with cheaper brands of dog food – from throwing up to skin rashes. Plus, cheaper dog food may cost less initially, but you are more than likely going to pay for it in vet visits. I have made my dog’s food on several occasions.

There are several recipes out there, and several dog resource sites for dog treats like this site, but I usually stick with making a meal that is majority protein with brown rice, some vegetables, maybe some fruit as fillers. I throw it all in the rice cooker or crockpot, and it usually looks like this: a box of tofu, 2-3 cups of chicken, 4-5 eggs (I save the shells and grind them up and add those too), 2-3 cups of rice, 2 cans of vegetables rinsed off, and either 1-2 avocados or ½ cup of oil added once the mixture cools down. I try to also include organs too if I happen to get them from buying whole chickens. Sweet potatoes are a good option as well. If I find fish oil pills or glucos

amine pills on clearance, then I add them to their diet too.

All in all, everything I put in their food is from ingredients I had on hand or ones that I got for a major discount. The above recipe cost me about $4.55 or less because everything was at a very low price. It made about a week and a half of food for my two dachshunds who eat two meals a day. The fish oil supplements would of course add to the cost.

Time Commitment of Making Your Own Dog Food

Thankfully, it is not a lot of time. It probably takes me 5-7 minutes to throw everything in the crockpot or rice cooker and then scoop it into a container once it is done cooking. I have tried to freeze individual patties of food but that is only more time consuming and not worth the hassle.

In reality, even if it takes me fifteen minutes each time, that is 60 minutes in total to make as much food as buying a bag of Blue (let’s not forget the time it takes to drive to the pet store and pour the bag nicely into the container once you get home). So making your own dog food is like making $35 an hour.

My Personal Benefits of Making My Own Dog Food

First, let me start off by telling you a little more info on my dogs. I have one very skinny dachshund (Emma) who doesn’t care for dry food and an overweight dachshund (George- check him out in the picture at 3 months old) who’s whole life revolves around food (even when we picked him up as a pup, he was a chunky little thing that couldn’t catch his brothers and sisters).

• So for Emma, she is getting healthier by eating more.
• George actually loses a small amount of weight while eating homemade food, which is good for him too. Most likely due to the food being easier for him to digest since he has a sensitive tummy.
• Skin allergies and rashes started happening in Emma during a month I had them on Purina One. Now they are disappearing.
• George has less gas
• I have seen their poop right after it comes out, and it looks a lot healthier. Emma is no longer constipated, plus she has always followed the 4 Puppy Potty Training Tips I practiced on her, because of this she has always gone outside to do her necessities.
• Stinky breath is a lot better. Emma’s breath was so bad I didn’t even want to be around her. Now, it is manageable.

Your savings and how much time you spend making the dog food all depends on the type of dog you have. You want to do a lot of research on which foods are beneficial for dogs and which are not. Also, it is a very good idea to check with your dog’s vet before embarking on your homemade dog food journey.]