When considering proteins and expenses, chances are that Ari is going to be limited to mostly chicken as that is going to be your cheapest source of food. We typically feed 3% of a dog's body weight, so Ari would receive roughly 12oz of food per day or 360oz (23 pounds) of food per month. Those numbers will come in handy in determining what you can afford to feed. When feeding a species appropriate raw food diet (SARF) that models after wholly raw with no additional fruits or vegetables or grains, the percentages are typically 70% raw meaty bones and 30% organs. Every SARF feeder does this differently, but you can package meals accordingly at 8oz of RMB and 4oz organs. Chicken hearts, livers, kidneys, etc. are all fairly cheap. Being a smaller dog, you'll need to look at wings and drum sticks. If she's a very tenacious eater, she may be able to handle thighs easily too.
You can learn more here: https://www.thewholedog.org/feedingsarf.html
And here: http://www.rawlearning.com/rawfaq.html
I would also look into supplements. Many SARF/BARF diets don't call for supplementation but most feeders agree it's wise to err on the side of caution. Here's an example of a supplement that can be used: https://www.chewy.com/wysong-call-wild-dog-cat-food/dp/37764?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=Wysong&utm_term=&gclid=CLKv6rW-o88CFYGFaQodbA8FrQ&gclsrc=aw.ds
So, when looking at the cost, you're going to need 15# ***** RMB and 8# ***** organs (roughly). These are price estimates based on USA average costs:
Chicken legs: $1.62/#
Chic***** *****vers: 72 cents/#
This equals out to being $24 for chicken legs, $6 for chic***** *****vers and $23 for supplement which should last about 6 months ($4/month). We like to see more variety in this, so do shop around for chicken wings, chicken hearts, other proteins like rabbit or turkey that might be on sale, etc. Otherwise, a rough estimate for your monthly costs would be roughly $34.
As a raw feeder myself, I highly HIGHLY recommend shopping at fresh markets (especially asian and mexican markets) as they tend to have unique RMB and organ opportunities for lower prices. Examples in my area are pork tongue, goat, rabbit, pork uterus, tripe, turkey tails, chicken necks, etc). Chicken necks, if you can find them, can cut your bill for RMB in half dropping your monthly expense closer to $20.
Don't hesitate to join groups on Facebook and other medias for raw feeding in your area so others can share their expertise!
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