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I've recently moved my dog to a raw diet. She's about 25

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I've recently moved my dog to a raw diet. She's about 25 pounds, moderately active, American Eskimo. For a class on sustainability I am trying to prove that dog ownership can be modified to be eco-friendly. So I am trying to feed her smaller animal meat (rabbit, chicken, turkey, NO COWS!!) and local produce. I want to make sure she is getting her proper nutrients at a price I can pay for with a college budget.
Can someone give me a reasonable dietary guideline for what I should be feeding her? I.E.: amount of food, ratio of protein, cuts of meat, appropriate bones, etc.?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Hi, Alex, it looks like you and I are working on two questions together. Can you tell me more about what you're hoping to achieve with Ari?

1) Does she have any medical concerns?
2) What is your monthly budget roughly?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Ari has no real medical concerns except for (possible) allergies. I've starting including olive oil and raw honey to help a bit with that.Roughly speaking, I can spend about $25-30 for dog food. It's not a lot. But she is also my baby, so if this needs to be altered, i can definitely work to accommodate.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Perfect. Give me about 30 minutes to do some research into what options exist in this price range.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

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.

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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:

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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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Checking in, Alex. Did I cover all the points you had questions over?

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.
Hi Alex,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Ari. How is everything going?