|Barked: Thu Apr 19, '12 4:56am PST |
|Yeah, no set price. Depends on a lot of things.
For me, in Southern Oregon, it costs me about $20-30 a month to feed my 25 (actually, 23.5) pound dog raw. If he were on a high-quality kibble it would run about the same. However, the trade-off is convenience vs optimal health, so you can only guess which one I chose.
Anywho, a good way to calculate out how much if would cost you to feed raw would be to find out what the prices per pound for meats in your area are, how much organs cost per pound, if you would need to supplement (for me, I have to add in fish oil, vitamin e, and a couple other things due to unavailability of certain things) and how much your dog needs per day. My Shiba needs a lot of food to maintain a healthy weight and eats 2.5% of 25 pounds so he gets 10 ounces of raw meat every day. He is quite active, under 2 years of age and tends to have a tough time keeping weight on so he needs a lot of food.
I also have two kibble-fed dogs who get a raw meal once a week. They are both in the 50 pound range and get about a pound for their meal. However, both have drastically different metabolisms and energy levels and one would probably need just over a pound to maintain weight while the other would need only a little more than the Shiba if they were full-time raw.
I know this since the Shiba has been eating kibble lately due to refusal of eating his "normal" food, and he eats just under what the less active 50 pounder eats. Funny how that works.
Edited by author Thu Apr 19, '12 4:56am PST
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