Of course we want our beloved pets to live a strong and prosperous life. They become our family. We nurture them just as much as they nurture us. They open our hearts to a whole new kind of love.
Sure they can be a pain when they poop in your house or eat your favorite pair of heels but regardless of how angry you get with them, they will never let you stay mad at them. They don’t run into their room and slam the door or dismiss your invitation for a cuddle or a kiss. They are never too busy or too embarrassed. They just want love and they want nothing more than to return that love to you, entirely.
So when I was on the fence about the cost of going homemade, ultimately I made the decision based on the fact that they would do anything for me, so why not reciprocate that dedication.
It may seem like you are biting off more than you can chew but I can assure you, the benefits will surely outweigh the potential time constraints or the financial burden you may think you would be facing. I would be of disservice to my readers if I said I was immediately sold of the homemade diet when I was researching, based primarily on the financial aspect. Of course we all think about money, everything we can or cannot do is based upon money. How will we pay our bills, how much will we need for gas, or groceries….how making a change in anything financial would be cause for anxiety.
So what exactly is the cost of homemade dog food? It is not what you think….
I am a single mom who lives on one income. So yes, I was completely skeptical on the financial aspect of the homemade cooking. It was not until I actually sat down and figured out the costs involved that I was able to weigh the cost of kibble vs. homemade.
Prior to switching to homemade I was feeding my dogs Zignature. After tons of research I found this brand because it offered the most natural and wholesome ingredients as a price I could afford. This particular brand runs about $60-70 per bag. Excited, I brought home the bag and fed it to my two pups. Moose ate it without hesitation (though Moose would eat a shoe for dinner if he could); however, Lulu turned her nose to it immediately. I was crushed. I had just spend my entire grocery money on this food and she hated it. She smelled it, then smelled it again, and walked away. Did she smell something I couldn’t? The answer is simple, probably.
Disappointed and frustrated I sat down and thought about it. Have you ever looked at kibble? It is brown, it is hard, it smells like….who knows what. When Lulu was a baby I would add water to her kibble to soften it up, have you ever left kibble drowned in water in a bowl and returned hours later? It actually stays completely intact, just bloated. It is designed to lay in their bellies for hours to help them feel satisfied all the while leaving them feeling groggy and tired.
And canned food? Ugh! It is a brown mold of a can similar to that of cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving but with foul remnants of a jelly like fluid on the bottom.
Stop the madness! Please!
To give you a better idea of what you would be up against if you chose to make homemade dog food, lets break down the cost of kibble vs. homemade:
27lb. bag of Zignature @$65.00 (would last me three months)
So there you have it!
You will truly be surprised how many vegetables and proteins your dog can have and absolutely love. They will look better, feel better and have more energy than ever before. You will too, knowing that you are feeding your devoted companions clean, nutritious meals.
So go ahead and scroll through my site for some easy (and cheap) homemade dog food recipes 🙂
I am not a nutritionist or a veterinarian. I am just a mom to two pups who has done quite a bit of research on the homemade dog food diet. These guidelines are ones made by me, used by me, unless otherwise told by my veterinarian. Please consult with your dogs vet before changing your pets diet as each dog is different and has different nutritional needs*