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Dog food without dog industry



Since we adopted Sesame 2 years ago we've explored the many ways to feed a dog. Manufactured dog food is crap and there's virtually no difference between alpo and the stuff that's 10x the price. Wondering what I could feed her for about a buck a pound I went out to study the options.

What I found is turkey (whole) and pork are the cheapest meats to buy from our butcher. The bird is only near a buck a pound if you buy a huge whole bird. With rice as an additive and our whey (from cheese making) it's easier to reach the $1lb mark and still provide nutrition.

Now I'm well aware that store bought meats contain hormones and bovine growth hormones and all sorts of nightmarish things, but the manufactured dog food does too. She certainly prefers the meat unabstracted. We drop it in the crock pot in a vaccume bag with a temp controller and hold it at 150 for a couple of hours. This way she gets a near raw seeming meat with it's bacteria's killed from the slow cooking. Add rice and some veggies and whey and you got a happy dog. I've also been making a thick with marrow broth from slow cooking the bones in water. This makes a decent meal too when poured over rice or adds nutrition to mediocre dry dog food.

4 comments:

Bob said...

My dog gets fed 75% raw. Mostly chicken, bones and all except the skin. I give her a quality kibble and if she's real hungry she'll eat that too. Not much waste at all.

wexzone said...

I never cooked food for my dogs. They love raw.

Also consider organs and tankage (guts). Their super cheap, and sometimes even free. They also contain more nutrition than just meat.

Find a butcher, and buy the stuff he can't sell, you could easily buy for $0.25/lb or less.

aris said...

She's a gorgeous dog. I think I need a dog...

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne said...

of course you need a dog!