Feeding My Pack

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2002
Feeding My Pack
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Sun, 08-07-2011 - 11:27am

Hi---I have posted in the past. We have a small zoo!! Three dogs---two miniature schnauzers---ages 13 and 6, and a bichon poo, also age 6. We also have 3 cats. The 6 year old miniature schnauzer has digestive disorders, and is on a special diet, consisting of steamed raw food, pumpkin, potato and meat, such as chicken or ground beef. The other two dogs get a mixture of canned pumpkin, a starch, such as potato or rice, cooked chicken or ground beef, a spoonful of high end canned dog food, and dry dog food. I am spending a small fortune to feed this pack! Is there any way I can still provide a nutritious diet, and yet save a little money? Any ideas on substitutions or eliminations?

Thanks!

Penny

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Mon, 08-08-2011 - 12:47pm

Hi Penny....well...I think you have to figure out how much you are spending on regular food, vs. dog food.

Laura
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-16-2002
Wed, 08-10-2011 - 9:47pm

The highest priced items you mentioned were high end dog food and the proteins (chicken and beef). If you're using a high end canned food then that is primarily protein and you could either eliminate that or the chicken/beef. You could also check with a local butcher and see if they're able to provide you with beef or chicken "scraps" that are still decent meat but at a lower cost.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-31-2000
Sat, 08-13-2011 - 5:53pm

I feed my dogs this.

http://www.naturesvariety.com/InstinctRaw

It comes in frozen medallions and is the same food for both dogs and cats. With a little shopping around, I found it for just over $3 a pound. It would simplify things for you by the fact that it's one food for all your pets and