Thursday, 2 May 2013

Frugal Dog ownership


Hello Dear Reader,

Did you see Watchdog? If you didn't see it, then you can watch it again HERE. I know you are a savvy consumer and probably watch it but if you don't then take a look. Talking of dogs, one of my sponsors sent through this and to be honest, I've never thought of making food for my dogs but this will definitely save me money. I'm going to try this recipe of Bob and Scruff and I'll let you know what I thought. I can't stop long tonight, I have to go and get weighed at fat fighters and vote in the local election.

Until tomorrow, 

Have a look at the advice for making your own pet food and don't forget to take a look at Watchdog.

Love Froogs xxxxxxxx




19 comments:

  1. I have cooked for my dogs for a long time now. It does not work out any cheaper but at least you know what goes into the food.
    At one time I had my own dog treat business and I still bake my own biscuits for the dogs now.
    My gas bill is quite high though as I spend a lot of hours cooking

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  2. So much commercial dog food is made with cornmeal - which is not so good for dogs - and all kinds of junk as well as too much fat. Overweight dogs are likely to develop the canine version of adult onset diabetes. Treating diabetes in dogs gets a little expensive. The only insulin available for them is human insulin which is better than nothing but isn't a perfect solution. It causes rapid cataracts. My dog was blind inside of four months. If I had known what I know now when my dog was younger, I would have started him on homemade dog food with lots of beef and chicken (even pork tenderloin), some not-too-sweet vegetables, and some whole grains. Carnivores need meat, duh, but since our animals are domesticated they need some veggies and carbs and fiber, too. In the long run, my dog would have been better off with lots of meat and homemade meals, and the average cost over the long-haul would have actually been far less. Yes, we tried diabetic dog food for a while, but it was horribly expensive and he refused to eat it. I figured out real quick that for what I spent on the bagged stuff I could buy a lot of meat on sale.

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  3. A friend makes similar food for her dogs, using dried soup mix rather than frozen vegetables. She makes a huge stockpot of dog food every week for minimal outlay. Her dogs are the healthiest looking, glossiest coated dogs I have ever seen.

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  4. I have been cooking my dogs food for ages now, my Bichon is coming up for 16 and still thinks he is a puppy, my cross breed is 8 and knows that he is a puppy.

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  5. This is so cool. I wondered what you fed you dogs. Wondered how frugal you were with them and their food. Now I know, and can follow suit. Do you think this would work for cats as well? There was a cat shown in the advertisement. Just so you know, I read every single day, and have gone back to the very first time you blogged and started from there. So many things to learn. Thank you so much. Oh, by the way, I live in the U.S in North Carolina. You rock!!!!!

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  6. my son makes this recipe for his dogs, their coats are sleeker and they are in excellent shape, in fact the dogs eat better than he does! Best of luck with the weigh in!

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  7. My husband always cooked our dogs their food. Not only did it save money but commercial food went straight through them in a extremely messy way. They were both big dogs so the mess was BIG. He bought kilos of chicken mince and beef mince from the pet food supplier - much cheaper than human grade mince. He would cook up two night's worth. He would alternate pasta with rice. Again, the cheapest one. In winter he would use mince with a higher fat content. So much cheaper, at least half the price, than bought food.Vcooking two night's worth saved on electricity costs and time. It was stored, sealed in the large saucepan used exclusively for the dogs, in the beer fridge.

    And the dogs LOVED it.

    I think it is worth giving a go. And if we got a dog again, we'd definitely do it.

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  8. I reckon you could save even more if you used beef mince, or if you by bulk meat and mince your own. Also if you use veges from your own garden. Thanks for the recipe, our dogs get dry biscuits and a bone at the moment, and lots of veges from the garden, one especially likes cucumber!

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  9. As an owner of four dogs, I would love to try this.We spend more on our pets than the 4 people in the house! Thank you.

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  10. We used to buy sides of meat and what we could not use was converted to dog food.

    I wonder if there is a similar recipe for cats? My cat has digestive issues and her food is expensive. She is also ultra picky and will not eat fish, prawns or beef.

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  11. Thanks for this! I've been making something like this for my dog "between" tins of the overpriced dog food. I'm glad to hear that it's legitimate! One thing I've really noticed is how demented our cats get over the tinned wet stuff. In fact, so bad that I had to wean them off of it entirely. (Now, they supplement their dry with a field mouse or something equivalent.) I swear they deliberately make it addictive so that you are forced to buy it. (Here, in North America where the tobacco industry is still able to lace cigarettes with highly addictive additives ... ) Someone really ought to test the contents of a tin of Friskies!
    I read your blog every night! Thank you for this, Froogs -- you've definitely helped me see the light!

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  12. I have also found a way for frugal dog ownership that is working well for me. I have been disabled and now off work permanently since last September. I was so keen to adopt a dog from a shelter since I am home alone every day now, but the adoption fees where I live range from $200-$300 depending on breed. This is to pay for desexing, microchipping, etc, and of course, that is not including food or future vet bills. With a bit of research, I learned my local centre that trains guide dogs for the blind needs temporary boarders. I was able to meet all their requirements so I am now able to provide foster care. They provide all food, bedding, toys, medications, and vet care in exchange for a safe and loving home. My first girl was here for one week. My second girl is coming next week and will be staying for one month. It was hard to see her go, but I know it is a good way to volunteer that helps both me and them. Thanks for the interesting post. xx debbie

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  13. A handy hint is to use your slow cooker for this dog food mix. No mess or fuss

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  14. I've been making this for years for our dogs (and yes sometimes the cats pinch it too, they love it), the recipe is lurking somewhere in the archives of my Blo,. but I use beef mince, bringing the cost down even more. I also use half and half pasta and rice, it makes for more of a variation for them.

    If you were making it just for cats use a lot less of the vegetables, cats need a higher protein (meat) mix than dogs as they are predominantly carnivores whilst dogs are omnivores like us.

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  15. When I had a dog, I didn't buy into 'pet food' at all, but made her meals myself. I found this very interesting article about the birth and progression of commercial pet food (first developed in England). It's amazing how the 'spin doctors' have made us feel that we aren't smart enough to know how to feed pets and we should 'leave it to the professionals'. Good article on your pet food process. I hope it inspires a lot of owners.

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  16. I cook dog food for my older god (she will be 15 this month) and to supplement the younger/smaller 2 dogs diet as well. I usually mix 1 lb of meat with rice or oats and then add in some sale priced/frozen veggies and then add in some oil and a little salt. She loves it and is eating a lot better on this.

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  18. Good post, thank you!
    I wish I could look at Watchdog and other BBC progs, in the US we are not allowed access. I guess all to do with the licence fee. We can listen to the radio but not the TV.
    Happy weekend everyone.
    Pam in TX

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  19. I have always made food for my dog - can't afford to buy in chicken meat though! I save all the scrap cooked meat - including chicken skin etc and pick every trace of meat off the bones. I then freeze it until I hve enough for a big batch. I then boil it up with vegetables (saved leftovers included) and pasta or rice. I portion it out into tin trays, freeze it and just pull out 3 or 4 days at a time. He loves it, he is a perfect weight and an added bonus - his breath isn't half as bad as it once was!

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