How to Save Big Money with Homemade Dog Food and Be Healthier

The health benefits of all natural homemade dog food are impossible to ignore. Plus, it has major benefits in other areas as well.

One of the most crucial aspects that come with the privilege of having a dog is the cost of feeding. For many, it is a large reason as to why they have not yet ventured into dog ownership despite desperately wanting to.

On the flip side, there are many who never considered the cost of feeding and, in an attempt to control expenses, misguidedly opt for less than nourishing packaged dog food.

Feeding Homemade Healthy Dog Food

Feeding a homemade dog food diet can save a dog owner in excess of $10,205.00 over the life of their dog based on 2007 national research figures. Healthy homemade dog food has been independently surveyed to reduce veterinary visits by 85%, this combined with savings on home made dog food costs and the newfound absence of expensive medications is remarkable. My personal experience has been over 90% savings.

The Best Homemade Dog Food Diet Contains Fresh Raw Ingredients

Even if you have no local raw food suppliers, there are plenty of affordable sources on the internet. To save money, it is strongly recommended that pet owners buy in bulk and freeze their home made dog food recipes for the months ahead. This can sometimes require obtaining an extra freezer just for the space; luckily, a used freezer can be purchased for very little. Otherwise, buying on a day to day basis will likely cost more in the long run.

Natural feeders commonly buy the main source of their recipe from a supplier while picking up the rest from local sales. In areas where the pastime is common, most hunters will gladly give over what they do not want or cannot use, sometimes at no charge. It can also be a good idea to contact a wild game processor as well.

Quality and price are always good concepts to keep in mind when feeding homemade raw dog food; yet buying expensive cuts of meat is not the main requirement. Tough cuts and gristly cuts are often priced to move quickly and are every bit as tasty to a dog, if not more nourishing. By simply taking time to put the ingredients together, wrap them and toss them in an extra freezer, you can have a complete menu of nutritious recipes for their dog. Each feeding is simply taken out of the freezer the night before and defrosted for the next day.

To Cook or Not to Cook?

In opting for a natural diet, it is likely you will come across a number of opinions about cooking foods in a natural diet. As a dog’s system is built for handling raw meats, giving cooked food is essentially giving already digested food. The necessary live enzymes that help a dog transport nutrients to the right places cannot be extracted as they are quickly destroyed by heat. In fact, this is one of the primary flaws of feeding commercial foods.

The ultimate goal of a homemade dog food diet is to help get a dog’s systems back in balance and help them heal any current deficiencies. This can only be done by offering the natural, raw ingredients that the canine digestive system is designed to handle.

As Dr. Tom Lonsdale BVet Med, MRCVS states, “A natural diet acts as food and medicine for pet carnivores. It works wonders and minor miracles. We need those benefits now.”

Watch the video below to bust a few myths about homemade raw dog food diets.

Raw Dog Food Myths - Bugs and Bones?

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About Dan

Dan is an experienced dog nutrition and home remedy specialist, helping pet parents heal chronic dog health problems with healthier kibble, home cooked and raw food diets and using effective, safer natural home remedies for a healthier, happier and longer lived dog.


  1. Angela Owen says

    Hi Dan, I agree with you. I was giving my lab (almost 10 years old) glucosamine/chondroitin for a mild limp (which I believe is arthritis) but came to the realisation that everything from meat for health can be given to dogs. People forget that dogs are carnivores after all and they are feeding them all sorts of junk. I look at years ago and what dogs ate, meat scraps and the like. Personally, I have cut out all wheat and sugar from my diet – it has been an up and down roller coaster as sugar is up there with the best of the poisons – alcohol (which I know is liquid carbohydate) and drugs. I am not overweight and the new regime is really working. I did it for brain health mostly. At the same time I realised that a lot of sugar and salt is going into dry dog food which I am feeding to my dog and have started my dog back on to raw meat. Even the vets I go to recommend gluc/chon – I wonder why because it is a placebo? Just like you can try and repair a human body, I am going to have a go at repairing my dog’s! Thanks for the information.

  2. Hi Angela, thanks for commenting and I’m glad you can see the link between low nutrition foods and bad health for us and our dogs. Outside of natural fruit sugars, sugar as an additive is toxic to the body of us and our dogs. Raw meat will work wonders for a dog compared to glucosamine.

    When we peel back the decades old brainwashing of convenience thinking which leads us down the slippery slope to poor health and wasted time trapped in a municipal health service merry-go-round and instead focuss on health and wellbeing we begin to witness vitality, independance, strength, wholeness, energy and freedom.

  3. Can someone making Canadian minimum wage afford to raw feed? I can’t find a decent dog food brand that does grain free and this seems like a good way to go.

  4. Hi Shawnie, Can you afford not to raw feed your dog!? Afterall the long term savings on vet services is where you really save money AND your dogs well-being. Check out local butchers for cheap deals and scraps like chicken carcasses by the bag full for a few bucks.

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