Pet Gourmet! Cooking For Your Pet can save you Money

dog eating dog food Here’s are next guest post and it’s about one of my passions. Dogs!

A few months ago I met Carrie. Carrie is a vet living in rural Wisconsin and mom to 11 furry children. Her Australian shepherds are bright-eyed smart little fellas ready to please, play and work. While Carrie and I enjoyed a cup of coffee in her country kitchen I could not help it notice the delicious aroma of stew. Stew just like my mom would prepare in the winter with large chunks of cubed meat and colorful veggies. Needless to say I invited myself for dinner and asked Carrie about the stew. To my surprise she informed me we were having grilled Salmon for dinner. The wonderful pot of stew was in fact part of her weekly ritual of home-cooked dog food. This discovery led to a conversation regarding the economy of dog nutrition. I was quite surprised to learn a few facts and figures that totally changed my approach to feeding my own pets.

While many pet advocates would address this topic from the perspective of wholesomeness and the overall concern about pet food content which is often a mystery and almost always includes the dreaded word “byproducts”.  I was mainly attracted to the economic aspects of preparing your own dog food.  The homemaker is me is always looking for a way to pinch a penny!

On average a dog owner feeding premium food to a 40 to 60 pound dog will spend between $45 to $85 per month when purchasing ready-made dog food. How does that compare to homemade food?

Homemade food can be as costly as you want to make it but with good planning and strategy you will discover great savings and improved nutrition for your pet.

At least 60-80% of your dog’s raw food diet should consist of raw meat. Further broken down, that meat allowance should be roughly 20% organs, 20% skin and fat, and 35% muscle meat.

Ideally dogs will benefit the most from a raw diet however for cost effectiveness, preservation and carbohydrates balance we incorporate grains

Most medium size dogs will need about two cups of food per day distributed in two feedings.  For small breeds it can be as little as half a cup per day, for very large dogs as much as 4 cups.

If we desire to feed a raw diet the best approach is to buy meat on sale. I tracked the price of ground meat, lower grade steak, whole chickens and chicken tights. When acquired during a sale the price per pound can be as low as 50 cents. In the case of turkey during the holidays you will find deals as cheap as 10 cents per pound.

If your approach will include grains consider brown rice, oats and quinoa. Purchased wholesale the average price per pound is 40 to 60 cents.

If you decide to incorporate vegetables excepting those that present a health hazard to your dogs such as onions you can do it by purchasing frozen or clearance vegetables which will average 40 cents per pound.

If you have opted for a raw diet your price calculation is easy. Cost of meat divided by meals. For a medium dog that is about ¾ pound per day or less than 40 cents

If you decide to cook mixes of meat, grain and vegetables your average will go up to about 60 cents per day plus you must carefully consider volume to ensure your dog receives sufficient protein.

Compared to an average of $1.20 per pound of premium brand dog food homemade feeding can certainly represent savings plus the satisfaction of knowing exactly what you are feeding your best friend.

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Easy Cheap Pet Stain Remover

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Do you have a dog or cat that has occasional accidents? As a life long pet owner (and current mom to 4 dogs) I know the importance of getting the stain up as soon as possible a long with the smell so the dog (or cat) won’t continue to use that spot as their personal toilet.

There are some great pet stain removers on the market available at your local pet store but they can be pricey. I have a cheap, simple and eco-friendly solution.

First, using a paper towel, soak up as much of the stain as possible (see puppy training tip below). Now, just saturate the area with a little white vinegar and let it set a few minutes. Then using a sponge,  soak up as much of the liquid as possible, wring the sponge out and keep doing this until the spot is only damp. Then I wipe it up some more with a dry dish towel or even better, a microfiber cloth and fluff the carpet fibers back up.

 

 

 

 

***Bonus Tip****

If the stain in question is caused by a puppy in the process of housetraining, take the paper towel with the dog waste on it and take it outside to where you want the puppy to actually do his business. Then take your puppy out there to that spot. The puppy will smell it and associate it to where he should “go potty”. I learned this trick when I worked at PetSmart from the dog trainers.


 

Four-Legged Frugality Free Kindle Book

Four-Legged Frugality

I know this isn’t Freebie Friday but I got an email from the author of this book and thought I’d share it with you.

Four-Legged Frugality: The Pet Supplies Easy Savings Guide

This book will be free on Wednesday and Thursday December 5th and 6th. The author Sarah Fuller says:

 

I have recently released the next e-book in my Easy Savings series. Four-Legged Frugality: The Pet Supplies Easy Savings Guide offers tips and links to resources that will help pet owners cut costs on dog and cat-related purchases in multiple ways. Maximize savings on pet food, bowls and feeders, carriers, collars and leashes, flea and tick pet meds, grooming supplies and much more.
 

 

So if you are reading this on the 5th and 6th of December, check this out. Looks like a good read if you are looking to save money on pet stuff.

 

 

Cathy

Article by Cathy Ratcliffe
 

 

 

 

 

Clean and Green Pet Stain and Odor Remover Review and Giveaway

 

See this little guy to the left? This is my little old man. His name is Joey and he’s a 17 year old Terri-Poo mix. Joey has been the best dog I have ever owned. He’s was a therapy dog for many years of his life.

Unfortunately in the past year, he has gotten pretty senile. He still remembers us but he seems to have forgotten that he needs to go potty outside. We have a doggy door which is a must with 4 dogs and until recently he always did his business outside.

The past 6 months or so, he seems to forget where to go and often goes on the bathroom floor (at least he’s in the right room-too bad he can’t use a toilet) or on the living room floor. Sometimes he doesn’t seem to realize he’s actually “going” and will be shuffling along leaving a trail of pee and/or poo.

It can get pretty messy and smelly. I have tried doggy diapers but he rips them to shreds. So I try to catch it as soon as possible and I guide him outside multiple times a day so he will remember to potty out there.

Still almost everyday, I have at least one accident to clean up. Sigh…

So when Alexis for Clean + Green contacted me and wanted to know if I was willing to try out their eco-friendly pet stain and odor remover, I was definitely willing. I try to stick with natural cleaning products since I’m asthmatic and sensitive to many chemicals. I usually use vinegar to clean up Joey’s mess but  sometimes noticed it wasn’t quite getting rid of all the smell. And if the poop had dried into the floor, it took forever to get it all up with my vinegar.

This cleaner is supposed to be safe for pets, people and the environment.  That sounds good to me, but will it really do a good job of cleaning?

Before I get into the review, I have to tell you by law, that I’m not being paid for the review. My only compensation was the free bottle of Clean + Green to try out.

The Good

  •  It’s easy to use. You just get up what you can with a paper towel and then liberally spray the product onto the spot. Then wipe with a soft cloth.
  • It has a very light smell, nothing cloying or heavy.
  • It has worked well so far. No lingering stinky odors.
  • It’s gotten stains up pretty well.

The Bad

  •  The directions say you can spray it on and let it air dry if you want. I don’t recommend this as even after the surface is dry, it will still be slightly slick. It’s better to wipe it up instead of allowing to air dry.
  • There are oodles of different versions of this cleaner; they even have one if your pet gets”skunked”. Yes, that is a good thing but I wish they had one general cleaner that would work for everything instead having to buy multiple products for different surfaces or situations.

Would I Recommend Clean + Green?

Yes! Specially if you have babies, old folks, pets or anything around your home that may have accidents.

You can visit Clean + Green here: http://www.odorandstainremover.com

Also if you’d like to visit Clean + Green on their facebook and twitter pages, here they are:

Clean + Green Facebook

Clean + Green Twitter

Below is the photo of me finding Joey’s latest “present” for me:

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And here is me spraying Clean + Green after wiping it up:

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The Giveaway

Now it’s time for the giveaway! Clean + Green has agreed to give one lucky reader their very own Clean + Green product of their choice.

Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Go to Clean + Green’s website and pick out which product you would want to have. The website is here: Clean + Green
  2. Come back to this page and leave a comment letting me know which product you want.
  3. Make sure your email address is correct.

The winner will be chosen and announced on Tuesday August 28th.

Good luck and please share this giveaway with your friends on facebook and twitter (and anywhere else you want)!

Cathy