Affordable DIY Dog Food

I don’t know if you guys know this, but we are animal people. We try to feed our pets the best quality food, but dry pet food can be incredible expensive. We found ourselves settling for low quality, grain-heavy dog food. We looked in to making our own dog food, but we were discouraged because feeding dogs human food seems so expensive. Right? Not really! It is actually cheaper to make your own food that to buy a bag of dry dog food.

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Please do not actually give your dog food that is in this photo. It is for decoration only. 🙂

We initially tried DIY dog food because our Boxer, Emma, started getting sick from several dry dog food brands. She ended up losing a lot of weight and having lots of tummy troubles. After spending a couple hundred dollars at the vet, we realized she was just allergic to the harsh dyes and chemicals in her dog food.

Our sweet puppy, Emma!

After Emma was put on a strict, temporary rice and chicken diet, we delved into experimentation of DIY dog food. The average dogs needs calcium, carbs, protein, fat, and vitamins found in veggies. Dogs do not need their food to be a specific color to enjoy it; big brands dye foods so buyers will be more interested. Dyes are actually the number one culprit for tummy troubles in our household.

Not only have we gone away from dyes and chemicals for our dog’s diet, but our cats also have dye sensitivities that caused us to reevaluate their food needs. We use this cat food and love it!

We created our own dog food using these ingredients:
white rice (carbs) $1.30 per pound
olive oil (fats) $0.30 per ounce
– carrots (vitamins) $1 per freezer bag
– peas (vitamins) $1 per freezer bag
– spinach (vitamins) $1.50 per freezer bag
– chicken (protein) $3.37 per pound
– eggs (protein) $2.50

The great thing about most of these ingredients is they can be stored or frozen for later use.

For two weeks worth of dog food for one medium sized dog, I use:
– 1 chicken breast ($1.70)
– 4 eggs ($0.82)
– 2 TBS olive oil ($0.30)
– 2 lbs white rice ($2.60)
– 1 small freezer bag of carotts, spinach, and peas ($3.50)

I throw all of these ingredients in a slow cooker with enough water to cover everything. I cook this on low for 6-8 hours. Once everything is fully cooked, I shred the chicken and divide the food into 1 cup intervals. I store this dog food in Ziploc bags in the freezer. I thaw out the food in the microwave before feeding our dog.

In total, this dog food costs us about $18 per month/per dog, and it doesn’t make anyone sick! If you, like us, have more than 2 dogs, this may seem steep for dog food. $60 a month for dog food is a lot, but our dogs go through 2 48 lb. bags of dog food a month. If we went through Rachel Ray or Blue Buffalo, like the vet recommended, we would be spending $140 a month on dog food! With that in mind, this doesn’t seem so bad after all!

Just a reminder: never give your dogs chocolate, onions, garlic, avocado, coconut, raisins, grapes, nuts, coffee, dough, or xylitol. Be careful with dairy and other human foods that might cause upset tummies.

Please leave your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions below! I would love to hear what you do in your home.

You should always discuss diet changed with your vet prior to following this recipe.

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CHEAP DIY Pet Flea Repellant

If you didn’t already know, we practically run a zoo. We have 3 dogs and 3 cats. They are a handful, but we love them! And…they get fleas.

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Flea medicine is so expensive! With all of our pets, we are looking at spending near $200 every month for flea prevention, most of which, doesn’t even work very well (sorry, Frontline!). I decided to create my own Flea Repellant and Anti-Flea Shampoo.

You should always ask your vet before using any DIY items on your pet. I have consulted my vet!

Flea Repellant

This recipe makes about 1 oz. of repellant, and I love it! I put this repellant in a dropper bottle that I bought on Amazon.

For this recipe, you will need:
 – 2 TBS. Rubbing Alcohol (I used the lowest percentage) ($.88)
 – 1/8 tsp Tea Tree Oil ($8)
 – 5 drops Peppermint oil  ($8)


Mix all of the ingredients together, and pour into the dropper. You could substitute rubbing alcohol for olive oil, if you are concerned about the alcohol irritating your pet’s skin.

I use one dropper full of the Flea Repellant for each of my cats, and two droppers of Flea Repellant for each dog. I use this once a week, which seems to keep the fleas away! 

Flea Repelling Shampoo

The recipe is awesome, and compares to expensive, organic store-bought products! I adapted Naturally Mindful’s recipe to fit our pet’s needs. Check her page out for more organic recipes! 

For this recipe, you will need:
 – 1/2 c. water
 – 1/3 c. dish soap (I use this on my hair every once in a while, so I don’t mind using it on my pets!) ($.88 at Walmart!)
 – 1 tsp.
Olive Oil ($8)
 – 1/8 tsp.
Tea Tree oil ($8)
 – 5 drops
Peppermint Oil ($8)

Mix all of the ingredients together, and shake before each use. Pour this into an old lotion bottle, or a $1 bottle from the Dollar Tree! Naturally Mindful recommends you make a new batch after 6 months, but I am still using mine! 

I have used this on my cats and my dogs, and it works very well! The oil acts as a light conditioner, though I still condition my pets. 

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12 Days of Christmas: What to get your pet for Christmas

I can already hear my grandma judging me, but I don’t have human children, so I get my pets Christmas presents!I know I am not alone in this!

If you are a weirdo like me, here are my pets’ favorite Christmas gifts. I know because they told me.

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To prove we are nuts, above is actually a professional photo of our cat. To be fair, though, this was taken when she was in the shelter. We adopted her the next month! You can’t tell me she doesn’t deserve a Christmas gift!

For our pets, we always get them toys and treats. Our cats really love these crinkly balls. They come in a 24 pack, but they will all be lost by February, don’t you worry. I also get them these Greenies treats for hairballs. They love them more than they need them really. It’s ridiculous.

Our dogs love to get these rawhide chews. We do not have delicate, gentle, soft dogs though. Our dogs all have beards and grunt when they eat, so you might want something like this if you have a dainty, lady-like dog. I do not buy Christmas themed treats, though. Often times, they contain harmful dyes that make our dogs throw up on the carpet.

Last year we got our dogs this gift bag, and let me say we absolutely loved it. It was worth every single penny. The toys also came in a really nice little tote that we still use today, even though the toys have long ago been buried or lost.

Yes, we are lunatics that buy our pets Christmas present, but we know we aren’t alone! Tell me below what you got your pet for Christmas!

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