|Barked: Wed Sep 2, '09 4:58pm PST |
|Yes, I have found Old Mother Hubbard "Neura" Meats in Big Lots for 50 cents a can! And the sardines, and Jack Mackarel can be found in Dollar General around here.
About grains and other non-meat items....every once in awhile, I hit the raw-feeding "jackpot" and will get some free prepared raw, (well, that happened once due to a freezer breakdown) or tons of "Trim" from a local farmer I buy meat from, but not often.
I know everyone on here will cringe, but I have been known to bust out my Dr. Pitcairn book (he has lotsa grain-inclusive, alternate protein source recipes, like "Canine Oats and Eggs") that I have used when things get tight or I have nothing thawed. I really don't see any problem with the occasional grainy meal, but then again, I am more of a BARF-type feeder (as opposed to Prey Model) than most on here. I find it to be way cheaper for us, (not for everyone, I realize) and my dogs thrive on it, so I keep doing it.
So, some days we really just improvise...my only advice would be not to do so if any of your dogs have a grain intolerance, ie in Thea's case, she will get a UTI really fast if she eats many grains. So, in her we cannot afford to skimp as we will end up at the vet's, defeating the whole purpose!
I have been broke/without transportation, and even busted out the crock-pot and made an el cheapo mish-mosh stew of leftover stuff, for everyone, human and canine!
But, I really see no problem with that once in awhile, ($$ is tight here, too, so I get what you're saying) and if agrees with your dog, you are certainly not doing a disservice to him....I really commend you for sticking with a WAY higher quality diet than reverting back to kibble!
Now, the day I gave everyone chicken noodle soup (from a CAN) for dinner (dogs and humans) I'll leave out!
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