Somewhere between my last post and this one, Lilly had a visit from her trimmer. She got praise for how great her tootsies are looking, how her weight is holding steady, and how much better she's moving these days. Gone are the bull-nosed, squared off hind toes from her past, which definitely lets us know she's using her body properly. We still have a seedy toe hole, but there's no active infection in there, so it's more of a maintenance thing at this point. I'm going to let off the creams and ointments and move on to the apple cider vinegar instead. I'll probably continue to shove cotton up into the little pocket, just because it keeps the crud out, but for now we just have to wait for it to grow out.
|Waiting for the trimmer lady.|
In other news, I've been keeping track of Rylee's raw food diet expenses. I've been writing down everything I buy, how much of it I have, and what I paid for it. May's statistics are in, and I'm quite impressed! I spent just over $90 for approximately 50 pounds of meat, which made enough food for 33 days. When all the different equations have been worked out (thanks to Excel!), the results look like this:
Cost Per Bag = $1.18
Cost Per Day = $2.35
Total Cost for May = $72.54
Less than $75 to feed a 75 pound dog, fresh quality food that I prepare right there in my kitchen. I'm so glad I ventured into this whole raw food thing, that my dog is playing along, and that she isn't sending me to the poor house in the process.
She does get 1 Vitamin E capsule, 1 fish oil capsule, 4 antihistamines, and 1/4 teaspoon of probiotics each day, so there are some other costs included in there as well. Not to mention the recreational bones and fancy schmancy single ingredient treats I buy her, but she'd probably get those things anyway.
|I've never had so much meat in my house at one time!|
I've got my baggie packing system down to a science and rather than being something I dread, I find it quite satisfying to chop up fresh meat, pack it away, and put it in the freezer.