Did you know that we make our own dog food here at The Local Butcher Shop? Well, we do.
Every week we make a fresh batch of food which the dogs seem to go wild for! It is not a balanced diet (there are no vitamin supplements) so it should be fed to dogs and cats only as a supplemental food. We use ground beef (beef trim), beef liver, beef heart, carrots, a seasonal green and what we call “pixie dust” which is finely, finely, finely ground bone.
We have started a Dog Food Loyalty Program here at the shop. When you purchase 5 pounds of Dog Food, the next pound is free! All we need is your first and last name to enroll you and our system keeps track of the rest.
We also freeze beef knuckle bones which make great dog bones and we have dehydrated pig skin twists that dogs love to chew.
Wow, this is a great idea! I’m looking for a good reward for my retriever when he does a good job. I believe when he gets this reward he will do a better job. Thanks for an inspired post.
why don’t you make it a balanced diet? it would be easy….there are many good raw food recipes or just copy Primal. Steve’s, Stella and Chewy’s or Darwin. all good, although Stella a chewy’s is like you, all grass fed. it would make me feel better if it were balanced because I would rather feed you exclusively than buy a commercial brand…
Thanks for your interest! We really appreciate you offering your advice and I love to hear that you would buy our food exclusively if it was balanced.
We’ve thought long and hard about this. The problem is not that we don’t know how to make it, but more that we try to be holistic in our approach within our shop. We don’t want to have to order supplements that are strictly for our pet food and cannot be used in other applications. Adding supplements would also raise the price of an already expensive product. The way we make our pet food know, we should really be selling it for $3.15 more per pound in order for us to make any profit on it. If we add the additional cost of the supplements and the labor of receiving the product, storage, and measuring, the price would be unpalatable to pet owners and we believe we wouldn’t sell much at all. Fido’s Food is a great resource to help us use the entire animal as we bring in whole carcasses. If this outlet went away, (because we were selling less due to pricing) it would be a struggle to find a home for all the meat product that goes into it.
We do suggest using our food as a base and mixing in your own supplements that are exactly what your pet needs. Another option is to check out The Holistic Hound on Walnut Street in Berkeley. They are just up the road from us and they do a great job and are very knowledgeable about getting your pet what they need.
Thanks again for reaching out and offering your opinion. We have printed your comments out so that the next time we round table Fido’s Food, it will be a part of the discussion.
thank you, and I totally understand…that means your foods it exists, should be a part of a raw supplemental diet perhaps, mixing out with Primal or Stella and chewy’s balanced raw food meat. which is ok, too
Hello there, where would I find pricing for your dog food by pound?
Hi I just watched your YouTube video and would love to feed my dog good food. Can your food be frozen and do you ship to michigan?
Your Dog’s Diet Over Time
Many experts recommend rotating diets every 2-6 months if you are feeding commercial dog food. This typically means changing to a new food company. Offering a variety of formulas within that company can benefit many dogs. When feeding homemade diets, a variety of foods should be offered. However, it is always important to use recipes for complete and balanced dog food. Feeding the same food all the time can become boring for your dog. It is also believed that this can lead to allergies and other diseases. Remember that the needs of individual dogs can vary. As always, consult your veterinarian about the best food choices for your dog.