DOG FOOD PORTIONS – #wevegotmail

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Learning to serve the proper dog food portions taught me a very expensive lesson not too long ago.

So when I received this email – I just had to share my response with all of you –


I see you decided to start feeding the Ziwi Peak to your doodle.  I have a Goldendoodle 58 pounds.  He’s tall so he has more of the poodle in him.  How do you feed this food with the price for your dogs?  Does it seem like it’s enough food? The website says he’d get about 4.19 scoops.  in an 8 pound bag I(‘d have to feed at least 2  bags per month at over $200.  Do you add anything to stretch it out? Thanks, Monica

Monica, your questions are sooooooo familiar to me –

Switching to Ziwi Peak was a necessity. Allergies were running a muck and I needed to feed them something more “species appropriate.” For many reasons I was unable to transition to raw. Ziwi Peak became my alternative…



Ziwi is 95% digestible, high in protein and kilo calories – therefore you feed less. Something I learned the hard way.

Like you, I too thought the scoop was really small…


When I saw the small amount of food the scoop held, I got concerned…


All on my own I decided this couldn’t be enough and I started giving them “heaping” scoopfuls…


Not only did that deplete the bags faster, but Jax started to swell up right before my very eyes.

Over a couple of months he gained 4lbs. #notgood

I now “correctly” follow the scoop chart on the side of the bag…

Their vet approves of my food choice, however, she asked that I add fiber in their diet. Specifically cauliflower.  Why cauliflower?  Because it is –

rich in different vitamins to include antioxidants. It can sometimes reduce inflammation. 

Steamed broccoli and cauliflower are added to their dinner a couple of times a week…


I also give them Olewo Carrots – at least once a week.

NOTE: Giving them veggies with their dinner is not to stretch the food, its to add the fiber and benefits each vegetable provides.


Let’s call it like it is – Ziwi Peak is pricey.  But what the Boys used to eat in the past wasn’t cheap either. It’s dreadful that quality dog food is so expensive. It really shouldn’t be. #butthatsanotherstory

Dr Karen Becker addressed why expensive dog foods cost so much –

The reason expensive dog foods cost so much money is because of the quality of their ingredients and type of processing they use. Most expensive dog foods use natural whole meat as their primary ingredient. They use complex processing methods like freeze drying or dehydration to maintain the nutritional integrity of the food. Also, they are usually scientifically formulated and update their ingredients as new nutritional information is discovered by researchers. When you buy the most expensive food, you are getting nutrition that you can trust. Source: Dog Food Insider

When I looked for a list of the most expensive dog food brands on the market and WHY they cost so much – Guess who made the Dog Food Insider list?

ZiwiPeak Air Dried Dog Food is a prime example of an expensive dog food using a unique processing method and high quality ingredients. They use only whole meat ingredients like fresh cuts of lamb, beef, and venison, along with organs and bones for the most biologically appropriate food. Beyond just offering a formula that resembles what dogs would eat in the wild, they air dry their kibble to protect against nutrient loss from processing.

Also on that list was –

  • Merrick BackCountry
  • Orjen Adult
  • EVO Red Meat

–  along with comparable/alternative brands for those on the list.


I average about two bags per month. My purchases come from Chewy(dot)com because they ship free, fast, and with their reoccurring shipment option there’s a tiny discount #everybithelps.

The additional funds required for food, has taken me down another path – one I’m actually having some fun with. I’ve learned alternatives to commercial treats.

Teaching myself to make treats has been financially smart and their snacks are much healthier.

I dehydrate sweet potatoes, apple slices and chicken breasts strips in the oven now. Read here from Kimberly about Easy DIY Jerky Treat Recipes.

Making snacks are super easy and both Harley & Jaxson love what’s coming out of Cathy’s Kitchen 🙂


We all want the very best for our dogs, yet we all have to live within our means. Talk with your veterinarian if you’re concerned about the dog food you’ve selected. There are many ways to get nutritional species appropriate foods into your dogs diet. With a little research and discussion with your vet I have no doubt you will find a happy healthy medium!

Monica – I hope I’ve answered your questions.  Let’s stay in touch, if you find some Doodle*licious recipes – please share 🙂

DISCLAIMER: I am not a veterinarian nor a scientist. I’m a pet parent always interested in understanding more about my dogs.

Have a magical, magnificent, marvelous Monday ❤

  • Emma
    February 19, 2018

    My mom says, the money you invest in good food, treats, and supplements keeps the costs of vet visits down because we are healthier dogs, but the main thing is she wants us to eat the best we can. Raw isn’t something we are ready for either, but we eat a healthy alternative.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 20, 2018

      That’s what it’s all about Emma – doing the very best for you all that we can!

  • Monica Whittaker
    February 19, 2018

    Hi Cathy,
    Thank you so much for your reply and awesome suggestions! I certainly will give them a try. You are absolutely right about cost of feeding other foods compared to Ziwi. I did purchase a bag and have begun feeding. Toby got a bit gassy and I didn’t give him that much. I’m hoping he’s just adjusting.
    The addition of the veggies sounds great and I will do that. I love the treat ideas, which will cut down on expense too.
    Thank you for answering me and I certainly will keep in touch! Hugs to your Harley & Jaxson!
    Monica, Toby & Max

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 20, 2018

      Oh Monica – you’ve made my day!!!!
      So happy to hear you’re giving it a try. I followed the recommendations on their website and called them often when I transitioned the Boys to their food. They are very patient and welcoming on the phone, so don’t hesitate to give them a call if you have questions. Please come back and visit again soon, we love new FURends..

  • Monika & Sam
    February 19, 2018

    Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet when it comes to expensive dog food. I figure I can cut back on some of my personal purchases to make up the difference. It’w worth it to know my fur-kids are getting the best.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 20, 2018

      AbsoDOODLEtutely! I stopped getting manicures and do my own pedicures. At the end of the day, they are more important to me, and I haven’t missed it at all. Now my feet look raggedy LOL but I can live with that! Take care friend.

  • Jan K
    February 28, 2018

    I remember when we switched to grain free food, the portions were much smaller, and that was hard to get used to! I miss SlimDoggy, because they always helped me through that with their calorie calculator!
    We fed Orijen when Sheba was on her cancer diet. It was tough to take the price but I just considered it like another medical necessity (I’d think about how much chemo would have cost if that had been an option!). That made it a little bit easier!
    It also helps to think of it as an investment in their health that will hopefully pay off with less vet visits needed.

  • All Things Collie
    March 1, 2018

    With my pack, a food this expensive is just not doable. So I feed the best quality food I can afford, and then I supplement the kibble with either high quality toppers or food I cook myself. But I’ve heard great things about Ziwi, so maybe I can cut back on the kibble and add a bit of this food from time to time.

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