Correct me if I am wrong but isn't a RAW diet more expensive to feed if done correctly and with the right supplements. I went the raw diet route once and ended up going back to kibble. I also had a dog with GI issues and it was trial and error on finding the right food. He ended up doing excellent on the Wellness simple solutions formula. Yes, it was almost $60 bucks for a 28lb bag but it lasted me about 6 weeks for a 70lb dog. Much less than what I would spend on raw meat and all the supplements.
I think it is much more expensive to feed than kibble; however, the end result of RAW vs kibble is well worth it. RAW is not for every dog though and it takes a lot of time and research to get started. It is not something you just plunge right into. Kangol will not touch kibble and I had food issues with him for years before switching over to RAW. Now I have no problems.
This is what I spent today on his food:
10lbs of chicken quarters- $8.80
5lbs of turkey necks and backs- $5.53
8lbs of beef kidney- $5.11
11lbs of beef heart- $11.00
4lbs of chicken livers- $4.00
Total- $34.44 for roughly 7 meals granted the kidney and the heart will last me another 7-12 meals because I bought so much. So in 7 days I will have to buy some more chicken and turkey.
I also lucked out this weekend when my best friend's husband killed a deer so I get some meet from that and all the organs, which I will freeze. So the best thing to do is slowly transition and you will just have to weigh the costs. The only supplements I do are fish oil, Vitamin E, milk thistle, and a little garlic every few days in his food.