When Link was about 3-4 months I switched him to Raw when my vet introduced me to the prepackaged raw meals by pets4life. It was great, Link was healthy and it showed, he loved it and so did I. After a while though, the cost of that food began to rival my Rent. I worked 12 hour shifts multiple times a week and still didn't have money for myself, and I was missing out on time with Link, which depressed me and wasn't good for him. Before taking up that diet, Id suggest you figure out the actual costs, I didn't want to be jumping around from one food to the next all the time.
I believe a 4lb bag came in at around $25 (for a cheaper one), and an ideal GSD adult weight is something like 80lbs. So if not now at his current size, eventually a GSD pup would eat 4% of 80lbs a day, totaling about 96lbs a month which comes to about $600/month. Of course you can buy larger quantities at a little less but this is a fair assessment of what you may pay at these rates. Then add in vet bills, toys, etc.
Don't get me wrong, nothing against the food, I'd recommend it if you can handle it, and eventually the amount he eats gets cut in half, just think it over first, it's not very cost effective for large breeds. I now DIY raw meals, and the learning process is/was a huge hurtle. I also don't have a freezer for my dog but am able to store almost 2 weeks of food at a time in my fridge freezer on one shelf, along with my food, and the two other adults here on the other + in the door. Also, if you can afford prepackaged raw, you should be able to pick up a small used freezer.
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