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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-12-2016, 11:36 AM
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Even though I think raw is healthier then any kibble, I'd think about how much you have on your plate already. Raw may not be anything complicated, except when something is a problem. When you run into diet problems, its easier to get help and simpler to follow the old stand by's every vet is familiar with then finding one who is an actual nutritionist and really understands diet beyond what it says on the bag and what they've been provided by the food companies. Just something for you to keep in mind. Its not so simple as they want to push something, as much as it is what they know.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-12-2016, 12:39 PM
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I also feed raw, and while it's not that complicated once you get it, I'd be wary of starting on such a young puppy unless you really know what you're doing. As others have suggested, start with a good, balanced commercial raw and add a few raw meaty bones (chicken backs, chicken legs, etc) per week so she gets used to eating bones. That will give you time to really research how to do it yourself.

If you want to keep her on kibble, go to Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor and check out some of the 4 or 5 star kibbles. They also have most of the commercial raw foods listed, too. When I still fed kibble, I had the best luck with Earthborn Holistic. You can still add a few raw meaty bones per week this way, too!

It's not surprising that your vet was against feeding a raw diet. I think, for many of them, they have seen too many people feed raw the wrong way, and they assume most people won't balance it the way they should. My vet told me they once had a very sick 7 month old puppy who was raw fed. When they grilled the owner about what they were feeding her, she said, "raw hamburger and ground turkey." The poor dog wasn't getting any bone or organ meat. Once I showed my vet how I was feeding raw, they were on board.
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