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I saw my vet yesterday and she said the NV raw is balanced, a good food, and that it should give a growing puppy all her nutrients. It does have vitamin D, I looked up the label, but I am going to supplement with some cod liver oil a few times a week just in case. I'm also adding a little bit of a canine formula enzyme and probiotic. My vet said she had never observed or read about growth problems in puppies related to raw feeding or vitamin deficiency as a result of raw feeding. I am thinking a kibble meal kind of defeats the purpose of raw, but maybe a minimally processed, high quality kibble that doesn't compete with the digestion transit time, if that's even an issue in these guys.
I think Violet would gobble anything I put in front of her, she's already scouring and sniffing for anything we've dropped, and no problems whatsoever with the food change. The stool is smaller, a little wetter, and harder to pick up, it leaves some residue on the grass (which is where she seems to prefer to put it vs. the $500 gravel potty area I had built), but less cleanup convenience is a small price to pay in trade for her health if she thrives on this diet.