Join Date: May 2008
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What I noticed with Violet was it seems like she is/was biting at her back end and feet more often, but there were several different variables - I put her on the new food at the same time as she got her 2nd round of puppy shots (and I've heard vaccines can sometimes cause that), plus I can't say for sure she wasn't doing that on the Science Diet puppy kibble she was previously eating because I transitioned her by the second or third day home. It's also not terribly excessive, and I don't see her licking or chewing her front paws. I have a hunch it is one of the added ingredients in the NV - the flax, alfalfa, maybe the carrots or blueberries (yeasty?). She will have finished a bag of the NV organic chicken by breakfast tomorrow, and I bought a bag of Bravo turkey burgers. They do have some veggies, but more green veggies and no added oils, sprouts, or anything like that. I'll be curious to see if there is a change. My main concern with raw diets is balance, and I'm sure that rotating through the different Bravo proteins or Oma's pride is sufficient for older dogs, maybe tossing in egg, tripe, RMB occasionally, but for a growing puppy I just want to make sure she has all the proper nutrients for growth and development, so I'll probably call the Bravo company and also speak to my vet about whether I should consider adding a supplement to it. She felt the NV was a complete and balanced food for any age.