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Switching New Puppy to New/Better Food
I plan to switch my puppy to Nature's Variety or a similar balanced raw prepared food as soon as possible after I get her, but I figured I should leave her on the food she is used to eating for a a short time while she is adjusting to her new surroundings. The breeder feeds and recommends Science Diet, but after all I have read about it here, I'd prefer to phase that out sooner than later.
When do you think the appropriate time would be to start transitioning her to the NV, or should I try a better kibble that approximates Science Diet (so as not to upset her system too much) but with less fillers, no wheat/corn, etc., and then go to the NV after a period of time? If that's the case, which quality kibble would you guys recommend that wouldn't be too huge of a switch for her tummy? I've done a lot of reading and keep coming back to the idea that raw is best and hopefully that works for us, but I'm not ruling out alternatives depending on what my holistic vet says and how my dog takes to it. I know Tom King mentioned a food he was using and liked (I think it's Life Abundance), and I know of another breeder that likes it as well.
I read an old posting here that Kathy Ambler was weaning her puppies on NV (though I'm not sure if she still is due to the cost), which was very encouraging that a good Hav breeder felt confident enough about that food to put her young puppies on it. In that case, they went straight from mother's milk to raw, but in my case the puppy will have been on kibble, or maybe canned depending on how much her teeth have come in.
In a nutshell, how soon can I put her on raw, and should I substitute a different kibble before starting the raw?