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Puppy food change and raw goat milk

I try to search and find answers before posting repeat questions, but I have one I think may be a bit unique.

When I get my puppy in a couple of weeks I want to change the food he has been eating at the breeder's home. I've done extensive research the the food they use is not one I want to continue. Knowing the first few days at least I'll want to use their food so there aren't too many changes and stresses.

At the local pet supply store (high end local, not chain store) I went to buy the Acana which is the brand I decided I'd use. I was asking about the method of slowing mixing new in with old and shifting the ratio over the course of several days until it is all new brand. They suggested alternatively to switch without that transition but simply use a little bit of raw goat's milk with the new food for a week or so to help him acclimate (it helps with stomach upset). Note, raw goat's milk is nothing like pasteurized cow's milk so not all the red flags about milk to a puppy.

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I'm not sure about the goats milk. I just do the normal slow transition over a week. Just adding a little bit more of the new kibble each day.





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Thanks Linda. I'm coming to that same conclusion as well. I can find nothing on my internet research that suggests this raw goat milk transition. All sites say to do the traditional method.
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ditto to Linda's suggestions.

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Raw milk of any kind is not to be used. We learned a long time ago to pasturize our milk and people quit dying from diseases. If you want to use the goat milk heat it first to whatever the temp is to pasturize it.

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Raw milk of any kind is not to be used. We learned a long time ago to pasturize our milk and people quit dying from diseases. If you want to use the goat milk heat it first to whatever the temp is to pasturize it.
Respectfully, I've done a lot of research on this and talked to several vets. When talking about "people" as you mention above, I totally agree, but I'm talking about a different species with canines. We love them like little people, but they are not.

Second, raw goat's milk is vastly different than cow's milk. I would never give raw or pasteurized cow milk to my puppy.

Lastly, the regulations on certified raw goat's milk is quite stringent. So as long as you don't simply run to the farmer's market and grab random raw milk you can have a very safe and high quality product for your dog.

As stated in the original post, I'm not asking about the risk of raw goat's milk as I've done that research extensively. I was simply asking about the suggested path of shortcutting the food brand transition to a day vs slowly over a week. For that, I agree with the posters above that the tried and true method of slowly mixing in the new food with the old over a week is the better path.
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