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Hi guys, I have a question and I would like to know if I'm over stepping or not... so I've asked my breeder if I could purchase and send her frozen raw food because that's what I'll be feeder her at home (she is currently feeding them home brand kibble 馃あ) ive been told she won't do it, now I'm paying a couple thousand for this pup and I didnt think it was a odd question, am I in the wrong?
 

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This is just me, but yeah, I think you are. Breeders usually don't feed each puppy separately but together, so it's extra work that way: prepare separately, separate puppy to eat. Then, what if you back out at the last minute? That's how I got the puppy I have now. He was 8 weeks old when the person who had reserved him backed out instead of coming to get him. It happens. Raising a litter of puppies right is a tremendous amount of work, and the older they get, the more work it is. I had no idea until I became friends with a breeder and saw what she did for a litter.

One of my puppy's littermates is being converted to raw once she finishes the small bag of what the breeder was feeding that the owner purchased. People who feed kibble get to do the same if they want to feed something other than what the breeder did or can't get it where they live.

So unless you really believe the breeder is feeding inferior kibble, in which case you need to be one of the ones who backs out because she didn't feed the bitch well before and during pregnancy, just figure it's only a few weeks and plan on making the change yourself after the puppy's home and settled in.
 

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Okay thank you for.ylur reply, so the puppy won't be affected long term with being fed food thats low grade with next to no nutritional value? because yeah she's sent me a photo and its the Baxter's home brand kibble?
Along as she's healthy thats fine but i don't want her having long term side affects or stunted growth/low immunity ect. (Which i was told could happen on cheap kibble)

Also as a side note I've already paid her off completely so the breeder knows i won't be backing out.
 

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Your dog will be fine. Just be sure that the raw diet is balanced and has the correct Ca/P ratio with sufficient vitamins and minerals for puppy growth (without creating too much or too fast growth).

When I fed my puppy raw I used a supplement called Puppy Gold. At age 4 my dog grew fine and has all his health tests passed (hips, elbows, lower spine etc.).
 

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Commercial kibble is not automatically low-grade with no nutritional value. I have just one smallish dog now and feed fresh, which works well for him. But when I had three dogs, including two large, I fed ProPlan, which is popular among among breeders and show owners.

A start on kibble and then a transition to raw or fresh should absolutely not harm the dog.
 
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Next time you buy a puppy, don't pay before getting him/her. A deposit is reasonable once the litter is born and you know there is a puppy for you (or if you're not stuck on one particular sire and dam and willing to wait for another litter), but requiring full price ahead of time is not. Things happen.

As to the kibble start, more people screw up raw diets than kibble. I feed raw, but that's the truth. Transition your puppy when you get her.
 

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I agree that you were being somewhat unreasonable. Even if you hate the brand of food the breeder is feeding, expecting them to feed "your" puppy something else is just not realistic
 
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Okay thank you all for your advise and I've always fed a raw diet so I'm well versed and my 7 year old boy is in great health but ill definatly look at the pro Gold, and I agree not all commercial kibble is bad however this particular brand (baxters) is and has in the past been to court for poisoning dogs and puppys resulting in several deaths _ Baxters Dog Food Review (2021 Edition) - gentledogtrainers.com.au
I was advised by my vet to ask the breeder for different food, but If she's not going to have any long term health issues than im happy to be wrong.
 
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