If a dog’s diet is nutritionally adequate, how can dental disease be so prevalent? Maybe we need to take a look at diet. Did you know that healthy teeth and gums not only help prevent periodontal disease, mouth pain and bad breath, but also more serious conditions of the kidney, liver, heart, and joints? Pet dental health can significantly impact life quality and longevity and diet does matter.
Clean Eating is not just for Humans
Clean eating has become a focus of healthy living for humans. People are reading labels, eliminating chemicals and processed foods, and eating “clean” as a means to health, so it’s common sense to consider that option for your pets as well.
Commercial dry or canned foods are often times made with poor quality ingredients, synthetic vitamins, harmful aflatoxins, are highly processed, and are typically high in starch, which sticks to teeth. On top of that, dogs don’t generally chew it – they just gulp it down, which means they don’t get any benefit from abrasive action during the chewing process. On the contrary, the benefits of a raw diet go far beyond just pet dental health, giving your pet a higher quality of life.
Raw Diet Benefits
Lean meats are the foundation of a good raw diet and contain natural enzymes. Organs provide necessary vitamins and nutrients, and bones are needed for calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous. All of these are components that foster pet dental health.
Raw bones are a staple in diets for dogs to ensure a good source of minerals, especially calcium and phosphorous. Meat is lower in calcium and high in phosphorous so meat alone will not provide what your pet needs. Giving raw meaty bones like our chicken or turkey necks allows the chewing action to help clean teeth naturally. Beef bones can also be given as a recreational chew and can offer great exercise. (Please remember to supervise dogs when chewing these and pick an appropriate size for your pet.)
Try an Experiment
Try an experiment by feeding a balanced raw diet, such as Northwest Naturals, for 3-4 weeks. We’d love to hear your results and see before and after pictures.
For More Information
Read more about Raw Bone Benefits here. Raw Bone Benefits for Your Pet.
Watch this documentary on the commercial pet food industry. Pet Fooled Documentary