We get calls every day where customers are complaining about “doggy breath”. Is it supposed to be a normal event that a dog has bad breath? Have we accepted the fact that bad breath is a condition that we have learned to accept and find as a normal condition? I challenge the raw feeding community to step forward and declare the difference between breath for raw fed dogs and kibble fed dogs. I perceive that the difference is because of the tartar buildup that happens when the kibble diets are packed between the teeth and allowed to decay and rot the teeth. You will observe a noticeable difference on how the raw fed dog swallows their food. They really don’t chew the food- they gulp and swallow their food. There is a noticeable difference in the decay forming kibble deposits and the residue from eating the raw food. A major point and benefit from feeding a raw food diet is the affect that periodontal disease has on the health, vitality and longevity of the animal. We all have suffered to some degree the affects of periodontal problems. We can all sympathize with a baby cutting teeth.
The relationship between oral health and diet in dogs and cats may well contribute to other disease conditions. Periodontal disease is a common disease condition in small animal practice and its effects on the gums and teeth can significantly affect the health and well-being of affected animals.
posted by Rob Mueller