I just read an interesting article by Dana Scott about feeding dogs RAW FOOD. She discusses a study done by an Australian veterinarian named Tom Lonsdale who wrote a book called "Raw Meaty Bones". The study is about the dental health of dogs. You can read a quote from the study, or the whole article, below.
I am a firm believer in raw feeding and I basically follow the Raw Meaty Bones diet for my dogs. My few changes are that I add some raw green juice, if I have some, or chlorophyll drops to alkalize the diet a little. I find it too acidic as is. I also add raw (unrefrigerated) eggs and some raw dairy. Not everyone agrees on what is best, but this works for me and my dogs.
My dog's teeth are always white and beautiful from the raw diet and vets do comment. Raw bones are natural cleaners of teeth. Processed food, especially kibble, causes dental decay and quite quickly, as you can read in the study below and see in the pictures above.
I have helped a few clients transition their dogs to raw unfrozen food. Here is a testimonial from one client whose dog had skin and ear conditions on a commercially prepared frozen raw formula.
"Mica is loving the new food program! His skin and ear have cleared up! He is looking better and definitely has more energy. Thanks for your guidance!" Amy, Santa Barbara
It is very important that the meat and bones you buy for your pet (or yourself) are fresh and have never been frozen! There is a very big difference! If frozen and thawed, the protein in the meat is only 25% utilizable and the enzymes and vitamin B's have been destroyed. Consuming frozen meat can cause skin conditions and mange. If meat has been frozen then thawed and if not handled properly, E. coli is likely to proliferate and cause food poisoning. This is not the case with fresh, unfrozen meat.
Here is a quote from the article by Dana Scott.
Since Dr Lonsdale had become accustomed to seeing drastic improvements in dental health with the change from kibble and commercial pet foods to a raw diet, he wondered “How quickly will healthy dogs start to deteriorate if we feed them junk food?”
And a very interesting study was begun …
Dr Lonsdale recruited four raw fed dogs and, for the next 17 days, he fed them kibble – Science Diet veterinary food to be exact.
The results were visible.
Each photo shows the subject dogs’ teeth while they were eating a raw, species appropriate food, and the stinky breath, yellow teeth, and sore bleeding gums that occurred just 17 days after feeding a veterinary diet.
“Because they haven’t been scrubbed away by the appropriate food, the bacteria multiplied,” explains Dr Lonsdale. “And they’re now gaining access to these dogs’ mouths, and from the mouth to the rest of the body. And that, we think, is the reason why animals end up with many diseases of the liver, the kidneys, the heart, the immune system, and so on.”
Dr Fox warns, “Maintaining pets’ dental hygiene, along with good nutrition – where highly processed pet food ingredients, especially corn and soy glutens, leave micro-particles adhering to the teeth and foster dental disease – prevents much animal suffering. Dental problems, closely related to diet, are very common in dogs and cats and are often left untreated for too long, causing much suffering and long crippling, even fatal illness. These include kidney, liver and heart disease secondary to periodontal disease.”
To read the full article: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-disturbing-cuase-of-dental-disease-in-dogs/