I recently had a friend post on Facebook that her cute little Chihuahua needed serious dental help. She posted a picture of his plaque ridden teeth and asked for advise. I found it very interesting that many people were
recommending Greenies or even a “natural” version of a Greenies, but no one suggested the most natural form of teeth cleaning… raw chicken necks.
Of course I felt obligated to post the recommendation of one raw chicken neck per week for onemonth. Understandably so this disgusted some people that have no idea that “raw dog food” even exists, but lucky my friend took the advise. They are on a path to cleaner teeth and have avoided the costly doctors visit for the anesthetic induced cleaning.
Why do dog on a raw food diet have cleaner teeth?
It all has do to with the fact that they do not produce Amylase like us humans. We start the digestive process in our mouth with saliva which contains amylase. This enzyme starts to break down food without even having to chew. Since dogs do not have this, they need to get it from the food they eat. The cooking process destroys enzymes and this is why when a dog is on a cooked, canned or kibble diet they will quickly build up plaque and tarter. Taking your dog off cooked food and giving them a chicken or turkey neck will; first, stop the build up and then help to clean the teeth as they grind away at the bones.
A word of caution… 20% of raw poultry at your grocery store has salmonella. Give your dog the bones outside or keep them contained so you can clean the area they are in when they are done.