Why Raw Dog Food Is Good For Dental Health

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 wereRaw-Dog-Food-Teeth-Cleaning-for-WP
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.

Rory Schultz

8 years ago

Poor ingredients compromise a dog’s health. Dogs are not designed to chew and digest a cooked, grain based food. They don’t have teeth for grinding but teeth meant for ripping and tearing raw meat and bones. Commercial dog food is cooked so it is low in nutrients and natural enzymes are lost. Vitamin values are low so they have to be added back to the processed food artificially along with chemicals, salts and sugars. Dogs don’t starve to death on commercial food but their immune system and general health is very poor. Ratios of protein and fat to carbohydrates are out of balance, the ingredients themselves are substandard or are not fit for human consumption.


7 years ago

Great information! Thanks for sharing!
Allow me to add that dogs have a set of solid molars and extremely strong jaws which enable them to crush and chew raw meaty beef
bones. Through the consumption of such bones, dogs are able to acquire an easily assimilated, natural form of calcium essential to their skeletal health. In addition, raw beef bones offer an excellent method for dogs to exercise their jaws, massage their gums and clean their teeth while consuming amino and essential fatty acids that promote a superior quality of health.
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