Keeping your canine’s teeth healthy is an incredibly important part of keeping your dog healthy overall. You will find there are all sorts of weird and wonderful ways to do this. But, in reality, there is only one way to achieve this.
Veterinarians promote the use of brushing your dog’s teeth. That may be well and good if you have one dog, a lot of spare time and an incredibly tolerant dog. For the rest of us, this idea may leaving us feeling guilty that we should be doing something, but never get round to it.
The thing to remember is that dogs don’t brush their teeth in nature. That being the case, there must be a better way of keeping your dog’s teeth clean and healthy. After all wolves and other wild dogs manage very well.
It’s not just the teeth that need attention, either. To prevent stomatitis, or gum disease, additional measures are often suggested. Again, getting back to nature, wild dogs would have died out long ago if they were as affected as domestic dogs by gum disease, teeth decay and tartar build up.
Dogs evolved on crunching up on raw bones. Their mouth, teeth, gums and digestion is all fully equipped to deal with this. On one condition – that the bones are raw.
Cooked bones can splinter and get stuck.
Crunching up on raw bones has a multitude of benefits. They:
- clean the teeth, preventing tartar build up
- massage the gums preventing gum disease
- provide essential macro minerals in the diet in perfect balance and easily digested and utilised
- keep the dog’s mind happy and occupied – better for both of you than digging up the garden
Is it any wonder they are so essential in a dog’s diet?
Many veterinarians will advise you against this essential part of your dog’s diet. Why this is so probably comes from the lack in nutritional training at veterinary college. This essential aspect of health is left to the commercial dog food industry.
Since the industry doesn’t sell bones, they won’t promote the idea. Instead they suggest that their dried dog food does a better job. You can see for yourself that this idea is simply hype, otherwise the incidence of decay in canine teeth, the incidence in gum disease would not be an issue. Instead, it is a steadily rising issue.
It is also a very expensive and invasive issue to rectify with veterinary care. Your wallet will suffer as will your dog.
A better, more effective, more cost effective and less traumatic solution is to provide your dog with a daily raw bone.
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