It is estimated that 75-85% of domesticated cats and dogs suffer from periodontal disease at a level requiring treatment by 3 years of age. Kibble and canned food provide no dental benefits. It is said that kibble is crunchy so it cleans the teeth, which is the equivalent of claiming that hard cookies will clean your teeth.
By eating raw meaty bones your dog has to chew through soft bone and meat, this scrapes the plaque off the teeth and provides a gum massage that increases circulation.
Recreational bones do not have the same effect; these bones are harder than your dog's teeth and so instead of crunching through these types of bone your dog just grinds away eventually wearing down their teeth.
Dental disease is one of the leading illnesses in dogs today. Everyone is familiar with the term "dog breath" - this is not normal! Your dog or cat's breath should NOT smell. If your dog or cat has stinky breath that means that they are suffering from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can also cause systemic problems in the body due to the constant presence of bacteria in their system. You will truly be amazed at the difference in your dog or cat's oral health after switching to raw meaty bones!
Dogs and cats have a very short, acidic digestive system that is designed to digest food quickly and effectively, greatly reducing the threat of bacteria. Dogs are technically a sub species of the wolf, sharing extremely close genetics and nutritional needs. Cats are considered obligatory carnivores, meaning that they MUST eat meat in order to survive. Our house cats are no different than the hardy barn cats that live off of mice out in the country.
When we feed heavily processed meat, grains, and fillers, we are forcing our companion carnivore's digestive system to do something that it is not designed to do.
Cats and dogs have no nutritional need for grain; they do not have the digestive enzyme amylase, which is needed to digest grain.
This places a huge strain on their pancreas because it is always working overtime breaking down foods that it is not designed to. Kibble also absorbs water like a sponge which can contribute to chronic diarrhea and long term bowel disease. Chronic dehydration from years of eating kibble can also contribute to crystals and kidney disease. When we feed our companion carnivores a species appropriate diet of raw meat, bones, and organs, their digestive system works in sync with the food that they are designed to eat and does not become worn out due to years of over-exertion.
Everyone can appreciate this benefit! Raw meat, bones, and pureed veggies and fruit are digested more completely than cooked grains and meat. This means less waste! Raw fed pets have very small poops that are chalky in texture, when left out in the sun for a couple of days they generally turn to dust. This is a much welcome benefit considering the large globs of extremely offensive smelling feces produced from pets that are fed kibble.
No More Allergies
Many pets have allergies, it is usually shown in their skin and coat. Most pet foods are filled with grains, fillers, dyes, and preservatives. It is common knowledge these days that the ingredients in most pet foods are appalling. Pet allergies are often caused by feeding an inappropriate diet of grains and rice. Some pets may also be allergic to different kinds of proteins.
It is interesting to note that it is possible to be allergic to something in cooked form and not in the raw form.
Allergies can also be environmental; pets with heightened immune systems are susceptible to the effects of environmental allergies. Many animals suffer with extreme itch caused by allergies all of their lives, and their owners are usually at a loss to help them.
Many pets are treated with antibiotics and steroids, and the cause is rarely considered and the answer is often as simple as switching to a biologically appropriate diet.
A natural, raw diet produces a beautiful, shiny coat. This is due to the extremely high nutrient value and all of the undamaged essential fatty acids. You will also notice less “pet odour” and a less greasy feel to the touch. Animals will often detox through their skin which is why so many pets have a greasy smelly coat.
Reduced Risk of Arthritis and Bone Disease
The crippling effects of arthritis and bone disease is astonishingly common. Some of these effects are genetic, however they are also largely due to diet.
Diets high in carbohydrate and low in essential fatty acids can lead to increased inflammation and hence worsen arthritis symptoms.
Studies on people are now finding a link between diet and the effects it has on arthritis and inflammation. They are finding that certain foods high in essential fatty acids and omega fatty acids decrease inflammation and ease suffering. Raw diets are full of these nutritional benefits. Bone disease begins with puppies and kittens.
Before an animal is fully grown their bones are soft and vulnerable to excessive force and incorrect nutrition. When puppies are grown too fast, they will begin to experience structural problems. Many kibble diets are often too high in calories and certain minerals causing rapid growth spurts and uneven growth, which can potentiall lead to joint disease such as hip and elbow dysplasia. Puppies fed a raw biologically appropriate diet tend to grow more slowly and steadily without painful growth spurts and uneven bone growth.
Low Impact Exercise
Chewing on raw meaty bones provides great exercise for the jaw, neck, forearms and shoulders. This kind of exercise is especially beneficial for growing puppies. Chewing is also very relaxing for dogs, it can be compared to meditation or a “runner’s high.” This is a great stress reliever for dogs and you will often find that after eating a raw meaty bone that takes a bit of work your pup will be pooped
Fewer Trips to the Vet
This is probably the most notable benefit. The health benefits of a raw, natural diet are too numerous to list here.
Preventative medicine is a common phrase these days; nutrition is the cornerstone to health and vitality for every species.