Thursday, October 22, 2009

Doggie Breath = Infected Gums

When she came to pick up her order, a Kona Raw co-op member told me she was surprised at what the raw-meaty-bones diet did for her dog. She was amazed that he no longer has "doggie" breath. She said she was used to adult dogs having that familiar, unpleasant breath odor and was amazed he no longer had it.

Like most people, she fed her dog kibble for his whole lifetime, until she discovered the health benefits of RMB. Gnawing on meaty bones had cleaned his teeth, allowed his gums to become healthy, so his breath now had a sweet, healthy smell.

An amazing story comes from a police officer with a drug-sniffing dog. The local police department uses Labrador retrievers to sniff for illegal drugs at the airport, in shipping facilities, and in suspected drug-dealers' residences. Research shows that dental plaque and gum disease reduce dogs' ability to smell. When I showed the officer a research study, she immediately started her dog on an RMB diet. Within two weeks, his breath smelled better, and his gums were less inflamed. Within a month, the dog's mouth was repaired, and his scenting ability was back to normal.

Trained police dogs are expensive investments (cost = $8,000 to $15,000). They receive excellent veterinary care, except vets don't know what to do about foul mouths, because all their kibble-fed patients have it. Annual cleanings under anesthesia do not prevent foul mouths.

The fact that pet owners recognize that foul smell as familiar "doggie" breath says we accept the inevitablity of dogs' developing diseased mouths. Diseased mouths are inevitable for pets fed kibble and canned mush. Even if owners get their pets teeth cleaned annually by a veterinarian (at about $250 to $300 per cleaning), the infection process begins again with the next junk pet food meal.

Accepting "doggie" breath as normal in adult dogs is like accepting rotting teeth and infected gums in ourselves. No, you say, of course, we don't accept bad breath, rotting teeth, and infected gums in ourselves! We clean our teeth daily or more often by brushing and flossing. Exactly, and your dog cannot brush or floss his teeth unless you give him Nature's tooth brush -- raw-meaty-bones.

Veterinarians pass responsibility for pets' foul mouths to owners, by mandating daily brushing of pets' teeth and by approving, and selling, manufactured dental products. The American Veterinary Dental Association has a panel of experts that review and approve various kibbles, treats, and chews that allegedly retard the development of periodontal disease. Greenies, rawhide chews, and kibble formulae with grittier textures are supposed to help, but they are inadequate solutions to the massive problem of poor pet dental health.

Veterinary dental experts know that raw-meaty-bones clean wild canids' and felines' teeth. Wolves and wild cats do not suffer from foul mouths until they are very old, very ill, and ready to die. Dogs and cats suffer from periodontal disease from puppyhood, because they do not have raw-meaty-bones to clean their teeth, as Nature intended.

Foul mouth "doggie" breath is no more normal for pets than it would be for you. "Doggie" breath is the sign of a diseased mouth.

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