Dogs and cats develop tartar and gum disease because they no longer use their teeth for the purpose they were intended. The teeth of carnivores are meant to work like shears to cut up bone, ligament, and muscle into smaller pieces. Contrary to popular belief and marketing, kibble does little to keep teeth clean. I have noticed those cats that hunt and eat their prey (instead of just showing it off) and dogs that are fed raw meaty bones have cleaner teeth than those eating commercial kibble or dry food. In fact my cats will eat the gristle and ends of the bones from my Dog Dish Diet crock pot food, or a piece of a raw chicken wing. Both are good for them and their teeth.
Dogs will wear their teeth down or occasionally break a tooth by chewing on rocks, wood, or thick, baked femur bones. Chewing is important to dogs and raw meaty bones, ham hocks, and smoked pork shanks can fill the void. The video posted shows how a broken carnassial tooth or premolar is cut into sections and removed. Buddy broke his tooth chewing on something hard and the pulp cavity was exposed. Infection can migrate up that cavity to cause a root abscess. Options are to wait and see if an infection develops or to preventatively pull the tooth. The owner chose the latter. Buddy was anesthetized, and the tooth was sectioned, removed, and the gums sutured. Buddy went home on pain medication and antibiotics to prevent infection (the mouth is a dirty place!)
About the author:
I love animals and their bond with us. My new book Dog Dish Diet: Sensible Nutrition for Your Dog's Health is out and available on my website (http://dogdishdiet.com ). I have been an animal lover my whole life. As a teenager, I worked at a pet sh...
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