Four months ago, Rocky used to have a lot of yucky plaque on his teeth. Then, Ellie convinced her fiance (now husband) to switch his doggies over to a raw diet like what I was eating. Here is what they used to look like.
This picture was taken Sept. 29th 2011:
We love to chew on raw meaty bones, and they are very good for our teeth! As long as they are not weight-bearing bones from large animals! (cow femurs, knuckle bones, etc.) The types of bones we eat are turkey necks, pork necks, pork/beef ribs, chicken leg quarters, etc.
This is two weeks after Rocky started raw:
Do you see the difference? Just that short amount of time is helping to save him from having to go to the vet to get his teeth cleaned! Having clean teeth is so important for us doggies, because the yucky bacteria germs can travel through our whole bodies and make us sick!
This was taken a few days ago:
None of those teeth were brushed or scaled. Just pure prey model raw diet. He still has some yucky plaque on his canine teeth, so Ellie might brush or scale those to help them out. But, what a difference! If you don't feed a raw diet, Ellie says it is important to brush those teeth at least a few times a week to keep them pearly white! Oh, and she says to be careful with COOKED bones of any type! They are brittle and can splinter and poke holes in your tummy! Raw bones are softer and more pliable.
Some people have told us that raw meat is bad for us doggies, but we definitely don't think so! There have been sooooooooo many health benefits since we switched to raw. If you would like more information about this raw diet, Ellie has lots to give you! Thank you Rocky, for letting us take pictures of your teeth!