the cost of dental healthcare
Dental health is important for many reasons. As well as causing infection, inflammation & pain, bacterial build-up in the oral cavity can disseminate & affect other parts of the body, including the heart and kidneys.
Most cats and dogs are suffering some form of dental disease by the time they are three years old. It is normal for pets to require regular dental treatments under anaesthesia; and teeth cleaning at home is generally recommended too. This can end up costing hundreds or thousands over a lifetime.
Raw feeding provides an easier way, with no (or little) cost over and above the food. Chewing through raw meaty bones helps keep the teeth clean, as well as stimulating your cat or dogs mental health. Raw meaty bones are nature's toothbrush.
The excerpt below is from our article on raw feeding science.
Improved appetites, longer periods spent feeding and greater possessiveness of food were noted in captive cheetahs fed a carcass based diet.5. The study notes that processed foods lack the ‘hassle factor’ and as a result of eating them, animals suffer tooth decay, dental pathologies, muscle atrophy and poor health.5 The study references Fagan’s 1980 presentation to the American Association of Zoo Vets 6 where the ‘hassle factor’ is defined. Dr Fagan, Zoo Veterinary Dental Consultant, states:
“it is possible to do something immediately and significantly to minimise oral problems in (captive exotic) carnivores. That ‘something’ is to re-evaluate their diet. Animals need more ‘hassle factor’ per mouthful of nutrients. The best kept secret of the last fifty years is that we must eliminate the pre-processed, the overcooked, the smashed, the blended and the pureed foods and feed our animals a more appropriate diet, duplicating the feeding habits of feral conditions.” 6