Here is one source of bacteria you should worry about - the ones that make their home in the tartar of your dog's teeth that is caused by soluble carbohydrates in a kibble diet. These bacteria, and the toxins they produce, can spread throughout the body invading organs - specifically the heart and kidneys. Since raw fed dogs do not have tartar, they are not plagued with these bacteria and toxins.
Raw fed pets have beautiful teeth and breath - possibly due to the enzymes in raw food and/ or the lack of carbohydrates in the diet. Many people believe it is the chewing action that produces white teeth, but you can get the same benefit when feeding your pet raw meaty bones that have been ground.
Dogs that were previously fed a kibble diet can have clean, white teeth sometimes in as little as 2-4 weeks!
If your dog suddenly develops bad breath, be sure to check the dogs mouth to determine whether a bone has been lodged between the teeth. If not, a blood test may be in order to determine if there are any kidney malfunctions. Bad breath is one of the outward signs of kidney or heart disease.
This subject comes up frequently.
A dog on a raw diet has fewer and smaller stools. It also has very little smell.
Within a few hours - in most cases - the stool will turn white, from excess natural calcium, and eventually turn to powder (if you leave it there). What isn't needed is simply flushed out.
Stools are a good indication of what is going on in your dogs' body. Smaller stools indicate the dog is using the food efficiently. If it's too soft - add more raw meaty bones. If it's too hard - add more veggies. Most raw feeders watch for undigested material in order to determine if pro-biotics should be added to the diet. When too much vitamin C has been given, diarrhea occurs. Just back off slowly until the stool becomes firm again. A firm stool helps the anal glands express as they should.
Raw fed dogs produce fewer yard stains. A dog being fed a poor quality kibble can have highly concentrated urine that burns the lawn. Adding alfalfa to the dog's diet may decrease yard stains even further.
We see the difference but don't have scientific evidence to prove it. Food trials have not been performed because there is no (monetary) benefit in it for anyone. If dog food companies were to provide a food trial, it would result in lower sales for their product. If veterinarians were to provide the food trials, it would result in fewer sick dogs and less money for the doctor. So, for this reason, most will not even suggest you feed your pet a healthy, natural, raw diet.
Those of us that feed a raw, natural diet could not possible put dogs through a trail of our own. This would mean that we would have to feed some dogs a very poor diet and we would not want to put ANY dog through that!
Dog food companies have gone to great lengths to convince humans that it is right to feed our dogs a food that consists of cooked cereal and rendered meat meals. Raw diet is key to good health because vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes are present in their natural form. Dogs bodies were designed to eat and thrive on raw food. Cereal and cooking have no place in a dog's diet.
The dog is provided with so much moisture via the raw diet, the need to drink copious amounts of water is eliminated.
If your dog suffers from hot spots, a raw diet may be the answer. It may be best to eliminate the hot spots by proper nutrition rather than pouring on (or in) more medications.
The odorous gas that some dogs have may be caused by a digestive system that is not functioning properly. When starting your dog on a raw diet, the gas problem can escalate to the point that you want to give up! But, when the flora of the intestines adjusts to the new diet, it virtually goes away.