The Causes of Plaque on Dogs Teeth and how to remedy it is simple and inexpensive
For decades, dog foods have been produced in an extruded format (chunks) called kibble or as baked biscuits. The justification for making dog food into a kibble or biscuit form has been that chunks of hard food, when chewed by the dog, will scrape the teeth clean, thereby preventing the accumulation of plaque. If that were truly the case, why would anyone need to take their dog to have it’s teeth cleaned and why the pandemic of plaque that exists today? The terrible destructions of tooth and oral tissue would not exist, given that almost every dog consumes commercial kibble. The idea that food functions as a toothbrush is absurd. The truth is that commercial kibble is the cause of plaque, not the prevention or the cure. I will explain why.
Commercial kibble causes plaque.Carbohydrates are the dominant ingredient in pet foods. Carbohydrates (grains) contain glucose, which is sugar. Sugar is also a constituent of beet pulp, commonly included in dog food. Kibble and biscuits require the dog to chew them. Dogs are not innately chewers, and therefore the production of a food that forces them to chew creates a dynamic that causes plaque to form. During the chewing process, the kibble is crushed and becomes partially liquified by saliva, which releases the glucose in the carbohydrate ingredients and it adheres (glu = glue) to the teeth. This is especially true of small and toy breeds, because the kibble or biscuit is large in their mouth as compared to the larger breeds, who can easily gulp down whole pieces of kibble. Small breeds have to work harder to chew the large chunks.
Herbivores, like horses, and humans have cheeks. Flesh along the side of the mouth helps to hold food inside the mouth for chewing food and sipping water. Carnivores do not have fleshy cheeks. They lap water, tear and gulp food. When dogs try to chew, the food falls out the sides of their mouth.
In Nature, dogs do not soil their teeth with their food. They rip raw animal tissue into pieces, cut sinew and tendon, and crush bones with their molars. This type of diet is composed of animal protein and fat, which is slippery, and therefore does not adhere to the teeth. The key to dogs maintaining clean teeth rests in the avoidance of chewing. Chewing is the main culprit in the creation of plaque.
The solution to plaqueIf you were to put any kibble dog food into a blender, it would be converted into a granular form and the dog would not have to chew it. However, the high carbohydrate content and fibrous ingredients, which cause so many of the health problems would still be present in the food. The formula still isn’t right, but the granular texture is in a form that is more consistent with how dogs eat. So, if excess carbohydrates are required to make the kibble form, why include them at all and just make a granular food?
To get the form and the formula right, Abady has developed a granular textured dog food that is licked by the dog and swallowed; not chewed. By eliminating chewing, the teeth remain clean. This is the most effective way to make a dog food that prevents the build-up of plaque. Abady’s granular foods are like feeding a raw animal, in a dry form. It’s just dehydrated, ground-up animals. So it’s naturally much lower in carbohydrates, devoid of sugar, slightly saline - rather than sweet, and fosters good oral hygiene.
To achieve maximum nutrition and retain feeding convenienceBased on a thorough understanding of the dynamics of making “kibble,” the Abady Company developed a new way of processing dog food, in which each individual ingredient is processed separately, and at a level that does not compromise the nutritional integrity of the ingredients.
A minimal amount of grain (white rice) is processed separately, so that the starches are converted into a usable form. (A small amount of grain helps to regulate glucose levels and moderate growth.)
The animal meats are processed separately, at much lower temperatures, so as to ensure that the proteins, as well as the fats and oils are usable for tissue building.
Since vitamins are subject to conjugation at high levels of processing, which can render them unavailable to the dog, the Abady granular process eliminates that risk, because the vitamins are included at the end of the manufacturing process, where they are not subject to heat that would damage them.
This innovative method of producing dog food results in the creation of a superb synergism among the ingredients that has no peer in the world of manufacturing. Not only is the technology able to maintain clean teeth and promote oral hygiene, but it is the only one in which the absolute highest level of nutrition is maintained at every turn.
In addition, the protein, which is the most important nutrient source in the ration, is included in Abady products at vastly higher levels than are found in other commercial foods. 88-95.6% of the protein in Abady foods is derived from animal sources, depending on the formula. Plant sources are nutritionally inadequate and usually represent the main sources of protein in most premium, veterinary prescription and holistic rations produced my other manufacturers of dog foods.
Omega 3 & 6 (Linolenic & Linoleic) fatty acids are included at their ideal ratios and in their longest configurations, which are the most valuable and most readily used by the dog. The Abady Company was the first company in the marketplace to address this need for Omega 3 fatty acids in pets.
Abady granular foods are low in fibrous material, which helps ensure nutrient availability to the animal and helps prevent the negative consequences of high-fiber diets; reduced nutrient availability and allergies of all types. Most premium, veterinary prescription and holistic diets are high in fibrous material.
Many ingredients commonly included in dog foods, like soybeans, beet pulp, sorghum, peas, beans, alfalfa, tomato pomace, garlic, yam, and yucca contains saponins, which are toxic substances that defend the plants against being eaten. These substances, when ingested on a regular basis, cause skin and coat problems, allergies, auto-immune problems, lesions including irritable bowel syndrome and bloat. Saponins can also cause absorptions, abortions, birth defects, stillborn puppies, small litters, uterine inertia, lack of milk, failure to conceive and autoimmune problems for the dogs of breeders. Saponins also stimulate rapid growth, while interfering with the nutrients required for sound growth (hip dysplasia). They also crease anemia, because they dissolve red blood cells. They also cause sudden death. Abady has NO saponin-containing ingredients.
The best food includes the needed quantities of species-appropriate ingredients, the absence of toxic saponins and low levels of fibrous material. The food also needs to be manufactured in such a way as to promote nutrition in every way possible. There is only one food in the world that meets these critically important criteria - Abady granular. Abady has united science and nature to provide for your dog and cat (carnivore) the quality of nutrition that they require, and to you, the feeding convenience, comfort and peace of mind you deserve. Abady's canine and feline diets have been designed to be as consistent as possible with the natural principles of feeding. Clean teeth are a free bonus.