What about dental health? Is dry food good for my pet’s teeth?
For dental health, we think it is great to add a raw meaty bone with regular meals occasionally, once a week would be fantastic. For dental health tough chew toys work great but are never a complete alternative to regular brushing and trips to the hygienist.
The idea that a dry biscuit food cleans teeth is somewhat of a myth, as it is simply not hard enough to remove plaque, similar to expecting a digestive biscuit to help clean our teeth.
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