Anne Jones said:
Rashmi, Just make a note that if you feed raw & kibble...do not do it in the same meal....they digest at different rates of speed. I feed Honest Kitchen as a supplement to my raw breakfast meal. I purchase it locally from a specialty pet shop, but Leerburg sells it if you can't get it locally & are intested in trying it. They have a web site also with all the info about the food. I use the Embark. .....
I too am a big fan of Embark. I use it for backup (empty freezer, no time to shop...) and occasionally as an addition to the RMBs and meat (for the same reasons you do, Anne).
Anne advises you well on the kibble, too, and not feeding raw and kibble in the same meal.
The flaw is indeed that the digestion rate is very different......and why do we care? We care because it can force the raw to remain in the dog's system for three times as long as nature would have it, thus potentially losing some of what protects dogs from e.Coli, salmonella, etc. (speed of digestion; lack of time in contact with the intestinal system).
BTW, Rashmi. C.E.T. now has a dental rinse for dogs, which you might like to try (if your vet agrees) after a kibble meal. It's not a substitute for brushing! Just as for us, mouthwash isn't a substitute for brushing, but it can wash away some of the placque-forming bacteria. It's alcohol-free. It gets squirted along the gum line.
Also, you might have better luck with the tiny brushy thing that slips over one finger rather than a big cloth or brush.
I have done this with past dogs by gradually getting them used to a finger in the mouth. Do it when he's tired and relaxed, and gradually just stroke his throat (many dogs like that) and \"accidentally\" stroke the side of the mouth every now and then. This did not take me long to get to where he didn't mind his mouth being handled, and then when he tasted the chicken-flavor toothpaste, all was well! 8)