excellent- yes mouths are dirty and so are cans w food bits on them that has been decaying and every ATM we touch the skin on every apple we eat etc. our earth is a cess pool of germs and its up to our immune systems all day every day to keep us safe from the zillions of germs we are in constant contact w.
now that i see that your dog has hypothyroidism- that means that we are not talking about a 100% healthy dog here- i copied this from long beach animal hosp website page on hypothyroidism: "Inadequate thyroxine makes the immune system less effective at fighting infections, especially the bacterial skin infections (pyoderma) that occur secondarily. Suppression of the immune system might even increase susceptibility to demodex."
so that means when your dog gets hurt ALWAYS go to the vet for antibiotics because the immune system might not be functioning at 100%. it may need help to fight the germs.
also interesting some diet information i got about dogs and thyroid disease: "Thyroid function is dependent upon the correct amount of GLUCOSE produced by the dog's body, not by the correct amount of carbohydrates in the diet. Too much glucose from easily available carbohydrate energy sources can cause just as many problems as not enough glucose. Since we have already established that glucose can be produced from fat and protein, then it would again seem that carbohydrates are actually unnecessary provided that there is enough protein and fat to go around (and a raw diet has PLENTY!)." i copied this from rawfed.com/myths/carbs.html
a highly worthy read for anyone who wants their pet to live a longer healthier life.
processed food is as bad for pets as it is for people. eating fruit loops and chef-boyardee canned food for every meal every day of your life is pretty sad care of your body and a dog eating some food that comes out of a can or a bag that doesnt even resemble raw meat (which is the ideal diet for every species of wild canine last time i checked) cant be any better idea than feeding your kid fruit loops and chef boyardee canned food every day of his life. although the corporations who make fruit loops and chef-boyardee canned food would like you to believe its good high-quality nutrition that you could feed your kid every day of his life. the pet food corps also would like you to believe their cans and bags of processed food are too. unlike most pediatricians tho the majority of vets are brainwashed to believe that highly processed food that comes in a can or bag is good for your pet. this will change in time just like the pediatricians changed their beliefs from the 1960's when highly processed food was seen as an ok thing to feed your kid every day to today when it is starting to be recognized as the disease causing menace that it is.
knowlege is power- the knowlege of nutrition and metabolism is the power to heal. once again healing vibes going out!