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Carol Osborne, D.V.M., is recognized as an authority in traditional and holistic veterinary medicine. A Board Certified Diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine, she’s pioneered the exploration of new therapies for the treatment and prevention of age-related degenerative disease—as well as promotion of optimum health and performance for pets. Dr. Osborne operates the Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
*Please keep in mind Dr. Carol may not be able to address every submitted question. These answers are general recommendations and not intended to be prescriptive in nature or replace the role of your family vet. For specific health concerns with your pet, please consult a licensed veterinarian.

Switching diets may help to improve your dog's breath. Every dog is different so make sure that before you consider the bad breath to be diet related, make sure to check with your veterinarian to ensure it is not medically related. When that is ruled out, it would be a superior choice to change diets, and try to resolve the bad breath issue. Again switching to a RAW diet may help to fix this problem, as it is far more of a limited ingredient diet, with real food, and no fillers or bi-products. 
They certainly are, although as with any diet supplementation they should be done with care, and under the supervision of your veterinarian. Remember that since the DNA of the dog was de-coded by scientists, dogs are in fact 99.9% identical to our own DNA. So as far as foods there is not much your dog cannot eat. Think of food as food, not people food, and not dog food, just FOOD! Dogs can eat and should almost all vegetables, which means Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Kale, Quinoa, Green Beans, Peas, and Carrots. Remember that Sweet Potato’s, and Potatoes are CARBS, and are not considered Super Foods or Vegetables. 
Yes, about 85% of allergies seem to disappear when you use raw diets! That means that most of your irritated skin, eyes, and ears all disappear! This is because all of those grains, glutens, and additives that are in most kibbles are not present in raw diets. Not to mention the storage mites that are always present in bagged kibble, are not present in raw diets. The wonderful thing about raw diets, is that it is REAL food, REAL ingredients, and REAL Nutrition. As there are no fillers, no preservatives, no GMO's, and no salts and sugars. If you’re reading the back of a dog food label and you cannot understand or know of the ingredients, just walk away. In Sojos you will only see real ingredients, ones that humans also consume!