If you care about your dog’s health you also have to care about his teeth. Oral hygiene is often overlooked when it comes to dogs, however it’s not as complicated as many people make it seem. In case you’re still unsure as to how clean your dog’s teeth, read our quick guide here. All you will need is a good quality toothbrush for dogs and toothpaste. If it’s tricky to get dog toothpaste where you live, don’t worry. In this article we will share three amazing DIY dog toothpaste recipes.
Dog oral hygiene
Statistics show that 2/3 of dogs over the age of three have periodontal disease, inflammation or infection of the dog’s gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to painful tooth loss. That can massively decrease the quality of your dog’s life. It can make it difficult for them to eat food, and be a painful experience in general.
Never let it get this far. There shouldn’t be any excuses for avoiding brushing your dog’s teeth. If you are on a budget or can’t get your hands on dog toothpaste — there is always homemade dog toothpaste to help with that. You can tailor the ingredients to your dog’s specific preferences and make the whole experience of brushing your dog’s teeth something more enjoyable.
What are dog friendly DIY toothpaste ingredients?
Making a good homemade dog toothpaste means finding the right balance. It has to be yummy enough for your dog to enjoy, but also effective at cleaning off the plaque. Additionally, you also want the toothpaste to make your dog’s breath smell nice.
A good and well rounded dog toothpaste can sometimes be quite expensive. Thankfully, these dog friendly toothpaste ingredients are affordable and most of us already have them at our home.
Homemade dog toothpaste recipes often include ingredients such as coconut oil, bouillon, broth.
Another pretty common ingredient is baking soda. It’s a mild abrasive and also neutralizes bad odors. However, you have to be careful. Baking soda is only acceptable in small amounts, anything above that could lead to an upset stomach.
For an even cleaner and fresher breath you can also use mint leaves or parsley. Cinnamon is also dog friendly and effective when it comes to breath freshening.
Is it safe to mix in human toothpaste?
Some people may come to the idea to mix in human toothpaste into the ingredients. However, that could do way more harm than good.
Human toothpaste can contain some ingredients that dogs are more sensitive to than humans. If your dog doesn’t correctly spit out the toothpaste ingredients such as fluoride could possibly lead to irritations.
The one ingredient you need to avoid at all cost
One ingredient that you will have to avoid while mixing the homemade dog toothpaste is Xylitol. It’s a common ingredient in sugar-free formulation and is often used in the production of human toothpaste. It can also be found in some kinds of peanut butter. Consumption of Xylitol could possibly lead to seizures, vomiting or diarrhea. In the worst cases it can even lead to coma or death.
Three DIY recipes for homemade dog toothpaste
If you want something completely basic to clean your dog’s teeth, then this recipe is right for you.
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon water or broth
Mix these two ingredients into a paste and apply a small amount of it to your dog’s teeth. Brush the surface of their teeth throughly.
In case you want to freshen up your dog’s breath, try out this formulation.
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cube of chicken or beef bullion
3 tablespoons baking soda
6–7 mint leaves
Put the ingredients into a blender and process them until they are fully combined. Use a pea sized amount to clean your dog’s teeth.
Spicy and tasty
If your dog refuses to get it’s teeth brushed because of the funky taste of toothpaste, try to spice it up with this recipe.
1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules dissolved in 1 tablespoon of hot water
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup coconut oil
Combine ingredients in a bowl. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container.
Combining the recipes
Once you have these formulations down, you can try to mix and match. Add some ingredients that you feel your dog will enjoy into the mixture but remember that the main purpose is to clean their teeth. That’s why you shouldn’t add anything with sugar or something that may get stuck between their teeth. Always remember, even the best dog toothpaste won’t help if you don’t clean your dog’s teeth frequently.