Homemade Dog Toothpaste
July 13, 2013 in Homemade Pet Products
Your dog may be cute, but his breath stinks! Homemade dog toothpaste is an excellent way to keep your pet’s breath smelling minty fresh. And that’s the doggone truth! In addition, good oral hygiene ensures that your dog’s teeth stay healthy and strong. Just like humans, dogs can develop periodontal disease. Veterinarians estimate that more than 80% of older dogs have gum disease. Without regular brushing, your pet can lose teeth or develop painful abscesses. Don’t spend money by taking Spot to the vet. Save money by doing it yourself with this homemade toothpaste for dogs.
Doggone-Good Homemade Dog Toothpaste
The first thing you’ll need is a toothbrush. You have a few choices. At your local pet store, there are special toothbrushes made just for dogs. If you’d like, you use a baby’s toothbrush, which is gentler on the teeth. I prefer to use a piece of clean gauze with my dog toothpaste. That seems to do the trick, and it’s less invasive.
Ingredients for Delicious Homemade Dog Toothpaste
6 tsp Baking Soda
1/3 tsp Salt
4 tsp Glycerine
Pinch of Peppermint
*Optional : Chicken or Beef Broth for Taste
Start by mixing all of the ingredients in a bowl. Don’t add the water or broth just yet. The baking soda neutralizes the smell and acts as an abrasive to remove the plaque. Since salt is a natural disinfectant, it is a critical ingredient in this homemade dog toothpaste. It kills the harmful bacteria in your dog’s mouth.
Slowly add water to your solution. If you like, a few drops of beef or chicken broth makes the solution more palatable for your pet. As you add the wet ingredients, you’ll want to get the same consistency as toothpaste.
Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth
This is the tough part – brushing your dog’s teeth. Depending on the nature of your dog, this may be a bit tricky. Allow your pet to taste the solution. Once you’ve got your dog’s attention, start brushing the teeth. Pay close attention to the bottom portion of the teeth (where the teeth meet the gum line).
Give your dog a treat afterwards, and he’ll be more likely to sit for his dental cleaning next time. Keep in mind, you never want to use toothpaste with fluoride or mouthwashes. They are harmful for dogs and unhealthy for the teeth and gums. However, this homemade dog toothpaste is perfect for your precious pooch. And it is sure to reduce his stinky breath as well.