DIY Dog Toothpaste – How To Make It?

Just like all other check-ups, regular care and examination of your dog’s teeth are essential to maintain good health. Proper dental care and hygiene are essential to the detection of dental abnormalities. Diseases and problems related to teeth can be very painful, just like with humans. Try to find a routine that is most convenient for you and your dog, depending on its breed, size, and age. Read on if you want to know how to make your own DIY dog toothpaste.

How often you should clean your dog’s teeth

Small breeds are more prone to tartar accumulation. It would be best if you brushed their teeth not less than three times a week. Larger breeds can benefit from dental chews that contain toothpaste. Dental-specific kibbles are also appropriate to all dog breeds. Chewing will help to remove dental plaque naturally. Just make sure to choose the appropriate size for your dog. Check step by step guide how to clean your dog’s teeth here.

DIY dog toothpaste advantages

Many times the kinds of toothpaste sold in specialized shops or supermarkets are costly and less efficient. So making your dog’s toothpaste at home doesn’t seem like such a bad idea and this way you make sure it is chemical-free.

Also, you don’t have to rinse the homemade toothpaste; your dog can safely swallow it. However, make sure to use a minimal amount each time you brush.

Never to use human toothpaste for your dog as it can be highly toxic. 

DIY dog toothpaste recipe # 1

  • In a bowl, dissolve one cube of broth (chicken, beef or vegetarian) in 1 tablespoon of water. The chicken broth will make the toothpaste palatable for your dog.
  • Add one tablespoon of baking soda, it is a natural abrasive that will help remove plaque. Also, it prevents bad breath.
  • Add one teaspoon of cinnamon; this will make your dog’s breath more pleasant.
  • Add 1/2 cup of organic coconut oil. It will bind the ingredients and therefore solidify the toothpaste.
  • Stir until the mixture is uniform.
  • Place the toothpaste in a small resealable container and store it in the refrigerator for no longer than five days.

Note that for an extra fresh breath, you can add crushed fresh mint leaves in the preparation!

DIY dog toothpaste recipe # 2

  • In a bowl, add two tablespoons of brewer’s yeast. Brewer’s yeast is known for its antibacterial properties.
  • Add one teaspoon of powdered aromatic herbs (parsley, for example).
  • Add one tablespoon of lemon zest. Lemon is known for its ability to whiten teeth.
  • Add one teaspoon of salt. Salt has disinfectant properties.
  • Mix everything
  • Place the toothpaste in a small resealable container and store it in the refrigerator for no longer than five days.

Beyond this dental regimen, it is best practice to have regular dental examinations, and preventive teeth cleanings performed every few years, regardless of your dog’s breed.   

To keep you dog’s teeth in a good condition, you can try healthy dental chews. Try these with natural vitamins and minerals.

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