Not all pets like having their teeth brushed. Burying your dog’s teeth in his mouth can be particularly unpleasant… especially if you use unpalatable toothpaste! Why make your toothpaste at home and which ingredients can you use? Read on!
Why make your toothpaste?
There’s no denying that most products for pets are simply very expensive. And that’s even if they are made of very cheap ingredients. Some of them are also stuffed with various dyes, preservatives and suspicious additives that shouldn’t always be in a dog’s diet.
It is also worth mentioning the problems faced by owners of pets with various allergies. Sometimes it’s almost impossible to find a toothpaste that doesn’t contain any allergenic additives (e.g. milk, chicken or salmon oil)! Unfortunately, using human toothpaste can do more harm than good. They often contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs, and are very intense in taste. Fortunately, making homemade toothpaste is not that difficult at all.
How do I make toothpaste for my dog?
Homemade toothpaste for dogs must be both tasty and effective. It should therefore be a mixture of aromatic additives to entice your pet and substances to clean the inside of his mouth. Most recipes for dog toothpaste are based on meat broth for a unique flavour of coconut oil to improve the appearance of the pet’s coat. However, baking soda, mint and cinnamon are the most common safe cleaning agents. When making the homemade paste, remember to avoid ingredients that are toxic for pets!
1 spoon of baking soda
1 spoon of bouillon
Mix the ingredients to the consistency of a paste and apply a small amount to the dog’s toothbrush.
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 bouillon cube
3 spoons of baking soda
6-7 mint leaves
Blend all ingredients to a smooth paste. The paste can be stored for up to two weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.
2 spoons of bouillon
2 spoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup coconut oil
Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, store the paste in the fridge in an airtight container.