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Monday, 30 July 2012
Recipe for Homemade, Organic Dog Toothpaste
your dog's teeth on a regular basis can prevent health problems and
veterinary bills in the future. Making an organic dog toothpaste at home
is easier and more cost-effective than having your veterinarian put
your pet to sleep in order to remove plaque buildup.
Yes, it’s true that dogs need their teeth brushed
too! They don’t need to have their teeth brushed every day, but weekly
cleanings are beneficial. Dogs with poor dental hygiene can have loose
or abscessed teeth as well as plaque build up, which can result in bad
breath and other problems.
Because human toothpaste is not edible, it is important to use a
toothpaste designed for dogs. If you used human toothpaste on your dog,
your dog will end up with an upset stomach or more severe digestive
problems. To avoid having these problems with your pet however, you can
make a safe, organic dog toothpaste that will clean your dog’s teeth and
appease your dog’s appetite for a beefy treat.
The main ingredients of dog toothpaste include baking soda, salt and glycerin. In an airtight container, mix the following:
6 teaspoons of baking soda
1/3 teaspoon of salt
4 teaspoons of glycerin. If you are a vegetarian or vegan dog owner, you can opt for the glycerin that comes from plants.
In addition to these ingredients, you can either mix in 2 teaspoons
of organic, low-sodium beef broth or 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract.
When everything is mixed, the texture should be similar to that of
your own toothpaste. Also, remember to store the dog toothpaste in the
In order to brush your dog’s teeth, you will need a toothbrush
similar to the one you have for yourself. At a pet store, you can find
toothbrushes on a rubber cap that fit over your finger, and these can be
more comfortable and convenient for you and your dog. To make cleaning up even easier, keep a washcloth nearby.
Brushing your dog’s teeth at least twice a week preserves your dog’s
teeth and overall health. To help the dog get used to this being a part
of its grooming session, you can smear a small amount of the toothpaste
onto a few teeth and gradually increase the amount you use until you are
brushing all of them. In the long-term, you will save money on
veterinary bills and preserve your dog’s periodontal health.