If you have ever looked up a recipe for homemade toothpaste for people, you know how simple the recipe can get. It’s usually just baking soda for the substance of it, and a few drops of essential oils. Can you do the same thing for homemade dog toothpaste?
While people need to brush their teeth twice a day or more, your dog doesn’t need more than one brushing a week. You just need to buy a doggie toothbrush at a pet supplies store. Try the one that comes in the shape of a brush head that you just wear on your finger like a ring. They are the most maneuverable. Come to think of it, why couldn’t they make something like that for people?
Before you go to all the trouble of making homemade dog toothpaste yourself, you’re probably thinking of why you can’t use regular toothpaste. It’s just cleaning, isn’t it – if it’s good for your own mouth, why is that good enough for the dog?
Well, it basically comes down to flavor and toxicity. If your dog doesn’t like to eat things that are the minty or fruit-flavored, there’s a reason he’s going to enjoy regular toothpaste. If his toothpaste came flavored like beef or something, that would be all it took for him to remain interested in the process. And dog toothpastes are not supposed to foam.
But it isn’t all about the flavor either. Toothpaste intended for humans has fluoride to help keep tooth decay at bay. Many brands also contain antibacterials and enzymes to control bacterial growth. All of these things make it important that you spit toothpaste and do not swallow it. Now it can be very difficult to get a dog to spit, even if your dog were to be actually physically capable of such an act. Dog toothpastes are made to be swallowed. In store-bought dog toothpaste, the active ingredients are safe antibacterials like Lactoperoxidase.
For your homemade dog toothpaste, you just need a few simple home-based ingredients. You need baking soda, salt and glycerin. Just mix 10 teaspoons of baking soda, a half teaspoon of salt and 5 teaspoons of glycerin all in a cup and mix it all together. It’ll soon turn into something no thicker than regular toothpaste.
To make your toothpaste extra palatable to your dog, you could try mixing in a couple of teaspoons of beef broth.