As someone who loves to do homemade everything, I had to try making my very own homemade dog toothpaste for Harley too. Here are some recipes I found plus a little mish mash of my own additions.
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5 Homemade Dog Toothpaste
1. Coconut Oil and Cinnamon
Many people use coconut oil for many different things, from cooking to whitening your teeth. But did you know that it can also be used as a toothpaste ingredient for your dog as well? After you make this toothpaste, you can leave it out for several weeks at room temperature. Leaving it out is great because you can get multiple uses out of it. This paste will only take about five minutes to prepare.
You can place a bouillon cube into a regular mixing bowl and allow it to dissolve in water. The cube is added so that your dog will enjoy the taste of the paste. Next, you will add some baking soda that will help to remove the plaque from your dog’s teeth. You can also add cinnamon for some added flavor for your beloved pooch. If you would like, you can finish by adding coconut oil that will help to keep your dog’s teeth shiny and bright. Once the paste is an even consistency, you can place it into a container that can be resealed for storage.
2. Parsley, Kelp, and Turmeric
This is probably the most natural and herbal way to make your dog’s toothpaste. You will need to place this paste into a container that will set in warm water before use. This will help to make is softer to use on your dog. You can use your finger or a soft bristled brush for your dog’s teeths. These ingredients will help to clean your dog’s teeth and get rid of any lingering odors.
You will need to make a cup of virgin coconut oil that is unrefined soft. You can do this by placing it into warm water or just wait until it is warm enough. Then you can add an eighth of a tablespoon of dried parsley flakes, and a half teaspoon of each turmeric and kelp. You can then mix these ingredients together to make the toothpaste. This paste should be left in your refrigerator between uses.
3. Salt and Baking Soda
For this recipe, you will need a bouillon cube so that it will taste good enough to your dog. You will need to mix six tablespoons of baking soda, one teaspoon of water, a half teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of parsley (which can either be dried or fresh), and a bouillon cube into a bowl. You may need to add a small amount of additional water to make it into a paste. You can store this into a container that is airtight sealed and use everyday for your dog.
4. Mint leaves
This one is sure to leave your dog’s mouth and breath smelling fresh while taking good care of their teeth. You will need to mix all the ingredients into a blender until the leaves are completely chopped. The best part about this toothpaste is that it is okay if your dog swallows a pea sized amount while you are brushing their teeth. You can mix seven mint leaves, one teaspoon of cinnamon, three tablespoons of baking soda, a cube of chicken bouillon, and one fourth cup of coconut oil into your blender. Once it is all blended properly, you can place it into a storage container and leave it in your fridge in between uses.
5. The Ultimate Paste
This toothpaste recipe includes all the ingredients in the above ones, and some added ones as well. For this one, you will need to dissolve a bouillon cube, or buy one that is already in a gel like form. Next, add one teaspoon cinnamon and two tablespoons of baking soda and mix together. Then you can add a pinch of ground cloves and a teaspoon of ground dried parsley. Adding a few drops of tea tree oil can also help to keep your dog’s breath fresh. Finally, add a half cup of coconut oil and mix well. Once finished, you can place into a sealed container and store at room temperature for several weeks.
Why Dog Oral Health Is So Important
Proper oral care for your dog is important because many dogs will suffer from an oral disease by the time they reach three years old. Every year, your dog’s risk of getting a periodontal disease will increase by about twenty percent. Many dogs can receive infections, poisons, parasites, and other risks through their mouth.
Some of the breeds that are at a higher risk include Dachshunds, Toy Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Miniature Poodles, Maltese, Standard Poodles, Havanese, and other breeds as well. Many smaller breeds of dogs may sometimes suffer from mouth diseases due to tooth crowding. Because their mouths are smaller, their teeth tend to crowd together and cause discomfort and other issues as well.
Crowded teeth can also cause gum disease. Crowded teeth can cause so many issues because they can be more difficult to clean. They can also cause more dog food to get caught or lodged in between teeth, which can then spread bacteria throughout your dog’s mouth. These issues can cause infections inside your dog’s mouth as well.
All breeds can experience oral health issues as well. They can be caused by lifestyle choices and genetics as well. There are a lot of products out there that can help battle bad breath and plaque on your dog’s teeth. But these products can become expensive sometimes. You can easily make your own dog toothpaste from common items within your home. You should always brush your dog’s teeth every day either using your finger or a soft bristled toothbrush.