DOG TOOTHPASTE: SHOULD I BE USING IT TO BRUSH MY DOGS TEETH?
The truth is, dog toothpaste shouldn’t be needed if a dog is fed on a raw diet and also gets to munch on raw meaty bones on a regular basis; the need for dental intervention shouldn’t be needed, as a rule.
Bones are natures natural teeth cleaners… They keep the mouth healthy…
If you don’t feed a raw diet, however, then feeding the commercial food, especially the dried kibble, can lead to a build up of tartar, as the food will inevitably stick to their teeth, especially the back teeth. Commercial food contains sugars (both natural and added) amongst other ‘sticky’ ingredients.
So, brushing your dogs teeth is a good idea to keep them healthy. However, a lot of the bought toothpaste is not natural (and loaded with chemicals), and if, like me, you choose to give your dog only natural food and substances, then a great alternative is home-made dog toothpaste.
Is human toothpaste the same as that for dogs?
No, it most certainly isn’t! Do not, under any circumstances give your dog human toothpaste. When swallowed, it’s not good for humans, let alone dogs; it can upset their stomach severely and constant use can lead to severe digestive problems.
I have noticed many posts on blog websites stating that they have used human toothpaste on their dogs to hide their bad breath… Let me say, quite categorically, if your dog has bad breath there is a reason for it – either the food you are feeding them is not agreeing with them; they have tartar build-up or rotten teeth; or there is a problem inside your dog’s stomach. If you are worried about your dogs breath, then a trip your vets is a good idea.
Don’t mask symptoms – always look for the cause and treat that.
A natural dog toothpaste is so simple...
Mix all the ingredients below and keep in an airtight container in your fridge. It should be the same consistency as your own toothpaste.
But above all, if you do use a bought variety, use a dog toothpaste, not your own!