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5 Homemade Dog Toothpaste Recipes

October 26, 2016

Brushing is Important

When it comes to your canine's teeth, it's important to brush them at least twice a week or as often as once every day. Dogs with clean teeth are happier and healthier.


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Most of the recipes you'll find below are super simple to make. It's just a matter of digging around in your cabinets for a while for some ingredients. Just store these in a tight container in your fridge for up to 3 weeks at a time.

So to get rid of that doggy grossness on your pet's teeth, try any of these 5 recipes and let us know what you think.

1. Parsley & Beef Bullion

parsley and beef bullion toothpaste recipe dogs

 This recipe is a popular one because most dogs love the tastiness of beef bullion. Additionally, the parsley helps tone down the strong scent the beef bullion has so you can control the breath of your pet.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 tablespoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cube of beef bouillon (or vegetable for a vegan version)
  • 1 teaspoon dried or fresh parsley
  • 1-2 tablespoons of water (add more if needed for paste consistency)

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly in a small bowl, adding a bit more water if necessary to make a paste.
    2. Store in an airtight container and use daily.

     

     2. Coconut Oil & Turmeric

    Coconut Oil Turmeric toothpaste recipe dogs

    Be sure to use a good coconut oil as mentioned below. This can be a really healthy and digestible base for dogs. It also improves digestion for the other ingredients.

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 cup of unrefined, virgin coconut oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
    • 1/2 teaspoon of kelp (whole foods or online)
    • 1/8th tablespoon of dried parsley flakes.

      DIRECTIONS

      1. Place one cup of coconut oil in a hot water bath to make it soft and pliable. (Unless it already is!)
      2. Add the turmeric, kelp and parsley flakes.
      3. Store in an airtight container and use daily.

         

         3. Coconut Oil & Cinnamon

        cinnamon toothpaste recipe

        Cinnamon is going to freshen up your dog's breath and it is also non-toxic for dogs.

        INGREDIENTS

        • 3 tablespoon of baking soda
        • 1/3 of salt
        • 1 tablespoon of liquid broth
        • 1 cup of unrefined, virgin coconut oil
        • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

          DIRECTIONS

          1. Mix baking soda and salt with the liquid broth.
          2. Add coconut oil to the mixture.
          3. Add cinnamon to the mixture.
          4. Mix well and Create a paste.
          5. Store in an airtight container and use daily

           

           4. Mint, Parsley, & Peppermint

          mint parsley toothpaste recipe

           INGREDIENTS

          • 2 Tbsp baking soda
          • 2 tsp coconut oil
          • ½ tsp kosher salt
          • 2 tsp water
          • 3 sprigs fresh parsley
          • 3 leaves fresh peppermint
          • or 2 drops peppermint essential oil

            DIRECTIONS

            1. Combine all ingredients in a small food processor or a coffee grinder works great as well. Process until completely blended, add a bit more water if you feel it needs it. This mixture should be a little grittier and a little wetter than human toothpaste.
            2. Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid.
            3. To use: Apply a generous amount of toothpaste to wet brush or damp cloth and rub gently into your pet’s teeth and gum line, inside and out. With some dogs this is easier said than done, it is best to hold them beside you under your arm, facing in the same direction (or enlist the help of an assistant). The younger you start your pup on this routine the easier it will be for both of you to have it become part of their care and upkeep.
            4. Provide your dog with plenty of fresh water to drink.
            5. Store dog toothpaste in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

             

             5. Tea Tree Oil & Cinnamon

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            INGREDIENTS

            • ½ Cup Coconut Oil (I use virgin, organic)
            • 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
            • ½ Cup Fresh Parsley (or 1 Tbs Dried)
            • ¼ Fresh Mint (or 1.5 Tsp Dried)
            • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
            • A splash of broth (chicken, beef, vegetable)
            • OPTIONAL: 2-3 Drops Tea Tree Oil. Please be cautious and careful with tea tree oil and your pets. 

              DIRECTIONS

              1. Combine all ingredients in a small food processor or a coffee grinder works great as well. Process until completely blended, add a bit more water if you feel it needs it. This mixture should be a little grittier and a little wetter than human toothpaste.
              2. Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid.
              3. To use: Apply a generous amount of toothpaste to wet brush or damp cloth and rub gently into your pet’s teeth and gum line, inside and out. With some dogs this is easier said than done, it is best to hold them beside you under your arm, facing in the same direction (or enlist the help of an assistant). The younger you start your pup on this routine the easier it will be for both of you to have it become part of their care and upkeep.
              4. Provide your dog with plenty of fresh water to drink.
              5. Store dog toothpaste in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

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              DOG TOOTHPASTE PRECAUTIONS

              • Use caution when administering any new ingredients to your pet. In rare occasions, pets (like humans) can have allergic reactions to herbs.

              • Never use human toothpaste (any dental cream) for brushing your dog’s teeth. This contains fluoride, which can prove to be fatal for your dog if it swallows the paste.

              • Electrolyte imbalances are common in dogs consuming large amounts of baking soda, and if they eat lots of coconut oil, it would bring in diarrhea.

              • If your dog tries to bite you while cleaning its teeth, get help from your vet.

              • Baking soda is good for your dog’s teeth but too much of it can upset your pup’s stomach. Do not let your dog eat a lot of the paste.