Is toothpaste bad for dogs
Ok, our four-legged friend isn’t prone to the dental problem like we are, but despite that, they can still develop problems like tartar and plaque buildup and gingivitis. And not just bad breath and yellow teeth you have to worry about. As with as, dogs dental problems can actually lead to life-threatening infections and issues including heart, liver, and kidney disease.
As like we do, so we should clean dog’s mouth regularly. Yes, ones I day will be too optimistic, but it is best for our friend. Also chewing is excellent for maintaining good dental health. Not only that, chewing releases hormones that are known to relax and de-stress dogs, while also providing relief from boredom when left alone. It is a fantastic natural way for dogs to brush their teeth.
„When it comes to human toothpaste you shouldn’t use it“
Major brands contain additives including using agents that make it foam when we brush. It’s not a problem for us humans but a dog who ingests enough of it can develop liver damage.
Also, many human kinds of toothpaste are sweetened with xylitol, a sugar substitute also found in some sugar-free gum, throat lozenges, and chewable vitamins. Dogs who absorb it internally are at risk of a surge in insulin followed quickly by a precipitous drop in blood sugar. It can also cause severe liver disease.
Why we use dogs toothpaste? What is different from ours?
Human toothpaste is not edible, which is why we spit it out when we are through brushing our teeth. Since dogs cannot rinse and spit out toothpaste, they will swallow it.
Dogs toothpaste contains only nonfoaming ingredients that are safe for dogs to swallow in small amounts. Ingredients like baking soda and silica help to scrub the teeth of debris. Antibacterial agents like enzymes including glucose oxidase and lactoperoxidase, which eliminate bacteria, are in many dogs toothpaste. Bacteria that fester in your dogs mouth form plaque, which later hardens into tartar, causing dental issues such as tooth decay and gingivitis. By eliminating bacteria, enzymes prevent dental issues and freshen your dogs breath. These enzymes won’t upset your dogs tummy if he ingests them.
What toothpaste should I use?
To make tooth brushing a more pleasant experience, try to find a toothpaste that your dog enjoys. Dog toothpaste can be found in a variety of flavors that appeal to canines, like beef, poultry, peanut, vanilla, mint, and seafood. If they are available, buy sample sizes of different flavors to test which one your dog prefers most.
You though the dog doesn’t enjoy having their teeth brushed as much as digging through the trash or eating bird poop, but toothpaste tastes good and they know there’s a crunchy treat waiting for them when it’s over. Let your dogs know that this is really more like a treat than anything else.
The type of toothpaste you use doesn’t matter as much as the actual brushing action, so you can’t go too wrong when choosing brands.
If you are good with a kitchen you can homemade your dogs toothpaste. I will give you few in some of the next articles but for now, here is my favorite.
» 6 tablespoons baking soda
» ½ teaspoon salt
» cube of beef bouillon (or vegetable for a vegan version)
» 1 teaspoon dried or fresh parsley
» 1 teaspoon water
- Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly in a small bowl, adding a bit more water if necessary to make a paste.
- Store in an airtight container and use