You have your arsenal of treats for kicking bad dog breath, but what about standard upkeep for preventative measures? Brushing your dog’s teeth can be a challenge, we know, but your pal’s oral care is important to his health and his daily dose of kisses depends on it.
We’ve got a DIY dog toothpaste that’s not only effective, cheap, and easy to put together, but also free of unwanted additives (aka all those nasty ingredients no on can pronounce). Coconut oil serves as the vehicle and anti-bacterial agent, while parsley and/or mint kick bad breath and baking soda removes plaque. Toss a broth or a bouillon cube in for some dog approved flavor.
Ingredients for a batch that will last one to two weeks (depending on brushing frequency):
- ¼ cup coconut oil, room temp, not melted
- 1 tsp. chicken/beef broth or 1 bouillon cube
- 3 tbspn. baking soda
- 6-7 mint leaves, or a small bunch of parsley
- 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
We recommend blending this to incorporate the herbs for a smooth toothpaste. However, you can do it by hand if you mince them finely. Simply add all ingredients to a blender or bowl and pulse or mince until just well blended. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge, and you’re set for the next week or two.
To apply, use a child’s soft toothbrush or a toothbrush just for dogs. Keeping your four-legged friend sitting still while brushing his pearly whites may prove more difficult than bath time, but rewarding him with a treat after will teach good dental hygiene habits over time. A daily brush is ideal, but three times a week will do the trick.