Homemade Dog Toothpaste Your Dog Will Like

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Last Updated on November 29, 2020 by ellen

If you’ve been looking for a homemade dog toothpaste your dog will let you brush his teeth with, this is it. Try this easy recipe today.

One of the most challenging parts of brushing your dog’s teeth is getting him to cooperate with you. 

a woman brushing her dog's teeth

Homemade Dog Toothpaste

If you haven’t had any luck using store-bought dog toothpaste, why not try this easy homemade dog toothpaste instead. It has only a few simple ingredients. And, it’s one that your dog should tolerate better than other types. 

What can I brush my dog’s teeth with instead of toothpaste?

If you don’t want to use a dog toothpaste from the store, you can make a homemade dog toothpaste. But, never use regular toothpaste intended for people. 

Almost all of them contain xylitol which is toxic to dogs. Plus, while people know to spit out toothpaste when they brush, dogs don’t. And, they should not ingest the ingredients in traditional toothpaste.

You can find lots of kinds of dog toothpaste at Chewy.com.

Homemade Dog Toothpaste Your Dog Will Like

Can you use baking soda and water to brush your dog’s teeth?

Yes, you absolutely can. But, the problem with this method is that your dog probably won’t like the taste of plain baking soda and water. Thankfully, this homemade dog toothpaste recipe is one that they should tolerate much better.

Can I brush my dog’s teeth with coconut oil?

Yes, coconut oil can be used to brush your dog’s teeth (and yours). The lauric acid in coconut oil kills the bacteria that cause tooth decay and bad breath. Simply run on coconut oil with a soft cloth or a dog toothbrush. 

Homemade Dog Toothpaste Your Dog Will Like

How can I remove heavy tartar from my dog’s teeth?

If your dog has built-up tartar, he may need a trip to the veterinarian’s office for a dental cleaning. But, you can keep tartar from forming and reduce existing tartar with this homemade dog toothpaste recipe.

If you've been looking for a homemade dog toothpaste your dog will let you brush his teeth with, this is it. Try this easy recipe today.

How can I freshen my dog’s breath naturally?

In between using this homemade dog toothpaste, you can freshen your dog’s breath by feeding them carrots and adding parsley to their current dog food. It’s also important they get enough water. And, you can also use coconut oil as I mentioned above.

Homemade Dog Toothpaste Your Dog Will Like

What do I need to brush my dog’s teeth?

Basically, you need dog toothpaste and a brush or a soft piece of cloth. This dog toothbrush set has a variety of sizes for small to large dogs. If you want a DIY dog toothbrush, you can simply use one made for people. Just do NOT use human toothpaste for dogs. You can also find dog toothpaste on Amazon.

How long will homemade dog toothpaste last?

There are no preservatives in this recipe. Please store this in the refrigerator in a container with a lid and use it within three weeks. 

If you’ve been looking for a homemade dog toothpaste your dog will let you brush his teeth with, this is it.

How to make homemade dog toothpaste

To make this recipe, you will need a food processor to blend the ingredients together well. You will also need a container with a lid to store it.

step by step photos to make dog toothpaste

Homemade dog toothpaste directions

Add all the ingredients to a food processor and set to puree. Pulse 5-6 times until mint leaves are broken up and contents are well blended.

Spoon mixture into an airtight container. Use a dime-size amount to brush your dog’s teeth. Toothpaste will keep fresh for up to 3 weeks. 

If you've been looking for a homemade dog toothpaste your dog will let you brush his teeth with, this is it. Try this easy recipe today.

How often should I use this?

If your dog will tolerate it, you can brush his teeth every day just like you do yours. If not try at least a few times a week. You can also use dental chews in between to help keep his teeth in good shape.

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Homemade Dog Toothpaste Your Dog Will Like

Homemade Dog Toothpaste Your Dog Will Like

If you’ve been looking for a homemade dog toothpaste your dog will let you brush his teeth with, this is it. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost 10

Materials

  • 4 tablespoons baking soda
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon beef bone broth
  • 6-8 large mint leaves
  • Airtight container

Tools

  • food processor

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and set to puree.
  2. Pulse 5-6 times until mint leaves are broken up and contents are well blended.
  3. Spoon mixture into an airtight container. Use a dime-size amount to brush your dog’s teeth.

Notes

Toothpaste will keep fresh for up to 3 weeks. 

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Dog Toothpaste Your Dog Will Like

  1. Hi Ellen 🙂 Thanks for sharing this recipe – I’ve read (probably far too much) on good/bad for dogs, and try to err on the side of paranoia..lol. I have a 13 yr old mini poodle – he has a grade 5 heart murmur and seizures that occur rarely – maybe once a month or less. I live in a very small town, and have little to no trust in the local vet. The next closest vet is a minimum of 30 minutes away…and if that isn’t enough…he is incredibly high strung and hates riding in the car, ugh! I’ve read that baking soda isn’t very good for dogs – and those who say that also say it’s ok if you “rinse” out his mouth after brushing. Seriously, how can one person rinse out a dog’s mouth? Is baking soda an issue? He is my first dog ever, and I feel awful that I wasn’t even aware of the whole tooth-brushing. Every time I took him to the vet, they said “no tarter, looks great”…until last week when they said he needs cleaning/polishing, two extractions and surgical removal of two (what they’ve alway called hot spots, but suddenly and out of nowhere – with no testing other than a literally quick glance – not even a touch) “cancers”. I’m so overwhelmed, so just trying to deal with one issue at a time. Thanks for your help – I know it isn’t easy offering opinions based on “she said”, so no worries there :).

    • From what I have seen, using a tiny amount of this toothpaste should be completely fine. But, it’s always hard to know for sure. Definitely speak to your vet if you have concerns.

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