Does your favorite canine suffer from really bad dog breath? Whatever the cause, you can make dog toothpaste easily at home, and try brushing away the problem.
Before you try brushing his teeth, you should make sure he doesn't have a health problem that's causing the trouble. Digestive problems are a common cause of bad breath. His dog food can also be the culprit, so any recent change in diet is worth investigating. Dental problems are yet another concern, and pose a health risk to your pet. A vet can help you narrow down the problem, so if it persists, a vet visit is recommended.
But, back to the toothpaste....here's the recipe, and how to apply it.
Things You Will Need2 Tablespoons Baking Soda, 2 drops peppermint essential oil or extract, and a cloth or dog toothbrush.
Take a plastic container, and mix together 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and 2 drops of food grade essential oil or extract (peppermint is good). That's it!
By the way, you shouldn't try this with a cat. Aside from being difficult, many essential oils aren't safe for cats.
If your dog will allow you, the best way to apply this is to take a cloth, dip it in water, and then dot it into the baking soda mixture. Rub this along your dog's teeth and gums.
Alternately, some pet specialty stores make dog toothbrushes. It sounds eccentric, but these are softer than a regular toothbrush. Never use a toothbrush made for people â€“ these are too rough on the gums.
Give your dog plenty of water afterward. This is very important, as the toothpaste mixture is dry and can irritate your dog if left on too long.
Repeat this treatment daily, if possible.
As an added step, try to feed your dog more dry food. It helps to remove tartar, which is a leading cause of bad breath in dogs (and humans).