The importance of taking our dog’s oral hygiene seriously cannot be overstated, so in my series about dog dental care the next topic we’ll be addressing is toothpaste for dogs.
While looking for toothpaste for my dogs, I was surprised by the number of ingredients in some of the formulations I researched, and concerned about how many I had never heard of. You have to wonder why these kinds of ingredients are necessary, she says naively. I guess the same can be said about so many products we use.
One ingredient that I did see in many toothpastes was something called Poultry Digest or Animal Digest. Sounds a bit disturbing doesn’t it? Well, there’s a good reason for that.
This is what I found, and I’m quoting: “A material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue. The animal tissues used shall be exclusive of hair, horns, teeth, hooves and feathers, except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice and shall be suitable for animal feed. If it bears a name descriptive of its kind or flavor(s), it must correspond thereto.”
Xylitol is another ingredient that is known to be toxic to dogs and can cause seizures, liver failure and even death.
Toothpastes come in different flavours and textures, so you’re bound to find one your dog likes. You might get lucky with the first one you buy, or he’ll be a bit pickier and you will have tried several before hitting the jackpot.
There is one thing I would like to recommend – when you find a toothpaste you’d like to try, contact your vet with the list of ingredients. Your senior dog may have health issues that would make certain ingredients risky, so better to be safe.
Also, the word “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean what you think. It is often just a marketing tool, and because there’s little or no regulation, the criteria for something to be able to call itself natural is vague.
Here are a few doggie toothpastes I found that may interest you
Made in the U.S.A., this peanut flavoured toothpaste is made with all natural abrasives to help control plaque and fight bad breath
Suitable for dogs and cats, this toothpaste inhibits the formation of plaque, helps eliminate mouth odors, and because it contains no foaming agents it is safe for pets to swallow. This product is very highly rated by consumers (and their pets!)
Made in the U.S.A., this peppermint flavoured gel is made with all-natural holistic ingredients, removes plaque and tartar and kills the bacteria that causes bad breath. A toothbrush can be used but isn’t necessary, perfect for dogs that are a bit “uncooperative” when it comes to having their teeth brushed.
Uses natural ingredients of neem oil, grapefruit seed extract, aloe, and enzymes
Gel has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities to fight bacteria that cause bad breath
Use a brush or your finger to apply
For best results, no food or water 30 minutes before and after application
Made of quality ingredients sourced in the U.S., this tooth gel helps fight periodontal disease by reducing plaque and tarter. It’s as easy as applying a couple of drops to your dog’s teeth every day, no toothbrush required but you can use one if you prefer.
Toothpaste for dogs – conclusion
There are so many toothpastes available, you’re bound to find one your dog is happy with. I presented just a few, but if you’re looking for a bigger selection, this link will take you there.
I’m so glad you’re doing what you can to keep your dog’s teeth and gums clean and healthy. I’ve been through dental surgery with more than one dog, so if you can avoid it all the better. I hope you found this post on toothpaste for dogs helpful, and if you’d like to tell us which toothpaste yours prefers I’d love to hear from you.