Are you paying attention to your dog’s dental health? You should be!
Healthy gums and teeth are an important aspect of your dog’s life, as health issues that begin in the mouth are usually bad news and require urgent, expensive veterinary care.
Thankfully, you can avoid this at home by helping your dog maintain a healthy mouth. In addition to feeding dental treats and ensuring that your pet is on an appropriate diet (check with your trusted veterinarian), here are some great DIY ways to keep your dog’s dental health in check:
Great DIYs to try out for your dog’s dental health
DIY doggie toothpaste
Brushing your dog’s teeth is, hands down, the best way to keep them clean and plaque free. If you can, do it every day after their meal. If not, try to do it at least once or twice a week. This requires training, so start getting your dog used to having their teeth brushed early on!
Doggie toothpaste can be bought in pet stores or at your vet’s clinic, but we love this DIY alternative we found online. It is natural and super easy to make.
Find the full recipe for this great doggie toothpaste here.
DIY doggie mouthwash
This one is for all you owners out there who have to deal with “surprise stinky breath”. Your dog comes over for a quick lick, and you quickly figure out that they’ve been eating poop, or worms, or somekind of strong fishy treat… We know the feeling!
In addition to keeping your dog’s breath minty fresh, this doggie mouthwash has antiseptic properties (thanks to the peppermint!) that will contribute to your dog’s good dental health.
To make the mouthwash, simply make edible peppermint oil and add a few drops on your dog’s food or in their water.
Find the full recipe for all natural and edible peppermint oil here.
Fun fact: This is delicious on human food too, perfect for salads!
DIY doggie teeth whitening paste
Do you love taking pics of your dog, but their smile is just not on fleek? There’s an easy, healthy and all natural way to make your pup’s teeth more white. This magical paste is dubbed “golden paste” and is made from turmeric powder. To use it for teeth whitening, simply brush your dog’s teeth with it and rinse, once a week. It is also very healthy for them to eat, as it has anti-inflammatory properties and is a great immune system booster.
Find the full recipe for golden paste here (just leave out the black pepper for your dog).
Fun fact: You can also use this to make your teath whiter!
DIY doggie coconut drops
This is the ultimate dog treat recipe for fresh breath and healthy gums & teeth. Plus, since it is made from coconut oil, it is also great for your dog’s skin and coat.
These coconut drop treats are small, which makes them perfect for training, and can be kept a long time in the fridge. They are also nice and fresh, ideal for the summer months ahead.
You can find the full recipe for these treat (and more) in our 10 DIY Summer Treats For Your Dog article. Enjoy!
With these DIY tricks up your sleeves, your dog is guaranteed to have great teeth and gums for years to come! Got any other tricks or recipes to share with us? Leave a comment down below!