How to Make Homemade Dog Toothpaste from Scratch
Making your own homemade dog toothpaste is a great way to save money while ensuring your pup has clean teeth and healthy gums. It’s also a good option if your dog doesn’t like the taste of store-bought toothpaste. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how I make homemade dog toothpaste from scratch.
Why Make Homemade Dog Toothpaste
There are a few key reasons why I opted to make my own dog toothpaste rather than buying it pre-made:
Cost savings – Homemade toothpaste is much cheaper than buying specialized dog toothpaste from the store. Just a few ingredients that I already have on hand make enough toothpaste to last for months.
Control ingredients – I can choose all natural ingredients and avoid harsh chemicals, preservatives, and artificial flavors. This is especially helpful since my dog has sensitive skin.
Picky pup – My dog absolutely hated the taste of traditional dog toothpaste. But she has no problem letting me brush her teeth with the homemade peanut butter flavored version!
Simple to make – It’s easy and quick to whip up a new batch. Once I got the recipe down, it takes less than 5 minutes.
Making homemade dog toothpaste is easy because you likely have most, if not all, of the ingredients already in your pantry and fridge. Here’s what you’ll need:
Coconut oil – This gives the toothpaste a thick, creamy texture. It also contains lauric acid which fights bacteria and infections.
Baking soda – A natural abrasive that helps scrub away plaque and tartar as you brush.
Water – To thin out the toothpaste to an easy to use consistency.
Peanut butter (optional) – Adds flavor and makes the toothpaste more enticing. Any dog-safe peanut butter works. I use all-natural powdered peanut butter.
Essential oil (optional) – For flavor and fresh breath. Peppermint, cinnamon, and clove oils are good choices.
Follow these simple steps to make homemade dog toothpaste:
1. Gather the Ingredients
- Coconut oil
- Baking soda
- Peanut butter (optional)
- Essential oil (optional)
2. Combine the Ingredients
In a small bowl, mix together:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon water
If adding peanut butter or essential oils for flavor, mix those in now.
3. Adjust Consistency
At this point the toothpaste will be quite thick. Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. I prefer my toothpaste to be similar consistency to traditional peanut butter.
4. Transfer to a Container
Scoop the homemade toothpaste into a small jar or squeeze tube for easy use. This amount will make approximately 1/3 cup of toothpaste, enough to last my dog 2-3 months.
5. Brush Those Pearly Whites!
Apply a pea-sized amount onto your dog’s toothbrush. Gently brush their teeth, focusing on the gumline and in between teeth where bacteria hides.
Make sure to regularly inspect their teeth and gums for any signs of decay or infection. Take your pup to the vet for professional dental cleanings as needed.
Tips for the Best Homemade Toothpaste
After making this homemade doggie toothpaste many times, I’ve picked up some helpful tips along the way:
Store any leftover toothpaste in the fridge to keep it fresh for longer. It will last 2-3 months refrigerated.
Add a touch more baking soda if your dog has bad breath, yellowing teeth, or plaque build-up. But don’t overdo it as too much can irritate their gums.
Adjust the peanut butter amount based on your dog’s tastes. Some dogs may prefer more or less flavoring.
Try different essential oils like mint, cinnamon, or clove until you find your dog’s favorite. Always research that oils are safe for dogs first.
If the toothpaste is too thick, add water 1 teaspoon at a time until reaching the perfect consistency.
Make a double batch and store half in the fridge for later if you want to save time.
And that’s it! Whipping up homemade dog toothpaste takes just a few minutes and can save you money while improving your best friend’s dental health. Give it a try and watch your pup flash those pearly whites.