What’s Really Inside Dog Toothpaste
Late last year I was lucky enough to attend the Masterchops Canine Health and Nutrition Seminar in Melbourne, Australia. It was hosted by Phivo “The Dog Health Guy”, and at the risk of sounding like a complete nutter – it was SERIOUSLY one of the best days of my life!
Amongst the amazing speakers, which included Rodney Habib, Dr Karen Becker, Dr Ian Billinghurst and Dr Bruce Syme, I was very interested in a presentation given by Brian Borg. He is a world-renowned expert in animal dentistry, and founder of Fresh Breath Doggie Dental. Brian presented information about the importance of canine dental care and the link between periodontal disease and other chronic disease states involving the liver, heart and kidneys.
Upon returning home, and feeling all inspired, I decided to start incorporating teeth brushing into Poppy’s routine. She was already being given a variety of raw, meaty bones and natural chews, which seemed to be doing a great job of keeping her teeth clean, but I wanted to cover all bases and ensure her teeth remained healthy and strong.
I set off to purchase a doggie toothbrush, which was easy enough. It wasn’t until I started shopping for dog toothpaste, that things got truly horrifying and very concerning. All of the toothpastes I looked at had a long list of chemicals, flavourings, and colours, a number of the toothpastes had no ingredients at all listed on the label [alarm bells], and most of them clearly stated – “Not intended for human use” [double alarm bells].
After much searching, I decided the safest route would be to make my own natural toothpaste using coconut oil, which is a wonderful antibacterial (it is particularly good at inhibiting Streptococcus mutans, one of the primary bacteria responsible for tooth decay) and a much safer alternative to the chemically laden dog toothpastes on the market.
Here are some of the common ingredients I found hiding inside dog toothpastes…
Brushing your dog’s teeth is a fantastic way of ensuring their dental and overall health is in tip top condition. If you choose to purchase a commercially made dog toothpaste PLEASE read and research the ingredients before using on your precious pooch.