Brushing your pet’s teeth with toothpaste won’t stop bad breath – owners are warned

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Keep your pet’s teeth sparkling clean with specialist canine products©pixabay

A pet’s teeth certainly do need to be cared for, but toothpaste manufactured for human use isn’t the answer! Dog’s use their choppers for many things – eating and chewing of course, but also when playing, exploring and checking out their surroundings too.

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Just like us humans, if the dog’s teeth aren’t regularly checked, a build-up of plaque forms creating tartar. We all know that plaque is horrible stuff. It will leave a brown appearance on the teeth and can produce tenderness and gum inflammation leading to disease, bad breath and even gingivitis.

Do not use your own toothpaste on your dog’s teeth

Recently, the RSPCA has warned pet owners not to brush their dog’s teeth with any toothpaste not specifically produced for canines.

A recent survey of 2000 dog owner’s reports that in an effort to reduce halitosis, it seems like almost 8% had used a toothbrush and toothpaste manufactured for human use, on their dogs. Other statistics show that dogs are given chewing gum to cure their bad breath and in some instances, owners thought a haircut would remove the stinky halitosis.

Additives present in high-street brands

The surfactant agents and additives in our toothpaste that make it foamy certainly aren’t beneficial to your pet’s digestive system. Just because humans know how to rinse and spit, a dog doesn’t. Your dog will swallow the toothpaste, which can lead to canine liver problems. Even small amounts of fluoride can induce vomiting and diarrhoea.

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Brush your pet’s teeth daily ©pixababy

Xylitol sweetener found in mint-flavoured toothpaste

Certain toothpaste products contain this toxic sweetener. If your dog consumes this ingredient they can encounter an insulin surge quickly followed by a drop in blood sugars. Liver damage, seizures and death can result.

# To keep your pet’s dental hygiene in tip-top condition – brush his teeth daily and if need be, use canine toothpaste

# Likewise, a correct diet and dental chews will reduce some plaque

# Use positive training methods and your dog will accept having his teeth brushed

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# If your dog has brown, plaque-ridden teeth, seek advice from a canine medical expert

Do not use toothpaste specifically made for human use, on your pet’s teeth! Daily brushing is good for our canines too. Finally, remember to praise your dog each time you brush!

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I live in County Durham, in the North East of England, and have been a freelance writer for several years. My hobbies include travelling, gardening and spending time with my grandchildren. I believe that animal lovers are a special group of humans, full of empathy, big-hearted, rather prone to sentimentality and generous of spirit. No matter how few possessions or how little money you have, owning a pet makes you a rich person!