It’s actually really simple to make a toothpaste for dogs. The hard part is getting them to use it. All you truly need for a homemade dog toothpaste is salt, baking soda, parsley and beef or chicken broth or a few drops of peppermint extract. I make this concoction using low-sodium beef broth because my dog simply gags on anything peppermint, and once I can cram my finger in her mouth and scrub her gums with one of those baby toothbrushes (you know, the kind that slide over your finger and are gently abrasive?) I can successfully brush my dog’s teeth for about a minute without her choking on the stuff.
To make your own dog toothpaste, combine 6 teaspoons of baking soda with 1/3 teaspoon salt. Salt is simply for abrasion so you can forgo salt if you’d like, as the baking soda will take care of germs along with the parsley. Add 2 teaspoons of either beef broth, chicken broth, or 2 drops of peppermint oil (in my experience, combing peppermint oil WITH broth is a disastrous combination), and add about 1 teaspoon of either dried parsley flakes or the fresh stuff if you have it. Stir the whole toothpaste mixture together, adding a teaspoon or so of water if it’s too thick, until it’s all thoroughly mixed in.
Parsley serves as a breath enhancer and kills germs that cause that nasty breath, as does the peppermint if your dog enjoys it. The salt is abrasive (and can be forgo-ed) and the baking soda scrapes off teeth gunk while freshening your dog’s breath and killing germs at the same time. The beef broth or chicken broth obviously is added to tease your dog into actually enjoying the product. I’ve tried peanut butter as well, but my dog isn’t too into that mixture.
Simply brush your dog’s teeth with either a dog toothbrush or one of those baby ones that you slip over your finger, which I find easier to use personally. I try to brush my dog’s teeth twice a month, but once a month, or even once in a lifetime is healthy enough if you’d never brush your dog’s teeth otherwise. You’ll still get resistance until your dog gets used to it, but at least it saves you from having to buy dog toothpaste at the store, and your dog will tolerate the stuff.