Okay, so let me be honest. The toothpaste is DIY. The actual usage of the paste on our canine children is definitely a two person job! Hopefully your pups will enjoy getting their teeth brushed more than ours do. (Please note: one of our doggies is happy to EAT the toothpaste; he just doesn’t appreciate the rotating toothbrush inside his mouth! I call that a win for this toothpaste recipe!)
Being that we’re huge proponents of using coconut oil and essential oils, we already had everything we needed to make this DIY doggie toothpaste. If you don’t have all of the ingredients in your home, please feel free to follow the links below to purchase. Everything except for the Young Living Essential Oil can also be found at your local grocery store. Like I said, the mixing of the paste was the easy part!
- 2.5 TBSP Organic Coconut Oil
- 1 TSP Baking Soda
- 2 drops Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil
- 1 TSP Dried Parsley
- Glass jar (essential oils can eat through plastic over time)
(Please be sure to only use Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil, as it is safe for dogs (and humans!) to ingest.)
Simply mix the above items together and store in a glass jar. Not only is it important to only use peppermint essential oil that is safe for consumption, but you also want to only use a drop or two if you haven’t given your dogs essential oils in the past. Best to err on the safe side.
Before the actual brushing took place, we gave each pup the opportunity to taste the toothpaste sans toothbrush. After that, my husband held each little guy as I played the role of dental hygienist to our unwilling patients. I only used a tiny dollop of the toothpaste concoction for each brushing, so I expect the recipe above will last quite awhile (though much to these guys’ dismay, brushing is going to become a weekly activity for one and daily for the other!) We used an inexpensive battery-powered toothbrush to make it easier, though your pup may prefer the regular type.
Both boys forgave us shortly thereafter and getting kisses from each of them was much more pleasant than usual!
I’d love to know what your pup thinks of this toothpaste or if you have any other DIY recipes for pups to share!