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baking soad good for dog?

leeah
April 6th, 2010, 11:38 PM
Hi,

I have been searching low-cost homemade toothpaste for my dog.
many websites mention mixing baking soda as toothpaste and dry cleaning for dogs.

some mention baking soda would be harmful for dogs.

has anyone been using baking soda on your dogs?

thanks
Alice

hazelrunpack
April 6th, 2010, 11:41 PM
I think that if you just used plain water you'd probably do well, leeah. It's the action of the brush that will break up the plaque, just like on human teeth. If you do it regularly, it'll help keep your dog's teeth and gums healthy! :thumbs up

Sib.HuskyMom
April 7th, 2010, 03:50 PM
I agree with Hazel.
It's probably better to use nothing on the brush, rather than baking soda.
I was recently visting with a pet dentist and he said that regardless of what the packaging says, the toothpaste for dogs is really nothing more than flavoring.
It doesn't help "clean" the teeth, it just makes it a more enjoyable experience for *some* dogs. Some dogs prefer no toothpaste at all. :shrug:

And since the baking soda probably wouldn't taste too good, it may end up creating more of a struggle and negative experience, which is definitely something you don't want.

I would just stick with a little bit of water on a toddler's tooth brush, and away you go.
Good luck! :pawprint: