So, your dog has doggie breath and quite frankly it doesn’t smell very good, correct? Well, there is nothing to worry about there. You actually can solve that problem quite easily by making your own dog toothpaste from things that you already happen to have at home. This homemade toothpaste is one that you can keep at room temperature for a number of weeks before you have to make more. It’s a healthy and natural toothpaste that’s going to keep your dogs teeth clean and smelling fresh.
Just take a mixing bowl and dissolve one bouillon cube (beef or chicken) in some hot water. This is what will make it more likable by your dog. Once you have done this add some common baking soda to the bouillon and mix well. You can also add a little cinnamon if your dog likes cinnamon. The baking soda is the abrasive that’s going to help remove the plaque from the teeth of your dog. The cinnamon will make your dog’s breath a lot nicer smelling.
After you have all these ingredients mixed add a little bit of coconut oil to the mixture. Stir into the mixture until the mixture is nice and smooth. The coconut oil is what will bind all the ingredients together as a toothpaste. Next get a small container with a lid and put the toothpaste in this container for storage.
Applying the Dog Toothpaste
First you need to make sure your dog is comfortable and won’t run away from you. Make sure to pet him a lot so he knows there’s no reason to be afraid.
Now take some of your homemade toothpaste and put it on his dog toothbrush and spread it all over his teeth. Make sure to brush his teeth gently in small circles and make sure you get all the areas where there might be plaque build up.
When you have finished brushing your dog’s teeth you will want to wipe his teeth off by using a washcloth that is clean and slightly damp. Also, make sure his water bowl is full so if there is any toothpaste residue left in his mouth he can get rid of it himself by drinking some water.
If your dog doesn’t like this particular recipe, here are a few others you might want to try instead.
Herbal Toothpaste Made with Kelp, Parsley and Turmeric
In a bowl combine some coconut oil that is soft and pliable by adding a little hot water. Add parsley flakes, kelp flakes and some turmeric and mix well. Put in a small container with a lid and store in the fridge when not using. When you want to use it just warm it up gently in the microwave and use his toothbrush to apply and brush teeth.
Beef Bouillon, Baking Soda, Salt & Parsley
Make the bouillon, add a little baking soda, a little salt and parsley flakes to the bouillon then add some coconut oil and mix well. Put into a small container with a lid and store in the fridge when not using.
Cloves and Tea Tree Oil
You just take some coconut oil like with other dog toothpastes and then add a pinch of some ground cloves and then add some bouillon cube like pork, beef or chicken mixed with water and add this to the coconut oil mixture. You can also add a couple of drops of Tea Tree oil if you have it and you have yet another great homemade toothpaste for your dog.
These are just a few of the many varieties of homemade dog toothpaste that will give your dog a healthy and fresh smelling mouth.
It doesn’t matter whether your dog has short or long hair, smooth or coarse hair, your dog needs your help often when it comes to their grooming. It’s sure not something that they can do themselves. However, often we are guilty of not doing it right and this can then make grooming far more difficult than it should be.
Often when it comes to grooming it is actually one of the aspects of dog training. Which means if there’s improper training this can cause some pretty unhappy grooming sessions for both you and your dog.
If your dog is a puppy then it is important to get them used to the brush right away and don’t let them think it’s a toy. You also need to get them use to taking a bath and having their face, feet and ears handled right from the start. The earlier you introduce your dog to the basics of grooming, especially those who require a lot of grooming the easier it will be as they grow up.
If your dog is a rescue dog, like mine, and they are brought home at a later stage in life, it is really important that you approach their grooming in a very calm manner and make sure that you give them tons of praise. You need to make their grooming experience as positive as you can. Even dogs that absolutely show nothing but fear and hatred toward grooming can be turned around with patience and praise.
It took quite some time for me to get my little rescue to stop moving and crying every time it was bath time, if the neighbors heard him, they probably thought I was torturing him. But with constant patience, plenty of praise and treats, he now stands still and is perfectly quiet. I’m not saying he loves baths now, but at least now his behavior is calm and accepting. But it took several months before this happened, so don’t give up.
Dogs with long hair are prone to getting mats in their hair. What a lot of owners don’t realize is that long hair plus water equals mats at bath time. Owners tend to forget that when long or thick fur gets wet, their dog has a higher risk of getting tangles and mats in their hair. This is why it is important to do a lot of brushing to get rid of both dead and tangled hair before the bath. Also it’s a good idea to do a quick brushing after your dog has dried off to make sure that any dead hair that got loosened by the water is removed. Also consider using a safe conditioner and a comb while giving them a bath to loosen up as much dead hair as you can. It’s also a good idea to blow dry your dog after the bath, this will help break up any tangles there might be.
As cute as one might think it is for their dog to snap at the garden hose when trying to spray them down, or snapping playfully at the hair dryer when drying them, it’s not cute. It’s actually a very bad habit they are being allowed to develop. It doesn’t always mean that your dog is playing, often it means that he’s afraid of what you are doing, so you should never reinforce this kind of behavior. What you should do is to shake their paws, grab their tails gently and hold onto their ears while giving them praise. By holding them still while you are trying to groom them and touching them in places they may not usually like, is going to teach them this is part of grooming and it’s okay. The praising will let them know that it’s nothing to be afraid of.
When the weather starts to get colder, often dog owners want to make sure that their dog is warm enough during the colder months. Because of this, they often don’t groom them as much and this is a very common mistake made. By neglecting to groom them during these months can cause a lot more harm than good. A lot of matting can happen while waiting for the warm months to come back and then you really will end up with some issues with your poor dog.
If your dog has a lot of issues with matting there really isn’t much else you can do but to give them a short shave. Yep, that’s right, just the opposite of what you might want right in the middle of wintertime. If you want to avoid this, then you need to keep up the regular dog maintenance just like during warmer months. It’s better that your dog shivers a bit after their bath in the winter than letting them go without and ending up with major tangles and even skin problems. Just make sure that the home is nice and warm before and after you bathe your dog and you should have no problems when it comes to grooming your dog during the winter.
Products like dog food, flea and tick medication and even dog treats have been put under a lot of scrutiny as of late and for good reason. Over the years we’ve learned that there are some ingredients in these items that can cause our dogs to get sick or sometimes even worse. So over the years things have changed for these items and they’ve become safer to give to our dogs and safer to use on them.
With that being said, have we ever stopped to see what things are put in our dog’s shampoo? Not all the dog shampoos on the market are what we think they might be and some of them could even be harmful to your dog.
Some Shampoos Can Cause Extremely Bad Reactions
There is one ingredient in some shampoos called D-Limonine that can actually cause some dogs to have extremely severe reactions. Even though it is a botanical oil extract for some dogs it has caused edema and blood in the lungs of some dogs and this can cause death if not treated immediately. Some essential oils, as much as we might think they are good for us, can be extremely harmful for your dog.
So, what’s that mean if you want to use a shampoo to treat for fleas and ticks? Vets recommend that you find a gentle shampoo that has a citrus base like orange or lemon because these both act like a flea deterrent. You can also safely use peppermint oil, when it’s diluted in water to use as a spray for areas in your home where pests might enter such as doors and windows.
What to Look for and What to Avoid in Dog Shampoos
To make things simple, if you can’t pronounce the ingredient that’s on the label then you more than likely shouldn’t be lathering up your dog with it. Same goes for ingredients in food and treats. If you can’t pronounce don’t let your dog eat it.
Shampoos that say they are biodegradable just mean they won’t harm the water or your dog’s coat. Shampoos that are well pH balanced are ones that are best suited to go with the natural balance of the acid in your dog’s skin. It’s always wise to talk to your vet when it comes to items that will come into contact with your dog’s body. Often they will have a few suggestions for good shampoos that have a well balance of hypoallergenic ingredients that are mild and solely designed for dogs.
Do your best to avoid shampoos that have synthetic ingredients in them, these tend to irritate and aggravate your dog’s skin, especially dogs with allergies. No matter what shampoo you get, always make sure that your dog is rinsed over and over again because any kind of residue left behind on the skin can cause your dog to itch, even when using the safest of shampoos.
Just like us, dogs have different skin types: normal, dry and oily. If your dog’s skin is flaky this often indicates very dry skin and oily skin often leaves a oily feel on their coat when your run your fingers through your dog’s fur. If neither of theses conditions exist then your dog has normal skin.
Conditioners, rinses and detanglers are no different than shampoos, always make sure there are no synthetic ingredients in them because these can cause the same problems as the shampoos with them.
If you really are not sure of what kind of shampoo to get for your dog, you can always make your own shampoo. When you do this, you are in control of the ingredients that will be touching your dogs skin.
Making your own dog shampoo is pretty easy and can be made with some pretty common ingredients you more than likely already have around the house. Such things as simple as vinegar and baking soda can be used to make homemade shampoo. Other items can be bought at a store or drug store like castile soap (an olive oil, glycerine, sugar based alcohol mixture). Baby shampoo can also be used in making a dog shampoo.
Here are a few recipes you might want to try for your dog if you want to find an alternative to the shampoos on the market.
- 1 qt water
- 1 C white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1 C baby shampoo or non-toxic dish soap like Dawn
Combine these three ingredients together and then put in a spray bottle. When it’s time to shampoo your dog just spray the shampoo onto your dog’s fur and work it into his fur gently. Make sure to get the hard to reach areas by the spine, the base of his tail, his chest and under his forearms. Let the shampoo sit for about five minutes before you rinse. While the shampoo is sitting comb your dog to remove dead fleas.
Homemade Dry Shampoo
If you don’t want to give your dog a bath more than once a month but he still gets dirty a good solution for this is to shampoo your dog with dry shampoo. Here’s an easy recipe for that.
- 1 C baking soda
- 1 C corn starch
- A few drops of either lemon or lavender oil
Mix together and then when you want to use it just sprinkle some of the dry shampoo on your dog and then massage it into his skin with your hands or a brush. Your dog won’t even know he’s getting a dry shampoo bath, he’ll just enjoy the massage he’s getting.
Shampoo for Sensitive Skin
Finally, here’s one just for dogs with sensitive skin.
- 1 qt water
- 1 C baby shampoo or Dawn
- 1 C white or apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 C glycerine
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
The aloe vera provides a soothing effect for dogs with sensitive skin.