How to Make Your Own Pet Toothpaste

Paying for your pet's teeth to be cleaned at the veterinarian can be a costly experience. Unfortunately, it's often a required (or at least recommended) procedure that most pets--cats, dogs and others--must participate in. While getting your pet's teeth cleaned at the vet is the most-efficient route to go, it is possible to make your own pet toothpaste at home and clean your pet's teeth yourself.

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Measure 6 tsp. baking soda, 4 tsp. glycerin and 1/3 tsp. salt into a small dish. If you have trouble locating glycerin, then substitute it with water. Add 2 tsp. of chicken or beef broth to the baking soda, glycerin and salt mixture. The broth will give your pet toothpaste a more pleasurable flavor for your furry friend. Mix all ingredients together until they are thoroughly blended. You'll want a smooth and consistent texture that is similar to the consistency of commercial toothpaste. If the toothpaste is a little thin, add a bit of baking soda to bulk it up. This will make it easier to apply, though the thinness will not affect the pet toothpaste's effectiveness.

Apply 1/2 tsp. of the pet toothpaste to a small, child-sized toothbrush when you're ready to brush your pet's teeth. You may be able to find a pet toothbrush at a pet supply store, but if you cannot then a child's toothbrush is adequate.

Hold your pet steady (you may need a friend) and gently, but thoroughly, brush your pet's teeth as you would your own. Focus on areas that have build up or appear yellow and do not push too hard.