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February 23, 2017

DIY: Homemade Dog Toothpaste

At home dental care is one of the best ways to keep your dog's teeth and gums in tip top shape.

The Goldens love to have their teeth brushed, actually I think it's the toothpaste that they love and they just tolerate the toothbrush!

Like all products I use on the dogs, I always go the natural way whenever possible. Today, we are going to share a super easy homemade toothpaste with ingredients you probably already have on hand.
how to make your own toothpaste for dogs #petdentalhealthmonth
Ingredients:
1/4 tsp Salt  | 1/2 tsp. dried Parsley  | 1/4 tsp. Turmeric  | 2 tbl. Baking Soda | 1/4 cup unrefined, virgin organic coconut oil  |  1 tbl. beef broth
Just mix all the ingredients together, you may have to let the coconut oil soften a little first.
healthy homemade toothpaste for dogs
Put into an airtight container and let it set up. You can store it in the refrigerator after using.
diy healthy homemade toothpaste for dogs
Now it's time to get down to business!
healthy homemade toothpaste for dogs
As I said before, I think Bruin would much rather just eat the toothpaste than have it clean his teeth and gums.
brushing your dog's teeth with homemade dog toothpaste
I started brushing their teeth as soon as we brought them home as puppies, even it was just with a soft cloth. It helped get them get use to me fiddling in their mouths and checking out their pearly whites!
diy homemade dog toothpaste #petdentalhealthmonth
Never use human toothpaste on your dogs, it contains fluoride which is poisonous for them. There are some great dog toothpastes on the market but I like knowing exactly what's in the products that I use on the dogs and making my own let's me do just that.

Benefits of Homemade Dog Toothpaste


Parsley - Parsley is known to be an anti-inflammatory and helps with bad breath.

Turmeric - Turmeric is a natural way to whiten teeth and prevent plaque build up. It's also antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.

Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is a great healthy fat that also eliminates bad breath. It's antibacterial, anti fungal and antiseptic.

Salt & Baking Soda - These are gentle abrasives to help clean the teeth

Beef Broth - This is just for flavor. If your dog thinks it smells and tastes good chances are they'll let you brush their teeth!

There are so many variations you can make when it comes to this toothpaste. You can substitute the beef for chicken broth. If your dog isn't a fan of turmeric, try a pinch of cinnamon.

Does your dog like their teeth brushed? Would you ever make them homemade toothpaste?
Let us know in the comments below!


February 21, 2017

Combat Plaque with Merrick Big Brush Bones #ChewyInfluencer

February is National Pet Dental Health Month and it's a perfect time to brush up on your dog's dental care routine. Besides brushing your dog's teeth, you can give them chews that will help remove plaque and freshen their breath.

Chewy.com offers a wide variety of dental chews for dogs and this month they sent us a package of Merrick Big Brush Bones to try out.
combat plaque with merrick dental chew bones for dogs
As a Chewy Influencer, Golden Daily Scoop received a bag of Merrick Big Brush Bones from Chewy.com in exchange for an honest review. 
We received no compensation and Chewy.com is not responsible for the content of this post. 

I try and do my best brushing the dog's teeth with a toothbrush and paste but in addition to that I do like to give them dental chews and bones.
pet dental health month with chewy.com Merrick big brush bones
Merrick Big Brush Bones are all-natural dental chews made of natural ingredients that freshens their breath, cleans their teeth and are easily digestible. 
Merrick big brush bones for large dogs chewy.com review
Bruin couldn't wait to get his chomps into the bone. Often I find dental chews to be a bit small for the Goldens and they end up eating them quickly like a cookie rather than chewing on them to get the cleaning done but these bones are a perfect size and texture.
merrick big brush bones removes plaque and freshens breath chewy.com review
The Merrick Big Brush Bones are just that, BIG and are made for dogs 25+lbs. Unlike most dental chews, these are grain free and gluten free and are safely made in the USA from local growers with quality ingredients.
Their innovative shape and texture helps remove plaque and tartar and their tasty chicken flavor will make your pup think they are just getting a tasty treat.
how to combat plaque and bad breath with dog dental chew bones
I was happy to see Bruin really chewing on the large bone, getting his back teeth where it's hard to reach. It is recommended to give your dog one brush bone daily and as with all dog chews, observation is always recommended. I always find the dogs are thirsty after having their bone, so I suggest making sure they have plenty of water afterward.

We will definitely be adding Merrick Big Brush Bones to the dog's dental routine, they love their tasty flavor and I love knowing that along with a treat, they are getting a great dental cleaning!

You can purchase the Merrick Big Brush Bones at Chewy.com , they come in three sizes:
Mini Bones for dogs 5-15 lbs (30 bones) 
Lil' Bones for dogs 15-25 lbs (14 bones)
Big Bones for dogs 25+lbs (10 bones)

We are joining the Chewy.com Blog Hop hosted by Golden Woofs and Oz the Terrier.

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