Can I use a toothpaste formulated for humans?
Absolutely not! You should never use human toothpaste to clean your pet’s teeth. Human toothpaste contains ingredients that can cause digestive upset if swallowed by pets. Some also contain xylitol (a sugar substitute) that, while safe for human consumption, can be lethal for dogs.
Xylitol is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), liver failure, seizures, and even death in dogs.
Avoid using baking soda to clean your pet’s teeth. Baking soda is highly alkaline, and can upset the acid balance in your pet’s digestive tract if swallowed.
To safely clean your pet’s teeth, use a specially formulated pet toothpaste. Pet toothpastes are non-foaming, safe to swallow, and available in pet-appealing flavors, such as poultry and beef, which help your pet to look forward to that daily brushing. Yum! 🦷 🐶 🐱