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Toothpaste
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Toothpaste - Natural Herbal Recipes
Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)
• Dampen a tooth brush with a little warm water;
• Dip the brush in baking soda (just a little soda is required - do not load the brush with soda);
• Gently brush your dog’s or cat's teeth - baking soda is an abrasive so do not apply pressure when brushing.
Baking Soda and Ceylon Cinnamon
• In a glass combine 1 tsp of baking soda with 1/8 tsp of cinnamon;
• Mix the soda and cinnamon;
• Dampen a tooth brush with a little warm water;
• Dip the brush in the cinnamon/baking soda powder mix (just a little is required - do not load the brush with soda);
• Gently brush your dog’s or cat's teeth - baking soda is an abrasive so do not apply pressure when brushing.
The amount of baking soda required to clean your dog’s or cat's teeth is very small - you do not need to laden the brush - a little is affective. If ingested in large amounts baking soda is not good for your dog. Ingesting a large amount of baking soda can cause problems with electrolyte levels (low calcium, low potassium, high sodium), muscle spasms and/or congestive heart failure.
Baking Soda and Coconut Oil
• In a glass or small bowl combine:
o 1 tsp of baking soda, with; 
o 1tsp of coconut oil;
o Mix the soda and coconut oil until it forms a paste;
o Optional ingredient:
 You can add a drop of food grade peppermint oil. or;
 You can a pinch of very finely chopped fresh peppermint.
• Dip the brush in the baking soda/coconut mix (just a little is required);
• Gently brush your dog’s or cat's teeth - baking soda is an abrasive so do not apply pressure when brushing.
Coconut Oil 
• Dip a tooth brush in coconut oil;
• Gently brush your dog’s or cat's teeth - your dog and cat will love it!
Ceylon Cinnamon, Kefir and Manuka Honey
In a glass mix kefir, with manuka honey and a little cinnamon - the consistency should be that of a paste. Use this paste to brush your dog’s or cat's teeth. They will love the taste! As an option you can also add a drop pf grapefruit seed extract,
Fragaria Vesca (Fragaria 6x, Woodland Strawberry)
• Place 3 Fragaria pellets in ¼ cup of warm water;
• Allow the pellets to soak in the water for 5 minutes;
• After 5 minutes remove the pellets from the water;
• Use the resulting fragaria water to brush your dog's or cat's teeth and gums
Vitamin C
• Mix one cup of warm water with ½ tsp of powdered vitamin C (or grind-up vitamin C tablets to create a powder;
• Use the resulting liquid to gently brush your dog’s teeth.
Bleeding Gums, Infected Teeth - 
Natural Treatments
Use one of the following to:
• Treat bleeding, inflamed or infected gums, reduce painful swelling;
• Treat infected teeth, and;
• Help stop more serious infection from setting-in...
Calendula (also known as Pot Marigold)
• Use a cotton swab to gently and generously apply tincture of Calendula on inflamed gums'
• Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until condition subsides.
Ceylon Cinnamon, Kefir and Honey
To relieve your dog’s or cat's discomfort…make a paste of:
• 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon powder;
• 1 tsp Kefir (optional)
• 5 tsps Manuka Honey.
• Apply the paste to the aching tooth. You may apply this paste up to 3 times per day until the pain is arrested. 
You can use this remedy on yourself as well!
Coconut Oil and Oil of Oregano
• Combine:
o 2 to 3 drops of oil of oregano, with;
o 2 tsp of coconut oil;
o Mix thoroughly;
• Use a cotton ball to gently apply the mixture to the affected areas of the gum.
Colloidal Silver 
• Use a cotton ball to gently apply colloidal silver water or gel to the affected areas of the gum.
Echinacea
• Use a cotton swab to gently and generously apply tincture of echinacea on inflamed gums;
• Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until conditions subsides.
Feverfew
• Use a cotton swab to gently and generously apply tincture of feverfew on inflamed gums;
• Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until conditions subsides.
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)
• Options One:
o Mix together 1 tsp of coconut oil and 2 drops of grapefruit seed extract;
o Use a cotton swab to gently and generously apply the grapefruit seed extract and coconut oil mixture on inflamed gums;
o Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until conditions subsides. 
• Option Two
o Mix together 1 tbs of water and 2-3 drops of grapefruit seed extract;
o Use a cotton swab to gently and generously apply the grapefruit seed extract and water mixture on inflamed gums or infected teeth, or;
o Use a small spray bottle to spray the water/GSE mixture onto the tooth (teeth;
o Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until conditions subsides.
Myrrh
• Use a cotton swab to gently and generously apply tincture of myrrh on inflamed gums;
• Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until conditions subsides.
Oregon Grape
• Use a cotton swab to gently and generously apply tincture of oregon grape on inflamed gums;
• Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until conditions subsides.
Oral Rinse, Mouth Wash Recipes
Ceylon Cinnamon, Kefir and Honey
• In a glass, mix about 2 tbs of warm water with 1/8 tsp of Ceylon cinnamon powder;
o Make sure the cinnamon is completely mixed with the water;
• Use an eye dropper or medicine dispensing syringe to squirt the liquid into your dog’s or cat's mouth;
• Have a towel ready and keep it under your dog’s chin as the liquid will dribble back out of your dog’s mouth;
• Follow-up by squirting some plain water into your dog’s or cats's mouth…or they may choose to have a drink of water on their own.
You can use this remedy on yourself as well - it is as good if not better than any commercial mouthwash…and unlike many of the big name products, it is not tested on animals and does not contain any toxins.
Goldenseal
• In a glass, mix 1/2 tsp. Goldenseal root powder with 1 cup of water in a microwavable glass bowl or cup;
o Microwave for three minutes;
o Remove from microwave and cover bowl or cup with plastic wrap or other cover;
o Allow the liquid to sit and cool for an hour;
o After an hour, strain the liquid;
• Use an eye dropper or medicine dispensing syringe to squirt the liquid into your dog’s mouth.
o Have a towel ready and keep it under your dog’s chin as the liquid will dribble back out of your dog’s or cat's mouth;
o Follow-up by squirting some plain water into your dog’s mouth…or they may choose to have a drink of water on their own.
You can use this remedy on yourself as well - it is as good if not better than any commercial mouthwash…and unlike many of the big name products, it is not tested on animals and does not contain any toxins.
Echinacea
• In a glass, mix ½ tsp dried Echinacea root powder with 1 cup of water in a microwavable glass bowl or cup;
o Microwave for three minutes;
o Remove from microwave and cover bowl or cup with plastic wrap or other cover;
o Allow the liquid to sit and cool for an hour;
o After an hour, strain the liquid;
• Use an eye dropper or medicine dispensing syringe to squirt the liquid into your dog’s or cat's mouth.
o Have a towel ready and keep it under your dog’s or cat's chin as the liquid will dribble back out of your dog’s mouth;
• Follow-up by squirting some plain water into your dog’s or cat's mouth…or they may choose to have a drink of water on their own.
You can use this remedy on yourself as well - it is as good if not better than any commercial mouthwash…and unlike many of the big name products, it is not tested on animals and does not contain any toxins.
Plaque Softener Recipes
Fragaria Vesca (Fragaria 6x, Woodland Strawberry)
• Place 3 Fragaria pellets in ¼ cup of warm water;
• Allow the pellets to soak in the water for 5 minutes;
• After 5 minutes remove the pellets from the water;
• Use the resulting fragaria water to brush your dog's or cat's teeth and gums
Foods & Herbs that Fight Oral Bacteria 
and Reduce Plaque
Apples, Carrots, Celery
Dogs and yes some cats too love the taste of apples…chewing on fresh, crisp apples helps remove bacteria and food particles from teeth. Just wash the apple, remove the apple core (the seeds contain arsenic which is poisonous to dogs), slice the apple-up and let your dog enjoy. Carrots and celery are also healthy choices offering the same bacteria removing action as apples. These foods also increase saliva production which helps to wash away bacteria and plaque.

Citrus Fruits, Melons and Berries
Citrus fruit such as clementines, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, tangerines; melons and berries such as blackberry, cranberry, gooseberry, raspberry and strawberry all contain high levels of vitamin C. A diet that is rich in vitamin C creates an environment in which bacteria does not thrive. These foods also increase saliva production which helps to wash away bacteria and plaque. The other benefits of vitamin C are listed in the section on Vitamin C above. Lemons have many other health benefits as well - you can learn more about the benefits of lemons here. To learn how to prepare and add fruits and vegetables to your dog's or cat's diet read here.
Many people think that lemon and other citrus is poisonous to cats (and yes some people believe this is so for dogs as well). The fresh juice of citrus fruit - such as lemon and the fresh flesh of the fruit is not poisonous to cats or dogs (unless you are forcing your dog or cat to consume copious quantities on a daily basis). The concentrated extract of citrus oil is poisonous cats and in large quantities would be poisonous to dogs as well.

Cinnamon (Ceylon Cinnamon) - Sprinkle it on Food
Dogs love the taste of cinnamon so ground cinnamon can be sprinkled on top of your dog’s or cat's food. Cinnamon helps dissolve food particles and aids with the digestion of food. Daily maximum dosages for cinnamon are provided below.
Cheese
Particularly cheddar cheese. Eating cheese drops the pH level in the mouth. Lower pH levels help fight plaque, protects tooth enamel and erosion of teeth. Cheddar cheese contains the highest levels of alkali making it the best cheese for attaining better pH levels in the oral cavity.

Herbs
Corriander (cilantro), Mint, Peppermint and Spearmint have germicidal properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria in the mouth. You can add these fresh herbs to your dog’s and cat's food or combine with some sliced apple, etc. Just finely chop the fresh herb - you can also sprinkle a little olive oil on the herbs.
Daily amount…
• Large size dogs 3 - tbs a day;
• Medium size dogs - 2 tbs a day;
• Small dogs and cats - 1 tbs a day.

Poultry, Meat or Vegetable Broth
Many allopathic veterinarians promote dry processed dog and cat food as good for the teeth - such promotion is not well considered. In general dry processed food lacks the immune system boosting properties of a good raw or homemade well balanced food and fresh whole food diet. It also lacks the moisture required to help support oral health.
Although dry food is promoted as being great for dental health – dry food can actually promote dental problems such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. In the absence of moisture particles of food remain on the dog’s or cat’s teeth. With insufficient moisture to flush the particles away – bacteria forms, then plaque. You inadvertently create dental issues for your companion animal. It is important to note that most commercial dental bones contain species inappropriate ingredients, toxins and carcinogens.
You can further increase the dental health benefit by sprinkling some Ceylon cinnamon on top of the food and broth.
By hydrating your companion animal’s food you support dental, digestive and eliminatory health.You can read more about this and access a homemade broth recipe here.
Yogurt or Kefir
Adding a little yogurt with active cultures to your dog’s or cat's daily diet reduces the odor- causing hydrogen sulfide in your dog’s mouth and helps destroy bacteria that causes plaque and tartar. A diet rich in Vitamin D (yogurt and cheese are both high in vitamin D) creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria. Make sure you give your dog plain yogurt with active cultures, not highly processed yogurt with sugar or artificial sweeteners. I usually give my dogs 2% plain yogurt. You can add fresh fruit to the yogurt, top it with a little cinnamon and give it to your dog as a treat on its own or add it to their kibble etc. Most cats prefer the yogurt plain (without fruit added). 
You can also combine yogurt, kefir and fruit such as berries with Ceylon cinnamon to make a smoothie for your dog or cat -
Recommended Daily Intake of Kefir or Yogurt
• Yogurt
o Small size dogs and cats - 1 tsp to 1 tbs 
o Medium size dogs - 1/8 cup
o Large dogs - 1/3 cup
o Extra large dogs - 1/2 cup
• Kefir
o Small size dogs and cats - 1 tsp to 1 tbs 
o Medium size dogs - 1 tbs to 2 tbs
o Large dogs - 2 tbs to 3 tbs 
o Extra large dogs - 4 tbs to 6 tbs

General Guideline...
Daily Herbal Intake Based on Dog’s or Cat’s Weight
Dog’s, Cat’s Weight Dry Powder Tea or Infusion Capsule,
Tablet, Pill Tincture
pounds (lbs) tsp tbs amount times/day amount times/day drops times/day
1-10 lbs 1/16 –
1/8 tsp
1/8 cup 1x to 3x 1/2 1x to 3x 1 -
3 1x to 3x
10-20 lbs 1/8 tsp -
1/4 tsp
1/4 cup 1x to 3x 1/2 -
1 1x to 3x 3 -
5 1x to 3x
20-50 lbs 1/4 tsp -
1 tsp
1/4 cup -
1/2 cup 1x to 3x 1 –
2 1x to 3x 5 -
10 1x to 3x
50-100 lbs 1 tsp -
2 tsp
1/2 cup –
1 cup 1x to 3x 1 –
2 1x to 3x 20 1x to 3x
+100 lbs 2 tsp -
1 tbs 1 cup 1x to 3x adult
human
dose 1x to 3x adult
human
dose 1x to 3x
tsp = teaspoon tbs = tablespoon times/day = times per day x = times per day


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