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Dog, Cat Toothpaste, Oral Rinse – Dangerous Ingredients

Choosing a Good Toothpaste and Oral Rinse for Your Dog an Cat
Brushing your dog’s and cat’s teeth on a daily basis, or at least several times a week; and or use of an oral rinse on your dog’s or cat’s mouth is a task that you hope will help to maintain your companion animals good health…but what if the product you are using contains ingredients that are toxic and carcinogenic? Do you know how to identify bad ingredients? This article will help you make informed decisions dental hygiene products.
Never Use Oral Health Products Intended for Human Use
Never use toothpaste or liquid oral care products intended for use by humans to clean your dog’s teeth/mouth as products intended for human use typically contain substances that are toxic for dogs. Only use commercially produced oral care products that are specifically made for dogs. But please don’t fall for the attractive packages and eye-catching words ‘natural’, ‘safe’, etc…
Don’t Trust the Advertising / Label

You may already be brushing your dog’s teeth or providing him/her with dental chews or liquid oral care as an insurance against periodontal disease…but did you know that many of these products that are sold in pet stores and/or on-line are full of ingredients that are not good for your dog?
Sure these products may help remove plaque and tartar but if the preventative you are using is full of additives and toxins – you are inadvertently creating another health hazard. The drastic increase in cancer found in dogs is a direct result of all of the carcinogenic additives and toxins in a dog’s daily environment and food.
Just because a product is labelled and advertised as ‘safe’ or ‘all natural’ does not mean that it is. Currently, the legislation (particularly in North America) defining ‘natural’ as pertains to ingredients (used in human and animal food, health care and cleaning products) is not designed to protect the consumer – the definition of ‘natural’ is very loosely defined in favour of the manufacturing industry. 
So, before you decide to purchase a product do a little research – read the ingredients, make sure the product is truly safe. Below is a list of ingredients you DO NOT want in your dog’s dental treatment products…
What to Avoid in Commercially Made Dental Care Products for Dogs
Artificial Colouring Agents and Artificial Flavouring
i.e. FD&C Blue No. 1 or Blue 1. Artificial colouring agents are suspected carcinogens and may be contaminated with heavy metals that are toxic to the brain
and cause numerous health issues such as bladder cancer, brain tumors and the inability to concentrate. Artificial colouring agents and additives such as glycerol monostearate, phosphoric acid and propylene glycol (this is used in antifreeze – antifreeze kills dogs!).
 
BHA, BHT, EQ (ethoxyquin), Propyl Gallate
Used as a preservative, suspected endocrine disruptor, suspected carcinogen. Instead look for products that contain ‘natural preservatives’ and antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and mixed tocopherols.
Corn, Gluten, Soy, Corn
Used as a filler. These are known allergens, almost all corn and soy in North America are grown from Genetically Modified (GM) seeds. The long-term affects of eating GM products is not known; 
DEA Related Ingredients – also MEA and TEA
These are used to make products such as soap and toothpaste foam, these ingredients are suspected carcinogens;
Fluoride
Fluoride is considered a toxin and too much can cause skeletal fluorosis resulting in joint pain, limited range of movement, brittle bones and a high rate of fracture
 Gelatin
An animal by-product derived from rendering miscellaneous animal parts such as bone, cartilage, ligaments, skin, etc. – may be full of toxins;
Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate (HSH)
Artificial sweetener, sugar alcohol that is not good for dogs, toxin;
Parabens
Parabens are used as a preservative. Parabens are a suspected endocrine disruptor, interfere with hormone production and are suspected carcinogens;
Saturated or Trans Fat
These fats are sourced from rancid fats and oil by products that are not sold for human consumption. May be from 4-D animals. Unhealthy at best, toxic and suspected carcinogen at worst.  
Sodium Laureth Sulphate and other ingredients with the letters ‘eth’
Used to make products foam, suspected carcinogen;
Sorbitol
Sorbitol is used as a preservative and is a sugar alcohol sweetener used in toothpaste. Although it does not cause tooth decay it is a laxative and can have many other negative side affects. Sugar alcohols are seriously bad for dogs and can cause mild to severe health problems and death.
Soy Protein Isolate
Allergen, suspected carcinogen and derivate of GM product;
Sugar
Sugar causes tooth decay, suppresses the immune system – making it easier for diseases to attack your dog’s body. Sweeteners also cause of allergies, arthritis, cataracts, hypoglycaemia, heart ailments, nervous energy, obesity, etc. 
 Propyl Gallate
Preservative, suspected carcinogen;
Tin (II) Fluoride also known as Stanous Flouride
Used to make tooth enamel more resistant to damaging bacteria. Tin can cause anemia, skin and eye irritation, kidney and liver problems, stomach aches, and death.
Triclosen
Suspected endocrine disruptor and may contribute to antibiotic resistance;
Xylitol
An artificial sweetener that can cause liver damage and death.

About Karen

Dogs are my life, my work, my passion… I am a Dog Whisperer, Dog Behaviorist and Holistic Canine Wellness Adviser with a wealth of real-time, real-life experience living and working with dogs. For two and a half decades I have worked with and shared my life with dogs. My own dog pack is comprised of eleven dogs, various breeds and ages. I provide a full range of services including Obedience Training for puppies and dogs; canine Behavior Modification; canine Psychological Rehabilitation, specializing in assisting dogs that are experiencing extreme states of insecurity, anxiety and aggressive-reactive behavior; Diet, Nutrition and Wellness Advice and Plans for canines and felines…natural wisdom for you and your companion animal.

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3 comments

  1. Thanks a lot for your post. It was just the information I needed! I hope you can solve my question, though… I’m about to buy a dental wipe for my cats and dogs and the ingredients listed are: Chlorhexadine Gluconate 0.1%, water, glycerine, mint scent and colorant. I looked the products and read about them some positive and not so positive things but most of them look safe. Still, I’m unsure. Also, you did mentioned colorant. I hope you could tell me whether you think they’re infact safe or not. I’m just starting to take care of my pets’ dental hygiene (I know, I know) and I’m a little lost. Thank you in advance.

    • My sincere advice is don’t buy that dental wipe!

      Chlorhexadine Gluconate possible side effects:
      Blistering, burning, itching, peeling, skin rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation on the skin, swelling of the face, paws, trouble breathing.

      Gastrointestinal

      In clinical trials, 56% of chlorhexidine oral rinse users had a measurable increase in staining of teeth, and 15% experienced heavy staining. Stains may generally be removed by conventional professional prophylactic techniques. Staining of rough areas may be permanent. Stains are general dark brown to blackish.Staining will be more pronounced in the presence of heavier accumulations of unremoved plaque.

      Gastrointestinal side effects have been reported the most frequently with chlorhexidine oral rinses. These have included staining of teeth and tongue, increased calculus formation, alteration of taste perception, bitter taste, burning, numbness, dryness, and soreness. Aphthous ulcer, grossly obvious gingivitis, trauma, ulceration, erythema, desquamation, coated tongue, keratinization, geographic tongue, mucocele, and short frenum have been reported rarely with chlorhexidine oral rinses. Gastrointestinal side effects associated with chlorhexidine oral rinses without oral hygiene measures have included increased gingival bleeding.

      And there is more -I will not list them all but can also cause nervous system and ocular damage.

      I would recommend that you adopt one or more of the solutions offered in this article http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/2012/05/dental-care-for-dogs-natural-herbal.html

      Cheers, Karen :>)

      Chlorhexadine Gluconate is only effective on some types of tartar.

    • Thank you for the advice and for replying. I will have to adopt one of the solutions you offered.

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