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Fido Can’t Use Your Toothpaste

November 16, 2018

Dog owners have been warned to not use human toothpaste to combat their dog’s bad breath, after new research found that nearly 8 percent of dog owners had tried to offset their dog’s bad breath with a human toothbrush and toothpaste.

The RSPCA said the presence of fluoride, along with the occasional use of the artificial sweetener xylitol, in high-street toothpaste brands could prove toxic to dogs if swallowed. The survey, commissioned by pet food company Lily’s Kitchen, quizzed over 2,000 pet owners on their habits, and even found that some owners were feeding their animals mints in an effort to improve their bad breath.

Dr. Nicola Robinson, head of the Veterinary Poisons Information Service, said small doses of fluoride which can be found in human toothpaste can give dogs diarrhea and induce vomiting, as it resides the calcium in the blood and increases potassium levels. This is while the presence of xylitol in certain types of toothpaste could prove even more serious - potentially leading to death if left untreated.

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