Baking Soda – Is It A Bad Or Good Thing For Dogs?
You'd be surprised by how many human products in your home are not dog-friendly. One thing I was curious about is baking soda. Baking soda is a common household item. So I asked myself, is baking soda bad for dogs? Can I use it when baking treats? What about bathing? I did my research and I’m passing my knowledge to you.
Baking Soda Is Danger (Don’ts)
As Useful as baking soda can be for your canine friend, it can also be quite harmful in larger doses. Here is what you DON’T do with baking soda with your dog:
1. Don’t Use Baking Soda To Brush Dogs Teeth
Using baking soda to brush your dog’s teeth may seem like a good idea since many humans use it. Ingesting baking soda can be poisonous or at the very least cause a stomach ache. Not to mention that baking soda tastes bad and may make your dog hesitant to have their teeth brushed in the future.
I use baby toothpaste for my dogs. It’s tasty, safe to swallow, and prevents tooth decay as they age. Just gently brush with a kid’s toothbrush or a baby finger brush. Brush side to side with a kids toothbrush or in a circular motion with a finger brush.
2. Don’t Use Baking Soda On Other Ailments
I mentioned before how baking soda is great for bee stings. This is pretty much the only medical use baking soda has for dogs. People use baking soda for things like heartburn and upset stomach. Ingesting baking soda in any amount other than in baked treats can cause serious effects.
All the uses baking soda has for your pet is kind of amazing. I knew there were many ways to use this substance in my human life but I had no idea the benefits of using it on my dogs! While there are many things you can do for your dog with baking soda, be sure to avoid the don’ts.