Original Question: Can I give my dog or cat human toothpaste? - Anonymous
No, the use of a human toothpaste is not recommended mainly because of the high fluoride (not salt) content, which may lead to acute, but more likely chronic, toxicity problems as pets do not rinse and spit but rather swallow the toothpaste. A non-foaming formula is encouraged, but it is not critical. A flavor pets like is best as it will allow owners to brush the teeth for a longer period (Gorrel, 2013).
Jeanne Perrone, MS, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
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