As much as we adore our furry friends, sometimes, doggie breath tends to get a little bit overwhelming! And if you've ever tried to brush your dog's teeth, you know that getting them to accept a toothbrush is no easy feat. It's so important to make their dental hygiene a priority, however, which is why we're loving a new dog teeth-cleaning hack that popped up on TikTok.
The video of this cool trick was shared by @biggirlphyllis, and with over 2 million views, plenty of people are planning on giving this method a shot with their own pups. Spoiler alert: this way of cleaning a dog's teeth doesn't involve a toothbrush at all. In fact, you probably have what you need right in your own kitchen.
Frozen carrots! Could this possibly be any easier, not to mention, tastier, for dogs? Plus, using carrots soaked in bone broth is so much healthier than those store-bought treats that claim to get plaque off a dog's teeth.
Plenty of people who watched the clip are totally here for this hack. One commenter, @tayes said, "This is so much better than commercial denti-sticks! Going to give it a try." The video creator replied with, "SO much better, (and) it’s also just way more affordable and they get a dose of veggies." So true! Another viewer, @Cody Darkstalker added, "My dog likes them fresh from the fridge, great for teething." Another good tip!
However, TikTok user @Amanda Bee had a word of caution to anyone who's thinking of trying this, saying, "Start with a small piece! One of my dogs had EXPLOSIVE diarrhea in the middle of the night after a big frozen carrot." The video creator echoed her sentiment, saying, "Oh for SURE. Especially if your pup isn’t used to have these kinds of veggies. I’ve been feeding her carrots since she was little." On that note, before introducing any new human food to your dog, it's best to consult your veterinarian to get their recommendation and to be sure that it's safe. Every dog's system handles food differently, so it's always best to double check!
But for pups who can tolerate carrots, this trick really is a healthy, easy, affordable way to keep their pearly whites sparkling and their doggie breath at bay. We're calling it a win!