Why should I strictly use toothpastes designated for dogs and cats?

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The type of toothpaste you select for your dog or cat is critical. For their safety, the choice must be specifically formulated for dogs or cats. Never use human toothpaste on your dog or cat.

First, human toothpaste contains fluoride and detergents that are unsafe for pets. An overdose of fluoride results in symptoms such as restlessness, stiffness, loss of appetite, drooling, and vomiting. It can progress to urinary problems, seizures, weakness, severe depression, and cardiac failure.
Human toothpaste might also include an artificial sweetener called xylitol. While safe for human consumption, xylitol can wreak havoc on blood sugar levels and can cause liver failure—more so in dogs than in cats.
We also need to remember that human toothpaste is not edible, and we spit it out instead of swallowing it. Pets cannot spit and will swallow the toothpaste. Human toothpaste tubes have a warning on them that stresses not to swallow it. Manufacturers of pet toothpastes formulate their products to swallow and be fully digestible.
Human toothpastes also contain a detergent, or surfactant, to help fluoride work well, causing the toothpaste to foam and carry away debris while brushing. Pet toothpaste does not foam. The foaming action is very unpleasant to pets and gives them a bad experience that makes brushing their teeth difficult.

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