Dog Treats for Bad Breath (Recipe)
With Parsley and Peppermint
These dog treats for bad breath are rich in protein, fiber, calcium, and potassium. However, remember that while the treats help freshen your dog's breath, they cannot replace daily teeth brushing!
A Word about Dog Bad Breath
No offence to the dog community, but I guess most of us agree that doggie breath is not something that we would call "sweet" or "fresh". However, if we feed our dogs good quality healthy foods and clean their teeth regularly, most of the time their breath is tolerable.
The bottom line is, a dog's breath should not be offensively foul.
If your dog's breath is foul smelling, it is an indication that there is something wrong with the dog. The most common causes include a poor diet, digestive problems, and dental/gum disease.
However, sometimes dog bad breath is a symptom of other more serious problems, such as liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, even cancer. Therefore, don't ignore offensive dog bad breath. Consult your vet to get to the root cause.
Health Benefits of Ingredients
- Parsley: Most dog parents know that parsley is a "breath-freshener", but parsley is actually more than just that. It is very nutritious - its leaves and stems contain up to 22% protein and significant amounts of vitamins A, C, B1, B2 and K, not to mention fiber, and a host of trace minerals, such as calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. This makes parsley a good herb for dogs who are anemic.
It is also an effective herb for urinary tract infections because of its antiseptic qualities.
In addition, because parsley is a diuretic, it may help dogs with kidney problems, such as early-onset kidney failure.
A pretty impressive herb, don't you think?
- Peppermint: The refreshing taste of peppermint makes it a good herb as a breath freshener as well. In addition, peppermint can be used to settle nausea, alleviate vomiting, calm the stomach and expel gas.
Recipe: Dog Treats for Bad Breath
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 cup coconut oil (or olive oil)
- 1/3 cup non-fat plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2-3 tablespoons dried peppermint
- 4 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix well.
- Knead the dough a few times until you have a dough ball.
- If the dough is too dry, add a bit more yogurt.
- If the dough is a bit too sticky to handle, let it sit in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.
- Put the dough between 2 sheets of saran wrap and roll out to your desired thickness.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes.
- Turn off the oven and leave the biscuits inside to cool down for extra crunchiness.
- Store in an airtight container.
- If you have 100% pure peppermint essential oil, you can use 3-4 drops of the oil instead of the dried peppermint herb.
- The herb dill also has breath freshening effect, add a couple teaspoons of the dried herb to the mix if you have some on hand.